15+ Uses Of Google Analytics You Might Not Know

When someone mentions Google Analytics the only thing that comes to your mind is your blog “visits” or “views”. But there are more stuffs inside it which you may not have tried. Google Analytics is a life saver! Learn 15+ uses of Google Analytics which you might not know below.

1. Track Your RSS Feed Clicks

Do you want to know how many people are visiting your blog via RSS Feeds?

Go to your Feedburner Dashboard, now select the title of your RSS feed.

Then choose the option “Configure Stats” under the Analyze Tab.

Tick the options that say “Item views”, “Item click” and “Track clicks as a traffic source in Google Analytics” and save it.

track rss feeds

Now this tip will help you to analyze the click counts and the exact source from where that click may be originated. You can also find whether Google Reader subscribers are more engaged than your My Yahoo! Subscribers.

Track RSS GA

Use the “All Traffic Sources” and “Campaigns” sections to track the traffic from clicks inside your RSS feed.


2. Display Google Analytics Stats On Your Website

If you want to make your blog’s traffic public you can make use of Google Analytics to display it. You just need to make your Google Analytics Report “Public” in order to proceed.

We are going to use a service called SeeTheStats to access your Google Analytics account. Then choose a profile of the blog/site you want to make the data public.

GA - SeeTheStats

This service will automatically update your site’s traffic based on your current statistics.

Check Tutorial: Display Google Analytics Stats On Your Website


3. Track all the Missing Pages on your Site

You should not entertain 404 error pages as they are a burden to your site’s reputation. You should track them real-time and fix it as soon as possible. Having many 404 error pages or Not Found pages would reduce your site’s value.

404 Error

By using Google Analytics you can easily tweak the JavaScript code to enable tracking of missing pages so that it can generate a virtual pageview in your Analytics reports that will not provide you with the URL of the missing page and the URL of the referring site.

Check Tutorial: Track 404 Errors on your Website as they Happen!

Also Check : Google Analytics Help – Troubleshooting tracking


4. Track Your Gmail Messages

Google has a cool feature for Gmail called “Analytics for Gmail usage”. Using this you can easily see the basic visitor stats, length of visits, geographic location, browser details and so on.

Check Tutorial : Google Analytics For Gmail Usage


5. Google Analytics “Visitor Counter” Badge

There is a WordPress plugin called Google Analyticator. This is similar to the Feedburner count badge, this one displays the number of visitors or number of pageviews for the blog.

Google Analyticator adds the necessary JavaScript code to enable Google Analytics logging on any WordPress blog. This eliminates the need to edit your template code to begin logging. Google Analyticator also includes several widgets for displaying Analytics data in the admin and on your blog.

Google Analyticator uses the Google Analytics API to prepare a stats widget that shows unique visits and views about yesterday’s visitors on your site.


6. See Your AdSense Earnings Data

You can integrate your Google AdSense account with Google Analytics. You should really try this so that you can know where the users who are making you the most money are coming from.

Google Analytics + Google Adsense

How this combination can actually benefit you?

  • Discover untapped markets. You can make use of the geographies reports to determine which regions are under-represented in your site’s user base. Optimize your site’s content to attract more of these under-represented users.
  • Drive high-earning traffic to your site. Using the ‘Referring sites’ report, you can determine where the users who are making you the most money are coming from. Focus your efforts on getting traffic from these sources.
  • Delve deeper into AdSense reports. Use the visualization feature to look at trends in your site’s AdSense performance over time, or by time of day.

Source : Inside Adsense Blog


7. Tracking Clicks in Emails

Now we are going to see the “click tracking” features of Google Analytics. Using this you can track the clicks in emails. Using this you can also track clicks on links that points to external websites and track document downloads like MS Word, PPT, MP3 files, etc.

You can try the Google Analytics URL Builder for this. Type your Website URL (or blog post URL), Campaign source as your blog name, Campaign Medium as Email, and Campaign Name as your Blog Post Title.

This is the sample URL after tagging :

https://hellboundbloggers.com/?utm_source=HellBound-Bloggers&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=protect-webcam

To see how this will work, go to Traffic Sources | Campaign and select the campaign name which you have generated before.

