RSS Submission :: Prepare to Submit RSS Feeds
RSS Submission - Preparation
RSS feed submission preparation is the same as for every action you take in life, the experience and outcome can be enhanced if you undertake some preparation. If you prepare thoughtfully the process can also save a lot of time and duplicated effort. The problem is knowing what to prepare before starting the process of submitting RSS feeds. As I have already undertaken the process of submitting my RSS feeds my experience may assist you by cutting out your need for extensive research to get to the point at which I am now.
This article determines for you the information that you should collate in order to be able to submit your RSS feeds without having to duplicate your efforts, thus saving you considerable time. The basis of this is that each site you select to submit your RSS feed will have both different and similar information entry requirements for each of your RSS feeds. I have extracted all of the similarities and tabulated the total entry requirements for all the sites to which I have submitted my RSS feeds. As I expand my submission efforts I will update this article with any new information requirement that appears.
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I started my process of RSS feed submission by going direct to submission sites and manually uploading my RSS feeds. However, if you wish to utilise automatic RSS feed submission then you will still find that utilising the preparation methods herein will assist that task.
Tip 0 (zero): Some RSS feed submission sites let you get as far as entering one of your RSS feeds and then tells you that you must enter a piece of script code into the homepage / blog / site that generates the RSS feed. If you are able to do this then you can use the following sites:
BlogCatalog, Britaine, FeedCat (with this one it did not tell me until after I had registered!)
Otherwise you should refrain from wasting your time with these. I will update this list as I come across others.
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RSS Feed Submission :: Registration Details :: What to Consider
Some RSS feed submission sites require you to register. These include: Google Feedburner, Yahoo! Publisher Network, Zimbio, FeedAge, Syndic8, Feedest, JordoMedia and RSS Mountain. I recommend here that you read my article: Making Money Online - Brand and Profile to get an understanding of the importance of a single set of information that you put out to your potential content-viewing public.
In order to make the registration process as painless as possible you should first decide whether you want to create a new e-mail address where all the correspondence from your promotional activities can go. Remember though that the majority of registration processes will require you to confirm your e-mail address and therefore your existence by accessing the e-mail sent out by the site requesting that you confirm that e-mail address.
It is also important that you decide what information you are prepared to divulge as, once you have registered there is usually a process of adding personal information to create your profile. You will also find that many sites encourage you to upload your avatar / picture.
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RSS Feed Submission :: Registration Details
The following items are the sum total of all of the registration details I have been requested to enter. Not all of them are required by every RSS submission site. The standard requirements for registration are first in this list. Those that are requested least are at the bottom of the list:
- [Username:] if you read my article on "Brand and Profile" you will undestand that I recommend that you use your brand name as your username.
- [Password:] it is your decision but a single password is easier to remember across all the sites you use. To make this unique for each site you may wish to consider using part of the site name with your common password elements, for instance 'Goog&^?£' and 'Yah&^?£' etc. Please be aware that some sites (not on feed submission sites that I have found yet) INSIST your password has capitals, lower-case, numbers and characters in it, so it is appropriate, in order to be able to enter a single password across all sites, that you include these elements from the start.
- [E-mail Address:] the note above covers whether you set up an alternative e-mail account to your normal account and use that instead.
- [Homepage:] I used my Hubpages profile address for this and there was no complaint. But, on reflection, it is probably better, from a backlinking point of view, to enter the URL of one of your hubs - the one that you wish to move up the serps.
- [Full Name:] Give yours or a fictitious one, it does not seem to matter
- [First Name:] As above - I gave Humagaia and blank on the next item.
- [Last Name:] As above
I created a spreadsheet to keep the details entered for each RSS feed submission site so that, where there were slight adjustments to standard information I could highlight these. This particularly happened with passwords. You have my experiences to fall back on here and so may not need to do this. Remember that the information you enter on registration is your login information to the site. If you forget it you will have difficulty logging into the site.
