#HootTip: Set up Your RSS and Atom Feeds in your #Hootsuite Dashboard

By Ariana Biagi | 1 year ago | Skills | 41 Comments

The key to a great social media strategy is sharing great content, whether you discover it online or create it yourself. Either way, content curation can be a time-consuming process. Luckily, HootSuite’s ability to integrate RSS and Atom feeds from any blog  into your dashboard means that sharing great content to your social networks happens automatically, saving you both time and effort.

Here’s How

  1. In launch menu on the left of your dashboard, select the Settings (gear) icon and choose RSS/Atom.Screen Shot 2014-02-12 at 11.39.17 AM

  2. Under RSS/Atom in the pop-up, select the + iconScreen Shot 2014-02-12 at 11.40.48 AM polaroid
  3. In the pop-up that appears, enter the required information. First, type or paste the RSS/Atom URL under “Feed URL.”
  4. Then, select a profile from which you would like the RSS/Atom feed to post and how often HootSuite will check for new posts.
  5. Now, choose how many posts will occur at one time. If you want to set a standard message to go out with your RSS/Atom feed, fill in the optional  “Prepend text to each message” field. Not sure what to add? Try an intro to your blog or a hashtag.
  6. Finally, choose a URL shortener from the drop-down menu and select “Save Feed.” Screen Shot 2014-02-12 at 11.53.48 AM

Note: If you ever wish to delete your RSS/Atom feeds, first select the Settings icon and choose RSS/Atom. Click the Delete (garbage can) icon next to the Rss/Atom feed you would like to delete. Click OK.

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Hootsuite_Help_Desk
Hootsuite_Help_Desk moderator

Hi @jacqui! 


In this case, you might find the RSS Reader App from our App Directory here: http://appdirectory.hootsuite.com/34/rss-reader


This is one of our free apps, and you can use it to view all the items on an RSS feed and share the ones you'd like to your followers. 


I hope this helps! Thanks again!


Best,


Megan | Senior Customer Advocate | hootsuite.com/help

jhoffman526
jhoffman526

Is there a way to have a new Facebook Post automatically post to google+ via hootsuite (each time)

Hootsuite_Help_Desk
Hootsuite_Help_Desk moderator

@jhoffman526


Hi there,


Thanks for reaching out to us!


To confirm, you can set up an RSS feed to post to multiple Social Networks. It is possible to have the same feed send to your Facebook as well as your Google+. This RSS feed will post to each Social Network each time.


We hope to have answered your questions, but please dont hesitate to reach out if you have any further questions or concerns! You can reach us on Twitter via @Hootsuite_Help . 


Very best,

Emilie | Customer Advocate | hootsuite.com/help


Fritsie
Fritsie

Hi, it is possible to add UTM (google analytics) with automated feed tweets?


Hootsuite_Help_Desk
Hootsuite_Help_Desk moderator

Hi @Fritsie !


Thanks for your message. At this time, we're not able to automatically add UTM parameters to URLs originating from RSS feeds, sorry for any inconvenience this causes. If you would like to see this functionality offered in future, please feel welcome to post your suggestion on our Feedback Forum here: http://feedback.hootsuite.com. Our team reviews this forum, and if we go forward with a suggestion, you'll receive notification automatically. 


Thanks again!


Best,

Megan | Senior Customer Advocate | hootsuite.com/help

jacqui
jacqui

Hi,

Is there anyway to not autopost,

We would like to store the RSS so we can look at it and pick the items to post and schedule them ourselves.

Jacqui

LewisPaigeRec
LewisPaigeRec

Hi There for the autopost feature does Hootsuite always need to be open??

Hootsuite_Help_Desk
Hootsuite_Help_Desk moderator

@LewisPaigeRec


Hey there,


Thanks for your question! For your RSS feed to publish content Hootsuite does not need to remain open, you can log-out of your account and as long as your Feed is properly formatted and the Social Profile is connected your content will be posted! 


If you have any other questions, please reach out to us on Twitter @Hootsuite_Help! 


Best,

Jocelyne | Customer Advocate | hootsuite.com/help

Sebastian
Sebastian

Is there a problem with Hootsuite RSS to Google+?

Since one week there is a problem with posting RSS-Feed articles from our website over hootsuite to our Google+ page.

Can you confirm this problem?

Hootsuite_Help_Desk
Hootsuite_Help_Desk moderator

@Sebastian


Hey there! 


Thanks for reaching out! So that we can assist further, please reach out to us on Twitter @Hootsuite_Help! 