Check Tutorial: Tracking Clicks in Emails Using Google Analytics


8. Check Your Site Loading Speed

Google Analytics quite recently added a new feature for checking your site speed and page loading time, awesome isn’t it? It is not an automatic upgrade, so you need to tweak your Google Analytics default tracking code to enable this feature. Now it will be easy to improve your site’s loading speed.

Site Speed Google Analytics

Add Site Speed Code in Google Analytics

To get the new site speed report, add the following line to your analytics code

_gaq.push([‘_trackPageLoadTime’]);

Now this is how your code will look like this [sample code] :

<script type=”text/javascript”>
var _gaq = _gaq || [];
_gaq.push([‘_setAccount’, ‘UA-XXXXX-X’]);
_gaq.push([‘_trackPageview’]);
_gaq.push([‘_trackPageLoadTime’]);
(function() {
var ga = document.createElement(‘script’); ga.type = ‘text/javascript’; ga.async = true;
ga.src = (‘https:’ == document.location.protocol ? ‘https://ssl’ : ‘http://www’) + ‘.google-analytics.com/ga.js’;
var s = document.getElementsByTagName(‘script’)[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s);
})();
</script>

This will be really useful for webmasters and bloggers to detect which landing pages are slow. Also you can find the cause and fix it earlier since Google considers site loading speed as a key factor in SERPs.


9. Negotiate Your Salary

If you are a SEO guy and you deserve a salary increase then you can use check this following salary negotiation tip for for getting a raise. You should have access to your company’s Google Analytics account and you should have done a good job. 😛

Negotiate Your Salary

Check Tutorial : Pitstop Media


10. Understanding Users’ Navigation Pattern

You can also use Google Analytics for understanding users’ navigation patterns. You can easily analyze how visitors arrived at a particular web page, and also it shows where visitors went from that particular web page. This will be really useful when you want to do site navigation optimization for a particular page.

Check Tutorial: How to Use the Google Analytics Navigation Summary Report


11. Track Visitors to Your Facebook Fan Page

For this you need to use FBGAT – Facebook Google Analytics tracker. It is a free and opensource tool created by Webdigi to work around Facebook’s Javascript restriction on Facebook fan pages which prevents Google Analytics from working correctly.

GA - FB Fanpage

After generating the code, use Static FBML Facebook application for adding HTML codes to your Facebok fan pages.

Check Tutorial : Social Media Examiner


12. Optimize your AdWords investment even more effectively

Google Analytics and Google Adwords can do wonders. Regardless of any investment situation, you can always count on this optimization trick. Google Analytics specializes in providing you with the metrics you need to make informed advertising decisions.

By linking your Google AdWords and Analytics accounts, you can optimize your AdWords investment even more effectively with increased trackability and customized reporting. Check out this short video and learn more about the benefits of linking your accounts.


13. Track Your Blog Comments

Tracking comments in Google Analytics will let you know what drives people to comment on your blog. Google Analytics can become one of the useful tools to track comments.

Google Analytics - Track Comments

You need to setup a goal in Analytics for doing this. Login to your account, click “Edit” beside your profile and “Add new goal”. You want to use URL destination as your goal type and in the goal URL, use exact match for “/tracking/comment-submit” (without quotation marks).

Check Tutorial : Optimisation Beacon


14. Track When People Print Your Webpages

Ok, so you have enabled “Print this article” option but you are not confused whether readers are actually printing the articles? Now here is another simple tweak to identify whether they are. Normally you can add an invisible tracking image only in the printed version of your blog articles. So whenever a user prints it through any method, the tracking image will be downloaded on their computer. By this you can easily track whether they have printed or not.

By using Google Analytics you can track easily. Just tweak the normal Google Analytics tracking code. After tweaking the tracking code, log in to your Google Analytics dashboard, go to Content –> Site Content –> Pages and set /print/ as the search filter. Now you can see the reports.

Check Tutorial: Use Google Analytics to Track When People Print your Web Pages


15. Use Google Analytics to track a Nonprofit goal

If you are running a Non-profit organization then you can use Google Analytics to track your Nonprofit goal easily. Conversions you can track:

    How many people are hearing and reacting to your message?

  • How many people are visiting your site when you post something on Facebook, and what do they do on your site?
  • How much information do they read?
  • Are there better ways to get your message out?

