Your opinion : RSS Feeds – Full Post or Summary

This week I started a new experiment. My RSS Feed only shows the summary of the post i.e. people have to visit my blog to read the whole message.

Up to now I have always published the full blogpost through RSS.

I noticed that a lot of blogs only publish summaries and this may have to do with the fact that they want to generate webtraffic for one reason or another.

I dusted of my pole widget and welcome your opinion (Pole on the left). I will change my feed according to the pole results …

Thanks in advance.

Peter de Haas
Peter de Haas

Peter is gedreven door de eindeloze mogelijkheden die technologische vooruitgang biedt. Met een scherp oog voor het herkennen van oplossingen waar anderen slechts problemen zien, is hij een expert in digitale transformaties. Peter zet zich met volle overgave in om individuen, teams en organisaties te begeleiden bij het ontwikkelen van nieuwe vaardigheden en het implementeren van innovatieve oplossingen.

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  1. Unless you’re trying to drive traffic to your site for web advertising dollars (or if site traffic is part of your review 🙂 ), then posting summaries will be counter-productive. People are too used to getting things through RSS, and having to click through means I’m likely to just mark all your posts as “read” without bothering. The only items I would click through are ones that pique my interest, and you’ll never be able to anticipate that for all your readers.

  2. Tom,
    Thanks. This post pique-ed you interest I guess.
    But I am in big doubt what good and tend to agree with you. I saw a post over on Ed Brill’s blog today about being selective overall in sifting through the 100’s of blogs daily …’
    I will switch back to full posts and continue the poll …

  3. Peter, no summaries please, I tend to read all feeds from google reader or newsgator, sometimes I see people switch to summaries and I have to leave the reader site to read the rest. Most of the time I unsubscribe because it’s to much trouble I don’t want to do at that time.

  4. I would recommend giving your visitors the choice and published both full and summary feeds. My preference is for full posts as I can then download into my feed reader. I read while travelling with no internet access and therefore need the full post rather than just a summary. However I know other friends who prefer summaries!

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