by   May 13 2015   
Take the time and create your sitemaps, setup your RSS Feeds and forget about it. It is very easy to automate a process like RSS Feeds and Sitemaps. They were actually used as News Feeds for the longest time. You could use a RSS Reader and read the headliners. Then, if you liked it you could click the link and visit the article. Some of our old profile pages used Feeds.

Sitemaps and RSS Feeds, do you really need them?

I have noticed more and more SEO people advising other not to invest in RSS Feeds as well as Sitemaps. 

RSS Feeds:

I don't know these SEO people's backgrounds but I'll say they are either not well informed about what RSS Feeds offer to the user experience and they most likely never noticed the user agent UserAgent: Feedfetcher-Google . 

Well, I'm going to guess they don't see that UserAgent because you need to have a feed to have that User Agent index your sites RSS Feed. 

I can say my feeds have been online for over 15 years and they have had some really great results. 

Like your Twitter feed, in the old days, (20 years ago) we published RSS News Feeds which were then linked to our article page. News feeds could be viewed in browsers as summary items. They can be embedded into HTML and best of all they can be shared. 

Once you have your RSS Feed code setup it's a "Forget It" environment.

If you have a feed reader you can view any active feed like

TruckAndTools.Com RSS Pros Feed.

If you view the feed without a plug-in, reader it's going to look like a mess.
Try IE which will default to the correct view most times.

You can sort by date, category and it can run as many line items as your site can load up.

SiteMaps:

Sitemaps can be actually built from your RSS Feeds if you know a bit about XML.

You can have your sitemaps list only the newest items on your site.

Let's say you only want a months worth of your blogs online in any sitemap because after one month it's old news.

Build your dynamic sitemap to display like the RSS Feed but in XML for Search Indexing.

I use 2 methods, one is updated after I submit a new article and the other is updated at the end of the week.

I have sites that split sitemaps up and place them into groups of 250 link indexes. Then those main links are added to my Robots.txt file.

It sounds like work, right? Well it is, then when you program a script and set it up to run at a specific time and day work becomes play.

My Opinion:

Don't believe everyone lazy SEO you meet online. If you can code it and it's still being indexed and used then use it. It's not like we are asking you to code a Mobile Site and a Desktop Site again, We have Code that manages both for us now.

Without a feed, you will never be able to offer content to:
UserAgent: Feedfetcher-Google
UserAgent: Apple-PubSub/65.28

"So cool when you know you've seen so much, and yet want to claim not to know anything, just so you don't have to answer questions about stuff that has been answered online a hundred times before." Murray W.

 

 Later...

 

Take the time and create your sitemaps, setup your RSS Feeds and forget about it. It is very easy to automate a process like RSS Feeds and Sitemaps. They were actually used as News Feeds for the longest time. You could use a RSS Reader and read the headliners. Then, if you liked it you could click the link and visit the article. Some of our old profile pages used Feeds.