Best,

Jocelyne | Customer Advocate | hootsuite.com/help

dihelson
dihelson

Hello, I administrate several groups on facebook, and participate on many others. I´d like to know how can I auto-publish all my Blog posts to all my groups on Facebook. When I see the rss/atom thing, there´s only a single target for Facebook, how can I set it up for multiple targets, multiple groups on facebook ?

Hootsuite_Help_Desk
Hootsuite_Help_Desk moderator

@dihelson


Hi there,


Thank you for reaching out to us on our blog. We're happy to assist!


At this time, it's only possible to set up the RSS feed and have it post to one social network at a time. This is to prevent the social network from flagging your RSS posts as duplicate messages, which could result in your messages failing to send and the API connection becoming disconnected. 


I hope this helps to clarify! Please reach out via Facebook Private Message or at @hootsuite_help with any further questions and we'll be more than happy to help.


Best regards,

Amy | Customer Advocate | hootsuite.com/help

Steveology
Steveology

It looks like Hootsuite is checking multiple RSS feeds all within about a 10 minute window. So, the updates tweet in clusters instead of staggered thought the day. How do I adjust this? (And yes, each feed is set to publish only 1 at a time.)

Hootsuite_Help_Desk
Hootsuite_Help_Desk moderator

@Steveology


Hi Steve,


Thanks for reaching out to us on our blog!


We will be happy to further assist you with this request via email. 


Please reach out via Facebook Private Message or at @hootsuite_help and we'll be happy to create a help ticket and reply via email to further assist.


Thanks!


Best regards,

Amy| Customer Advocate | hootsuite.com/help

FilipeDias
FilipeDias

Howdy, i ́m using RSS/Atom embbeded  app to fetch my feeds and publish to Facebook, but it duplicates the article titles while publishing on Facebook.
This is what happens: http://s11.postimg.org/uy5ms1xqb/Capturar.jpg

Is there a fix for this? I don ́t see it in the options pane.
Is there any app, even a paid one, that posts to Facebook and doesn ́t fail?

Thanks in advance.

Hootsuite_Help_Desk
Hootsuite_Help_Desk moderator

@FilipeDias  Hi FilipeDias,


Thanks for reaching out to us on our blog.


We can definitely look into why this is occurring with your RSS feeds.


Please send us a tweet at @Hootsuite_Help, a Private Message on Facebook, or head to http://www.hootsuite.com/help to engage in a live chat with one of our Help agents. This will allow us to troubleshoot this issue you are encountering.


Thanks, FilipeDias!


Best,

Christian | @Hootsuite_Help 

dan_g
dan_g

I use the RSS Feed to stream feeds to my social media and, for the most part, it works great.  I recently set-up a second feed to go onto the same accounts, but since I set it up a few weeks ago, not a single thing has been pushed out.  Is it possible to have two different feeds going to one social media profile? If that's set up, is it possible there's something wrong with my feed? If so, it seems that there is suddenly something wrong with my feed (it worked on some networks up until a few weeks ago).  Is there a way to test my feed to confirm that it's compatible with HootSuite?

Hootsuite_Help_Desk
Hootsuite_Help_Desk moderator

@dan_g Hey there! 


Thank you for reaching out to the Hootsuite Team via our Blog. Sorry to hear about the troubles with the RSS feed. You can have to feeds going to the same social media profile so that should not be causing this issue. 


I would recommend inputting the RSS feed that is not posting into a Feed validator such as the one found here: 


http://validator.w3.org/feed/


If the Feed is not valid or returns errors, this may be what is preventing the Feed from posting. 


If the feed is valid and the issue persists, please reach out to us on Twitter, @Hootsuite_help or via Private Message on our Facebook Page, https://www.facebook.com/hootsuite and we can definitely investigate further. 


I hope this helps! 


Best regards, 


Gary | Customer Advocate | hootsuite.com/help


krishmuralieswar
krishmuralieswar

How many such rss posts can we schedule to Facebook groups daily using PRO version? We have a need to post our daily RSS blog feed to 350 facebook groups. Similarly to 50 linkedin groups and a over 100+ twitter accounts maintained by our employees. Is there a limit to the number of schedules in HootSuite?

Hootsuite_Help_Desk
Hootsuite_Help_Desk moderator

Hi there,
Thank you for reaching out, my name is Ernesto from the Vancouver office and I'm more than happy to help you.
Yes, you can post RSS Feed to all of your Social Networks but please keep in mind that Pro accounts come with 50 slots for social networks with an availability to upgrade to 100 social networks for an extra charge. I think maybe you can benefit of our enterprise service. https://hootsuite.com/plans

Best Regards,
Ernesto | Customer Advocate | @Hootsuite_Help

technologiq
technologiq

It seems to always post the RSS articles at 4PM PST.  Is there any way to set the time the RSS feed is posted?

