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.


Server Migration – 31 July

Over the past few months, Web traffic and usage of Feedity has increased in magnitude. We are providing a unique service to more users and delivering more custom RSS feeds than ever before. This substantial growth has made it essential for us to expand and optimize our infrastructure, while maintaining a highly-available application round-the-clock.

Considering this progression, we’ll be migrating our application server on Saturday, 31 July 2010. The new server environment will help us deliver better performance and faster feeds to Feedity customers. It will also allow us to improve the scalability and security of our core product, in alignment with our future plans.

The server migration will commence on Saturday, 31 July 2010. The actual migration and DNS changes will only take under an hour, but DNS propagation normally takes upto 24-48 hours.

During this period, user sign-ups, account upgrades and creation of new feeds through the Feed Builder will be disabled and temporarily unavailable. Existing members will still be able to login to their account (correction: login will be temporarily unavailable as well). Existing feeds will be generated and delivered as normal. This transition does not affect Corporate plan users.

Our apologies for any inconvenience caused. We’ll post more updates before, during and after the server migration. Our best efforts will go towards resuming full services as soon as possible.

Update 1 (31 July): Server migration has commenced. Functions like login, sign-ups, account upgrades and creation/editing feeds will be temporarily unavailable.

Update 2 (31 July): Server migration is progressing as planned. We’ll be making DNS changes next. DNS propagation will takes upto 24-48 hours.

Update 3 (31 July): Server migration has completed. DNS propagation will takes upto 24-48 hours.

Update 4 (2 August): DNS seems to have propagated. All functions are active. Thanks to all Feedity users for their support and understanding. Please contact us if you face any issues.


FeedBurner Alternative and Uptime Report

MakeUseOf, a popular technology blog, recently reviewed Feedity as an alternative to Google’s FeedBurner service. FeedBurner has been stagnant for the past few years and it has received some criticism regarding durability.

Feedity can help you manage your RSS feeds better. While FeedBurner only allows management of existing feeds, Feedity allows users to create new feeds for virtually any webpage and manage it painlessly. Feedity provides custom RSS feeds and management tools to bloggers, podcasters, and other web-based content publishers. If you are looking for a simpler alternative that does the basic feed syndication and management things well, then Feedity is the best starting point.

Besides, we’ve maintained an uptime of 99.996% this quarter (Q2 2010) with only 3 minutes and 2 seconds of downtime in the past 3 months. This is great for our paying customers. If you find Feedity useful, then do consider upgrading. It’s hassle-free, inexpensive, and Feedity will offer immense value to you for Social Media Monitoring and feed publishing.


System Maintenance – 26 May

This is to inform Feedity users that our service provider will be installing the latest security hotfixes on the Web and database servers. These updates are necessary to keep the servers up to date and secure.

The maintenance is scheduled for: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 – 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM Pacific time. The actual downtime will only last approximately 15 to 20 minutes, during which our application will remain off-line and all RSS feeds will be unavailable.

Corporate plan users hosted on separate servers will not be affected by this maintenance outage.

Our apologies for any inconvenience caused.


Top International Web Products of 2009

ReadWriteWeb, one of the world’s top 20 blogs, recently published a list of Top 10 International Web Products of 2009. ReadWriteWeb speaks to an intelligent audience of web enthusiasts, early adopters and innovators, and provides analysis of web products and technology trends.

We are glad to share that Feedity received an Honorable Mention in the ReadWriteWeb top list. Feedity is also the only Australian startup to have made it to the list.

Thanks to the ReadWriteWeb team and the international panel of experts who made this list possible. Most of all, thanks to all the Feedity users for their support.


Extract Item Descriptions

Back in February 2009, we asked our users and blog readers what new features would they like to see in Feedity. The responses were insightful for us to evaluate the course of value addition for our service users.

The most requested feature was to ‘Extract Feed Item Description’ — the ability to extract description text for each of the news/data items on a webpage. We take pleasure in announcing that after a few weeks of private beta usage, we have released this new feature for our Plus, Business and Corporate plan users. This new feature will allow users to build custom RSS feeds with full summary (of up-to 500 characters for now).

This also makes Feedity the only service to offer a complete RSS feed structure in essence, including the item titles, hyperlinks, descriptions (summary) and publication dates.

Under the hood, we have also fixed a few bugs and improved the performance of the Feedity parser engine.

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.