A Simple Guide to Bloglovin’

If you’re a blogger you may see the word Bloglovin’ appear plenty but be unsure of what it is or if you really need it. Maybe you already have Bloglovin’ but aren’t quite sure how to use it. I thought it would be helpful to explain a little more about it.

Bloglovin’ is a website (with an app) that lets you read and follow blogs from any platform and keep them all in the one place. You can also create ‘collections’ of bloggers so you can keep all your favourite beauty, food or lifestyle bloggers all in the one place!

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Connect your blog to your Bloglovin’ account

When you first create a Bloglovin’ account you only have a personal account. This account allows you to follow and read other people’s blogs.

If you’re a blogger you’ll need to connect your blog to your Bloglovin’ account. This is called ‘claiming’ your blog. Bloglovin’ has great articles with easy step by steps on how to do this. (If you’d like me to create a step by step guide, let me know in the comments!)

Once you’ve connected your blog people will be able to follow it and read, love and save your posts.

It’s important to note when promoting your Bloglovin’, whether it be on social media or by widgets on your blog (like the one in my sidebar) you should always promote your blog link rather than your personal link. Your blog link should look something like this. (It’ll contain /blogs/)

https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/palegirlrambling-18471563

The reason for this is if people follow you rather than your blog they’ll not see any of your posts, they’ll only see things you do like ‘loving’ or ‘saving’ posts.

“Bloglovin’ steals your traffic”

A few months ago there was a lot of drama in the blogging community that Bloglovin’ was stealing your views and taking your traffic. Lots of people then decide to boycott the site and stop using it. I personally love Bloglovin’ it means I can follow my favourite blogs who use other sites like blogger or wix and it’s all in the one place! There’s a few simple ways to get traffic back to your site.

1. Use page breaks

If you already use Bloglovin’ you may have noticed some bloggers posts looks like this.

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You can only read the first paragraph or so before you’ve to click on to their site to finish off the post. Not only does this bring traffic back to your blog, it’s also shows the content the way it should be viewed and increases the chances of comments and readers clicking on other posts.

You can do this be inserting a page break. To my knowledge you can’t do this yet if you’re ‘wordpress.com’ but Kate Rose has a great post on how to do this if you use blogger. If you are able to do this I’d definitely advise it, I know when I go self hosted I’ll definitely be making the most of the function!

2. Turn off Frame

‘Frame’ was the cause of all the blogger drama and statements that “Bloglovin’ is stealing my views” a while back and the easiest way to solve this is turn it off! Simply go into settings > account and scroll down to frame and turn the toggle to off.

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Loving, saving & collections

My final point is all about loving! When you read a post you can ‘love’ it or ‘save’ it. Bloglovin’ saves all the posts you’ve ‘loved’ so you can go back and reread them. You can also ‘save’ posts in different collections. Here’s an example of some of mine. This function is really handy if you know you’re going to want to reread a post.

I hope you enjoyed this simple guide and were able to gain a few tips. Do you use Bloglovin’? Don’t forget to check out my other ‘Blogger Help’ posts.

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31 Comments

  1. September 17, 2017 / 9:07 am

    This is so helpful! I’ll definitely start using Bloglovin more now 😊

  2. September 17, 2017 / 9:31 am

    I have a Bloglovin account but I haven’t done anything on it! Thanks for the help, I can come back to this when I decide to be less lazy!

  3. September 17, 2017 / 9:37 am

    I tried to get to grips with Bloglovin for ages and gave up! I might follow your tips and hopefully i’ll get the hang of it. Thanks for the advice.

  4. luxblush
    September 17, 2017 / 2:45 pm

    I love bloglovin, it makes it so much easier to keep blogs together and makes it so much easier to read blog posts. This is really helpful xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

  5. September 17, 2017 / 4:48 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing! I’m new to blogging and wasn’t entirely sure what bloglovin is so this post was so helpful!! I will definitely have to check it out now.

