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Posted: 17 Nov 2013
NEW! Upload photos from your computer or smartphone camera app for your Item image 
FeedBack ( 0) Now, when entering your item posting, you can upload a photo from your computer hard disk or a photo from your iPhone camera app. There's no need to put your image online somewhere else and link to it there. (This feature has not yet been tested on a Droid phone; try it, and contact us to let us know how it went.)

As you enter your Item Description, you will see a new option relating to the Item Image: "Upload Photo". If you are composing the item on your smartphone -- that is so easy to do now, with the conversion of Enfeedia to a responsive (mobile-friendly) design -- you will be presented the option to use an existing photo on your phone or to take a picture and use it.

Previously, if you took a picture using your smartphone and wanted to use it for a feed item, you had to move your photo to your computer, then upload it to some online location such as Flickr. Now, you can take that picture "live" as you are composing your feed item and use it directly. If you take your picture before composing your feed item, you can then select the picture from your smartphone camera roll or photo stream. This feature is perfect for on-the-go news capture, but of course super-friendly for any posting that calls for a photo, whether from your smartphone or your computer hard disk.

This feature is currently limited to jpeg format images. Acceptable file size depends on your membership level, as follows:
Communicator: 100KB
Publisher: 500KB
Publisher-PRO: 3MB
Enterprise: 5MB


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Posted: 02 Nov 2013
ENFEEDIA IS NOW FULLY MOBILE-IZED ("responsive") and features improved navigation 
FeedBack ( 0) The fully "responsive" version of Enfeedia RSS feed publishing system has been released today."Responsive" means that the presentation of information on the device is automatically adjusted for the screen size of the device. The user experience is identical across all popular platforms ... desktop, laptops, tablets, phablets, and phones.

Learn the system on one platform, use it on other platforms without relearning the system. No longer is Enfeedia on a phone just a shrunken website that requires panning and zooming.

Why did we do this? Because the online world is surging to mobile devices at breakneck speed. When it comes to reporting news, you just might be on the go when you come across news. Capture the news onto your feed while it is still news.

You can post your news with your phone or tablet as easily as you do on your desktop or laptop computer. And increasingly it's the case that people opt for tablets rather than owning desktop or laptop computers.

About the improved navigation... On the home page, three menu selections send you off into three distinctly different directions. Explore lets you learn about RSS feeds and the Enfeedia feed publishing system without having to create an account. Publish is your private space for creating feeds and posting/editing items on your feeds, and for viewing your account information; you must log in to your account to enter this space. Finally, Promote provide all the tools necessary to promote your feeds ... and as a consequence your website as well. You do not need to log in to use Promote, and that means others can promote your feeds as well. Think search engine optimization, not just communicating your feeds to others.

We heard from you that many of our screens carried too much information, that although valuable when learning the system, becomes clutter once you have used the system for awhile. So we've taken this opportunity to streamline the system by moving much of the supporting "help" information from those working screens and put it in pop-up windows. "Help" links you encounter along the way pop open those windows to present helpful information for the content associated with the help links.

As always, there is no software to download; we're "in the cloud", and that's where your feeds are hosted. You publish feeds by simply filling out forms, and we do the heavy lifting. If you send and read email, and browse the internet, you have all the skills needed to publish RSS feeds using Enfeedia.

Keep in mind the benefits of the NewsPage presentation of your feed, automatically generated by Enfeedia for each feed you publish. It offers means to share the feed and items within the feed on popular social networks. Viewers can also set up email alerts for the feed such that they are notified when new items are posted. And the NewsPage is highly customizable so that you can include information specific to your endeavor ... text, pictures, videos ... to turn your feed-driven NewsPage into a website for search engines to crawl and to capture the interest of viewers who then can click over to your website.

Comments, suggestions, or (ugh) bugs to report? Let us know; contact us by clicking the "Contact Us" button at the bottom of the home page.


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Posted: 31 Jul 2013
PUBLISHING FEEDS NOW "MOBILE-IZED" 
FeedBack ( 0) ANNOUNCING ENFEEDIA'S MOBILE PUBLISHING APPLICATION! Now when you log in, or when you click a "shootOnSite" link to post a news item, you will be taken to our new mobile-friendly design for publishing your feed. Try it on your smartphone, you will amazed by the ease of navigating and posting information on that small screen. You will get the same experience on your tablet and desktop computer; it's called responsive design, and it's especially great for on-the-go news posting.

At the same time, we've improved the logical flow through the publishing process and peppered the screens with pop-up Help screens. Have a question about an entry? Click the associated Help link to pop up a helpful explanation. By relegating those notes to pop-ups, and using "accordion" drop-down panes for data entry items, we've removed the clutter from the screens, making it easier to see the flow.

This is phase two of fully transforming Enfeedia to responsive design to serve the fast growing mobile market. Previously, we introduced the responsive version of NewsPages where your feeds are displayed along with customizable features including images and videos. In phase 3, we'll dive into the "My Account" and home pages.

When completed, the entire site will be "mobile-ized". You will see that the site is divided into a informational section available to the public, and an application section requiring one to have an account to view. The application section is all about publishing and managing one's account.


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Posted: 02 Jul 2013
Yahoo ends email alert service 
FeedBack ( 0) As of July 1, 2013, Yahoo eliminated its feed email alerts service. Enfeedia connected its Communicator members to that service to receive those alerts from Yahoo. As a result of Yahoo's decision, email alert delivery is no longer available for Enfeedia Communicator (free) members.

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Posted: 05 May 2013
Check Out the SEO Features of the New Mobile-ized NewsPage 
FeedBack ( 0) With the makeover of the NewsPage to make it mobile friendly, we've also added some key SEO features to the NewsPage. You'll find these in the Hub and Nub side panels of the NewsPage published in premium Publisher and Publisher-Pro membership accounts. (Click the Hub and Nub buttons on each side of the top of the page to open them.)

Much of the information is configurable by the publisher, whereas some is derived from the publisher's account and activity. To provide text and upload an image where applicable, the publisher logs into his/her account by clicking the "login" link near the top of the page.

As you read the following, keep in mind the SEO benefits of fresh, original, relevant text, images, and videos, as well as networking with other publishers. To follow along, you can open the Hub and Nub side panels for this NewsPage you are currently viewing.

The Nub

The Nub includes up to four sections, all configurable by the publisher of the feed. The "About Us" section includes text and/or an image pertaining to all feeds in the publisher's Enfeedia account; what is entered in this section for any feed in the account will appear in all NewsPages. The "About This NewsPage" section likewise includes text and/or an image, but in this case, will only appear for this NewsPage; each NewsPage has a unique "About This NewsPage" section. In both cases, the publisher can provide that information and edit it whenever he wants after logging in. For the first time, publishers can upload images to Enfeedia so they do not have to find other places to store their images online.

The third section, "Our Videos", is for presenting one or two videos annotated with descriptions. One video/description pair will be shown on all NewsPages for feeds in the publisher's account, whereas the second video/description pair is shown for just this NewsPage. In other words, a different video/description pair can be included for each NewsPage.

The fourth section which by default is untitled is for presenting another feed (what is called an "alternate feed" in the original NewsPage design). The title of the section is configurable. The feed to be presented is specified when setting up or editing a feed at the "Set Up Feeds" page of the Enfeedia website.

The Hub

The "Our Website" section of the Hub simply presents the link to the publisher's website. The name and link are specified by the publisher when opening an Enfeedia account, and can be edited by going to the "My Account" page.

The two FeedBack sections are automatically generated based on FeedBack comments posted by this publisher on others' feeds, and FeedBack comments posted by other publishers on this feed. This feature provides for some intriguing networking opportunities as well as SEO benefits because the relevant linking. (By the way, the publisher has five levels of control regarding the posting of FeedBack comments on his/her feed.)

There's much more to be said about the FeedBack feature. I'll save that for another posting here.

Finally, the "Our Directory" section presents the Directory feed in one's account. The Directory feed is like any other feed, the only thing being special about it is the dedicated name "directory". If a feed is given the reserved name "directory", the feed is shown here. Best practice is to use it to provide references to online assets for this publisher as well as other authoritative publishers relevant to this publisher's website and feeds.

Summary ... Whereas the original NewsPage design essentially just displayed a feed (Enfeedia generates a NewsPage for every feed), the new design provides ample opportunity to complement the feed with relevant content -- text, images, videos, additional feeds, and interactive FeedBack comments -- all of which search engines love and reward.


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Posted: 29 Apr 2013
YOUR NEWSPAGES HAVE BEEN MOBILE-IZED! And enhanced with a major facelift and new features for your visitors and for SEO. 
FeedBack ( 0) Mobile-Friendly Design

Check out your NewsPage for your feed -- every feed published using Enfeedia comes with its own NewPage -- and witness the exciting new look. Inspired by the tidal-wave shift to smartphones and tablets, we are engaged in a project to entirely redesign Enfeedia to be mobile-friendly with the NewsPage being the first component of Enfeedia to be released in the new format.

So view your NewsPage on your mobile device and discover how readable it is on the smaller screen. No more shrinking the NewsPage to fit the screen size requiring zooming and scrolling to view its content.

The NewsPage now has four pages: the Home page that displays your feed in totality, the Alerts page for visitors to register for new-posting email alerts, the Subscribe page that tells visitors the various ways they can subscribe to your feed, and the Subscribe page that tells more advanced visitors how to publish links to your feed on their site, even to syndicate your feed.

Your NewsPage appears with a default color theme. You can select from 10 color themes (more to be added later) by logging in to the NewsPage (the login link is at the top of the page) using your login credentials for your Enfeedia account. The controls for selecting a theme are presented above the title. Once you find a color theme you like, refresh the page to cause the theme to be saved and used across the pages of your NewsPage.

Once logged in, you can also upload an image to appear with the title of your news feed presented on the page. No need to host the image somewhere else.

New Features
We couldn't resist the temptation to add new features to the NewsPage. They are tucked away in side panels called the "Nub" and the "Hub" and available to premium members. To see what they are about, open the NewsPage for Enfeedia News.

The Nub (comes with the Publisher membership)
Nub is defined as the "point, gist, or heart of something". The NewsPage Nub is where you present information that is central to your website or feed, including text, images, videos, and even a secondary feed. Click the Hub button at the top of the page to slide open the panel and check out the contents.

The Hub (comes with the Publisher-Pro membership)
A Hub is a central location around which activity occurs. What is presented in the NewsPage Hub are those related online locations of activities relevant to the news feed of this NewsPage. This includes:

1) the link to the website related to this news feed,
2) other NewsPages owned by the owner of this NewsPage,
3) the FeedBack postings by the owner of this feed on others' news feeds and others' FeedBack postings on the news feed of this NewsPage, and
4) an optional Directory feed.

The FeedBack system is worthy of a discussion all its own to fully appreciate the networking and SEO benefits. The Directory feed is a convenient way to link to any other sites "out there" that you feel important to your endeavor you wish visitors to view.

It's useful to think of the Hub in terms of airports and air traffic. Consider a NewsPage to be a hub with traffic emanating out to other hubs (other NewsPages) and also connecting destination travelers to local points of interest (the Directory). FeedBack can be thought of as comments from one hub about another. Clicking a NewsPage link in the "Our Other NewsPages" or FeedBack comments in the two FeedBack sections moves one from one hub to another. One can "travel" from one hub to another on an information journey, and return to the original hub, in a sort of round trip.

