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[NewBloggers 101] A Quick Guide To Bloglovin’ Post 10 of #NewBloggers 101, Guest Post By Aimee @ Aimee, Always!

Welcome to Post 10 of the #NewBloggers 101 post series! This time, we welcome Aimee @ Aimee, Always to share all her knowledge of how to become popular on Bloglovin’! Aimee herself has over 1000 followers on Bloglovin’ right now, so I’ve asked her to share her knowledge with all of us. And just in case you have missed some of the #NewBloggers posts, here is the full list, click to expand:

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And now, I relinquish the stage to Aimee!

Thank you so much to Evelina for having me over her wonderful and extremely helpful blog! I’m excited to share a bit of my own insights with y’all today, so I hope you learn something useful. *drum roll*

What Is Bloglovin’?

Basically, Bloglovin’ is a blog reader that lets you follow your favorite blogs and discover new ones! Here, you can get new posts from the blogs you follow, all in one convenient, user-friendly place. As for bloggers, every time you have a new post up on the blog, Bloglovin’ automatically posts an excerpt on your followers’ feeds, so they can click on it to read the full posts. The website also has a great interface for exploring new and popular blogs within your niche.

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Why Should I Add My Blog To Bloglovin’?

Technically, your blog is already up on Bloglovin’ even if you don’t upload it manually, but (!!!) you should totally “claim” your blog on the site. Since Bloglovin’ is widely becoming a popular platform, you’re losing opportunities to gain new followers if you don’t! Another bonus: Unlike Feedly and other RSS readers, Bloglovin’ lets you track statistics per post–you can see which posts are most popular!

How Do I Claim My Blog?

Once you’ve signed up, you can search for your blog’s URL via the search bar at the top of the site. When you’ve been redirected to your blog’s Bloglovin’ page, you’ll see a “claim it” button, which you should click. Follow these instructions to “claim” your blog, so that you can customize it.Bloglovin 1

How Do I Get More Bloglovin’ Followers?

Down to the nitty and gritty, eh? While there’s no there’s no set formula to magically gain followers on this platform, I have a three really quick tips for you:

  1. Add a Bloglovin’ follow button to your blog sidebar.
    This one’s a no-brainer. Bonus tip: If you plan to put the button on your sidebar, try to keep it as high up as possible so that readers will see it immediately. Don’t bury it under 10 other widgets!
  2. Make sure you always link to your blog profile and not your personal Bloglovin’ profile–there’s a difference!
    When users follow your blog on Bloglovin’, they get updates about your blog posts on their feeds. On the other hand, when they follow your personal profile, they’ll get updates on your activity, like posts you’ve saved or blogs you’ve followed.
  3. Share your blog posts from Bloglovin’ to your social media accounts.
    It’s a blogger’s habit to share posts directly from their blog, but you can totally do this via Bloglovin’ too, so that your social media followers will be aware that they can follow you on here!
  4. Place your blog under the right category!
    Once you’ve claimed your blog, make sure to file it under the right category so that people can find you when they’re looking to follow more blogs in your niche!
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  5. Follow other blogs on Bloglovin’– but don’t force yourself!
    Bloggers who’ve claimed their blogs get notified when people follow their blogs, so this is another simple way to get your name out there. Of course, don’t force yourself to follow blogs you’re not interested in. Only follow the ones you know you genuinely want to read from and support!

And that’s about it! If there’s anything I may have missed, or if there’s anything you want to ask, feel free to shoot me a DM via Twitter @aimeereads. Thanks again to the lovely Evelina for having me over!

Thank you to Aimee for sharing all of her Bloglovin’ knowledge with us. If you’ve got any questions, you can write them in the comments, and if you’ve got some hacks of your own, please do share them as well!

I’m Evelina and I try to blog about books that matter, with a bit of fun there too! Disability and equality will be topics you see a lot, but there’s also a lot of scifi, fantasy and… GIFs. I’m also the proud founder of #ARCsAnonymous.

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Stephanie Jane
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I’ve got all three of my blogs claimed on Bloglovin. I like that they automatically share my posts across my social media as soon as they’re published – which means I don’t have to share again manually until later in the day.
For me Bloglovin is a good way to keep up with other blogs I like as well 🙂

Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy
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Great post! I do want to add something important about Bloglovin’, however, for people who don’t know this. I personally don’t really use Bloglovin’ much because they trick you into thinking you are getting more traffic on your blog, when actually, unless you actually make a point to go to the actual blog’s post you are reading, you are simply reading from the Bloglovin’ sight, and that blogger is not getting stats from you. I do follow a few blogs on Bloglovin’, but I always click on either a graphic in the post or the link at the bottom of… Read more »
Aimee (Aimee, Always)
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Hey Tammy! Thanks for pointing this out – I totally forgot to mention it. Personally I always make sure to visit the actual blog post, and not just visit through the Bloglovin’ window. 🙂

Jenn @ Bound to Writing
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Great post! I went through my Bloglovin’ account and made sure everything was right. Well, it wasn’t, so I made a few changes! Thanks so much for the tips!

