You may have heard that google reader will no longer be available as of 1st July this year.

Many of you will be wondering what google reader is and why does this affect you? For some you’ll be thinking yeah, yeah old news, what’s the Google Reader fuss all about and for others you will be in slight panic mode because like me, you’re an avid google reader user, you like it, and you don’t really want to use anything else. You may also be wondering how you can import all your current feeds somewhere else, so you don’t have to start again.

Well I have good news for all, no matter what camp you’re currently in!

Over the next few moments, I’m going to show you a fantastic reader that’s actually better than google (!), I’m also going to explain what a reader is and why it’s an amazing tool to help you with your business and how you can take all your current feeds with you!

Exciting stuff!

So firstly for those looking confused and wondering if they should read on, a reader is a way for you to add all your favourite blogs, websites and online content resources and house them all in one place so you don’t have to login separately to each site every day.

You can collate all your fave sites on one page and search by category, headline, date etc, to find great content to either; keep you completely updated with what’s happening in your niche, give you some fantastic valuable content for you to comment, curate and share with your communities or act as a huge market research database for you to keep an eye on the competition or get inspiration for future content of your own.

Ok so now I have your attention let’s get you setup!

Whether you already have a google reader account or you’re a complete newbie to all of this, follow the steps below and you’ll be up and ready to go in less than 10 minutes!

(Please watch the video at the bottom of the post to watch as I walk you through these steps.)

So go open a new browser tab and let’s begin;

Step 1

Go to www.feedly.com and install on your browser

Feedly

Step 2

If you already have a google reader account press the sync with google button. If not click on + website and begin adding the url’s of your favourite websites

Feedly

Step 3

Categorise your websites (if you haven’t already), by clicking on a site name and then clicking the little edit button to the right of the name and either adding a new category or selecting a current one. Category examples might be – Social Media, Tech, Marketing, People I Follow, Friends Sites etc.

Feedly

Step 4

Organise your home page by clicking on the ‘organise’ label top left just under your name and then the gear icon top right of a category page to decide the layout. It will take you all of 10 mins max to categorise / organise and layout your page.

Google Reader

Step 5

If you want to learn more about feedly and how to use it to it’s full potential check out their blog and in particular this article about migrating google content. However, you don’t have to do this final step. By following Steps 1 – 4, you already have a fully functioning, easy to read, customised, market research, inspiration inducing, content curation, information hub for your business!

If you want to see all this at work, watch the 5 min video below as I walk you through these steps!

Let me know below how you get on and what you think of funky feedly!

Jo

P.S. Remember Google Reader will no longer be available from 1st July. So don’t delay, get this setup as soon as poss and you’ll be rocking & rollin!

 

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