What's Next?
Stay tuned for news about the conversion of the feed posting process to a mobile-friendly format akin to the NewsPage. Also, watch for another post on this feed about the significant SEO benefits of the enhanced NewsPage design: your NewsPage is a webpage in its own right and can appear in search results and can also improve SERP position of sites you link to.


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Posted: 11 Apr 2013
COMING SOON: Enfeedia's NewsPage is going mobile! 
FeedBack ( 0) Very soon, Enfeedia's NewsPage is going mobile! And valuable new networking features being added, plus customization of content. A NewsPage is automatically generated for every feed in your account. People can subscribe to email alerts managed by Google to be informed when news is posted on the feed.

When they are drawn into into your NewsPage, the will discover much more about you than just the new posting. And they can provide feedback on individual items in the feed as well as comment on others' feedback.


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Posted: 26 Feb 2013
Pixels, Points, and Ems 
FeedBack ( 0) With the recent release of Enfeedia's shootOnSite script, Enfeedia's syndication engine, syndicators can specify titles, links, descriptions sizes in pixels, points and ems, replacing the numeric scale method. The problem with the numeric scale is that various browsers have different interpretations as to what actual size a given number means.

To download the shootOnSite script and to get a code snippet -- either a new predefined one or a completely custom on -- that invokes the script, go to "Stylize and Promote Feeds"


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Posted: 22 Feb 2013
Restructured 'Stylize & Promote Feeds" plus Predefined Feed Embed Scripts 
FeedBack ( 0) Enfeedia introduces five predefined feed embed scripts with a restructured 'Stylize & Promote Feeds" section to help you get started with embedding feeds into your website. You will find the choices better organized so that you can more easily find the solution you prefer for not just posting active icons or text-links for your feed and NewsPage but also for embedding your feed without going through a multiple choice customization process.

The PHP code snippet that triggers the embed processing as simple as this example for embedding feed YOUR_FEED in YOUR_ACCOUNT, displaying the most recent 5 items, showing the first 200 characters of the item description:

SOS_FF_col("YOUR_ACCOUNT", "YOUR_FEED", 5, 200);

Five predefined snippets are offered, with quirky names like Forum Fodder, Blog Blender, Testimonial Tributes, and Future Events and Past Events for Calendar Feeds. You can choose to have items displayed in traditional column format or a row format that simplifies finding space on your webpage for the feed. After some experimentation, you might choose to fully customize your feed display to exploit all the features of Enfeedia's shootOnSite system.

To use these predefined snippets, download the latest version of the shootOnSite script at the Stylize & Promote Feeds page and upload it to your website.

Give it a try!


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Posted: 27 Jan 2013
Enfeedia announces improved YouTube video support with updated feed reader and feed generation software 
FeedBack ( 0) With the Jan13 release of its shootOnSite RSS feed reader script and its dbxml RSS feed generation software, Enfeedia announces support for Youtube's latest video embed code snippet based on an iframe, as well as a feature to control presentation of video on iPhones.

The shootOnSite script is used to syndicate (embed) Enfeedia-subscribers' news feeds on webpages. The script is uploaded to the website and invoked by an Enfeedia provided code snippet. The result is presentation of the feed controlled by parameters in the code snippet.

The dbxml software is used by Enfeedia to generate RSS news feeds from database representations of users' feeds, those representations created when users use Enfeedia to publish their feeds.

Because Flash is being abandoned by Apple for mobile devices, in favor of HTML5, YouTube is now offering an iframe-based code snippet to embed its videos in place of its previous Flash-based code snippet. Enfeedia's dbxml software now incorporates that iframe-based snippet. As of today, when uses post items on their feeds that include YouTube videos, the new dbxml software will give them the iframe-based snippet. In fact, every item in their feed will be updated to use the new snippet. One might decide to edit any item in a feed, not actually to make a change, to cause every item with video to be updated.

Because of the small screen size of the iPhone and webpage-publishers' discretion as to how much space is given to a syndicated feed, Enfeedia has released the updated version of shootOnSite that, for the iPhone, suppresses the on-page presentation of the YouTube video, substituting a link tha opens the video in YouTube. Publishers are strongly encouraged to upload the Jan13 version of the software, also because of various other improvements. To upload the software, go to "Stylize and Promote Feeds", find the upload mechanism at the bottom of that page.


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Posted: 09 Dec 2012
Simple sharing of Instagram photos on your Enfeedia news feed 
FeedBack ( 0) Here's a super simple way to share a photo on your Enfeedia news feed using the Instagram app. After you snap a photo using Instagram -- and apply effects if you wish -- select "Share Copy URL" under Instagram's "Photo Options" to have the URL for your photo copied to your clipboard. Then, when you post an item pertaining to that photo, simply paste that URL into the appropriate field on the data entry form for your item.

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Posted: 17 Jul 2012
NEW REMOTE POSTING FEATURE! Post items from an HTML form on *your* website using our API 
FeedBack ( 0) Today Enfeedia announces support of Remote Posting onto Enfeedia feeds published by members at the Publisher-Pro membership or higher. By placing a simple HTML form on your website, you can either permit the general public to post on the feed you specify (e.g., a testimonial feed or discussion forum) or limit who can post to a selected group (e.g., a club or association).

In the latter case, the form includes additional password and email fields that the user enters. Or, you can place the form on a password-protected page on your website and not require the user to enter the password and email address in the form.

Now you don't need to send people to your Enfeedia account to post new items. To keep things simple, the information that can be posted with this API is limited to the item title, a link for the item title, and the item description (aka article). URL links can be inserted in the description simply by including the full URL.

Future releases may expand on what can be included in the posting (e.g., YouTube videos and images); contact us and give us your opinion! But for simple testimonials, discussion forums, clubs and associations and the like, most of the time the title, link, and description will meet the needs.

The API is built on the Reporter feature that supports moderation to protect against objectionable postings. That means you can implement posting to a 'public' feed from your website and receive an email when someone -- a 'reporter' -- has posted an item awaiting your approval. Until you approve it, the item will not be posted on the feed. Or you can elect not to moderate, your choice.

To learn about this API and get the HTML form code, click here.

If you have not yet upgraded to the Publisher-Pro membership, do so now to get the benefit of this feature for your customers and visitors. For example, implement a testimonial feed in about 15 minutes and engage your customers!


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Posted: 06 Jun 2012
AFTER THIS POSTING, future postings will no longer cause "old style" email alerts to be issued; Register NOW for "new style" alerts 
FeedBack ( 0) Several notices have been published to communicate to those registered for email alerts that the alert system was going to be upgraded to a new system based on Google FeedBurner or MyYahoo, depending on the membership level of the account that posted a new feed item. Over the past few weeks, during this transition period, alerts have been issued using both systems, so if you had already registered with the new system, you were getting duplicate alerts.

As of 6/7/2012, the old style alert system will be turned off. Alerts will only be issued with the new system. Click the title of this item to review the original announcement.

If you have not registered for alerts for feeds using the new system, you are encouraged to do so now so as not to miss important information. You register for each feed for which you want alerts. It is quick and easy, so there's no reason to procrastinate.

Here's how to register: Locate the feed on the website for which you want alerts. For example, there are three feeds on the Enfeedia website, presented about 75% of the way down the home page. You will find a "Set Up Pings (Email Alerts)" link below the last item shown for the feed. Click that link to open a window that provides information about the process. Then click the link in that window to proceed with registration.


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Posted: 31 May 2012
TAKE ACTION NOW to continue to receive new-postings email alerts! 
FeedBack ( 0) If you have registered to receive email alerts when new items are posted on one or more of this website feeds, THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS IMPORTANT TO YOU! An improved alert system managed by Google's FeedBurner application is being phased in, and the current system will be turned off in early June ... in a few days!

You must have your email address verified with the new FeedBurner system to receive alerts (aka notifications) from that new system. If you do not, beginning in early June, you will not see new postings unless you visit the website.

With the new system, the full posting is included in the alert email so you get all the news delivered to your email in-basket.

To make things simple, I've included the FeedBurner registration links below for each of the feeds. Click a feed name below to open the FeedBurner page where you begin the email verification process for that feed. It will only take about a minute of your time for each feed to do this process. Do it for all feeds to not miss a thing.

Enfeedia News
Tips About Enfeedia
Articles About RSS News Feeds

(If you have already registered for the Feedburner system, you will get two alerts for each new posting, one from the current system, one from the FeedBurner system. But that will not be the case beginning early June when the current system is turned off.)


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Posted: 01 May 2012
Announcing Enfeedia's Upgraded "Email Notification System" 
FeedBack ( 0) One of the most important features of RSS technology is the ability to be notified by email when items are posted on a feed. Why? So that you don't have to incessantly search websites to find out what's new. With an RSS news feed, what's new is delivered to your in-basket if you are registered for email alerts for that feed.

Enfeedia has previously employed an internally developed "ping" email system whereby those email alerts are delivered to those registered for alerts. Today, Enfeedia is introducing a two-pronged alert system using industrial-strength "email notification systems" (ENS) offered by Google Feedburner (for premium memberships) and My Yahoo (for the free Communicator memberships).

At Enfeedia, we wish to remain focused on what we do best: offering an easy and well-featured system for publishing RSS feeds, for novices and experts alike. Just like we don't wish to be a video or photo sharing service, notwithstanding the importance of video and photos embedded in feeds, we likewise don't wish to divert our focus to support email notification system when fine solutions are available elsewhere. So, just as we support YouTube, Vimeo, and Flickr for video and photo sharing, we are now supporting the ENS of Google Feedburner and Yahoo.

We will phase out the existing Enfeedia email notification system around the beginning of June, 2012. Beginning today, anyone registering for alerts will be directed to either My Yahoo or Google Feedburner depending on the membership level of the feed publisher. Those already registered for alerts using the previous alert system will continue to receive those alerts until phase-out.

Enfeedia will issue an email to all those registered for alerts with the previous system to encourage them to re-register, including instructions on how to do so, so as not to lose alerts after phase-out.

We will continue to use the term "ping" to indicate email alerts, regardless of which system is used. "Set Up Pings" will direct the user to the appropriate service.

The registration process for Google Feedburner is similar to what we previously employed, amounting to nothing more than a simple email verification process. Give it a try: Register now!


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Posted: 11 Mar 2012
New OFFLINE feature: Take items temporarily offline. But why? 
FeedBack ( 1) Now you can take any of your feed items offline by simply adding *offline* in the title (including the asterisks). When you want to bring it back online, simply remove *offline* from the title, and the item will re-appear unmodified.

But why would you want to take an item offline? The inspiration came as an offspring of offering freelance items on your feed for advertisers. To grant an item to a freelancer/advertiser, the account owner first has to create a "place saver" item in order to specify a freelance password -- the password the advertiser uses to gain access to just that item. But it's not so cool to have the place saver item hanging out in your feed waiting for the advertiser to post something. The solution is to add *offline* to the place saver item title, and when the advertiser posts his/her item using the Re-Post function, their item will go online (unless they decide to include *offline* in the title).

When an item is offline, it will not be displayed either on a website when syndicated there using Enfeedia's shootOnSite script, nor will it appear in the NewsPage for that news feed. The item is preserved on the feed, and in fact will appear in the xml version of the feed (because others do not support an offline feature).

The offline feature is not limited to freelance items. It can be used for any kind of feed hosted by Enfeedia. For example, you may wish to be composing an item for publication but not yet have it appear on your website, or perhaps want to prepare a calendar item but want to defer its public appearance until the date draws near. Simply keep *offline* in the title until it's ready for prime time.

The offline feature is available now (or I would have included *offline* in its title) and is available at all membership levels.


