Google Reader is Shutting Down ~ What’s the Best Alternative?

Updating this post (originally posted 3/14/13) since we’re less than 2 weeks away from the official shutdown. You might want to read below to see how you can transfer your Google Reader info to Bloglovin. You probably also want to make one final push for people to follow you on Bloglovin so you don’t lose readers.
google reader going away
On March 14th, 2013, Google announced that they would be shutting down their Google Reader service on July 1st of this year.
Here’s the official announcement.
This is bad news for many bloggers who use Google Reader every single day. There is already a petition set up to save Google Reader and many many people are taking their displeasure with this decision to social media. Apparently that stuff didn’t work.

I have to say right away that it does not look like GFC is going anywhere, so your followers are safe. For now. This is the full list of services that Google has decided to shut down this year and GFC is nowhere on that list. I recommend building followers on Twitter, Pinterest, Bloglovin and through email since diversification is wonderful in times like this.

Now, what do you do about this whole Google Reader disappearing thing? What happens to your info?

Bloglovin has made it even easy to switch from Google Reader to Bloglovin. When you select “import” in your Bloglovin settings menu, you are greeted with this screen:
import blog to bloglovin
So now, if you are logged in with your Google account that is associated with you Google Reader, you can just click the “Google reader” button and follow the easy instructions and you’ll be good to go!

So once you’ve done that you should get familiar with Bloglovin as another way of reading blogs.


  1. Jill says

    Hi there!
    I am pretty new to blogging. I’m currently hosted by Blogger and use Google Reader. I am just wondering how I install Bloglovin and link it to my blog? Sorry if this is a remedial question but I’m just so new to all of this!
    Thanks so much!

    • Zack Reyes says

      Hi Jill!
      Everyone has to start somewhere and there’s nothing wrong with being new!
      Ok, here it goes:
      Head to and join Bloglovin. Then go here to get the button of your size choice. You’ll have to copy the HTML code and add it to your Blogger layout wherever you want it. You’ll want to add an HTML/Javascript gadget where you want the button to be (probably in your sidebar) and paste the code there. That should do it!

      Let me know if it works! It should be an easy little project! :)

    • Zack Reyes says

      Oh awesome, there it is! Glad it worked!
      Thank you for your kind words!
      Drop me a line anytime if you’ve got questions. :)

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