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14. Manual: RSS to LinkedIn Poster
Posted by Mark Seaman on 27 September 2013 06:37 AM

By RSS Ground service.

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

Another way is to use "Generate and Send to" option in any of RSS feeds Generators. Choose "RSS to LinkedIn Poster" from a drop-down menu and your generated feeds will be automatically sent to the Poster's 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 your posting project and choose "RSS to LinkedIn 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's 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 authenticate your LinkedIn account. Press "Authenticate" and enter your LinkedIn login information to allow our poster to make posts to your LinkedIn account.


LinkedIn account authentication



  Note: you may create as many projects as you want to update your LinkedIn 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 LinkedIn account. Before authenticating your new LinkedIn account, make sure you logged out from the previous account in your browser.

Together with your main LinkedIn account news feed you can also update news feeds of companies' pages. As soon as you authenticate your LinkedIn account you will see the list of your companies pages.

Note: only companies' pages with your administrator rights will show up.

Check-mark any companies you with to update, one or several at once.

My updates - will make posts to your main LinkedIn account.

LinkedIn account


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).

Share with - choose if you want to make your posts visible publicly or only to your 1st level connections. This option will only work with updates of your main LinkedIn account news feed.

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 LinkedIn 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 LinkedIn page or company 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 LinkedIn.

  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" 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 LinkedIn posts

 

Here is the list of useful links you may also be interested in:

 

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