Hootsuite_Help_Desk
Hootsuite_Help_Desk moderator

@technologiq Hey there! 


Thanks for reaching out to us here! I'm happy to answer your questions about RSS feeds.


As it turns out, you can select the amount of times your RSS feed will publish each day. From the sounds of it, your RSS Feed is publishing once every 24 hours.


To amend this, please follow these steps:


https://help.hootsuite.com/entries/56703464-RSS-Atom-Feeds#edit


If you have any further questions Tweet us at @Hootsuite_Help! 


Best,

Jocelyne | @Hootsuite_Help | Hootsuite Help Desk - http://ow.ly/dBnBz


Joe
Joe

I'm a weather tracker and I use software designed for Twitter to tweet RSS feeds to from the weather office to my followers. Can Hootsuite manage more than 1 RSS feed to one twitter account? 


For example I have 32 RSS feeds sending tweets to my followers on one twitter account. Can Hootsuite do this as well?

Hootsuite_Help_Desk
Hootsuite_Help_Desk moderator

@Joe Hi Joe!


Thank you for reaching out to us! 

With a Free Plan, you can add up to 2 RSS Feeds. However, with a Pro Plan you can add unlimited RSS Feeds, and you can definitely add multiple Feeds to 1 Twitter account.


I hope this information helps! If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to reach out to the Support Owls @Hootsuite_Help!


Warm regards,

Whitney | @Hootsuite_Help | http://hootsuite.com/help

SarLith
SarLith

I have a facebook account and a Page under my facebook account. I want the news feed to go to my facebook page but it keep going to my main account page?

Sailingsteven
Sailingsteven

When posting to FB it doesn't show a picture....

Hootsuite_Help_Desk
Hootsuite_Help_Desk moderator

@Sailingsteven Hey there!


Thank you for reaching out to us via the Hootsuite Blog! 


Social networks themselves will determine which image thumbnail will be pulled for the link preview, based on what they can "scrape" from the website.


For Facebook it is essential that the source code of the web page has a an Open Graph image specified, or og:image. This tag tells search engines and social networks which image is the primary one to represent that page and is the one that Hootsuite will use.


To test if a URL has images that Facebook is able to scrape to use for a preview, you can test it out using the Facebook debugger here:


https://developers.facebook.com/tools/debug/


This debugger will show you what og:image is set for the site and also what a link preview would look like.


I hope this helps as a starting point. 


If you have further questions, please reach out to us on Twitter @Hootsuite_Help or Private Message us on our Facebook Page, facebook.com/hootsuite. 


Best regards, 


Gary | @HootSuite_Help | HootSuite Help Desk - http://ow.ly/dBnBz

Clar
Clar

I'm trying to add an RSS feed to stream to my LinkedIn group page. I've validated the link for the feed, but I continually get an error message that states "Please enter a valid RSS or Atom feed." Any advice?

ATanaKantor
ATanaKantor

1: whenever I add our site feed to any social network -- say Twitter -- the other feeds -- say linkedin and facebook -- disappear, and I get three feeds that are all posting to the same network.


2: I can't figure out how to 'name-title' an rss feed, which would help since we have more than one feed -- for example (1) for events and (2) for subjects.


Hootsuite_Help_Desk
Hootsuite_Help_Desk moderator

@ATanaKantor


Hi there!


In regards to your first concern, please make sure you are following the steps outlined below when adding your RSS feed:

https://help.hootsuite.com/entries/21841256-Adding-RSS-Atom-Feeds


In regards to your second question, my apologies but it is currently not possible to name your RSS feeds. We welcome you to add this feature request to our Feedback Forum:

http://feedback.hootsuite.com/forums/40182--hootsuite-com-web-dashboard


I hope this information helps! If you require any further assistance, please reach out to us on Twitter (HootSuite_Help).


Regards,

Whitney | @HootSuite_Help | http://hootsuite.com/help

mizmichele
mizmichele

I recently (earlier today) signed up for Hootsuite. Before I got all involved and all frustrated, I decided to test it.  I created an account and added my 2 Google + pages.  I then set up the RSS to publish every hour and to publish 5 posts at a pop.  I have created 2 articles each on each of my 2 blogs since creating my hootsuite account and it is been three hours and nothing has posted.  Is there a problem with Google+? Is there anything else I need to do other than add the Google+ accounts and the RSS feeds?


I'll tell you - I have a lot of accounts and at this point, I am sure glad I only decided to test because I would have been extremely unhappy if I added all my info in and signed up for a premium account.