  6. September 17, 2017 / 5:48 pm

    Very informative post! I’ve got a Bloglovin account, but I just don’t do anything with it really… I should make more time to find out all about it I guess 😀 Love, Kathleen

  7. September 17, 2017 / 6:09 pm

    I would like to see post from you step by step guide. Thank you for sharing this 🙂

  8. September 17, 2017 / 8:05 pm

    Loved reading this, it was really useful. I have a Bloglovin account but I don’t use it mostly because I don’t know how!! So I think I need to start looking into making the most of it xx

  9. September 17, 2017 / 8:06 pm

    This is super interesting!!! I haven’t actually looked at using Bloglovin’ before, may have to have a wee look! Great post xx

  10. September 17, 2017 / 8:06 pm

    This post is so helpful! I always get confused on bloglovin and I wish there was a helpful guide when I first got started. This is going to come in handy

  11. September 17, 2017 / 8:07 pm

    Hi, I register with Bloglovin but never use it I am missing out really. Thanks for sharing this helpful guide.

  12. September 17, 2017 / 8:11 pm

    This post is so helpful, thank you! I had heard of the controversies but never paid much attention. We’re bit struggling with bloglovin at the moment. We never really understood it but we’re keen on making the most of it nonetheless! xx corinne

  13. Bookinggoodread
    September 17, 2017 / 8:12 pm

    Helpful post, Im set up on blogloving but don’t really use it too much some useful tips for me to use it more 💕

  14. September 17, 2017 / 8:15 pm

    Thanks for sharing your tips on Bloglovin! I used to really like the platform but it’s change so much since I first started using it and it’s definitely not as great as it was so I just want to make the most of it. I use page breaks on my posts for this exact reason 🙂

  15. September 17, 2017 / 8:40 pm

    Such a good informative, yet clear post! Wasn’t all that sure of how bloglovin’ actually worked, but I think I’ll definitely give it a shot after reading this! x

  16. September 17, 2017 / 8:54 pm

    I’ve seen Bloglovin popping up here and there and knew nothing about it, until now! Thanks for the informative post poppet x

  17. September 17, 2017 / 9:01 pm

    I have an account but I rarely use it… I kinda got lost in it! Would love a follow up post on how you segregate it and use it…. Is that in the pipeline?? I think if i knew how to use it more I’d love it just as much. Other bloggers i know swear by it!! Great post!! xxx

  18. September 17, 2017 / 9:29 pm

    I love Bloglovin I follow so many people and although it can be tricky to grow I feel like a lot of engagement can come of it! I think I need to change some of the settings on mine though! Great post

    Ellie
    http://www.headintheclouds.me.uk

  19. September 17, 2017 / 9:31 pm

    This is really useful, I do have an account on bloglovin’ that I’ve been neglecting bc I have no idea how to use it but I will try to be more active there after reading this x

  20. TheCrimsonCardigan
    September 17, 2017 / 9:32 pm

    This is so helpful. Bloglovin can be a little difficult to figure out, but for those who are struggling, these tips can really help! The whole thing about pageviews going to Bloglovin instead of your site was pretty questionable, but turning off the frames and cutting posts to show in full after clicking to the actual site helps remedy that for sure.

    Ashlynn | http://thecrimsoncardigan.com

  21. September 20, 2017 / 6:51 pm

    I wish I’d seen this post a year ago when I was first trying to figure out Bloglovin! But it was just posted so I realize that would break the laws of space and time ;). This is so much clearer than a lot of the help pages on Bloglovin itself, so thank you for writing it!!

    xx
    Emily

  22. September 30, 2017 / 3:20 pm

    This was really informative. When I first started using Bloglovin I wasn’t too keen on it and no one was reading my posts. But now, I have picked up a little bit in terms of traffic and people that frequently comment. I have also seen the controversy in regards to Bloglovin stealing traffic. I am going to look into the tips you mention such as page break and turning off frame.

    Hayley | hayleyxmartin

  23. October 1, 2017 / 7:12 pm

    Hi, I have a Bloglovin account but I hardly ever use it. This post is really helpful, thank you.

  24. Laura Jacques
    October 13, 2017 / 6:44 am

    This is such a useful guide hun! Will definitely be adding in page breaks or turning off the frame function!

  25. October 19, 2017 / 12:51 am

    I’m very new to blogging and Bloglovin so would really appreciate a step by step guide on how to link them. Thank you xx

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