I’m not having New Year’s resolutions, but plan ahead. By the last quarter of 2004, I decided that 2005 would be, for me, the year of article writing and RSS. I kept my plan, but what has been happening in front of RSS? I have been using blogs and RSS due in 2005 to date. What about everyone else, though? Has the year that RSS has been removed? One thing is certain is that there has been much activity among Internet marketers. According to Overture, which had 43 947 RSS searches in April 2005. Out of interest, compared with 825,674 for Internet marketing.
It is unlikely that an ordinary consumer to search for RSS are interested in the subject rather than the technical delivery. Over 40,000 searches is high, and I think is a reasonable bet that most of these cases are marketing people trying to catch up and try to understand what all the fuss. One thing that seems clear is glut of information online about RSS, ie the number of web sites trying to push RSS is the way out of line with the number of searches. The 43 947 records, according to keywords Analyser will open a staggering 275 million results, which is a result of the relationship between the quest for 6258. That is very high, indicating a difficult market to penetrate and make money, at least in the search term. Do you think there are a lot of people looking for tutorials RSS? Well, in April 2005 there were only 272 in Overture. Results raised by the search 108 million! This is an R / S ratio of 397 059. Greater supply and little demand.
If that were the gold market, gold prices are falling through the floor. I have to admit that none of these numbers mean a lot, and nothing about the prospects for RSS in general market. If we reach the stage where many millions of consumers use RSS feeds as a matter of course will depend heavily on the likes of Google, Yahoo and MSN. The three are working outside beta testing various aspects of SSR. My Yahoo has been beta testing for subscribing to RSS feeds for some time, and if I start a new feed, My Yahoo is my first port of call to subscribe to my own power. In this way, Yahoo know about it and the Yahoo search engine robot dutifully go and check. In due time, will be by the likes of Yahoo to convince users that there are good reasons to subscribe to RSS feeds. For this, the RSS user interface must be seamless move from their normal activity online journal. Things are moving in that direction, but it remains to be seen whether RSS will never become part of everyday life of the average consumer online. Much of the interest that RSS has been around as a Spam Prevention System. However, last week I was doing some research about RSS feeds through My Yahoo, and it was already clear that on some issues of spam is beginning to rule the roost as the results of Search go. Hopefully Yahoo and other actors to find a way to filter spam, so if RSS feeds are become commonplace, everything is clean, friendly and useful to the average user.