Thursday, March 14, 2013

For Bloggers // How to Switch from Google Reader to Bloglovin'.

As I am sure you have heard by now, Google has announced that they will be saying goodbye to Google Reader, effective July 1, 2013. Eeeek! 

As requested, I have put together a simple tutorial to show you how to import your current Google Reader feed into Bloglovin'. Back in February, I broke up with Google Reader and had to do this myself. There were a number of steps, but its quite simple and well worth the switch!!

How to import your Google Reader feed into Bloglovin': 

1. If you haven't already done so, sign up and create an account with Bloglovin'. 

2. Log into your Google Reader account. 

3. In Google Reader, select "Settings" and "Reader setting" -- located near the top-right corner of your browser. 



4. Select the "Import/Export" tab, and export your information by clicking the "Download your data through takeout." 


5. Depending on your browser, a new tab may open up.


6. Select "Downloads" and download the zip file to your computer and unzip the 8 files to a convenient location on your computer. 



7. Go back into your Bloglovin account and select "Settings." 


8. Scroll down toward the bottom of the page until you see the "Import" button, click the button.


9. Select "Choose File" and find the folder of files that you downloaded. The file that you want to upload is the .xml file called "subscriptions." 


10. Select "Upload" and you're done!

Side note: when I first uploaded my .xml file, I didn't think it worked, even though it did. You may just have a to wait a few moments for your subscriptions to show up. 

ps. You can follow me here on Bloglovin' - post your link below and I’ll follow back if I don’t already!

16 comments:

  1. Awesome, thank you! I'm following you now on bloglovin, you can find me there, too.

    P.s. I posted a link to this tutorial on my blog...hope that's okay. It's really helpful!

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    1. Thanks for sharing my link Rachel! I am already following you on Bloglovin' -- I made the switch back in February! :)

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  2. Crud! Thanks for the tutorial. I was getting used to GFC.

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  3. Thanks so much! I'm going to link my readers to your tutorial, it's perfect :D

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  4. I am not sure if this is new, but it looks like bloglovin' now has a nice little button that makes it easy to import from Google Reader. You just sign in with your google credentials and it automatically does it. No downloading/uploading.

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    1. I just had a look but couldn't see anything; I did notice it for Feedly though. Thanks for the tip though, I will keep my eyes open for it!

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  5. i loved that both feedly and blog lovin had that import option. but now i worry that once google is gone that my feeds will be gone on both those sites. probably me just being paranoid.

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    1. If you follow the tutorial I posted, I don't think that would happen because bloglovin' gets the feed from the file you downloaded on your computer. I am sure all will be fine!

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  6. Hi! I'm popping over from the Aloha hop. Thanks for posting this. I've been following blogs on FB, but I'd like to get started with a reader. I'm glad I never got started on Google!

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    1. Hi Jen! Google reader was nothing special, so you weren't missing out on anything!

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  7. This was so easy to follow but in the end like other said they have created a handy button to make it all so much easir. Thanks for your help. I don't use the reader as I prefer clicking on each blog as new blog posts appear on the first page but I'd hate to wake up the next day and find that it no longer works that way so its best having them all in one place as a back up :).

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    1. I actually really enjoy bloglovin because I find otherwise i miss a lot of posts.

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  8. Hello there! I just found your blog from the gfc collective. I'm your newest follower.

    I thought that you might be interested in linking up on my brand new blog hop "The Rad Bloglovin Blog Hop". It's my first link party and I'm so excited about it!

    afairytalecomesalive.blogspot.com

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