Automated Blog Posts for Hub Meisters
MultiCam Man takes a nap ...
No Software Necessary
Rationale. The first thing you should know about why I would spend time (persistence over months at least, years likely) looking for ways to fully automate blog posts - is that social media, and generally all things "Web 2.0" - function by way of automating and leveraging user-generated content.
Code writers (computer programmers) have an advantage over freelance writers because they know how to do the things described in this Hub without conducting research. Whereas, I have to wait for code writers to create web stuff that allows me to automate things (stop snickering).
That being said, wouldn't it be great if you could automate the "new blog post" function of any given blog.
To rephrase, blog posts feed many things around the Internet. They feed other blogs and web page RSS feeds. The provide content for Facebook news feeds, LinkedIn network activity and Twitter tweets. So what if you could join the automation crowd and set up a blog that posts all by its lonesome - while you're asleep?
Set up a blog. Any old blog will do: Google Blogger, WordPress, choose away.
Then set up a Ping.fm account:
- Click on the link that says "Click here to add networks."
- Click on the "Add Network" link to the right of "Blogger" (or whatever blog service you use).
- Link Ping.fm to Blogger.
- Grant access, which actually happens at Google (follow the instructions when you arrive at the Google web page).
- It automatically switches you back to Ping.fm.
- Select the Blogger blog you wish to automate. If you have more than one blog, you can select up to three (3) Blogger blogs to automate. If you try to select more than three, the system page does not process the request (the web page hangs up).
- On the same page, select "Blogging" under "Used for" (I check all three choices - "Status updates," "Micro-blogs," and "Blogging" - because I use Ping.fm for Twitter and other services).
Click "Submit" and move to HootSuite.
Create an account at HootSuite.
- Then, click on the little owl icon top left of the HootSuite web page.
- Click on "Settings" - "Social Networks" - and "Add Social Network."
- Click on the "Ping.fm" icon and link. When the "Add Ping.fm Profile" pops up, type a name for the profile in the first box, then click on the turquoise "Application Key" link in the text that reads "Paste your Application Key here." This link takes you back to Ping.fm to retrieve a temporary key that you copy and paste into the box at HootSuite (the one that says "Paste your Application Key here."
- Don't worry about the "Set a Group to send to" for right now.
- Click "Submit."
Next (we're almost done):
- In the same "Settings" window at HootSuite, click on "RSS Atom" and "Add New Feed."
- At this point, you'll need an RSS feed.
- For test purposes, any old RSS feed will do. If you don't know what an RSS feed is, here's a Hub that explains Amazon RSS feeds. Alternately, at the top right of this page is an RSS link that says "Subscribe to sean kinn's RSS feed" (or, if you're a fellow Hubber, at the top right of one of your Hubs is an RSS link). Click on one of the RSS links and copy the web address (URL) that appears in your browser into the "Feed URL" box.
- The other selections available in the window - "Check this feed ..." - "When new posts are found ..." - "Prepend ..." - etc. are preferences.
- Make sure you select which Profiles to send the feeds to; e.g., "Blogger." (You can later do similar things with Twitter, Facebook, etc., profiles.)
- Click "Save Feed" ... and you're done.
Every time one of the RSS feeds updates - it creates a blog post and posts it to your blog.
In a sense, someone elsewhere on the planet is updating your blog for you.
And, no, this is not the same as simply pasting an RSS feed into a blog margin. This creates real blog posts that cause your blog to rise to the top of the search engine pile. You can add other blog posts on top of these, it doesn't change anything else at your blog.
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