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!
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/)
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.
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.
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.