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

By Ariana Biagi | 7 months 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.

Keep an eye out for a new #HootTip each week – they’re short and sweet so that you, your friends and your followers will be HootSuite experts in no time.

 

40 comments
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.


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.

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?

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

Adam L Simmons
Adam L Simmons

Is there a way to set the time the RSS feed updates? I recently changed it to updated once every 24hrs and it post at 7:30 PM and I have seen a DRASTIC decrease in clicks on the links. If I could change it to send out the update around midday, I think that would make a world of a difference.

Any suggestions?

Laura
Laura

Hi everybody!

Am I the only one having trouble lately with the RSS publishing? No blog post images are being shared on Facebook with the link... :S

Benny
Benny

That was easy

thanks

Cindy
Cindy

With Faceboook requiring SSL as of October 1 will we still need one if we use your app?

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

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

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


Sam Milbrath
Sam Milbrath

Hi there!

Thanks for the great question. RSS feeds in HootSuite check for new posts based on when you set up the feed. For example, if you set up the feed at 2pm, and have it set to check every 24 hours, it will check and publish new posts every day at 2pm. This isn't yet reflected in a Help Desk article, but I've added a note to add this in a future edit. Hope this helps!

Sarah - HootSuite Help

ramonekalsaw
ramonekalsaw

I'm hitting that same bug ... cannot select multiple profiles to add to my RSS feed : / Please advise. Thanks.

Matti
Matti

Same here! I cannot add multiple social profiles for a feed. Is this possible at all or do I have to create several feeds to share with all my social profiles?

Matti
Matti

Same here! I can only choose one profle for an RSS feed, but would need several.

Andy Au
Andy Au

Hi Chris,

Thanks for visiting. Contact our Help Desk for insight on this.

Rob (Support Ranger)
Rob (Support Ranger)

Hi Patrick,

If you're still having problems after visiting the link Dave provided, head over to http://twitter.com/hootsuite_help, follow us there, send us a tweet and we'll DM you a link to send us a support ticket to help you out.

Have a great day!

Rob.

Rob (Support Ranger)
Rob (Support Ranger)

Hi Nate,

At this time, it's not possible to include specific elements of the blog post in the 'Prepend' box. The 'Prepend text to each message' box can only be used to type in specific text which will be added in front of the title of each post that is sent out via RSS to your social networks.

Hope this answers your query.

In future, you can find help by going to http://help.hootsuite.com or by tweeting @HootSuite_Help.

Have a great day!

Rob.

Angelique
Angelique

I would find this to be helpful as well, or to at least have an idea when it will post.

Jenny
Jenny

I'm having the same problem. I've set up RSS feeds in my HootSuite Pro account but they aren't publishing.

Dave Olson
Dave Olson

Everything is working on this end - Please visit the Help Desk to get some troubleshooting tips.

Jordan Behan
Jordan Behan

Hi all,

The easiest way to get the answers you seek is to visit http://help.hootsuite.com, or by tweeting @HootSuite_Help. If there's a way, our support Owls can help.

Nate
Nate

Thanks Rob!