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23 Jun 2019 17:24
testing links 
enfeedia RSS feed publisher FeedBack ( 0) testing links for question marks

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24 Sep 2018 13:34
The HTML 'a' tag is now supported directly in the Item Description field. 
enfeedia RSS feed publisher FeedBack ( 0) You can now enter HTML text-links using the standard HTML 'a' tag. Do not use the method using the tildas (~~~), though that method is supported for items posted prior to Sept 24, 2018. Keligo Example ... that's a demo.

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17 Jun 2016 16:59
Still looking for an alternative to the long-ago-discontinued Google Reader? 
enfeedia RSS feed publisher FeedBack ( 0) Try "AlternativeTo" for a list of choices. Click the title of this item to go there.

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29 Feb 2016 22:03
Be sure to "work you account" to get the terrific benefits of Enfeedia and RSS feeds 
enfeedia RSS feed publisher FeedBack ( 0) Some of you create an account, then do nothing with it. Some others create a feed but never publish anything on it so it never sees the light of day. Yet others publish just one item. None of these behaviors bring you the value of Enfeedia and leave me puzzled.

Please tell me what stops you from using your account to the fullest. If it's something about Enfeedia that needs fixin', we'll do it. Go to the Contact Us page and fire away, don't be bashful. Some of your feedback may result in new tips being posted here.

While I have your attention, please note the following best practices that will serve you well:

(1) Choose an account name and feed names that help your SEO efforts. Remember, they both appear in your NewsPage URL. Because the NewsPage is a standalone webpage and get scanned by search engines, your account name and feed names should help the search engines figure out what the page is about!

(2) Your feed title should be pithy and about the ongoing series of items you intend to post. The feed description is required and should elaborate on what the feed topic is. Use your feed title link to your advantage, like linking to your website.

(3) The titles of your items should be about that specific item. And again, pithy is good. Elaborate with your item description aka article. That's where all the communication is taking place, like the body of an email. (Although sometimes just the title is sufficient.) Take advantage of your item title link to steer your viewer to the background story or article or webpage that extends your posting into greater depth. Your viewer will appreciate it.

(4) Use text links in the item description to get control of your viewer. Instructions are included where you do the posting.

I recommend you look over our Glossary, it will make setting up your feeds and posting items a breeze. Find it by clicking the Glossary button on the Enfeedia home page.

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16 Jul 2015 17:08
Change to the Title Link Feature to Overcome Common User Oversight 
enfeedia RSS feed publisher FeedBack ( 0) The default setting for your Item Link (the address of the page that opens when one clicks your Item Title) is the NewsPage for the feed in which that item is posted. Not a bad idea. However, when one views that item in its NewsPage and clicks the title, the NewsPage is opened again! Bad idea. Many users inadvertently or deliberately used the NewsPage address for the Title Link perhaps simply because it was set as the default.

As of today, Enfeedia defeats the Item Link when the item appears in its NewsPage if it is in fact the address of the NewsPage. Any other link will be unaltered. So the current operation is that when an item having a Item Link corresponding to its NewsPage appears in the NewsPage, the item has no Item Link at all. It's not the same as you deciding to leave the Item Link blank, because in that case, the item would never have a link no matter where it appeared (e.g., syndicated on some website or presented by a feed reader/aggregator).

The default Item Link is the same as the link you assigned to the Feed Link. If you left that blank, Enfeedia sets the Feed Link to the NewsPage address, and therefore the Item Links for all your items you post get that default address. You can override the default setting when you set up your feed in the first place, and alter it later if you wish by going to Set Up Feeds and changing the Feed Link.

As a reminder, it's not necessary to even include an Item Link. It's helpful if the item you are posting is not complete on its own or refers to another page, in which case you will want to link to that page. However, if your item is fully sufficient as it stands, then there is no benefit to linking to another page. (Some users, even in this case, elect to link to their own website.)

Note that this item has no Item Link because this feature is fully explained in this posting. You can tell when there's no Item Link because it is not "highlighted" like is the case for links.

