Iâ€™ve just upgraded my Travel forum to vBulletin 3.6 and I have found a very neat new feature, where you can add an RSS feed within the forum admin panel, and when you post a blog article, the RSS feed picks this article up and displays it within any part of the forum.
So, today, I created a new user called News Bot, I gave them administer permissions, and added the RSS feed for my blog â€“ vBulletin then creates a CRON job, which updates whatever you wish.
Now when I post in my blog, the News Bot creates a new post, with the blog title, a snippet of the blog entry and then a link to the actual article on my blog â€“ pretty neat huh? Forum members can then discuss this article, which helps improve the forum, or they can click through and comment on the blog.
I then had a thought â€“ forums require content â€“ you require visitors and comments on your blog, so why donâ€™t you contact a vBulletin forum owner within your niche, and ask them if they could add your RSS feed to their forum â€“ when you blog, your posts are promoted on the forum, but the forum owner then has quality content for discussion – both of you win.
If you want to see this cool functionality in action just let me know.Tweet