Millions of people search the web for content every day. More often than not, we can be inundated with too many tabs in our web browser and no way of knowing what we’ve read and what we haven’t. Especially when trawling the web for work purposes we need to be as efficient as possible
Now the only question is how?
I have created a simple step by step guide to creating and personalising your own content dashboard using Feedly. Just follow the steps below.
Setting up a Feedly account
Go to Feedly.com and click the login button on the top right hand corner of the page. You will see that you can login using Facebook, Twitter, Google + or Microsoft. Bonus!
Searching for content
Managers and staff members will be able to use Feedly in their day to day business activity. Feedly allows you to manage all of your interests in one easy to read format, saving time on research and content sharing while also giving you access to all of your industry news. You can add content using the search bar in the top right or by clicking add content on the left menu. Here are some different ways you can add content.
- If you know the website URL or the URL of the RSS feed
Paste or type the *full* URL of the website or the RSS feed. If the site advertises a feed in its metadata, Feedly will find it and show it in the search results.
Or if you see an RSS button on the site you can right click it and copy the link over to Feedly
- If you have a list of client emails
Why not build up a collection of your clients RSS feeds? All you have to do is to take the domain name (URL) from an email address and search for it. You can do this for multiple emails in Excel using the ‘text to columns’ feature.
- If you know the name of the site
Paste or type the name of the site you want to add. If that site has a feed and another Feedly member has already subscribed to that feed, you should see it get listed in the search results.
- If you’re topic searching
Type the topic you are searching for (example cooking) into the search box. You should get suggestions on sites that have been tagged by other Feedly users with that topic.
Now you’re homepage should look something like this.
You can make changes to your homepage layout by clicking the cog by the search bar.
Organising your content
On your right hand menu there is an ‘Organize’ button which takes you to a page where you can create new categories and drag and drop your feeds into a nice and easy layout. Once you do this the content will also be organised into the right hand menu.
If you ever want to remove a feed you can do it in the ‘Organize’ area or simply click the feed to select it, and the click Remove at the top of the page.
Notice as you add new content that you are recommended other related content. This is a really quick and easy way to add other relevant content sources. By doing this you will quickly build up your initial folders.
Saving articles for later
The bookmark icon is always available at the top of each post when you want to save something for later.
You can view these articles at any time by clicking ‘Saved for Later’ in the top left of your page.
Having chosen your content to share you simply need to choose the channel you wish to share it on.
If your Buffer App account is set up it is recommended that you use this service. The features of Buffer App allow you to schedule your updates to be broadcast across the day rather than all at once.
Personalise my Feedly dashboard – what to do next
Now you’re all set up and ready to go you can personalise your dashboard and start sharing content. Good luck!
- Feedly for Chrome
The Chrome extension creates a quick access in your browser.
- Following the websites you love
Search directly in Feedly for a specific site’s name or URL and quickly follow it.
- Searching for new sources
Perform a #hashtag search (ex: #design) to get recommendations for sites related to that topic/tag.
- Browser top sites
You can use +Add Website > My Bookmarks to get a set of personalized recommendations based on your browser top sites.
- You might also like
Feedly will continuously suggest new sites to follow based on your existing settings (aka “you might also like”).
- Essentials edit
Use Essentials > Edit to filter out the set of essentials you are not interested in.
- Reshaping your Feedly
Use Organize Contents to perform spring cleaning/restructure your Feedly.
- Dressing up your Feedly
Change your Feedly persona by dressing it up with a theme.