Check: How a Nonprofit Can Best Use Google Analytics


16. Specific Event Tracking

Created fancy buttons and call-to-action stuffs? Ever wonder people clicked on it? Try Event Tracking then.

Event Tracking

With “Event Tracking” feature you can do the following :

  • When someone clicks on a particular image or link.
  • When the visitor starts to fill out a form but doesn’t complete it.
  • When your visitor plays and pauses a video.
  • What people are typing into the search box of your website.
  • Reference: 3 Google Analytics Features You’re Not Using (yet)

Have you tried any of these cool uses? Do you know any other use of Google Analytics not mentioned here? Kindly share them in the comments below.

5 More Uses of Dropbox Every Blogger Should Know

Earlier we shared some uses of Dropbox every blogger should know, now here is the continuation of that, part 2! If you are a Dropbox freak, you would have read about the issues faced by Dropbox earlier, but you know, accidents do happen. You can check some of the creative and good uses of Dropbox you can try for productivity.

1. Test your Website Locally

Dropbox: Test Website Locally

If you can move your local development folder to the Dropbox public folder, then you need not worry about uploading files to an FTP server since Dropbox has the ability to do that for you. Now you can easily test your websites on a local computer just like the real environment. This technique, unfortunately, not possible for testing PHP and other non-HTML sites.

Tutorial : Digital Inspiration


2. Use Dropbox Mobile App for Photo Blogging

Dropbox Apps are now available for iPhone, iPad, Android, and Blackberry, someone of my friends tried their hands on these apps, and they got addicted quickly. This mobile client not only lets you browse and view images, read documents, and play music in your Dropbox, but you can also use this for taking and storing cameraphone pics directly to the cloud.

If you sync this service with Image hosting sites like Flickr, then you can make Photo Blogging really entertaining.

[Download Dropbox Apps For Mobile]


3. Create A Portfolio

That will be great right? Surprisingly you don’t need any third party service for doing this, using Dropbox alone you can achieve. You can easily develop a portfolio or gallery by this. Simply right click the folder containing the photos and click Dropbox > Get shareable link.

Dropbox Portfolio

The gallery of photos will be opened in the Dropbox web interface, displaying the images as a grid of thumbnails.

If you are not comfortable with Dropbox’s default design, you can try Views.fm for alternate design.

Tutorial : MakeUseOf


4. Share Your Works With Fellow Bloggers

Sharing Your Work

Dropbox makes it easy for developers and bloggers to share their works, like some demo files, PSD stuffs, screenshots and lot of things. You can go to Select Dropbox > Share This Folder. This will send you to the sharing page on the Dropbox website, where you can enter the email of the recipient.

Tutorial : Desizn Tech


5. Allow Visitors To Upload Files To Your Dropbox Folder

Suppose if you are hiring some authors or you enabled guest blogging on your blog, then the ability for them to upload some files for you would be tedious. With the help of Dropbox, you can make this easy. You can also add a password field so that spammers can’t upload files to your Dropbox account.

By default, Dropbox won’t let others to upload files on your Dropbox account, but yes, we do have some hacks. You can check how it works here.

You can create this simple browser uploader for Dropbox which will allow anyone to upload files to a particular folder in your Dropbox account. All you need is a web server that supports php. You can try DROPitTOme if you are not comfortable with coding.

Tutorial : Ampercent

Do you know any other use of Dropbox that will be helpful to bloggers and developers? Kindly share them below.

3 Effective Ways Facebookers Can Use Google Calendar

Google Calendar is one of the tools I decided to use this year — since I was practicing time management. Other tools I found useful recently are Google Reader, Google Toolbar and Dropbox. Here I have mentioned 3 effective ways Facebook Users (or Facebookers) can use Google Calender.

#1 – Setup Birthday Reminders for Your Facebook Friends

Do you want to track your Facebook friends Birthdays but you rarely visit Facebook since they blocked it in your college or office. Now you can setup birthday reminders for your Facebook friends using Google Calendar and you don’t need to visit Facebook every time. You can import those birthdays into Google Calendar, where you can then setup reminders.

Go to Facebook and click Events on the left menu and go to Birthdays.

Events > Birthdays

Now go to Export Birthdays link, which you can find at the bottom of the page.

Export Birthday

Now you will get a popup kinda dialog box with an URL, just copy that one!

