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Step-by-step Guide to using RSS Data Feeds

The first step in using RSS feeds is to log in to the Publisher Dashboard and click Links > Data Feeds > RSS Feeds. Here you will find Advertisers that offer their products, coupons, and promotions via RSS feed. These can be placed on your site in two ways: by manually copying the code for them into your site and by creating code so that your site is automatically populated with the output from the feed. Both of these methods are described in the sections below.

Manually Picking Up Links

Here we describe how to manually pick up tracking links for your site from an RSS feed. This will allow you to access an Advertiser's latest products and offers without having to log in to the Publisher Dashboard. The first step is to subscribe to a feed. As there are many different RSS readers, there are many different ways to subscribe to an RSS feed. One of the more popular ways is:

   Bloglines reader:

  1. Go to http://www.bloglines.com/
  2. Click the feed you want from the Publisher Dashboard and copy (Ctrl C) its URL—the LinkSynergy link—from the top of the page.
  3. Go to your Bloglines page and click Add in the upper right corner, paste the feed's URL into the Blog or Feed URL field, and click Subscribe.
  4. Select the options on how the feed is displayed, what the access is, and so on.
  5. Click Subscribe again.

You can subscribe to as many feeds as you want. Once you have subscribed to a few, the next step is to pick up the links from the RSS feed. This can be done simply by right-clicking the individual link you want to place on your site, selecting Copy Shortcut, and pasting the link into the code for your Web site.

Please make sure that the link you pasted is a LinkSynergy link and not a link to the advertiser's Web site. You can test this link by placing it in the browser.

Automatic Placement

Here we cover how to automatically populate your site with the products of a feed. This is a handy “set-it-and-forget-it” way to keep your site up to date.

A number of Web sites make it easy to convert an RSS feed into embeddable code. Two of them are:

    http://www.rss-to-javascript.com

  1. Click on the RSS feed you want from the Publisher Dashboard and copy (Ctrl C) its URL—the LinkSynergy link—from the top of the page.
  2. Paste this into the URL field of the RSS-to-JavaScript site, choose how you want the feed to appear on your site, and click the Generate JavaScript button.
  3. Copy the code into your site to enable the feed.

    http://www.rss-info.com/en_index.html

  1. Click on the RSS feed you want from the Publisher Dashboard and copy (Ctrl C) its URL—the LinkSynergy link—from the top of the page.
  2. Paste this into the RSS URL field, choose how you want it to appear on your site, select the integration—JavaScript, IFrame, or PHP—and click Create HTML.
  3. Copy the code into your site to enable the feed.

Once you have finished this process, the products or offers on your site will automatically update every time the Advertiser updates their feed.


Automatic Placement for WordPress Blogs

If you have a WordPress blog, the RSS DealFeed plug-in will automatically populate it with products and promotional content from your Advertisers. To download the plug-in, click here. For instructions on installing it, click here.



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