Wednesday, January 14, 2009

ANNOUNCEMENT: Ms Domainer's Domaining Feeds

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UPDATE: Below, in red




And it's FREE!

See Ms Domainer's Domaining Feeds.

If you forget the URL, I have redirected MsDomainer.net to the site.

I adore the feed page at Domaining.com, but when the site started charging and asking for personal information, I decided to set up a personal feed aggregator, but then, I thought, "Why not set up something to share with the entire domaining community?"

But I'm not all that tech savvy; I often know WHAT I need to do, but not necessarily HOW to do it.

Then I remembered that Squidoo.com offers a module feature that sets up feeds. I'm sure that the intended use is one or two feeds per "lens" (their term for web page), but why not set up a site primarily made of feeds?

It's definitely a workaround for a less techie person like me, and it was a bit fussy to set up.

I feared that the page would load slowly, but I was pleasantly surprised.

It's not perfect, mind you; when you navigate away from the page (as one must do to read the articles on the sponsoring websites), you end up having to reload the Squidoo page, and you lose your place on the site. However, I find that using the Table of Contents helps to mitigate that a bit.

10:18 PM: I spent some time on the feed site today, testing various features. After reading content from various sites and clicking on the back arrow, Squidoo took me back exactly where I had left off, a pleasant surprise. Also, the page reloaded VERY fast. I'm loving it! I'm still mulling over the possibility of having the modules refresh after one hour, but I wonder if that might affect loading times.

If you are using this feed, please let me know how it is working for you. Thanks!

If the site begins garnering significant traffic, I will look into ways of setting up a better feed structure. If not, then I will still have my own personal site, which is all I really wanted anyway. No matter what, using the aggregator to read favorite sites will always remain free.

Details:

1. The list is in alphabetical order (as opposed to "most recent"). I have included a Table of Contents if you don't want to scroll through the entire list.

2. For each site, I have included the three most recent posts because the modules will update only once a day; I may reset to update once an hour, but I want to see how it goes first. Any suggestions are greatly welcomed (either here or the Squidoo site), although bear in mind that I'm limited to the features offered by my freebie host.

3. I was careful to include ONLY partial text. I set blogger sites to include the first 100 characters because it wanted to create full text or mostly full text (which is NOT cool). Some blogger sites (including mine) included images, even with the 100 character limit. I'm not sure what to do about this, other than to use the "no text" feature, which seems to defeat the purpose of a feed.

4. The site already has a Squidoo ranking of 98,000, 4,900 under geek and tech, and it's not even a day old! I think (so far) that I'm the only traffic to it.

5. I set up this site primarily because I wanted my own domaining feed list; but I'd love to share it with the community with no fees and no personal info required. This site has cost me nothing to set up (except about 8 hours of my time). I don't expect to earn a profit from it (though I wouldn't be opposed to it!).

6. If your site does not appear on my list (and you want to be included), let me know with feed details. You can either email me or use the comment section. I want to be as inclusive as possible, and I'm pretty sure I missed some important sites. The main criteria for inclusion: that your site is not just a sales site, but a site that offers news and insights into the industry, even if you don't update all that often.

7. Conversely, if you don't want to be included (and I really hope that you don't mind because I selected sites that I really like and feel are important), also let me know, and I'll regretfully delete it.
I have started a thread about this new feature over at Namepros.com.



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