If you've got an Internet-based business, I bet you're spending most of your working time online – probably in front of a desktop computer. This is understandable for many tasks, but it gets frustrating when you're feeling stuck at your desk unnecessarily. As mentioned previously, one of the biggest advantages of the iPad is its portability to take your business on the go.
 
There are certain tasks that are easy to do on your iPad, while others are more difficult. For instance, you may decide you don't want to code an entire website on your iPad (and who would), but you can't argue that the perfect tool for catching up with your favorite business blogs and websites. No longer will you have to waste those random ten minutes here and there in line at the post office or at the doctor's waiting room. Instead you can use the time to catch up on your reading!
 
So here are some quick and easy ways to optimize your iPad for easy Internet surfing. My two favorites are bookmarks and RSS feeds. Here's what you need to know about each:
 
Bookmarks. Just like on your computer, you can save often-frequented websites for quick retrieval. You don't have to type in your horrendously long WordPress dashboard URL; just add it once, then use the bookmark function to save it for the future.
 
1.    Click on the Safari icon from your main iPad page.
2.    Open and view the webpage that you'd like to bookmark in Safari.
3.    Tap the Plus (“+”) icon at the top of the page.
 
A drop-down menu will appear and ask if you want to add a bookmark, add the site to your home screen, or mail the link to that page. Follow the prompts to save your URL for future visits. (Bonus: You can sync your bookmarks with your computer Internet browser.)
 
RSS Feeds. You're likely already familiar with RSS (Real Simple Syndication) feeds for reading blogs and other websites. If you're using your iPad as a way to keep up on your blog reading while on the go, you will want to configure your favorite RSS feeds to be delivered right to your iPad.
 
Setting up RSS feeds is, as the name promises, real simple! Here's how:
 
1.    Open Safari and navigate to your favorite blog or website.
2.    When the site opens, look for the RSS feed icon and tap on it.
3.    This will open the web-based RSS reader, showing all the latest posts in the feed.
4.    Then just bookmark the feed as you would any other site, using the steps above.
 
Using these steps will ensure that you're ready to get to work, keeping up on the latest and greatest, whenever you have a spare minute.
 
If you'd prefer to use an app news reader, there are several that are rated highly. My favorite is:
  • Pulse News Reader. (Free.) Pulse is a gorgeous app and it lets you add all of your favorite blogs to it. Praise for this app includes “The iPad Pulse Reader Scales the Charts” – NYTimes. This reader also allows you to quickly share articles on facebook and twitter, too. 
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