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31 Jan 2015 15:04
"Magic Quotes" and other special characters supported 
enfeedia RSS feed publisher FeedBack ( 0) Enfeedia has been upgraded to support so-called magic quotes (aka curly quotes), plus these special characters:

“ ” ‘ ’ € ~ ™ œ z Y ¡ ¢ £ ¤ ¥ ¦ § © « ¬ ® ° ± ² ³ ´ µ ¶ · ¹ º » ¼ ½ ¾ ¿ ƒ … † ‡ ˆ ‰ ‹ • – — ˜ ›

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04 Sep 2014 22:37
Implement free, unlimited, basic email campaigns with Enfeedia 
enfeedia RSS feed publisher FeedBack ( 0) If you've been looking for a way to implement a no-frills email campaign (aka email blast) in compliance with CAN-SPAM regulations, but came up empty on options when you calculated the per-recipient costs, then you should consider using Enfeedia. Here's how it goes:

Open a FREE Enfeedia Communicator membership and create a feed for your email messages. Post a FeedMail subscription button on your website (code provided by Enfeedia) along with a message encouraging people to sign up. The registration process includes email verification to positively ensure people are opting in to receive your FeedMail.

When you post your messages on your feed, the items are sent to subscribers by FeedMail. They can choose to have control over the scheduling of mail delivery by optionally opening an account at Blogtrottr, the mail delivery service used by Enfeedia's FeedMail. They can choose to opt out whenever they wish, following instructions included in every email. Whenever you post your next "email message", it will be issued to all subscribers.

You won't get fancy email formats, but you will get automatic delivery of your professional looking email to an unlimited number of subscribers FOR FREE, while complying with strict CAN-SPAM regulations.

By the way, your feed can also be easily embedded on your website using Super Simple Syndication, so site visitors can read your previously emailed messages. When they discover they value your messages, they are very likely to subscribe so they get them delivered to their in-basket. And there is nice byproduct of embedding your feed on your website: enhancing your SEO campaign.

(Those of you familiar with RSS feeds will recognize that what I'm doing is looking at feeds as a way of driving email versus the traditional view of RSS feeds as something you subscribe to at feed aggregator websites.)

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16 Jun 2013 12:08
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 customers. Periodic postings about your company and products will remind your previous customers about why they purchased from you originally, and keep your company in mind when they need products/services such as you provide in the future.

Just as you like the financial benefits of retaining customers, customers prefer to buy from a supplier who they trust and with whom that have a successful relationship rather, than take a chance on a new supplier. Use your RSS feed to keep you and your customers 'glued together'.

It's important, of course, that you post material that is valuable to them and catches their eye. So make your posting both informative and entertaining. Imagery, especially videos, can be very effective at both. Enfeedia provides a simple way to embed YouTube videos right inside your RSS feed items (just insert the YouTube-provided URL) and to include Flickr images consistent with Flickr's TOU, such that you can draw your customers into your photo gallery at Flickr.

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03 Jun 2013 22:12
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 some news tidbits are awaiting your call to be revealed. You've probably seen this by now on Enfeedia NewsPages. Now the idea is being employed elsewhere like at LLGorman Pet Art.

Although not visible when the page is opened, feed content nevertheless gets crawled by search engine spiders. And there's nothing like fresh relevant content to lift your SERP results.

As is the case for Enfeedia, the side panels are implemented at LLGorman using Jquery Mobile. Give this idea some consideration for your next website project.

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07 Apr 2012 22:16
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 this is to replace the default URL for your Item Link with the URL you want. The default is simply to your NewsPage, so visitors will find that if they click that link, they just re-open the NewsPage that they were already viewing.

Another way is to include a link within your item description. And a simple way to do that is to just include the full URL (including the http prefix) within the description. Enfeedia will make that an active link but with the prefix removed. But if you'd like a more descriptive text-link, use the text-link tool when associated with posting your feed; it's one of the form entries.

Having said that, if your posting is complete in and of itself, requiring no other online document to provide the full story, then you can leave your Item Link blank, as is the case for this posting. But wouldn't you want to have a link somewhere, whether as the Item Title or within the description so visitor can learn more about you? Like this: Visit Enfeedia at www.enfeedia.com for more about publishing RSS feeds,

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07 Apr 2012 18:42
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 (feed)). The issue is not just with Feedburner, it can occur with any feed publishing service.

...the most common cause of feed problems is the content that you post. A lot of folks like to use Microsoft Word (or other word processors, we just know this one has caused us a lot of headaches) to write up their blog posts. When they do, sometimes these word processors can sneak in characters that are very difficult to render in XML. The most likely culprit is the dreaded Smart Quote, especially if you are putting quotations in your feed posts. Also, Word (we think) likes to put in special tags for formatting paragraphs, as well as address information. We don't always know where these things come from, we just know that when they are introduced, they cause problems.

