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Wordpress Poster User Guide

Automated posts to Wordpress blogs
David Logan
Updated 3 months ago
  1. About WordPress Poster
  2. Content settings
  3. Posting settings
  4. Automation settings

About WordPress Poster

Wordpress PosterWordPress Poster is used to make automated posts from content feeds to any category of your WordPress blog.

To start making automated posts you need to set up a WordPress posting campaign.

To be able to create a WordPress posting campaign you need to sign up for any of RSS Ground membership plans.

You can have one or several posting campaigns running simultaneously depending on your membership level limits.

Here is an example of an automated WordPress post made by RSS Ground:

See the user guide on how to create a posting campaign.

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In the Content section, you add your content feeds. And Advanced settings will fine-tune the algorithm of selecting content from the feeds for the next post.

To add feeds to your posting campaign press Add content. Use the Import feeds option to manually add one or several content feeds. Your feeds will be added to this posting campaign and automatically saved to your Feeds Box.

If you already have your feeds saved in the Feeds Box, use the From Feeds Box option.

Note: you can use up to 10 content feeds in one posting campaign.

Advanced settings are optional.

Post items - here you set the order in which content from your feeds will be processed and selected for posting.

  • Only new - only content appeared in the feeds after the previous campaign run will be used for posting.
  • From newest to oldest - if there is no new content in the feeds, most fresh but not yet posted content will be used for posting.
  • From oldest to newest - feeds' content will be posted starting from the oldest.
  • Randomly - random content from specified feeds will be posted.

If you wish to post only recent news to your WordPress blog, you are recommended to use the Only new option.

If you wish to ensure the gradual update of your WordPress blog, you are recommended to use the From newest to oldest option.

If you make posts from content feeds where timestamp does not matter, for example, product feeds or affiliate feeds, you may use the Random option.

Note: the posting campaign uses one feed's item for one post at a time and it never uses duplicate content for posting unless you use the recycling option.

Enable recycling - this option will allow you to re-post already posted content over again.

Re-post items - you can set a limit to re-post the same content up to 5 times or choose Indefinitely - to re-post the same content an unlimited number of times.

The "recycling" option can be good for affiliate product feeds, or other content feeds where unique content is not a priority. Please use this option very carefully. Social networks don't like duplicate content.

Post only items with these keywords - specify one or several content filter keywords. Only content which mentions at least one of the specified keywords in its title or description will be posted.

Don't post items with these keywords - specify one or several content filter keywords. Content that mentions at least one of the specified keywords in its title or description will be excluded from posting.

Don't post items without images - some content feeds may contain items that don't have any images in them. This option will allow you to ignore such items.

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In the Posting section, you authenticate your WordPress blog. Advanced posting settings will help to customize your WordPress posts.

To authenticate your blog, press the Authenticate button and enter your blog URL, blog administrator's login and password.

Important: RSS Ground uses XML-RPC function to make remote posts to your blog. Very often this function is restricted either by security plugins, or by domain settings, or by hosting companies. We recommend using RSS Ground plugin for WordPress, to ensure your blog authentication and automated posting. Please read our tutorial on how to install and set up our plugin.

As soon as your WordPress blog is authenticated you will be able to select an Author who will be making posts. Only administrators and blog editors can make remote posts, so make sure that the user you select has the corresponding rights.

Also, you will be able to select a blog Category to make posts to. And you can select one or several of them. The same posts will be simultaneously made to specified categories.

Enable integration - as soon you activate this option, you will be able to choose this campaign from the list in the trigger settings in Zapier, IFTTT or Pabbly Connect. With every campaign run, your integration platform(s) will be triggered and proceed with an action.

How to set up IFTTT applet for RSS Ground
How to connect RSS Ground to Zapier
How to use RSS Ground with Pabbly Connect

Advanced settings are optional.

Post status - make your posts visible right away (published) or after your approval (draft).