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Posted: 07 Mar 2012
How to make money from your feeds, Part 2 
FeedBack ( 1) In Part 2, I show how you can make money by "consigning" one or more items in your feed to advertisers -- anyone who is willing to pay you money to have their message commingle with your feed items, and to be able to update their message whenever they want, as often as they want. It's based on the unique Freelance feature of Enfeedia.

Here's how: Create a "place-saver" item (e.g., "coming soon...") item on your feed and assign to it a Freelance Password. Provide that password to the advertiser in return for whatever payment or consideration you want, and send them instructions on how to post their message (to replace the place-saver message). Your advertiser simply clicks the shootOnSite link associated with the feed, enters the freelance password you gave them, and then proceed to fill out the form, just like you do to post an news item, to post their message.

Freelancers, and therefore your advertiser, is denied some of the features of Enfeedia for security so you need not worry about what they can do when logged in to post their message.

Should the number of items in your feed be the limit for your membership level when you attempt to add another item, the auto-deletion feature (of the oldest item) excludes deletion of freelance items. So the advertisers' items don't fall of the end of the feed as your feed grows in terms of the number of items.

The Freelance feature is supported at the Publisher-Pro membership level.

Give it a try. Create an item in your feed, assign it a freelance password, and approach a party you think might be interested. The more pervasive your feed is on the internet, the more valuable that item is to an advertiser. If you are sufficiently active in posting items on your feed, it will appear in the Featured Member Feeds section on the Enfeedia home page -- how's that for exposure. And it also appears in your Hub, a recently announced feature. Syndicate your feed on your home page and add more value to your freelance items. (This example -- www.enfeedia.com/syndicate.php?AN=enfeedia&FN=tips -- provides instructions for syndicating the Enfeedia News feed. To get instructions for syndicating your feed, open the NewsPage for your feed and click the "Syndicate" link in the link strip at the top of the page. Or simply plug you account name and feed name in the above URL where "enfeedia" and" tips" are shown, respectively, after the = sign.)


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Posted: 20 Feb 2012
Now post FeedBack comments without having an Enfeedia account 
FeedBack ( 1) Now people who are not members of Enfeedia can post FeedBack comments on items (for feeds that the feed owner has enabled FeedBack). A simple email validation process is required to gain permission to post comments. The poster can include an alias that will appear with the comment or choose not to in which case the comment will be shown as posted by "anonymous".

Members, enable your feeds for FeedBack comments today to engage readers in conversations about your posted items. The more involved readers are with your feed, the more likely they are to check out your business or endeavor more closely. And just as the case for Enfeedia members posting comments, you can delete objectionable comments whether the poster includes an alias or posts anonymously.


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Posted: 16 Feb 2012
Introducing Member Hubs! 
FeedBack ( 1) Every member now enjoys the benefit of his/her individual Hub. The Hub is the member's central location for important connections on the internet.

Specifically, what's a Hub?

A Hub is a webpage dedicated to an account for a member that (1) lists all feeds in the account, (2) lists all Enfeedia-hosted feeds that the member is tracking using Ping email alerts, (3) lists all feed items for Enfeedia-hosted feeds for which this member has posted a FeedBack comment, and (4) displays the member's "directory" feed, also a new feature of Enfeedia. The listings also include some tools that are useful to visitors to the Hub for reading a feed, subscribing to a feed, setting up Ping email alerts, and syndicating a feed.

How is one's Hub found by others?

(1) If the member is sufficiently active in posting items on a feed, the feed and account name will appear in the Featured Feeds section on the home page of Enfeedia. And if not there, then possibly on the Top 100 RSS Feeds that one sees when the Top 100 link presented just below the Featured Feeds listing. Then, if one clicks the account name on the Top 100 listing, the Hub for that account is opened in a new tab/page. (Note that "link juice" gets passed from the high-ranking Enfeedia home page to Hubs.)

(2) If one posts a FeedBack comment on any feed hosted by Enfeedia that has FeedBack enabled, the comment is preceded by one's account name which is a link to the Hub for the commenter's account. What's cool about this is that others who are engaged in a discussion about an item will see those links associated with the comments and perhaps click over to a Hub to learn about a person posting a comment. And in your Hub, you will see a line for each item you posted a comment in, with a "Read" button that will display the item including all comments for that item.

(3) Effective today, every feed NewsPage now includes a link to the account Hub for that feed. The link is located just below the "See Also" link that some of you are using with effect. So you can see that the more you promote your feed, the more others will encounter that link and perhaps click over to your Hub.

(4) You can put a link on your website to your Hub. The address for your Hub is the same as the address for your feed but with the feed name excluded. For example, if your feed address is www.enfeedia.com/see/MY_ACCOUNT/MY_FEED.xml the address for your Hub is www.enfeedia.com/see/MY_ACCOUNT/ .

(5) You can promote your Hub in any of the feeds you publish.

(6) You can promote your Hub in your email signature with a live link to your Hub.

Why do you care if someone visits your Hub?

Two good reasons: First, the visitor will see your list of feeds in your Hub. The visitor may choose to explore your feeds and get involved with your endeavor.

Second, the visitor will see your "directory" feed which, being a standard feed, can be anything you want. You can post ads, links to various websites you may publish or websites of others that you like and for which you perhaps get some return favors, to online images and videos. Items in your directory feed can include images and videos if you are at least a Publisher premium member (which you can get at reduced rates, even free). Please note that the feed name "directory" is reserved for this purpose, for automatically displaying the in the Hub (i.e., syndicated in the Hub). So, create a "directory" feed as you would any other feed, and see it appear in your Hub.

Take a look at your Hub today to see how it is constructed. Here are a couple of examples from two of our members: www.enfeedia.com/see/carolmurrayrealestate/ and www.enfeedia.com/see/goldmountain/ . Check them out!


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Posted: 05 Feb 2012
How to make money from your feeds, Part 1 
FeedBack ( 1) In Part 1, I show how to make money from your feed NewsPage by configuring your NewsPage to present Google ads with the Google AdSense program ... that pay to you! You must have at least an Enfeedia Publisher premium membership but check out how you can get a free Publisher account. Until today, you had to have an Enterprise membership to embed your Adsense ads.

Here's how to configure your NewsPage:

(1) Open an AdSense account with Google. Follow their process as if you intend to get the code for installing Google ads on you website. Don't concern yourself with the ad format or any other details, you just want to get your Adsense account code. That's all you need.

(2) Then, edit your feed (go to "Set Up Feeds"), and locate the place on the data entry form where you enter the Google Adsense account code; it will be in the NEWSPAGE SIDEBAR CONTENTS section towards the bottom of the form. Enter the account code in the place provided. You're done.

From that point on, Google ads will appear in the right sidebar of the NewsPage in which your feed appears. Google inserts ads that are generally consistent with your news feed topic, because Google knows that people interested in your content will also be interested in the ads having the same topic. That's good for you, too, because you get paid each time an ad is clicked by a visitor. (Caution: be aware that it is against Google terms of service to click your own ads! Be sure to read all about that, and other aspects of the AdSense program including statistics and payment reporting, on the Google website.)

Be sure to promote your feed to bring eyeballs to the ads. The more ad clicks, the more money you make. Three easy ways to promote your feed are:

(1) Include a text-link on your website to your feed NewsPage. Click here to get the text-link code for your feed.

(2) Include a text-link in your email signature so that every time you send email, you are also telling the recipient about your NewsPage. Use the same text-link code as for (1) above.

(3) Share your NewsPage on Facebook or other social networking site. Here's how: Open your NewsPage, then use any of the social network buttons across the top or associated with any in your feed. Include an interesting comment for your readers about what you are sharing, and submit it.


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Posted: 19 Jan 2012
Introducing the Enfeedia Associates Program and Invitation to Join 
FeedBack ( 4) We are making preparations to introduce our Enfeedia Associates program. The concept is driven by the observation that people come to the Enfeedia website to investigate the application of RSS feeds to their online marketing program, to promote their ventures and endeavors. RSS feeds are indeed a powerful element of such marketing programs, but of course there are other elements that comprise an overall effective solution. We also recognize that our members may lack the full range of skills and knowledge necessary to maximize the effectiveness of their online presence.

Therefore we have decided to incorporate into the Enfeedia website articles from experts in a wide range of speciality areas pertaining to effective online publishing. Typically those articles will be tips and 'how-to' advice that Enfeedia members will find useful, and will also present our members with points of contact with those experts should they wish to directly engage them in their online communications endeavors.

The areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, website design, search engine optimization, video production and presentation, copy development and editing, social networking, press releases, graphic art design, and photo image processing.

Enfeedia Associates will be Enfeedia 'Freelance' writers who will each be provided a spot on one of several RSS feeds that will appear at strategic places on the Enfeedia website. As such, they will be able to publish articles whenever and as often as they want, taking advantage of all the features of Enfeedia-hosted RSS feeds.

We are now accepting requests to join the Enfeedia Associates program. If your organization provides services that facilitate and enhance online communications, then contact us so we may evaluate your organization for the program; please include your website URL. If you know of an organization -- perhaps one with whom you are already working -- that might benefit from becoming an Enfeedia Associate, please pass this message to them and/or refer them to us. I think they will appreciate your recommendation.

Your help in developing the Enfeedia Associates program to benefit all of our members as well as casual site visitors considering membership is appreciated. Your comments and suggestions are also appreciated, so feel free to leave FeedBack comments for this news item (click the FeedBack link). If you are not currently an Enfeedia member, why not take this opportunity to sign up (for FREE) and enjoy the benefits of RSS feed publishing. Visit our website!


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Posted: 11 Jan 2012
How to get a FREE 'Publisher' Membership 
FeedBack ( 0) Learn how to get a FREE Publisher membership by posting on your home page an RSS icon with text-link for the Enfeedia news feed.

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Posted: 03 Jan 2012
REDUCED PRICE FOR "ANNUAL" PREMIUM MEMBERSHIPS! 
FeedBack ( 0) To receive a substantial reduction on the cost of a monthly subscription memberships, consider these rates for annual memberships. "Publisher" membership rates shown below, compared to the $48/year price for a monthly subscription:

1 Year
$36/year (25% off monthly subscription)

2 Year
$32/year (33% off monthly subscription)

3 Year
$24/year (50% off monthly subscription)

Similar reductions in other premium membership rates also apply. This offer is for a limited time and may be withdrawn without notice, so act now!

Learn more!


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Posted: 08 Dec 2011
Enfeedia-published RSS feed + attached reader comments = interactive blogging: Introducing Enfeedia's new FeedBack feature. 
FeedBack ( 3) With our new FeedBack feature, you can enable the posting of comments for feed items. A FeedBack Channel is dedicated to each item with the comments presentation one click away. Embedded at the beginning of each item description is a "FeedBack" link that opens a NewsPage showing just that specific item followed by a tool for posting comments and all previously posted comments.

For an example, check out the NewsPage for Enfeedia's "Tips" feed for which FeedBack has been enabled.

Now you can more thoroughly engage your viewers and keep them comin' back. There is widespread agreement that blogging is a very strong tool to bring your business to the attention of others whom you can convert into followers or customers with your call to action. When a person posts a FeedBack comment, (s)he is rewarded with a text-link posted with that comment that connects others to the comment posters Enfeedia feed directory where others can learn about him/her. Consider the viral benefits of posting FeedBack comments.