Maybe i am missing something in the setup -- I read everything though. Please advise.

Hootsuite_Help_Desk
Hootsuite_Help_Desk moderator

Hello @mizmichele


Thanks for reaching out here on the HootSuite Blog! There are a couple of reason your RSS Feed may not be publishing as expected. 


A first step in troubleshooting, I recommend that you take advantage of one of the many RSS Feed validator sites to ensure that your RSS Feed link is correct. This will highlight any potential problems with the Feed that may need to be adjusted.


After this, I recommend the working through the following in HootSuite to ensure that everything is connected successfully:


1. Reconnect your Google+ Page with the steps found here:

https://help.hootsuite.com/entries/22866475-Reconnecting-Social-Networks


2. Disable your RSS feed, and re-enabling it with the steps below:

https://help.hootsuite.com/entries/22416457-Disabling-RSS-Atom-Feeds

https://help.hootsuite.com/entries/21821691-Enabling-RSS-Atom-Feeds


I hope that this helps! Please let us know if you are still experience trouble and we will be happy to troubleshoot with you further.



Best,

Kathleen | @HootSuite_Help | HootSuite Help Desk - http://ow.ly/dBnBz

Tim
Tim

RSS Feeds Simply Don't Work.


I have tried everything I can think of - for a whole day now and simply can not get Hootsuite to send new blog posts to LinkedIn. I get no error messages, have followed all the 'how to' guides, read article after article and nothing works.


Would you pay for a car that doesn't start?

Hootsuite_Help_Desk
Hootsuite_Help_Desk moderator

@Tim  Hello Tim,

Sorry to hear that you're seeing issues with your RSS Feed! Please be assured that our Help Team here is ready to work with you to get you up and running.

For me to best troubleshoot, please confirm with me if you've tried the following:


1. Check if the feed is still valid: http://validator.w3.org/feed/


2. Revoke HootSuite's access to your LinkedIn by clicking https://www.linkedin.com/secure/settings?userAgree and "Remove"


3. Once completed, please proceed to reconnect your LinkedIn in your HootSuite Dashboard by following all of these steps: https://help.hootsuite.com/entries/22866475-Reconnecting-Social-Networks#li


4. Please also try to turn the feed off, wait a couple minutes, then turn back on and ensure that posts are set to check as frequently as possible when editing the feed.


Do let me know if the issue persists from here by tweeting us at @HootSuite_Help and we can investigate further.


Best regards,

Paige @HootSuite_Help - http://hootsuite.com/help


a2clicks
a2clicks

Didn't even realize this was possible. It'll be very useful now GReader is closing down.

Thank you guys!

Brian
Brian

Hello Hootsuite, I am having difficulty getting my rss feed to send to google + does google allow rss caching? i've done all the correct steps but no feeds are being posted to my google +

Esther
Esther

Hello

I cannot find any information about rss-publication timings in the help desk. Could you please post a link to the item containing information about this?

Thanks.

Phil
Phil

It works for me. I have it set to post in 4 different networks.. and it started slow.. but now its on every 3 hours like it was set. pretty cool

Mike
Mike

What about appending to the end of the tweet as well? This would be good for adding hashtags to the end of the tweet.

Or...is it possible to designate certain keywords to include a hash tag?

David
David

Is there a way to add a hashtag to a RSS feed in Hootsuite? I know there is the option to prepend text.

James Shaw
James Shaw

I'm a little confused - you say "social profile(s)" - implying we can choose multiple profiles. But I can only choose one. I've tried holding shirt or ctrl down, but the dropdown closes after picking the first profile. How do I select twitter, facebook and g+ to share my blog with?

Chris
Chris

Yep. How do we know when the rss feed will post to Twitter and our FB Timeline?

We publish our posts at midnight but we want the announcement to go out the next morning at 7am.

Wendy Merritt
Wendy Merritt

I am noticing that when you select more than one Target Profile you cannot see the other profiles that you previously selected. The Add RSS/Atom window and the Settings window both only show one Target Profile. Did my other profiles get removed? Are the other profiles still there and just not visible? Is this a glitch with the last update?

Nate
Nate

Rather than clicking the "include text from post in messages", it there a way to tease out a couple key element from the feed and apply them to the "prepend text to each message" section?

Example: my post here (http://twitter.com/#!/CinemaInFocus/status/192728091217506304) included portions of the feed that I don't need/want as it convolutes the tweet. Recommendations?

radhey
radhey

We have set our feed setting 4 per hour. In first hour it posted 4 but in second hours it stopped to post. Is it’s setting is not working properly.

Thanks and Regards

Radhey