AutoMfarhanonline Configuration and Usage

17 01 2010


AutoMfarhanonline Main Page

This main page is where you can view your list of feeds or navigate to other AutoMfarhanonline setting pages. From this screen you can manage all of your feeds as well as manually preview or process all feeds or one at a time.

AutoMfarhanonline Edit Feeds

The Feed Settings page allows you to individually configure and customize each source feed. From this page you can configure settings such as the category, tagging, filtering, and post templates.

General Settings

  • Enabled – Determines whether the feed is included in each script run. Use this to temporarily disable a feed for testing or during feed configuration.
  • Feed Type – This setting allows you to use one of the built-in handlers for various search engines. These handlers allow you to quickly configure a search without having to figure out the feed URL for the particular search engine.
  • Search Keywords or RSS Feed URL – When using an RSS feed use this box to enter the full path to the feed. If using one of the built-in search handlers use this box to enter keywords or tags for your search. Note that if you do not have the exact feed URL you can often enter the web site’s main page and AutoMfarhanonline will attempt to discover the actual feed URL.
  • Title – The title is there for your own use to label the feed. This title will only show on the Feeds management page. IF you do not enter a title, the Feeds page will create a title for you.Default Status – When adding new posts from a feed, you can choose to have them automatically published, saved as a draft, saved as a private post, or with a status of pending.

Categories and Tags

  • Assign posts to this category – All posts created from a feed must be assigned to at least one category. This setting determines the category for all posts in this feed.
  • If other blog categories appear in the post – When processing a feed, AutoMfarhanonline will check to see if any of the existing blog categories appear in the post. If they do, you can choose to 1) assign those categories to the post and 2) add those categories as tags for the post. This feature is particularly useful if your blog has categories with subcategories. You can assign the feed to the main category and let AutoMfarhanonline automatically add the subcategories if found. For example, you may have a blog category titled Windows with subcategories XP and Vista. You can assign the category Windows to the feed and allow it to automatically assign the categories XP or Vista if those words appear in the post. This feature can add true value to your blog by intelligently gathering and categorizing content found on the web.
  • Additional Tags – With an autoblog that does nothing more than show excerpts and point to other sites your site offers little value for users and little uniqueness for search engines. The Additional Tags feature allows you to create a list of keywords, phrases, or search terms that will randomly be added as tags to each post. Not only does this improve your search engine results, it helps users to find relevant content based on the additional keywords you provide.

Include Posts that Contain

This section allows you to perform additional keyword filtering on your feed when the source does not provide such a feature. For example, you may be using an affiliate feed and only want to display those posts that contain the keyword coupon.

Note that any extra processing you perform will affect the load, overhead, and speed of the script. If possible try to use any filtering capabilities of the source feed before using the feed-level filtering.

All of these searches are performed on each field extracted from the feed, it does not do any filtering based on the content of the original page.

Enter lists of words separated by spaces or commas. To enter a phrase that includes spaces or commas, enclose that phrase in quotes.

  • All these words – All words in this box must appear in the feed in order for the post to pass filtering checks.
  • Any of these words – If any of the listed words appear, the post will pass filtering checks.
  • The exact phrase – If the exact phrase appears in the post, it will pass filtering checks. Note that if you would like to enter multiple phrases in this box, each phrase must be enclosed in quotes.
  • None of these words – If any of these words appear in the post it will not pass the filter checks.

Custom Fields

Custom Fields are a power feature that allow you to override field values, supply values for empty fields, or create new fields that you can use as variables in templates. For example, you may have a feed where all authors show as Admin, which is fairly common with blogs. If you know the author’s real name, you can create a custom field named author and enter the name of the author you wish to use.

All custom fields will also override extracted values or will be added as additional fields to the WordPress post so you can modify your WordPress theme to display these values.

Note that Custom Fields are processed before Post Templates and therefore the fields you create can be referred to from within your templates.

