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  1. Your Account
  2. Adding Feeds
  3. Syndication
  4. Your Blogs

Your Account

  • I forgot my password!
    Try here
  • I want to change my password!
    Try here
  • What is a page for?
    A page is a convenient way to organize your subscriptions to newsfeeds. Pages can not only have whatever name you like, but they can also contain multiple feeds. As pages themselves are also exportable, this is also a convinient way to compose several feeds into one export feed (for premium accounts)
  • Where can i customize the NewsIsFree pages?
    Try here. To create new pages, you can browse the available channels in the service lists (by name, category, ...). Select the ones you want using the little check boxes (you need to be logged in to see them). At the top of the list, you'll see an "Add" button and a drop down which lets specify if you want to add the feeds to a new page or to an existing one.
  • What is an OPML file?
    An OPML file is a file containing a list of subscriptions to feeds. This is a common format, used by most tools that work with syndicated content feeds. OPML files can be publicly exposed from your Premium Export Account.
  • I would like to help!
    You're welcome! We could especially need people with knowledge of foreign languages.
  • I keep getting "click abuse" messages when I follow links
    We had to set this up because a lot of people are grabbing the source files, resolving the links and then completly removing us from the picture and not crediting us for the service.
    The limit is set to 50 clicks per 5 minute interval. This seems reasonable for a casual user, I don't think I could read more than 10 articles per minute.
    This can cause some trouble with people using browser software (or proxy servers) which prefetches pages so that they are immediatly available for the user if he eventually follows the links. Although this creates the illusion of fast browsing, it's also a senseless waste of precious bandwidth.

Adding Feeds

  • How can I submit my website/propose a new site?
    Just send us the URL and we'll see.
  • What formats do you accept?
    Our preferred format is RSS (Any version). But we're able to process HTML, JavaScript, Plain Text, XML, Atom, RDF ...
  • Where can I learn more about RSS?
    Try this site.
  • My feed is not English, but in another language - can you add it?
    Of course, yes, we currently support 25 languages

Syndication

  • I would like to export the NewsIsFree headlines to my Internet/Intranet site
    Please refer to NewsKnowledge.com. The export on NewsIsFree is available for personal and non-commercial use only.
  • Is this legal?
    NewsIsFree respects and takes copyright seriously. Like any other search engine, we're having links and descriptions to the actual websites in our database - not the content itself. It's legal to link websites, as long as you don't modify the links and refer to the original.
  • Does your network include unique feeds?
    Yes! NewsIsFree contains as a rule of thumbs about 25% custom unique scraped websites. This means that one of our content editors created a set of filters which enables our spiders to take the newest headline links from that website.
  • I would like to create a custom newsfeed for the keyword "new scandal"
    If you're a commercial site, please refer to NewsKnowledge.com. For private premium portal users: Look at the bottom of your search results - You will find there a box which allows you to create RSS feeds based on search results.
  • How often are feeds updated?
    Update rate depends on how often the source actually changes. If the spider finds nothing new it gradually reduces the update rate, sometime to as low as once a day. Most sources are updated once an hour though.
    Then there's your RSS file. That is updated once an hour also. So when the the source changes, it can be up to an hour before our spider see it and up to another hour before your RSS feed changes.

Your Blogs

  • What is this?
    You can use this tool to post headlines directly to your weblog. It uses a API (Application Programming Interface) designed by Blogger and adopted by many other weblog tools.
  • What are all those fields?
    The default values for those fields, when posting to a Blogger powered blog are:
    • Name: the name of the blog
    • URL: link to the blog's main page
    • Blog ID: when you go to your blog's admin page, the ID should be in the URL
    • host: plant.blogger.com
    • port: 80
    • path: /api/RPC2
    • username and password: those of your Blogger account.


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