If you write about EpiServer, then you will want to get your post read by as many people as possible.  Luckily, Episerver agrees with you on this point and they allow you to syndicate an Episerver related blog on Episerver world.  Today I'm going to cover some tips to help you get your blog syndicated.

How To Get Your Episerver Blog Syndicated?

The motivation for writing this post came about as my blog disappeared off Episerver world for three months before I noticed.  Getting it to appear back turned into quite a faff and there was little information available so I thought I'd document my process.  I didn't come up with all of the advice above, so thanks to Dejan Caric for providing some helpful advice.

Originally this blog was written in Wordpress, and over the years, I've found that Wordpress can sometimes add invalid characters; just this simple invalid character prevents the Episerver feed importing it.  So tip1, make sure your feed only outputs valid HTML.  If it doesn't your blog posts won't be displayed.

On NYE I made the decision to bin off Wordpress and move to  ASP.NET.  This site gets about 20,000 people a week visiting it and having it on Wordpress caused more headaches than it was worth.  As part of the migration process, I had to create an RSS plug-in to display my Episerver tutorials via RSS.  If you have a similar requirement, and you're not too sure how to get started, then I suggest you read, Setting Up An RSS Feed Within EPiserver.

The long and short of it is that to display a feed, it has to be a valid XML feed.  TO test your RSS feed I suggest you use the W3C RSS validator, Feed Validation Service.  If you use Chrome, you can also install XML Viewer to double check that the feed renders as it should.  After you are certain you have a valid feed, it's time to register it within Episerver World.

I'm assuming you already have an Episerver World log-in at this point.  Head on over to Create your own blog on Episerver World. Add in your RSS feed Url.  If you have a feed that contains more than just Episerver tutorials, I suggest you set-up a filter otherwise you might have issues syndicating it.  

I finally, agree to the T&Cs and you're good to go!.  The feed isn't updated instantly so you may need to wait for up to two hours before you see your posts in the feed.  After two hours, if you don't see anything, use the RSS validator to double check your feed.  Enjoy!