8 Simple Steps to Google Reader
I have been talking to a lot of people lately about sifting through online content to get cutting edge information on topics that are of interest to them. There are so many people who do not know how to use the free tools that exist to filter that information. So, today I want to provide you with the eight simple steps to information freedom!
8 Steps to Set Up iGoogle and Google Reader
- Go to Google and sign up for an iGoogle Account. (Google will send you an e-mail to verify your account setup).
- During your account setup you can select items that you want to always display on your iGoogle home page including your Gmail, your city’s weather, news, sports, and your Google Reader Feed (which comes next)…
- Go to Google Reader and set up Google Reader access. Google reader is an RSS Reader – it will help you Organize Your Knowledge. Subscribe to a blog feed (mine is a good one to start with!). Click the button in the left margin that says “Add a Subscription“. It will open a field and enter this feed link in it http://feeds2.feedburner.com/NavigateYourMarketing – I’ll show you how to easily add more feeds in a couple steps…
- Now go to your your iGoogle page – in the top right of the screen is a link to “My Account“. Click on it…
- You will now see under “My Products” in the middle of the screen that you have iGoogle and Google Reader there. Next to iGoogle is a link to “Add content” – click that link.
- On the upper right side of the screen is a “Search for Gadgets” box – in there type “Google Reader” and hit the “search” button.
- Google Reader will be the choice that comes up # 1 in the search with an “add it now” button – click that.
- Then click the “back to iGoogle home” link in the top left of the screen. You now have successfully added the Google Reader widget to your iGoogle homepage. What this does is that for all future blogs and RSS feeds that you subscribe to, whenever there are new articles or content generated by that site it will automatically show up on your iGoogle home page so you can see that there is new content…now you don’t have to go looking for updates…they come to you!
So, how do you add more content to your Google Reader feed? Every time you see this icon (or variation of it) on any web site, that will indicate that they have an RSS feed for the new content they produce.
If you click on the icon it will allow you to add that feed to your personal Google Reader so the new content will come direct to you. As an example, look at the right margin on my blog and you will see the guy reading a newspaper with the RSS logo on it which links to my feed.
There is a site called Alltop that collects a listing of the best blogs on various topics. I would suggest churches check out Alltop Top Church News and if you are interested in Marketing, Alltop Top Marketing News. Any of these blogs will have RSS icons where you can add their furture articles to your Google Reader feed.
Remember that you can customize your iGoogle homepage a million different ways to include all your favorite web content. Play around with the settings and have fun making it personally yours – I would also suggest making iGoogle your homepage when you first go online – it puts all your most needed and valued information right there for you first thing.
In Google Reader you can search for blogs on topics of interest to you and add them to your Google Reader feed there too. Enjoy the experience of Google Reader and iGoogle…it will revolutionize your web information processing experience!
Let me know how you make out! What has your experience been using these tools?Tweet