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pdonz2



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 5:32 pm    Post subject: are RSS feeds worthwhile? Reply with quote

Hi everybody!
So, I've gotten back into updating Pear-Pear, and was going to post notifications on the RSS feed I set up to promote the comic way back when.

But I discovered that the site I was using to host the RSS feed is defunct (Icerocket). And as I'm looking around for another feed builder to use, I'm wondering if it's even worth it.

So my question is: how many of you use RSS feeds to notify subscribers of updates? Is it worthwhile? are there other ways you keep readers updated that work better for you?
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iaviv



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Social networks like Facebook and Google+ also help.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My facebook pages for my comics actually use the RSS feed from my sites to autoupdate themselves with the Facebook app RSS Graffiti
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got an RSS feed on RSSPECT and also have my comics on ComicFury which provides individual RSS feeds for each comic. Some readers do view via new pages the feeds, so, probably worth doing.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 4:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, people use my RSS feed, so I recommend one - and they're pretty easy to set up.
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UncleRobot



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 5:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JustTheFirstFrame.com uses RSS feed to update their page. I recommend using RSS and them to promote.



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Short answer, yes.

For example if your RSS feed was working I would have known already that you'd started updating again, but as it is I didn't think you'd updated for the last few months at all.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RSS feeds are helpful to both the readers and the comic artists. They also help with automatically updating facebook and twitter with comic updates. All of the comics I follow, I read on RSS feed.
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pdonz2



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 3:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks so much for the feedback and ideas.

UncleRobot: I'm checking out JustTheFirstFrame.com, which I hadn't heard of. I already have a lot of respect for the amount of work the site manager puts into cropping the images, etc. Wow!

I'll also check out RSSPECT and and RSS Graffiti.

Hopefully I'll get a new RSS feed up this week!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 2:45 am    Post subject: Hooray! Reply with quote

All right - I think I'm all set with RSSPECT. very easy to use. If anyone wants to subscribe and let me know if it works please feel free! Next update will be Saturday.

Thanks again for the help!!
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smbhax.com
No! Don't post it there!


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 4:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That feed is listing your current comic twice (you should be able to look at it yourself to verify this).

Also, your HTML header has a line that is referring browsers to a different (offline) feed. You should update line 16 in your HTML

Code:
<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="RSS 2.0" href="http://rss.icerocket.com/xmlfeed?id=12746" />

to the new RSS feed's URL. (Also, my Firefox seems to be removing the "/" between "com" and "xml" for some reason, resulting in a broken link. Strange, no idea why it's doing that.)

And this is unrelated, but I noticed that you have an open "a" link tag starting in your HTML line 20.
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pdonz2



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the heads-up. Those issues should all be fixed now, at least on the current index page.

I appreciate it!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So I'm thinking of joining the 21st century and finally adding a RSS feed to my comic, and I was wondering if other creators out there have any suggestions. One person has recommended RSSPECT, but there are a dizzying number of options available. Any opinions or stories?
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smbhax.com
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you can do any scripting, then--depending on how the rest of your site works, I suppose--it isn't necessarily that hard to write your own custom feed builder. RSS stands for "Really Simple Syndication"--and it is! You can find all you'd need to know about it from a bit of Googling.

Uh other than that--or WordPress' etc built-in RSS function?--doesn't everyone else just use the now-Google-owned Feedburner? That was my impression when I looked into this a few years back, anyway.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 1:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's really about this easy... but tools do exist to make them, too...
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