Posts Tagged ‘list’
Posted on December 5, 2008 - by Kelly Verge
One way to put your blog content in front of a lot of eyes is to submit your blog’s RSS feed to RSS directories. Every time you submit your feed, you increase the chance that it will be picked up by someone who’s looking for content – and you’ll get backlinks and traffic in exchange. Also note that you can do the same thing for any site with a feed, such as a lens, hub, Blogger blog, etc.
Below is a fairly comprehensive list of RSS directories to which you can submit your feed for maximum exposure. This list should be current, and I’ve tried to trim away any niche-specific or paid directories. While there are some automated solutions for submitting your feeds to a handful of directories, I will post a follow-up to this article tomorrow detailing how you can add every new feed-enabled website you create to all of these sites with very little effort and zero cost.
List of RSS Directories:
NGOID News Network
If you know of a generic non-niche-specific RSS directory that’s not on this list, please leave it in a comment and I’ll make an addition to the list.
Posted on December 1, 2008 - by Kelly Verge
One of the benefits of using WordPress as a platform is its ability to automatically notify “the world” when you’ve made a new post. It does this by sending a small bit of XML to a ping server letting it know that there’s new content. These ping servers are used by aggregators and search engines to determine when a site has changed so that they can more efficiently crawl for new content.
By default, WordPress is set up to use rpc.pingomatic.com, which in turn relays your ping out to a list of other ping servers.
The problem with using ping relays like pingomatic is that if a server starts using their service and you already have that server on your ping list, they might consider the duplicate pings as spam and stop announcing your blog’s changes. This happens even more frequently if you just grab a big list of ping servers from the web since pingomatic isn’t the only relayer (pingoat is another, for example).
If you leave the default setting alone, you’ll be safe, but you’ll also miss out on a handful of ping servers which in turn could cause delays in getting your new posts crawled by some sites.
I’ve begun using a streamlined list of ping servers which doesn’t include any relay services. This should eliminate any chances of getting flagged for ping spam while maximizing my exposure when I make new posts.
Here’s the list:
Please note that some of these servers require you to manually visit the site and initiate the first ping for your site. It’s fast and easy, but that step keeps their services from being abused.
If you know of a ping server that you think should be on the list, comment below and I’ll do some research to see if it is a relay server.