How to Use Google Reader to Keep Up with Your Favorite Blogs

I follow more than 200 blogs. I am often asked, “How do you do it? That would take me forever!” It would me, too—if I tried to visit all of these blogs daily. But using an RSS Reader, I can stay current by spending less than 30 minutes a day.

If you can’t see this video in your RSS reader or email, then click here.

In this post, I want to show you how to set up Google Reader and then use it to keep up with your favorite blogs. This is not a post for “power users,” though even they might pick up a tip or two. It is intended for novices—people who are not even sure what RSS is.

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Let’s start at the beginning. What is RSS?

RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication.” Before RSS, you had to bookmark your favorite sites and then visit them one-at-a-time. Maybe they had new content, maybe not. This was slow and tedious; it took forever. You could only follow a very limited number of blogs with this kind of workflow.

In 1999, engineers at Netscape dreamed up RSS. It is a simple technology that allows you to subscribe to your favorite blogs. Whenever one of your favorite bloggers posts new content, it is pushed out—or syndicated—to you and everyone else who subscribes (watch the embedded video above).

Subscribers read this content in something called an RSS Reader.
There are lots of RSS Readers on the market. I’m tried many of them. After trying most of them, I prefer Google Reader. Why?

  • It’s simple.
  • It has lots of easy-to-use features.
  • It’s free.

Why should you use Google Reader? Three reasons:

  1. It is convenient—content comes to you.
  2. It is consistent—you have a single user interface.
  3. It is fast—you can read WAY more content then you could by visiting sites one at a time.

So, how do you get started? Fortunately, it is very simple. I am going to walk you through it, step-by-step:

  1. Set up a Google account:
    • If you already have a Google account, you can skip this step.
    • Goto Google.com/accounts.
    • Look in the lower right-hand corner. Click on the Create an Account link or button.
    • Sign-up.
    • Make sure you write down your new email address and password.
  2. Set up a Google Reader Account:
    • Goto Google.com/Reader.
    • Sign into your new account, using your Google login credentials.
    • You should have a new screen with some pre-populated posts.
  3. Start adding subscriptions:
    • You have three options:
      1. Click on the Add a Subscription button. It is in the upper left-hand corner of Google Reader.
      2. Visit the blog you want to add and click on the RSS button. Most blogs have this prominently displayed.
      3. Click on the universal RSS button in the address bar of your browser.
    • Start adding a few subscriptions. I have a list of my favorites here.
    • Optionally add each subscription to a folder.

Now is when the fun begins. Create a bookmark to Google Reader. That’s the only bookmark you really need in terms of blogs. Here are a few random tips for using Google Reader on a day-to-day basis.

  1. Install Add to Google Reader if you are using Mac Safari. This makes it exceedingly easy to add new subscriptions.
  2. Adjust your Reader settings:
    • Click on Settings | Reader settings. It’s in the upper right-hand corner of the Google Reader page.
    • Check scroll tracking to marks items read as you scroll past them.
    • Click on the Send To tab and check the services you use most often. I have Digg, Facebook, Instapaper, StumbleUpon, and Twitter checked.
  3. Use the shortcut keys. You can find a full list here. The ones I use the most are:
    • j moves you forward one post; k moves you back. These are the keys I use the most. They allow me to scan through new posts quickly.
    • The space bar moves the page down. Shift-space moves it back up.
    • s stars the item; l likes the item.
    • v opens the post on the original blog site.
    • Shift-s shares the item with those who subscribe to your Google Reader feed. Here’s mine. (Yes, some people might be interested in reading what you find interesting.)
    • Shift-d share with the note. You can not only share the current item, but share why you think it is important or make any other comment.
    • e emails the article to a friend. I use this all the time.
    • Shift-t opens the send to menu. This enables you to Twitter the post or share it on Facebook. This is probably the feature I use the most. It makes it really easy to share posts that you find meaningful with your followers.
  4. Use Google Reader on your phone. You can access Google Reader on the go by pointing your mobile phone’s browser to http://www.google.com/reader/m.