When you publish your RSS feed with Enfeedia, you are just a few steps away from integrating your blog into your website. Whether you use the previously announced BlogBlender tool to display recent postings or just install an RSS icon on your site that when clicked opens your blog in the browser or in your NewsPage, your blog can be front-and-center on your home page, or of course anywhere you want to install it on your site.

Consider posting FeedBack comments for your own items to update readers on what's transpired since your item was posted, and perhaps to stir up conversation that will motivate folks to stay engaged with your endeavor.

WIth the RSS feed being the engine that produces the blog, you can get all the benefits of RSS in spreading the word. People can subscribe to your blog using any of a myriad of feed readers including browsers, they can register for email alerts to be notified when you post new items, they can simply bookmark your Enfeedia-published NewsPage that contains your blog. Your blog can be syndicated anywhere for more exposure ... with the FeedBack comments always just one click away. By the way, your NewsPage is indexed by search engines such that it can appear in search engine results pages.

Have a facebook account? Use an app such as RSS Graffiti to automatically post items -- blog posts -- on your facebook Wall and/or on any of your Pages. Again, with the FeedBack Channels one click away to engage your facebook friends. When one posts a FeedBack comment, it immediately appears with all instantiations of the blog. So if, for example, one posts a comment on your item appearing on your Facebook Wall, it will also show on your website, in feed readers ... wherever your feed appears.

FeedBack requires a Publisher membership. Log into your Enfeedia account and upgrade today (at My Account) to leverage all the benefits of publishing RSS feeds.


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Posted: 01 Nov 2011
Seamlessly blend your blog feed onto your website home page in minutes with Enfeedia's BlogBlender 
FeedBack ( 0) Why bury your blog in an interior page of your website, or worse, send your hard-earned site visitors off to some blog hosting site instead of keeping them on your site? Instead, immerse your site visitors into your story and captivate them when they land on your home page. Did you know search engines know how long a visitor stays on a webpage they found from an internet search and give your website more "search value" for the search term they used?

Why thumb through template after template for your blog trying to find one that coordinates with your website design? Instead, give your blog the exact look-and-feel of your website that you carefully designed, because it "inherits" that design.

Why ignore the SEO benefits to your website by failing to incorporate your blog onto your home page? Instead, blend your Enfeedia-hosted feed-driven blog onto your home page such that your blog contents are crawled and indexed by search engines. Did you know search engines love fresh content and RSS feeds? With Enfeedia, your RSS feed is the underlying driver of your blog. Whenever you post a new item on your blog feed, your webpage hosting the feed is automatically updated.

BlogBlender is simply an Enfeedia-supplied pre-defined code snippet you insert in your home page (or any page) that invokes the Enfeedia shootOnSite RSS Feed Reader script. Working together, they present your blog feed on your webpage just as if they were hard-coded there.

Two code snippets are provided, one that presents your blog items in the traditional vertical column format, the other presents those items in a horizontal row format. The horizontal format is especially convenient for website designs where it's difficult to carve out a vertical column of space.

These code snippets are NewsOnSite snippets that have pre-defined variables providing the best blending of your blog feed into your webpage. If you wish, you can customize them to achieve other effects. If so, go to "Stylize & Promote Feeds" at Enfeedia and make your option choices.

Once you have opened an Enfeedia account for any membership level and published your blog feed, you are only four steps away from presenting your blog on your website. (1) Go to "Stylize & Promote Feeds" to select your BlogBlender code snippet and (2) to download the shootOnSite script. (3) Insert the code snippet into your webpage. (4) Then simply upload your BlogBlended webpage and the shootOnSite script to your server. Detailed instructions are provided at "Stylize & Promote Feeds".


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Posted: 26 Oct 2011
ENFEEDIA SLASHES RATES FOR PUBLISHER AND PUBLISHER-PRO PREMIUM MEMBERSHIPS 
FeedBack ( 0) Enfeedia announces new lower rates for the the Publisher and Publisher-Pro premium memberships effective today, October 26, 2011.

The Publisher membership rate has been reduced 60%, from $10 to just $3.99 per month. The Publisher-Pro membership monthly rate has been cut 55%, from $15 to $7.99. The Communicator membership remains intact and is an incredible bargain at the price of zero.

Key features of the Publisher membership include easy embedding of YouTube and Vimeo videos directly into your feed items, gallery link-back for Flickr-hosted images embedded in feed items, a random item-selection feature for SEO benefits, elimination of ads from your NewsPages, 'editor' and 'reporter' collaborative posting, 'calendar' and 'subchannel' feeds, three additional feeds for a total of five, raising the maximum number of items per feed from 20 to 50, and doubling the maximum length of item descriptions (the 'article') from 4,000 to 8,000 characters.

Key features for the Publisher-Pro include all the features of the Publisher membership plus 'freelance' posting with auto-logging for item allocation to others, a headline feed for a summary listing of items from other feeds in your account, a Google search tool for drawing viewers to your website, insertion of PayPal buy-now buttons directly in feed items, private (members-only) password protected feed items, doubling of the number of feeds and items per feed vis-a-vis the Publisher membership (10 and 100 respectively), and raising the length of descriptions another 50% over the Publisher membership (from 8,000 to 12,000 character).

For details regarding these and all features, see Features. For a convenient comparison of all features as a function of membership level, see Memberships.


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Posted: 22 Sep 2011
Now embed Vimeo videos into your feed items, in addition to YouTube. 
FeedBack ( 0) You can now embed your Vimeo video directly into your feed item. All you have to do is paste in the URL for the video (the URL that shows in the address bar of your browser when viewing the desired video in Vimeo) when entering your item information. It shares the same entry box with YouTube. Here's how it looks; video by Bran Dougherty-Johnson title "Happiness".


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Posted: 13 Sep 2011
"All About Enfeedia" video now available 
FeedBack ( 0) Here's a simple way to get a complete overview of the Enfeedia news feed publishing service: "All About Enfeedia", now playing on the Enfeedia home page. Whether you are just a beginner or wanting to brush up on features and benefits of the service, you'll find this short video very helpful.

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Posted: 24 Jun 2011
Experiment with on-site feed syndication without even creating an Enfeedia account 
FeedBack ( 0) Want to see what a feed would look like on your site before registering an account at Enfeedia and publishing your own feed? Now you can do that using Enfeedia's news feed as an example. Your server must support "php", but most do. Here's how:

(1) Fetch the shootOnSite script from the Enfeedia server by going to enfeedia.com/promote-news.php and clicking the "Download File" button near the bottom of the page. Then upload the script to your server (place it in the same folder that holds the webpage file). Do not change the filename of the script.

(2) Insert a code snippet on your webpage at a place where you want the feed to appear, then upload your revised page to your server. Click here to get that code snippet. Copy all of it and paste it into your webpage code.

The number of items displayed, the length of the item descriptions, and some other parameters are set to default value for this demo. In practice, you have control over a variety of parameters affecting what's presented and the appearance of what's presented.


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Posted: 24 Jun 2011
New option to sign in with email address 
FeedBack ( 0) Previously, you needed to use your Account Name to log into your Enfeedia account. It seems that generally, people easily remember their email address and password but some have difficulty remembering their Account Name. No matter, now you can use your email address in lieu of your Account Name to sign in.

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Posted: 03 May 2011
Enfeedia announces "library" feeds to cache recurring or re-usable items 
FeedBack ( 0) Have you ever wanted to write up a feed item for later publication because you have the information at hand now and want to do it while the idea is fresh? Have you wanted to recycle items for events that recur, even with differing details (seminars, product specials, etc)? Have you wished you could create a repository of feed items for various events or promotions and then release them, perhaps with revisions, when the time is right? Have you wanted to draft a complicated item and preview it without publishing until you get it exactly right? Then you will like this new RSS feed publishing feature from Enfeedia.

Effectively immediately, you can build your own respository for stashing feed items simply by naming the feed "library". That's all you have to do. A feed with that name is not published, but the contents are stored in the Enfeedia database. You can review, edit, add items just like any other feed. When you decide to use one of the saved items, simply edit the item in the library feed (even if no changes are to be made), and after you submit it, take advantage of the opportunity to copy the item to another feed in your account -- or even other accounts for which you were provided an "editor" password. Specify the desired feed, and it will be added to that feed, and the item instantly published on that feed.

In similar fashion, if you find that you previously posted an item that you would like to add to your library for re-use at a later time, simply edit that feed, making changes if you wish, and copy it to your library feed.

In effect, you can think of your library feed as a scratchpad or cache for feed items, organized as a feed. But not published. Organize your long term promotion programs, your various seminars, your investment advice newsletter, your product upgrade announcements, and so on, as a project. Then, as time passes, select the items from your library, update them if conditions warrant, and let 'em rip out to the public in one of your feeds.


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Posted: 02 May 2011
Horizontal layout of news items for OnSite display now supported by Enfeedia.com 
FeedBack ( 0) Previously, when you syndicated (embedded) a news feed on your website, although you are given a considerable number of parameters to control that display, you were not able to specify that the items should appear horizontally across the page in addition to their vertical layout. Now that’s changed. When you get your code snippet at Enfeedia (click "Stylize & Promote Feeds"), you will find you now can choose between vertical and horizontal layout of items on the page.

What’s the big deal? It turns out that Enfeedia members often find that it’s easier to add a horizontal space across their website than a vertical column without considerable rework of the page design. If nothing else, it’s a piece of cake to present the feed in a horizontal band across the bottom of the page. Better yet, find a break in the page more near the middle and insert it there for more eyeballs.


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Posted: 27 Apr 2011
New feature to specify the number of items to present in a NewsPage, and specify if randomly selected or not 
FeedBack ( 0) Until today, the number of items present on the unique Enfeedia NewsPage was the complete feed -- all items -- unlike displaying a feed on a webpage where you select the number of items to present. With the update to the ShootOnSite scripts released today, you can now control how many items in a feed to display on any NewsPage. This feature is particularly useful for feeds with many items posted where one doesn't want to delete those "old" items but wishes to display only the more current items, if for no other reason, to save page loading time.

Also, you can specify whether the items displayed are selected based on chronology or selected at random from all items in the feed; this feature is like the random selection feature recently released for feeds displayed OnSite. We've heard from members who would like to create large galleries of items but present a subset of them randomly selected.

Note that the XML feed file includes all the item such that non-Enfeedia readers and aggregators will show all items. Of course, all items remain in the Enfeedia database and are available for editing, reposting, etc. One could decide to implement a plan where items not currently being shown are re-posted to gain the top positions and thereby appear on the NewsPage, pushing other items off the page, for the purpose of "rotating' items based on seasons, events, sales, etc.

To make your selections, go to Stylize & Promote Feeds and navigate to Stylize Your NewsPage; you will see two entries to control these features.


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Posted: 14 Apr 2011
UPDATE: New 'Random Item Selection' feature for galleries, reports, music, events, and more 
FeedBack ( 0) UPDATE: Now you can specify how many items you want selected at random, and can use this feature with either the Remote or Local version of the shootOnSite script. The previous announcement below has been edited to reflect this improvement.

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Usually RSS feeds are used to announce news. Showing news items in chronological order makes sense, so that what the viewer sees is the most recently posted news. When feeds are used for news items, often only the most recently posted half dozen items are of interest, the older ones now being old news.

But there are important applications of feeds for items which need not be shown in chronological order by posting date and for which all items in the feed maintain their value because they are not time sensitive. Applications include using feeds for art or photo galleries, for publishing reports such as investment and health tips, for promoting music, and so on.

The question then arises of how to give all items "equal time" when syndicated on a webpage -- your's or other's. If many items are posted on the feed, showing all the items may not be practical because of space limitations on the webpage.

