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My new website with TIJ RSS FEEDS.


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Hello Fellow Home Inspectors

I've recently "finished" my new website which includes several pages that display RSS feeds (the home inspection news page is generated from the TIJ news feeds). The reason behind this of course is the fact that most of theses feeds change on a daily basis and we all know that changing content is a good thing for SEO. The site however is still returning a Google Page Rank of 0 because it has not been fully indexed yet. I definitely do not consider myself an SEO guru, but I am willing to try whatever it takes to improve my rankings.

The process of adding these feeds is relatively simple. All the code is generated directly from my hosting company and cut and pasted into the source code. If anyone is interested adding RSS code to their site there is a vast amount of info on the web. Be advised however, some knowledge of HTML and CSS is required to do it. A link is included below to view these pages.

My personal feeling on websites is that they are the most important marketing tool that we have as home inspectors. For that reason I feel that we should devote more time and effort to the subject on this forum.

I will monitor these feeds (via Google Webmaster Tools) in the future and report back on any pros and cons they may have on my SEO efforts.

Also, I have reluctantly chosen to add a "Industry Links" page to the site. If anyone would like to share links please contact me. I typically don't like this sort of linking but allot of research on the subject has convinced me that more links equal more hits on the site. A link to this page is listed below.

All criticisms are welcome.

http://www.interspecllc.com

http://www.interspecllc.com/this_old_ho ... n-xml.html

http://www.interspecllc.com/industry-links.html

Thank You

Roy Baake

Interspec,LLC

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Looks pretty good.

I have one suggestion though. The topic titles are all pushed together with the text from the article above. If you add some space above the titles it would look much better.

I noticed the style on the headings "rss_item_title" in your page.

But couldn't find the style for it on the style sheet page (styleSheets/rssStyles.css). By adding some padding or margin space you can fix that.

You could add one of the following codes to your style sheet:

 .rss_item_title { margin-top: 20px; } or you could try: .rss_item_title { padding-top: 20px; } 

Michael Brown

DevWave Software Inc.

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Thanks Mike

I was not aware that RSS feeds generate their own .class_selectors!

This will give me much better styling hooks.

Also, I had to change my design to include the TIJ feeds. For some reason they spilled out of the #mainContent

and into the sidebar. Can you think of a reason for this? The link below is how all of my other feed pages look

Thanks

http://www.interspecllc.com/this_old_ho ... n-xml.html

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Originally posted by rbaake

Also, I had to change my design to include the TIJ feeds. For some reason they spilled out of the #mainContent

and into the sidebar. Can you think of a reason for this? The link below is how all of my other feed pages look

Thanks

http://www.interspecllc.com/this_old_ho ... n-xml.html

You have some style tags on that page that are not on the other RSS feed pages:

 #wrapper { position: relative; width: 800px; text-align: left; background-image: url(images/rssBackround.gif); margin-top: 0; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 0; margin-left: auto; } #rss { float: left; position: relative; width: 100%; } #rss .rsstable { margin-left: 50px; margin-top: 50px; width: 700px; margin-bottom: 50px; }

I would think it is probably the width tags in the code above that are the problem and isn't this stuff still in your external style sheet (styleSheets/rssStyles.css) anyway? I would try just removing those styles from the page and see if it fixes it as you didn't use them on the other pages.

Michael Brown

DevWave Software Inc.

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So I used the "XML/RSS" link code for the one that says "TIJ News & Articles Forums". All the others said "Electrical Forum" when I moused over them.

Think I got it:

http://www.kreia.org/RSSNewsFeedsforIns ... fault.aspx

Let me know if you want me to change anything about it.

Here's the code I used:

Download Attachment: icon_text.gif RSS.txt

707 Bytes

Thanks for letting me use it. Hope it helps educate some around here.

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