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 How is Yahoo using your RSS feed?

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With the free submit, Yahoo allows you to submit your 
home page, or an RSS feed. Do we need to submit both?

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 How is Yahoo using your RSS feed?
Copyright © 2006 Robert Fuess
Spiderweb Logic

The format for the site submission has changed in the free Yahoo 
web submissions . At 
first it allowed you to submit your site to it using the free 
submission form. This was normally the home page, and you would 
hope that their spider would crawl the rest of your website from 
there. Some webmasters have found this inadequate and have 
submitted other pages that Yahoo failed to notice otherwise.

More recently Yahoo allowed you to put in a text document with 
a list of URL's to simplify the submission process.

A few weeks ago I noticed that Yahoo also allows RSS feeds of 
your website, Atom feeds, or a text listing of urls in this 
submission form. What does this mean? What will Yahoo do with 
the links in the RSS feed?

The text list of URL's was obviously an effort to simplify the 
process for Yahoo to find all the pages in a website, as their 
documentation describes. But the RSS? Will they just add this to 
their database of RSS feeds for RSS searches, or will they follow 
the links with their spider to evaluate all the pages listed?

I have been working with Google Sitemaps since they came out. 
(Google uses their XML-formatted Google Sitemaps to help discover
all the pages in a website, as well as to evaluate what pages 
have changed recently.) I am wondering if this is Yahoo's 
response to the Google Site Maps. Does anyone know?

If I was them, then I would use RSS feeds to evaluate changes in 
the website. This has more information than the list of URL's, 
since it also has descriptions and date changed. They have all 
the right information. If this is the case, it would be advisable
for webmasters to have a RSS feed for their whole site to submit.
That way Yahoo could just check the feed and know what pages to 
re-crawl, or what pages have been added.

It could be just as possible that this is just a field for us to 
submit RSS feeds, in addition to the other pages in your website. 
If this is the case, then we may need to submit both the feed and 
the home page of the website.

For myself, unless I find out differently, I am going to submit 
both. I intend on having a Google Sitemap and a RSS feed on all 
my future websites. I think it is safest to help out the search 
engines in any way possible. If they want information on what 
files have changed, I want to be proactive in giving it to them.

In addition, for those who have the coding experties, it is 
advisable to automate pinging Yahoo when your RSS feed changes. 
This is a standard blogging technique.

If you use movable type, the following article will help you 
configure your Yahoo to be automatically notified of a change 
in your RSS feed: . 
There is an alternate way, for those who don't have movable type 
or standard blogs. Lets say you want Yahoo to know about the RSS 
feed you built for and have the 
RSS file, myRss.xml. You could automate (or even have a web 
shortcut for) the following HTTP request:

For more information, see the official Yahoo documention on 
RSS here:

Robert Fuess is a veteran website designer who specializes 
in making dynamic search engine optimized websites.  |



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