[Publish] Automating RSS feeds using Feedly and Zapier
Feedly is a news aggregator app, which compiles feeds from a variety of online sources that you choose. You can pop into your Feedly account anytime to catch up on all the latest articles in one place. If you're on Feedly's Pro Plan ($5.41/month billed annually), you'll have the option to easily share articles to your Queues within Buffer Publish. And if you wanted to automate things, you could use Zapier to have certain articles automatically added to your Queue.
Zapier is a web automation tool, described as the "glue" that connects more than 1,000 web apps. Zaps are Workflows, which connect apps so they can work together. Zaps start with a Trigger, which is an event in an app which kicks off the Workflow, and end with an Action, which is an event that's completed automatically in a second app. Zaps automate tasks in the background. Zapier have thousands of templates that you can tweak and use, or you can create your own from scratch. Learn more about getting started with Zapier here. Follow the steps below to get started with Feedly and Zapier.
Log into your Feedly account and click the + ADD CONTENT button at the bottom left of your screen, followed by Follow Publications & Blogs.
From there, search for the RSS feed you'd like to pull articles from and then click Follow. Add it to its own Feed by clicking the + NEW FEED option, giving it a name (or choosing from one of the suggestions) and then clicking CREATE.
Create a new Zap to pull articles from your new Feed in Feedly and add them to your Queue within Buffer Publish. The video below walks through all the steps of setting this Zap up from scratch. However, there is a template here that you can grab!
Anytime a new article is added to the RSS feed, it will appear in Feedly and from there, Zapier will grab it and add it as a post to your Queue.
You will need to create multiple versions of this Zap if you'd like posts to be sent to multiple social accounts. You can duplicate Zaps by going to your list, clicking on the drop down arrow and clicking Copy. You can then simply edit the duplicated Zap and choose a different social account.