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Can't figure out this feed business

  1. I posted a dumb-sounded question here weeks ago and couldn't fully grasp the answers so gave up on it. I am usually pretty smart but for some reason I just cannot grasp this rss feed business -- because I don't use it myself, I guess, I don't understand how to make it work.

    What I want is for people who do use feeds to be able to read my blog along with all the others they read. What do I need to have on my page to make that possible?

    A friend tried to add my feed to the blogs she reads on kinja and got the following message:
    "This site excludes all robots (including Kinja's crawler)." She says this makes my blog inaccessible not only to feeds but to search engines.

    This shouldn't be happening, right? What am I supposed to do that I haven't done?

  2. I just checked your feeds and they are both operating properly.
    Meta
    # Entries RSS
    # Comments RSS

  3. I signed up to feedburner and added the little icon in my sidebar. I'm not sure what that does but it looks good. However, I went on to Kinja to see if I could add my site like my friend was trying to do, and got the same error message she got about excluding all robots and crawlers.

  4. Yours does exclude the bots though. You have it set to exclude the search engine spiders and that includes the RSS bots.

    For your blog:

    <meta name='robots' content='noindex,nofollow' />

    That keeps them out.

    It's going to be a judgement call on your part as it's an either/ or situation. You can make this choice at Dashboard -> Options -> Privacy.

  5. I'm sure it was never a judgement call in my case so much as an oversight ... let me change that and see if it fixes the problem.

  6. No, I mean a judgement call on to allow all of them in or keep them all out. :)

  7. Right ... got that fixed and my friend seems to be accessing my blog OK now, so hopefully the rest of the world can too. Thanks!

  8. Not a problem. :)

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