You may find a great site or blog that you would like to curate articles from but it doesn’t have an RSS feed. While our Get It tool will let you capture individual articles, you have to remember to go and visit the site regularly. This article from Robin Goode at Master New Media recaps a group of tools that let you create an RSS feed from a site that doesn’t have one. This will allow you to add the new RSS feed as a source and use MyCurator to capture articles automatically as they are published.
In this new Sharewood Guide I have collected the best free tools to convert any web page to RSS.
Web page to RSS converters are free tools, usually web-based, that anyone can use to keep changes of any site which doesn’t offer a RSS feed for its readers.
RSS feeds are very intuitive and easy-to-use: to create a feed just grab the desired page’s URL, paste it into the box, and click generate. Some of these tools, will also offer advanced options to let you refine which of the items present on a specific web page need to be included in your newly generated RSS feed.
Here the best web page to RSS converters I have found out there (if you know of other ones, please help me out by adding them in the comment area at the end):
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Source It is a bookmarklet: a little app that runs in your browser and lets you grab bits of the web. Once installed, you can just click it when you are on a web site and capture the RSS feed for the site. Sometimes though, you get an error that a feed could not be found. In a few cases, this will happen even though you can see the RSS feed icon on the site or the site has a link to its RSS feed. Continue reading Why does the Source It Tool not find a Feed when I can see the Icon?
In version 2.1 of MyCurator we introduced a new background process called Request Processing. How do I know if I need to use it for my site? The short answer is that it will probably benefit every site. Continue reading Do I need MyCurator’s new Request Processing?
With the rise of content curation, you are seeing the same articles appearing over and over. It just doesn’t help your readers to bring them the same articles they see at many other sites or in their twitter stream. So how do you find those interesting, unknown articles, sites and writers? Continue reading Discovering “Outside the Box” Content for Curation to your Blog
Without any news, Google turned on the ability to receive your Google Alerts as an RSS feed. This feature was killed along with the shut down of Google Reader – again without any news that it would happen. Continue reading They’re Back: Google Alerts Turns On RSS Support
You see that articles are being posted on the web site, but nothing is coming through to your training pages or posts on MyCurator! This post will walk you through a step-by-step process to figure out why and what to do about it. Continue reading A Feed is not Producing any Articles – What Now?
Now that Google has discontinued the ability to receive Google alerts as an RSS feed, the search is on for alternatives. We have been using Talkwalker as a direct substitute, see our post about Moving to Talkwalker.
Another alternative is to use Twitter as an ‘alert’ mechanism. In fact, in many ways Twitter can be a better alert source than Google Alerts were. Continue reading Replacing Google Alerts with Twitter Searches
Google shut off RSS delivery of Google Alerts today, with a simple message embedded in your Alerts feed. I guess without Google Reader, they felt no need to keep the RSS version of alerts.
You can transition all of your alerts to Talkwalker.com. The service looks exactly like Google Alerts. We have been testing it and it does deliver a lot of content. The content can be less targeted, but the training features of MyCurator can help with that. Continue reading Google stops RSS Delivery of Alerts – Move to Talkwalker.com
Our Source It tool can usually find a feed if one is available. In some cases though, all of the feeds for a site are presented in a single web page. For instance, TechCrunch has a page with all of their feeds here: http://techcrunch.com/rssfeeds/. The Source It tool won’t work on this page – it will only capture the first feed it finds, and you can’t choose which one you want from the tool. Continue reading Identifying Feeds for MyCurator Sources
Update: Even though Google Alerts have their own unique RSS feed URL, Google has discontinued them. This is a choice made by Google, and was not announced at all. It is a shame that Google Alerts are not available by RSS as their are so many who would have used one of the many available feed readers to follow them. There was absolutely no reason that Google Reader was a requirement for alerts.
As you may have heard, Google will be discontinuing Google Reader. What about Google Alerts? When you create them for delivery by RSS, they are automatically added to your Google Reader account. It turns out though that they have a separate RSS URL that we capture for MyCurator. This means that the Google Alert RSS feed is not a part of Google Reader and should be available after Google Reader goes away. We haven’t seen anything that says Google Alerts will be discontinued, but we’ll keep watching.