#0, March 2010 Downloads _ Special RSS Editiion
Posted by Kurt on Mar-21-10 at 05:53 PM
There will be a few things coming, all focusing on building an RSS network.
Right now I'm finishing a Ping.fm bot which will help set up various accounts at sites like Blogger, Twitter, Facebook, etc. It will also log into Ping.fm and add as many of these accounts as possible automatcially.
We'll focus on the 80/20 rule a lot...And this Ping.fm bot will create accounts at the 10-11 BEST resources that also allow RSS.
Of the 10, I can get the bot to set up about half in Ping.fm. You'll need to do the other half (about 5) by hand.
When it's set up, you just have to log into your Ping.fm account and make a post. Each time you post it will be sent to all of the 10-11 sites created for you with this bot.
And each of these accounts provide an RSS pheed, which means you can submit and ping each of them.
In the coming month, we'll focus on adding more RSS resources and show how to best exploit RSS to automate. We'll automate making sites, email, SEO, link building and more using RSS.
In the meantime:
-Come up with 3-5 gmail accounts...AT least one you can dedicate to this project
-Have BlogBomb installed for this project and ready to go
#1, RE: March 2010 Downloads _ Special RSS Editiion
Posted by Kurt on Mar-21-10 at 06:01 PM
In response to message #0
LAST EDITED ON Mar-21-10 AT 06:02 PM (PST)
Reserved for updates...
#2, RE: March 2010 Downloads _ Special RSS Editiion
Posted by Kurt on Mar-21-10 at 06:02 PM
In response to message #1
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
#3, RE: March 2010 Downloads _ Special RSS Editiion
Posted by Kurt on Mar-30-10 at 04:25 AM
In response to message #2
LAST EDITED ON Mar-30-10 AT 04:48 AM (PST)
Building a Syndication Using Ping.fm
Download PingFM bot here:
This project is about building a syndication network to form a rock-solid foundation for your marketing projects.
What we're going to do is to create accounts at 10 of the biggest Web 2.0 sites on the Internet. These sites all have these two huge benefits in common:
1. They all work with Ping.fm, which means you can update all 10 of these sites from your single Ping.fm "dashboard".
2. All of these sites can take advantage of RSS.
These sites are:
But we're not just limited to these sites...As I posted above, aWeber accepts an RSS pheed, so that will also let us bring email marketing and list building into our syndication.
Your medium-term goal (over the next few months) should be to acquire at least 100 different resources that all use RSS in some way. I'll help you get a lot of them, but you should always be looking for more of your own, so we don't all have the same exact patterns.
Don't be afraid to put a little time into creating resources as a major part of your linking strategy. When you get a link, you just get a link. But when you acquire cyber real estate you get a lot more power. If you make a blog, you have the power to add more and more links to your own properties.
And the mixture of these sites gives us numerous added marketing options in addition to SEO. The ability to get "friends" and "followers" using strategies for Twitter, Facebook and Myspace is an example.
We're going to set up a mini-net of 10 of the most popular Web 2.0 sites. We're only using the sites that use RSS and can be used with Ping.fm. Ping.fm is a site that will allow you to log into it, then be able to post to all these 2.0 sites at once. It's like a central command station.
Ping.fm also accepts an RSS pheed, so any resource you have the exports an RSS pheed (like Wordpress blogs) can be used to update Ping.fm, which in turn updates your 10 Web 2.0 sites.
Wordpress blog => RSS => Ping.fm => 10 Social Media Sites
......RSS => aWeber email campaign
Add this to aWeber and we're building a solid foundation of syndication and automation. Just one post on our WP blog and we're updating Twitter, Facebook, Blogger, creating and sending an email newsletter, and more.
There's basically two stages:
1 Creating accounts at the Web 2.0 sites.
2 Then adding these sites to Ping.fm, so Ping.fm can "control" all of the sites.
Included is a bot that will automate much of the this and greatly reduce the amount of time and effort needed.
You will need a gmail email account for each Ping.fm account and for each of the sites.
Step I Creating Accounts
1. Open the PingFMbot and fill in the three fields: User, email and password.
A .User: This should be one word, 8-14 letters. It can't already be in use, or you'll get errors. You can check to see if your name is in use across many sites here:
Try to pick a general keyword and mix it with a generic word plus a number, like skinnybill7a, healthybarb4u, doglover000. This will get a related keyword in your name, have a great chance of being unique, and not sound too spammy. Your user name will also (almost) always been in the URL of your page/profile. Give this some thought, a good user name has to serve different functions.
