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Part 3 – How to Set-up a Feed Reader Page in Your Internet Browser

Welcome to our final post in How I Love to Follow A Blog, Let Me Count the Ways, How to Set-up a Feed Reader Page in Your Internet Browser. In our previous posts talked about setting up internet browser bookmarks, how to subscribe to an RSS feed, and how to configure your email application to accept RSS feeds. In this post we will share with you how to set-up a feed reader page in your internet browser. Google offers a free reader service that is simple to use and very effective Follow these instructions to set-up your own Google Reader page.

What does Google Reader do? Google Reader constantly checks your favorite news sites and blogs for new content. Whether a site updates daily or monthly, you can be sure that you won’t miss a thing. New content comes to your Google Reader when it’s posted, so you don’t need to visit individual sites. Plus, Reader keeps track of which items you’ve read, so you only see unread items when you come back. If there’s a dark blue border around an item, Reader is marking that item as read. Google Reader displays all of your favorite sites in one convenient place. It’s like a personalized inbox for the entire web!

Use Google Reader on any computer. You can access your Google Reader account from any computer with online access. Whether you’re at home, at work or abroad, your subscriptions stay with you.

Ready to set up your own Google Feed Reader? You can set up your free Feed Reader page in Google at http://www.google.com/reader.

Google also offers a quick Google Feed Reader video tutorial to demonstrate this process.

Once there, Google will ask you to set up an account, using your email address as your user name and a password of your choice. After your account is set-up, you will see a page that looks like the picture below:

feedreaderpage

To add a feed to this page, click on the “ + Add a Subscription” icon in the upper left hand corner. You will be prompted to add the URL addresses of the blog you wish to follow. The subscription folder in the picture above shows all the blogs that I subscribe to, as well as how many new posts or “feeds” have been sent to my subscription folder.

It’s easy to see how Google’s Feed Reader page is like “one-stop shopping” to keep up with all the blogs you follow!

How I Love to Follow A Blog, Let Me Count the Ways! Part 2 – Configure Your Email Application to Accept RSS Feeds

In our last blog post we discussed two quick and easy ways you can follow a blog. While either of them will work just fine, they do put you in the position of seeking out updates yourself. Wouldn’t you prefer to have the information come right to you? In this post we will show you how to configure your email application to receive blog posts directly into a folder in your email. How great is that?

Configuring your email application to accept RSS feeds will allow you to effortlessly keep up with your favorite blogs. Each time an update is published to a blog you follow, it will also be automatically sent to the RSS feed folder in your email application. You will know immediately when the blog is updated and it will be there for you to read when you are ready. Although each email application is slightly different, the basic concept and process is the same: Open your email application and look for an RSS link [or email inbox] like this one pictured below.

email_rss_feed

Click on it and follow the instructions provided by your email application. It’s so simple, and will save you time each day, and allow you to effortlessly keep up with the blog posts as they happen—without going to multiple sites.

Did you find this tip helpful? Share your feedback in the comments section of our blog – we’d love to hear from you!

Next week is part 3 of our series, How I Love to Follow A Blog, Let Me Count the Ways: How to set-up a Feed Reader Page in your internet browser. See you next post!

How I Love to Follow A Blog, Let Me Count the Ways! Part 1

Now that you are reading our blog, or any other blog for that matter, you are going to want to know when there is a new post to read on that blog. So how do you know when there is a new post on your favorite blog? In our previous post, 4 Fabulous Ways to Follow Our 2¢, we identified 4 different ways to follow our blog. In this post we are going to explain how to set an internet browser bookmark and how to subscribe to and RSS feed.

1) Internet Browser Bookmarks:

Simply bookmark your favorite blog or blogs in your browser (Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer etc) by using the Bookmark Tab in the menu bar. This will add the blog address in your bookmarks panel and make it easy for you to get back to that blog. You can pick one day a week to check out each blog to see what’s new and what’s been posted. This is an easy, low tech way to mark the blogs you like, however, it is somewhat cumbersome and it puts the burden on you to remember to go back and check those sites regularly for any new posts.

2) Subscribe to an RSS feed:

Before we tell you how to subscribe to an RSS feed, let’s make sure we define what an RSS feed is. RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. But what does that mean? I spent some time poking around the Web for the most complete, yet simple, description of RSS to share with you. Seth Godin describes RSS as this: “ RSS is just a little peep, a signal, a ping that comes from a favorite blogger site, telling your computer that it has been updated.”

Most blogs have a little orange button that say RSS and look like this:

RSS_feed

Subscribing to an RSS feed is simple and easy, you just click on the orange RSS icon on the blog you are interested in and add that RSS feed to your internet toolbar. This will put a notification in your browser tool bar that this blog has a new posting, and a link to read the post.

Next week read about how to configure your email application to accept RSS feeds in Part 2 of How I Love to Follow a Blog, Let Me Count the Ways!

4 Fabulous Ways to Follow Our 2¢!

So you checked out our blog and you think it is really great and has important advice for your business. Now you want to follow it on a regular basis, but we both know you are just going to get too busy and forget to come back and see what we have to say next week…. There has to be an easier way.

Lucky for us there is. Actually there are 4 primary ways to follow a blog on a regular schedule.

  1. Internet Browser Bookmarks. Simply bookmark your favorite blogs in your browser, then pick one day a week and check out each blog to see what is new.
  2. Subscribe to an RSS feed. Most blogs have a little orange button that says RSS. This will put a notification in your browser tool bar that this blog has a new posting, and a link to read the post.
  3. Configure your Email application to accept RSS feeds. Each email application is slightly different but the basic concept and process is the same for each application.
  4. Set up a Feed Reader page in your internet browser. Google offers a free feed reader service that is simple to use and very effective.

In the next few weeks we will discuss each option in more detail. Stay tuned!