How do I Add RSS Feeds?

RSS is a protocol that some sites have (e.g. all sites built on WordPress), and that allows applications like SocialBee to know when you published a new post.

To import an RSS Feed, you will need to first identify the RSS Feed on the website you want to share from. See how to do this here.

Once you have found the link, you are ready to tap into the honey! To do so, you will need to navigate to RSS, from the Content menu. Once you get there, click the “+ Add RSS” button. 

A pop-up will open, where you will be able to select the social profiles you want to add this feed to. You will also be able to choose the category you want to share the feed in. Then, you simply have to paste the URL into the “RSS URL” field.

From here on, you’ll have the ability to change a few presets, as follows: 

1. Adding posts as Approved/Not Approved

If you want to add the posts from the feed automatically, keep the “Add Posts as Approved” on (this is the default option). However, you might want to be selective about which posts you share. If that’s the case, you should uncheck the “Add Posts as Approved” option.

The posts that are not approved will show up in the selected category, as not approved.

2. Appending Text

You also have the option of appending text at the end of each post coming through RSS. If, for instance, you want to give credit to the creator of the posts, by writing “via @SocialBeeHQ”, that text will be added at the end of every post that comes in through this specific RSS Feed.

3. Advanced Settings

When it comes to Advanced Settings, this is the place you can find some extra honey to make sure your posts are the best they can be. From here, you can do the following: 

  • Trim text for Twitter - If checked, we’ll trim the text so it is suitable for Twitter sharing. Don’t worry - we’ll trim from the title of the post, so we keep the Append text and URL intact.
  • Add as image* - This feature finds the main image from the link and adds it on its own to your post, without the link preview. The main image will be the one set as a OG:Image in your HTML, or the main large image we can find.

* The "Add as image" feature will not work if you select a Facebook Profile. On the other hand, this is the default setting for Pinterest and Instagram posts.

When you first add an RSS Feed, we try to import the latest 10 posts from the Blog, so, if you want to add more than that, you will need to add it manually.

Once an RSS Feed is added, we look for new posts every  hour, so don’t worry if new posts don’t show up automatically. 

When it comes to importing posts from a feed, if the article doesn't have a featured image or don't generate a link preview, it will be added as not approved. Otherwise, the article will be added as approved (if you have this setting checked in the RSS Configuration). 

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