Full feed vs. feed summary

I notice that the bloggers who are into blackhat SEO give summary feeds only. And I seriously think they know best.

Recently, I have set this blog feed to summary because one blog is practically taking every single post of mine to gain Adsense. After about a week, I notice I don’t see the trackback anymore. So I presume my summary feed works. It pissed off the blogger and he/she is off to some other blogs.

Now, I am also doing summary feeds for my other blogs. It is rather annoying to see my nice photos and complete posts with personal things being on others’ blog. You get that chills like someone is peeking through your windows. You know…that kind of feeling where your privacy is being invaded?

I know all the pro-readers of blogs, heh, that means those who lapped up blog posts through RSS hate getting summary feeds. But sorry lah, I have no choice but to curb this rampant content theft. Moreoever, I am not selling my blog based on the number of subscribers. I blog because I love it, not that I care how many subscribe.

It is so easy to syndicate blog feeds nowadays. One little plugin and you are good to go. (don’t ask me for the plugins, just Google it, you idiots!) I have done that for some Olympic blogs of mine. Yeah, I got that Olympic fever to strike gold as well. It takes only minutes. However, I don’t steal contents from other bloggers. I only take whatever news site with RSS and use only summaries. Legal and non-sinful. Amen.

Post Author: lilian

7 thoughts on “Full feed vs. feed summary


    (August 15, 2008 - 1:37 pm)

    I agree that people stealing your content sux big time. But I got a trackback today from one of those sites, and I was thinking that they do give a link to one’s blog all the same – do you see any advantage in that?


    (August 15, 2008 - 1:55 pm)

    unfortunately, I dont think there is much you can do to stop content theft. While there is a way to make (very little) money from it there will always be people trying!


    (August 15, 2008 - 5:30 pm)

    First you say it`s bad then admit to doing it yourself, but setting up your own level of acceptability. News feeds are somebody`s hard work too.

    Like Matt says, you can`t do much about it. Best plan is to try and take advantage of it. Making summary feeds does mean you have to get all the juice up in the first few words. The current hot “olympic” word is at the bottom of your post and wont show on any rss searches.


    (August 18, 2008 - 10:19 pm)

    Interestingly I’ve switched the other way this week, for similar reasons… That might sound a little odd, let me explain!

    I was seeing some of my posts being scraped to appear on other people’s sites across web (and getting trackbacks from them – which I think are worth nothing!), BUT I was using summary feeds anyway – so they must have been scraping direct from my blog!

    Hence I thought what the heck, I’ll publish full feeds for a bit to satisfy my readers!


    (August 22, 2008 - 1:15 pm)

    Several of my posts have just been ‘splogged’ too. I am turning my feeds back to summary mode but that tends to turn RSS readers away…Catch 22!


    (August 22, 2008 - 4:17 pm)

    I saw some feed where an automatic copyright is inserted at the top of every feed item, this may deter people from taking it that way (at least to some degree!).

    Mine I think have been done by actually scraping the blogsite itself rather than the feed!

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    (August 27, 2008 - 12:07 am)

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