IMPORTANT CHANGES TO MY RSS FEED OPTION
I Now Offer FULL FEED Here at 1-8-0-0-H-A-R-T
Up until this morning, my RSS FEED was set to summary feed. I initially selected this option for two reasons that I still think are valid.
(1) MAIN REASON: Because of the many postings here at 1-8-0-0-H-A-R-T of articles and Canada Revenue Agency updates on a frequent basis .. the summary feed has been set to display the first 200 characters .. with a notice that if you wanted to continue reading the article … you were to click on the article title, or permalink, to continue. This is much like the “MORE” or “CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING” links that you see everywhere on coverpages of blogs. It gives the reader a quick idea what the post might be all about and the option to continue reading the article, or move on to the next article of interest.
(2) SECONDARY REASON: There’s no doubt that I am trying to monetize this site and trying to get readers to explore this site and stick around. Bloggers and publishers (like me) like the summary feed option .. because if readers want to continue reading the article, they will have to visit the site by clicking the ‘continue reading’ link. We hope you stick around and enjoy what we have to offer in content .. and we also hope you explore other links and affiliated options that we may present on our pages. And, yes .. in case you do not find what you are looking for .. there is a good chance there maybe the familiar “google” ads that you are all familiar with .. and while it is against google’s Terms of Service to ask you to click on them .. publishers hope you do – that’s part of all this ‘monetization’ you read about on the internet.
I reiterate – my main reason in the past has been for reason (1) above .. But, It’s been a year and half now since this blog began – and I thought I would experiment with traffic and subscriptions having full feed. Besides .. I’m terrible at the monetization process of this blog and there’s nothing to click anyway .. unless you want to join the 1-800-HART COFFEE CLUB and sponsor me a Tim Horton’s Cup of Coffee every now and then!|
Subscribe To My RSS FEED
Just click on the above link to reach our RSS Feed page, then you can add this URL to your favorite RSS Feed reader. This button will always appear at the top of all our pages, in any of the sites of the HART-Empire Network. Down the right side in the sidebar, there are more options to help simplify the adding of our feed to most feed readers out there – like .. Bloglines (my favorite), Google Reader, Yahoo, AOL, etc etc.
If you are using the new Internet Explorer v7 or Firefox v2 .. if you see this button on your top task bar .. or botton toolbar, you will be able to directly access our feed and add it directly to Bloglines or your favorite RSS Feed reader.
Everytime a new article is published and posted in here .. your RSS Feed reader of choice will retrieve the article without you having to come here manually through your bookmarks.
Subscribe To Our Blog Via Email Using The Subscription Option
Just enter your email address into the above form and a new window will pop up from Feedburner Service asking you to input some image characters to confirm. You will then receive an email requesting that you approve the subscription (so you can’t just sign up other people!). You can opt out at any time and unsubscribe, like any newsletter or ezine. I have placed a text-link that gives you the same results just in the top right sidebar, above my picture.
The nice thing about this .. is that you don’t have to come here through your bookmarks, and you don’t have to keep loading your RSS Feed Reader to see if there are new articles posted. Once a day – you will receive an email containing 100% of the posts for the day, since your last email notification directly into your inbox.
The Price of Full Feeds in my RSS
Feedvertising is an option where you can advertise a text-link-ad directly at the bottom of our RSS Feed entry that goes in readers’ RSS Feed Reader of choice. For every six posts, three spots will be available for advertisers to include their text link on, and it randomizes over with other advertisers .. plus the three spots that are available and I am using for our internal use. Not everybody comes to 1800HART site from their bookmarks, (you can see the feedburn subscriber count icon in the sidebar). This is just another option available to advertisers .. because some readers will never read text-link-ads in the Sponsor sections because they do not visit here directly.
As with all other advertising done on my sites .. I am offering a thank-you post once a month (around the 10th) called “Advertiser Appreciation” and providing a permanent link to all advertisers on record at the end of each month-end date here in this blog .. I hope that’s an incentive to try it out 😀
However, before I can offer this feature .. I require to upgrade this blog from pre-WARP-2.0 version to the latest wordpress version .. which I will do in good time! Promise.