Yesterday I switched my RSS feed settings from “summary” to “full text”. That means, if you’re subscribed to my RSS feed, that you will now be able to read my entire posts within your RSS reader, compared to before, where you’d only be able to read a summary, usually the first few hundred characters or something.
Pros for you, the reader:
- You can now read the entire posts without having to visit my site.
- You can determine, without visiting my site, if you’d like to comment on the post.
Cons for you, the reader:
- You don’t get to see what other commentators might have said about my post, as those are not included in the RSS feed.
- You will not see the “Similar Posts”-section where you might find some other interesting posts.
- You will miss out on my (banner) ads and the great offers that I’m advertising 🙂
Pros for me, TechPatio:
- I might get more readers because it’s easier to read my full posts directly in the RSS reader application.
Cons for me, TechPatio:
- Less visits/pageviews.
- Less ad impressions and less clicks on the ads, as ads are not displayed in the RSS feed.
As you can see, not many pros in it for me – or maybe I have missed something, what do you think?
For now I’ll try to stick with “full text”. Most of the RSS feeds that I’m subscribing to, also offers full text – I think it’s the standard setting for WordPress, so that might be the reason.
If it turns out that my visits/pageviews drops because of this, then I will probably go back to “summary” again.
What do you prefer – and why? And if you have a blog, what do you use?