How to Create a Latest Posts Portfolio Page with WP RSS Aggregator

If you write for a lot of different websites like I do, whether it is as a guest blogger or freelance writer, then you have probably struggled with finding a way to share your latest posts from all of those sites with your audience. Fortunately, there is an easy – and free – solution for anyone who uses WordPress on a self-hosted domain (sorry WordPress.com users).

The Plugin

The plugin you will need is WP RSS Aggregator. This plugin allows you to combine multiple RSS feeds and publish them on one single page using a piece of shortcode.

It’s simple to use – once you’ve installed it on your website, you can find the settings for it in your admin menu.

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To set up your latest posts portfolio page, you will use Add New Feed Source to add each of your author-specific RSS feeds from each site you contribute to.

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Once you have added all of your feeds, you will create a new page on your WordPress website and add in the WP RSS Aggregator shortcode where you want your latest posts to be displayed.

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The result is will be a page like my portfolio page here.

You can use the settings option for WP RSS Aggregator to configure features such as limit the number of posts shown on each page, limit the number of feed items stored from each feed source, make the links nofollow, and whether you would like the new links to open in a new page.

If you want more advanced features, such as thumbnails, categories, and keyword filtering, you can purchase add-ons for the plugin on the main WP RSS Aggregator site.

How to Get Your Author RSS Links

Not sure how to get your author-specific RSS link from the sites you contribute to? Here are some steps to try.

1. Start by going to your author pages.

On most sites, you can get to your author page by going to one of your posts and clicking on the link to your name. Usually you will find this under the title of the post or at the end of the post where they list the categories, tags, etc. When you get to your author page, look for an RSS feed link. Some sites, like Search Engine Watch and Business 2 Community place your author-specific RSS link on your page using the standard RSS icon.

2. Add “feed” to your author page URL.

If a site you contribute to uses WordPress, all you have to do is add the word “feed” to your author page URL. So let’s say you have an author page URL that looks like this.

http://blog.kissmetrics.com/author/khines/

To get your RSS feed, you would change it to this.

http://blog.kissmetrics.com/author/khines/feed/

When you go to that link, if you see only your posts in the feed preview, then you have your author-specific RSS feed.

If the site you contribute to doesn’t easily allow you find your author page URL, you might have to do some guessing. The URL is based off of your username, so if you login to their WordPress admin panel with the username khines, then you can try the following URL combinations to find your author page.

http://domain.com/author/khines/ or http://blog.domain.com/author/khines/

http://domain.com/blog/author/khines/

If you don’t login to WordPress, but you see that your posts are attributed to you with an author box, you will have to guess what your username is. Most sites use combinations like the following.

khines (first initial, last name)
kristih (first name, last initial)
kristihines (first name, last name)
kristi-hines) first name, last name with a space between)

Test these in the URL examples mentioned previous, and once you find your author page, add feed to the end of the URL to get the RSS feed.

3. Use the RSS Subscription Extension on Google Chrome.

This extension allows you to easily find any embedded RSS links on a page you are viewing. So if you are on your author page, you might be able to get your author RSS link by clicking on the RSS icon in your address bar.

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A final note on author RSS feeds.

Some sites use redirects to turn any RSS feed link from their site back to the main RSS feed link, so be sure to test yours before putting it in WP RSS Aggregator. Otherwise, you’ll be feeding in everyone’s posts.

Ways to Use Your Latest Posts Portfolio Page

Creating a page like can be useful for many reasons. Here are my favorite three.

  1. Anytime you need to share your latest writing credits to get a guest posting or freelance opportunity, you can send people to this page or quickly grab links off of this page to put in an email or contact form.
  2. It helps you drive traffic to the content you create offsite.
  3. It helps you keep track of all of the content you create, so the next time someone asks, “Hey, do you have a post on ___?” you can go through your latest posts portfolio page to find it.

If you are a guest blogger or freelance writer, I hope you give this plugin a try to create an automated latest posts portfolio page. Boost your chances of conversion by adding a form at the end to encourage people to contact you about new guest blogging and freelance writing opportunities or to subscribe to your mailing list!





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Comments

  1. says

    Hi Kristi,

    Thanks for sharing this great and valuable plugin information. Though I don’t need it presently as I don’t guest blog often, but it’s something that I might’ve to use in the future.

    I think it’s really a great idea to aggregate the feeds of your author profiles on various sites. You can probably use this shortcode in your blog sidebar too.

    Thanks for letting me know about the RSS subscription extension too, it’s a nifty tool! Do have a great day ahead! :)
    Harleena Singh just posted How Starting a Freelance Writing Career Changed My Life

  2. says

    Hi Kristi,

    I agree with you completely that this is a very nice plugin to showcase your authorship about the latest posts in your portfolio and this will also help in establishing your online presence?

    But, I was thinking of a negative effect this might have. It might drive the visitors away to your competitors’ blog or probably another blog and thus increasing your bounce rate. It is also possible that the visitor might not return to your blog.

    So, what do you think about this? Any suggestions to drive them back to the blog and keeping them engaged there?
    Mainak Halder just posted The 7 Easiest Ways To Grow a Successful Blog

  3. says

    Thanks for this! I’ve been thinking about this for a while for my freelance writing portfolio site.

    I don’t suppose you know of a way to get the links to show in the sidebar as a widget? Does the plugin come with a widget?

    Thanks!
    Joe just posted WordPress Writing Service

  4. says

    Great plug in, it is not only for guest posting and getting your latest posts, it allow you to publish more content from authority sites in your niche, it gives your readers more reasons to bookmark your blog, and keep coming back. And again nice work explaining, You sound like a six grade teacher :) thanks Kristi
    Jossef just posted How To Earn Money Online

  5. says

    That’s really cool, I didn’t know that we could get author-specific RSS feeds like that. I don’t guest blog so I won’t be building a portfolio, but this would be a good way to include some relevant recent news items within a blog post when it would help the user experience!
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