So how do I keep that junk from coming into my feed/blog? Our best advice is to compose your postings in a straight text editor, like Notepad on Windows, or TextEdit on the Mac.

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07 Apr 2012 12:00
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 thread. But what if you want to receive those alerts without posting a comment of your own?

Here's how. Go through the motions as if you are going to post a comment, but just don't enter one in the form where the comment would normally be posted. Enfeedia will recognize your intent not to post a comment, but still give you the option to register for those email alerts.

Take advantage of the FeedBack system. Remember, when you post a comment, your Enfeedia account name will be presented as a link to your Enfeedia directory immediately preceding your comment. And that will draw eyeballs to your account.

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24 Dec 2011 10:08
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 be too much of an undertaking. Here are two ways to create compelling videos without using a video camera--in fact no camera at all. First I'll cover those methods then offer some additional comments that can get you into video in no time at all.

Animoto.com provides a system for easily producing videos from still photographs. You select a theme including royalty free music, then upload your pictures and give it the go-ahead. Within a short time, you'll have a very attractive and exciting video with animation coordinated with the music.Tell Animoto to upload the video to your YouTube account for the world to see. Copy the "share" code for that video provided by YouTube, paste that code into your feed item (simple instructions provided by Enfeedia), and within seconds after publishing your item, it appears everywhere your feed appears with the video embedded.

Xtranormal provides a method for creating a video using animated cartoon-like characters selected from a large collection of characters from dozens of styles. You create the video by typing in text for the characters' lines, and xtranormal converts that text to audio. You also control camera angles and effects from your keyboard. You don't even need still photos for this method. You can upload your finished video to YouTube and embed it in your feed items just as you do for Animoto.

Animoto is especially useful for presenting still photos in a way far superior to slide shows, even those with Ken Burns pan-and-zoom effects. Xtranormal videos are great for both serious and humorous pieces, it's up to you. Here's an Enfeedia video illustrating a informational application using Xtranormal: Nancy Does RSS.

As promised, here are some additional comments about producing videos. If you have a smartphone with video recording capability, it's a snap to shoot a video and upload it to YouTube. For example, after recording a video clip using an iPhone, you can upload it to your YouTube account from a menu provided by the iPhone application.

Finally, don't overlook having videos produced for you professionally. Videos are too important to ignore, and I think you will be pleasantly surprised at how affordable this option can be. In 2012, we will initiate our Enfeedia Partners program, with partners offering a wide range of services, including video production, that you can choose from to best fit your needs and budget.

Do you have other ideas for generating video? Click "FeedBack" at the lead-in of this item and comment upon those ideas!

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25 Aug 2011 08:47
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 onto that feed. Until you post a news item onto a feed, the feed file is not created. The entries you made to originate the feed go into a database, and that information is then used when you post your news item, to publish your feed. That's when the file is created. So, to publish a news feed, you must not only originate a feed (go to "Set Up Feeds") but also post an item onto it (go to "Publish Items").

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13 Apr 2011 12:11
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 Enfeedia-hosted feed?

It's actually very simply. You post one line of code in the head section (between the and tags), and you're done.

Here's that line of code -- be sure to substitute your feed title for FEEDTITLE, your Enfeedia account name for ACCTNAME, and your feed name for FEEDNAME.

You can see this in action by going to Enfeedia and clicking the RSS icon in the address bar. Very cool.

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08 Feb 2011 15:19
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 just be posting information without asking the reader to take any action. But if you do want the reader to do something about your message -- for example, to visit your website -- then you need to make sure you include the URL for the website somewhere in your item.

The easiest way is to specify the website address as Item Link. The Item Title will then be made into a text link that, when clicked, opens the website page. But be sure to include a Title! It's optional, but if one is not specified, then there would be no text to be made into a text link.

Alternatively, one can include a website address within the Item Description. By spelling out the complete URL -- including the http:// part -- Enfeedia will convert it into a link (and will drop out the http:// part in the text.

A more clever way is to put descriptive text in the Item Description, like "My Great Website", and specify a link for that text. To do this, you need to be using Extended Mode posting (selected on the same screen that is used to select a feed for posting your item). The way to do this is to first enter that exact same text into the Specify A Text Link box, followed by a space. Then enter the URL surrounded by three tilda (~) characters. No need to remember this as instructions are provided in the left column adjacent to the Specify A Text Link section. You will even find a link to a YouTube video showing exactly how this is done.

