How To Build A WordPress Site Out Blended Of RSS Feeds
If you are like me, you probably have domains that were decent ideas for affiliate projects, but now are collecting digital dust. Clients, life, and other commitments make these projects fall by the wayside.
Why did those plans never come to fruition? No time to update or maybe bought articles from a content farm and failed to engage your audience! Thus, pet projects died on the vine!
Let me show you how to change that. You can build an excellent WordPress site out of RSS feeds. I will show you two ways you can do this and the advantages/disadvantages to both!
You are probably thinking, “Won't my site get penalized by Google?”
The answer is no: Just as long as you provide attribution to the source! (Remeber this because it is important)
Here is an example of a site I built out of simple RSS feeds:
And this is how you do it…
How to build a WordPress site from RSS for free:
- After you've installed WordPress add FeedWordPress Plugin. It's FREE and quite powerful. It had 60,000 installs and is compatible with the current version of WordPress (Version 4.7.1).
- Next, you have to find feeds. This part can be trickier that you think. I call it “the war on RSS Feeds.” Google has made it tough to find good RSS Atom feeds to aggregate. Here is an easy life hack: Use Bing: Search for “My Niche + RSS Feeds” (using the “+” as an “advanced operator”) and get better results.
- What is a “good” RSS feed? You can use a reader, but I easiest to check in Firefox. Safari and Chrome don't show native RSS feed readers. You want content-rich feeds formatted to show images like this feed from Wired:
- Now import them into FeedWordpress. You will (see the icon at the bottom labeled “Syndication”). Paste the feed ULR in the box.
You will be able to preview it like this:
You can repeat and continue adding as many feeds as you want.
- You then have a bunch of other options to play with:
- Below is the important setting giving attribution to the source. It is set that way by default and keeps you out of hot water with Google.
- The Feeds look slightly better if you switch Permalinks “The local copy on this website,” but the press the button below “Give the source” so you continue to cite the source. You can switch them to give no attribution but do so at your risk.
- From there you can set and author. By default, it is noreply@blogger, so I would switch it to who you want the author to be.
- You can assign feeds to categories or “choose to categories into tags”, but you don't want a million tags. They will produce a lot of thin content. If you decide to use tags set them to “nofollow” or you will mess up the crawl prioritization of your site. You can assign your feeds to certain categories. You would want to use a service like FeedRinse to filter out posts that to match each group or are overactive (posting too often). The only problem is these services can be janky and could disappear one day just like Yahoo pipes!
- Lastly, you should set the site to run on a cronjob if you can. If you are using a CPanel, just find your “Cron settings”:
*/10 * * * * /usr/bin/curl --silent http://yoursite?update_feedwordpress=1
If you don't have a CCpanel, ou might have to put in s ticket with your hosting provider to set the ccrown If this is too complicated you can set to “load posts after page.” This will slow your site down. Slow pages aren't good for a number of reasons that go beyond the scope of this article.
Lastly, you need to figure out a way to monetize your site by adding banners to your widgets and using an affiliate network that has XML feeds such as Ebay or iTunes.
That's you build a 100% free site created with RSS feeds. It isn't as daunting as it sounds.
Or can I suggest an alternative?
Remember the Jager store you see at the top of this post? It took me less than 4 hours to build, went from 0 to 800 page views in a day, and made money in the first few hours.
Here are my actual stats from when it went live:
For the record, I didn't use the method I outlined above. I have a far better method. You can embed affiliate links into EVERY POST viewed (from anywhere), find feeds far more quickly, bypass the technical jargon, and get your feeds released at 6-hour intervals not to slow down your site!
See how I build quality sites at a lightning pace using the RSS FEED BLUEPRINT!
This underground method is so powerful, I don't want the whole world copying it, plus this info is 100% free!
Make a smart decision and grab a copy while this info is still free!