So what is this Featured Feed program we have been hearing about lately?
For those who don’t know, Featured Feeds is a program where we place each others feed on our sites to share traffic, which is what the Internet is all about. Our users get to discover more great content (your blog/site) and your readers get to discover our sites. Win x Win all round.
If you blog about Life in Tokyo, Eating Out, Entertainment and related topics then the Featured Feeds program will not only help increase your exposure but also readership of your blog. It’s also a great program for folks who have just started a blog and would like a boost in readership.
This is a screenshot of the blog belonging to one of our members Otaku News. Have a look here Dailyotaku You will see the RSS feed of Tokyo Japan Times showing up at the bottom of his site.
Being a Featured Feed Partner is simple. All you have to do is follow Steve’s and Lem’s example and place the Tokyo.JapanTimes RSS feed on your top page and all detail pages.
There are plugins for you to easily do this for folks using WordPress, Blogger or other blogging platforms.
Remember – to have your posts displayed on Tokyo.JapanTimes and all over the site in the footer, you need to have the Tokyo.JapanTimes RSS feed registered on your site and be showing at least 5 items.
As soon as the Tokyo.JapanTimes feed is showing up on your site, proceed to edit your Tokyo.JapanTimes profile and click on the "Featured Feed" tab.
You will see "RSS Feed URL" and "Your Website URL" which both should be self explanatory.
It is your responsibility to make sure that your feed is valid. Also, the Website URL should be the location of your site or blog like Robots Dreams for example.
On the right you can see "Feed Category" – choose what you feel fits your blog content. If you cover everything under the rising sun then just categorize as "Life in Tokyo." You can change your category at a later date but your feed needs to be re-approved.
Once you are done, hit "Apply."
Once you hit Apply, the button will change to "Cancel Application" and you will see "Pending Approval" under "Featured Feed Status."
What happens now is that the Japan Times Bot will then visit your site and check to see if the RSS feed of Tokyo.JapanTimes is showing up.
Once the Japan Times Bot has confirmed that you have the Tokyo.JapanTimes feed on your site, the Japan Times Spider will then proceed to spider your feed which will then start to show up on Tokyo.JapanTimes and in the footer. This is *not* instantaneous and may take up to 24 hours. You will see "Application Approved" under your "Featured Feed Status." If you see any other message like "Application Rejected" then its most likely that Japan Times Bot could not discover the feed on your top page and blog detail pages. You can place the Tokyo.JapanTimes feed on your pages and re-apply.
You will also see a link under "Application Approved" to a list of posts that Japan Times Spider went to fetch. The spider usually runs once an hour and fetches the latest couple of posts from your feed.
A few things to note:-
The Tokyo.JapanTimes RSS feed is here – look forward to working with you!