Update: Google News to deprecate old RSS feed URLs

On December 1st of 2017, Google News chose to depreciate to the old RSS URL feeds. This means anyone in possession of a subscription to the Google News RSS feeds from approximately a year ago must look through all their subscriptions because they need to be updated. According to a spokesperson from Google who spoke to Search Engine Land, the improvements they are currently making are considered necessary regarding their system powering their RSS feeds. This update has caused direct changes in the pattern for the Google News RSS URL.

For any individual who requires updating of their RSS feeds, the https://news.google.com site must be visited. From there, the person can choose which section they need to create, or even create a custom section. At the bottom of the page for the section, the RSS can be clicked in order to make the feed appear. To obtain the new URL available for the RSS feed, simply copy the URL from within the address bar.

According to what Google has explained, after December 1st of 2017 has passed the old URL will not be able to function effectively. Many believe the truth of the situation is that the old URL’s and RSS feed are broken beyond any possibility of repair. This has occurred just a month prior to the deadline of December 1st.

Google is maintaining they are changing their feeds to a new system but will have the old feeds back up and running properly again. Google has gotten the old feeds back up, but unfortunately, they now appear to be completely irrelevant. There are stories present on the old feeds with no relevant significance to any keywords located in the subscribers feed subscriptions. It is unclear if Google is planning to fix the old RSS feed URLs, or if they simply plan on their searchers having to update to the new URLs.

The sad part is Google most likely has the ability to redirect the patterns of the old RSS feed URL’s to the pattern for the new RSS feed URLs for the ease of their users. For some reason that remains unclear, Google did not choose to use this approach.

5 Quick Tips For Your WordPress RSS Feed

Your WordPress RSS feed allows your readers to subscribe to your content. But turning readers into subscribers is often a challenge. One way to improve your subscription rate is by optimizing your RSS feed. Here are five tips to get you started.

1. Summarize the Content
When configuring your RSS feed, you have the option to show your full article or to show a summary. The summary encourages readers to visit your blog for the complete article. If you show the complete article in the feed, then subscribers will read the article there instead of on your blog. Avoid this situation by going into your WordPress admin settings, choose “reading,” and then click the summary option to set how articles appear

2. Email Subscriptions
You probably have some visitors who don’t use a feed reader. People in this group prefer to receive content via email instead of an RSS reader. To make this possible, add an email subscription option to your WordPress site. You need an account with an email marketing service provider that offers an RSS to email list option. If you already have a service provider, then check to see if RSS to email is available.

3. Test Your RSS Feed
Things can go wrong with an RSS feed. The content could become garbled, there could be an incorrect setting, or a number of other problems could occur. You’ll want to catch problems before your subscription rates are negatively affected. Subscribing to your feed allows you to see how it looks to subscribers and gives you the opportunity to quickly address errors.

4. Allow Category Subscriptions
The categories on your WordPress site have separate RSS feeds. Readers can subscribe to the topics of their choice, which means they’ll only receive information of interest. Make sure your readers know about this feature. Help them out by linking to category RSS feeds along with a subscription button.

5. Track Subscriptions
It helps to know how well your RSS feed is performing. You can learn this information by tracking subscriptions. A feed stats plugin provides statistics about your feed’s performance. You can receive information such as which posts are the most popular, which links receive the most clicks and the number of subscribers.

There are several benefits to optimizing your WordPress RSS feed. It takes time and effort, but the opportunity to improve your RSS feed is worth it.

Use These RSS Life Hacks

Social media does not deliver accurate news, is not organized and nor tailored to an individual’s needs. RSS, or Really Simple Syndication is better technology, organized and efficient. RSS has a functionality similar to a digital newspaper.

RSS takes web content and provides organization and delivery without the need to go to a website. RRS feeds deliver to the feed reader, and there are three aggregators, browser-based interfaces, mobile apps and offline desktop clients. RSS contents can be opened using any device and used to lower the cost of mobile data, unsubscribe from an email list, remain informed regarding website updates, tag, organize and star folders and more.

Website updates and emails can be stored in RSS, and read when the individual has time. Once the website link is added to the RSS link, constantly refreshing pages is eliminated. When new content is published by a website, an RSS feed is usually included. This contains the contents images and texts, and access is instant without the need to go to the site. This loads fast due to the data efficiency.

RSS feeds are capable of interacting with systems for Web-automation. If an instant update is wanted from a specific website, an RSS feed can send notifications to both email and cell phones. The time to configure this is only five minutes. The three types of RSS feeds are FeedBurner-based, Convertible URLs and direct XML links. Numerous RSS feeds are available through a lot of sites, and divided into categories such as news or sports.

The URL-based RSS necessitates manipulating the URL of a website, so that it is converted into an RSS feed. Following social networks using RSS is possible but it takes a lot of work. This should not be attempted unless the individual is using at least two or three accounts for social networks, and is willing to put in the time.

Feed Readers are designed to both view and store an RSS feed’s contents. There are a lot of different types of mobile readers currently available. There are three categories for RSS readers and the division is quite loose. The first offers an interface with a browser base. The second is designed to offer programs or dedicated apps. The third and final is capable of accessing both software and browsers. Almost all of the feed readers offer services for web hosting through the use of a Web interface.

RSS Just Better WP Plugin

Downloadable at: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/rss-just-better/

It displays a list of RSS/Atom feed items given the feed URL and (optional) no. of items, keyword(s), cache refresh frequency. Customizable look & feel.  It works as both widget and shortcode. Compatible with RSS vers. 0.91, 0.92 and 2.0 & Atom 1.0.

Description

It displays a list of items from a given feed URL or from a Google News feed.

You can select cache recreation frequency, the number of displayable news and whether you want publication date, time (and in which format), an excerpt and reference to the plugin homepage displayed or not. You can also choose to have an ordered (numbered) or unordered (bullet-point) list and to open a new window or not, when clicking on the linked items. You can truncate title and/or excerpt to a certain amount of chars and can sort the items by date/time or title.

To display Google News feeds, you need to select the news localization (country-language), the topic and – in the news are in English and related to the USA or Canada – also the city, region or zip code.

Click here to learn how to use it.

For a live demo of the shortcode instead, click here.

My latest release:

  • Version 1.3 released on 23 Feb 2013

Previous releases:

  • Version 1.1 released on 08 Aug 2012
  • Version 0.8 released on 08 Jul 2012
  • Version 0.7 released on 22 Mar 2012
  • Version 0.6 released on 20 Feb 2012
  • Version 0.5 released on 30 Jul 2011 (download)
  • Version 0.4 released on 1 May 2010 (download)
  • Version 0.3 released on 18 Mar 2010 (download)
  • Version 0.2 released on 15 Mar 2010 (download)
  • Version 0.1 released on 6 Mar 2010 (download)