Thinking of starting a blog that will serve as a news aggregator website?
If you follow the lead of successful news aggregator websites like The Drudge Report, you’re on your way to fame and fortune, too.
At one point, that site welcomed 58 million visitors in a month!
However, are you up for the challenge of running one?
Can you publish content on your blog multiple times each day?
Can you scoop up a pool of news content from high-quality sources?
If you’re leaning towards “NO” to both questions, it doesn’t mean that you have to pull the plug on the idea.
You just need a helping hand.
And it’s a good thing a plugin like WP RSS Aggregator can come to your rescue.
Instead of getting people to write and publish the content for you, the plugin will pull out content from established sources.
It curates relevant posts about your niche and helps you build an authority hub about the topic!
Sounds good? Good. Because this post is a step-by-step guide on how to create a news aggregator website that publishes content automatically using this plugin.
Step 1 – Install WP RSS Aggregator
Start by installing WP RSS Aggregator.
For your news aggregator site to work properly, you need to install the two add-ons mentioned above.
WP RSS Aggregator – Feed to Post lets you collect feed items from RSS feeds like articles from news websites and WordPress posts.
Meanwhile, WP RSS Aggregator – Full Text RSS Feeds imports featured images for sources that do not provide them within the feeds.
2. Activate the plugin by entering the license keys to both add-ons
Enter the license keys for both WP RSS Aggregator add-ons so you will receive updates and support.
If you do not enter the license keys, the WP RSS Aggregator – Full Text RSS Feeds add-on will not work at all.
3. Review the general settings
Go to your dashboard and choose the general settings.
There, focus on two items.
First, focus on the line that says “Limit feed items by age.”
It’s recommended to set it to 2 months. Apply this setting to all sources.
Next, focus on the line that says “Feed processing interval.”
It refers to the number of times you want the plugin to fetch posts.
You can set it however you want.
4. Set categories
Return to your dashboard and this time, choose Post>Categories.
Specify a category for each source as a way of organizing all incoming content.
5. Use filters
Once again, return to your dashboard and choose Appearance>Editor.
There, load functions.php to apply filters.
Doing so lets you link directly to original sources
6. Specify sources
Return to your dashboard and choose RSS Aggregator>Feed Sources.
There, add the RSS feeds of the sources for your blog’s content.
The types of RSS feeds you can include here should be related to your niche. For example, if you want to run a local news site, then you need to find blogs or websites that report news within the area.
Add as many as you can, but make sure that all of them produce quality content.
Step 2 – Add plugins
Install plugins to allow WP RSS Aggregator to work seamlessly.
Some plugins you need to install are:
- Ninja Forms – to encourage feedback from visitors. Create customized forms and embed them on relevant pages to bridge the gap between you and the reader.
- Jetpack – to monitor site statistics, publish latest posts directly to your social media sites, include sharing button on each post, host images on a different server to increase site speed, and a lot more!. Read this post to learn more about its features.
- Yoast SEO – to optimize your blog using the best on-page practices. Also helps you create an XML sitemap.
- BackupBuddy – to perform backups and restore your media library. Run this on a regular basis to have the latest post stored safety. Use the backup on your blog if something wrong happens to it.
Step 3 – Be ready to launch
Then, get your blog out there. After seeing your hard work, tell people about it.
Start driving traffic to it with the intention of generating leads.
You can use Facebook for this. After all, it’s responsible for driving 27% of traffic to most news websites.
You can also use other forms of public exposure such as leaving a link to it on relevant blogs.
What’s the difference between a news aggregator and a scraper site?
Now, I know what you’re thinking:
I’m taking existing content and publishing it on my blog! Isn’t that illegal?
By using this plugin, you run the risk of making your blog like a scraper site. What it does is take the RSS feeds of a blog, publishes its content, and pretend they wrote it. You don’t want to be doing this because it paints your blog in a bad light. There are ways that you can use the content of other in ethical ways.
So to answer the original question:
It’s not illegal as long as you attribute the post back to where you got it. WP RSS Aggregator lets you create a section at the bottom of each post to inform readers where it was initially published.
From an SEO perspective, however, Google won’t index your blog due to duplicate pages. Therefore, if you want to generate organic traffic from your news aggregator site, you still need to create unique content.
Another way to use content generated by the plugin from RSS feeds is to use the posts as talking points for creating a brand new article.
WP RSS Aggregator is a godsend for publishers. You can now create news aggregator websites that publish content automatically with just a few clicks of a button and at a fraction of a cost!