Finally, you can obviously include an email address or a telephone number in the Item Description. Just be mindful of privacy issues that may be a factor for you.

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07 Feb 2011 10:00
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 show on your site, the images that will appear in Google results, and the more backlinks you will get to your website.

For you convenience, you can easily refer to pictures you"ve uploaded to Flickr (which is also a powerhouse for driving traffic to websites). Flickr provides a code snippet for each picture. Full instructions are provided when you post your item.

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19 Sep 2010 08:38
About Feed Links and Item Links 
enfeedia RSS feed publisher FeedBack ( 0) It is important to specify the Feed Link (the link for your feed title) and Item Links (the links for item titles for individual Items in the feed) carefully. Here's why.

Feed Link

Normally, you should specify as your Feed Link the address for a website corresponding in some way to this feed. In so doing, whenever one clicks the title of your feed, the associated website will be opened. However, you can choose whatever you want.

If you leave the Feed Link entry blank when creating your feed, Enfeedia will automatically insert the URL for the NewsPage for this feed. This is useful in cases where one does not have a website or does not wish to link to a website. But understand this means that when one clicks the title of the feed, the NewsPage for the feed will open that may lead to a circular reference, not a useful result.

Item Link

Normally, the item link should be an address to an online document (e.g., webpage, PDF file, JPG image file) corresponding to the topic of that item. That online document is where one would find more information pertaining to this item. The item might be considered a "teaser" that leads one to the online document for the complete story.

In some cases, the item might be standalone meaning no additional information need be presented to deliver the full story; i.e., the item is self-contained. In this case, you can leave the entry blank for the item link when entering your item; the item link will default to your feed link.

Consequences of using defaults for both the Feed Link and Item Link

Note that if you use the default feed link (the NewsPage address as explained above) and also use the default item link, then the item link will be the NewsPage address (because the item link defaults to the feed link which defaults to the NewsPage)! Typically this is undesirable. It is highly recommended that you explicitly specify one or the other -- preferably the Feed Link -- to avoid circular references of items to the items' respective NewsPages.

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15 Jul 2010 11:27
Compare and contrast Enfeedia's Standard, Calendar, and Subchannel Feed Types 
enfeedia RSS feed publisher FeedBack ( 0) With Enfeedia's three feed types, you now have options to present your items in a way best suited to the nature of your feed. Plue you can suppress the display of item dates for subject matter that isn't date-driven. Here are the options:

Standard News Feed: Items are presented in the order that you post them on the feed. The most recently posted item is at the top (which means at the beginning of the feed file presented to feed 'readers'), with previously posted items below that in reverse chronological order. You can suppress the otherwise shown posting date if the subject matter doesn't matter, for example for photo galleries and real estate listings.

Calendar Feed: Items are presented in the order of the Event Dates (and optionally Event Times) that you explicitly assign when posting the item, in forward chronological order of event date, regardless of posting date. Forward chronological order means the next upcoming event is at the top of the heap, with events futher out into the future folllowing that event, in event date order. Again, you can suppress the display of the date, in this case, the event date, perhaps because you want the viewer of the feed to read the item descriptions to learn when the event is scheduled.

Subchannel Feed: An RSS feed is somtimes referred to as a "channel". With our Subchannel feed, you can group items according to Category that you assign each item such that, in the feed display, items of same category are grouped together under their respective category titles, and in reverse posting order like standard news feeds. Thus, for example, with five categories, you can in effect turn a feed into five separate feeds -- subchannels -- that all share the same alerting and subscription methods. Examples include an overall sports feed with categories baseball, football, soccer, etc. Or an investment feed with categories for different kinds of investments or of different risk/return tradeoffs.

When you suppress dates for any of the above, we refer to the feed as also being a Gallery Feed. So, for example, you can publish a Subchannel Gallery Feed.

To select the feed type you wish, make the appropriate selection on the feed data entry form that you access by clicking the "Set Up Feeds" link in the "News Feed Publishing" block.

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06 Jun 2010 10:22
Tips for Creating a Viral Video Successfully - Who Knows Better Than YouTube? 
enfeedia RSS feed publisher FeedBack ( 0) Here's a relevant tip from SmallBusinessNewz. Notice the last comment below about the importance of embedding video. WIth Enfeedia, you can embed your video directly in your news feed just by inserting the URL YouTube provides for your video into the YouTube entry line for your item description. And when you or others presents your feed their site, using Enfeedia's NewsOnSite feature, the video is then automatically embedded on that site!

