When it comes to promoting your blog online for free I consider blog commenting to be one of the best methods together with link baiting and guest blogging. Earlier on I have told you how I keep track of my comments and today I will talk about how to make the most out of Google Reader.
Google Reader with blog commenting
Since I consider blog commenting to be such a valuable method to promote my blogs and niche sites I have actually scheduled time every week where I go through my blog list and comment on their posts.
Having a simple text file with blogs was a great idea in the beginning but as soon as you continue to build upon it you will have problem remembering which posts you have commented and which posts you should comment.
This is where Google Reader comes into the picture and saves the day. My first step was to include all of my blogs into Google Reader and as you can imagine this did not work for long since I had no idea if I were following a blog just to comment on it or if I really liked the information.
Advantages of organizing
Since it was so difficult to keep track of my subscriptions I thought about how I could make it easier for me. After some thinking I ended up creating several different folders depending on the purpose of my subscription.
I ended up creating one folder for every domain I was promoting. In this folder I listed all the blogs I could comment on to promote my site.
To keep track of these folders I added a simple – before the title so I could be sure they would be in the top when ordering them from A-z. Beneath them I still had my regular niche folders with blogs I’m interested to read.
List interesting blogs on first page
Unfortunately all the posts were shown on the first page. The whole point of organizing Google Reader was to only show these posts when I wanted to promote my sites, so I had to exclude them from my first page.
I solved this by creating an additional folder named “interesting” where I listed all of the blogs I find interesting. Thanks to Google Reader you can list a blog in several folders, which is a great feature.
When this was done I simply excluded all folders except the folder “interesting” from my first page by doing this:
- Press “Settings” in your upper right hand corner.
- Press the drop down list titled “Start page” and choose the folder with interesting blogs. In my case the folder “interesting”.
By doing this I will get all of my interesting subscriptions on the first page.
Google Reader keyboard shortcuts
There are several different keyword shortcuts in Google Reader but I would like to highlight a few of them since organizing is all about saving time.
j/k – Use this to navigate by selecting the next/previous item in the list.
s – Stars or un-stars the selected item.
m – Marks the selected item as read/unread.
If you want to see the complete list you can find it at Google help center.
Now you know how to organize Google Reader and get the most out of it so head over to my RSS and subscribe for my posts.