Now go to Google Calendar, under the Other Calendars box use the Add by URL function.

Add By URL - Google Calender

Paste in the URL from Facebook.

Add URL - GC

Click on the small arrow next to the appropriate calendar from the My Calendars (present in left panel) and choose Notifications.

GC - Noti

Note : You can also use the drop down menu to add SMS or email reminders before a set number of days/weeks.

GCRemind


#2 – Add (Embed) Google Calendar To Your Facebook Fan Page

Adding Google Calendar to your Facebook Fan page can help your fans to know about specific and special events easily.

FB Fan page Google Cal

Step 1 : Create an iFrame tab app for your Facebook Fan Page.

You can better refer this tutorial for creating an iFrame tab app.

Step 2 : Get your Google Calendar code

Go to Google Calendar, click Calendar settings now click the Calendar tab.

Calset

Then click the required calendar you want to embed. Now you can see the embed code for that specific calendar.

iframecode

Step 3 :

Here is the sample full embedded code – you can replace the Google Calendar iFrame script in this code with yours.


#3 – Sync Facebook Events

This one is quite similar to the Birthday Reminders for Your Facebook Friends. Go to Events and at the bottom of the page you will find a link – Export Events. Use that and get the URL

Facebook Export Events

Now go to Google Calendar, under the Other Calendars box use the Add by URL function.

Add URL - Events

That’s it. Now your Google calendar will update automatically every time you accept or decline an event in Facebook.

Do you know any other way Facebookers can use Google Calendar? Kindly share them in the comments.

10 Essential Uses Of Google Toolbar You Must Know

Google Toolbar is one of the interesting tools I encountered recently. Others are Google Reader and Dropbox. Google Toolbar is an Internet browser toolbar available for Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. Below I mentioned 10 Essential Uses of Google Toolbar which will be useful to you.

1. Check Pagerank: Google Toolbar was once commonly used for checking the PageRank of websites/blogs. Since this Toolbar is a product of Google, Webmasters recommend it.


2. Translate Webpages: Normally people use Google Translate for translating webpages, but we can also use Google Toolbar for translating. It saves time.

Translate Webpage


3. Fill Out Forms Online: If Google Toolbar is installed, go to the Options button | AutoFill box | AutoFill Settings. Give the required details for your desired options.
Click OK.

AutoFill Option

Now whenever you come to a form online, click the Autofill button on your Google Toolbar and the form will be filled out automatically for you.


4. Get Phishing Alerts: You will be alerted if you click on fraudulent and phishing sites. As soon as you click on the phishing email’s site to “verify my information”, the Google Toolbar do any of the following actions – popup alert, red emergency button, and a grayed out browser window.

Toolbar Popup Alert


5. Instant Calculator: Want to do some quick calculation? You don’t need to search for your scientific calculator or any other in-built calculator, you can make use of this Toolbar. With the help of search box in Google toolbar, it is possible.

Use Toolbar As Calc

Similarly using the search box you can also do some difficult calculations like ‘1*sqrt 570’ using this Toolbar. It automatically gives you the result, you don’t need to press any key.

GT Calc2


6. Check Keyword Density: Keyword density is a measure of how often a keyword or keyword phrase is used in your web page. Also Google uses this to determine how relevant your web site is in a search. The standard keyword density will help your website to achieve higher search engine positions. [Check Tutorial]

Google Toolbar keywords


7. Search for your website: Using this Google Toolbar, you can search your blog or website with keywords that you feel best to represent your site. If you can’t find any posts you can use your site name along with the keywords. Still if you didn’t get any results, then you may need to submit your site to Google.

Search Your Site


8. Spell Check Web Forms: You can use the spellcheck button on the toolbar for instant spell checking on any online forms.

SpellCheck Toolbar


9. Instant Word & Acronym Definitions: If you are unfamiliar with any word or any acronym definitions just type it into your Google Toolbar, and the results provide you with more information on the topic and a link to the Definition in the very top line. This may come handy whenever you are stuck with unfamiliar words.


10. Phone Number Lookup: Google Toolbar search results also provides Phonebook results whenever you search for a phone number. Using this, you can also identify the real owner of that phone number. However Google offers you an option to remove your phone number from search results, check this.

If you know any other uses of Google Toolbar, kindly share them in the comments below.