Set featured image for each post when checked, will use the first image from the content (no matter what post layout is used) and set it as the post's featured image. NO ADDITIONAL WORDPRESS PLUGINS ARE NEEDED!!!

Select post layout - we offer three default layouts for your WordPress posts. Use the Preview option to make sure how it looks.

  • Titles only - shows only titles of items (news, articles, etc.) in the post:

  • Digest - shows a list of items (news, articles, etc.) with titles, short descriptions, and image thumbnails in the post.

    You can set a random number of items in one post when using Titles only or Digest layouts, where 3-3 means always include 3 items in one post, and 3-5 means include randomly from 3 to 5 items.

  • Full single item - posts one item at a time and includes all available content in the post.


Edit layout - you can edit HTML code or CSS for each post layout. See our instructions on how you do that

Remove item backlink – when you use the Full single item post layout a backlink to the original content will be added at the bottom of the post. This is an authorship courtesy element (attribution) and we recommend keeping it in the post to avoid copyright issues. However, if you are sure about the right to reuse this content or in case you re-publish your own content, you can check-mark this option to deactivate backlinking.

Backlink text - you can use your own backlink text, or keep a default text *This article was originally published here

Append item backlinks - append any tag or parameter to the items backlinks. This can be any affiliate ID, tracking tags or anything else. For example: ?utm_source=wordpress&utm_campaign=rssground

You can append not only link parameters, but also link fragments. If you add a fragment (#your_fragment), make sure you enter it with a hashtag symbol (#), otherwise, it will be counted as a parameter (&your_fragment).

Read more about query strings and fragments.

Shorten & track links - here you can choose to shorten item link in your post with one of the shortening services. Some shortener services may require your personal API keys. shorten service also allows you to use tags with its short URLs. This will allow you to filter these short URLs in your account.

However, you can choose not to shorten your links.

Add content before/after post – you can add any type of additional content to each post, including HTML, Javascript, and plain text. For example a banner code.

Use <category> as hashtag - some content feeds utilize <category> code tag that may contain original content tags and blog categories. You can apply this option to automatically use these tags as hashtags in your post.

Tags pool - here you can specify a pool of up to 100 tags that will be added to your posts in random order. Up to 10 tags can be added to each post.

Use a random number of tags - set a range for the number of tags to be added to your posts. Maximum values 10-10. This range is also applied to the Use <category> as hashtag option.

With the help of tags pool and number randomization, you can set to add a random number of random tags to your posts. This can be useful for content promotion and optimization.

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In the Automation section, you set your posting campaign timing: how often your posting campaign should make posts. Advanced automation settings allow the implementation of a more flexible schedule for your posting campaign.

Posting Frequency - how often you wish to make posts. The minimum time interval between posts depends on your membership level: from once "every 24 hours" for the Basic level, to "every 30 minutes" for the Business level.

Test post - use this option to test-run or simply make a manual post. Read more about test post option

Note: as soon as you hit Test run current campaign settings will be automatically saved.

Advanced settings are optional.

Run campaign - set the campaign to run continuously or on certain days.

Run campaign = Always – the campaign will run on every day of the week

Run campaign = Specific Days & Times – you can select days of the week and time periods for your posts.

Here you can set to run your campaign only on weekdays (Days to run campaign) or avoid making posts at night time (Time to run campaign).

You can also set a delayed start of your campaign and date to automatically stop it.

Pay attention to the time zone setting. By default, your local (set on your computer) time zone is selected. But you can choose any time zone to adjust your posting campaign timing.

Read more about posting campaign automation

When you are done with settings, press SAVE. Now you can find your posting campaign in the Posting Campaigns section of your RSS Ground account. You can add or remove feeds, edit your campaign when you need. Also, you can view the posting camping log to monitor its activity. See the links below for more information.

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Useful articles:

What is a posting campaign

How to create a posting campaign

Setting up a posting campaign the best way

Posting campaign automation settings

Managing posting campaigns and reading posting campaign log

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