Goodbye Google Reader: You Made Blogging and Making Money Online SO Much Easier
Where do you find all that stuff?
That’s a pretty common question to those of us who blog a lot and do other writing for publications online.
I used to write two or three blog posts a day – usually based on a reaction to something I read on some other boomer’s blog. (There were a LOT more boomer blogging back then.) It helped me build a following and we had a great time commenting on each others blogs. I’ve written 2,915 blog posts.
I wrote up stuff for Trendhunter.com. I got paid a portion of the Google Ad Sense money that was generated when readers clicked on the ads served against the content I uploaded. I wrote 2,894 posts.
I write for Examiner.com. I get paid a mysterious and always-changing amount based on the traffic my content produces. I’ve written 1,847 posts.
How do I find all that stuff?
When I first started blogging, my teacher-of-blogging, Chris, told me about using RSS Feeds to populate the Google Reader.
If you don’t use an RSS feed or know what it is YOU are the reason Google is “sunsetting” the wonderfully useful but woefully underused reader.
My Google Reader is loaded with hundreds of posts to read. And it’s that way everyday. Day after day after day… a parade of stuff that is aggregated in one place for me to look at and decide if the content is worth clicking on to visit the website.
I subscribe to 360 different sources of information. Google Reader automagically updated every time a new blog post was published. They were sortable.
It was easy-peasy to buzz through hundreds of blog posts and glance at headlines for interesting stuff, click-through to read the post entirely in the reader, or click-through and read the original post on the original blog.
Or just mark all as “read” and move on.
Some bloggers don’t like readers. It’s hard to monetize an RSS feed. Google gave up supporting Ad Sense in RSS feeds, some bloggers truncated their posts because they could be read without actually clicking through to the original blog.
But it sure made blogging and writing online easier.
Luckily Google is making it easy to export stuff into another reader.
Goodbye Google Reader. I’ll miss you. But I’ll get over it.
UDATE: Oh great, all the little readers are now getting slammed.
Hey! Because of the huge load we started seeing from lots of concurrent feed import operations, we had to limit the number of imports active at any given time. It looks like right now there are no available slots left, so you might want to visit this page some time later. Meanwhile, feel free to subscribe to feeds manually.
Please accept our apologies for this inconvenience.
The kids say Twitter is the new RSS reader.
You commented on my blog! Instead of writing on Facebook or Tweeting. You ole buzzard.
Wow, I don’t understand this. What are you talking about? I know what an RSS feed is because that’s what scrapers in South Asia use to steal my content, but I’ve never subscribed to a feed and I don’t know what Google Reader is (heard of it) and I don’t know what the new thing is that you’re talking about. What do you use now? And… I can’t believe that you make money on Examiner. Something secret in the secret sauce… I never made money on Examiner.
Yes, Tina it’s because you didn’t know about RSS that it will go away forever and ever and you will NEVER know what you were missing. Examiner earnings are getting less and less. They started out overpaying to get a few thousand writers and they keep cutting pay. Latest gambit is not to pay for traffic outside the U.S. They won’t be around much longer, I give them 18 months.
I’ve gone over to Feedly (feedly.com). They’re patched Google Reader via a Google API and have set up their own feed server (called Normandy). All you have to do is go to feedly.com, download the extension for Firefox or Chrome and then log into Feedly with the Google account credentials you use for Google Reader. Your Reader feeds will now show in your Feedly home page and you’re done. When Reader goes away in July, your feeds will already be imported into Feedly’s “Normandy” feed server.
As long as you’re logged in, you’ll see a semi-transparent glyph at the bottom right of each page you visit that has a feed. Clicking on the glyph will allow you to add the feed to your Feedly Account.
Feedly is still a work in progress of course but there’s no waiting since your Reader feeds are currently “reflected” in Feedly rather than imported. During the period between now and July the actual import will take place. And the feed layout is very customizable. Anyway, I’ve switched over and it worked fine once I got the layout the way I wanted.
OK, I’ll check out Feedly since The Old Reader is treating the onslaught of users like an invasion of zombies.
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