Using Google Reader may seem awkward at first. But I would encourage you to stick with it. It is one of those applications that becomes more valuable the more you use it.

Questions: Are you currently using Google Reader? How has it helped you be more productive? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
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  • http://joannamuses.com Joanna

    I’m currently using Google reader. One of the benefits I really appreciate about using Google reader is that I can access the items I’m yet to read from my home computer, my netbook, my iPod touch, a computer at university or wherever else I happen to be accessing the internet from.

    • Paul

      Google Reader is the most valuable educational tool on the web. The “J” shortcut key is also great. I email myself important articles and tips from blogs in Google Reader, and with gmail, you can also make a Google doc from an email and upload it into a Google doc folder.

    • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I should have mentioned that too. I love the ability to access the reader anywhere on any platform.

      • Paul

        I have a folder in Google Reader labeled “information curator.” In this folder I subscribed to all the Google blogs, Microsoft MVP blogs, Techcrunch, Lifehacker, ReadWriteWeb, Digital Inspiration, Mashable, and a bunch of others. The “more like this” function enables you to find excellent blogs on the same subject.

        • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          That’s a good reminder. I should have mentioned that. Thanks for bringing it up.

  • http://sandraheskaking.com Sandra Heska King

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

    I’m following 200 blogs in Google Reader. But I’m not in the habit of reading there–which is why I’m so frustrated at missing so many posts. I also didn’t know I could make folders. Cleaning it up and building the habit is now at the top of my list.

    You are my favorite person this week!

    • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Ha! That was easy. (Of course, the week is young.)

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  • http://timothyfish.blogspot.com Timothy Fish

    One of the things I use Google Reader for is to keep up with a question form on a website I manage. The form is infrequently used. Sometimes it will go for months without anyone using it while other times it is used several times in one month. At first I had the form e-mail me when someone asked a question, but some of the e-mails were getting caught in the spam filter. So, I set up an RSS feed that is updated when someone clicks the submit button. Since I check Google Reader nearly as frequently as I check my e-mail, I become aware that someone has asked a question within a short period of time.

    • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I do that to, particularly for comment treads. It’s amazing all that you can use Google Reader for, once you discover RSS.

  • http://www.geekforhim.com Geek for Him

    Great write up – guess I don’t need to write one up now!!

    Thanks Michael

  • http://www.twitter.com/jodyfransch Jody Fransch

    Hey Mike

    Google Reader is an awesome tool and I would encourage everyone who spends time online to subscribe to their service. Definitely made me more productive as it helps me just focus on the important stuff in terms of my reading/blogs I follow. Helps me keep the main thing the main thing and keeps me from unnecessary browsing.

  • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris Jeub

    Google Reader was one of my last Google tools for me to give a serious try, largely because I didn’t fully understand RSS. YOU recommended it at the Ken Davis Summit, and that pushed me over the edge, resolved to figure it out. Now that I am into it, I wonder how in the world I kept up with my reading without it. Great post, thank you, Michael!

    • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I’m thrilled to see you followed through on that. Awesome!

  • http://geoffreywebb.wordpress.com/ Geoff Webb

    I’ve never made it over “the hump” with using google reader – this post might be just the thing I need! The shortcuts alone are enough to get me back in there and trying. Thanks for a tremendous post.

  • http://charlesjaymeyer.blogspot.com Charles Meyer

    I don’t remember how I found Google reader but it was around the same time I started reading Donald Miller’s Blog. I hated having going to every website when I read blogs. With Google reader I tend to read more blogs and they are much easier to read.

    I love how I can access it anywhere. I usually read from my Droid or if my battery is dead than my iPod Touch. I also use the Read It Later extension on Firefox and app for my iPod when I know I won’t have internet connection. I also like reading them in Reader Play if I have the time.

    I also enjoy looking at the Recommended Items list. If a blog looks interesting I star it and go back later to read it. There is even a few that I have subscribed to from that list.

