How to display foreign language feeds

We got a support request asking about Foreign Language feeds, and it wasn’t the first one. Now, while we understand most of our subscribers just want a plain old English
feed, the answer to this question actually opens up a lot of neat possibilities with your RSS feeds.

Look, the goal is to put the most relevant feed possible on your website, right? Well, tuning your feeds is how you can increase your relevance.

So let’s look at this language question, and then we’ll talk about how to use the idea contained in this answer into other ways to modify your feed. Continue reading…

Making More Targeted Keywords

Have you ever noticed that sometimes the keyword that you want your feed to focus on doesn’t even appear in the title or first few hundred characters of your feed? Well, there are a few ways to deal with that, but this one’s a real winner for you.

Not only will you get more relevant feed stories, you’ll get stories with your most important keywords right in the title.

Here’s how:

You can use a search operator inside of your keyword as part of the query. One of the most valuable search operators for RRSS owners is to require that your keywords are in the TITLE of the news item, rather than ANYWHERE in the item.

In other words, let’s say you’ve got a page on “lemurs” and you want a Google news feed on your page to show relevant stories about lemurs. But the problem is that you often get stories about Zoo
management, or African safaris. Yes, they mention lemurs deep down in the article, but your important keyword does not appear on the page where you want it to be. Continue reading…

Targeting Feeds By Country

The other day we answered a question by Keith about increasing the relevance of his feeds. The answer, as you might remember, was “Phrase Matching” which means putting double quotes around your keywords. But the double quotes we’re using are “URL encoded”, which means we’re using the special code %22, rather than a regular quotation mark.

“Is there a customization of the news.google.co.uk feed that will work with your plugin and return pages from the UK only?”

There are actually a few location-specific things you can do for your feeds. But the most helpful might be the parameter to tell Google to only show stories that come from a specific location. And
here is how you do that.

What you want to add is a search modifier to your keyword. Search modifiers go right into the keyword query, just like ALLINTITLE from a few emails ago. Continue reading…

Tuning your feeds

By now you are probably realizing both how simple the Related RSS Plugin is to set up and use… and how powerful it can be if you want it to be.

For most sites, you can get the plugin installed in just a few minutes. All you need to do is click a few settings on the settings page, drag the widget to your sidebar, and you’re done.

But you can also tweak and tune the Plugin in lots of ways, and even on every page.

Yesterday we covered one important part of setting up your Related RSS Plugin on your blog — tuning using the first tag .

But if you want your feed’s topic to be something different than your primary keyword, you also learned about using the ACME Tag. Just set that to any keyword, and that’s what your page or post’s topic will be about.

See how our sidebar demo feed has “Atkins Diet” news.    You’ll know why when you read on.

Neat, right? Continue reading…

Why you should use TAGS on your blog

You probably noticed that the keyword that each post’s feed is built from is actually the first TAG on that page.

Are you using tags on your posts?

If not, you should. To hear our friend (and world famous SEO expert) Nathan Anderson explain it, tags are “really, really good for SEO.”

That’s because when you use tags, and those tags are displayed on your posts, then you’ve got a link on your page with some very specific anchor text that points to your pages. And as you know,
that kind of relevant internal linking helps Google know what your page is about, and helps you rank higher.

acmetagSo, if you haven’t yet started using tags, just go from post to post and type in a few keywords into the “Post Tags Field” (right side of the Edit Post page, below Categories). Separate each tag
with a comma, and click Update.

 

If you want to set a SPECIFIC tag, just use our ACME Tag Box

 

Related RSS Version 1.5

We’ve got another new version of Related RSS for you, and it’s such a significant upgrade, we’ve skipped a few version numbers. Say hello to Related RSS Version 1.5!

We’ve got three new features and a bug fix.

The ACME Tag

Okay, so we’ve been getting a few reports recently from users saying that their list of tags was being sorted alphabetically every time by WordPress. For other people, the sort only happens when editing the tags on the QuickEdit screen. But frankly, having to go through the mouse gymnastics to monkey with the order of the tags was becoming a bit much for even us to deal with.

So, we invented a new tag called the “ACME Tag”. You can enter the ACME Tag for any post or page right below the update button on your page edit screen, and right below the regular tags on your post edit screen. It does not show up on the QuickEdit screen. (version 1.6, maybe?)

What the ACME Tag does is just eliminate all of the confusion about reordering your tags. And, it’s much simpler to use than setting a custom RRSSFEEDKEYWORDS field — some users just didn’t like using Custom Fields, and wanted to avoid them.

Ultimately, the new ACME Tag is going to be a BIG DEAL. It greatly simplifies the use of RRSS now, and will give you some added functionality later.

Primary Keyword

In the same box as the ACME Tag, we’ve added another field for your Primary Keyword. Enter in the keyword you want this page to be found for on the search engines.

What does it do? Well, frankly it does NOTHING at this time.

Okay, wait. It does do one thing.

It puts the keyword you want to be found for right in front of your face each time you view this page. The idea is that it will help keep you on track, since if you’ve got a “Primary Keyword” of “cauliflower candy” and your post title is “Yummy Treats for the kids”, there’s going to be a bit of a disconnect over at the GooglePlex, and you’re not going to get ranked.

Is that really why we created the Primary Keyword tag?

