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How to publish your content on Google RSS

By: omer nawaz on Monday, 12 January 2015 | 07:21

While Google Currents , Google RSS in France, has just been published and is available worldwide , you will want to publish your own content within the new service. 
Remember, considered a competitor to "social magazine " for mobile devices like Flipboard , Pulse and Zite , Google RSS can aggregate content from multiple online sources , in order to build a digital digest.

If you are a content producer, therefore, know that Google thought of you! Indeed, while found to date content from major publishers such as Forbes, The Guardian, TechCrunch, etc., you will want to publish your own articles, videos, photo-reports , slide shows , or on your publications social networks!

But the good news is that Google RSS is not a closed platform , since anyone with content to share, whatever it is, may do so by publishing it in the application. And it's easy to look good. In this article today I 'll show you how you can do , including how to add your Twitter and Facebook pages of publications.

To complete this procedure, you will need a Google account. As it is almost a prerequisite to use the Web these days , I'm going to assume you have one. To publish the content of a website, the entire process is easier if your website is registered with Google Webmaster Tools. However, this is not required , as you can check your content when you arrive at the publication stage.

Finally, you will also need to use Google Chrome and Google Currents Producer is not compatible with other browsers.

Getting started with Google Currents Publisher

Visit the website of Google Currents Publisher can be achieved at this URL: https://www.google.com/producer/home . From there, sign in with your Google Account.

Then , you must accept the terms of service as a publisher to Google RSS and press continue. Once done, you will see a screen that allows you to create a new stream , such as below:


The only thing you have to complete is the name of your stream. In my case it will be of course the " BlogNT ". Do not worry too much, you can change it later.

If you have an RSS feed of your blog, or YouTube channel , you can add at this stage . However, as all these can be edited within the application, I suggest you do it later , so press the "Create" button.

Seconds later you will arrive on the main page of Google Currents Publisher, like this:
Adding your content

This is where the magic happens. You will notice a number of options in the menu on the left side. 
The " Edit settings " where you landed, you can change things like the name of your feed, if you had a question when creating .

You can also add other information such as an icon or image when launching your feed and qued'intégrer this "application" within Google Analytics. But before you start tracking your users, you 'll want to offer content! We will do it now.

In the left menu , select the second option called "Sections" :

Here is where you can add all your content , whether an RSS feed or updates on social networks. I will assume that you have a blog with an RSS feed you want to publish to Google RSS . If this is not the case, or if you want to publish pictures or social publications , you can skip this section and go to the following instructions .

Adding a web page to Google RSS feed

So in the "Sections" pane on the left panel, select " Add another section ," then click on the first option, " Feed ". You should have the following screen:

The first thing you should do is to give a title to this section. For this example , I'll be adding the feed from this site, my blog. I'll call it ingeniously "blog".

Then you need to enter the address of your RSS feed . If you use Feedburner to manage your feed , copy it , otherwise , look in the settings of your blog to find the feed URL . Paste the URL flows in the second box .

The last option, " Feed Options" allows you to set how Google retrieves the RSS content in your stream. If you publish a full stream , the first option will be fine. If you are publishing a partial feed, select the second option.

Once you have everything filled out , click the "Create" button!
Hopefully , a dialog box will appear to tell you that your feed was created. You will be redirected to the main page of Google Currents Publisher in which a preview should be proposed with a preview of what your application can start to look like . You can experiment with different rendering emulators by clicking on the tabs at the top right hand side of the page.

If your goal was only to add the RSS feed of your blog, then you can skip to the section on publication.

However, to do so would a shame since one of the features of Google Currents is its ability to aggregate all kinds of content in a single location. Thus , your readers do not need to access multiple sites to see all your content! Suppose you have a Facebook page for your blog , add is very simple.

Adding a Facebook page to Google RSS

Click the Home button sections of the left menu , and select the icon " Social updates" :


First, you'll want to give a name to this section. As this is a Facebook page , entitled " Facebook Updates " is not too bad. Again, this is not final , so do not worry too much.

Then you 'll have to select a source. From the dropdown list , you will quickly notice that the Facebook page is currently not an option. Or, indeed , any other media other than the Google+ social network . Hopefully future revisions of this tool will take into account other social networks Google + ... But for now , we have to do with , and we must use the RSS feed option.

Ideally, your Facebook page generates an RSS feed of the content of your wall. Unfortunately, since the transition to the new Facebook page , I can not find the link. However, the feed address should be this:

https://www.facebook.com/feeds/page.php?id=164415300271975&format=rss20
Note: In my case , the identifier of the page is 164415300271975. Replace this value with the identifier of yours and it should work !

Return to Google Currents Publisher, and paste the URL in the box provided for this purpose as follows:


Once you are finished, press "Create" and wait a few seconds.

If all goes well , you should now have at least three sections: a table of contents , a section representing your blog, and being your Facebook page.
The addition of other sections is just as easy. To do this, simply repeat this process for other content. For a Google+ Page for example, repeat the process as described for a Facebook page, but rather than take an RSS feed as a source , take Google+.

Note: Note that it works for both personal profiles Google+ , but also for Google+

Adding a Twitter feed to Google RSS

Twitter is perhaps the hardest, and again, to integrate social content within Google Flow, and largely due to the fact that it is difficult to get an RSS feed of your Twitter account. But do not worry, we'll see how to do!

To add a Twitter feed to Google RSS repeat the process we have just done to Facebook , choosing "Social updates", and selecting " RSS or Atom" as the source.

In the RSS feeds section, enter the following URL:

https://api.twitter.com/1/statuses/user_timeline.rss?screen_name=Lryo17
Replace screen_name = Lryo17 , which is my Twitter username with your Twitter account name whatsoever . If this is Peter, then you'd have something that would look like:

https://api.twitter.com/1/statuses/user_timeline.rss?screen_name=Pierre
When done , click the "Create" button.

Publishing your Google Currents Publisher


You should now have a number of content added to your Google Currents Publisher. Feel free to wander through it and add more content . The user interface is very intuitive, and once you understand how the service worked , everything should be a breeze.

The next big step is to make sure to publish your content so people can read it . To do this, you need to go to the " Distribute" menu option :

Different options are available to you . You can test your application before publication or on Android, iPhone or iPad. If you have access to the application Google Currents , I recommend that you follow the instructions in these sections to ensure that your publication will appear as you want. Of course, you have the option to change the content and appearance thereafter.

Before publishing your feed, you need to ensure that the content is your property. Just choose the third option in the " Distribute " section: "Verify happy ownership":

Click on the " Verify" . If you are logged in with the same Google account you use for Google tools Webmasters , this should be done transparently. If this is not the case, you will be redirected to Google Webmaster Central to connect the site to your Google Account.

Once the audit is complete, press the "Done" button. Once done, you should see a screen like above. Now it's time to distribute your feed !
Note: You can only distribute your stream after the audit is completed, which may take some time ...

Now click " Distribute to Google Currents ." From the dropdown menu , select a publication date , and press "Publish ". If all goes well , you will be greeted with the following screen:

I hope you found this tutorial useful ! If you have questions or comments, feel free to submit them in the comments section below!

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