RSS Submission – Preparation
RSS feed submission preparation is the same as for every action you take in life, the experience and outcome can be enhanced if you undertake some preparation. If you prepare thoughtfully, the process can also save a lot of time and duplicated effort. The problem is knowing what to prepare before starting the process. As I have already undertaken the process of submitting RSS feeds, my experience may assist you by cutting out your need for extensive research.
This post determines for you the information that you should collate in order to be able to submit your feeds without having to duplicate your efforts, thus saving you considerable time. The basis of this is that each site you select to submit your RSS feed will have both different and similar information entry requirements. I have extracted all of the similarities and tabulated the total entry requirements for all the sites to which I have submitted.
I started my process of RSS feed submission by going direct to submission sites and manually uploading my RSS feeds. However, if you wish to utilise automatic RSS feed submission then you will still find that utilising the preparation methods herein will assist that task.
Tip 0 (zero): Some RSS feed submission sites let you get as far as entering one of your feeds and then tells you that you must enter a piece of script code into the homepage / blog / site that generates the RSS feed.
Registration Details – What to Consider
Some RSS feed submission sites require you to register. These include: Google Feedburner, Yahoo! Publisher Network (now back in Beta), FeedAge, Feedest and JordoMedia. I cannot stress too much the importance of a single set of information that you put out to your potential content-viewing public.
In order to make the registration process as painless as possible you should first decide whether you want to create a new e-mail address where all the correspondence from your promotional activities can go. Remember though that the majority of registration processes will require you to confirm your e-mail address and therefore your existence, by accessing the e-mail sent out by the site, requesting that you confirm that address.
It is also important that you decide what information you are prepared to divulge as, once you have registered there is usually a process of adding personal information to create your profile. You will also find that many sites encourage you to upload your avatar / picture.
The following items are the sum total of all of the registration details I have been requested to enter. Not all of them are required by every RSS submission site. The standard requirements for registration are first in this list. Those that are requested least are at the bottom of the list:
- [Username:] I recommend that you use your brand name as your username.
- [Password:] it is your decision, but a single password is easier to remember across all the sites you use. To make this unique for each site you may wish to consider using part of the site name with your common password elements, for instance ‘Goog&^?£’ and ‘Yah&^?£’ etc. Please be aware that some sites (not on feed submission sites that I have found yet) INSIST your password has capitals, lower-case, numbers and characters in it. So it is appropriate, in order to be able to enter a single password across all sites, that you include these elements from the start.
- [E-mail Address:] the note above covers whether you set up an alternative e-mail account to your normal account and use that instead.
- [Homepage:] I used my homepage address for this and there was no complaint. But, on reflection, it is probably better, from a back-linking point of view, to enter the URL of one of your hubs – the one that you wish to move up the SERPs.
- [Full Name:] Give yours or a fictitious one, it does not seem to matter
- [First Name:] As above – I gave my nom-de-plume and blank on the next item.
- [Last Name:] As above
I created a spreadsheet to keep the details entered for each RSS feed submission site so that, where there were slight adjustments to standard information, I could highlight these. This particularly happened with passwords. You have my experiences to fall back on here and so may not need to do this. Remember that the information you enter on registration is your login information to the site. If you forget it you will have difficulty logging into the site, so record everything.
Entering Your RSS Feed Details
For obvious reasons all RSS feed submission sites require you to enter details about your RSS feed(s). If you do not know what this is or how to generate a plethora of RSS feeds to cater for your every promotional need then my series of articles on RSS Feeds can be studied to get examples for this in step-by-step explanations.
Tip 1: You should record ALL of your RSS feed URL’s ready to copy and paste into the [RSS Feed:] field so that you do not have to keep generating them over and over again.
Tip 2: Keep them in blocks of nine. At least one site allows nine at a time to be uploaded.
Tip 3: Even if you use an automated RSS feed submission program you will, at the very least, require RSS Feed URL’s available.
Entering Your RSS Feed Details
The remaining RSS feed submission sites that I have used so far have required more information. The sum total of all of the different information requirements are recorded below. Again this has been done in quantitative order. The more times I have found it to be required the higher up the list it is shown.
[RSS Feed:] – covered above.
[Category or Niche:] – this is the most subjective submission information requirement. Each RSS feed submission site has a different take on categorization. Even if your feed deals with a major subject like Politics there is no guarantee that there will be a category in a particular feed submission site for that category.
[Title:] – if this is not “pulled” from the details within your RSS feed itself you can enter a title yourself. Any title that is pulled can be adjusted. I suggest you generate a title yourself for each of your feeds that you can cut-and-paste into this field when it is required. Doing it once and recording it in a spreadsheet against the RSS feed saves huge amounts of time and duplication. There is generally a limit on the size of this field of about 120 characters.
[Description:] – the same goes for this submission detail requirement. The size of this field is generally without limit (????) but I have seen a limit of 500 characters on one site. My suggestion would be to have the most relevant part of the description in the first 500 characters or create two descriptions, one being greater than 500 characters.
[Tags or Keywords:] – most submission sites that require these, require them to be space delimited, so you can be limited in your scope. There are some limitations on the number of characters that can be entered and one site limits the number of entries to three. Again, thinking about and recording these at the outset, in your spreadsheet, will save a lot of time.
[URL:] keep your profile page or home-page address recorded also. Alternatively, decide which of your web-pages you wish to promote up the SERPs with back-linking , and enter the URL of that page.
[E-mail:] – a couple of sites want you to enter your e-mail address against each RSS feed submission.
[Author / Your Name:] – A couple of sites require an author name. I put my nom-de-plume in. I do not know if they check against the information recorded for the RSS feed.
[Language:] – At least one site requests the language of the feed.
[Banner Image:] – One site allows an image to be placed against each feed entry, but it is not compulsory.
And finally, one particular unique site promotes your RSS feed in a completely different way to all others I have found to date. It will ask for:
[Enter Wikizine Name:]
- Create your RSS feed URL’s using the methods as described in my RSS Feed Series
- Record each of these in a spreadsheet.
- Think about and record your registration details.
- Think about the details that will be required for submitting each of your RSS feeds and record them in your spreadsheet.
- Go to RSS Submission to learn the next step.