B. Email: Use a gmail address.
C. Password: Make it 8 characters. Use small and upper case letters and a number or two. This will meet the requirements of all the sites.
For simplicity, the bot will generate other account info such as names, birthdays, etc.
2. Click the START BUTTON >.
The bot will go to each site and fill in your info. Complete the page, such as filling in a captcha or clicking the submit button that takes you to another page. When done with a site, click the START BUTTON again repeat the process.
Step II - Verify Email
Wait a couple of minutes and log into your Gmail account used for the project and verify emails. There are only 8-9 accounts that need verifying and each is important, so it's best to do these by hand and not automate it.
Also, check the Tumblr email for your "email to blog" email address. Keep a record of it with all your account info.
Step III - Add the Accounts to Ping.FM
The bot will do this for for some of the accounts:
1. Open Bot and select: AddAccounts2PingFM
Fill out the 3 input boxes:
User, email and password must all be the exact same as used in Step I Creating Accounts.
Check your www.Ping.fm dashboard to see which accounts have been added, and add any accounts by hand that weren't added automatically:
It will take some effort on your part, but not as much as you think. And remember, this is a one-time event that will pay dividends for a long time to come and is a tremendous multiplier of all future work.
Use the 80/20 rule for marketing - This plan uses different media. You have Twitter, blogs, MySpace, RSS and more. Focus on the "20%" of each that brings the "80%" of the results. In other words, learn the basics of each and implement them, then move on. Don't worry about being an expert and having to master every little detail. Know how to get people to see you and how not to get in trouble.
With this method, we can get "friends" and "followers", plus "readers" and "subscribers"...And they all add up! If you can get 100 people to pay attention to you on Twitter, another 100 to actually read your newsletter, 100 to find your Blogger blog in Google, etc, is the same as having one big email list. And by using RSS, you can exploit them all as easily as one.
You are offering your people the most possible options to stay in contact in the way they prefer and this is a great customer service.
Use good content - This is very important. Since syndication is a true "multiplier", you make a blog post and it's multiplied 10X across some of the most important sites on the Web, in RSS and through email is why you need to use your top of the line content for this. It's basic math, if no one stays on your list or reads your tweets, 10 x 0 = 0. And if you post trash, you'll only be making 10x the trash.
But if you can get a few followers here and a subscriber there, you can greatly multiply your effort! One post or one email message and your words will be syndicated far and wide. Think about article marketing, but your articles are submitted to different sites and email automatically. And since you control the sites, you don't need to have some moderator approve your messages.
How to Syndicate Great Content the Fast and Easy Method:
Scrubz Tuel - If you really want great content, use the Scrubz Tuel to gather and "clean" your RSS feeds to syndicate top-notch content across all these platforms. Here's an example:
1 Set up a main blog using Wordpress on a domain you own.
1a Enter the RSS into Tuelz.
Optional: Mix and match any/all below:
2 Contact 10 good bloggers in your niche, ask if you can use their RSS feed in your content. Let's assume 2-3 agree.
2a Enter their RSS into Tuelz
3 Find good news sources based on relevant kewords and topics
3a Enter these RSS feeds into Tuelz
4Research best RSS feeds at Digg
4a Enter the RSS into Tuelz
5 Find keyword based RSS feed for Twitter
5a Enter the RSS into Tuelz
You'll have nice, high quality blend of content from Your main blog, plus your choice of the best from Guest bloggers, Topical news, Digg, and Twitter.
Using the Scrubz Tuel in an Example Network:
Assuming you've added the RSS pheeds to Tuelz, open the Scrubz Tuel, select your own blog posts, the best post(s) from your guest bloggers, the best news items, and a couple of the best Digg stories tweets from Twitter, all with a few clicks of your mouse.
Log in to aWeber and add the RSS pheed created by Scrubz to aWeber and use it to email your list the content.
Don't want to write? See what your guest bloggers have written...Can you use their content?
Or paste some PLR or EzineArticles.com content in your Wordpress blog?
A decent article plus some good news, stories and tweets can go a long way.
Add the RSS pheed created by your Wordpress blog to Ping.fm. Ping.fm will then post it to the sites we set up above.
The following URLs point to your page(s) that the public and search engines will see.
