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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.

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

  1. 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 🙂
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  2. 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 the post that says “visit original site.” Just FYI:-)
    Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy recently posted…Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: RISEN by Cole GibsenMy Profile

    1. That’s true about Bloglovin’ – I actually have a plugin that blocks them showing your content in an iframe (and it just sort of loads the browser instead). And then I also send my RSS posts in the shortened version so people have to click the link 🙂 true though, when reading, I also always click because I don’t like the Bloglovin’ formatting much – it doesn’t keep the blog’s fonts or headers, often messes up the pictures too. So it’s not much of an experience unless you click through.

  3. 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!
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    1. I used to use the Google Reader, but that was disabled YEARS ago (and I loved it so much! It had good recommendations.) I actually love Feedly 🙂 and yes, you definitely need a Bloglovin’ button! It’s very very good for Blogspot blogs because they are sometimes harder to follow than WordPress blogs.

  4. 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 newb I am! I actually have no idea how to do this in any case, but I’m just curious about what the consensus is here (if there is one). Thanks!
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    1. Thank you, Cahleen 🙂
      I guess I’m not qualified to answer and Aimee would have to – but my opinion is that I’d rather lose readers than have my blog content stolen. At one point, what Bloglovin’ was doing was saying the content comes from THEIR site to the Google crawlers, and since they’re bigger, they’re more credible. In other words, they were stealing your content in the eyes of Google Search. Or rather, discrediting you as a source. So that’s why I went with the “short post version” at first, and then I stopped doing that when I got the plugin that just loads my blog instead of loading it inside Bloglovin.

  5. 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.

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

    1. Thank you! 🙂 well, in my opinion, you should have a Bloglovin’ just for the sake of people being able to follow you – personally, I also just have it there “to be there” 😀 but barely use it as a platform to read posts 🙂 still helps as a place to get follows, though!

  7. 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 🙂
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      1. I tried to install one on my blog for weeks! The link their “button builder” produced never actually connected to my feed though? So instead I just used a generic RSS icon and linked to my Feedly next to the other social media in my sidebar 🙂 It may not be official, but it works!
        JJ @ This Dark Material recently posted…dust motes: march 2018My Profile

        1. The Feedly button worked for me, luckily, but it’s too bad that after the last WP update the plugin didn’t work anymore (I didn’t use their button, I used a plugin) – because it displayed a follow count! I would love to have that back 😀

    1. Yeah, I don’t like newsletters either – it’s easier to just come and read the posts on your own terms 🙂 not when it drops into your mailbox – especially because if you follow a lot of blogs, it’s sure a lot of emails!
      And I’m glad you found the post useful, thank you for reading 🙂

    1. That’s wonderful to hear 🙂
      Feedly button huh. I think there’s a shortcode, but I’m not using it – is that what you’re using? Cause I’m also using a plugin (feedly stats or something like that), and it has a really easy way to add the button. Maybe you could try that? If you need me to look up the plugin name for you, message me and I will 🙂

  8. 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 may be receiving all of the views and hits that actual bloggers are not.
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    1. Thank you 🙂 actually, I don’t know, and I don’t think they resolved that – what I personally did was get a plugin that won’t let them load my blog in their frame and makes it just load it in the browser instead. So at least I’ve solved it on my end, but I don’t know if many reviewers know that! So if you want to put your blog back on it, if you’re on WordPress, I could just tell you which plugin I use 🙂

      1. That sounds like a great fix! My blog is still on there because it is pretty much impossible to remove. Anyone can add you. I am premium WP though. So maybe slip me the name of the plug-in sometime and I can see if it is something I can work with! <3
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    1. Thanks 🙂 following people on Bloglovin’ is easy – but yes, in terms of using it as a reader, I don’t either 😀 the app is sloppy, it looks ugly and I just don’t like it. But then again, I pretty much blog hop through comments anyway – so I don’t use readers all that much!

  9. 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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