Setting your site up for Syndication through Repost.Us
posted this on March 30, 2011 03:35 pm
So you've decided to set your site up for syndication. That's great! Doing so is relatively straight forward, but this guide will give you a more in depth step-by-step walk through of getting your site ready for others to repost your content to their site.
First thing is first, you're going to need to create an account. You can do this over at: http://secure.repost.us. You'll be sent a confirmation email to the email address you used to sign up, don't forget to confirm your email! Once you register for an account, choose the option to syndicate through Repost.Us.
Everything in this first section is pretty self explanatory; enter a nickname for your site, the URL for your site and lastly you'll want to set up the aliases for your site. If your site can be reachable by any other domain (or if you'd like to be able to use one embed on multiple sites). Check out the screen capture for examples:
If you want to add more than one site you can do so like this:
After you've set this up you want to go to set up your business model. You can either select Free syndication, Ad-Supported syndication or Paid Syndication. For Ad-Supported or Paid syndication, you will also need to setup your ad unit or pricing tiers. For Ad-Supported, you'll need to give us the full script like you'd enter on your site, then select the placement and give us the maximum width of the code. Note: The syndicated article's formatting doesn't look right with a skyscraper ad, it is not recommended to use these types of adverts.
After you've set up your business mode, you'll need to set up your Selectors. If you run a WordPress/Drupal/SquareSpace site, you can put ##Automatic in these fields and we'll be able to find what we need. If you have something unique for your site, then you will have to refer to your site's stylesheet for these values. After clicking "Next" you can put a URL of one of your posts in and test to see if you've gotten the right selectors.
Finally, you're ready to snag the scripts to place into your site's template. Click the "Repost.Us Installation" section to nab the scripts for your site. They will look something like this:
This code snippet is the Repost.Us button that your readers will use to take your article for syndication. This needs to be placed in your template to show up on each individual post. This URL will accept optional arguments placed in the link. For article pages that are paginated use: /create?surl=<link> to use the non-paginated and full-version of your article for syndication, /create?url=<Permalink> you’re want to set this if you have multiple articles displayed on a single page. If you don’t set an argument, the referrer will be used for the URL source by default.
That's it! You're all finished!
You may choose to setup some of our optional features such as: Bring your Own Analytics, Adding additional or specific licensing terms to your content or adding your own logo to all of your reposted articles. You can find these options on your site summary page!