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I am sorry if you know this stuff but there are a lot of people out there who love reading their favorite blogs but aren’t all that tech saavy. I am included in that bunch. Don’t worry though, this solution is designed for people with zero internet skills – it is so easy!
It is called RSS and it stands for Really Simple Syndication. See… even the name sounds easy. It is sometimes called ‘Feed’.
Basically RSS is founded upon the principle of saving time. The creators knew that people read 5, 10 or even 20 blogs a day and visiting each site took a lot of time. Bookmarking the site was not much help because you still had to click each bookmark and visit the site itself to see if it had updated.
RSS is different.
Why? Because you can get the updates of ALL YOUR FAVORITE SITES without having to ever visit those sites again.
And best of all it is 100% free.
How does RSS work?
RSS is simple. I have written out the steps for you so you will not get confused at all.
1. Get a free RSS Reader account
The first step is to sign up for a Free RSS Feed Reader. There are hundreds of these free readers but the best ones to use are:
Simply visit one of these sites (I use Bloglines) and sign up for a free account with a valid email address.
2. Add your favorite sites
The next step is to add all of your favorite sites and blogs to that feed reader. This is so easy; it couldn’t be simpler. There are two ways to do it.
The first way is to log in to your feed reader account and somewhere on the main page there will be a link saying “Add Feeds” or “Add Sites” or something like that. Click that link and simply type in the address of the blog or site you want to add. In this case you would write http://thedailymind.com
The second way is also simple. Almost every blog you visit will have the button you see on the left somewhere on the site. Click that button and it will take you to a page that shows you the blog’s articles and a list of feed reader names. Each feed reader has its own little rectangular button. They will be clumped together like this:
Simply choose your feed reader from the list and follow the prompts. That’s it! You have now added a site. Now go and add all of your favorites.
3. Watch for updates and read in the window
All you have to do now is sit back and watch for updates. When a site has updated the feed reader account will notify you of an update. In my account the blog name becomes bold and the number of updates is displayed next to the link. So if The Daily Mind published two articles over night the feed reader would show this in the morning:
The Daily Mind (2)
All you need to do is click that link and the article will open up in that window. This means that you no longer have to visit the site to read the updates. You can read all of your favorite sites in one window. Amazing!