Add Sites to Google Reader with Just One Click

Yesterday I introduced you to the wonderful world of RSS feeds, which put all your favorite sites under one easy-to-peruse roof--namely, Google Reader.

There are many ways to add a site to your subscription list. You can look for the popular (and usually tiny) Add to Google button, which looks like this:

You can look for a link that says RSS feeds (my linked example here is for PC World's Latest News feed), click it, and then click the big blue Add to Google Reader button that appears:

But without a doubt my favorite option is the Google Reader bookmarklet. One click and presto: You're subscribed to whatever site or page you're viewing (as long as it has an associated RSS feed).

Google doesn't exactly advertise the bookmarklet; here's how to find it:

1. Head to Google Reader and click Settings, Reader settings.

2. Click the Goodies tab, then scroll down until you see Subscribe as you surf.

3. Drag the Subscribe... link to your browser's bookmarks/favorites bar.

That's all there is to it! When you click the bookmarklet (so named because it's a bookmark that performs a special function, rather than just directing you to a page), you'll be taken straight to Google Reader. There you'll see a few key stats about the feed (such as average number of posts per week) and a Subscribe button you click to complete the process.

Okay, so this actually requires two clicks altogether, not one. But to my thinking it's still the fastest and easiest way to subscribe to Google Reader feeds. Give it a whirl!

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