“This is it!” It’s the video Ed’s been looking forward to showing us since the thirty day challenge preseason started. Check it out below…

Google Reader Part 2

What’s so special about Google Reader? On Ed’s recommendation, I started using Bloglines. I like how it looks – it’s been working for me. I look at Google Reader and think to myself – it’s nothing special. Until today…

In the video, Ed’s got 376 items to read in Google Reader. Holy RSS feeds, Ed-man! That’s a lot to read.

Now I know that I would click on one blog, like Mashable – read through all those posts, then go on to the next. And just like Ed mentions, I’d either get information overload or decide I needed to get some actual work done. In doing so, some feeds would get neglected.

Bottom line, to become an expert, a guru, a maven – you need to be able to gather information, sort it and process it in an effective way – here’s how Google Reader will help us do this.

First, we start by looking at our “All Items” list:

Google Reader - All Items

Google Reader - All Items

Next, and most importantly – we’ll make sure we’re using “List View” not “Expanded View”

Google Reader - List View

Google Reader - List View

By viewing all of the items in list view, a few things happen.

1) You are able to scan the headlines, you don’t have to view the entire post. This allows you to filter information more effectively and can be a real time saver.

2) You can expand an item in your list with a simple click – view the post and keep going.

Google Reader - Expanded Post

Google Reader - Expanded Post

Here in the video, while scanning through Yaro’s feed – he mentions a couple of things: “Share with note” and Friendfeed. At this point in the preseason, we’re not set up for this – but it is something we’ll be learning about soon. Stay tuned…

3) You see all the feeds sorted by date order, not by blog or feed order – so no feeds get neglected.

Note how Ed is bringing in feeds for things like: Twitterly, Friendfeed, his Twitter conversations, blog comments, other Twitter feeds, etc. – it’s really an effective way to stay on top of trends and information – and this technique really does give you enough time to process information efficiently.

4) He shows how to mark an item “keep as unread” so he can come back to it later.

Google Reader - Keep As Unread

Google Reader - Keep As Unread

5) If a post has an active link – you can click it and Google Reader will open it up in a new tab. This allows you to go follow that link, and then come back to your Reader. A great way to minimize distractions and maximize your time.

6) After you’ve finished going through your list – you simply mark all as read , and you’re done.

Google Reader - Mark All As Read

Google Reader - Mark All As Read

In the video, he mentions the “sharing” function again. Then he shows us “Disqus” – an amazing system everyone should be using on their blogs because of the viral traffic generation. (Going to have to check that out – thanks Ed.) They’ve enabled video commenting and track-backing, nice.

He “shares with a note” and posts that without having to leave Google Reader.

Other things you can do from Google Reader:

Google Reader - Star-Share-ShareWithNote-Email-Tags

Google Reader - Star-Share-ShareWithNote-Email-Tags

1) You can add a star

2) You can share

3) You can share with a note

4) You can email

5) You can add or edit tags

All from within Google Reader – give it a few days to sink in. Then imagine being able to process information about your niche this way. As you continue with the thirty day challenge, you’ll see this being a crucial way to dominate your niche.

Next lesson, we’ll learn about how to import the feeds from your current feed reader.

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