To address this issue, Enfeedia now offers a Random Item Selection feature wherein one or more items of the feed can be selected at random and displayed whenever the webpage syndicating the feed is opened. Space on the webpage is just that needed for one item. Viewers of the feed, if interested in what they see, can click on the round RSS button to open the feed in a NewsPage and view all items in the feed.

Here's how to implement this feature. Proceed to get the embedding code, as usual, by clicking the Stylize & Promote Feeds link. Follow the instructions to get code snippet for the Remote NewsOnSite version. In the list of options, you will now find one for Random Item Selection. Or if you have already installed the code snippet on your site, you can simply add, for example, &GUID=-1 (notice the minus sign after the equals sign!) to the code immediately ahead of the closing "); code. The example shows selecting one item at random; change the -1 to correspond to the number of items you want selected (e.g., for 5 items, use -5).

Insert the code snippet onto your website as usual. You're done.

One more thing. Those of you who are familiar with SEO techniques know that search engines favor websites that have fresh content. Because, with this feature, items are selected at random for presentation each time the page is opened, search engines are highly likely to see different item(s) each time they crawl the page, interpreting the new item(s) as fresh content. Your webpage in which the feed is syndicated will get the benefit of that fresh content.


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Posted: 19 Feb 2011
A Directory of the Top 100 feeds now linked to from the Enfeedia home page 
FeedBack ( 0) WIth the addition of the Top 100 feed directory, search engines will now index the feeds and pass "page rank juice" to the feeds from Enfeedia. The inbound link from Enfeedia to the feed's NewsPage will help to move the NewsPage webpage higher in SERP (search engine results pages) which in turn will bring more traffic to the feed.

The Top 100 are determined by a number of parameters, but basically, it's a matter of frequency and recency of postings onto the feed. To ensure your feed stays on the list, be sure to post items on your feed from time to time ... but make sure they are quality items having relevancy to your feed topic and interest to your viewers.


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Posted: 07 Feb 2011
Enfeedia's developer is now sponsoring a LinkedIn Group, "RSS-Centric Marketing" 
rss marketing linkedin RSS news feed publishing FeedBack ( 0) Join the new "RSS-Centric Marketing" group on LinkedIn either to participate or just listen in. You can learn new ideas about RSS and surprise yourself by teaching others about what you already know. Two discussions have been started. Or start your own discussion.

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Posted: 20 Jan 2011
Do you have a special feature requirement for your feeds you'd like to see in Enfeedia? 
FeedBack ( 0) Enfeedia is now entertaining requests for custom and proprietary features. Our feed publishing architecture provides a number of opportunities for implementing custom features. Contact us with your ideas!

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Posted: 01 Jan 2011
What is RSS? Why is it important? How does Enfeedia help? Let Nancy tell you in the playful "Nancy Does RSS" video series. 
FeedBack ( 0) As a result of requests for simplified explanations of RSS -- what it is, why it is important -- and how Enfeedia is the easy way to publish RSS feeds to exploit the benefits of RSS, Enfeedia has produced the first three episodes of a video series, "Nancy Does RSS", a playful 'cartoon version' of RSS and Enfeedia.

The first three episodes are:

Part 1: Nancy Agrees to Help Todd About RSS (shown on Enfeedia home page)
Part 2: Nancy Helps Todd with RSS Basics
Part 3: Nancy Helps Cynthia Get Started


The next episode will present the basics of promoting RSS feeds using tools provided by Enfeedia. Additional episodes are planned to delve into the more advanced features of Enfeedia and search engine optimization.

Naturally, the series is being provided on a new Enfeedia feed, "nancydoesrss". You can also view the series on our YouTube channel.

ENJOY! And may you have a Happy and Prosperous New Year!


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Posted: 09 Dec 2010
Feed items can be shared with LinkedIn contacts and groups starting today 
FeedBack ( 0) People viewing your Enfeedia-hosted RSS feed can now share individual items of your feed with their LinkedIn contacts and groups. It's simple: For each item displayed on your feed NewsPage, an "IN" button is presented, like this: . When one clicks that button, a LinkedIn window opens that gives them the ability to comment on the item and post it to their contacts and groups on LinkedIn.

Now Enfeedia provides three powerful tools for viewers of your feed to share individual items of your feed: facebook, StumbleUpon, and LinkedIn. Encourage everyone you know to use these tools to help spread the word for you. And you can of course use these tools to share your items with your friends, contacts, and groups.


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Posted: 29 Nov 2010
StumbleUpon recommendations now offered on feed items 
FeedBack ( 0) If you choose the option to have a facebook 'share' button associated with each item in your feed, you now also get the StumbleUpon icon that provides the ability to recommend the that item to other subscribers of StumbleUpon.

It's always been possible to recommend the entire NewsPage to StumbleUpon subscribers, but now individual items within that NewsPage can be recommended. When the icon is clicked revealing the item, one can then go on to share the item with others.


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Posted: 05 Nov 2010
Feed description length vastly increased 
FeedBack ( 0) The maximum size of the Description for feed items has been vastly increased for premium memberships. The size for the basic membership remains at 4000 characters, but has been increased for the Publisher, Publisher-Pro, and Enfeediac memberships to 8000, 12000, and 16000 respectively. With this expansion of the Description field, it is now possible to include long articles that in the past would have required you to upload it as a PDF file to a server as a separate document and then have your item link to it.

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Posted: 09 Oct 2010
Flickr picture display tool now integrated into Enfeedia 
FeedBack ( 0) Enfeedia now integrates a tool that makes it simple to display a picture from your Flickr gallery as your item image. Simple copy the HTML code provided by Flickr for the picture of your choice and paste the code into the appropriate box on the entry form. Online instructions are provided where you post the item.

Enfeedia extracts from the Flickr provided code (1) the URL (address) for the image and (2) the URL for Flickr webpage where that image is displayed; that URL becomes the link for your image. Thus, using this tool, you comply with this Flickr Community Guidelines condition: "pages on other websites that display content hosted on flickr.com must provide a link from each photo or video back to its page on Flickr."

As background, any image you wish to include with a feed item must be online somewhere. At Enfeedia, we have chosen not to be a photo storage/sharing site but instead recommend you use one of the many fine photo sharing sites that already exist. Flickr is an excellent choice as it is well know that, among photo sharing sites, it is far ahead of others in driving traffic to websites, just as YouTube is far ahead of other video sharing sites in driving traffic to websites.

Click here to see an example of a feed that presents images from Flickr. Click any one of the images to see how it links back to the Flickr page for that photo. (If your browser does not display RSS feeds, then click here to see the feed presented by Enfeedia.)


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Posted: 13 Sep 2010
Facebook 'Share' button now available for news items on NewsPages and 'Like' button for your NewsPage 
FeedBack ( 0) The free Enfeedia membership now includes the feature of Facebook 'Share' buttons on individual news feed items shown on NewsPages. Clicking the Share button provides the ability for a Facebook user to post a comment, with a link to your news item, on the user's Facebook Profile ("Wall"). That action further results in that comment being published on the Facebook activity feeds ("News Feed") for that user's friends and friends-of-friends. Additionally, selection of this feature also includes a 'Like' button at the top of your NewsPage that lets Facebook users tell other Facebook users they like your overall NewsPage.

Imagine the additional promotional capability of Enfeedia's RSS publishing system given the ability for viewers of your feed to share your items with their friends and friends-of-friends, and the additional promotion when they in turn decide to "like" the feed item.

To add Share buttons to your news feed items and a Like button to your NewsPage, simply edit your feed (go to Set Up Feeds) and enable the feature in the data entry form.


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Posted: 15 Jul 2010
Introducing Enfeedia's Subchannel Feeds 
FeedBack ( 0) Following on the heels of the announcement of provision of a 'Calendar Feed' type, Enfeedia now announces avaiability of its 'Subchannel Feed' type.

The Subchannel feed type derives its name as an extension of RSS feeds often being referred to as 'Channels'.

With a subchannel feed, you can group items in your feed by categories that you assign when posting items onto the feed. Using Enfeedia's 'shootOnSite' feed reader and Enfeedia's 'NewsPage' mini-website feed reader, the items are presented within their respective categories under caterogy tities, and presented in reverse posting order within those groupings just like a standard news feed.

Read this item on our 'Tips' feed to learn more about this new feature and compare it to standard feeds and Calendar feeds.


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Posted: 08 Jul 2010
Now Available from Enfeedia: Calendar Feeds 
FeedBack ( 0) Traditionally RSS feeds present items in the order in which they are published. That's perfect for breaking news, but is awkward when feeds are used for calendar driven events -- meetings, recreational events, seminars, entertainment events, and so on -- for which viewers of the feed would like to see the items in order of the event date, not the posting date.

Moreover, the items should be posted in chronological order, not reverse chronological order as is the case for traditional feeds, such that the "top" item is the next upcoming event, and items below that in the feed are events going off into the future.

By marking a feed as a "Calendar Feed", Enfeedia re-sequences your postings according to the event date (and optionally time) that you specify, no matter when you post an item onto the feed. The event date is separate from the posting date for items, so users can also view the feed sorted by posting date if they wish.

Additionally, you can optionally direct Enfeedia to present your Calendar feed on Enfeedia's "NewsPage" feed reader to display both "upcoming events" sorted chronologically as described above, and in another column, display "past events" in reverse chronological order so that you view the most recent past event at the top of the feed. This two-column presentation is ideal for events that include some follow-up action, such as for upcoming meeting announcements coupled with meeting minutes subsequently published. As time goes by, Enfeedia automatically moves items from the "upcoming events" column to the "past events". Click here for an example.

And as always with Enfeedia, people can register for "ping" email such that they receive automatic notification whenever you post an item on your feed.


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Posted: 24 May 2010
NEW FACEBOOK FEATURE: Add a Facebook 'Like' button to your NewsPage to bring traffic to your feed 
FeedBack ( 0) Effectively immediately, you can elect to have a Facebook Like button with the thumbs-up graphic automatically inserted on your NewsPage, just above your Title. The address of your NewsPage is associated with the button such that when one clicks the button, they report to all their Facebook friends that they like your RSS feed. That can bring more traffic to your NewsPage.

If you write interesting or entertaining feeds, they may then elect to follow your feed by registering for pings, such that they get automatically generated email alerting them whenever you post new items. That email includes a link to your NewsPage.


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Posted: 20 Mar 2010
NEW: One-click login direct to feed from browser bookmark 
FeedBack ( 0) Making Enfeedia even easier to use, now you can login directly to your feed from a browser bookmark that is specific to your account and a predetermined feed. When you click the bookmark, the login page opens for that feed. Login to open the page for adding and editing the feed. And once in your account, you can select other feeds as well.

So now, when are are surfing the 'net and come across something you'd like to mention on your feed, simply click the bookmark, click "add", and enter the information on the form Enfeedia presents to you.

It's easy to set up the bookmark; here's how. Click the "shootOnSite" link associated with the desired feed. The page that open is the login page for that feed. Bookmark it and you're done.

As a reminder, you will find that "shootOnSite" link at the bottom of your news feed when displayed on your site, and at the top of the feed's NewsPage that is presented when you click the red-and-green "E" icon associated with the desired feed.


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Posted: 29 Dec 2009
Enfeedia announces new feature of inserting YouTube video directly in news items 
FeedBack ( 0) If you want to insert a YouTube video directly into an item of your Enfeedia feed, simply copy the URL provided by YouTube and paste it into the appropriate entry form when adding or editing your item. See How to podcast your YouTube video and embed the podcast on your website on our Tips feed for details. This item includes such a video as an example. (See "where is the video" if you do not see the video below.)


