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What is your opinion of Truncated Feeds?
Love Them - I just click through to what is relevant to me, helps me avoid reading irrelevant posts. 6%  6%  [ 1 ]
Apathetic - they don't bother me one way or another. 25%  25%  [ 4 ]
Dislike Them - I will very rarely, if ever, click through. 44%  44%  [ 7 ]
Hate Them - Truncated feeds are an instant 'unsubscribe'. 25%  25%  [ 4 ]
I don't use a reader. 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Total votes : 16
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 Post subject: Truncated Feeds and Why They Cause Kittens To Die
PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2009 10:39 pm 
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OK, I know this is a particular pet peeve of mine, but, seriously!

1. What is a 'Truncated Feed'?

A truncated feed is where someone who has subscribed to your blog can only view the first few lines of your entry. The theory behind this is that it will generate more 'click throughs' to your site (which gives you those shiny page hit numbers, and generates money for you if you monetise).

2. Why is this a bad thing?

More click throughs means more revenue, right? And more people looking at that awesome shiny theme that you spent hours and hours and hours slaving over! Why would you make the site all pretty if people weren't going to go there?

Well... truncated feeds don't generate any more traffic than full feeds. In fact, they are a great way to drive your readers away!

People subscribe to RSS feeds for a variety of reasons. It may be that they don't have the time to go to each website they read, or that their workplace blocks certain websites. They may just prefer being to read everything in one location. At the end of the day, as bloggers, it isn't ours to question. However, it is a part of blogging to make sure that people who do want to read our posts are able to do so. If you have a truncated feed, I will not read your blog. I do not have the time to click through to your post, and I often resent the fact that I am forced to click through (especially if I can tell a blog is doing so to try and get more money). 99% of the time, I unsubscribe instantly. Once I unsubscribe, your blog is effectively off my radar. I do not know what you are doing, and I do not go to your site to check.

3. So how do I get traffic to my site?

Another common fallacy is that, once people subscribe, they will never set foot on your site again. Total stuff and nonsense. People come back to a site for a variety of reasons.
- Perhaps you have a poll up?
- Perhaps you use a twitter tool to say when a new post is up? (People will often click on the link to get it 'hot off the press' rather than waiting for the delay in their reader)
- Perhaps you write posts which are thought provoking enough to encourage people to comment?
- Perhaps you link back to older posts on your blog?

Subscribing isn't the death knoll for your blog. High subscriber numbers can only help your blog grow, and one way to increase subscriber numbers is to have full feeds!

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 Post subject: Re: Truncated Feeds and Why They Cause Kittens To Die
PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2009 10:48 pm 
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How to set your feed settings in WP

1. Go to your Dashboard (click on your admin link, or go to <insertyoururlhere>/wp-admin )
2. Click on the 'Settings' tab in the side menu
3. Click 'Reading' in the settings menu
4. Change the setting at "For each article in a feed..."
5. Hit 'Save Changes'

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If someone could do the same thing for Blogger, Movable Type, etc, that would be fantastic!

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 Post subject: Re: Truncated Feeds and Why They Cause Kittens To Die
PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2009 11:27 pm 
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Here is the blogger way of doing things :)

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