â€œNinety percent of RSS users opt to read the feed content entirely in the aggregator environment.â€ Pheedo
When I started this blog, I wanted to get people to come to my site. I figured that the RSS feed would have a teaser paragraph for each article, and readers would come to the site for the rest.
Oak complained. He said he doesnâ€™t read feeds for sites if they donâ€™t contain the full text. Heâ€™ll go check those sites from time to time, but he wonâ€™t read them regularly. Itâ€™s just too much work, especially because heâ€™s got 30+ feeds to check. I did a little research and discovered that “90% of RSS users opt to read the feed content entirely in the aggregator environment.” (Pheedo.com)
I have over 60 feeds I read regularly. They donâ€™t all publish daily, but some do â€“ and some, like Digg or BoingBoing, have a lot of posts on a daily basis. Keeping up on my feeds means approximately an hour each day. Iâ€™m not always proud of how much time I spend reading these, but they arenâ€™t entirely without value. The information I get from these sites is often the difference between cutting edge and falling behind. (Maybe not the daily comics, but industry blogs and technology sites for sure.)
Lesson learned: To succeed on the web these days, you give your customers what they want or theyâ€™ll get it somewhere else.