By Chris Crum:

Viral videos can be very powerful for brands when they are successful. The beauty of the viral video is that while large brands can certainly benefit from them, it really doesn't matter how big your brand is.

In fact, brands typically aren't going to be the focal point of a video that does go viral. Google's Vannie Shu has a good post on the company's CPG blog about this. "People want watch videos that seem real and not staged," says Shu. "They don't want to watch brands that try too hard. Often, overbranding a video may decrease its authenticity to viewers. One analysis shows that users are two times less likely to engage (e.g. rate or comment) and four times less likely to share video content that is excessively branded.[i] Branded videos can make up for loss of authenticity through other characteristics. For instance, humor is the key to many viral successes. Does the video make people laugh or smile? Videos with an element of surprise are also popular. These videos shock viewers with an unforeseen twist or with something they have never seen before. These are just a few of the many elements that can make up a viral hit."


"The other thing that is really important is enabling embedding" notes Stewart. "It's probably the number one most important thing, because what we see in videos that become very popular, very quickly and take on that kind of life of its own, a lot of that initial traffic in the first 48 hours happens actually off-site."

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19 May 2010 15:21
Social Media Revolution 
enfeedia RSS feed publisher FeedBack ( 0) Here's a great video about the impact of social networking. The numbers are amazing. Notice how much more powerful the message is presented as a video with hard-driving music versus a simple text message. Did you know YouTube is the second largest search engine? So, if you are wanting to pitch your message to a large audience, videos posted to YouTube and podcasting are just the thing. (Yes, that video is pitching somebody's product -- which I'm passing on -- just as I am unabashedly pitching YouTube video podcasting with Enfeedia).

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13 May 2010 12:26
How to podcast your YouTube video and embed the podcast on your website 
enfeedia RSS feed publisher FeedBack ( 0) Podcasting

Podcasting is a method for distributing media using RSS feeds deriving benefits of RSS such as automatic notification to subscribers when items are posted. If you plan on publishing just one video on YouTube, your news feed provides an excellent way to get that video in front of others. If you publish a number of videos, each video being an episode in your series, an Enfeedia RSS feed is the perfect mechanism for distribution of those videos. You can annotate what viewers will see by entering that information in the item title and/or description.

Once you've posted your video on YouTube, it's a simple matter to include it in your feed. When posting an item, just paste the URL (address) for your video into the space provided on same form where you enter your other item information. YouTube provides the URL; referring to this image, you click the "Share" button to open the window showing the URL (both the Share button and URL are highlighted in yellow). That's all there is to it. You're in the podcasting business.

Embedding the Video on Your Site

Once you are podcasting, you can embed your podcast on your site by simply inserting a small code snippet into your webpage (this is done just once). Put the snippet where you want your podcast to show. It's php code, so your server must support php, but virtually all servers do. Typically, you'll want to present only the most recent video -- more than one can be confusing -- but the decision is yours, and it's controlled by that code snippet.

The video does not begin to play until one clicks the "play" icon. Or they can click the video to view it in full size at YouTube. If your video is sufficiently entertaining or interesting or educational such that the viewer wants to see more, they can simply click the Enfeedia "E" icon to open the complete feed in a new window. Better yet, they can set up "pings" such that whenever you add a video to your podcast, they will be automatically notified by email! They simple click a link in that email to view your podcast.

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12 May 2010 10:53
Feed content should reflect your feed appearing "anywhere" online 
enfeedia RSS feed publisher FeedBack ( 0) When posting an item on your feed, don't assume that only those who visit your site will see your feed. Your feed could appear just about anywhere. Remember, RSS is about Really Simple Syndication, which means that others could use your feed for content on their site. Or they may find your feed on any of the many feed readers out there.

So make sure your posting includes contact information and your website address (which you can make link within your item description). Some readers will strip off the link of your item title, so it's good practice to include a relevant link within your item description. Without some means to find you, your posted item can't draw eyeballs to your site.

Enfeedia provides a means to include a "contact me" form on your NewsPage, so even if you forget to put some contact information into your items, people viewing your NewsPage will see that "contact me" button in the title block of your NewsPage and have the means to send you email. (Your email address is not exposed on the site so spammers can't harvest it.)

