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Do we need RSS buttons?

Possible advantages of having visible feed links: For visitors that know what feeds are: If they (currently) don’t use a user agent with feed autodiscovery¹, they still get informed that you offer ...
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Do we need RSS buttons?

I use RSS all the time, and I find RSS buttons on websites very useful. Simple, when I see them, I know website offer RSS, it is more intuitive way to find feeds than checking footer or something else....
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Duplicating a RSS feed to show the whole post in addition to the feed showing snippets

Offering multiple feeds for the same entries is perfectly fine. This is commonly done to provide different formats, or, like in your case, to offer a feed with the full content and a feed with ...
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Should an RSS feed be listed in a site's XML sitemap?

Google doesn't typically index RSS feeds or show them in search results. You don't need to tell Google about the RSS feed in your sitemap to get it indexed. Your sitemap should contain all the URLs ...
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Can a website have multiple RSS feeds? How would the <link> and <channel> elements look?

It’s perfectly fine to offer multiple feeds. You could even offer multiple feeds for the same items, e.g., one for the full content and one for excerpts. There is nothing that would have to be ...
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How to Substitute HTML Entities in RSS?

I think a solution suggested by Tomalak should work universally. Ref: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/3805050/xml-parser-error-entity-not-defined His solution was to convert character entities to ...
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Is it 'ok' to have IFrame tags in RSS feeds?

Is it 'ok' to have IFrame tags in RSS feeds? Well, as the error states, "interoperability with the widest range of feed readers could be improved" ...if the iframe tag was removed. This is ...
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Do we need RSS buttons?

My thoughts from an ecom+blog perspective: You do not need the button itself unless you want to offer something for a user using their eyes, without any helper tools alerting that RSS is available, to ...
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Do we need RSS buttons?

If for no other reason, it lets people know there is a RSS feed. Whether they click on it or not doesn't matter.
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Bing Webmaster Tools finds my Wordpress RSS feed and uses it as a sitemap

As you've observed, Bing respects/crawls both RSS and xml sitemaps for indexing and doesn't really distinguish the two formats for priority. You could add a priority ranking/value to the rss feed ...
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Is it legal to cache RSS images on my server?

Much of this depends upon what country you are in. In the U.S., the law is quite clear. Your scenario does not provide enough information. For example, do you have permission to use the RSS and ...
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Is RSS feed submission a search engine ranking factor now?

RSS feeds and even sitemaps don't contribute to ranking at all. They are used by search engines to identify links to crawl and it is the pages at those links once crawled combined with valuable back ...
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How to Substitute HTML Entities in RSS?

RSS (and Atom) are based on XML, so the issue you are having is that the & in the HTML entities isn't valid. Typically you can solve this by double encoding the entities so that the & becomes &...
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Do article pages need to have an RSS Feed page?

No, the way you have it set up is good. You want an RSS feed for all posts and then another for each category. The reason for this is that people subscribe to them - they'll either be interested in ...
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How to control RSS feed access to my blog

Jekyll provide a basic RSS feed syntax which should assist. To use an RSS file in Jekyll, create a file called feed.xml in your root directory and add the following: --- layout: null --- <?xml ...
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Can you nest "<![CDATA[ ... ]]>" blocks when generating RSS feeds?

why would anyone ever want to use CDATA blocks [...] ? That's a good question. I think the key is here: since we are outputting a RSS document with a bunch of random content, it can obviously ...
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Using nginx, I need my "bad user agent" map not to block my rss xml file

server{ location ~ ^/feeds { try_files $uri $uri.xml $uri/ ; } location / { root /usr/share/nginx/html/mydomain/public_html; if ($badagent) { return 403; } ...
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How can search engines find my RSS feed?

You should include meta tags in the <head> section of your pages with feeds: <link rel='alternate' type='application/rss+xml' title='RSS' href='http://example.com/rss.xml'> <link rel='...
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How can search engines find my RSS feed?

There is no reason to assume that consumers would look at /rss.xml when they are looking for a feed. Feeds don’t have a reserved filename/location. You would typically link your feeds from relevant ...
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How can search engines find my RSS feed?

Google recommends adding any rss feeds into webmaster for optimal crawling. An rss feed generally is a list of updates, and google can use this information to find new pages faster. Here is a blog ...
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Can scripts that import RSS feeds be used to get SEO traffic?

The rule of thumb in this instance is that it won't increase your SERP ranking, it does in fact have the ability to reduce it. Google's Webmaster Guidelines and Duplicate Content support document ...
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Is it possible to add a canonical tag in an RSS feed?

I would completely noIndex and nofollow it. Because IT is just an Asset providing no additional seo value, But producing dc.
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Is it possible to add a canonical tag in an RSS feed?

I think you have nothing to worry about in general, since Google crawls sites daily, it will know that you have indeed placed the content first and will not ding you for duplicate content. I would ...
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Do we need RSS buttons?

After all those years, RSS has deescalated. New methods like push notifications dominated the RSS. But it doesn't mean RSS or RSS buttons are not needed anymore. RSS can be used as a mini API to ...
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Content theft - Where can I go from here?

In addition to the great ideas already presented here, keep in mind that in the long run, Google knows where content is originally posted. So the offending site(s) will likely earn duplicate content ...
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