Can’t figure out this feed business

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  • #105123

    trudyj65
    Member

    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?

    #105239

    timethief
    Member

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

    #105241

    trudyj65
    Member

    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.

    #105243

    drmike
    Member

    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.

    #105244

    trudyj65
    Member

    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.

    #105250

    drmike
    Member

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

    #105284

    trudyj65
    Member

    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!

    #105286

    drmike
    Member

    Not a problem. :)

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