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Full Text Feeds Or Partial RSS Feeds? – Another Test Case

Posted By Darren Rowse 9th of December 2006 Pro Blogging News 55

The old Full Feeds vs Partial Feeds debate is back with Digital Inspiration posting Do You Publish Full Text Feeds Or Partial RSS Feeds?

It’s actually an interesting post because Amit demonstrates the impact of moving from partial feeds to full feeds upon Digital Inspiration.

He noticed a jump in RSS subscriber numbers and an increase in earnings from his feed ads.

I know when ProBlogger moved from partial to full feeds that I noticed similar trends – however I also noticed a decrease in actual site visits (more people reading the full content in feeds) and a slight decrease in comments being left on the blog (same reason).

I’d be interested to see what Amit’s actual site visitor levels are like and also comment levels (although he says that ‘regular readers are now participating more and more in the blog discussions’ which is interesting.

Overall here at ProBlogger I’m glad I made the switch. Reader satisfaction has gone up, I find that even when ProBlogger goes down with server problems readers are still able to read the content and while actual site readers did go down (it’s growing again) the overall readership of the site is still on the up and up.

The only downside is that I continue to find other blogs scraping content, removing any acknowledgment to authorship and adding their own ads. Dealing with this has become a daily part of my routine unfortunately.

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Comments
  1. Sorry for the dumb question but I seem to be googling in circles – how can I tell if I am publishing a full or partial RSS feed? I am using the capability that came with my WP theme and I can see my headlines using Yahoo as my reader, but that’s about it for my knowledge. Do I have to subscribe to Feedburner or some other service?

    Thanks!

  2. […] RSS Feeds Filed under: blogging — joshmaher @ 2:40 pm With all of the discussion lately about RSS feeds, I wanted to clarify my position….I distribute full text feeds (none of this half baked stuff to make you get out of your easy chair and walk over)…. […]

  3. […] RSS Feeds Filed under: blogging — joshmaher @ 11:59 am With all of the discussion lately about RSS feeds, I wanted to clarify my position….I distribute full text feeds (none of this half baked stuff to make you get out of your easy chair and walk over)…. […]

  4. […] RSS Feeds Filed under: blogging — joshmaher @ 1:00 am With all of the discussion lately about RSS feeds, I wanted to clarify my position….I distribute full text feeds (none of this half baked stuff to make you get out of your easy chair and walk over)…. […]

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