We recently announced the beta version of our brand new RSS-to-Email feature. Today, we’re happy to announce that we’ve removed the “beta” part to bring you a robust feature that helps you stay in touch with your blog readers via email. Here’s how to make the most of it and customize it to suit your own needs.
You can find RSS-to-Email in the Message tab of your dashboard. In case you haven’t tried it, here’s a short demo showing how it works:
As you can see, the setup is super easy. But since we wanted to make the feature as flexible as possible, you can also customize it and automate the process.
Two ways to use RSS-to-Email
- Choose one of the 10 available predesigned email templates and edit the content in the RSS-to-email creator, just as you would inside Email Creator (as shown in the video).
- If the template layout doesn’t exactly meet your needs, you can customize the RSS-to-email with tags (as below) to adjust it the way you want.
Advanced RSS-to-Email Setup
If you’re a more advanced user and want to add tags yourself, here’s a short guide:
- Remember to delete the prefilled content, so you don’t repeat items inside your email.
- Include only one cycle of tags in your message, to be multiplied by the number of blog posts you specified in your RSS-to-Email Settings.
- A cycle must contain the following tags to create a successful RSS message:
Any other tags are optional.
Place the optional tags in a text block in the order you want, adjusting the font type and size etc., to fill your blog digest with content just the way you want it.
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What tags can I use?
Here are the tags that display information available in your RSS feed.
The first 4 tags are related to the feed itself and should be placed outside of the cycle of item tags. An “item” or “RSS item” is an individual blog article and tags are related to its individual components, such as the Title or Author of the article.
RSS FEED TAGS.
|[[rss_title]]||Title of the RSS Feed|
|[[rss_url]]||URL of RSS Feed|
|[[rss_description]]||Description of Feed, if provided|
|[[rss_date]]||Publish date of Feed|
|[[rss_start]]||Begin RSS block|
|[[rssitem_title]]||Title of RSS Item|
|[[rssitem_url]]||URL of RSS Item|
|[[rssitem_content]]||Content of RSS Item|
|[[rssitem_description]]||Description of RSS Item|
|[[rssitem_image]]||First image found in Description|
|[[rssitem_date]]||Publish date of RSS Item|
|[[rssitem_author]]||Author of RSS item, if provided|
|[[rssitem_tweets]]||Number of Tweets|
|[[rssitem_likes]]||Number of Facebook likes|
|[[rssitem_comments]]||Comments on the RSS Item|
|[[rssitem_comments_url]]||URL for comments, if provided|
|[[rss_stop]]||End of RSS block|
The system grabs blog articles according to the number of articles you specified in the Settings of your RSS-to-Email message.
Certain information might not be seen on the feed site but can be found in the source code of the website and used in the RSS-to-Email feed. These are: Description of the RSS Feed site ([[rss_description]]) and date when the feed site was published ([[rss_date]]).
Note that some RSS feeds use [[rssitem_description]] for the text content while others use [[rssitem_content]] for the same purpose. That’s why we process both equally: if you choose description, but your feed contains content, the content is displayed. And the reverse holds true.
What about existing GetResponse RSS notifications?
If you’ve been using the previous version of GetResponse RSS notification, it has been automatically converted to the new version. So if you prefer, you can continue your existing notifications without changing anything. But we do encourage you to play with the new feature and adjust it to your needs. It’s really easy!
How often do you plan to share your blog content via the new feature? Let us know!