Blog Assist is a feature we've added to our Agentfire sites that's there to help you find articles that you can essentially re-blog with your own unique content.
The model is similar to LifeHacker and HuffingtonPost.com, where a lot of the articles published on these sites are actually summaries of articles or posts elsewhere, where a writer writes a summary, description, or opinion of the piece and then links back to the original article in question.
So with our blog assist, you can add Feeds, to your website similar to a Feed reader. Examples of feeds would include New York Times Real Estate, Inman Real Estate, Home and Garden TV's blog, etc. As long as the site has an rss feed, which most news / blog sites do, we can take that feed, and feed it into your back-end.
Example of How To Use Blog Assist
Once we've got some other sites feeding into our blog assist, you can go to Blog Assist > Add New Blog Assist post to scan stories from those feeds, again very similar to a Feed Reader
You can click the title of any of the stories that interest you to open the story in a separate window. If you decide you want to blog about a particular article, go ahead and click Blog About This next to the article
This will open up a new post and insert attribution to the original article at the bottom of the visual editor
Above the attribution, you should write your own unique description, summary, or opinion of the article.
As always, don't forget to categorize your post and set a featured image!
Setting Up Blog Assist
1. Click on Blog Assist > Settings and then change the entries to the following as shown in the image below.
Click Save Settings once done.
3. Next, add a new feed source by going to Blog Assist > Add A New Feed Source.
a.) Set a title for the feed and the URL of the RSS feed in the spaces provided.
b.) In the Feed Processing section on the right, change the update interval to 12 hours.
c. Click Publish Feed and if done correctly, the 5 latest feed items will show in the Feed Preview.
By now, you've probably started to get the hang of the whole blogging thing and want to add more RSS feed sources to your Blog Assist.
So before anything else, the first thing that needs to be done is to determine whether or not an RSS feed exists for the website that you have in mind.
There are two common ways to do this:
A. The RSS feed icon of the site
- Look for an RSS feed icon on the site which can be usually be found on the home page as shown below.
B. The HTML Source of the page
- How you view it in your web browser will differ, but in most browsers, right click on your mouse then click View Page Source or press Ctrl + U.- Once the window appears with the HTML for your page, use the "Find" feature (typically Ctrl-F on a PC, Command-F on a Mac) and search for RSS (without the quotes). - It will take you to a line which reads something like:
<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="Hyper-Local WordPress Real Estate Websites » Feed" href="http://agentfire.com/feed/" /> The RSS feed's URL address is found between the quotes after href=. In this case, it would be:
NOTE: Now if you're unable to find the RSS feed via either of these methods, it means that there is no RSS feed available for the website unfortunately.