The way that this plugin adds automated articles, is by reading the RSS feeds of other news websites. An RSS file, is a file that lists summaries of the latest articles of a website. The plugin then extracts the articles and images from that file, and adds them to your website.
- Finding an RSS feed link
- Creating A New Automated RSS Campaign
- Adding A New Category To The Menu Bar (Optional)
1. Finding an RSS feed link
Important: Not every website offers an RSS feed, and those websites that do, do not always offer a compatible RSS feed. It can take some time until you find a website that offers a valid RSS feed
For the following guide, I will use the Bitcoin niche as example. You can replace the word bitcoin with anything you are looking for.
First you need to find a website where you would like to copy the articles from. The easiest way is to find websites via Google.
Go to Google and type in: Bitcoin News or Bitcoin Blogs.
Next click on one of the websites where you would like to get the articles from.
Finding the RSS feed on the actual website, can sometimes be a bit tricky. Some websites use multipe RSS feeds, such as a main one where all articles are listed, and then separate ones for each category. Here are 4 ways to find the RSS feeds on a website.
Option #1: The website owner display the RSS link on the website
Often there is a link on the website, either in the header, sidebar or footer, called “RSS” or “feed” or “RSS feed”. Sometimes there is also the RSS icon, which is a small yellow icon with what looks like a WiFi icon inside. Example:
It helps to open up the search option of your browser. While being on the website, press CTRL + F (or CMD + F on Mac). Type in RSS or feed and see if it highlights anything on the website.
Option #2: Guessing the link by trial and error
If nothing is found, you can try and guess the RSS feed URL. Most websites have the RSS feed in the /feed/ directory. For example, if the website I am on is https://www.coindesk.com I can simply try adding /feed/ at the end of the URL, for example https://www.coindesk.com/feed/ and see if it gives a result. If you see a white page with a lot of code, it means it worked. If you get an error message, it didn’t work.
Some websites use different names for their RSS feeds. Here are some of the most common ones that you can try:
Add those to the ending of the domain and see if something shows up, for example:
Sometimes it’s also possible that the RSS feed is inside of the category. If the websites URL is for example https://www.coindesk.com/category/news/ try adding /feed/ at the end so it looks like this https://www.coindesk.com/category/news/feed/
You can also try using the other endings I mentioned above, in combination with the category link, such as https://www.coindesk.com/category/news/rss.xml
Option #3: Look at the source code
If this also does not work, we can try looking at the source code of the website. Go to the front page of the website where you would like to take the RSS feed from. In Chrome on Windows press CTRL + U (Mac users Press CMD + U). Other browser and operating systems may have different shortcuts. Inside of the source code, repeat the step with the search for the word RSS or feed. Press CTRL + U to open the search field and search for the words RSS or feed.
If you’re lucky, you might find an RSS link feed.
The RSS feed itself comes in different formats, such as .rss or .xml, sometimes even without any file ending.
Here are some examples of rss feeds:
As you can see, some RSS feeds show only the code, while others have a basic design added to it. This has no impact, as long as it’s a proper RSS feed file.
Option #4: Google for RSS feeds diretly
If you are having a hard time finding any RSS feeds for your niche, you can also try and google for RSS feeds directl. Example: bitcoin news rss feed or bitcoin blog rss feed.
If all else fails, it’s most likely that this website does not provide an RSS feed.
2. Creating A New Automated RSS Campaign
To create a new RSS campaign that will automatically post articles to your website, go your WordPress admin panel -> WPA RSS -> Add New Campaign.
Title: Enter a title for the campaign, such as Bitcoin News. This title is only visible to you inside the admin panel and has no impact on any of the settings.
Manual Posting: Ignore this section for now. Once your campaign is ready and published, you can post articles using the “Post Now” button, to see if everything works correctly. This way you don’t need to wait until the automatic posting has started to see if it’s posting correctly.
Posting Interval: This options allows you to set how often the campaign should run automatically. I recommend every 4 – 8 hours.
RSS Feed(s): This is where you paste the full link to the RSS feed where you would like to get the articles from. Example: https://www.coindesk.com/category/news/rss.xml
Featured Image: The features image is the image that is displayed on the top of each article, and is also used on the front page of the website and in the category pages. I highly recommend to set this option to “Keep Image External And Add As Featured Image“. If you download the images and your website has dozens of campaigns, your web hosting account can fill up very quickly across several months. Only download if it’s really necessary.
In the section “Advanced Options”, I recommend the following settings:
Content Image Lazy Loading Attribute: Activate it and leave the default value of data-src. Some websites use a technique called lazy image loading, which loads small images first and then replaces them with the real images once a visitor reads that part of the website. This option makes sure that the full size images are being loaded and not just the small pictures.
Skip Posts Without Images: Activate this options. This will assure that only articles are added that contain at least 1 image. Articles without images look ugly on websites, as they will leave white spaces on the front page and category pages where the featured image is suppose to be.
Categories: On the right side of the screen, you will see a field called “Categories”. If you want that the articles are getting assigned to a certain category, you can select or add the category there.
That’s it. Hit the blue “Publish” button on the top right side.
Once published, you can click the “Post Now” button in the “Manual Posting” section. This will create new articles from the RSS feed straight away and you can click on them below. This way you can see if the RSS feed works or not. Please note, not all RSS feeds work correctly.
3. Adding A New Category To The Menu Bar (Optional)
To add a new menu item to your websites menu bar, such as a new category that you created, go to WordPress Admin Panel -> Appearance -> Menu.
On the top where it says “Select a menu to edit:”, make sure the “Primary Menu” is selected.
Below you see a list of all the menu items that are currently added to the menu bar.
If you would like to add a new category that you just created, on the left side, click on Categories and use the tab “Show All”. Click on your newly created category and hit the “Add” button. This will add a menu link to the very bottom. You can now drag and drop each menu item around to re-arrange the order. You can also create sub menus by indenting them into another menu item from above.
When you are done, click the save changes button. That’s it.