RSS Ads Done Incorrectly Annoy Readers
Where's there's smoke, there's fire goes the old saying which might be appropo to this Flickr user's complaint regarding the proliferation of ads in RSS feeds. adammathes writes, "I have no problem with advertising, but this is just ridiculous. A one-to-one ratio of ads and content in an RSS feed? Do they even bother to show this sort of thing to actual users before doing it?"
One might argue it's simply the fairly standard 50/50 ad/edit ratio but in reality, it just makes for a crowded reading experience. While this feed from the Washington Post appears to have an ad in every other RSS item, some publisher place one in every item. While we can't state categorically that Adrants will never have ads in its RSS feed, we can say, for sure, the ratio will be far more acceptable along the lines of one ad per ten items or so.
Our viewpoint is that ads in RSS feeds that contain the entire article, readable without having to link back to the originating website, is a better method of RSS advertising than ads placed within abbreviated RSS feeds which require the reader to link back to the originating site to read the entire article. The first method hits up the reader with one ad. The second slaps them in the face with two assuming the originating site serves ads as well. While we're spouting viewpoints, individual items within an RSS feed that are standalone ads (not part of a content/article item) are annoying and pointless. Either the preceding "ADV" or the headlines themselves scream "I'm ad ad! Ignore me!" Ads that are part of a feed item are far more acceptable and more likely to be seen and acted upon. OK. We're off the soapbox now. Carry on.