Contact us for more information.

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26 Mar 2010 07:03
How to get the most from your craigslist postings 
enfeedia RSS feed publisher FeedBack ( 0) If you use craigslist, you will appreciate the benefit of publishing your own Enfeedia news feed to create a more lasting "connection" between your audience and your messages. When you post your ad, provide an general statement as to the nature of your ad, include a link to your feed instead of your website, and tell the reader that they will see details of your message on that feed. And urge them to subscribe to the feed to get ongoing messages.

If they find what you are doing interesting and subscribe to your feed, you will be able to get subsequent messages to them without the need for them to discover the new messages on craigslist.

When you are dealing with probabilities, it helps to maximize the odds.

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13 Feb 2010 10:02
How to use filters in feeds to select items of interest in a long feed 
enfeedia RSS feed publisher FeedBack ( 0) When the number of items in a feed can become numerous, you can use Enfeedia's filter feature to help the viewer find items of interest. Each news item includes a filter field into which you can enter one or more filter terms when posting an item. Each term can provide various "keywords" that make sense for the theme of items in your feed.

For example, for a feed about sports, for each item you could enter a sports category, a league, and a city. A visitor broadly interested in items pertaining to basketball could select that filter term. If interested in a sports in a given city, the city could be specified. Or if interested only in, say, tennis in a particular city, the terms tennis and city name could be specified to select only tennis items in the feed for that city.

Here's a real example, taken from Vacation Rentals In The News. In this case, filter terms are state, specific location within the state, and vacation rentals provider by name. To see all items in the feed, the link is:


To see all vacation rentals specials in New Mexico, the link is:


and within the Santa Fe area:


To implement feeds with filters on your website, you could either simply list the alternatives, or provide a means using a HTML form to allow the viewer to select filter terms from a pre-determined list. Using the sports example above, if your site had different pages for each sport category, you could display the same feed on each page but with the filter set to the sport category for that page, and show just those items on that page corresponding to that page's sports category. Or if you had a separate page for each city, you would use city filters to present all sports categories for that city.

One can see how this can be applied to many topics: real estate by type, by area, by school district, by price range, and so on. Investments by type, market, industry, country, etc.

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22 Jan 2010 10:01
How (and why) to insert text-links in your news item description 
enfeedia RSS feed publisher FeedBack ( 0) Inserting text-links in your news item description is valuable because you can direct viewers to one or more websites of your choosing. Furthermore, the link is "followed" by search engines crawlers in the process of indexing webpages and assigning page rank to those sites. (A text-link is simply some text that is also a link to some online document).

How to insert a text-link? By entering the link specification in the "Specify A Text Link" section of the Enfeedia entry form when adding/editing an item. (Use "Extended Mode" editing to reveal this and other options for posting items).

What's the format of that specification? It's two parts: the text that is to be made a link, and the URL (including the ) for the link enclosed in tilda marks (~~~). The text and the URL are separated by a space. The example in the instructions provided with the data entry form show the text in hot pink and the domain name portion of the URL in neon green. :-]

The text in the specification must exactly match some text in your item description. The guaranteed way to be sure of this is to first write your item description, then copy the text in that description to be made a link and paste it into the "Specify A Text Link" entry. Then add a space, then the first three tildas, your full URL, and the last there tildas. Done.

If you want to insert several text-links, repeat the above, with each specification on a separate line.

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30 Dec 2009 23:12
NOTICE: If you upload the ShootOnSite script, be sure to keep it current 
enfeedia RSS feed publisher FeedBack ( 0) If you upload the shootOnSite script to your server, be sure to check this feed from time to time to see if there are updates to fix bugs or add improvements. Please download the new version now and upload it to your server, it is mandatory to fix a potential reliability problem. Contact us if any questions.

We recommend you set up ping email for this feed to make sure you don't miss an announcement.

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17 Dec 2009 10:12
Two ways to log into your account to post items 
enfeedia RSS feed publisher FeedBack ( 0) Enfeedia offers two ways to log into your account to post new items, modify existing items, and to remove exiting items ("editing"). The industry-conventional is to go to Enfeedia.com, click the "LOG IN" link at upper right, the click "Account Owner", and log in with your account name and password. Then you will select the feed you wish to edit, if you publish more than one feed.

But there's a quicker way: Wherever you see your feed displayed, you can click the "shootOnSite" link associated with that display and be immediately taken to a page where by simply entering your password, you enter a screen to proceed with your editing business for that feed. If you know in advance what your item is to be, you can have it posted within about a minute.