HOW TO: Check Keyword Density Using Google Toolbar

Google ToolbarGoogle Toolbar, an Internet browser toolbar available for Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox, is one of the important tools every Webmaster and Blogger should be aware of.

Why? Because, with the help of Google Toolbar, you can easily check your website’s popularity and keyword density, and find your site in multiple Google search engines.

Today, in this tutorial we are going to see how to check keyword density using Google Toolbar.

Keyword density is a measure of how often a keyword or keyword phrase is used in your web page. Also Google uses this to determine how relevant your web site is in a search. The standard keyword density will help your website to achieve higher search engine positions.

Keyword density should be balanced correctly. If it is too low, you will not get any benefits and if it is too high and your page might get flagged for keyword spamming.


Using Google Toolbar — Check Website’s Popularity & Keyword Density

#1 – First, if you don’t have Google Toolbar, then you should probably download & install it.

It is available for Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox browsers.

#2 – After installing Google Toolbar, use the Google search engine to search for your keywords.

Now click on the highlighting tool (looks like a highlighting pen tip) in the Google Toolbar. This will highlight the keywords you used in your last Google search.

Google Toolbar keywords

#3 – After this, type the URL of your website/blog in the browser window.

Ok, now it’s time to do some analysis. Just take a look at your web page. Do you see the keywords highlighted often or sparsely populated?

If the keywords are not used frequently, then you should revise your web page or focus on different keywords. Just make sure they appear frequently in the first few paragraphs. By this you can better your Search Engine Optimization.

Why You Should Have About.me Personal Profile

About.me is a new personal profile page provider that ties your social networking profiles like Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Flickr, StumbleUpon, your Email, Blogs and many more on one place. With this personal page, you can express your entire online identity on social media while keeping your individuality. About.me is just all about you around the web.

Why you need About.me personal profile page?

About.me allows you to build a single online identity, a personal profile page that points to all your content around the web. It’s about more than just your Facebook or Twitter profiles, it’s about your entire online identity. At present your online identity was fragmented across all of the sites you use every day, for example your relationship status, education, location on Facebook, your personal information described at  Twitter, your resume is outlined on Linkedin, and your technical stuff or your passions are presented in your blog.  About.me gives you a single webpage profile to bring your entire identity to one place in a simple and easy way.

About.me Profile

So with one link you can share your entire online identity to any one and you no need to give them links to your Facebook profile, Twitter profile, your web sites or blogs. You can save the space required to your profile links, websites, blogs on your business card to print some other information by just printing your About.me link. Even when you meet up with some one, or in bloggers meet ups you can easily share your entire web links with single URL.  Your cluttered email signature with many links will look good with one link.

That’s not all you can do with About.me, They know you love to see the analytics of your profile page, About.me allows you to track your visitors, just like Google Analytics. Even you can check your activity on Facebook and Twitter like how many updates you posted, to whom you replied on Twitter, how many @mentions and who mentioned you most and more. This startup is acquired by AOL recently and launched to the public.

Check out some of the About.me pages – Tony Conrad,  Om Malik, Lindsay Campbell, Michael Arrington

In just 5 minutes you can create your personal splash page, with your photo as a background of the  page and point your About.me page visitors to your  identity around the web.  Add your social media profile’s, blog links, RSS feeds, to your About.me profile services and don’t forget to write your biography.

What more you need, Go to About.me to create your personal profile like my About.me profile.

You can also check this tutorial on how to create About.me profile.

5+ Uses Of Dropbox That Every Blogger Should Be Aware Of

Dropbox is one of the most useful tools I found this year. Another one is Google Reader. Seriously I didn’t know it can do wonders. Every time I Google something I come up some Dropbox news, so here is my contribution.

Uses Of Dropbox That Every Blogger Should Be Aware Of

For people who are not aware Dropbox, it is a Web-based file hosting service that uses cloud computing to enable users to store and share files and folders with others across the Internet using file synchronization.

