By John Arnold, Michael Becker, Marty Dickinson, Ian Lurie, Elizabeth Marsten

iGoogle is a useful tool to web marketers. One helpful tool is the RSS feed reader. If iGoogle isn’t the default RSS feed reader for your browser, you’ll need to add the feed to iGoogle by hand. Only a few steps are added, though, so don’t worry:

  1. Click the RSS link on the website you want to follow.

  2. Copy the feed URL in the address bar.

  3. Go to your iGoogle homepage and click the Add Gadgets link.

  4. In the lower-left corner of the Add Gadgets page, click Add Feed or Gadget.

  5. In the box that appears right below the Add Feed or Gadget link, paste the feed URL.

  6. Click Add.

    You’re done — you added a feed by hand.

You can try using a shortcut for adding feeds to iGoogle: Type the web address of the site to which you want to subscribe. If it has a correctly configured feed, Google detects and adds it.

To see more or fewer results in a specific content box on the iGoogle homepage, click the gear menu for that content box, click the Edit Settings, and select the number of items you want to see.