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Posted: 11 Dec 2009
Category feature enhanced to offer Freelancers ability to add to the feed Category field 
FeedBack ( 0) Prior to this enhancement, Freelancers were not permitted to change the value in the "Category" field of the RSS feed. The feed owner could lock down the category value, giving the owner control over on-site displays using filters.

WIth this change, the Freelancer can add words to the category, with those words being appended to what the feed owner specified. This provides the feed owner to further filter the on-site feed display to select only those items that match the Freelancer's addition.

For example, if a Freelancer is assigned to a spot on a feed pertaining to real estate, the Freelancer could include the MLS number for the home being descreibed in the Category field. The feed owner could display the feed on site in a place where that home is described, and display the feed item only for that home, using the filtering feature, so only that home in the feed appears at that spot on the website.


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Posted: 10 Dec 2009
Enfeedia introduces new +PING button for easy sign-up for ping email 
FeedBack ( 0) Following on the announcement of the Ping feature, Enfeedia announces the availability of code snippets to display a +PING button on your website. When the +PING button is clicked, a screen is opened to provide the ability to register for ping email when new items are posted on the feed associated with that +PING button. The screen that opens is the same one that open when the "Set Up Pings" link at the top of the NewsPage is clicked.

For an example, see the top of the Enfeedia home page. You will find the +PING button under the Painless Tutorial link.

To get the code snippet for the +PING button, go to Stylize & Promote Feeds and follow the on-screen instructions.


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Posted: 19 Nov 2009
UPDATE- Announcing easy-setup PINGS for rapid notification of new feed postings 
FeedBack ( 0) Effective immediately, Enfeedia now offers its Ping method for notification of new postings on Enfeedia-hosted feeds. Here's how it works: At the top of any NewsPage, you will find the "Set Up Pings" link. Click it to begin the simple three-step process. First, you provide us your email address in a form. Second, we send you an email validation code. Third, you copy that code into a form back on Enfeedia.

That's all there is to it. There are no accounts to set up anywhere. To protect your privacy, we do not record the email address you provide us until you give us the correct validation code. Simply hold the Enfeedia window open, go to your email reader to get the email with the code, and return to the open window to enter the code. Once you submit the code, we then store your email address in our database. And we never sell or offer your email address to others under any conditions.

Once your ping for a feed is set up, you will receive notification by email of new postings between approximately 10 and 20 minutes after the posting. Try it -- select the Enfeedia news feed as an example.

UPDATE- Now the account owner for a feed can set up pings for others, simply by entering the email address and the account password. Enfeedia automatically sends email to the person informing them that the ping has been registered, plus instructions on how to unregister the pings.


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Posted: 19 Nov 2009
Dateline enhancement to Freelance items 
FeedBack ( 0) Enfeedia introduces the 'Dateline' feature to items posted by Freelance writers. Dateline is a term used within the newspaper industry to indicate the location origin of the story (e.g., Washington) but no longer actually includes date or time information. The dateline will appear at the beginning of the news item description (e.g., "WASHINGTON - The president signed into law today a bill that...").

The owner of an Enfeedia-hosted news feed can pre-set the dateline for freeelance items in that feed, i.e., the freelancer does not enter the dateline. Additionally, the owner of the feed can control whether the dateline is just plain text or is a text-link to a separate Log Feed in which the freelancer's postings accumulate. (A freelancer's Log Feed offers additional publication or promotional value to the freelancer.)

A significant value of the dateline is offering the owner of the feed containing freelance postings the ability to include a distinctive label for each freelancer's postings. For example, if the theme of a feed is travel destinations, and if freelance writers are assigned to various destinations, the dateline can be used to indicate that travel destination without imposing on the freelancer some convention on the postings to provide that indication. Similarly, if the theme is investments, the dateline could indicate "stocks", "bonds", "real estate" and so on, with a freelance writer assigned to each investment topic.

For an example of the use of datelines, see Vacation Rentals In The News.


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Posted: 19 Sep 2009
Experiment with publishing news in Enfeedia's Sandbox 
FeedBack ( 0) You can know experiment with posting and editing items onto a "demo" feed by going to Enfeedia's Sandbox. Instructions are provided. Give it a try!

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Posted: 17 Sep 2009
New ReadAFeed entry into Enfeedia for streamlined reading and posting feeds 
FeedBack ( 0) If you browse to readafeed.com, you will enter Enfeedia in 'lite' mode. This mode provides a streamlined way to read a feed only knowing the account name. You will be given a list of feeds in that account if the account isn't unlisted. Or if it is unlisted, you can enter the feed name directly.

Once the NewsPage for the selected feed is displayed using this lite mode, you can edit it (add items, edit items, delete items) in a more streamlined fashion by clicking the shootOnSite link at the upper left of the NewsPage.

For lite mode, the assumption is made you already have some experience using Enfeedia, because much of the explanatory information is removed in lite mode. However, even with very little experience using Enfeedia, you will find using lite mode pretty obvious.

The streamlined format of ReadAFeed is especially convenient for cell phone access to Enfeedia for posting items and reading feeds, because of the reduced text and narrow screen format appropriate for call phone viewing.

Give it a try with your free account.


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Posted: 16 Jul 2009
The Gazette feature, now renamed Snippets offers new capabilities, including a Private mode 
FeedBack ( 0) Previously, a Gazette webpage tended to be targeted at public newsletter or bulletin board type applications. Enfeedia has now released an upgrade to the Gazette -- and renamed the feature "Snippets" -- that provides for secure (password-protected) communications among organizations of any kind wishing to benefit from RSS technology without publishing their information publicly. Consider corporate inter-department communications, project management organizations, dispersed sales forces, and family communications.

To make your Snippets page private, upgrade your membership to the Enfeediac level, then go to "About My Account" and specify a Privacy Password.


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Posted: 29 Jun 2009
Now in beta: Auto posting of your feed onto your TWITTER account 
FeedBack ( 0) Now you can have your latest Enfeedia feed posting be automatically posted on your Twitter account. The Tweet comprises your feed title and link. Let your friends, family and associates know so they can follow your message stream. If you have an enterprise or endeavor for which timely information is critical, encourage other to open a Twitter account and follow you!

Interested in trying this out? Contact us for more information.


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Posted: 22 Jun 2009
New and convenient ShootOnSite short-cut method to post items 
FeedBack ( 0) Now you can post your items faster and easier with the "shootOnsite" link to a special Enfeedia log-in screen. Feeds displayed on-site and in the NewsPage format include a shootOnSite text link that when clicked, opens a simple login window for adding items to your feed. All you need to remember is your password. So when you are viewing your website, you are just a few clicks away from adding a news item.

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Posted: 09 Jun 2009
Featured Feeds now appearing on the Enfeedia home page 
FeedBack ( 0) Beginning to day, a list of featured feeds is presented on the Enfeedia home page. Inclusion in the list is based on a combination of criteria including posting frequency. Benefits to the feed publishers include additional exposure for their enterprises as well as improved search engine page ranking.

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Posted: 02 Jun 2009
Category Filter feature added to provide enhanced control over news feed on-site display. 
FeedBack ( 0) With the new category filter feature, items in a feed can be selectively displayed. The feed publisher can enter target words into the feed category field (a standard field on all RSS feeds) when adding or editing a feed item. Using Enfeedia's shootOnSite script for displaying the feed on a website, filters can be specified which are compared to the target words in the category field. Only items having a target word matching the filter are displayed.

Two filters are available. If both are specified, both must match target words for an item to be displayed.

As an example, consider a feed which presents news for cities in various states. The category for each item can contain the city and state names (using underscores to connect multi-word names). By specify a state name filter with the shootOnSite script, only items pertaining to that state will be displayed. If the second filter specifies a city name, then only items pertaining that city in that state will be displayed.


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Posted: 20 Apr 2009
All Enfeedia Membership Levels Now Available 
FeedBack ( 0) Try the FREE Communicator membership. Then graduate to one of the highly featured membership levels that make Enfeedia the most powerful RSS ONLINE PUBLISHING SYSTEM (tm) available.

Build ecommerce sites.

Publish photo galleries using categories for ease in locating items.

Add site search tools to your feed items.

Exploit collaborative posting with Editor and Reporter modes, including moderation.

Embed PayPal purchase buttons to your items.

Publish a "Headline" feed that captures and aggregates your postings made to other feeds in your account.

Implement an automated "item rental" business to advertisers for profit.

Add Google ads (Adsense) to your dedicated NewsPage, that pay to your Google account.

Password protect selected items for members-only applications -- great for publishing an online for-fee newsletter when combined with the PayPal tools.

Publish a multi-feed "gazette" with ease.

Display your feed items directly on your site for site visitors and search engines.

So get started now with this powerful promotional tool, and let us know what creative applications you've found for Enfeedia!


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Posted: 19 Apr 2009
Enfeedia adds PayPal Add-To-Cart buttons to RSS 
FeedBack ( 0) With the Publisher-Pro membership, you can now add a PayPal "Add-To-Cart" purchase button to any items in your RSS feed. Go to PayPal to create the button -- specifying your merchandise, purchase price, etc -- then get your button code from PayPal. Simply copy the "value" number associated with the "hosted button id" within that code and enter it with your item posting.

The button will appear in your feed offering your audience a method to purchase the item, using their PayPal account or a credit card without even having a PayPal account.


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Posted: 25 Mar 2009
Auto-insertion of Contact button on NewsPage 
FeedBack ( 0) WIth the latest update of Enfeedia, feed publishers can now specify that a "Contact Feed Owner" button be posted on the NewsPage, just below the feed title. Upon clicking it, a form opens for the site visitor to write an email message and have it sent to the Account Owner's email address. The email address is kept out of view of spammers who harvest email addresses from websites. Check out our feed as an example.

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Posted: 14 Mar 2009
Reporter postings can now be moderated by Account Owner or Editor for editorial oversight 
FeedBack ( 0) Enfeedia offers multiple ways people can collaborate to write items for feeds. The Account Owner can of course post items. And the Account Owner can provide for an Editor or Reporters to post items onto a feed using special passwords.

Enfeedia now supports optional moderation of Reporter postings onto feeds. If moderation is selected for a feed, any item posted to that feed by the Reporter is captured but not inserted into the feed until approved. This editorial oversight feature provides the ability for the Account Owner to review the Reporter's posting prior to it going online, either directly or by delegating that oversight authority to an Editor.


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Posted: 30 Dec 2008
Enfeedia announces new Image OnSite Display Suppression feature 
FeedBack ( 0) If you've been caught between wanting a large image embedded in your feed item description and the impact of load time of the page showing that image, you now have a solution. With the Image OnSite Display Suppression feature, you can include a large image with your description but cause a camera icon to be substituted into the OnSite display of your feed (using the ShootOnSite feature). When one clicks the camera icon, the image is opened. But because the small camera icon is presented in place of your image, the load time of your web page is not affected.

This feature only affects display of the image when the feed is displayed on your web page.Your image is not suppressed in the NewsPage display and is included in your feed, at thumbnail size. And when that thumbnail image is clicked, either a full size version of the image is displayed, or a web page that you chose instead is opened.

Go to Stylize & Promote Feeds to get your code snippet to control how your feed is displayed on your web page, i.e., "OnSite".