Another reason to be grateful for this plugin is its ability to produce a decent passive income from your site! You can profit from them via Google Adsense and other forms of monetization techniques.
However, it doesn’t help you earn money automatically!
Building a blog still requires your time, patience, and a lot of elbow grease.
Play around with the plugin and find the best news sources that publish content in your niche. Check out your traffic and see posts that generate the most traction. Use the information to optimize your site and find better sources to publish using the plugin.
As impressive as WP RSS Aggregator plugin is, the brunt of the work will come from how you interpret data and create a site that attracts lots of traffic and best caters to your audience.
4 Ways to Become More Detached from Blogging Outcomes
See that throwback featured image of me in Phuket, Thailand?
I became a globe trotting pro blogger in part through the power of detachment.
Blogging outcomes weigh you down and slow your blogging growth, if you are not careful.
Many bloggers mean well but are so obsessed with every view, Like, comment, share and dollar that they either struggle horribly or hold back stunning blogging success. How could I write over 100 eBooks if I obsessed with sales from my first eBook? How could I write 600 posts on Blogging Tips alone if I obsessed over metrics?
Eye-popping success finds largely detached, generous bloggers.
Follow these tips to become more detached from blogging outcomes.
1: Help More Ask Less
If you want blog comments, comment on other blogs.
Want blog traffic? Promote other bloggers.
Help bloggers to detach from your needs and to see greater success. Ask less and less for shares, comments and views, to detach from outcomes. Success finds generous bloggers.
2: Mention 2-5 Successful Bloggers Via All Posts
I recall focusing heavily on blogging profits early during my career. I linked to an ad or affiliate product once per post and linked to nothing else, obsessing over sales, attaching to outcomes. I gradually promoted other bloggers over years. Now I promote 2 to 5 bloggers virtually every post. I think more of helping them and less of helping me.
3: Manage Your Energy
Attachment is fear. Managing your energy helps you:
- face fear
- feel fear
- release fear
- dissolve attachments
I do 80 minutes of deep yin yoga daily. Plus I jog or walk for 45-60 minutes daily. Meditating helps too.
Managing your energy rocks because so many bloggers cling deeply to fear-attachments, to stats and money and to clients and blogging buddies, and need a daily ritual to unearth and release these attachments. I strongly suggest deep yin yoga because it helps you become comfortable. Big time quality developed by all generous, pretty darn detached, bloggers.
4: BE with Your Fear
I vividly recall sitting and BEING with my fear each time I checked my blogging inbox. I felt a general not enough energy pervade my being. Panic then ran through my body. Anger. Pain. Grief, at time lost. All fears reflected heavy attachments to:
- list subscribers
I totally believed I should have been further along at these points during my blogging career. Turns out, I was at the perfect place and time to feel deep fears, to dissolve attachments and to proceed from a generous, genuine, pretty detached, patient and persistent space.
Fighting fear only makes attachments grow. Not checking email for weeks because you feel terrified to check email makes the fear and attachment grow. But checking email hourly because you feel terrified that you:
- will miss out on clients
- are not making enough money, and need to check and see if you are making any aka enough money, yet
reflects your attachment to you. Ya know; “How am I doing-itis.” Check stats, check email, all the time, because you fear to see how you are doing.
Feel fear behind any strategy driven by fear. Let the fear go. Dissolve the attachment.
I check email here and there, never being attached to it. Email is not the source of my blogging success.
Treat blogging outcomes like mile markers on a highway, when you whiz by at 80 MPH. Note the stat for a few seconds and either move in a different direction or charge forward, based on how you feel about the stat, and what the feeling suggests to you.
Quick Tips to Easily Find People and Other Bloggers Online
Unlike Las Vegas — where ‘what happens there, stays there’ — once something is on the internet, it’s pretty much there forever. This is something bloggers, content creators and businesses know all too well. Whether it’s a WordPress article, social media updates, of photos making their way into the Google index, it’s likely going to be online forever.
It’s not just about posting and uploading content on the internet that you need to worry. It’s also all of the massive and easily accessible information that can be found online as well. With more data leaks taking place than ever before, and pretty much having privacy being a thing in the past, it’s easy to find information on anything and anyone with just a few clicks of a button.
For example, have you ever met someone at a blogging conference or event, but forgot to grab their business card? A lot of times we want to meet such people again but have no clue how to find them or their contact details. Through social media and using online tools like a people search, finding exactly what you need is now easier than ever before. Thankfully, we have this amazing platform called the internet – where we are able to find people around us ourselves.
