Extract Images in Feeds

We are glad to announce the new much-requested image extraction feature.

Plus and Business plan users can now extract images for each item from the source webpage and include them in the feed.

For image extraction to work, the image (<img> tags) must be near (before or after) the item title or description, and within the specified title or description refinement blocks (see screenshot below).

Extract images in RSS feeds with Feedity

We have also released a bunch of general improvements and bug fixes to address some minor issues in the past few weeks.

Drop us a message if you need any help with creating or refining a feed.

How To Use RSS Feeds For Competitive Intelligence?

Gain Backlinks With Your RSS Feeds

Guys at IMTalk (Internet Marketing & SEO Forum) have compiled a useful list of RSS Directories/Aggregators where you can submit your RSS feeds and get some free backlinks.

By submitting your RSS feeds to these directories you can get your feed content indexed and also receive backlinks from other websites/blogs. These RSS directories don’t require you to register and some don’t even require approval, which means that your feed content will spread instantly.

If you don’t have RSS Feed, then you can create one in seconds with Feedity.

Feedity Labs, and a New Features Poll

In December last year, I wrote about our plans on launching a simplified social exchange for Feedity users to share ideas, concepts, and experiments with Feedity-generated RSS feeds, along with general feature requests. This month, I’m glad to announce the launch of Feedity Labs. Take a look, and share your ideas.

Planning ahead, we are also looking to hear from Feedity users about the new features we should be aiming at. Please take a few seconds to complete the poll (below), and tell us how you would like to see Feedity evolve.

Thanks, and please subscribe to our blog feed or follow us on Twitter for future announcements and other service updates.

You can also checkout a lot of cool and popular RSS feeds we have hand-picked in our Featured Feeds section.

Aggregate Multiple Feeds for RSS Stream

In the past 3 months, we have released a bunch of useful and exclusive features for Feedity users, like Editable Titles, Text Extraction, Widget, and Featured Feeds.

Over the past few weeks, we have been working ardently on a major new feature for Feedity, called RSS Streams.

Feedity allows anyone to extract relevant data and create RSS feeds from virtually any webpage. Now we have taken this approach to the next level, by introducing an in-built feature for creating aggregated streams (i.e. river of news) from multiple RSS feeds built with Feedity.

The RSS Stream feature basically allows the aggregation of multiple RSS feeds into a single date-sorted feed. This feature will have immense value for services and organizations who would like to gather news & information from various sources, and either display them in a centralized location, or perform futher analysis and processing on this news stream. RSS Streams will also provide much better performance for aggregated feed analysis and presentation.

This new feature is currently only available to our Pro plan users, who have a higher need for consolidated news & information.

Users can select/unselect RSS feeds for the Stream (and update the list by clicking the folder icon) from the ‘My Feeds’ page (see snapshot below). The feed URL to the RSS Stream can also be found on the ‘My Feeds’ page.

My Feeds page

My Feeds page - RSS Stream feature

The RSS Streams feature is currently bound by following restrictions (we may change most of them in the near future, and even offer this feature to all our users):

1. Only RSS feeds with valid published-date values (i.e. Date Refined in Feedity), can be added/removed to/from the RSS Stream through the Feedity website

2. Currently, only one RSS Stream can be created per account

3. Currently, an RSS Stream will only include upto 3 most recent items from each RSS feed

4. Currently, an RSS Stream will only include upto 20 RSS feeds

5. Currently, an RSS Stream will be updated only twice a day. However, individual RSS feeds will continue to run and update as per your service plan’s update frequency.

Drop us a message if you need help, or if want to share some feedback.

We request RSS enthusiasts and Feedity users (specially our Premium and Pro plan users), to subscribe to our blog feed for new announcements and other service updates.

Have a good one!

New Features: Editable Titles, and Text Extraction

On popular demand, we have introduced two new features for Feedity users, as part of our version 2.2 release:

Editable Feed Titles: Premium and Pro plan users can now edit and change the title of the RSS feed to be more descriptive. The feed title is set to the source webpage title by default, but now the feed title can be edited to further customize the RSS feed. To edit the feed title, just click on the displayed title on the Feed Builder page.

Abstract Text Extraction: Up until now, Feedity used to only fetch and extract the hyperlinks from a source webpage to build a custom RSS feed. With the new abstract text extraction feature, users (even free plan users) can extract non-hyperlinked textual data from source webpages. This feature can be utilized by specifying a start block and an end block from the HTML code of the source webpage, through the Advanced Refinement option on the Feed Builder page.

Thanks to all our users for their support! Drop us a message if you need help, or if want to share some feedback.

We request RSS enthusiasts and Feedity users (specially our Premium and Pro plan users), to subscribe to our blog feed for new announcements and other service updates.

Have a good one!

New Features: Widget, Featured Feeds, and more

We have introduced some cool new features for Feedity users!

Widget – We have been getting several requests from users for us to provide a simple way to publish and display RSS feeds on webpages and blogs. So we have launched a new widget tool, with which you can embed and display Feedity-generated RSS feeds on your website or blog.

The widget is quite customizable and completely safe to use. You can drive more traffic to your site by showcasing the news from your favorite source. Checkout the tools page for more details on the new widget.

Featured Feeds – Now you can discover some of the best RSS feeds built with Feedity! On our new Featured Feeds page, we will regularly post the most useful RSS feeds and mashups built with Feedity, from some really interesting websites on the Internet.

You can checkout the Featured Feeds page for more juice, or subscribe to the Meta RSS feed of these featured feeds to stay tuned. And if you know of a cool webpage that’s missing a (better) RSS feed, then drop us a message!

Soon, we’ll also be releasing a powerful API (short for Application Programming Interface) for Feedity. The API will let users and partners interact programmatically with Feedity. It will provide a simple and easy utility for creating custom RSS feeds on-the-fly. The API is currently in private beta stage. We will post more details about the API in the near future.

Besides the above features, we have also applied a number of bug fixes and tweaks, so that the Feedity application can offer a more reliable and robust service.

We request RSS enthusiasts and Feedity users (specially our Premium and Pro plan users), to subscribe to our blog feed for new announcements and other service updates!

Drop us a message if you need help, or if want to share some feedback, or even if you just want to say hi!