This month I wanted to talk about the advantages of using an RSS (Rich Site Summary) Feed Reader.
We’re all busy, and Facebook can become a chore. If you frequently visit the same sites for content for your Facebook reposts, or if you sign up for their newsletters which then clogs up your inbox, STOP!
If the site or blog that you frequent offers RSS feeds, use them to consolidate all new articles into a single Reader site. This way, you just log into one site and pull off all the content you need in seconds versus minutes. You will know it’s fresh (no more posting 3 day old articles) and you won’t get sidetracked. It’s easy to get lost once you hit a trade website, clicking on other articles that have nothing to do with what you want to post.
You can categorize the feeding sources, so if you post about banking and, more specifically about lending, you can create separate categories. You can also create personal categories to stay up-to-date with your interests/hobbies. Then just find the right article, open it, copy the URL and post to your page – easy peasy!
A friendly reminder that if you use posted content for your blog, plagiarism is a no-no! We all know that it takes quite a while and focused-thought to create a blog post. If you repost someone else’s content, you need to give them full credit as well as linking back to the original article. You can though, use the feeds to find news trends and then write about that subject from your own perspective. Don’t forget to activate RSS feeds on your own site as well to gain more traffic and exposure.
If you’re already familiar with RSS feeds, then you undoubtedly know that Google is pulling the plug on it’s Reader. If you haven’t already migrated from Google, you need to do so before July 1st.
A great, free Reader is Feedly. This is feed site only. You can also migrate your Google feeds to Feedly. For directions, click here. Again, make sure you move them somewhere before July 1st. There are a lot more Readers out there, so look around and find one that best suits your needs.
If you were an iGoogle user, I found an article listing other alternatives that you might want to check out. I might blog about one of these later. I am so disappointed that they are doing away with the feeds – I used iGoogle to keep all my information on one page (my feeds, Gmail, Google Calendar, Facebook, etc.).
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