No. Not at all.

All I can tell you this: The Primary Keyword field is part of our diabolical plans to bring you more traffic to your site in the coming months as we develop new plugins that use it. (see the PS for more info about the diabolical plans)

Ending Custom URL Frustration

We’ve eliminated a bit of frustration you might have been having with the Custom URL functionality on the settings page. The way it used to work, when you chose your feed source, the feed’s URL would show in the Feed URL field. But if you wanted to customize the Google news feed URL, and you clicked in the Feed URL field, you couldn’t edit it. If you want to edit the Feed URL, you had to click the “Custom URL” field, but the moment you click that, the field was cleared.

Now, the operation of this field is much simpler. If you click inside the Feed URL field, you can modify the current field to your heart’s content. And clicking on the “Other” radio button does not cause the Feed URL to disappear.

A Tiny Bug Fix

The Related RSS Widget’s title was showing up as a link, and it shouldn’t have been. We’ve now removed that. So, if you’ve wondered why the title of the RRSS feed in your sidebar looked different than your other sidebars, you can sleep a little better tonight.

That’s Mark & Dan for ya — making the world a better place, one tiny bug fix at a time.

Got Questions?

Here are some answers to expected questions. (We can’t call it an FAQ yet because no one has asked these!)

  • I’m SOOO glad you created this tag. I don’t like using Custom Fields, and messing with those tags trying to get the right one in the first position was driving me a bit nuts. Thank You!!!Answer: Aww, shucks. You’re welcome! Tweren’t nuthin’. But that wasn’t really a question. Any real questions out there? (Can you tell that I’ve been watching a bit too much of Larry the Cable Guy on TV?)
  • Related RSS works so well…will Related RSS Still create a feed based on my first tag?Answer: Yes. Related RSS will still show a feed based on your first tag. However, if you’ve got an ACME Tag defined, that’s the first thing that the Related RSS Plugin will look at when creating the feed. If you have no ACME Tag defined, then it will look for the RRSSFEEDKEYWORDS custom field. And if that’s not there, it will use
  • Do I have to use the ACME Tag? Answer: Well, no. But it’s easier than juggling your post tags around. Just type the word or phrase into the ACME tag field on the right side of your edit page, and you’re good to go.
  • Will I lose my feeds if I don’t use the ACME Tag? Answer: Nope. But we’ll be sad. We have other diabolical uses for the ACME Tag as well, and we want you to be able to take advantage of them, and get lotsa extra traffic once we put them in place. Please use the ACME Tag on your new posts and pages. You’ll be happy. We’ll be happy. Everybody be happy.
  • What does the new Primary keyword field do? Answer: Nothing at the moment.
  • Really? Nothing? Answer: Nothing. But you should fill it in anyway because good stuff’s a-comin’.
  • How do I upgrade or reinstall the Related RSS Plugin? Where do I get the new version? Answer: Great Question! You can download the plugin from the Related RSS Plugin Download Page. Then, you can watch the new plugin setup video on the Related RSS Setup Page.

Okay, that’s it for the Frequently Expected Questions. But if you’ve got a few questions of your own, go ahead and leave a public comment below, or use the ACME Traffic support page if you’d rather keep your question private.

To Your Success!

-Mark and Dan


P.S. Want to know more about our Diabolical Plans? Well, there’s good and bad news about it. The good news is that due to some recent inventions here at ACME Traffic, these diabolical plans will actually come sooner than we thought, like in September and October.

But here’s the long & short of it…

It’s going to be a method of creating entirely legitimate, automatically created, incredibly beneficial relevant links to your website. Like, bazillions of them. Yeah, yeah, it sounds too good to be true. It kinda is. But we’re building it anyway.

Oh, and we’ve checked with the highest SEO authorities on the planet, and they’ve blessed what we’re up to.

If you’ve ever thought about buying into one of those link networks for $200 or $500 a month, fuggedaboudit. What we’re going to do for you is going to help you far, far more and cost far, far, far less.

So what’s the bad news?

Well there are two bits of bad news — but ONLY for people who are not yet ACME Traffic members. If you are already a member, this bad news is actually GOOD NEWS for you.

First, these bazillions of links will only be available to our ACME Traffic members. If you are not a member and want to get on this ride, you need to join ACME Traffic now. There will be a distinct advantage to being one of our early members, too, and it’s not too late…yet.

Second, the membership price is going up soon. Members will be “in” at the $17 rate forever. However, the price is definitely going up on its way to eventually $47 or even $97.

Consider this: The Refund rate for both RRSS and ACME Traffic are near zero. Second, there’s a 60 day money back guarantee. If we don’t produce the massive link machine thingamajig by then, get your money back. It’s simple. Both we and Clickbank are very good about that.

What to do now???

If you’re already an ACME Traffic “Basic” (paid) member, simply log in (if you’re not logged in already) and upgrade to Related RSS 1.5 now.

If you’ve purchased Related RSS already, but have only the ACME Traffic Free Membership, upgrade to Basic Membership now. Then, once you are logged in, upgrade to Related RSS 1.5 (you can log in and download the RRSS update without upgrading your membership too.)

And if you happen to be reading this and don’t even have the Related RSS Plugin yet, and aren’t yet a member, get both nowChoose Option B!.  (price is going up very soon)

–M