Knowledgebase: RSS to Facebook Poster
13. Manual: RSS to Facebook Poster
Posted by Mark Seaman on 18 February 2013 03:31 AM

 

By RSS Ground service.

 

To create a new project in RSS to Facebook Poster you simply need to enter the tool using the main menu "Tools"-"RSS to Facebook Poster".

Another way is to use "Generate and Send to" option in any of RSS feeds Generators. Choose "RSS to Facebook Poster" from a drop-down menu and your generated feeds will be automatically added to the Poster interface.

One more way to create a new posting project is to go to "My saves"-"My RSS feeds", check-mark RSS feeds which you wish to use in the project and choose "RSS to Facebook Poster" from drop-down menu in "Send selected feeds to" option above the list of RSS feeds.


As soon as you get to the Poster interface the first option you have is to add RSS feeds. RSS feeds will be automatically added if you use "Generate and Send to" option in one of the RSS Feeds Generators or "Send selected feeds to" in "My Saves" section.

You may enter RSS feeds manually when creating a project by pressing "Add RSS feeds button".

Add RSS feeds to the new project

Now you need to connect your project and a Facebook account you wish to update. Press "Authenticate" and enter your credentials in a standard Facebook login screen.

You will also be prompted to provide RSS Ground with some additional permissions. Please do so, to let your project work correctly.

 

Facebook account authentication


Note: you may create as many projects as you want to update your Facebook account. If you already have one project you don't need to go through the authentication process again unless you wish to set your project to make posts to another Facebook account.
 

As soon as your project is authenticated you will see a list of all Facebook pages you have administrator right to. You may choose any page or even several pages for posting. Be aware, if you choose several pages at once they will be updated with the same content.

If you don’t have any fan pages under your Facebook account you will be able to update your timeline.

List of Facebook pages

 

Press "Next" to go to the second step.

 

Posting project settings

 

Now you can make some settings for your posting project.

First, give your project a name so it could be easily found later in "My Saves" – "My posting projects" section.

Include keywords - this option will choose to post only RSS items which have at least one of the specified keywords in their title or description. You may use several keywords separated with commas.

Exclude keywords - this option will sort RSS items which include at least one of the specified keywords in their title or description and exclude them from posting. You may use several keywords separated with commas.

Post items - this option will set the order in which RSS feeds' items will be processed.
Only new – only fresh added RSS items will be posted.
From newest to oldest – if no fresh items were added to RSS feed next the most recent time items will be posted.
From oldest to newest - the oldest in time items will be posted in the first place.
Randomly – random set of RSS items will be chosen for posting.

Before each run the system checks your RSS feeds for updates. And if you wish to post only fresh items you choose "Only new" option. In this case posts will be made using only fresh content. If no new items were added to RSS feeds the program will not make any posts and wait until the fresh content is added to RSS feeds. If you wish to use not only fresh content from your RSS feeds you need to choose "From newest to oldest" option. In this case the program will check for updates in RSS feeds and use them as the priority content for posting. If no fresh content was added the system will use the latest but not yet published content. If there is no matter for you whether to post new or older content you may choose "Randomly" option and a random set of items will be posted every time. If you wish to post gradually post RSS items starting from the oldest one you need to choose "From oldest to newest" option.

   Note: no matter what option was used in "Post items" duplicate items will never be used for posting.

Number of items to post – you may post the exact number of RSS items (set for example 2-2 to post 2 items every time) or post a random number of items (set 1-3 to post randomly from 1 to 3 items every time)

- append any tag or parameter to links posted to Facebook. This can be any affiliate ID, tracking tags or anything else.

Pay attention to the syntax we use. For example you want to add a string: ?param=value, you can just add param=value to text field. Or if you use a separate parameter: &param2=value, you can just add param2=value.

But be careful with fragments. If you want to add a fragment to your links you have to enter #your_fragment. Without hash symbol (#) it will be counted as a query string parameter which is totally different.

Read more about qeary strings and fragments


Press "Next" button once you are done with project settings

 

Automation

Here you set the timing of the project – another words, how often should RSS to Facebook poster make posts.

Project automation

 

Current server time - here you see a current system time. It may differ from your local time. So take this parameter into account.

Next run – date and time of the next post. Once the automation is set it will show you when the next post will be done.

Start /End project at – here you specify the exact dates for beginning and finishing the project. You use this option if you need to update your Facebook timeline or page within a specific time period, for example Christmas holidays or during your own vacation. If you don’t have any specific "End date" use any far perspective date for example year 2015.

Repeat project - here you choose how often you want to make posts to your Facebook.

 

Note: even if you set to make posts "every hour" a random timestamp will be used. It may be 45 minutes or 68 minutes for example. This was made to avoid any footprints and to make it look more like human manual updates.



Don’t forget to press "Save project" once you are done with these settings.

You may use "Previous" button to navigate to the previous steps.

Now your project will be saved and you may find it in "My saves" – "My Posting Projects" section using main menu.

Saved projects

In "My Posting Projects" section you will find a list of all projects. Here you may "Pause" (press "ON" icon) a project or "Restart" it (press "OFF"). To remove a project from the list press "DELETE" icon.

Use "EDIT" icon to go to project editor and make needed changes (reset Facebook account or list of pages, add more RSS feeds, change automation settings or any other).

Using project editor you may create a new project using the sample of already existing project. For example you wish to make posts to a specific group of Facebook pages and want to use the same settings as you already used in another project. Choose the needed project from the list, make the needed changes and NECESSARILY! change its name (otherwise the original project will be overwritten). When you save the project you will see your new and former projects in the list.

Press   icon to see the LOG of project operation.

Pay attention to "Next run at" column in your project tab. Here you see when the next project run will occur. The time is relative to our server time.

In project log you may see when your project was created, updated, paused, resumed. Here you will also be able to see the latest posts made.

Project log

Green information block will show the successful post. This block will display a post date, post title and post destination. You may click post title to visit a page with your post.

Yellow block will tell if there was no RSS content to post.

See the FAQ article on why your project may fail to post

Blue blocks will tell when your project was created, updated, paused or restarted.

Note: only the last 50 project actions are displayed in log.

 

Example of Facebook posts

 

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