1. Use As Content Delivery Network (CDN)

You can improve the loading speed of your site by using a CDN to host your website’s static content like images, CSS and JS Files. A content delivery network or content distribution network (CDN) is a system of computers containing copies of data, placed at various points in a network so as to maximize bandwidth for access to the data from clients throughout the network. [via Wikipedia]

With the help of Dropbox CDN WordPress plugin you can use your Dropbox ‘Public’ folder as a free Content Delivery Network (CDN). This plugin allows you to upload your themes CSS, JavaScript, and Images into your Dropbox ‘Public’ folder and server these files from the Dropbox network, reducing the bandwidth of your server and allowing users to load your site faster.

Tutorial: Use Dropbox as a CDN for your WordPress Files


2. Backup Your WordPress Blog

WordPress Backups is one of the recommended basic security tips for your blog.

wp Time Machine WordPress plugin creates an archive of all your WordPress Data & Files and then stores them on Dropbox, Amazon’s S3, or your FTP host. It can perform an automatic backup of your WordPress MySQL database, themes, plug-ins and all the other files and images that you may upload to your WordPress folder. Just enter your Dropbox credentials and hit the Generate Archive button. Bingo!

Tutorial: Backup your WordPress Blog to Dropbox


3. Use With Your Web Domain

Every Dropbox account comes with a useful ‘Public’ folder. You can use that folder to host documents, images, and other stuff that you want to share with everyone. By personalizing the default Dropbox URL, you can indirectly promote your brand, track individual file downloads, and make it look less complex.

Default Dropbox URL :

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/ID/folder/hbbdemo.txt

Personalized URL :

http://files.hellboundbloggers.com/folder/hbbdemo.txt

Tutorial: Use Dropbox with your own Web Domain


4. Make Your Own Website

Dropbox is an easy way to create a quick website without the need for a server. You can easily get a hosting provider for your blog/website. You are limited to client-side scripts and HTML since Dropbox cannot run any server side stuff.

  • Create a folder in your Public folder for your website.
  • Put your entire website under this folder.
  • Right click on the homepage of your website (usually something like home.htm or index.html) and get the public URL for it.

5. Control Your Home Web Server

You can simply add a vHost to your web server and point it to a folder inside your Dropbox home and voila! You have complete control over the content you’re hosting!

The basic idea behind this is to use vHosts to have the website contents in the Dropbox folder. The post explains how to do this for Tomcat or Apache. It’s also useful with IIS and Visual Studio. Simply add a symlink of your wwwroot to “My Dropbox” and you have your website on the net to control. When making web application in Visual Studio, simple ‘Public’ the project to the folder inside the wwwroot inside “My Dropbox” and your website updates, no matter where you are working at.

Tutorial: Controlling Your Home Web Server Content


6. Automatic & Free Web Publishing Solution

Ever wondered that you can use the very same Dropbox as an automatic Web Publishing Solution (as an alternative to SVN and other technologies). It only takes three steps in order to get your Dropbox running as a Web Publishing solution. However, you won’t be able to do so if you don’t have full access to the server.

  • Installing Dropbox on the server
  • Sharing data between multiple Dropbox accounts
  • Configuring the webserver
  • Running Dropbox as a service

Tutorial: Using Dropbox as an automatic and free Web Publishing solution


7. Create Your Personal Wiki

With TiddlyWiki and Dropbox you can set up your own wiki that is easy to use and available from anything with a web browser.

TiddlyWiki is extremely flexible and can accommodate many needs with some of the variations available. Before you pay for another note taking program, or if you are unhappy with the one you currently have downloaded TiddlyWiki for free and see how it can suit your needs.

Tutorial: Build Your Own Personal Wiki Accessible from Any PC


Do you know any other cool use of Dropbox that could help a blogger or webmaster? Kindly share them in the comments!

20+ Awesome & Unique Uses Of Google Reader You Probably Didn’t Know

Google ReaderGoogle Reader, a tool which can do wonders, is still unused by people. We all know Google Reader as a Web-based aggregator, capable of reading Atom and RSS feeds online or offline, but it can also perform various other useful tasks. I compiled some uses of Google Reader and mentioned the links for tutorials.

#1 – Online Archive : Not many of us know that Google Reader can also be used as a powerful system to archive your favourite RSS feed data. This is really useful since you may want to access them in the future. Using Google Reader you can :

  • Archive Your Twitter Tweets.
  • Archive the RSS Feed of Your Blog Content.
  • Archive Your To-Do List.

Anything that has an RSS feed can be backed up and archived with Google Reader for access long after the feed is gone.