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23 Nov 2009 10:11
Some html tags permitted in item description 
enfeedia RSS feed publisher FeedBack ( 0) For those of you familiar with basic html coding:

To add some emphasis to your text in your item description, basic 'font', 'em' and 'strong' tags are supported. Here are samples of bold, italics, font color, and font size.

Of course, when you are publishing your feed using Enfeedia, you need not know anything about html coding.

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08 Nov 2009 10:11
Application: ForumFeed(tm) -- multi-party unlisted feed for private group information exchange 
enfeedia RSS feed publisher FeedBack ( 0) Because Enfeedia accounts can be designated as "unlisted", it's easy to set up an unlisted multi-party forum using an Enfeedia feed. 'Unlisted' has the same meaning as for phone numbers: If your feed name is not known to others, they cannot access your feed. And like the phone company, if you designate your account as being unlisted, Enfeedia will not reveal your feed name. Or you can choose more privacy by specifying the feed be "members-only" such that it is password protected.

The ForumFeed™ application is especially convenient when using ReadAFeed to access the feed. Enfeedia previously announced ReadAFeed (see news). ReadAFeed access to ForumFeed provides an elegant way for persons using browser-equipped cell phones to participate in the chat.

To give others permission to post to a ForumFeed, simply assign a reporter password to the feed. Each participant specifies a PIN to gain access to the feed without giving them access to or control over your account information.

You can think of Enfeedia's ForumFeed application like Twitter but without the 140 character limit, and with the ability for others to whom you give the password to post on your ForumFeed. And of course, you can take advantage of the other publishing features of Enfeedia such as attaching an image that can be a link and embedding multiple text links in the description. And also take advantage of the features of RSS feeds, like setting up alerts or subscriptions.

Anywhere one has access to an online computer -- including browser-equipped cell phones -- one can read and post to the ForumFeed. They only need to know the account name and feed name. If they wish to post to the feed, they additionally need the reporter password.

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29 Aug 2009 20:08
About Newsfeed and Gallery formats and image size 
enfeedia RSS feed publisher FeedBack ( 0) UPDATE -- Enfeedia supports two formats for news feed presentation, "newsfeed" and "gallery". Also, Enfeedia give you control over the display size of an image associated with the item, "actual size" and "thumbnail size".

The "newsfeed" format is the most common and is the default. It's used for time-sensitive announcements. The "gallery" format is used to present a series of items that are not time specific; as example, consider a feed used to present a collection of art with each item being one art piece (and with each item potentially including a PayPal button for that piece). The difference in presentation is in regards to the publishing date. With the "newsfeed" format, the publishing date is included in the item display, whereas with the "gallery" format, the publishing date is suppressed.

You can specify that the OnSite display of a feed is one format whereas the NewsPage display of the feed is the other -- but typically you'd select the same format for both. When you request a code snippet for OnSite display, you are given the option as to which format you want. Similarly, when you select the stylization of your NewsPage, you are given the option as to which format you want.

In addition, you can control the size of the image (if any) associated with an item, to be either "actual size" or "thumbnail size". Unlike "gallery" vs "newsfeed" formats, the image size selection applies to both OnSite display and NewsPage display of a feed. When you select the image choice for your NewsPage, it applies to both the NewsPage display as well as the OnSite display of the feed. The image size selection you make is actually coded in the newsfeed file which means other feed readers will "see" your selection as well.

The expected typical use of these controls is that newsfeeds will include dates and thumbnail size images whereas galleries will exclude dates and include actual size images. But the choice is yours.

If you select "actual size", you must be cautious to include images whose size is compatible with the space provided for the feed to be displayed.

At the time of writing this, the thumbnail horizontal size is 120 pixels, with the height adjusted to preserve the aspect ratio. If your picture is smaller than that, the picture will actually be enlarged such that you may see a poor resolution image.

Please note that the above describes how Enfeedia displays a feed (either OnSite or as a separate NewsPage). How other news readers present dates and images is dependent on their design.

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25 Aug 2009 08:08
Promote your feed in your email signature 
enfeedia RSS feed publisher FeedBack ( 0) Here's a simple way to spread the word about your news feed. Set up your email signature in your mail reader to include, below your name, a link to your Enfeedia-hosted NewsPage. Create interesting text -- for example, See our news or See what we're up to now -- and make that text a link to your feed.

