Post A Daily Link List On Your Blog: Easy-Peasy!!!!

Ian Lurie Jun 12 2007

Here’s a way to guarantee at least one post per day on your blog: Use del.icio.us.

This cleverly-named site lets you bookmark sites you like, and then organize those bookmarks.

You’ve probably already bookmarked a particular page somewhere on the web, at some point, by clicking ‘bookmark this’ in Internet Explorer or Firefox. Del.icio.us does the same thing, only online.

But it goes beyond that – you can have del.icio.us automatically post your bookmarks for the day to your blog, like this. Here’s how:

  1. Make sure you know your blog editing username and password. You’ll need these.
  2. Find out your blog ID. Don’t fret. Your webmaster can tell you if no one else can.
  3. Then find the XML-RPC login page for your blog. AUGH, you say! Gibberish! Geekspeak! Don’t worry, it’s not that bad. Every blogging system worth its salt has this ‘hook’ so that third-party tools, like del.icio.us, can get your information: WordPress instructions are here. Movable type instructions are here. If you’re stuck, talk to your webmaster, or contact the help folks for your blogging system.
  4. Go to del.icio.us. Create an account.
  5. Click ‘help’ at the top-right corner of your screen.
  6. Find ‘Bookmarking’ on the help screen:Bookmarking Help Screen
  7. Click the bookmark that matches your browser, and then follow their instructions to install it.
  8. You now have a button, in your button bar, that lets you instantly add a link to your del.icio.us account.
  9. Whew. Play with it for a while. When you find a web site or page you like, click the del.icio.us button you just added. Then log into your del.icio.us account and click ‘your bookmarks’. Neat!!!
  10. If you’ve walked away for a while, log back into del.icio.us and click ‘help’ again.
  11. At the bottom of the page, on the right, click ‘daily blog posting’.
  12. Click ‘add a new thingy’.
  13. For the job_name, enter whatever you like. Enter your editing username for out_name. Enter your editing password for out_pass. Enter your XML-RPC address for the out_url.
  14. Now enter the hour (GMT) at which time you’d like del.icio.us to post your links to your blog.
  15. Finally, enter your blog ID. You can ignore the cat_id.
  16. Click ‘submit’.

Wait 24 hours. If all went well, you’ll have a new blog entry appear, like magic. It’ll list the sites you’ve bookmarked in the last 24 hours, as well as the description, tags and title.

Note: Tags are a whole other concept. Consider them keywords that classify your bookmark. You can leave them blank, if you want to.

tags : conversation marketing

4 Comments

  1. Can you give us an example by using it yourself? I’m having a hard time imagining what this would look like as a blog entry.

  2. Aaron

    Aaron

    Thanks for the article, Ian. It’s a great start for those getting interested in social networking. Definitely dugg it. Also, I like how your blog is devoted to both technical and non-technical issues. Are you guys going to Vegas in November to PostieCon? It’s also where they announce the winners of the Blogger’s Choice Awards. Thought you might be interested.
    Thanks again –
    Aaron.

  3. ian

    ian

    Hi Aaron,
    Hmmm. Vegas… November… It could happen…

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