What Is A Private Feed?
Shared RSS was started to provide shared RSS feeds, topically organized
information submitted from any website. Some people, however, need their own
RSS feed, what we call a 'Private Feed' on this site. If you are sufficiently
tech-savvy and want to go to the bother, you can have an RSS feed on your own
website. There are programs available to let you produce and publish your feed,
or you may prefer to use this site's Private Feed service, which aims to
make the process as simple as possible.
Who Needs Private Feeds?
Anyone can have a prive RSS feed, but you need to look at it from your reader's
perspective. People tend to ignore feeds if they are not updated fairly frequently.
Shared RSS, by aggregating items from different sites into a shared feed,
helps provide for more frequent updates, even for sites that rarely add new material.
But if you add new pages to your site frequenly, you can have your own feed (such
as our Private Feed and readers will not become bored with it. If you consistently
add new material at least once a week or more often, we recommend you have your own
feed. Montly updates are a 'borderline' situation, you could have your own feed or use
a shared feed. If you don't add new material at least once a month, we recommend you
use the shared feeds.
Are Users Required To Update Frequently?
The guidelines listed above are our opinion - not rules. You can use a shared feed and
update more than once per day if you want, or you can get a private feed and only update
it once a year, it is up to you. But from the user's viewpoint, our guidelines provide
for feeds that have the best chance of gaining widespread readership. And that's really
the goal for any RSS feed isn't it?
Can I Use Quick Entry With A Private Feed?
Yes, our Quick Entry process is totally compatible with
our Private Feed service. In fact, we recommend that you use a personalized Quick
Entry form to enter items in your Private Feed, as it is the easiest and quickest way
to update your RSS feed. If you are using a personalized Quick Entry form with a free
shared feed now, you just need to generate a new form from your Control Panel when you
sign up for a Private Feed.
What Does A Private Feed Cost?
Just $5 per month, or even less if you select longer-term payments.
How Do I Sign-Up?
Join SharedRSS at the free level, and
you will find a link on your Control Panel (the first page you see whenever you sign-in)
to subscribe to our Private Feed service.