Turn Your RSS Feed
Into A PDF Newsletter
Did you know that you can rapidly and easily turn any RSS feed into a super cool newspaper style newsletter PDF?
Well, I didn’t either until recently when I came across a nifty tool by Five Filter that lets you quickly convert any RSS feed into a newspaper format PDF.
This lets you do some really creative things including turning your blog (or maybe just a category on your blog) into a nicely formatted PDF.
Five Filters’ free RSS to PDF tool, “PDF Newspaper,” makes it easy to convert your blog’s RSS feed into a easily printable PDF format.
I showed it to one of my friends who said, “Thank you. It’s a really nice ‘look’. But what would I use it for?“
You could do a variety of things!
I think I’m going to hand it to my social people with a “did you miss anything on the blog recently”? Here’s everything in a quick newsletter!
You could also use it on your category feeds from WordPress and create topic-based PDFs and then you could put them behind an opt-in page and make them opt-in content as specialized newsletters.
In some niches, it may even be appropriate to turn this newsletter into a PRINTED newsletter to mail out to your community. (This is particularly true, for example, in school systems where not all households have internet.)
Want to see some samples of what this produces?
Check out the PDFs for:
Be sure to open the options panel so you can adjust all of the important elements.
The tool works FANTASTIC with WordPress feeds (whether you use the root domain feed, or the category/tags feed). Unfortunately, it’s not producing anything worth reading from my Facebook Groups Feed, so it may not be suitable for all uses.
Once you’ve made the PDF, save it (using either the browser menu or Ctrl-S), to your hard drive. Now you can upload it anywhere you want and use it as you see fit.
Alternatively, rather than saving it, you can take that HUGE URL in your URL bar, shrink it with something like Bit.ly or Pretty Link, and now you have a DYNAMIC newsletter that changes as your feed changes. (The risk of this, is if the site ever goes away, your visitors will get a pretty ugly error with no way to get back to you, unless you enable Pretty Bar in Pretty Link.)
I love the tools offered by Five Filters and they are ALSO the tool I use to force any “snippet” RSS feed to show me it’s full contents regardless of what the site owner has set. Snippet feeds suck in an RSS reader, so I always use their tool to create a full content feed for my feed reader.
Click here to check out “PDF Newspaper” from Five Filters.
~ Kim ~
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