Getting Inspiration While Using Netvibes

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Netvibes DashboardWhen maintaining your own blog or website, it can be easy to experience writer’s block – especially if you’re maintaining it yourself. There could be days when your mind draws a complete blank and you don’t know what to write. Why not use Netvibes to get a little inspiration about what’s trending for your particular niche? This tool can bring a great deal of information to your browser regarding your preferred search term.

What is Netvibes?

Netvibes is a kind of RSS reader that can pull information you want across many different sources. Instead of merely conducting a Google search for what it is you want to learn more about, the system can grab feeds and other content from a wide berth of areas. Not only does this app grab RSS feeds from any website you tell it to, but it can also scour various social media hubs looking for your criteria.

RSS Feeds
Rich Site Summary, or commonly called Really Simple Syndication, is a way that users can be instantly apprised of new information that is added to many, many sites. Most companies and personal blogs use RSS in order to further increase distribution of news and other content to interested parties. For example, subscribing to nVidia’s RSS feed can keep you informed about new video cards before your favorite computer information site does.

In order to add the RSS feed to your Netvibes account, you simply add the website to your criteria. You then drag the “button” that is created for that site to your dashboard and TaDa! You now can permanently get regular updates from that particular website.

Netvibes Social InteractionSocial Integration
Netvibes can also retrieve pertinent information from various social media sites. Simply add the widget and change the settings to reflect any keyword you need. The system will then quickly search for update material concerning your interests. This could include Facebook, Twitter, BoardReader and Google+.

There are pre-developed “Essentials” within Netvibes you can add to your list of feeds. These can be anything from various tools such as a Weather widget to searching Google News for your particular keywords. Analytic data for your site, HTML editing and more can be added with a simple drag and drop onto the dashboard.

Netvibes is incredibly customizable when it comes to displaying the information. With the number of available widgets as well as the color and image themes available, your experience could be completely unique.

It’s Free to Use
Using Netvibes to find relevant information is free. Personally, I made it my home page and it has helped me quite often in terms of finding updated information regarding various topics.

How to Use Netvibes for Inspiration Regarding Your Own Blog

By adding various feeds and search terms to your widgets, you can pull a lot of information across many sites. This can help you determine what kind of content you want to deliver on your own. Although a Google search can help you find current information, you could also read material that was created more than a decade ago unless you change your search parameters. Netvibes grabs current information from those reliable sources you personally add. It reduces the time you spend sifting through random bits of information from sites you don’t necessarily trust.

Keyword and Search Terms
The best way to find specific content is by customizing the search terms in each widget you add. For instance, this website is developed to help freelance writers find their way on the Internet. My search term in those widgets is usually “Freelance Writing.” I also use other variations in order to get a broader scope of the niche.

If you have a blog about boating and boating supplies, you may want to use “boats” or even “sailing” in your search term. Be creative and try to find combinations that work well together. It can give your site a sense of individuality if you can present information that is relevant but not commonly combined.

Personally, I have Netvibes set as my homepage. Every morning when I turn on the computer I have instant access to a wide range of information regarding my specific criteria. It can be a powerful tool to help you develop content that is current and not based on outdated information.

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Michael Brockbank

Michael has been a freelance writer since January of 2012. He has completed more than 6,000 jobs for a variety of clients ranging from animals to travel.

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