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RSS Feed Submission :: Entering Your RSS Feed Details :: RSS feeds
For obvious reasons all RSS feed submission sites require you to enter details about your RSS feed(s). Some, like Yahoo! Publisher Network, BlogPulse, IceRocket, BlogDigger and RSS Network only require the RSS feed URL to be entered. If you do not know what this is or how to generate a plethora of RSS feeds to cater for your every promotional need then my series of articles on RSS Feeds :: Creating the RSS Feed URL can be studied to get the low-down on this in step-by-step explanations.
Tip 1: You should record ALL of your RSS feed URL's ready to copy and paste into the [RSS Feed:] field so that you do not have to keep generating them over and over again.
Tip 2: Keep them in blocks of nine. At least one site allows nine at a time to be uploaded.
Tip 3: Even if you use an automated RSS feed submission program you will, at the very least, require RSS Feed URL's available.
RSS Feed Submission :: Entering Your RSS Feed Details :: Other Details
The remaining RSS feed submission sites that I have used so far have required more information. The sum total of all of the different information requirements are recorded below. Again this has been done in quantitative order. The more times I have found it to be required the higher up the list it is shown.
[RSS Feed:] - covered above.
[Category or Niche:] - this is the most subjective submission information requirement. Each RSS feed submission site has a different take on categorisation of RSS feeds. Even if your RSS feed deals with a major subject like Politics there is no guarantee that there will be a category in a particular feed submission site for that category. You will be able to find out the categories that each site offers when I get round to creating a hub for each of the submission sites. The first of these should arrive by June 8 2010 and will be entitled "What RSS Feed? - [Submission Site]"
[Title:] - if this is not "pulled" from the details within your RSS feed itself you can enter a title yourself. Any title that is pulled can be adjusted. For instance: Hubpages creates a title for the RSS feed you create - something like "Best Hubs about Politics by Humagaia". I suggest you generate a title yourself for each of your RSS feeds that you can cut-and-paste into this field when it is required. Doing it once and recording it in a spreadsheet against the RSS feed saves huge amounts of duplication. There is generally a limit on the size of this field of about 120 characters.
[Description:] - the same goes for this submission detail requirement. The size of this field is generally without limit (????) but I have seen a limit of 500 characters on one site. My suggestion would be to have the most relevant part of the description in the first 500 characters or create two descriptions, one being greater than 500 characters.
[Tags or Keywords:] - most RSS feed submission sites that require these require them to be space delimited so you can be limited in your scope. There are some limitations on the number of characters that can be entered and one site limits the number of entries to three. Again, thinking about and recording these at the outset in your spreadsheet will save a lot of time.
[URL:] - I entered my Hubpage profile address so keep your profile page or home-page recorded also. Alternatively, decide which of your hubs you wish to promote up the serps with backlinking , and enter the URL of that hub.
[E-mail:] - a couple of sites want you to enter your e-mail address agaist each RSS feed submission.
[Author / Your Name:] - A couple of RSS feed submission sites require an author name. I put "humagaia" in. I do not know if they check against the information recorded for the RSS feed as produced by Hubpages.
[Language:] - At least one site requests the language of the RSS Feed.
[Banner Image:] - One site allows an image to be placed against each RSS feed entry, but it is not compulsory.
And finally, one particular unique site promotes your RSS feed in a completely different way to all others I have found to date. It will ask for:
[Enter Wikizine Name:] - you will be able to find out about this when I get round to writing my "What RSS Feed?" on this RSS feed submission site.
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RSS Feed Submission :: Conclusion.
- Create your RSS feed URL's using the methods as described in my RSS Feed Series
- Record each of these in a speadsheet.
- Think about and record your registration details.
- Think about the details that will be required for submitting each of your RSS feeds and record them in your spreadsheet.
- Go to RSS Submission :: RSS Submit Process to learn the next step (if you read this article before Monday 7th June 2010 you will have to wait until then for the hub to be produced.