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Taking the Easier Route to Generating RSS Subscribers
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    2006-06-02

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    David Battino at MacDevCenter.com (http://www.macdevcenter.com/pub/wlg/7821) just wrote a simple piece of code you can use instead of the typical link to your RSS feed behind the RSS feed subscription button, which will, after you click on the link, display a simple message saying that in order to subscribe to the feed you need to copy and paste this URL in your your RSS reader.

    This certainly doesn't go very far in making RSS more user-friendly, as the notification really can't be used to explain what RSS is and why your visitors should use it, but it at least saves the visitor from getting the XML code in his browser and hating RSS before he or she even find out what it is.

    The simple code to do so is http://www.macdevcenter.com/pub/wlg/7821

    Also, do not forget about using buttons like Add To MyYahoo!, since many MyYahoo! users for example don't know what RSS is, but they will use this button to subscribe.

    d] TARGETING EXISTING RSS USERS

    If you're targeting existing RSS users or at least users that won't be put off by a long list of names they won't be able to understand, using the free script from Methodize.org might be the solution.

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