    If I ever get behind, I enjoy reading all of the blogs of the same writer in one sitting. Well I better get back to reading the blogs, I have a ton to catch up on.

  • Kingsly

    Thats a very useful post!! Thanks. I am following a number of blogs but i struggle to read them all and i miss a lot of them. I would for sure try this. This sound interesting…thanks..

  • http://jaledwith.com Andrew

    Nice summary. For iPhone users I recommend the app Reeder to view Google Reader subscriptions. One of my favorite apps.

    • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I’ll have to check it out. The mobile version that Google does is pretty decent. Thanks.

  • http://www.epicparent.tv Chris Spradlin

    I am a fan! I power it with Feedly and love it!

    • http://www.innovationpath.net Willie

      I second Feedly. It’s a “viewer” to Google Reader, that makes you view the feeds as if you were reading a magazine. I started to read feeds again thanks to it. However I must confess that your suggestions shows me Reader added new features since I’ve last used it that would also be worth testing.

  • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

    RSS feeds have always been somewhat tricky for users. I’ve personally tried a half dozen readers, but for ease of use I always have come back to Google reader. The cool thing, if you use Google Chrome as your browser, you can download an extension that puts a Google reader button on your toolbar. The extension will change color to notify you of new feeds. Fast and easy.

  • Brad

    Thanks Mike. I am always amazed at your ability to get things done. I was thinking this weekend about some tasks I need to be doing and was wondering to myself, how would Mike get this done, how would he have the time? Thanks for keeping me motivated.
    I also have been using Google Reader for a couple of years now. Great, quick way to keep me informed on the topics that interest me.

  • http://andreaaresca.posterous.com/ Andrea Aresca

    I’ve been using Google Reader for years, but I’ve found some useful tips in this post anyway.
    The only regret I have is that using the mobile version on my Blackberry is not so good. I’ve tried different mobile RSS readers (the last one, http://www.viigo.com – very good) but I’d prefer to have all the feeds in one place and don’t check twice the same element.
    Any suggestion?

    • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I’m sorry, I don’t, since I use an iPhone.

    • http://charlesjaymeyer.blogspot.com Charles Meyer

      Yeah, I have looked at Google Reader on my work Blackberry and I don’t like it at all.

      iPhone and Android Phones have a great Reader interface.

  • http://www.joannesher.com Joanne Sher

    I follow about 150 blogs and am definitely a big Google Reader fan – if I recall at your suggestion months ago. I ADORE it as well – it makes it so much faster to go through blogs. I was unaware of most of the shortcuts, though. Thank you so much for sharing them! That will make my blog time even shorter.

  • http://www.lovingcharlotte.com/mint-hill.php Keith

    Wow, 200 even with an RSS feeder is still impressive. I just started this whole Google RSS reader thing, and I find it awesome. I love using the shortcuts for google Chrome.

  • Ben

    Wonderful! I was just having one of those “how do you find all this information” conversations with a coworker last week. I told her all about my Google Reader account and some basics on how to set it up. Today, lo and behold, I see a blog post in my Google Reader about how to use Google Reader that I’ve already passed around to a couple coworkers. Thanks for sharing. GR is definitely a must-have tool.

  • http://www.facebook.com/theupsstore5635 Shirley

    Google reader makes it really easy to organize all those feeds too… I have several folders set up – and you can drag-and-drop them into the order you want, or name them so that they show up alphabetically. I have mine by topic (e.g., 1-success, 2-home-finance-news, 3-business)

    Within the folders you can also sort your feeds – again, either drag-and-drop or by name (and you can re-name if needed!). For example, within folders, I have mine manually sorted in ‘priority read’ order (of course michaelhyatt.com being near the top of the success folder!).

  • Shana

    I have used Google Reader for a few years, and it’s the second most-used bookmark on my toolbar (Gmail being the first). Aside from folders separating the types of content, I also frequently add stars to my favorite posts. This helps in using the search function in case I want to access them later. I did not know about tweaking the Send To function. Thank you for helping me enhance one of my favorite tools!

