As powerful and convenient as WordPress may be for bloggers, it is not without its limitations. For example, you can only write one blog post at a time through the default WordPress dashboard. While it is possible to import blog posts from another WordPress blog or some other platform, there really isn’t all that much you can do if you want to write several blog posts at a time. You just have to sit through that interface, right?
Self-Publishing in Advance
As bloggers, we can’t really be expected to sit at our computers each and every day, busting out new blog posts on a continuous (and endless) basis. You deserve to have a break sometimes and that’s where the beauty of the WordPress timestamp comes into play. However, when you take this method, you are still writing and publishing one post at a time, clicking through to add tags and select categories.
With Import CSV Pro, you can produce a simple CSV (comma-separated values) file in Excel that contains all of this pertinent information, including the actual post itself, and import it into your WordPress blog. Better still, each post can already come with a timestamp, setting up your posts to go live on a regular and steady basis.
The above mentioned implementation of this WordPress plugin may sound like it could come in handy, but the real value of Import CSV Pro comes into play when it comes to affiliate marketing. You may have noticed that certain CPA-based ad networks offer you the the opportunity to download what they call “datafeeds”. These are pre-written ad creatives that you can use to advertise the various affiliate offers.
Normally, when you try to import one of these feeds into your WordPress blog, all of the posts go live all at once. This isn’t good for SEO purposes, because search engines prefer sites that are updated frequently, rather than sites that have huge spurts every few months. With Import CSV Pro, you are able to set the timestamp on each of these posts, spacing them out as you see fit. If you get a datafeed with 400 entries, for example, you have enough fodder for new content every day for one year.
Formatting the CSV File in Excel
When you buy this plug-in, you are provided with two guides. The first guide is an ethical guide that talks about how to make money online, why you need to have original content, and so on. The other guide is a basic user manual that explains what you need to do to use Import CSV Pro. Along with this, you get a sample CSV file so that you can see the formatting for yourself.
Unfortunately, this CSV file does not work. When I tried importing it into my fighting games blog, I came up empty-handed. That’s because the formatting on this file is actually incorrect. Going through the User Manual, I saw a better example of what the file should look like. I then made my own CSV file in Excel following those guidelines.
This one did work. When I went into the Import CSV Pro screen in WordPress (under Manage) and imported the file, I saw that I had one new post time-stamped for two hours from now. Aside from the title and post, I was also able to set the tags, category, and the timestamp. The timestamp can be an actual date/time or it can be formatted as I have shown above. This would mean that the post would go live two hours from the time the CSV file was imported.
The Price for Convenience
Yes, this WordPress plug-in is very simple and it serves but a single function, but this single function could serve to save you quite a bit of time when it comes to publishing a series of (affiliate-minded) blog posts. So, what’s the price for convenience? Import CSV Pro has been priced at $99. They accept Visa, Mastercard, Solo, Maestro, and more.