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List of the Best RSS Feeds Submission Sites

An RSS feed is a good way to get your site, page or Blog back-linked and indexed. An RSS feed submission site will let you create a way for people to back link to you automatically, and allow you do promote your future articles as you update your feed with new content. This can all be done in a relatively short amount of time.

Helps me get indexed? Pull the other one

You are quite right to be suspicious. Nowadays it seems that every new thing will improve your visibility and get you indexed. So here is how an RSS feed in a directory may help you achieve both.

Let’s assume that you have a new website, and you have linked to that page from another website. Maybe you entered a link to your site on an advert or conversed on a forum and included a link to your website. A few people have searched using Google, regarding the information you spoke about and the Google. So the Google bots have indexed at least one of your pages.

Now you add your RSS feed to a directory and people start subscribing. Searching for and finding your feed on a directory helps to lead the Google-bots to your site. They already know your site exists, so they slowly start to index your site further. If your site is competently internally linked then you are indexed a little quicker too.

It increases your chances of being more visible on Google because a regularly updated feed indicates to Google that you are updating your site frequently. Google likes people who update, so will increase your Page Ranks accordingly.

So having your site entered on a directory won’t put you on page one of the Google search results, but it won’t hurt your visibility either.

Creates Backlinks, You are having a giraffe, right?

Quite true. Entering your feed onto a feed directory will not get you backlinked directly, but if people are using your feed to see your recent updates, then the fact they are looking at your material may inspire them to link to you of their own free will. So yet again, a feed directory submission has no active powers to help your website or Blog, but it has potential passive power.

Is there a way to get people to backlink automatically?

Yes, but they are not very effective. The most current affective way is to simply ask, “if you would like to link to my site/Blog” then copy/paste this link onto your site.

 

Here is a list of a few feed directories.

4Guys from Rolla

ASP Index

Auto Feeds

Educational Feeds

FeedAge

FeedBase

Feedest

FeedFury

FeedNuts

Feedooyoo

FeedSee

FeedSee

Finance Investing Feeds

GoldenFeed

Government Feeds

JordoMedia

Medical Feeds

Ping-O-Matic

Plazoo

Political Feeds

Postami

Realty Feeds

Religious Podcasts

RSS Mountain

RSS Verzeichnis

RSSBuffet

RSSMicro

RSSMicro

RSSMotron

Science Port

Search4RSS

SolarWarp

SourceForge

Sourceforge.net

Sports Feeds

Submit Feeds

Yenra

Using a RSS Feeds Directory to Promote Your RSS Feed

First of all, before you go, keep in mind a fundamental concept that the feed is a content distribution channel parallel to the site and as such should be managed and promoted with a view to helping people gain access to your content more easily.

Create a visible link on the homepage and the site

Want to promote your feed? Do you want users to see it? Then you have to insert a link to the site, make it visible, better still, using the standard icon for RSS.

Feed Autodiscovery

The RSS Advisory Board approved the specifications for RSS Autodiscovery, namely a system that allows a web browser or compatible software to automatically detect the presence of one or more feeds related to a page of a site. It is essential to ensure that search engines and aggregators identify your feed and consider it as such.

Present your feed

Create a welcoming page where you describe the services that your site and RSS feed offers. Include how to use them and what the benefits are. Then insert a link to the feed and you’re done.

Offer targeted content

Do you have a site with multiple categories? Do you have a blog full of comments? Offer more than one feed with targeted content, such as a comments feed and one for every single category. For example, if you run a pet store online, then will a horse fancier really need information on the newest dog collars that have come out?

 

Edit the content attached to feeds

There are publishers who spend an obsessive amount of time and attention on every iota of their site and offer a feed that is not even worthy of being clicked. Optimize content, limiting the weight of information. Exclude unnecessary files or scripts.

Choose the appropriate format

Choose a format best suited to your needs (I am not listing them) and offer any feeds exclusively on that version.

Do not confuse the user

If your forward thinking is no less refined that the back step of your nearest competitor, then both you and they shall stand alike. In other words, don’t confuse your user. Make things as simple as possible – this avoids unnecessary technicalities when necessary. Always offer the user a way to contact you or clarify their doubts, if necessary.

Teach people how to use RSS

You should have a whole page dedicated to what RSS feeds are and how to use them. You should also have a video explaining what it does, what it is and how to find it. Ideally you should have a similar section for the favorites bar too. Don’t offer a video exclusively, because people online have little patience for videos. Think back to when you tried to watch a tutorial on YouTube and had to resist the urge to skip ahead on the video, just so they get to the bit that you want to hear. Create a simply text page with pictures explaining RSS feeds and then keep the video as an optional extra for those people who don’t fancy reading your page. Do not have the video auto-start, or you will lose traffic.