  • John

    I read this post in Google Reader! It makes it very easy to keep up with various interests I have. I use folders to separate different feeds, so that, for instance, I can read all the “Local News” feeds at once rather than interspersed with other items I read. Having my local newspaper and TV news sites’ “latest news” RSS feeds means I stay on top of local events.

  • http://www.danieldecker.net Daniel Decker

    Excellent. I use reader but don’t have all the shortcuts in place like you mentioned. Will have to give it a try. Thanks.

  • Jenny H.

    THANK YOU! I’ve been using the “visit each blog separately” method and running into the problems associated with that. I’ve just set up a dozen or so of the blogs I’ve been keeping up with in Google Reader and I can already see that it’s going to be a great time saver. Thanks for providing enough information to get others started. I’m looking forward to being able to keep up with a good bit more now.

    • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Excellent. I am also thinking about doing a screencast of me actually working through my feeds. Sometimes it is easier to show than to tell.

  • http://www.LaurindaOnLeadership.com Laurinda

    I use Google reader and I love it. I never knew about the short-cut keys. I do use folders which makes it easier when I read from my iPhone. I would never keep up on all the blogs I subscribe to without Google Reader. It allows me to read the headlines and dig deeper if I want to. If I want to leave comments, then it’s one click on the title and the blog comes up. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.pastorbrett.com Brett

    I started using Google reader some time ago based upon your recommendation and now I have recommended it to several others as well. And now I learned two great tips from this post and the additional comments:
    1. The keyboard shortcuts.
    2. Google Reader on the iPhone.

    These type posts are one of the reasons I love your blog so much. Thanks!

  • http://thatguykc.wordpress.com ThatGuyKC

    I’m already a Google Reader “power user”, but didn’t’ know about the nifty Safari extension.

    Thanks for sharing. I’ve got a few people I’m trying to recruit/setup with Google Reader and this is an excellent beginner’s tutorial.

    Will you be posting a “power user” set of tips as well?

  • http://www.heretowhere.com Jared Brandon

    I follow about 60 feeds and the list is growing and I find it very difficult to get through all of this on a day to day basis. I’m proficient enough at using Reader… wading through the content quickly is where I get bogged down. I’m usually pretty good at scanning, but more often than not I’m just catching up on the feeds every few days or clicking “Mark All As Read” so that I feel less guilty about all of the unread stuff in Reader! It’s very frustrating because it’s all good content and I don’t want to miss any of it, but I also can’t spend hours a day diving into the content.

    • http://timmilburn.com Tim Milburn

      Jared. I feel your pain. One way to speed up the process is to use “list” view rather than “expanded” (selection is on the top right side of the page). It’s easier to skim and open posts that are most appealing.

  • http://cashwithatrueconscience.com/rbblog Ryan Biddulph

    Hi Michael,

    Thanks for sharing the breakdown.

    I am a Google Reader addict ;) Once I tried it I was hooked. So much easier to check out blogs in a newspaper like format.

    Ryan

  • JanGadget

    I use Google Reader, but as a “pros” only post (in the sense of, where are the “cons”?), this is a disservice to certain visitors.

    Those who know so little about RSS Feed Readers that they will benefit from this post may also be mislead by your lack of completeness. For example, you probably should have identified some of the reasons why Google is not as good as other options or why people might want to avoid it altogether. It’s not a best fit for everybody, and for many people it’s neither good nor even practicable. For example, if you care deeply about your privacy, you may not even want to share this part of your Internet activity with Google. If you find that you need to or want to be away from Internet connectivity, there are better readers which offer better off-line experiences.

    Seriously, it’s like encouraging everybody to try your delicious cookies without telling people the whole story. Some people have allergies and other health considerations! In the future, you might want to create posts that are “pro-reader” rather than “pro-subject”. All you’ve done here is promoted Google reader, perhaps to the detriment of certain visitors.

    • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for your comments. If you want a review of all the various RSS options or the pros and cons of Google Reader, your needs would probably best served my visiting one of the numerous software review sites. This site is a blog. As such, I am only reporting on things that interest me and why.

  • http://twitter.com/NowInANutshell @NowInANutshell

    Woah! I haven’t even used Google Reader before, though it has been there since I started following blogs. I never tapped into the potential of RSS, too. I’m used to visiting sites I lurk in one-by-one, bookmark ones I highly prioritize. Now I can see that having one like Google Reader will help me economize my reading time, and it will allow me to check out important blogs that I might forget about in the long run.

  • Doug

    I’ve been using Google Reader on my desktop for a long time. I just started using NewsRob for reading the same content via mobile. Much easier to use than the mobile Google reader and it keeps everything in sync.

  • http://timmilburn.com Tim Milburn

    I use Google Reader everyday. Always a little sense of accomplishment if I can get my GR count down to “0” – a lot harder to do than an email inbox. I also HIGHLY recommend the iPhone app, Reeder (http://reederapp.com/). It syncs with your GR account. A lot easier to navigate your feeds than simply accessing GR through the iPhone Safari app.

  • Riete

    I love Google Reader! It’s so easy … once you get the hang of it. I spend a happy afternoon trying it all out and for this last year I’ve been using it to keep up with all kinds of things,just for fun and work-related. I read this article through Reader too ;)
    That list of shortcut keys was new for me so thanks for including that (see, one is never too old to learn, lol)

  • http://www.bigb94.webs.com Brandon

    Wow! That’s awesome! My site has an RSS reader, but I have never really told anyone to use it… I will definitely have to make that note now.

    Just one question for ya- can you still comment on blogs from the RSS reader?

    • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      No, unfortunately. You’ll have to press the “v” shortcut key to view the original post.

  • http://curtismarshall.tumblr.com Curtis Marshall

    There is such a wealth of knowledge in this post! I switched to Google Reader based on your recommendation about a month ago (I previously used bloglines before it closed). While I’ve learned minor features here and there over the last month, the succinctness of this post will save me tons of time and help me to expand my usage of Google Reader. Thanks Michael!

  • http://angelacgifford.blogspot.com/ Angela Gifford

    I LOVE Google reader and installed a live bookmark on my browser. I just have to hit “next” for it to bring up the most recent blog post by one I’m following. I love being able to sit down and catch up, without my inbox getting clogged with individual subscriptions.

  • http://www.tomraines.wordpress.com Tom Raines

    Thanks for posting this! Funny I have been blogging for @ 8 months and just this morning thought, what is RSS anyway?! Will have to come back and read this and get up to speed, thanks! I have a hard time getting to the 2-3 blogs I follow!

  • Jennifer

    Do you use iGoogle? I have my computer home page set to iGoogle. I have my Google Reader as a “gadget” on my igoogle home page so I can see new posts easily. I also keep the blogs I follow most closely as a seperate box on my igoogle as part of the desk top instead of having them in my Google Reader. (You, Dave Ramsey, Donlad Miller, Seth Godin, Zoecity, and Mashable all have your own boxes right along with my news feeds.)

    • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      No, I don’t. I have never quite gotten the hang of it. Maybe I will try it again.

  • http://www.cfgears.com Eric Cobb

    Just curious, but what’s the benefit of using Google Reader over an email client? Most all email programs today (Outlook, Thunderbird, Mail, etc…) all have RSS readers built right into them, so when you open up to check your email, you’ve also got a list of RSS downloads to check, and they come into your inbox as the blogs are posted throughout the day. To me, that’s easier than having to constantly check Google Reader for updates, as my email program is always open.

    I guess it’s six in one hand, a half dozen in the other, and a matter of personal preference. I’m not a big fan of Google’s tools, but I can see how this would be nice for someone who already has the gMail site open all day.

    • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      The advantage to me is that you can do all the other stuff: share, comment, Twitter, Facebook, etc. I think it’s completely a matter of work-style. I am a firm believer in using whatever tool you are most comfortable with.

