April 16, 2009
You read that right. Today we’re unveiling our biggest tip yet and it will ensure you never miss another Swag Code… at least not while you’re sitting at the computer.
For those of you who are familiar with RSS and Aggregators, skip to the graphic below.
What if we told you that you could have a program that posted all the news from the WLSB blog and the WLSB and WLSBot Twitter pages in one place? What if that same program also posted the latest entries from the official Swag Bucks blog, YouTube channel and Twitter page? What if we told you that this program constantly checked all of these places for any updates, politely alerted you when a new post had been made, and gave you a link to the post? What if it did all this in the background and interacted with you from a tiny icon in your system tray?
Sounds too good to be true? It isn’t.
What all the above listed pages have in common is that their updates are available through an RSS feed, a simplified summary of a frequently updated webpage’s contents.
One of the great things about RSS feeds is that they are so easily handled, especially by a group of software programs referred to collectively as News Aggregators. This fancy term simply means a program that takes news streams, in the form of RSS feeds, from many different places and puts them together in one place for you to access easily.
Armed with a good news aggregator and all your Swag Bucks RSS feeds, you can sit back and wait for Swag Code news to come to you.
We at WLSB have tried quite a few aggregators in our quest to never miss another Swag Code. We have recently settled on what we feel is the best of the bunch… a really great program called NewsGator FeedDemon. There are a number of key features which set FeedDemon ahead of the pack.
- It’s free!
- It’s user friendly!
- It has system tray alerts.
- It checks your RSS feeds more often than most other aggregators (5 minute intervals).
Once you download and install FeedDemon we will take a few minutes to set it up to receive all your crucial Swag Buck and Swag Code news.
Below is a screen shot of FeedDemon after it has been set up. This is what we’re aiming for. (Click on the image to view it full size).
On the left is a list of our feeds, on the right is the reading pane with the most recent posts for the selected feed.
First off, we’ll enter our pertinent Swag Buck feeds. We’ve listed the URLs below so you can copy and paste.
- Swag Bucks Blog: http://blog.swagbucks.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss
- Swag Bucks Twitter: http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/18747993.rss
- Swag Bucks YouTube page: http://gdata.youtube.com/feeds/base/users/SwagBucksOfficial/uploads?alt=rss&v=2&orderby=published&client=ytapi-youtube-profile
- Swag Bucks MySpace blog: http://blogs.myspace.com/Modules/BlogV2/Pages/RssFeed.aspx?friendID=483539754
- WeLoveSwagBucks Blog: http://www.we-love-swag-bucks.com/feed/
- WeLoveSwagBucks Twitter: http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/23115924.rss
- WeLoveSwagBOT Twitter: http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/30649939.rss
You will see a pop up where you can enter your RSS feed URL. If you copied one of the addresses above FeedDemon will have already pasted it into this box. Click the Next button.
You can now enter a title for the feed. The default title will be displayed in the text box, rename it if you like and click the Next button.
You are almost finished! Check the box that reads I want to edit this feed’s properties and click the Finish button.
Now we want to optimize how FeedDemon handles our RSS feed. On the Feed Properties pop up click the Updating tab and make sure that the Update Frequency is set to 5 minutes and click the OK button.
You have now succesfully added your first feed to FeedDemon. Repeat the above for the other Swag Bucks RSS feeds and your FeedDemon should look like ours does in the first picture above.
Now we can configure how FeedDemon alerts us to incoming Swag Bucks and Swag Code news. With FeedDemon open press the F8 key on your keyboard to bring up the options. Click on the Desktop Alert tab and make sure the options look the same as the ones below.
We also want FeedDemon to open web links in our browser. It is important to for us to continue supporting the sites we get Swag Buck information and news from. Click on the Browsing tab and make sure you have Open external links in default browser checked.
Now click the OK button to commit the changes.
Wait. When one of the feeds is updated you will be notified within five minutes by a small popup above your system tray.
Click once on the system tray icon to open FeedDemon. You will see that one of your subscriptions is bold and has a number in parenthesis. Click on this and the feed will open in the right hand reading pane.
Your new post will be at the top in Bold type. Click on the title of the post to open the item in your default browser … and just maybe alert yourself to a new Swag Code!
There you have it. Once you have FeedDemon set up with all your Swag Bucks feeds, you need never miss another Swag Code, not to mention all the news from Swag Bucks and WLSB.
Please keep in mind that getting RSS updates is no substitute for interacting with the blogs or forums. When you see a new post in FeedDemon that interests you, click on the title to visit the site and read all about it. You’ll be insuring that Swag Codes will continue to come for a long long time. And remember, the RSS streams in this article are only part of the Swag Bucks social nation. Please continue to visit the Swag Bucks facebook wall and homepage, and drop by WLSB to give us your comments.
Happy Swag Hunting!
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