RSS/Blog It! Help for Uploaders

This help page is for Upload Your Own HTML users. If you use BlockBuilder, click here for the help to do that.

You're reading this help because you want to have a Blog It! page using your custom template design, rather than the default design. Follow the steps below for setting up your Blog It! page.

Naming Your Blog It! File

When you added a check to Do you plan on using an uploaded page?, a file name appeared just beneath that question. You must use that file name when saving your custom Blog It! page in your HTML editor.

Simply highlight the entire file name (ex., anguilla-blog.html) and copy it. Then, when saving the file, paste the file name into the text box and press Enter/Return.

Go ahead and build that page now, adding the ***SITE-BLOG*** tag where you want the contents to appear on the page. Then upload and build the page with the Upload Your Own HTML module. If you're using the ***NAVBAR*** tag, remember to name the Blog It! web page button that will be added to your navigation.

Once you've built the page, return to this help to continue with the RSS/Blog It! process.

Building a Custom Blog It! Page

Directions for Use
  • Create your page using your HTML editor.
  • Add your Headline and Introductory Text.
  • Add the ***SITE-BLOG*** tag where you want the blog items to appear.
  • Add the ***NAVBAR*** tag if you're using Solo Build It!'s nav buttons. Or add the ***NAVBAR orientation=horizontal*** tag if you're using the horizontal navigation menu.

    If you want to use only the What's New Box, add ***WHATSNEW*** (and its 10 parts) where you want the box to appear. Add the box code in an SBI! Include.
  • Enter any other text into the Site Blog page.
  • Save the file. Copy the file name provided just beneath Do you plan on using an uploaded page?.
  • Upload the file. If you're using the ***NAVBAR*** tag, name the button to add it to your NavBar.

To create your own Blog It! page, simply add the following tag into the HTML template...

***SITE-BLOG***

The ***SITE-BLOG*** tag fills in the contents of your Blog It! page, automatically updating as your site changes or as you add bloglets.

Customize the Blog It! page as you like, adding your own introductory text and a ***NAVBAR*** tag (if you use that) or a ***NAVBAR orientation=horizontal*** tag (if you use that), along with anything else you wish.

Your Blog It! content will appear where you put your ***SITE-BLOG*** tag. The page will update automatically. There's nothing else to do unless you want to add bloglets.

Important Note

You must name the Blog It! file with the name provided by SBI!. That file name is located just beneath the question Do you plan on using an uploaded page?.

Behavior

Directions for Use
  • Use a FeedBurner feed by adding a check and then entering the URL provided by FeedBurner or FeedBlitz.

If you want to use a FeedBurner or FeedBlitz feed instead of the SBI!-provided feed, add a check to the box.

Once you've set up Blog It!, you'll see your feed URL here. It's provided for easy access if you want to create a FeedBurner/FeedBlitz feed.

Note: You will not see this option until after you have set up Blog It!. When you return to this tool page, you will see your RSS feed URL, and the option to add a FeedBurner/FeedBlitz feed.

You also must set up the feed at FeedBurner/FeedBlitz before using this option. This can only be done after you have set up Blog It!.

If you want to replace the SBI!-provided feed URL with one from FeedBurner/FeedBlitz, add a check to Yes. Another text box will appear. Type or paste in the URL that FeedBurner/FeedBlitz provides.

Once you finish the Blog It! building process by clicking on the Blog It! button at the bottom of the tool page, SBI! will change the URL discussed above (in Your Feed URL), and change the URL for each of the buttons in your What's New Box.

Using a FeedBurner Feed for Your RSS/Blog It! Feed discusses the steps to set up a FeedBurner feed, and why you might want to use one.


Click here for background information on marketing your RSS feed.

Special Inserts ("Bloglets")

Use "Bloglets" to insert additional items into your RSS feed/blog without creating or modifying one of your content web pages. A few examples...

This is closer to traditional blogging... shorter, time-sensitive/perishable, journalistic additions. You may not have the time or inclination for full, "dedicated blogging," but what about a "cut-down" version?

Bloglets are quick, easy, and monetizable. Who could ask for anything more? So how do you create them?

Use the Special Inserts feature, AKA "Bloglets."

Inserted items "jump" to the top of your Blog It! page and RSS feed, just like new or modified web pages.

They don't jump the queue if you edit them later. They rotate down the list until they disappear.

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Why Use Special Inserts (Bloglets)?

Basically, bloglets give you terrific, simple, "mini-blog-ability." You're already feeding your site through RSS. Now you can "ad hoc" editorialize without creating a separate web page.

For example, if the owner of anguilla-beaches.com just read some hot news about Anguilla, she could add it to her feed by inserting an item. If she found a new site she loves, she could tell folks about it.

It's a great way to increase your feed's perceived activity if you only create one web page per week. And it provides you with the extra flexibility you need to add some running commentary and/or send folks to interesting spots outside of your own site.

Bloglets are the 80-20 feature that gives you superb personalization, customization and flexibility for your blog.

Another excellent use is to recycle your site's "greatest hits." Use a bloglet to bring back an oldie-but-goodie. Remember, most people never see your entire site, and they forget even if they do! So recycle your best efforts!

Of course, use bloglets for special one-of monetization opportunities that do not "deserve" a full web page.

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Adding Special Insert Items ("Bloglets")

Directions for Use
  • Ensure that "Do you plan on using an uploaded page?" is checked at the top of the page.
  • Click on Add Item.
  • Enter the Title for the bloglet.
  • Enter the URL of the page the bloglet will link to (optional).
  • Enter a Description, maximum 500 characters.
  • Click on the Preview button to see what the bloglet will look like.
  • Click on RSS/Blog It! to rebuild the Blog It! page.

The first step to adding a bloglet is to ensure that "Do you plan on using an uploaded page?" is checked at the top of the tool page.

If that box is not checked, the system will think that you're using the default Blog It! page and will require you to walk through several additional steps. It will also overwrite, and delete, your custom Blog It! page with the default version.

Next, click on the Add Item button. A small section will appear.

Enter the Title, URL (if you have one), and Description of your item.

Preview the bloglet (if desired).

Click on the RSS/Blog It! button to rebuild the Blog It! page with the new bloglet.

Editing Special Insert Items

Directions for Use
  • Click on the edit link to edit any of the information in a bloglet.
  • Click on the Preview button to see what the bloglet will look like.
  • Click on delete to delete a bloglet.
  • Click on RSS/Blog It! to rebuild the Blog It! page.

You can edit any item that is still in the current RSS rotation. Just click the "edit" link and make your changes. This editing does not affect the RSS feed but does change the bloglet content on the Blog It! web page.

Deleting Special Insert Items

Ditto for "delete." Bloglets basically delete themselves, as far as your visitors are concerned. They get pushed downward by newer web pages and bloglets until...

1) They don't show on your site-blog page (according to how many items you have set to be shown).

2) They fall to #51, so are no longer in your RSS file. At that time, anyone who set his/her RSS reader to read 50 items (which is unusually high) would not see it either.

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