There are plenty of other ways to find information or direct contacts for people online. In addition to using a People Search, social media is also a great method for finding whatever you are looking for. This is especially true if you can find someone on LinkedIn.
To start off, simply grab a notepad and write down the name of the person you want to search. Once you do that, branch out names of people you think are associated to them or at least the name of the person who introduced them to you if you were meeting them for the first time. Next, try and connect businesses, offices, college, university or any piece of information you think is or can be relevant to them. By now, you must have a web looking piece of information already giving you a clue.
How Do People Search Engines Work?
Making the best use of the amazing platform that we discussed – the internet, we need to find online people search engines which will process all the information we know and share possible match results for people we are looking for. To help you understand what a people search engine is and how do people search engines work, just imagine a library or a music record store. People search engines have a huge pool of database with information that is allowed to be displayed publicly. Such information contains phone numbers, education, employment history and sometimes criminal history as well. However, the information uploaded with any people search engine must be approved or must be in accordance with Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).
Once you have the maximum information with you uploaded in a people search engine, it will run a match and show most relevant list of result for people associated with that information. You may further screen the results by looking at each option individually to figure if that’s the same person you are searching for.
Meanwhile, there are other sources to track someone apart from people search engines. Finding people through social media platforms has also been observed to take a troll. Many youngsters put up millions of searches every day through social media platforms including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat, etc. to find people they just met or to know more about them.
In all, finding someone in today’s world is no longer a rocket science. With multiple online people search engines and various social media platforms, tracking someone down has become as easy as finding a book in a library or a record in a music store.
How to View the Relationship Between Your Blog and Social Media
Alonzo Pichardo says it best.
“Buy your own domain and hosting and make that your own main hub. Social media is a branch of the marketing tree. That’s all.”
He shared my video on Instagram. Video registered 3,926 views. Here it is:
I filmed the video because I spent 20 minutes clicking profile links of folks who Liked my updates. I found a few self-hosted WordPress blogs, read and commented on these blogs. Relationships established. But most Instagram users:
- had no blog to speak of
- linked to YouTube
- linked to Facebook
For the heck of it, I spent a good 3 minutes looking for one user’s blog. I found an obituary (he was young and alive but shared a common name) and a collection of spammy “look up his information sites.” He claimed to be a blogger via his Instagram bio but he is no more a blogger than I am a werewolf.
Think about Alonzo’s advice; the blog is your main hub, or root, or base of your tree, and social media acts like branches. Offshoots, nothing more.
Instagram owns Instagram. Instagram:
- can kick that kid off of Instagram for 1 of a billion reasons, in a heartbeat
- WILL change their algorithm, soon enough, forcing the kid to change his strategy, uprooting his online world
- forces the kid to make his brand, Instagram’s brand
Not investing is a domain and hosting is about the biggest mistake you can make online because not owning your site hands your power, your decision making, your branding potential and your monetizing potential to someone else.
Social media is a branch. Spend most of your time daily working on your blog and networking with other bloggers who own their self-hosted, WordPress blogs. Unless they change their values or quit blogging, this is the most sound, intelligent approach to blogging.
Use social media for a little bit daily to:
- tag bloggers you mention on your blog
- help bloggers in groups related to your niche
- share your blog posts
- share other blogger’s blog posts
You are a blogger. Not an Instagrammer. You are a blogger. Not a Facebook-er. Spend most of your day on blogs. Not social media.
Marios Tofarides runs an authority blog on eBooks. Not in a billion years could he make his social media profiles look anything like his branded, self-hosted blog. Paula at Contented Traveler runs a first class travel blog. She could never re-create her blog’s branding, style and voice on social media. Sarah Arrow built a well known brand and thriving business by making her blog stand out, through creating, through connecting and through smart blog branding. Impossible to do this, through social media alone.
Pay Up to Play Up
I can mention your blog on Blogging From Paradise, a DA 47 blog read by many influencers.
I can mention your blog on Blogging Tips, a DA 48 blog read by many blogging influencers.
But I never link to free platform blogs because no influencer or experienced reader trusts information on free platforms. If you cannot invest $3 a month, you carry too much of a fear-lack-poverty conscious energy, that seasoned readers and top bloggers know to avoid.
I never link to a social media profile because….social media is not a blog!
Pay up to play up.
Invest in a domain and hosting. Move up in blogging circles. See social media as branches, using Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as secondary or even tertiary means for helping people. Spend most of your time on your self-hosted, WordPress blog and networking on other self-hosted, WordPress blogs.
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