Jan 09 2008
There are a few different ways to add new feed subscriptions to Google Reader. (Note: This is a follow up to How to Set up Google Reader, which you may wish to look at first if you don’t already have a Google account). The first few are within the Google Reader interface.
Look for the Icon on the left hand side that says “Add Subscription”. When you click on this you will get a box to add a website address.
Here you can either enter the URL (web address) of the website that you’d like to subscribe to, and the reader should automatically detect the feed:
Or else you can enter the URL of the website’s feed if you know it (or if you have copied and pasted it from the site). NOTE: this is a very awkward way of adding subscriptions which I don’t typically use, but it IS an option.
Alternatively you can click on the “discover” button and search for a keyword:
When you locate the correct feed, click the “subscribe” button.
The latest posts (usually 10) will appear in your reader.
Other Ways of Subscribing to Feeds
I find the easiest way to subscribe to feeds is when I’m actually on the website that I want to subscribe to. A vast majority of blogs will have an RSS Icon. There are varied formats but usually they look something like this.
Clicking on this button on a webpage will often bring up a page of options like this. Simply click on the “add to Google” icon:
When prompted, select Google Reader on the next page:
Alternatively, you can usually subscribe to a website from your browser (if you can’t locate the “subscribe” button on the website).
In FireFox, you will see a symbol in your address bar. Like this:
In Internet Explorer 7, you might find the icon next to your tools and settings:
Edited: this doesn’t always add a subscription to Google Reader – thanks Guera
If you do not get a subscription option page go into your internet settings and click on “content”, then “settings” under the feed section:
Then make sure the following boxes are UNTICKED (note in my screenshot one is still ticked).
I was not able to locate any browser options for subscribing on Internet Explorer 6.
There you have it! Please feel free to leave any questions in the comments if there is something that isn’t clear.
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