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Posted: 18 Dec 2008
Vacation Rentals In The News opens for business, using Enfeedia's Freelancer mode with Autologging features 
FeedBack ( 0) Today, Vacation Rentals In the News begins operation, offering vacationers a selection of act-now special vacation homes. The service is based on a single feed, "InTheNews", that providers of vacation homes can post onto, as Freelancers. Spots on the feed are consigned to those providers. And when they post, their item is automatically "autologged" to their own news feed.

During its introductory phase, membership in the service will be limited, to ensure an orderly start-up.


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Posted: 25 Nov 2008
The Enfeedia News Feed Publisher announces a new Freelance Logging feature. 
FeedBack ( 0) With Enfeedia's Freelance Logging feature, when a freelance writer publishes an item onto a hosted feed, that item is automatically and simultaneously posted on a feed owned by the freelance writer. Whereas the freelance writer publishes only to the one (or several) item spot(s) designated by the feed owner, all those items accumulate over time on the freelance writer's feed, building a powerful tool for the freelance writer to use for his/her own benefit. Consider these applications...

A real estate advertising organization hosts a feed to which (s)he designates real estate agents as freelance writers for a fee. The advertiser places that feed on important websites reaching the real estate buying public. Agents publish onto that feed to promote their business with news pertaining to their market. And when they do, those items also accumulate in their own feed that they can use on their website, or other websites, for additional impact.

Similarly, an advertiser of vacation rentals providers can contract with those providers to display their postings on the advertisers site, as freelance writers. Their postings accumulate in their own feeds for use on their site, giving them a marketing engine to further their businesses.

And so on, for promoting other businesses like restaurants, financial advisors, and event planners. Sign up today for the "Publisher" membership to prosper from these features.


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Posted: 18 Nov 2008
Enfeedia introduces automatic Headline postings. 
FeedBack ( 0) Enfeedia introduces automatic 'Headline' posting onto a news feed you specify as your Headline feed in your account. If you have multiple news feeds in your account, you will find this feature useful for your viewers in that they can subscribe to, or set up alerts for, the Headline feed and be notified whenever an item is posted to any feed in the account. The automatically posted item in the Headline feed comprises just the item title which links over to the feed where you posted this item.

To pick a feed to serve as the Headline feed, go to Set Up Feeds, select the Advanced Data Entry Mode, and select "Make this feed a Headline feed". You can make the selection when adding a feed or when editing an existing feed.

Whenever you post an item on any other feed in your account, using Advanced Data Entry Mode, you can specify that it also be added to your Headline feed. You will find the check box towards the bottom of the data entry form.


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Posted: 29 Oct 2008
Improved NewsOnSite implementations using the ShootOnSite news reader script 
FeedBack ( 0) Implementation of NewsOnSite using the ShootOnSite news reader script has been improved, adding clarity to the instructions and improved navigation. Enfeedia's NewsOnSite feature provides you the ability to display your feed directly on your website, if your webserver supports PHP. A full explanation of support requirements are spelled out. (Most webservers provide the required support).

The feed is displayed by an Enfeedia-developed "news reader" script called ShootOnSite. You can elect to use the script that's located on the Enfeedia server or you can upload a copy onto your own server. Either way, by placing a small Enfeedia-supplied code "snippet" on one of your web site pages, the feed will be displayed right at that spot on that page. The code snippet executes the ShootOnSite script to perform that function.

Not only will visitors to your site appreciate such quick and easy access to your most current information, rather than have to search your site for what's new, but also search engines will reward your site with higher search results page placement because of the value they place on fresh content.

NewsOnSite comes with your free "Communicator" membership. Sign up now and get the benefits of on-site feed presentation!


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Posted: 21 Aug 2008
New ShootOnSite script for displaying your news feed on-site 
FeedBack ( 0) Enfeedia is now offering two ways to display your Enfeedia-generated and hosted news feed on your own website. Choose either "NewsOnSite" or "ShootOnSite".

To use NewsOnSite, simply insert a code snippet that Enfeedia provides to you that will execute the NewsOnSite script on the Enfeedia site. Go to the "Promote News" tab at enfeedia.com to get that code.

To use ShootOnSite,
(1) download our ShootOnSite script and upload it to the directory that holds the web page upon which you want to display your feed, and
(2) install a code snippet that Enfeedia provides (that executes that local script) onto your webpage where you want that feed displayed.

Both cases require that your host support PHP. But whereas your host must also support "PHP external includes" for NewsOnSite, not so for ShootOnSite. So if your host us unwilling to support those "external includes", ShootOnSite is just the thing for you.

For an example of ShootOnSite, view the Run Away To Santa Fe Vacation Rentals website. Look about midway down the page.

Download the ShootOnSite script here. We are in the process of adding the code snippet generator for ShootOnSite, but in the meantime, here is a simple version you can try:



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Posted: 12 Aug 2008
Enfeedia announces new 'Freelancer' feature. 
FeedBack ( 0) Available immediately, Enfeedia's FreeLancer feature.

With this feature, the owner of an RSS news feed can assign writing privileges to a freelance writer for any feed item or items. Privilege is granted by providing a Freelance Password, done so on an item-by-item basis. The same Freelance Password can be assigned to multiple items across multiple feeds owned by one owner to give the freelance writer access to all those items, conveniently offering those items to the writer once signed in. A freelancer signs in using the account name and the special Freelance Password -- that's it.

Until the account owner revokes the password, the freelancer can maintain the item as consistent with the assignment. Then at some point, the assignment can be discontinued simply by deleting the password.

Consider these examples of applications:

-- The owner of a stock-tracking news feed can assign writing responsibilities to specialists on those individual stocks.
-- A department manager can assign writing responsibilities to direct reports using the feed as a real-time no-email auto-alerting status reporting system.
-- A real estate broker can assign writing responsibilities to individual agents in the office to produce a comprehensive brokerage information feed for clients.
-- An entrepreneurial account owner can offer an advertising feed, for restaurants for example, where each restaurant can provide a freelance writer to post promotional information, including posting seasonal specials, menu changes, holiday events, and so on.

The Freelancer feature is available at the "Publisher" membership level and higher.


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Posted: 23 Jul 2008
Announcing release of the personal multi-feed group-published "Gazette" 
FeedBack ( 0) Enfeedia announces release of the "Gazette" feature and is making it available for a limited time with the "Publisher" membership.

The Gazette is a multi-feed group-published online "newspaper". One builds the custom Gazette for their account simply by filling out a form. Entries include title, subtitle, title link, additional links, and up to 16 feeds. For each feed, the user can specify how many stories to display, and how much of each story to display (with the full story presented by click a "read the feed" link).

Furthermore, for each feed, the user can specify one of three styles: "Standard" (users with a password can read any story and post to any feed), "For Members Eyes Only" (users need a special password to read the story, but can see the title), and "Owner Posting Only" (only the owner of that feed can post to that feed).

You can think of the Gazette as a multi-user blog. For each feed, a visitor to the Gazette is given the opportunity to subscribe to the feed or receive email alerts upon new postings, and to share content on popular social networking sites.

Consider the possibilities: community bulletin boards (e.g. for members of home owners associations), clubs, family shared newsletters (with each family member having his/her own feed), real estate agents, and more.

Check it out at Enfeedia.com. Sign up for the Publisher membership. Once you are enrolled, click "Publish Gazette" and get going.


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Posted: 10 Jul 2008
View this video for plain-english tutorial about RSS feeds. 
FeedBack ( 0) Do you find RSS feeds to be somewhat difficult to understand? Like anything else, when you first encounter something new, it can be confusing. Wouldn't it be nice to have a simple explanation about RSS from a good teacher? Then this video is for you.

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Posted: 29 Jul 2008
Enfeedia feeds are validated as RSS *and* Atom compatible 
FeedBack ( 0) All feeds generated by Enfeedia are compatible with both RSS and Atom standards. So you don't have to worry about that arcane detail when selecting a news reader. See for yourself, go to Feed Validator, plug in the address of the news feed you wish to check, and get the results. You can get the address of the feed by clicking on the RSS icon for the feed and copying it from your browser address bar. (If your browser substitutes "feed" for "html", you will need to reverse it back to "html" when you enter it into Feed Validator.)

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Posted: 28 Apr 2008
RELEASE ANNOUNCEMENT (UPDATE 2): Publisher Membership now available. 
FeedBack ( 0) Enfeedia announces the immediate availability of the "Publisher" membership level.

New features:

- Advertisements omitted from your NewsPage. (By the way, ads are never inserted, at any level membership, into a news feed.)

- Flexible "Editor / Reporter" feature for group collaboration. Others can post items into your feed, given a password you provide, without accessing each other's submittals. Editors have the priviege of approval of reporter news items before they appear on-line.

- More of your custom news feeds with more news items per feed. Consider creating "feed arrays" where items in a "master" feed link to "subordinate" feeds. One news feed address leads to all connected feeds. Imagine a real estate master feed with each item linking to a dedicated feed for a specific property that displays an annotated picture gallery. Check out this example NewsPage.

- Ability to insert a Google site and web search tool directly into any news item of your feed. Use your news feeds to lure readers of your feed to your website.


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Posted: 18 Jan 2008
Available now, automatically insert a Google search box into your news item. 
FeedBack ( 0) Simply by specifying the address of a website to be searched and a nickname for that website, Enfeedia will automatically insert a Google search box into your news item. (We also override, for news items with Google search boxes, any item length restrictions you may have specified to be sure the Google tool is fully and properly displayed.)

Readers of your news feed can easily search your website using their search terms ... and can also search the Web using the same tool. Imagine how well-written news items can be used to pull visitors into your site, giving them the ability to explore the topic using search terms of their choosing.

This news item includes the search box, with the RunAway GetAway Alliance website used as an example. Thinking about a ski vacation? Give "ski" a try. Enjoy!





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Posted: 15 Jan 2008
Improving your site's SERP with news feeds. How? 
FeedBack ( 0) Here's how. Improve your site's Search Engine Results Placement using RSS News Feeds in three ways.

First, search engines know from which search term a site was reached, and for how long a site visitor stayed on that page once there. It's widely believed that with this knowledge, search engines will improve the SERP for a search term the longer one views the site using that search term. By including well-written news feeds on your site, you can retain the visitor's attention and keep them around for awhile longer, thereby improving your SERP.

Second, when you include news feeds on your site and add a news item from time to time, you keep your website "fresh". Search engines reward sites with fresh content, compared to relatively static sites, with higher SERP. Yes, you could just change your website HTML code from time to time, but hohw much easier it is using a news feed for this purpose: no coding, no file uploading, no web designer fees.

Finally, the content of your news items is "crawled" be search engines. If you write news with thoughtfully selected keywords organically intertwined with your text, your web page will be seen increasingly more relevant to search terms appearing in your news items as well as across your site, again improving your SERP.

Don't miss out on the news feed opportunity. They're easy, powerful ... and free.


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Posted: 08 Jan 2008
Now automatically insert images and include text-links in your news items. 
FeedBack ( 0) Now Enfeedia automatically generates the code for you to include an image and one or more text-links in your news item.

For images, you specify the address for the image and we do the rest. A thumbnail version appears in the news item, and if one clicks the image, the full-size version of the image is presented. Or you can choose to have the image link go to any online document / webpage you want.

For text-links, you simply specify the text to be made into a link, and enter the link for that text. We generate the code to make that text a text-link. Make as many links as you want. Consider the search-results benefit to your website by including links to your site in various news items that you publish.


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Posted: 23 Dec 2007
Features of the free Communicator membership level upgraded 
FeedBack ( 0) Available immediately ... Second-level membership features have been merged into the free feed publishing "Communicator" membership. Enjoy the benefits of multiple feeds and double the number of news items. Existing members have been automatically upgraded.