Just replace the text string "username" in the URLs below with the user name you used to create your accounts. Note that Hi5 and Facebook add a user number to your URL, so you will need to gather these are your own. For all the rest you just need to replace with your own user name.
After you've personalized the URLs:
1. Ping them. http://massblogpinger.com/ Set up pingz
2. Create a few links to these pages to give them some link juice they can then pass on.
3. "Lightly" bookmark them. Don't over-do it. Just get 5-15 links each if you can.
These are the URLs to the RSS pheeds created by these resources. Again, change "username" to the user name you used to create the accounts.
1. Submit each to RSS directories
2. Add list of RSS URLs to your niche's "main" BlogBomb
SPECIAL ATTENTION: Need to find and use ID number:
SPECIAL ATTENTION: Myspace uses atom, not RSS. Not compatible with Blogbomb and other RSS readers.
After customizing, submit the URLs for the RSS pheeds to the major RSS directories. You can use Incansoft's RSSBot, do it by hand, or wait a few days and I'll make a bot that submits to a few of the best RSS directories.
SIGN-IN URLs: These are the URLs for your sign up page.
Open Firefox, and close all tabs.
Then open all the URLs below. If you have "Selection Open" use it .
(as discussed in ThinkLinks https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/8644 ).
In Firefox, go to: Bookmark => Bookmark all tabs
Name a new folder: Ping.FM
In the future, just go to the bookmark folder and "open all in tabs" and you'll have quick access to the log in for all the sites. If you use Roboform or other password management program, you can create different profiles as you add new Ping.fm networks for different niches. And remember, you can post to all of them from your Ping.fm account, so you won't need to log in to individual accounts very often.
Tip: You may want to copy this for your "homepages" also.
Just create two bookmark folders in Firefox:
Dog Training Pingfm - Login
Dog Training Pingfm - MyPage (MyPage is the page the public sees)
Four of these sites have an extra juicy feature: Email to post. What this means is you can create an email address for these accounts and every email you send to those addresses will be posted on the sites. Add them all to a mailing list and update them all by sending a single email.
Each email address is different as it also needs to act as a password (since you don't want anyone being able to send it email), but look for how to set up Email2Post at:
Both Blogger and Tumblr allow you to ADD an RSS pheed. Add a pheed from your Blogbomb install for this niche to Blogger and Tumblr.
Next, let's see if we can add some more RSS-friendly resources to our network.
#4, RE: March 2010 Downloads _ Special RSS Editiion
Posted by Kurt on Apr-01-10 at 10:41 AM
In response to message #3
Setting up Pingz
Make a list of the URLs for YOUR pages:
Click on Tuelz.exe then open Pingz.
For category, enter: Ping.fm
Once in the Ping.fm cateogory, enter:
A short title, such as: Twiter
The URLs for each of your pages.
Leave "sensitivity" to 95%. Remember, the sensitivity is how much a page needs to change before it is considered an "update".
Number of Status Reports to Save: 12
Check Every: Choose a random selection of between 12 hours and 4 days. You want to spread things out.
Click "Ping O Matic" to select all the available ping services available.
Note: For setting up your own hosting services as "proxies", read the Pingz Tuel info thread:
This is fast and easy to do, and it's powerful and automated.
Here's what's happening...Pingz is going to check to see if any of our Ping.fm social pages have been updated. If they have, then Pingz tells Ping O Matic to ping them for you.
Pingz is unlike any other pinging program in that it actually monitors your sites and checks for updates.
Our goal is to ping every page/site/blog that features an RSS pheed each time we update it. Plus, we will be getting more and more of these sites, and as they update they will be pinged each time automatically.
We'll have more sites and we'll ping them more often, giving us exponentially more pings. And each ping can bring the search engines and help create links. It is this system of "blog and ping" that has become one of the most powerful SEO strategies over the past decade, and this system takes the fullest advantage of this.
Check this out...Each time we post on our main blog (in the example above), we also are adding the content to our aWeber emails, updating Ping.fm, which updates 10 social sites, and each of these 10 "updates" allow us another ping opportunity.
And we're not stopping here...As we add more and more sites to our network, we'll increase our potential by leaps and bounds. Andy by tying everything together using RSS and automation, we'll be able to update our network of sites very easily.
This strategy will work very well for those into article marketing. If you're spinning content, you may as well expand your reach and control beyond the article directories.
