I subscribe to a few hundred homeschool, spiritual encouragement, and homemaking blogs. How do I read them all? I use Google Reader.
A few years back, our friends at Google developed a handy system for aggregating all of our favorite RSS and Atom feed items into one handy reader – it was called Google Reader. Since its inception, Google Reader has become one of the foremost feed aggregators around.
One of its most attractive features is that it can be used online or offline. It allows readers to download up to 2,000 items for offline viewing. Once back online, Google Reader updates itself.
Another very nice feature of Google Reader is the ability to create and share feeds of items you like with your friends. You can add your own notes and comments, and even share webpages that don’t contain an RSS feed.
As a way to maximize the available time you have for reading what matters most to you, Google Reader is an extremely helpful resource. You can sort your reading list by relevance and also search for blogs and sites that you might have previously missed out on by using the Discover option, which finds blogs and sites that are based on your existing subscriptions.
Google Reader is not only a handy tool for keeping up to date with those blogs and sites that you normally enjoy and get your information from, but it can be a great option to present visitors to your blog with.
Set your RSS feed up so that the Google Reader option is available to those that use Google for their home page and as their major source for information. This will give each person who visits your blog another reason to like you.
Plus, because Google Reader makes it easy for them to share, you’ll find that your blog, articles and other work is forwarded to others who haven’t yet discovered you!
This information provided by Tiffany Dow. If you consider yourself a social marketing junkie of sorts, then you’ll want to sign up for her free 14-day course at http://www.socialmarketingjunkie.com which teaches more about Google Reader, plus two other important sites that tie in with this one to provide you the perfect platform for online networking success!
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