Best RSS Feed Reader Alternatives to Google Reader

As of July 1 Google Reader will be no more which means that if you follow Becoming you via the RSS feed on Google Reader you will have to find an alternative way to read your favourite blog! (For those who don’t know- Google Reader was a free service that pulled new posts, or “RSS feeds”, from blogs & websites, pooling all of the content onto one easy to read page which was a super convenient way to keep up with all of your favorite blogs!)

So, how are you going to keep up with all the new posts happening here and around the web?? Here are a few alternative ways to follow Becoming you’s RSS Feed.

I’ve been using this RSS reader for a couple of years and it really simplifies blog reading for me. Bloglovin’ seems to cater specifically to more visual blogs as it allows you got to see a photo, the post title and a snippet of text all a very aesthetically pleasing manner and it allows you to comment directly on posts. Another bonus of moving across to Bloglovin’ is that they have made it super easy to do! If you don’t yet have a Bloglovin’ account get one here. During the process it will ask if you want to import the blogs you read on Google Reader to Bloglovin’ and all you need to do is click on the button to import. If you already have an account with Bloglovin’ there are only 2 steps to moving ALL your current RSS feeds across to this platform… First, click here: On that page click the blue button that says “Import from Google Reader” You might have to re-categorize your blogs as this just imports all the feeds but this should only take about 15 minutes. (Free for iOS, Android, & Web)

One of the most customizable RSS feed readers, Pulse allows you to create your ideal reading experience. It has a great search tool, and also allows you to sort feeds into categories. Once you import your old feed from Reader, separate the News sits from the Fashion blogs and you’ll be able to find what you’re interested in with just a click! (Free for iOS, Android, & Web)

Flipboard isn’t available for web (yet), but it is awesome to use on you iPad. It organizes all of your content into a magazine format. If you have iOS or Android, you can easily transfer your RSS feed over before the 1st, and it’s a great way to quickly “flip” through content. If the blogs you follow are photo-heavy, this is a great solution for you! (Free for iOS & Android.)

Feedly has many similar features of Google Reader which means it is a popular choice. The import process is also very easy so you won’t lose any content. You can subscribe to specific URLs or topics, and you can also save articles to read later. While this app isn’t as focused on design as Flipboard or Pulse it delivers the content you need quickly. (Free for iOS, Android, & Web)

Taptu is a really well designed app that gives you a beautiful blog reading experience as it’s very visual and is great for photo-heavy content. It also allows you to bring your own Facebook and Twitter feeds into the layout. (Free for iOS, Android, Blackberry, Nook, & Web)

The most technical option is Netvibes which gives you a dashboard for what seems like everything you need – RSS feed, social media, data, and more. It allows you to switch back and forth between content and dashboards, and has a great design. If you’re not too tech-savvy, this may not be your best choice. (Free for iOS, Android, & Web)

So, don’t miss a single post and switch to your RSS feed reader of choice today!

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Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

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