How To Bulk Import Posts From Blogs & RSS
It’s easy to import many blog posts at once, using Bulk Import for RSS.
In this article:
Find the RSS feed you want to import
RSS feeds allow SmarterQueue to create social posts from your favourite blogs without you having to find each post individually.
To get started, all you need to do is navigate to Import from RSS from the SmarterQueue top menu.
In the search box, type the web address for the blog whose posts you’re looking to import. You don’t need to worry about finding RSS feeds, SmarterQueue does that automatically.
However, sometimes SmarterQueue might return an error when looking for the RSS feed. This is usually because SmarterQueue can’t find the blog posts from the site homepage. If you see the error below, try entering the URL for your chosen site’s dedicated blog page.
SmarterQueue will then fetch the most recent posts. Most blogs have about 10-20 posts saved in their RSS feed.
To import these posts in bulk, for Import mode, choose Bulk. This will show all posts in a list format.
Using the bulk editor box
The bulk editor box will make bulk changes to all the posts you import.
By default, all of the blog posts shown are selected to be imported. Any change you make in the grey bulk editor box at the top will change each of the posts below. The bulk changes you can make are:
- Select all or none of the posts
- Toggle Evergreen on and off
- Choose whether to add images, remove images, or use an image link
- Select a category
- Select social profiles to post to
You’re also able to go through the list and make the same changes to each post individually.
At the bottom of the page, choose Import Options to edit the link tracking parameters for these posts.
In the Import Options popup, you’ll see that SmarterQueue adds Google Analytics UTM codes and Bitly click tracking depending on your default settings. Here, you can choose to keep these settings or change them as necessary. You can also choose whether to add your imported posts to the top or bottom of your Queue.
Then, click Add [#] Selected Post to Top of Queue. In the background, SmarterQueue will import the images and preview text for each blog post. Once these are imported, you’ll see them in your Queue with Timeslots assigned, and link previews to show how these will look on each social network.
Why are some tweets too long to import?
When you’re importing existing posts from Twitter, into one of your Twitter accounts, you may find that they can’t be imported because they’re over the 280-character limit. If you’re importing a tweet from someone else’s account, we add “via @username” into the tweet so the original author can be credited. You can choose not to add these credits by changing the “Add Text Attribution To Imported Tweets” setting in the Settings page.
What happens if I try to bulk import a post that is too long for Twitter or LinkedIn?
When bulk importing, you will always have the chance to edit the post text before adding it to your Queue. If you are importing to a Twitter account, we will check the post length (including any links and images), and warn you if the post exceeds Twitter’s 280-character limit or LinkedIn’s 1300 character limit. You can then edit the text so that it doesn’t exceed the character limit.
How do I import more than 200 posts at once?
You can bulk import the first 200 results that are returned. Then uncheck all of those results, click “Load more” at the bottom, and it will automatically select only the 200 new posts (rows 201-400). You can then bulk import just those new posts, and repeat the process. Click “select none” again, then click “load more”, etc. This will let you bulk-import 200 posts at a time, and work through as many pages of results as you need.