  • Custom Field – This is the name of the field you wish to set.
  • Custom Field Value – This is the value you wish to assign to the field. This can be a static value or you can use the post template syntax to create more complex scenarios.

Search and Replace

The Search and Replace feature allows you to modify the content of a feed based on Regular Expression searches. With this feature you can do things such as rewrite words, enforce naming standards, insert affiliate ID’s, correct non-standard feeds, create unique content, or just about anything else you can imagine. Search and Replace uses the PCRE syntax.

  • Search for – The search term or regular expression to find.
  • Replace with – The expression to use for replacing the search term.

Note that the Search and Replace feature uses Regular Expressions so you must escaoe any special characters in your search pattern with a slash (\) character. The special characters that need escaping are \^.$|()[].

For example, if you want to seach for Apniutube and replace it with, you would use these values:
Search for:
Replace with:

If you want to turn all instances of into a hyperlink, use these values:
Search for: wikipedia\.com
Replace with: <a href=””></a>

Note that if your search expression contains multiple grouped matches, the Replace operation will only be performed on the primary match. For more precise control over replacement, you can use backreferences in your replace expression.

AutoMfarhanonline Tag Options

General Settings
  • Minimum Tag Length – The is the minimum number of characters a word must contain before it can be used as a tag.
  • Maximum Tag Length – This is the maximum number of characters a word can contain to be allowed as a tag.
  • Maximum Tags per Post – To prevent from adding too many tags to a post, you can limit that maximum tags per post with this setting.
Additional Tags

With an autoMfarhanonline that does nothing more than show excerpts and point to other sites your site offers little value for users and little uniqueness for search engines. The Additional Tags feature allows you to create a list of keywords, phrases, or search terms that will randomly be added as tags to each post. Not only does this improve your search engine results, it helps users to find relevant content based on the additional keywords you provide.

Note that this list is global for all feeds. You can also add tags individually to each feed using this setting.

Tag Filtering

Although the internal keyword extraction engine is quite accurate, because it is still a script some tags may appear too frequently, are not relevant, or simply do not make sense. You can use this setting to block certain tags.

Note that this setting will only block new tags from appearing but it will not remove any existing unwanted tags on your posts.

AutoMfarhanonline Settings

General Options
  • AutoMfarhanonline Enabled – This setting allows you to enable or disable the processing of feeds without having to disable the plugin itself.
  • Minimum time between updates – This is the minimum time interval between feed processing runs.
  • Maximum time between updates – This is the maximum time interval between feed processing runs. AutoMfarhanonline will run random intervals based on the minimum and maximum times between updates.
HTTP Options
  • HTTP Referrer – This setting determines the HTTP Referer header that will be set when visitng other web sites. Normally you want this to be the URL of your blog so that other webmasters will know when you link to their site.
  • HTPP User-Agent – This is the HTTP User-Agent header that will be sent when visiting other web sites. You can set this to a standard web browser string or you could use this as a message to webmasters to indicate that you are using an automated script or how they can contact you to exclude their site from your script.

AutoMfarhanonline Filtering Options

Duplicate Posts
  • Duplicate Filtering – To prevent duplicates articles from appearing in your blog, AutoMfarhanonline can check for existing articles based on the title or the original URL. The options you choose depends on the type of feeds you are using. Some feeds, such as Flickr feeds, often have duplicate titles for different pictures so you may not want to use the title for duplicate checking. Other times you may have multiple sites that syndicate the same articles. In those cases you might want to check for duplicates based on both the title and the link URL.
  • URL Blacklists – You can use this setting to prevent adding feeds from certain domains or based on any portion of the URL. When AutoMfarhanonline processes feeds it compares the URL to all items in the URL blacklist. If any of the blacklisted URL sequences appear in the original link it will skip that post.
  • Keywords Blacklists – This setting is to keep your blog clean and on topic by blocking any posts that contain certain words. You can use this to block spam content or to prevent certain types of content, such as forum posts, from appearing on your blog. Note that unlike feed-level filters, the Keywords Blacklist is compared against the original content if available.



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