CAMPAIGNS- Scrape Posts Feature
Publishing quality content regularly is a good way to encourage engagement on your account. But curating contents could be challenging and there are moments when you just run dry of ideas. To make it easier, SM Tasker includes several options on how you can add a post on your Campaigns.
And one of the easiest ways that you can use to get content that you can publish using a campaign, is the SCRAPE POSTS option.
From here, you can choose to scrape from 4 sources:
- Pinterest Source
- Twitter Source
- Linkedin Source
(Screenshot showing the Scrape Posts Tab showing its tabs)
If you want to scrape from Pinterest, click on Add Pinterest Source button and a new window will appear. On this window, you need to add the source URL where SM Tasker will search for posts.
(Screenshot showing the pinterest source)
Start Scraping from Pinterest Source:
(Screenshot showing the options to apply on the sources added)
- URL, # Posts and #Errors column
- You can select the Pinterest account that will be used to extract posts. That said, if you don’t have any Valid Pinterest account in your Social Profiles, you will not be able to extract posts from Pinterest.
- When you start the scrape action, you can see the #Posts extracted; this will get updated each time SM Tasker does a scrape action
- The #Errors that occurred during scrape action will also be visible there
- The Template column
- Set up your post caption in the Post Text Template
- You can either input your own caption or choose to use any of the supported tokens – [DESCRIPTION], [URL], [SOURCEURL], [TITLE] and it will be replaced by the corresponding post detail
- For Source URL template, you can either put your own URL or you can use the [SOURCEURL] to use the source URL used by the owner of posts you scraped
- The Filters column
- You can narrow down the posts you want to scrape by using filters.
- Either scrape posts that have that certain keyword OR skip posts that have a negative keyword
- Aside from filtering via keywords, you may also indicate your preferred image width and height.
- Moreover, you can scrape posts that have a minimum and a maximum number of repins.
- The Settings column
- Use the fast extraction method to ignore filters; the caption will be ignored as well
- You can choose to add the image to the scraped posts.
- Choose to ignore posts without images
- You may choose to automatically add the post to the Posts List tab or to the Drafts tab
- You can opt to limit the description length to a maximum of X characters
- Control the number of items to extract
- Select the number of posts to extract when you click ‘Get x to Drafts’
- Set how long SM Tasker will scroll the page to search for posts
- Specify how often SM Tasker will run the extraction to get new items
- You can also extract the title of the post if applicable
- Click on the Start button to start the extraction
- Get x posts to draft is used when you want to send a couple of posts to Drafts
- You can delete the Pinterest source when you want
- Hit ‘Set as Default’ when you want all future Pinterest sources to use the filters and setting you’ve configured on that particular source
- If you want to replicate the settings and filters to all existing Pinterest sources you’ve added, you can use the ‘Copy Settings, Filters’ button
- If you want to copy the Pinterest URL source that you entered, click on ‘Copy URL’
- You will also see on this part if the extraction is still in progress
For scraping posts from Twitter, just click the Add Twitter Source button and add a valid Twitter Source URL in the designated box.
(Screenshot showing the option to twitter sources)
Start Scraping from Twitter Source:
There is just a slight difference with regards to the filtering options when scraping from a Twitter source.
Apart from filtering based on keywords, image ‘width and height’, ‘minimum and maximum number of Retweets’, you can further narrow the search based on the age of the tweet and you can choose to skip retweets.
(Screenshot showing the filters to apply on twitter sources)
The Scrape Posts from LinkedIn allows you to scrape posts from your feed, LinkedIn pages, groups, and LinkedIn walls. To start, just click on the Add LinkedIn Source button.
(Screenshot showing the option to add linkedin sources)
Start Scraping from LinkedIn Source:
LinkedIn’s filters are the least among the four sources: enter your keywords to be included or excluded, and the image’s minimum width and maximum height.
(Screenshot showing the filters to apply on LinkedIn sources.)
💡Note that each time you add a source URL, 5 example posts are extracted and sent to the Drafts tab. You have the option to send extracted posts directly to the Posts List tab should you prefer it that way.
💡Also, the extraction will work only if the campaign is Started