Share your blog posts to your clients using our RSS campaign integration

What could be more frustrating than spending hours preparing a new blog post and seeing that it goes unvisited? Many bloggers know this feeling ...

While waiting for your content to rank high in search engines, it's important to leverage other channels to drive traffic to your blog.

By connecting the RSS feed of your blog or site to your newsletter, you can automatically notify your readers of your latest content.

To do this, you just need to follow our step by step guide!

  1. Add the RSS campaign integration
  2. Configure your RSS feed
  3. Design of your email
  4. Select a list of recipients
  5. Define your campaign settings
  6. Schedule your campaigns
  7. Activate your integration

Before you start

  • Make sure to create your integration at least 1 hour before the scheduled time.
  • To be sure that blog posts are pulled into an RSS campaign, publish them at least 1 hour before an RSS campaign is sent.
  • If you're not already familiar with RSS feeds, please check our dedicated article What is a RSS feed?
  • You'll need the URL for your RSS feed. If you want to include content from multiple feeds, you can use a feed aggregator like RSSUnify or RSS Mix to combine multiple RSS feeds into a single feed. If you don't know how to get your RSS feed URL, check this article.

Good to know

  • We don't send campaigns unless there are new articles to send. For example, if you set your campaign to send every week but haven't posted in more than a week, we won't send a campaign until you publish a new post.

Add the RSS campaign integration

The first step is to add the RSS integration to your account:

  1. Click the + icon on the top menu and click the Integrations tab.
  2. Select the RSS Campaign integration from the Integrations page. If you have already created integrations before, click Browse integrations and then select RSS Campaign.
  3. Enter an integration name.
  4. Click Create Integration.

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Your integration has been added, now it's time to configure it.

Configure your RSS feed

First we need to load your RSS feed and check if it's correct.

  1. At the step Configure RSS Feed, enter your URL in the field RSS Feed URL.

  2. Click Load RSS feed.
    If the URL is valid, a preview of your RSS feed will load. Below the feed, you will also see that we pre-formatted key names from your RSS feed and were added to the default template. An "item" is an article from your blog.
    ❗️If you get the error message RSS feed can't be loaded. Please check the URL, it means that your RSS feed URL is not in the right format, make sure you add a RSS feed URL in this field.

  3. Click Continue.

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Design of your email

Time to design your campaign: add a logo, titles, colors, etc. To design the emails created by your RSS Campaigns Integration, you'll need to use an email template.

For that, select either:

❗️ Important
The preview is not available at the moment.

Case 1: RSS Default Template (Recommended)

We recommend using this template because we've set everything for you to send your campaign quickly and easily: the dynamic list and the pre-formatted key names have been automatically added. If you want to understand the RSS structure, please check our article Understanding the format of the RSS default template.

  1. At the step Email Design, click RSS Default Template.
  2. Click Confirm email template.
  3. Click Edit email content.
    The editor opens in a new window. To understand the format of the default template, check our article here.
  4. Once you're done with the design, click Save and Quit.
  5. Click Continue.

Case 2: My email Templates (Advanced)

❗️ Important
If you are not familiar with RSS feeds and key names, please select our RSS Default Template.

If you choose this option, you will have to choose a custom template that you have created earlier from scratch for your RSS campaigns integration.

You will not be able to modify your template from this step but you can edit or create a new one from Campaigns > Templates.

  1. You will have to create a dynamic list: Inserting a dynamic list in the Drag & Drop editor
  2. You will have to insert the key names to call out for the RSS elements. You can use the following article to understand how to use key names: Understanding the format of the RSS default template.

Select a list of recipients

Now it's time to choose the recipients of your email campaign!

  1. At the step Recipients, select the list of recipients for your RSS campaign. 
  2. Click Continue.

❗️ Important
We highly recommend you to test your whole RSS campaigns integration before selecting real recipients.

Define your campaign settings

We recommend you to refer to Setup your campaign > Part 1 to learn more about how to configure an email campaign on Sendinblue. You can preset in advance each email campaign that will be automatically created by your integration.

You can customize your email campaigns' name as well as your email campaigns' subject based on your RSS feed tags. For example, if you want to add the date of the first article of your campaign, you can use the key name {feed.DATE}.

Schedule your campaigns

Here you will select how frequently Sendinblue will check for new posts in your feed: every day, every week or every month. If there are no new posts in your RSS feed at the checking time, the campaign won't be sent.

You can also specify if you want your email campaigns to be sent:

  • Automatically: This will send the campaign as soon as it is created.

  • Manually: The campaign will sit as a draft in your account. You can modify it and send it later.

Good to know
An email campaign will be created ONLY if a new article has been added to your RSS feed.

Daily and weekly campaigns

  1. Choose Specific days of the week. 
  2. Pick Days when you want Sendinblue to check for new articles.
    If you would like a new email to be created each time new content is added to your RSS feed, you can select all days of the week.
  3. Pick a Time when you want Sendinblue to check for new articles.

Monthly campaigns

  1. Select Specific day of the month.
  2. Pick Days when you want Sendinblue to check for new articles.
  3. Pick a Time when you want Sendinblue to check for new articles.

Activate your integration

Your RSS campaign is all set! You can now either activate it right away (Save and activate) or keep it inactive (Save and keep inactive) to keep the integration as draft and activate it later.

You will be redirected to the Integrations page, where you can view the newly created integration.

You can check your campaigns reports at any time from Campaigns > Emails section.

❗️ Important
There’s a global limit on how much data, your integrations can pull or sync with. This limit is set to 100,000 tasks/month.
You'll receive an email notification when you reach 80% of your monthly quota. If you exceed this limit, your integrations will be stoped and you'll receive a new email notification informing you about that.

👉  To increase your monthly quota, contact to us by creating a ticket from your account.

What's Next?

🤔 Have a question?

If you have a question, feel free to contact our support team by creating a ticket from your account. If you don’t have an account yet, you can contact us here.