How to Automagically Import the Syndicated Articles Into Your Site

The easiest way to utilize the syndicated articles here is to have them automagically sucked into your site so you do less work. Seriously, who wants to work harder?

After trying a number of different software solutions, I now exclusively recommend the Full Version of WP Robot because it works really, really works exceedingly well for this sort of thing. (The full version allows for the inclusion of RSS feeds.)

(Note: If you purchase WP Robot through this link I get a small referral fee which helps to support this site.)

To start the importing of syndicated stories on your site, you only need to do two things.

  1. Upload the WP Robot plugin.
  2. Setup an RSS campaign in the software using the PFSyn distribution RSS link.

By using WP Robot you can also define the author and category you’d like for the imported article to appear under on your site. You can also set the post to draft so you can manually approve it and a assign a featured image if you do that sort of thing.

The imported posts will have all the canonical links and HTML formatting as you see in the feed. If if the imported article looks good, just go ahead and schedule or publish it.

It just can’t be any easier.

But if you want to import the articles the hard way, I even made the raw HTML available for you to cut and paste into your site.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Setting Up WP Robot

If you decide to go the super simple WP Robot route to make importing the syndicated articles stupid easy, here are some step-by-step instructions for getting things rolling after you purchase and install the WP Robot plugin.

  1. In an upcoming step you will need to enter the user ID you will use as the author of the posts. You can find the user ID by going to your WordPress Users and clicking edit on the designated user. The user ID will be displayed in the URL for that user, as shown below.Find user ID
  2. Go to the WP Robot plugin menu in your WordPress installation and click on the “options” selection.WP Robot Menu
  3. Configure the WP Robot options as shown below where the Author is the number for the user ID you created for the imported posts.WP Robot General Options
  4. Further down on the “options” page are the setting for the RSS import. Here is how I have mine set. DO NOT STRIP OUT LINKS.RSS Options on General Screen
  5. Going back to the WP Robot menu, you will see an option for “templates.” Click on that and make sure your RSS temple looks like this.RSS Template
  6. Now go to the WP Robot “campaigns” option and create an RSS campaign, like the one below. You can see the article feed URL in the example. Configure it as shown below but feel free to name your import category anything you are currently using or maybe a category you just created for the content. In the example below the category already existed and was called Personal Finance Articles. After you type the name in the first time and save your campaign, when you go back you’ll be able to pulldown all the category names.PFSN Campaign Sample

As you can see in that last screen, I’ve set the frequency as one draft of a new article per hour. The articles were set to be put into draft on the general options screen. There is no need to specify the author user ID in the campaign screen since it was defined in the options.

By setting the articles as draft it will allow you to have all the articles sucked into your site and queued up for you to approve or trash. When you login to your sites dashboard you can look at the waiting draft posts. Just check all the ones you don’t want and delete them.

For the ones you want to keep, put tags in if you want, select a featured image if you need to, and either publish it or schedule it to publish in the future.

Bonus Step

If your site uses featured images then you may have to install a plugin to include a default feature image if an article you are importing does not have one. Here is a free WordPress plugin that will handle that for you.

Make Your Site Work for You When You Sleep

I tend to schedule articles out in the future, especially for days I won’t be able to publish one of my own articles because I’m out having fun.

For more advanced users, you could setup the feed to automatically publish all the article or an article once a day or every couple of days to let the search engines know your site still has a heart beat.

Hey search engines, I'm still alive.
Hey search engines, I’m still alive.