Whenever a blog post is published, it is also added to the RSS feed of your site. If you’ve set up an RSS campaign, Prompty automatically checks the RSS feed of the blog once an hour and if there is a new post, Prompty grabs the content, and automatically sends it out to your web push notifications’ subscribers. Wow!
Prompty uses the headline, excerpt, and click-through link straight from the blog post on your site in the notification. This process makes it easier for bloggers to automate the process of sending out web push notifications.
In this article, we will cover how to set up your RSS-driven notifications, as well as detail the benefits of using your RSS feed to automatically send out notifications.
Why Use Your RSS Feed to Send Notifications?
Less work for you! By having up your blog posts to automatically go out to your subscribers you don’t have to login and manually send a campaign. Once you setup an RSS notification, any changes to your RSS feed will be tracked by Prompty. Prompty will look for changes in your RSS feed every hour and send notifications to your subscribers if there is new content.
How To Set Up Your RSS-Driven Notifications
- To set up RSS-driven notifications, you need to find your site’s RSS feed. When using a site like WordPress, you can find your RSS feed by typing yourdomain.com/feed.
- Next, go to the “RSS” tab under “Notifications”.
- Fill in the required boxes to set up your RSS notifications.
Here are the settings for your RSS-driven notifications.
- Status – You can choose when this should be “Enabled” or “Disabled”. If enabled, Prompty will check your RSS feed once an hour for new content. If found, Prompty will immediately send a notification to your subscribers using the content from your blog post.
- Feed URL – This is your RSS feed URL.
- Ignore Items older than – To ensure that Prompty is sending out recent content, you can tell it to ignore older items. This setting will determine how new a blog post needs to be in order to trigger a notification. Our default setting is 7 days.
- Title – Prompty pre-loads this box with %TITLE%. This token will be replaced by the title of your blog post.
- Message – This is the main body of your notification and Prompty pre-loads this box with %EXCERPT%. This token will be replaced by an excerpt of your blog post. The number of characters allowed in the excerpt is defined in the “Limit excerpt to” box.
- Icon – This should be your site’s logo.
- Limit excerpt to – This field defines how many characters of your excerpt will be shown in your notifications. Our default setting is 300 characters.
Using your RSS feed, you can trigger your web push notifications to be sent when content is added to your blog. This automated process will save you time, and ensure your subscribers are not missing a single update to your blog.