Here's some cool tricks you can use right now with aWeber email service...And they all include the use of RSS.
Forget about not knowing what RSS "is". This is about what RSS DOES and how we can make it do the work of 100 men.
Did you know that aWeber lets you add RSS to your emails?
What this means is, once you can find a good, usable RSS feed, all you need to do is copy the URL of the feed then paste it into aWeber, pick a template, set schedule and you have a self-writing newsletter.
Watch How Easy This Is:
If you have aWeber, login and go to:
Messages => Blog Broadcast Messages
For RSS Feed URL, enter:
Select and LOAD a template
Set the Timer - How Often Should We Send Your Blog Broadcasts?
Select "When Number of New Items is at least" = 1.
You have now created a self-writing, totally hands-free email newsletter that will send everyone on the list a short article containing historical trivia about today's date. Things like historical events, births, deaths and celebrations that take place on each day of the year.
The RSS URL I gave you above is one I created using Wikipedia content and a special system (not available) that rotates different Wikipedia content and turns it into RSS feeds, so they can be inserted into other programs. It's OK for you to use, so go ahead and mess around with it.
The content you see on the following page is the same content that is being added to the aWeber email messages:
You can do the same thing if you have a WordPress blog or other blog that exports an RSS pheed. Just repeat the simple steps above and each time your blog is updated, aWeber sends an email. There are many other ways to configure this, so pay attention to the "How Often Should We Send Your Blog Broadcasts" function.
If you Select "When Number of New Items is at least" = 1, then every time you make a blog post (and maybe even comments), aWeber will send an email to the relevant list of subscribers. This may be a bad thing!
Also, if you instead choose to have it sent everyday, then it will be send even if you don't update your blog. This isn't good either. Spend some thought on the scheduling features, there's no "one size fits all" and you'll need to adjust accordingly.
The keys are:
1 Finding a good RSS feed
2 How often the content in the RSS feed is updated
3 In your aWeber/email admin, match the "send times" with how often the content in the RSS feed updates.
You can send a newsletter every day, but if the content doesn't update that often, then you'll just be emailing the same content over and over. Not good.
So we have a newsletter that has Today's history, births, deaths, events...Actually, it's pretty interesting.
Now let's add to it: Digg.com makes users post their comments to the Public Domain and these are offered through an RSS feed. So let's add some daily updates from Digg to our newsletter.
They have an RSS feed for "offbeat" news. So let's add it to our newsletter, too.
Now our newsletter contains:
10 items about offbeat news
Today in History
We now have a pretty interesting daily newsletter that takes very little maintenance, yet contains good content while building a list.
One problem, aWeber doesn't allow you add more than one RSS feed per "blog alert". However, you can "mash" them, which just means to combine two or more RSS feeds into one RSS pheed.
Feedburner can do it. You can also use Yahoo Pipes to "mash' two feeds for you. Feedburner is probably a little easier, while Yahoo Pipes gives more control.
And if you own my Blogbomb script, you can use it to mash multiple RSS feeds into one. Just create a seperate category and enter the selected RSS feeds into that category. Then call the RSS feed using the category ID.
But if you want total control, you need the Scrubz Tuel...While using an RSS feed with aWeber is really easy, it's also very limited. For instance, aWeber only lets you add one RSS feed per message.
Scrubz takes in a bunch of RSS sources, then lets you pick and choose the best info, then Scrubz compiles it into a single RSS file and uploads it to your website.
Warning: Scrubz isn't "automatic". It's for people that want a "hands on" experience made as easy as possible to find and publish contentand maintain total control.
If you want to use multiple RSS feeds and still be totally automatic, you will need to combine them (mash) into a single RSS. Services such as www.Feedburner.com and Yahoo Pipes can mash feeds for you automatically and hands free.
Whether you use Scrubz for power and control or an automatic service, now you have a custom RSS feed with the real good stuff from multiple RSS feeds. You can now use this signle RSS feed with aWeber, giving you the best of all worlds.
A Great Idea: Monitor all the biggest and best blogs in your niche. Every week, send out a "digest" of the best stuff you found, linking to the blog, using Scrubz to easily review and include the latest blog posts and news.
How to Add RSS Pheeds To The Newz Tuel
Intro to Scrubz