You have two choices, to link to your feed directly, or to link to your NewsPage. The latter has the additional benefit of having a group of links across the top that helps the viewer to learn about subscribing to your feed, and setting up a subscription and/or a Yahoo-delivered alert when new items are posted.

Once your signature is created, just forget about it and let it be included in all your correspondence. You'll be amazed at how many people see that link -- especially if you are clever in the wording -- and click over to your news. Give it a try!

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24 Aug 2009 21:08
How to create a banner ad for your feed 
enfeedia RSS feed publisher FeedBack ( 0) Here's a simple way to make a banner ad for your feed, using your feed logo and feed title. Simply insert code onto your website that calls for display of the feed, including the feed logo, with no items to be displayed.

How to get that code? Enfeedia supplies that code for you, as follows. Go click "Stylize and Promote Feeds" in the News Feed Publishing menu bar, enter your account name, then on the next page, select the feed you want, and continue. On the next page, click one of the two buttons located in the NewsOnSite subsection in the table. On the next page, enter the desired parameters. Specifically, for the banner ad, specify the number of items to be displayed to be zero, and specify the feed logo to be displayed. Submit those style preferences to get your code snippet.

You can see an example at the bottom of the Keligo home page.

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23 Jul 2009 21:07
Copy Item feature can save you work 
enfeedia RSS feed publisher FeedBack ( 0) Ever wanted to copy an item from one feed to another? You can do that easily using the Copy Item feature. When you add or edit an item using the Advanced Mode for date entry, you will be given the opportunity to copy that item to any feed in any account for which you know the Editor password. You will be asked to enter the account name, the feed name, and the Editor password; then click the "Copy Item to Another Feed" button and the item will be copied to the other feed.

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17 Jul 2009 09:07
Use the shootOnSite link to quickly post or edit your news 
enfeedia RSS feed publisher FeedBack ( 0) Wherever you see your feed displayed -- whether on your own website, syndicated on another web site, or presented on your Enfeedia-hosted NewsPage -- you will also see the shootOnSite link nearby (below the feed when presented on websites, and above the feed on NewsPages).

If you click that link, you will be taken directly to a login page that requires only your password. You will then have the opportunity to post an item on that feed and have your news item posted in about 60 seconds. You no longer have to go to the Enfeedia home page, log in with account name and password, click the Publish Feeds link, and then select the feed of interest. The shootOnSite link "knows" all that except your password. So there's no need to remember anything but your password!

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23 Mar 2009 12:03
Where to upload images for inclusion in feeds? 
enfeedia RSS feed publisher FeedBack ( 0) Enfeedia supports presenting images as part of your feed items. But because of the plentiful choices for storing your images online, Enfeedia does not offer photo sharing capability. Instead, if you wish to include an image in your news item, you must upload that image to your favorite photo sharing website (or your own web server). Then reference the photo by the URL assigned to it by that photo sharing site.

Don't have a favorite photo sharing site? Try one of these... flickr, hi5, facebook, myspace, photobucket, or shutterfly. After uploading your photo, get the URL for the photo. If the website does not offer a direct way to get the URL, navigate until you get your photo displayed as a jpg file, then copy the URL from your browser address bar.

Once you have the URL for your photo, you can enter it into the Enfeedia form when you are adding or editing one of your items.

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30 Nov 2008 16:11
What's the simplest way to publish a feed? 
enfeedia RSS feed publisher FeedBack ( 0) Don't be fooled by the advanced features available with Enfeedia, publishing a basic feed is very simple and fast. After you open an account, select "Set Up Feeds" and use "Basic Mode". All you need to enter is a feed name, a feed title, a feed description, and a link for the feed title. Then select "Publish Items", and again use "Basic Mode". All that is required for your news item is either a title or description (most people use both), and a link for the feed title.

That's it. After you submit the item, your feed will be online in about five seconds. Ditto for your mini-webpage NewsPage that displays your feed, and is crawled by Search Engines!

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30 Nov 2008 16:11
Can any RSS news reader or aggregator read Enfeedia-generated news feeds? 
photoenfeedia RSS feed publisher FeedBack ( 0) YES! That is, if the reader complies with industry standard RSS specifications. We validate our news feeds using Feed Validator. So, you can provide the address for your news feed generated by Enfeedia to any valid reader, and they will correctly read your feed.

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