Tori @ InToriLex
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Great Post always good to stay engaged on multiple social media accounts!

Brian Joseph
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Pardon the pun, but I love Bloglovin. It is one of those internet things that is neat and makes everything easier. I used to use “The Old Reader” as my blog reader but I have found Bloglovin’ far superior. I need to add a Bloglovin’ follow button to my blog. Thanks for the tip!

Cahleen Hudson
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Great post for us newbie bloggers, as usual! I have a question: do you think we should do that thing where only a portion of our post shows up in Bloglovin’ with a “read more” prompt at the bottom for people to click on that takes them to the blog? I personally find this annoying and tend to not subscribe to blogs that do this unless I really love the blog, but I also had no idea that bloggers wouldn’t get the stats from you unless you went to their site until I read someone else’s comment. Shows what a… Read more »
Aditi
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Aaah this is such a great post!! Thank you to both of you. I’m definitely going to try Bloglovin. Because usually it becomes a chore to post the same post on different sites so I guess Bloglovin will help.

Aj @ Read All The Things!
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Great post! I couldn’t function without Bloglovin’. It’s pretty much the only thing I use to manage my blog-reading life. I think I’m following over 1000 blogs on there.

Norrie
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awesome post!
i had a personal blog years ago and i tried bloglovin but never really got the hang of it… gonna try again

Astrid @ Vanilla & Spice Books
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Wonderful post, you guys. I totally missed that you can share from bloglovin.

JJ @ This Dark Material
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Great advice Aimee, and thank you Evelina for hosting it! Since I prefer the interface of Blogspot, I actually rely on Bloglovin’ as the easier way for people to follow me! My feed hasn’t been showing all the blogs I follow lately, so I’ve turned to Feedly for new posts, but I love both of them as tools for reaching out and engaging with folks 🙂

Laura Thomas
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I never used bloglovin much until I had my email hacked. Now I use it a lot. Plus it sure makes for less emails to go through. Thanks for the post. I’ve learned a thing or two!

Dani @ Perspective of a Writer
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I totally could have used this last week! But Aimee’s walkthrough was great! That was exactly what I did to claim my blog on Bloglovin! Now if I could only get my feedly button to work! <3 Keep these coming!

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Danielle Nolan
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This is a great and thorough post! I am sure many will find it helpful. I do have to ask though, as I have quit using Bloglovin’ and opt to follow via email where I can, have they done anything to resolve the issue with blog traffic? From what I recall, sites were losing views and hits due to not actually getting directs views. I love the idea of Bloglovin and would love to return to it if the fix this to where readers are directed back to the actual site <3 It just concerns me to know that Bloglovin… Read more »
Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books
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Oh this is such a lovely and useful post, thank you so much for sharing! Bloglovin’ and I haven’t really been the best of friends haha, I never quite got the hang of it to follow people and check up on them with this. I really should try more. Thanks for these wonderful tips 🙂 x

kristina
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mmmh, another thing I gotta think about getting .. maybe on my 4 days off and i’ll feel a bit better, id set it up ..

I typically use my wordpress reader to bloghop however .. having two might make things easier ? idk ..

Caro @ bookcheshirecat
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I have to admit that I didn’t know a lot about Bloglovin but this post cleared a lot of things up, so thank you so much for this post! I’m not 100% sure if I will use this in the future, but it’s always good to be informed 🙂

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Gayathri
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I had lot of difficulties claiming my blogger blog (earlier) and the ever helpful team sorted it out, even though it took a bit of time. But the WordPress one worked perfectly fine. One of those problems that only Blogger has I guess.

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Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction
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I know a lot of people aren’t fans of Bloglovin’ anymore, but I still love it. I plan to check out Feedly a bit more, but right now I’m only following a couple of blogs there. Plus I have like 3500 Bloglovin’ followers and just over 50 on Feedly, so I don’t know that I’ll ever completely make the switch.

Jen
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Bloglovin is one of my favorite ways to follow people! I love that app! Books, baking, clothes and exercise, it has it all and it’s so easy for me to follow people there for all of my interests! Fabulous post!