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Posted: 08 Jan 2008
Read any news feed just by entering its Enfeedia account name 
FeedBack ( 0) For Enfeedia-hosted news feeds, it's only necessary to know the account name for the account in which that news feed is published in order to read the feed. No need to enter or copy-and-paste cryptic news feed addresses. Just enter the account name in the provided field. You will then be given the opportunity to select any news feed in that account to be displayed.

If you publish a news feed with Enfeedia, you can easily direct others to your news feed by simply telling them to visit Enfeedia.com and enter your account name ... so make sure your account name is memorable!


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Posted: 23 Dec 2007
Now limit your NewsOnSite news display to your desired length, and... 
FeedBack ( 0) ... if the item is longer than you permit, Enfeedia automatically links it to the full item. No upload of documents required, no cryptic links to provide. With this feature, you can choose to include lengthy articles right in your news feed without taking excessive space on your website. And still enjoy the benefits of on-site news for both your visitors and search engines.

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Posted: 23 Dec 2007
Introducing ENFEEDIA ... Really Simple Steps to Write, Manage and Drive Your News and Information to Your Audience. 
FeedBack ( 0) ENFEEDIA announces the commencement of unique news publishing services designed not only for the benefit of your audience but also for improved visibility of your website in search engines results placement. During our introduction stage, we will be selecting a limited number of Charter Members who intend to be active news publishers and who would like to help shape the future of ENFEEDIA with their suggestions. Absolutely no prior knowledge of news feeds required, just the desire to communicate. Check us out!

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Posted: 03 Jun 2013
Feeds in side panels -- always at your fingertips 
enfeedia RSS feed publisher FeedBack ( 0) Consider syndicating your feed in a side panel of your home page. It remains "off stage" until you get tempted to slide it put by clicking a button. It's hard to resist, knowing som ... read RSS feed item.

Posted: 07 Apr 2012
The most frequent oversight in posting a feed item 
enfeedia RSS feed publisher FeedBack ( 0) In posting an item on a feed, be sure to provide a link to online content that provides in-depth material about your posting -- probably a page on your website.

The good way to do t ... read RSS feed item.

Posted: 07 Apr 2012
Compose your post in Microsoft Word? NO! 
enfeedia RSS feed publisher FeedBack ( 0) Here's what Google-owned Feedburner says about the headaches you can encounter if you use Word or another word processor to create your blog post (which will end up as an XML file ( ... read RSS feed item.

Posted: 07 Apr 2012
How to receive FeedBack comment alerts without posting a comment of your own? 
enfeedia RSS feed publisher FeedBack ( 0) When you post a comment about a feed item using Enfeedia's new FeedBack feature, you can choose to receive email alerts when new comments are posted. That's great for tracking a ... read RSS feed item.

Posted: 24 Dec 2011
Don't procrastinate! Producing video for your feed can be much easier than you imagine. 
enfeedia RSS feed publisher FeedBack ( 1) Although the enhanced visitor experience and great SEO benefits of video in your feed items is generally well appreciated, too often publishers procrastinate doing so believing it will ... read RSS feed item.

Posted: 16 Jun 2013
About the value of retaining existing customers and how RSS can be used for that purpose 
enfeedia RSS feed publisher FeedBack ( 0) Here's an important article about the value of retaining existing customers. Consider how a marketing program using your own RSS feed can be used in an ongoing campaign to retain cu ... read RSS feed item.

Posted: 25 Aug 2011
Why the 404 Not Found message when viewing my feed? 
enfeedia RSS feed publisher FeedBack ( 0) If you created a news feed but then were unable to view the feed (getting a "404 Not Found" or equivalent "no file found" message), it's because you have not yet posted a news item ... read RSS feed item.

Posted: 13 Apr 2011
How to include an RSS icon/link for your feed in browser address bars 
enfeedia RSS feed publisher FeedBack ( 0) You've probably noticed that RSS icon that shows on the address bar of browsers when a webpage having an RSS feed is displayed. How do they do that, and how can you do it for your Enfee ... read RSS feed item.

Posted: 08 Feb 2011
Remember to include contact information or refer the viewer to a website when posting an item 
enfeedia RSS feed publisher FeedBack ( 0) When posting an item, it's easy to get immersed in your message and forget to include some contact information or a link to your website. Of course, you are not required to; you could j ... read RSS feed item.

Posted: 07 Feb 2011
Images in your item for NewsOnSite embedded feeds will appear in Google Images search 
enfeedia RSS feed publisher FeedBack ( 0) When posting an item on your embedded feed ("NewsOnSite"), include a relevant image. If you do, Google Images search will show your image for all to see. The more items you choose to sh ... read RSS feed item.

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Mobile Commerce and Engagement Stats 
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By 2014, mobile internet is predicted to take over desktop internet usage (Source: Microsoft Tag, 2012)

By the end of 2013, there will be more mobile d ... read RSS feed item.

A New Era of the Digital Revolution: The Role of Mobile Devices and Social Media in News Consumption 
enfeedia RSS feed publisher FeedBack ( 0) An interesting presentation of the shift towards mobile devices vis-a-vis news gathering.

All About RSS 
enfeedia RSS feed publisher FeedBack ( 0) RSS Rich Site Summary (originally RDF Site Summary, often dubbed Really Simple Syndication) is a family of web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works_such as blog entries ... read RSS feed item.

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You can publish this feed in two ways. (1) Simply by installing a link to this feed on your website, or (2) by syndicating (embedding) a portion of the the actual feed content on your website.


(1) Linking to This NewsPage

The following link for this NewsPage can be used to form an anchor text link for your website:

http://www.enfeedia.com/enfeedia/enfeedia.php

Alternatively, you can install an RSS NewsPage icon enfeedia news feed reader on your website using this link:

<a href="http://www.enfeedia.com/enfeedia.php"><img src="http://www.enfeedia.com/enfeedia_01.gif" border="0"></a>


(2) About Syndication

Syndication of RSS feeds simply means that the feed content or portion thereof is embedded on one or more websites (RSS = Really Simple Syndication).


Syndicate This RSS Feed

If your website server supports PHP -- and virtually all of them do -- you can display the contents of this feed directly on your website. You select how many of the most recent items and the length of the items to display. You implement this by uploading an Enfeedia-supplied script and inserting an Enfeedia-supplied PHP code snippet on your website. Use the following code snippet for a basic presentation of the most recent three items showing a maximum of approximately 200 characters, inheriting colors and style from the page syndicating the feed:

<?php
include("shootOnSite_Fns.php");
SOS_BB_col("enfeedia","enfeedia",3,200);
?>

You can fully customize the presentation of the feed on your website. To do so, go to enfeedia.com and click the "Stylize and Promote News" menu item to get the script and your code snippet. For this feed, use account name enfeedia and then select feed enfeedia.


Download the shootOnSite Feed Reader Script

You only need this script for syndicating a feed.

Click the button below to download the script file. Find the file in the folder where you receive downloads.

Upload the script file to the folder on your server that contains the webpage file into which you inserted the code snippet.

Note: The filename of the script that you upload to your server must be exactly "shootOnSite_Fns.php".

 

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About Subscribing to this RSS Feed

By subscribing to this news feed, you can stay in touch with what's new without having to go to a website and examine the content searching for changes. You subscribe without your email address being sent to anyone. And it's easy ... that's why it's called Really Simple Syndication.


How To Subscribe to This RSS News Feed

Subscribe by using a "news reader"—sometimes called a "news aggregator"—and it's quite easy. Two of the easiest to use—and free—are the news readers of Google and Yahoo. You can easily add the news feed to your personalized Google or Yahoo page. (There are other news readers available; See "Other RSS News Readers" below.)

To subscribe to the feed presented on this NewsPage, click either chiclet below and follow the online instructions. You need to have an account with the selected service.

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Other RSS News Readers

There are also many news readers available online and that you can download for free. To subscribe to a news feed using one of those news readers, you will need to provide the address for the news feed. The address of this feed is:

http://www.enfeedia.com/enfeedia.xml

Another way to get an address for a feed is to click the rss-news feed or button associated with the feed and copy it from your browser address bar. Then paste it in as directed by the news reader you've chosen.


Mobile Apps

RSS reader apps for your mobile device are a great way to keep up to date on news while on the go. Two such apps are Feedler Pro and Mobile RSS.


Browsers with Built-In RSS News Readers

Most modern browsers have a built-in news reader. All you need to do to view the feed is click the rss-news-feed or button and your feed-capable browser will display it for you. You can bookmark the feed, just as you do for a webpage, and whenever you return to the feed, the most current items in the feed will be presented.

 

Upload or Clear Photo/Image for NewsPage Title

This photo will appear in the title section of your NewsPage, immediately above the NewsPage title.

To upload a photo from your computer hard disk, click the button located below "Upload a current photo" below to select navigate to and select a file on your computer. Then click the Submit button to upload that file.

You may only upload a .jpg, .jpeg, or .gif file. Maximum file size is 1.5 MB and must be 72 ppi resolution. Your photo will be automatically adjusted to a height of 175 pixels, so your photo needs to be at least 175 pixels high to prevent the system from enlarging your photo resulting in poor resolution.

To clear (remove) a previously uploaded photo, simply click the Clear button below.







Upload or Clear Photo/Image (Common to All Your NewsPages)

This photo will appear in the "About Us" section of the Nubs for all your NewsPages. You have a NewsPage for every feed in your account.

To upload a photo from your computer hard disk, click the button located below "Upload a current photo" below to select navigate to and select a file on your computer. Then click the Submit button to upload that file.

You may only upload a .jpg, .jpeg, or .gif file. Maximum file size is 500 KB and must be 72 ppi resolution. Your photo will be automatically adjusted to a width of 200 pixels, so your photo needs to be at least 200 pixels wide to prevent the system from enlarging your photo resulting in poor resolution.

To clear (remove) a previously uploaded photo, simply click the Clear button below.




Upload or Clear Photo/Image (Specific to this NewsPage)

This photo will appear in the "About This NewsPage" section of the Nub for just this NewsPage. If you have other feeds in your account and wish to add a photo to the corresponding NewsPage, navigate to that NewsPage and upload the photo there.

To upload a photo from your computer hard disk, click the button located below "Upload a current photo" below to select navigate to and select a file on your computer. Then click the Submit button to upload that file.

You may only upload a .jpg, .jpeg, or .gif file. Maximum file size is 500 KB and must be 72 ppi resolution. Your photo will be automatically adjusted to a width of 200 pixels, so your photo needs to be at least 200 pixels wide to prevent the system from enlarging your photo resulting in poor resolution.

To clear (remove) a previously uploaded photo, simply click the Clear button below.




Embed Videos

You can embed two videos for each NewsPage (you have a NewsPage for each news feed you publish). The "Account Video" will appear for all your NewsPages regardless of which NewsPage you used to enter the embed code. However, the "NewsPage Video" is unique to each NewsPage. In other words, you can specify a different NewsPage Video for each NewsPage, but specify only one Account Video that will be used across all of your NewsPages.

To get the code for embedding a video, open the video in YouTube, click "Share", then click "Embed". Copy all the code that appears in the box and paste it into one of the two boxes below.

Include descriptions for the videos if you wish.


Enter/Edit Account Video Description (300 char max)

Enter Embed Code for Account Video:


Enter/Edit NewsPage Video Description (300 char max)

Enter Embed Code for NewsPage Video:


Enter Section Title (24 char max)