Tutorial : Use Google Reader As An Online Archive


#2 – Bookmarking Service : Google Reader will be really useful for minimalists. It is can also act as a wonderful bookmarking service. You can also import bookmarks from other services like Delicious. You can also search all your bookmarked items.

Another useful feature is, you can add notes when you’re bookmarking items to remind you why you liked it in the first place. You can keep as many bookmarks as possible.

Tutorial : MakeUseOf


#3 – Track Your Blog Comments : This web-based aggregator can also be used for marketing and tracking your blog comments effectively. You can see per blog how many articles you have commented on and the timeline of your comments. You can easily track :

  • Articles commented on per blog
  • Articles commented on per day
  • Revisit articles commented on recently

Tutorial : Be An Original


#4 – PR Monitoring Tool : PR professionals can make of Google Reader to do much of their job–looking for opportunities, identifying and connect with media, and monitoring and managing crises. You can use Google Reader to :

  • Finding Journalist and Media.
  • Tracking the Experts and Influencers.
  • Monitoring Searches.
  • Reporting and Analyzing Trends.

By filling Google Reader with feeds your important media targets can make it suitable for PR monitoring easily. [Check Tutorial]


#5 – Stream Your Own MP3s : You can use Google Reader Audio Player to play mp3’s and embed it on your website or blog. This method makes use of IFRAMES.

All you need to do is paste the following code into your site:

<iframe style=”border: 1px solid rgb(170, 170, 170); width:400px; height: 27px;” id=”musicPlayer” src=”http://www.google.com/reader/ui/3523697345-audio-player.swf?audioUrl=XXXXX”> </iframe>

In the above code, just replace XXXXX with the Audiourl, like this,

https://hellboundbloggers.com/hbb-podcast.mp3. Then the code becomes:

<iframe style=”border: 1px solid rgb(170, 170, 170); width:400px; height: 27px;” id=”musicPlayer” src=”http://www.google.com/reader/ui/3523697345-audio-player.swf?audioUrl=https://hellboundbloggers.com/hbb-podcast.mp3″> </iframe>

Source : EDU’S WORTHLESS BLOG


#6 – Ultimate SEO Tool : SEO is something which every webmaster and blogger worries about. You can make use of Google Reader as an SEO tool to monitor your industry, competitors, and their backlinks. The main SEO resources you will be monitoring are :

  • Competitor’s keywords (brand and product keywords)
  • New pages on a Competitors site
  • Industry keywords
  • Forums (find people asking questions about your industries products / services)
  • Competitors backlinks (mainly new backlinks)

Tutorial : Quick Online Tips


#7 – Journalism : Google Reader can also act as a powerful journalism tool. RSS feeds and feed readers can allow journalists to easily monitor a lot of disparate news sources. It’s much easier to use a tool like Google Reader to monitor information on the Web than it is to use Web browser bookmarks or to manually typing in URLs.


#8 – Share on Social Networks : This video explains how to use Google Reader to share on social networks.


#9 – Awesome Private Database : http://www.steverubel.com/screencast-google-reader-isnt-just-for-news-i?c=1


#10 – Create RSS Feed Of Any Site : If you want to track websites but they don’t have a RSS Feed URL, then Google Reader will help you like a charm.

Create Feed

Google Reader has a new feature which will facilitate you to create RSS feed of any website. Just go to your google reader and click on Add a subscription button. Now enter the webpage URL you want to track and click the button ‘Create a feed’. Simple.


#11 – Track Page Changes : If you are rarely visit Google’s homepage, generating a feed for google.com or for other international Google homepages is a great way to track all the doodles and the promotional messages.

Track Webpages

Source : Google System


#12 – Translate Language : Google Reader has also has Google Translate integrated into it.

Translate Language

Subscribe a feed in some foreign language and under feed settings check “Translate into my Language”.


#13 – Find RSS Subscribers : You can also use Google Reader to get the no. of RSS feed subscribers approximately.

Google Reader Subscribers

These numbers are however approximate as they only include the RSS subscriber base of Google Reader, iGoogle and Google Desktop users as determined by Google FeedFetcher.

Source : Digital Inspiration


#14 – Send Blog Posts To Evernote : Google Reader lets you send blog posts directly into Evernote. When you send a post to Evernote, we go out to the source page and clip the whole thing –that way you get everything, not just the bit that you see in Reader.

