Google is spring cleaning again. Last time we lost Friends Connect–globally that is, Blogger blogs can still use it. It was a blow to everyone who didn’t use Blogger, but Mr.Linky came through for the blogging community (more on that later.)
Now, they are dumping Google Reader (on July 1st). Let me tell you I did a double take when I read that.
Don’t wait to move you blogs over to a new reader.
First, grab your feeds:
Google Reader has a new process for downloading your feeds.
- Step One: Go to the little gear on the right hand side and choose reader settings.
- Step Two: Export via Takeout then “create archive”.
- Step Three: Download to your desktop, Window users unblock the zip file (opposite click, choose properties, unblock, okay), then extract your files.
Find a new reader:
Import as directed by your reader. Typically, it’s just an upload button and you’ll upload the subscriptions.xml. Be sure to follow your new reader’s directions.
As a blogger you need to give your readers options.
As a blogger it is downright imperative you give visitors lots of ways to subscribe to your blog. Why? People can just click and add your feed rather than copy and paste your feed into their reader. Time saver=happy subscribers.
- Sign up for feedburner. Feedburner passes the feed to most major feed aggregators. It includes the xml page for all other readers. Be sure to enable email feeds too. (WordPresser’s use the FD Feedburner Plugin too.)
- Sign up with Bloglovin’. Once you sign up you’ll be asked to add a sniplet of code in your next post to “claim your blog.” Then you’ll be given the code to allow people to subscribe via a button on your blog.
- And finally, sign up for LinkyFollowers. Add the code to your sidebar and people can sign up and leave little heads on your blog like Friends Connect.
Always give people options. Bloggers have links to their twitter, facebook, pinterest, and all sort of accounts but often fail to have a subscription to their blog.
Make sure your subscription area is easy to find (see).
*Don’t use this alone. It’s great for adding little heads, but only the paid pro-version includes a blogroll.
So tell me, will the loss of Google Reader affect you? Any other options I’ve out?
Here’s a couple of unrelated but good things to check out:
- Critique Group Connection, created by Janice Hardy, is a private group (you can request an invite) to find crit partners. I joined and I’m hoping I don’t chicken out.
- Blog Blitz, dreamed up by DL Hammon, is a new kind of ongoing blog hop. He’ll email everyone on the list a blog (from the list) that everyone will visit and leave encouraging comments. I joined.