How to Add Your Google Reader Feeds as a Blogroll on Your Site

This cartoon is by Dave Walker.
This cartoon is by Dave Walker.

I’m sure this is nothing new for you techie bloggers out there, but for those who were unaware I am going to share my awesome discovery.

First, let me say I never would have thought to even look for this capability had it not been for Keith at Hot Blog Tips. He has a great post on how to add feeds to your Facebook fan page. And not wanting to stop there I had a dream. Really, I was half asleep and thinking about adding a feed to my blog.

There is just something so wrong with that.

I tested this out the other day and I was so pleased to find it worked! So much easier than adding each site link one by one. Oh, but where are my manners?

My mother always told my friends to help themselves. They would go hungry and thirsty if they were waiting for me to offer them anything. I’m still working on this. Beverage anyone?

First: Add blogs to Google Reader

This is E-A-S-Y, truly and really and honestly.

  1. Go to one of your favorite blogs. Wait, you’re already there? Why, thank you. {blushing}
  2. Click on [RSS feed button] which will take you to a new page.
  3. Click on Subscribe with Google and add this feed to your Google Reader.

If you don’t see an RSS feed button or other way to subscribe OR just want to make life simple and use Firefox, try this:

  1. Firefox Menu Bar – Go to Bookmarks
  2. Go to Subscribe to This Page
  3. Subscribe to “AnneOnLife RSS Feed” [& other awesome blogs]

Second: Organize your feeds by folder

  1. Go to the bottom left of your reader and click on Manage Subscriptions manage subscriptions
  2. A list of all of the feeds you follow will be listed. Go to the far right and click on Add to a Folder add to a folder
  3. If you have no folders created, then you can add a folder here. If you have folders created, then click on the folder you want your feed to show in. Do this for all of the feeds you follow.

choose a folder

Third: Add your feed as a blogroll to your site

  1. Click on Folders and Tags folders and tags
  2. Click on the RSS symbol to change your setting from private [like my writing folder] to public [like my P50 folder] public vs private
  3. To the right of your folder will be 4 links: view public page, email a link, add a clip to your site, add a blogroll to your site add a blogroll to your site
  4. Click on Add a Blogroll to Your Site
  5. A window will pop up [make sure your pop up blocker is off] that looks something like this: pop up
  6. Here you can change the title of your blogroll and color scheme [it will automatically preview for you].
  7. After you are satisfied with your settings highlight the code in the box provided [or click on Add to Blogger if you are not on WordPress]. Copy the code.
  8. I added a new page for my P50 blogroll, so in WordPress just click on add a new page, make sure you are in HTML editing mode, and paste the copied code.
  9. Click on preview to view your page as others would see it. Check out my Power 50 friends blogroll to see how it should look.

You Did It!

Now you can add to your reader, then transfer all those great feeds and start creating your blogrolls easily and effectively. Oh, and if you add or remove feeds from a folder your blogroll will automatically update to show the change.

That’s what I call a little slice of AWESOME!

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42 Responses to How to Add Your Google Reader Feeds as a Blogroll on Your Site

  1. Too smart for me Mizz Anne. I got half way down and thought it’s time for me to hire a professional. I need the digg this, tweet this, facebook this, technocrati this button still and someone who IS GOING TO SHOW ME HOW TO PUT A SMILEY HERE.

    I will try this once my brain gets going. Good job. My blog trick: yes, put up pink jbulie’s blog t-shirts and 1000’s of other gadgets and merchandise available to my readers. Once you see your blog t-shirt on a random person in New York city, you know you’ve made it to the top.

    .-= Julie at jbulie’s blog shares some words of wisdom ..Creativity =-.

  2. OH this is a smart technique. Thanks to Keith for inspiring you to dig this info up. Google Reader is great to prepare ‘add a blogroll’ so we can share the feeds easily, saves time. It’s the moment to reward your hard work, Anne – submitted this to StumbleUpon, will RT later too (since DiTesco has tweeted already, I’ll do it in another timeline, hope you’ll have extra exposures then). ^^Great job!

    Social/Blogging Tracker
    .-= Ching Ya shares some words of wisdom ..Art Of Communicating in Social Networks =-.

    • @Alison Moore Smith, Thank you, Alison. I don’t have too many more blog tricks up my sleeve. It’s more of a mixed bag of sorts around these parts. Though, I do take requests if there is something you would like me to post about.

  3. Great tutorial. If I did not know how to do it, this would have definitely be the “one” I will be consulting to get the Google Reader feeds embeded as a blogroll on my website. Guess I’ll pass the word instead. RT on the way…
    .-= DiTesco shares some words of wisdom ..Content Is No Longer King? =-.

    • @Aswani, If I come across anything else I’ll be sure to post it for everyone. Ya just never know when it is new or old to someone else. Best to err on the side of no one else knows. πŸ˜‰

  4. Annie,
    I didn’t know about adding the feed as a blogroll. Since my Google reader lists are so much in disarray, I don’t think I am ready yet but it looks like a nice way to highlight my favorite sites. More work.

  5. I prefer to exchange blogroll links with those who link back (if anyone’s interested just let me know!). What I did do though is add a feed of all my blogs into an RSS sidebar in my personal blog Google Reader came in handy with organizing that!
    .-= Anne Moss shares some words of wisdom ..February 2010 Post Roundup =-.

  6. That’s a great idea, not thought about doing it myself, may change my mind on that! πŸ™‚

    A good way to give exposure to your favourite feeds and help them grow their own blog.

    I like it, thanks for sharing that good idea with us.

    .-= Rob Sellen shares some words of wisdom ..Do A-listers turn into bullies? =-.

    • @Rob Sellen, It’s funny, but I created one blogroll using this and find myself using WP’s blogroll widget for those in my sidebar. That could be because I have such a mix over there of my “must reads” while I like to group my feeds by type. Still useful information.

      Thanks for stopping by, seeing as we cross paths on so many other sites as it is. πŸ™‚
      .-= Anne Bender shares some words of wisdom ..Rapture =-.

  7. Thanks so much for this information. I searched everywhere for a way to do this easily and after installing 3 different WP plugins that didn’t seem to pull things from my reader I did this.

    I notice you aren’t using it, did you find it not as helpful as you originally thought?

    • @Texasholly, Right now I don’t have a traditional blogroll, but do have some pages earmarking sites I like. I am using this for my P50 Allied Bloggers list located under my Blogroll page. The other pages were already established, some with buttons, so I left them as is. In time I may change this as I have other great sites I visit that are not currently listed on those other blogroll pages.

      I am really glad you found this useful. I do think it’s a great way to keep track of sites and make changes easily and more efficiently than traditional blogrolls.
      .-= Anne Bender´s last blog ..Read the Fine Print =-.

  8. Your idea is just a piece of genius, although I’ve got one problem.

    When I’m making a script in Google Reader I see only 5 top links, with a bottom link ‘see more‘ (“WyΕ›wietl wszystko” in Polish).

    What should I do to get a full list of links instead of 5 links + ‘see more’?


    • @asceta, When I follow the instructions above I cannot replicate your issue, but when I add a clip I only get the top 5 links. Make sure you are clicking on add a blogroll to your site. Another issue may be not having all of the sites you want in the folder you are adding as a blogroll.

  9. I like to use Google Alerts. I compose a set of search terms with Bolean modifiers (AND, OR, NOT, etc.), then direct Alerts to send the results to my Google Reader as opposed to the other choice, which is my e-mail address.

  10. I was a little wary before reading this. I thought it might be too techie but it’s not.
    The steps are clear and specific. Thanks.

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