Evernote Google Reader

You will get the content you want and some of the webpage elements.

Source : Evernote Blogcast


#15 – Convert Partial Feeds Into Full-text Articles : Many of the blogs in the blogosphere truncates its full feed into partial one. The main reason for this is to save their blog content from feed scrapers and plagiarism.

You can convert those partial feeds into full feeds easily using two things.

  • Greasemonkey Firefox Addon.
  • Google Reader Preview Enhanced userscript.

Tutorial : Guiding Tech


#16 – Create & Share Feed Bundles : If your friend wants to know which are the technology feeds you follow. He also wants to quickly subscribe to those feeds in his feed reader. How do you do it? Simple, just create and share the feed bundles easily using Google Reader. Just follow these simple instructions to create a feed bundle.

  • Click on “Browse your stuff” in your Reader interface.
  • Click on “Create a bundle” button which is present at the right hand side.
  • To share your bundle with your friends check the “Add to my share items” box. Click “Save” button.
  • Click on “Email to your friends” link to immediately email it to your multiple friends.

Tutorial : Guiding Tech


#17 – Save Time On Craigslist : Using Google Reader you can plan purchases On Craigslist Without The Craigslist Hassle.

It’s a huge time saver and helps you get exactly the data you need in one centralized place. You can see all of the ads from your craigslist search right in your RSS reader and as new ads show-up, they will appear in your reader.

Tutorial : GroovyPost


#18 – Download Articles As PDF : By using Google Reader’s custom link feature you can also directly download articles from Google Reader to your computer in PDF format. Here’s the procedure for doing it.

  • Go to Google Reader “Settings” page.
  • Click the “Create a custom link” at the bottom.
  • Fill the following information in the Name, URL and Icon URL field.

    > Name: Save as PDF

    > URL: http://savepageaspdf.pdfonline.com/pdfonline/pdfonline.asp?cURL-${url}

    > Icon URL: http://www.adobe.com/lib/com.adobe/template/icon/pdf.gif

  • Now Save as PDF checkbox will appear above “create a custom link”.
  • Now you can download and enjoy the articles in PDF Formats.

    Tutorial : Guiding Tech


    #19 – Check Your Reading Habits : Using Google Reader’s Trends Feature you can get to know your reading habits.

    Subscription trends shows you tabs of the feeds that are most frequently updated, inactive and most obscure, meaning the ones the fewest people subscribe to.

    Tutorial : Social Media Explorer


    #20 – Purge Old Feeds : Using Google Reader API you can purge old feeds. If you often import the OPML that other people publish (of their favorite feeds) so I can improve my feeds list. For example, somebody recently published OPML of around 75 Silverlight feeds.

    Well, I sucked that one right in! Now the problem is that I’ve accumulated close to 3,000 feeds and as you might guess, Reader has really started to slow down. So, what to do? If only I had a way to unsubscribe from all my feeds that say, hadn’t had a new post in X number of months. Well, KTHXBYE, I CAN HAS API! It’s the Google Reader API to the rescue!

    Tutorial : EggHeadCafe


    #21 – Print Articles Without All The Clutter : You can now add Print Friendly to print the articles you want without all the clutter easily. This one is similar to the ‘Download Articles as PDF’ tip. Simply replace the custom link as show below.

    Add the following information to the fields.

  • Name: PrintFriendly
  • URL: http://www.printfriendly.com/print/n?url=%24{url}
  • Icon URL: http://cdn.printfriendly.com/pf-icon.gif

Tutorial : Print Friendly Blog


#22 – Create A Mobile Site : Google Readers generates a simple and clean look of your website or blog. You don’t even need Google Account to get this. All you need is your blog’s Feed URL.

Google Reader Mobile

http://www.google.com/reader/m/view/feed/Feed_Address

Just add your blog’s Feed URL instead of ‘Feed_Address’.

http://www.google.com/reader/m/view/feed/feed://www.hellboundbloggers.com/feed

where feed://www.hellboundbloggers.com/feed is the Feed Address of our Blog.

Source : HellBound Bloggers (us :P)


#22 – Track LinkedIn Answers :


#23 – Play .MP4 Files :


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