How to Easily Replace Your Google Reader

Google Reader

Despite the petition garnering over 100,000 signatures, I don’t see Google changing its decision to end its Google Reader service effective July 1, 2013. So, if you’re worried about how you’re going to track your favorite blogs after Google Reader is gone ~ or about how your loyal readers are going to keep up with?your blog ~ I have easy answers for you today.

Summary: Google Reader is ending July 1, 2013, but fear not. Switching to another RSS Reader is easy, and there are many to choose from.I recommend you take three steps to make the switch from Google Reader to a new RSS Reader. These three steps will (1) save all the feeds you have in Google Reader, (2) allow you to choose the best replacement RSS Reader for you, and (3) get your new Reader up and running with everything from your Google Reader easily in place.

Step One: Google Takeout

I’m don’t think this step is even necessary, but I did it out of an abundance of caution. On the Google Reader blog, it states that if you want to retain your Reader data, including your subscriptions, you can do so at Google Takeout.

Google Takeout allows you to download an archive of all of your data from most any Google service. It’s a simple process.

First, go to Google Takeout and select “Choose Services,” and then select the “Reader” button:

Google Reader

The screen showing your Reader size will come up. Click the red “Create Archive” button at the bottom of this screen:


Finally, the download screen will come up. Once it says “complete,” you can click the blue “download” button and it will download a zip file of your Reader information to your computer. The screen will look like this:


I’d suggest doing this just so you’ll have all of your subscriptions and data saved in case something goes wrong in the Reader migration process.

Step Two: Replace Reader

Your second step is to decide what your new Reader will be. I have my Reader set up in Hootsuite, so I don’t use a traditional Reader much anymore, by I chose to go with Feedly because (1) it came well-recommended, and (2) it was super-easy.

I recommend that you go to Replace Reader, which is a simple website that lists several different RSS Readers to choose from. The options are listed according to their popularity. You can vote for your RSS Reader of choice by tweeting it with the #replacereader hashtag. (Go to the website for easy voting).

As I write this, Feedly is in the lead with over 400 tweets, followed by NewsBlur with nearly 300 tweets.

The convenient thing about Replace Reader is that you can click on each of the Readers listed and go directly to its website to see if it’s the Reader for you.

Step Three: Set Up Your New RSS Reader

Finally, it’s time to set up your new Reader. I told you above that I didn’t think Step One is required, because most of the Readers have set themselves up to allow you to make a seamless transition from Google Reader to their service.

For example, with Feedly, you simply click the “Connect to Google Reader” button, and it automatically imports all of your feeds into Feedly:

Google Reader | Feedly

NewsBlur is also easy. Once you click on the sign up button, it gives you the option to create an account, or import from Google Reader:

Google Reader | NewsBlur

The third most popular RSS Reader on the Replace Reader site is Bloglovin’. They have a blog post about the transition that is at the top of their home page:

Google Reader | Bloglovin

You can click through to the blog post and it gives you a link that imports your Google Reader feeds with one click.

You get the picture. These other RSS Readers want your business, and they’re making it easy for you to give it to them. So, spread the word to your loyal followers about how easy it is to keep your good stuff appearing daily in their Reader.

Or even better, encourage them to add their name to your email list so you’ll appear in their Inbox. This is really the best option, as delivering the content straight to your readers gets rid of the reliance on a third party.

Have you made the switch to a new RSS Reader? Please share any recommendations you have in the comments below.


1 Comment

  1. Excellent Jennifer. Exceptionally well detailed & very helpful indeed! Thanks for sharing this information.


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