Campaigns – The RSS Posts Extractor
Like every social media user, you probably spend more time writing the posts you’ll share on your destinations than the time it takes for you to post them. Good thing SU Social has other options available to assist you in creating posts for your campaigns automatically. One of these options, which is only available for Standard and Volume campaigns, is adding posts from an RSS Feed.
What is an RSS feed?
An online file known as RSS feed stores and presents information from user-selected websites in reverse chronological order—the top results on the RSS feed are always the most recent pieces of content that have been published for a website. The summary, author, publication date, link, and other details of each piece of fresh content that is added to any of the added websites are shown in this feed.
How will I know if my RSS feed is valid?
You can confirm the validity of your RSS feed by visiting https://validator.w3.org/feed/ and entering your RSS feed URL there.
Utilizing the RSS Posts option
Go to the campaign’s What To Publish Tab > RSS POSTS sub-tab to access the option. This is very advantageous because it will save you a lot of time.
RSS Posts extraction
- Enter your Feed URL
- Create a Feed template.
- You can use your own caption and supported tokens and they will be replaced with matching information or values from the Feed.[TITLE], [DESCRIPTION], [URL], [MEDIADESCRIPTION], [SUMMARY], [CATEGORIES].
- You can also check the option to create an Image post or Clickable Image post where possible.
- And you can check the other option above to set the feed link as the post’s SourceURL for Pinterest.
- Select ADD FEED from the menu. Your feed will appear in the table that is provided below.
- FEED URL, # POSTS and #ERRORS columns
- You should be able to see the feed from which SU Social is pulling posts under the FEED URL.
- You will see how many posts have been taken so far from that feed under the #POSTS column.
- You ought to be able to see how many errors there were while extracting posts under the Errors column.
- The caption you want to use for the extracted posts can be added here. It supports the tokens we mentioned above in the Feed Template Section; their values from the feed will be used in their place.
There are additional options you can use when extracting posts:
- Select either the option to add an image OR a clickable image.
- Setting the feed link as SourceURL.
- If you only want to scrape posts with images, you have the option to ignore those without images; however, videos won’t be scraped. Posts can only be scraped for their text and images.
- There is a choice that you have to move scraped posts to the top of the Posts List.
- a choice that enables you to send posts to the Drafts tab rather than the Posts List
- Some filters for extracting posts.
- A selection regarding the kind of LinkedIn group post.
- Copy will replicate the feed’s URL.
- Clicking Start will commence the posts extraction; once clicked, this will be changed to stop, and clicking it will halt all scraping activities.
- Send X posts to drafts by clicking Get X to Draft
- Delete removes the feed URL from the table.
- You can add and specify the URL that you want to use in the SOURCE URL TEMPLATE column.
Troubleshooting the RSS Posts sub-tab
✅Posts are going to be extracted only when the campaign is on an ACTIVE status.
✅To update all feeds you added at once, click on the button FORCE UPDATE ALL FEEDS at the bottom of the table.
✅ If you want this tab to extract RSS posts even if the campaign is not active, go to the Overview tab > Advanced Settings > General tab and put a check on Extract RSS feed even when the campaign is stopped.
Using an RSS feed to extract posts for your social media campaigns can save you a lot of time. With SU Social, you can easily add posts from your website using your own caption and supported tokens. Remember to confirm the validity of your RSS feed and troubleshoot any issues that may arise.