Daily Archives: 2004-03-09

RSS Tools for Palm OS

PalmInfocenter has a summary of RSS Syndication Tools for the Palm OS. They have a nice mention of Hand/RSS which I've played with and found quite useful.

It's too bad this is such a short list — it would be nice to have some additional software in this space because it would mean that people were really interested in reading RSS feeds from their device.

Ultimately I decided not to use Hand/RSS but instead use the mobile interface to Bloglines which is my current feed aggregator.

Help Google Index Your Site

From Scribbling.net comes a useful article called Help the Googlebot understand your web site which lists about a dozen tips for structuring your site for the best experience with the Google indexing software (Googlebot). Cantoni.org already handles most of these suggestions except for the additiona meta robots tag which should cause it to not index my main page which is frequently changing.

When I recently changed from daily to individual archiving with MovableType, I saw a big improvement in search results through Google. With each post having its own title, the results were much better. (As opposed to searching for something and hitting a page whose title was “February 29, 2004”, for example.)

The point about having every page accessible through a text-based link is really important, but I'm amazed at how many sites are driven by a Flash-based front end. Searching Google for “flash required” results in about 4 million hits!

Overall, a good checklist worth reviewing.

[Via ~stevenf]