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  • http://www.hearthope.org Olga Griffin

    What a thorough explanation of RSS. I wish I had seen this when first getting involved in using it.

  • http://www.bladesofbetrayal.com Katie Hart

    Ha – I read this post in Google Reader! I’m still getting used to it, as I recently switched over from my beloved Bloglines (which is being shut down). The one feature I really miss is the ability to save a post so you can always view it at the bottom of the new posts for that blog. I had nearly one thousand posts from one hundred blogs saved. It was so convenient to reread my favorite posts that way. Is there anything like that in Google Reader?

  • http://blog.cyberquill.com Cyberquill

    The other day, someone mentioned that RSS readers were “on their way out” because for some reason they’re not catching on as much as expected. I have no idea. I like my Google Reader, but maybe there’s some new technology waiting in the wings to replace them. Quantum Cloud Readers perhaps.

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  • http://www.joshstauffer.com/ Josh Stauffer

    I’ve used Google Reader for a little over a year now and had subscribed to 110 blogs. While I think Reader is a powerful tool, I’ve come to realize it can be a huge time hog (for me). I recently wrote a post on how to export Google Reader Subscriptions because I felt it was time to seriously narrow down my subscriptions list but I didn’t want to lose all of those sites I’d come across and found interest in. Now my list is down to 32 and I feel I have better focus.

    By the way, MichaelHyatt.com is one of the feeds I kept. Keep up the great work!

  • http://www.christopherscottblog.typepad.com/ Christopher Scott

    Hi Mr. Hyatt.

    I do not use Google Reader, but do use Netvibes. It is simple and easy and allows me to follow about 15 blogs. I keep blog reading to a minimum, because I still love to read books.

    Thanks for the post.

  • http://aelizabethwest.wordpress.com/ Elizabeth West

    Ha! Thanks for this. This is great; means I can read my favorite writing blogs no matter what computer I’m on and I won’t have to remember what I bookmarked.

    Whee!

  • Katherine

    I used to be very inconsistent about reading up on current events. Having to go to different websites with all sorts of advertising can be distracting, and I would quickly get off task and lose track of time. Google Reader allows me to access all different kinds of information and only read further about the that topics I choose. I check it as often as I can, but I am definitely comforted knowing I won’t miss out on anything that has been posted.

  • Sally M. Chetwynd

    Thank you for your regular posts on blogs – creation, maintenance, access, and so forth. I have been reading about blogs and have recently created one, and your little tips are timely and highly useful as I climb a learning curve, which is fairly steep for me, an avowed computer dolt.

  • Chris MacKinnon

    I’ve recently started using Google for almost everything: mail, calendar, docs. I’m just getting into feeds, so I took a little time to check this out. So far I’ve found the reader in the new Microsoft Live Mail to be easier for me. With Google you have to choose either a list view or full content view. With Live Mail Feed, you can have the list with the preview pane to the side. Makes it quicker to read the contents on headlines I like while skipping those I’m currently bypassing. Just another view.

  • http://justonebeggar.com Ron

    Thanks for walking through how to set this up. I’m very new to blogging and a lot of social media, so it’s nice to have this blog as a resource. Your site was one of the first I added on Google Reader!

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  • http://www.boynamedtracy.com TD

    I definitely use Google Reader. The best part for me is how it stays in sync and doesn’t show me posts I’ve already read. That’s a real timesaver! Now if only I could find a twitter client that syncs read tweets I would be a happy camper!

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  • http://www.coachradio.tv Justin Lukasavige

    Fantastic directions, Michael. Thanks for going so deep.

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  • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

    Thanks Mike for sharing the information! I have started using Google Reader after reading this post.

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  • Anonymous

    I set up Google Reader but fell off using it. I definitely feel the urge to revisit this as a tool to improve my operating efficiency.

    • frustrated

      why does some of my blogs that i follow only show a snippet? i find this annoying. is it so we go to their site so they get more hits?

      • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

        That is an option on all blogging software. I find it annoying, too.

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  • Omoniyi Oladokun

    I very much like your write up.But I will like to know how Google reader can be used on a website/blog to keep to date with favorite blogs or websites.I am setting up a blog now and I need a website aggregator on it.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      You can’t really install Google Reader on a website or blog. It is rather a tool to read blogs via RSS feed. However, you should install an RSS feed on your blog so that others can subscribe to it. I can’t tell you how to do this; every blogging system is different. But it should be there, right out of the box.

  • http://byrdmouse.wordpress.com Jonathan

    I started using Google Reader only last week after some comments in another of your blogs. I am absolutely loving it. 

    The only thing I haven’t yet figured out is if subscriptions to Google count in your blog’s subscription count (I’m using the free version of WordPress). How can you track people following you via RSS?

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  • http://www.careyjaneclark.com Carey Jane Clark

    I just had to come back and comment on how much this tip has helped me. So much more efficient and friendly than what I was doing before. Thanks!

  • Wayne Groner

    Where does the Google Reader show up on my computer? Is it an icon on My Desktop? Start button? Task tray? I’m confused.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      It’s a website. Google it!

  • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

    Unfortunately, you can only read via Google Reader. If you want to comment, you have to view the actual page. However, in Reader, you can get there with one click. I do it all the time.

    • http://www.laugh-quotes.com Rhonda

      Thanks.  After reading this last night I used the short cut keys and go through my reader so quickly.  With the J, K, and V it didn’t seem so time consuming to add comments anymore.  Too bad I can’t do it from reader.

  • Tim

    I just read Google Reader is getting shut down soon. I have been a faithful user for many years now and have no idea what do use next! I guess I will be on the hunt for a new method to keep up with my favorite blogs and news services. I actually found this post while searching for a new method. What will you do?

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  • http://twitter.com/BrianKIves Brian Ives

    Just got my Google reader tonight, I only have you and Chris Locurto’s blog coming to it as of now, look forward to adding more later. I already see how this is going to be much faster then getting an email and going to individual blogs.
    Thanks

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  • Valerie McEvoyy

    I’ve heard that Google Chrome has an extension that allows you to see the page or post rank of each post in Google Reader. How do you determine the quality of these posts?

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  • Giuseppe Pagnoni

    I Use the “Pocket (read it later)” app/extension to save articles for later reading. It integrates perfectly with Google Reader and offers an amazing uncluttered reading experience.
    You can also tag saved articles so that you can later retrieve information based on exact info.

    Also, Google Reader offers a powerful search engine that can instantly look through all your posts/subscription. I use this feature extensively to look in older posts when I subscribe to a new blog. 

    Michael, excellent tips… as usual!

    Giuseppe

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  • Ellen Paul

    RSS
    Feed Reader for Google Chrome enables you to follow your favorite sites
    within Chrome browser. It installs from the Google Store as a one
    click. You can get instantly notified when a website present in your list
    updates its content. The notification can be easily turned On or Off, because
    it can be disturbing to see a pop-ups when you’re working on the computer all
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    After getting much detail about it you would definitely want to subscribe
    it.  And trust me guys you would also
    going to love this. Any revert back would be highly appreciated.

    Thanks!!!

  • Spackminder

    Thanks for the clear and helpful article.  I have been trying to sort out RSS for some time and this worked very well…

  • http://www.wordpressians.com/ WordPressians

     That is the perfect way to get in touch with the favorite blogs. Other than that, you may use other RSS news reader like alltop.

  • http://twitter.com/USANerd USANerd

    Can you do another one of these for Feedly now that you switched? It would also be good to have an update of your daily reads. Thanks!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      It would be the same list. Nothing much has changed.

      • Brian Snyder

        What happens to the feeds on Feedly once Google Reader is shut down? Doesn’t Feedly get my blogs from Google Reader?

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          Yes, but they are building their own RSS reader system. They claim it will be a seamless transition for their users.