Why You MUST Have A 'My Yahoo!' Page
By Graham Jones
Yahoo! allows you to set up your own front page called 'My Yahoo!'.
Even if you don't use Yahoo! as your search engine, you need a My Yahoo! page which you log onto every day. That's because having a My Yahoo! page that is set up correctly can do wonders for your search engine ranking.
My Yahoo! is a page which you can set up with your own features so that all the material you want is presented to you in a convenient format. You can have news, weather, your diary, your contact list, your share portfolio and a host of other bits and pieces of content. A nice, handy home page for you.
However, a My Yahoo! page can also include something called an RSS Feed. This is a technique called 'Really Simple Syndication' and it allows owners of web sites to push their content to viewers, without them having to go collect it by visiting their web site. It can be set up for any page, but is usually reserved for blogs.
If you use blogging software or a system such as Blogger you can simply set up an RSS or XML 'feed' for your page. (XML - eXtended Markup Language - is another system for syndicating content.)
People who want to keep up to date with your news can include your RSS feed in their list of interesting web sites and every time your page is updated, their information is updated as well.
Hence you can deliver new information to people who might otherwise forget to revisit your site.
You can include RSS feeds within your My Yahoo! to help you keep up to date with news you want to receive.
So, here's the process you need to follow.
Then set up your account and choose the kind of layout you want and the features you would like to include.
On the 'Choose your RSS sources' page simply type in the complete URL (web site address) of your feed.
Click on the 'Search' button and Yahoo! goes off to find your feed.
One other thing - make sure your RSS feed page includes a 'sitemap' - a link to a page which includes links to all the pages in your web site. Yahoo! will follow this sitemap link and start looking at all your other pages.
Having a My Yahoo! page is a quick and easy way to get your site indexed within Yahoo!.
Graham Jones is a psychologist who has specialized in the way we use the Internet. He is an expert on information products and runs Infoselling.com where you can get a FREE report on how to sell your own infoproducts.
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