The Pew Internet & American Life project found only 9% of about 2,000 Americans said they had a good idea of what RSS feeds are, while just 13% were familiar with podcasting. Almost 25% said they hadn’t heard of either term.
Although people may not know what it is, its still probable that they are using it in some way or another.
As of recently, there really is no excuse for not adding an XML sitemap to your website. It may have been a bit complex at first, but programs like SiteMap Builder make it really easy to do.
Submitting a sitemap for a Blogger blog
( ie. yourblog.blogger.com), or other blogs not hosted by you (where you don’t have access to the root directory).
According to Google, you can submit some RSS feeds.
Google accepts RSS 2.0 and Atom 0.3 feeds that use the and modified date fields. If you use a syndication feed in one of these formats for your site, you can submit the URL of the feed to let Google know about recent changes to your site. Google uses the field in your feed to gather URLs from your site and uses the modified date field (the field for RSS feeds and the date for Atom feeds) to learn when each URL was last modified. Use of the modified date field is optional. Make sure that the feed is located in the highest-level directory you want search engines to crawl.
Generally, a syndication feed does not include all URLs, so if you want to use the feed to let Google know about all URLs in your site, you may need to adjust your feed settings. If your feed includes only recent URLs, Google can still use that information to find out about other pages on your site during its normal crawling process by following links inside pages in the feed. If you use this format for your site, simply submit the URL of the file.
I was recently struck by the fact that the top-ranking web pages on Google are consistently much better written than the vast majority of what one reads on the web. Yet traditional SEO wisdom has little to say about good writing. Does Google, the world’s wealthiest media company, really only display web pages that meet arcane technical criteria? Does Google, like so many website owners, really get so caught up in the process of the algorithm that it misses the whole point?
It is interesting because the backlinks and pagerank values that it displays are not always the same as those found in a typical backlink search (link:www.domain.com) This tool gets info directly from Google via queries similar to this: http://www.google.com/search?client=navclient-auto&ch=61166786047&features=Rank&q=www.yahoo.com (where ch is a unique checksum), and displays it in an easy to read manner. I just finished this tool, so there may be some bugs in it. Feel free to send feedback to contact at seologs.com.
Lately I have seen more and more evidence that Yahoo does infact penalize affiliate sites.
I won’t mention the name of this site, but it is a very useful travel site. It has lots of good information, along with lots of affiliate links on almost every page. This site has been around for several years. It does extremely well in Google. It has over 600 pages indexed in google. Comes up in #1 in the SERPs for hundreds of very competitive keyword phrases. I would go as far as to say that this site has been “White Listed” in Google.
In Yahoo, an indexed pages search returns only 1 page. The site is nowhere to be found in the Yahoo serps.
Please comment if you have any experiences with this topic.