#5, RE: March 2010 Downloads _ Special RSS Editiion
Posted by Kurt on Apr-04-10 at 04:58 PM
In response to message #4
vBulletin Forums with the Blog Plugin
Setting up some vBulletin profiles is a good way to add 10-20 more resources to your RSS network. But these aren't just any VB forum sites, these are VB forums that also have a special blog plugin that allows users to create their own blogs.
These are basic blogs, but you can add links to your posts that are live/dofollow and they each give you your own RSS pheed, which gives you 10-20 more ping opportunities.
Note: VB costs $80 a year or $195 for a paid license and the blog plugin is something like another $100. What this means is, these are sites where the owner has invested some time and money. These sites are more stable than most, but they are also monitored.
We're not looking to build 300 spammy profiles on these sites. Instead, we want to give these sites a little more attention, because they are a great way to diversify our linking profile.
Right now, run the vBulletin Bombot to create some profiles and let them "age" for a week or two.
Most VB sites have captchas and some even have "trick questions" a human can answer, so vBulletin Bombot in not totally automatic.
It will navigate to a site and try fill in as much info as possible, then stop.
When it stops, fill in any needed info.
Press the start button
Wait 5 minutes, then run the Gmail Activation mode. It will log into your gmail account and click the verification links automatically for you.
Wait again for a short while. Log into your gmail account and create a folder/label for the "welcome" emails. These are the sites that have made it through all the stages so far and group them together in a folder/label and keep them on gmail as a means of organization.
Now wait for a week or checking out the forums in the meantime, then start building blogs on the sites you feel are most appropriate.
Again, these VB blogs are more valuable than "regular" profile pages. Remember, you also get a profile and sig, which are link opps. Plus, you get a blog where you can add links, and get another RSS pheed to use and promote.
As of now, there's no automation for posting to these blogs. I'm working on a bot to do this...It won't be totally automatic, but it will be able to take content, log into your accounts, spin the content and then post it on your blogs.
These blogs are great to use a camauflage pages. Make general posts about popular, non-controversial topics, use humor, cute things, and a lot of small talk, lots of links to "non-threatening" sites, then hide a few links of value when and where you can...
Promote mainly with pinging, with some light bookmarking, and cross linking by adding each RSS pheed to BlogBomb.
#6, RE: March 2010 Downloads _ Special RSS Editiion
Posted by Kurt on Apr-22-10 at 01:06 AM
In response to message #5
LAST EDITED ON Apr-22-10 AT 01:12 AM (PST)
Here's a Kickapps Botbom:
Kickapps is a popular forum/community board. This bot will create accounts on Kickapps.
There's two modes:
PageRank - Will go through the list of sites, starting with the highest PR sites first.
Random - Visits sites at random so you have unique linking patterns.
Good news: Kickapps lets you add a few RSS pheeds. This feature makes it perfect for adding to our network of sites.
Bad news: The links created are nofollow.
Despite being nofollow, I like adding a few kickapps sites to the network simply because they are great for adding RSS pheeds to your profile pages. I believe a few nofollows are a good thing.
But because they are nofollow, there's no point in spending a lot of time on Kickapps.
Run it and sign up for about 50 sites. About half will send a verification email. After you confirm, about half of these sites will work...So spend a little time and add 7-15 Kickapps profiles to your network.
After you create and verify your accounts, wait for about a week, then log in and add your RSS pheeds from BlogBomb, Twitter, etc.
#7, RE: March 2010 Downloads _ Special RSS Editiion
Posted by andyh on Jun-16-10 at 03:52 AM
In response to message #6
You're a superstar.
In this thread you've outlined exactly what I'm looking to do.
I have a client who I've mashed some feeds for and created a sweet newsfeeds page for them - but they now want a newsletter with feed digests plus their own article/content.
You've just laid out exactly how to do it and I'm definitely going to do it in the next week or two.
Thanks for taking the time to share all this - you're one of the best minds on the Internet and I love seeing what you come up with.
You're always one-step ahead and seem to have what I want just before I need it
#8, RE: March 2010 Downloads _ Special RSS Editiion
Posted by Kurt on Jun-16-10 at 07:13 PM
In response to message #7
Thanks for the comments, I appreciate it.
The only thing I'd add is to also set up the basic Ping.fm network for your client so that they automatically post to twitter, facebook, etc.
This will impress them as well as help them expand their reach with very little added effort.