Wild Apricot Blog

View: Tags  |  Archives

Sign up to have the latest blog posts sent straight to your inbox!

    or RSS feed:  

Easy RSS Updates with PingShot

Most of the search engines and web-based feed reading services will check for updates to your blog from time to time, but what if you have breaking news that you want to get out fast? You can notify ("ping") each feed reading service separately whenever you update with new content, but there's a much faster and easier way.

Publish your blog's RSS feed through FeedBurner.com, and let its PingShot feature publicize those updates for you -- automatically.

Choose the services you want to ping -- including Technorati, Bloglines, Google Blog Search, and others -- and FeedBurner will notify them when you update your blog. One of the services it will ping is Pingomatic, which in turn will notify several other major services.

FeedBurner Pingshot services screenshot

There are, of course, a great many feed reading and news aggregator sites on the Internet, but most simply pick up their feeds directly from FeedBurner or from one of the major services notified by PingShot.

Two minutes is all you need to set up PingShot:

FeedBurner tabs

1. Sign in to your account at FeedBurner / My Feeds, click on the title of your blog, and select the "Publicize" tab for your feed.

FeedBurner Pingshot link

2. Click on "PingShot" in the left sidebar.

FeedBurner pingshot services3. Select the services you want Feedburner to notify when you update your blog content.

Click the "Activate" button, and you're done.

You can go back at any time to change the options here, and simply click "Save" to record your changes.

But you can also just step away and do nothing more -- let Pingshot take care of the RSS updates for you.

How does FeedBurner know when your blog has new content?

Once you've "burned your feed" with FeedBurner, it will automatically check for changes to your feed every 30 minutes. And if you activate the PingShot feature, FeedBurner will pass that updated information along to your selected RSS feed services automatically.

Sometimes, however, you might have an urgent reason to update your feed right away -- to get out the word about breaking news, for example. If  30 minutes is too long to wait, you can always ping FeedBurner directly to tell it you've updated your content.

To do this, simply go to  http://www.feedburner.com/fb/a/ping and enter your website address in the space provided. After you hit the "Ping FeedBurner" button, you might want to bookmark the page. That way, the next time you want to give FeedBurner a special ping, you can do it with just one click from your bookmarks menu. For most circumstances, however, you can just get on with the business of writing your blog -- knowing that PingShot is working away in the background, helping to spread the word. 

Get a Special Report on Simplifying Membership Management

Enter your e-mail and receive this special report in your inbox.

Stop duct taping your organization together.
Learn how Membership Management Software can do the heavy lifting for you.

Get a special consumer guide on how 14,182+ organizations stopped doing things manually in your inbox.

Escape from Excel Hell!

Stop duct taping your organization! Learn how membership management software helps you do a lot more with less.

Get a special consumer guide on how 14,182 associations, clubs and nonprofits stopped doing things manually in your inbox.

Email:
We hate spam, and promise 100% privacy.

Thank you!

We will be emailing you your copy of "What is Membership Management" shortly.

As a bonus, we'll be in touch with regular updates on topics of interest to small associations, clubs and non-profits.

Comments

  • Jason ***Jason ***

    Jason *** said:

    I didn't know that about feed burner.  Thanks for the news.

    Saturday, 26 July 2008 at 7:27 AM
Sorry, this blog post is closed for further comments.

Escape from Excel Hell!

Stop duct taping your organization! Learn how membership management software helps you do a lot more with less.

Get a special consumer guide on how 14,182 associations, clubs and nonprofits stopped doing things manually in your inbox.

Email:
We hate spam, and promise 100% privacy.

Special bonus:

Try Wild Apricot's Membership Management Software

All-in-one solution:
  • Membership sign-ups
  • Automated renewals
  • Event registrations
  • Easy website builder
  • Newsletters
  • Online payments

Easy, affordable,no technical knowledge required
Try it Free for 30 Days

Escape from Excel Hell!

Stop duct taping your organization! Learn how membership management software helps you do a lot more with less.

Get a special consumer guide on how 14,182 associations, clubs and nonprofits stopped doing things manually in your inbox.

Email:
We hate spam, and promise 100% privacy.

Thank you!

We will be emailing you your copy of "What is Membership Management" shortly.

As a bonus, we'll be in touch with regular updates on topics of interest to small associations, clubs and non-profits.

Membership Software - Wild Apricot For sales and support questions,
schedule a callback
Not a big talker?
email support@wildapricot.com
Wild Apricot Inc. 144 Front Street West Suite 725, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5J 2L7