Displaying a full text RSS feed should be a good greeting gesture to your subscribers, isn’t it? It looks like you are spreading your arms wide open to them, as everything about your blog is already laid out and ready to be consumed. But as accommodating as this may sound, weighing out the pros and cons before fully engaging in a full RSS feed should be taken into account first.
There are bloggers who are still quite jaded with having a full text RSS, which is mainly because of the following myths – which we have already busted in some previous articles:
- Content Theft. Pirates have turned digital as well, just so you know. Whenever you display a full text RSS feed, you can never say no to the risk of your blog getting copied and used for other blogs. This is not a safe haven, but some bloggers are willing to pay the price and risk it for some valid reason (which we will discuss below).
- Lessens the visitor count in your website. With a full RSS feed, raising your hopes to more site visitors is often next to impossible.
- Hoards more bandwidth. Keeping a short piece of your blog peeking out to your readers equates to less internet speed requirements. A full RSS feed requires more of it to load your content, and bear in mind that not all of your subscribers have their internet moving at warp speed.
But if you think about it, what works for your subscribers will be your rock and foundation towards popularity. When we listen to the reader’s side, having a full text RSS has great benefits too, such as:
- Convenience. The freedom to read the blogs right away while saving surfing time: who can resist such perks of convenience?
- When the time comes that a subscriber will clean and delete some feeds that is becoming a clutter to their readers, most of them usually deletes the excerpted feeds first. Why? Blogs with partial feeds will require them to visit the website, which is inconvenient and time-consuming.
- Readers do not care about your blog unless you can entice them by the content that you bring upfront.
What’s the best way? No one knows, actually. We can sum up this argument into this: Hear first your goals and go with your personal preference.
What do you think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!