Friday, 19 May 2017

A dummies guide to Bloglovin

Bloglovin is a funny one, you either love it or hate it. I happen to love it but can see how it would be complicated to some people, I do think it's an amazing tool and think it's so worth knowing a little bit about it so it can be utilised. Don't worry if you aren't good with big words or the blogging terminology though because neither am I, I can promise that this post will be written in the simplest English you've ever seen!



So let's start off with the basics, Bloglovin is essentially designed to help you have all the blogs you want to read in one place and easy to find. One of the first things I know confuses people is followers on there. You can follow and get followed in two different ways, one from people following your profile and one from people following your blog, but your blog follow count is the one that actually shows up on the Bloglovin widget on your blog. I would personally recommend following peoples blogs rather than their profiles as this will keep you up to date with their posts and add to the followers that essentially are the ones that matter. To make sure you are following someone's blog and not profile make sure the screen looks like the one below, you will see their blog posts rather than their activity if you are on the right bit.




Another thing that people struggle with is actually linking their blog up with Bloglovin. All you have to do is click your little profile button in the corner, then click widgets which will take you to a completely new page. From their you can decided whether you want the little Bloglovin counter to display your following number or not and you can also choose if you want an email subscription option on your blog too. Just click 'get this widget' on whichever one you want and it should explain exactly how to put it on your blog which is really simple, you essentially just copy and paste a code on to your blog and boom you've done it.






A common complaint about Bloglovin is that is steals your page views. You see if people are using the app then in most cases they will click on your post and it'll come up for them to view within the app meaning it won't count as a page view for you, they are also less inclined to comment on it as they aren't on your actual website. However a way you can change this so people can only view your whole post by going directly to your blog, is by going on to settings and then other on Blogger and under the section 'allow blog feed', change the option to until jump break. Then as long as when you write up your posts you insert a jump break after a few sentences (to do this press the little button next to the smiley face on the bar of icons at the top) it will stop Bloglovin from showcasing your whole post and will only show up until the jump break, then people will have to click view original post to read the whole thing where they will be taken to your blog. By doing this small thing it ensures you are still getting your page views and comments.




So like I said Bl is a great way to stay up to date with your favourite bloggers posts. By following someone it means that every time they post on their blog their post will automatically come up in your feed. If you follow lots of blogs then it can be pretty hard to stay up to date, especially if you have blogs you specifically like to read then their posts can quite easily get lost in a swarm of others. A way to combat this though is by using the groups feature it offers. On your main page of Bl where your feed will be shown, to the left hand side should be a 'groups' option and when you hover over that an option to edit. Click edit where you will be taken to a list of all the blogs you follow, on each persons name will be three dots which when you click will show up the option 'add or remove from group', by clicking this you can add this person to an already existing group you've made or make a whole new one which you can then just add whoever you like in to. For example you might have a little group of blogger friends who's posts you never like to miss out on, simply add them all in to one group, click in the group from your Bl homepage and then you've got all their posts in front of you without any others mixed in.




Something that people complain about with Bloglovin and this is one thing I have to agree on, is using it to find small new bloggers. It has the option to find bloggers and blogs under certain sections such as food and beauty, however Bl has a habit of only showing big bloggers here instead of the majority of us who have smaller followings. A way around this though which enables you to discover many new bloggers and posts from all different genres is by clicking 'Activity' on your main Bl page. This will show you all the posts that people you follow have 'loved' or saved to one of their collections which I'll come on to in a minute. It will also show you when someone you follow has followed someone new so you could check them out yourself. I've found this as an amazing way to discover new things as a lot of the bloggers I follow seem to read the same sort of posts I do.




Collections and loves are another great tool that Bl provides. You can create a collection, for example I have one called helpful, by clicking on your profile icon in the top right corner and clicking collections which will take you to a page where it literally just says 'create a collection', it's as simple as that. Then whenever I come across a post that I find helpful or might want to refer back to at another time, I just press the + sign under it and choose what collection I want to save it to. Another thing like this is the 'loves' option, where if you read a post that you really enjoy, you can press the little heart button under it which will notify the writer you've done so and it will also pop up under the little activity tab I mentioned for others to see. A little tip I have with the loves button is doing it your own posts maybe the day after you posted them, it just means it will pop up that you've done so in other peoples activity tabs if they check it and thus get you more publicity. To see all the posts you've loved just go to your profile icon in the corner again and click 'loves' where they will all be in one place for you to see.






Overall Bl is my biggest source of blogs to read simply because it's so easy. I use the mobile app and whenever I've got spare time I just go on it and scroll through my feed reading people's posts and commenting on them. I also find that this generates me a lot of traffic back to my own blog as commenting on other people's posts more often than not will lead them to have a little look at yours and possibly returning the favour.


I know I have pretty much just talked at you throughout this whole post and I'm sorry if I over completed anything but I hope that this has helped those of you who haven't used Bloglovin before or maybe has given those of you who do a few tips. If you have any other questions or anything you wondered about then please leave a comment asking or message me and I'll try and help. I really like Bl and find it really useful so if I can pass that on to anyone else that'd be great!
Kate Rose xo

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  1. This was such a handy post, I've had bloglovin' for a while now but I still find it so confusing xx


    lovesomachi.blogspot.com

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    1. I hope these tips helped a little bit then! X

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  2. This was such a helpful post! I've definitely learn some new things x
    Amy | amyslifeblogs24.blogspot.com

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    1. Good! I'm so glad you found it useful! X

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  3. Thanks so much! Am literally brand new to blogging; have just written and started to share my first post and have signed up to Bloglovin' but had no idea how to use it! Thank you thank you thank you!

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    1. I'm so glad you've found it useful! Good luck with everything. X

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  4. I love Bloglovin and it's where I read most the posts I do but there's still so much I need to learn about it, this was really useful x

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  5. I always use bloglovin to read posts each week!

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  6. this post is literally a life saver to me, I think Bloglovin is amazing but so complicated to use so this has helped a lot!

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    1. I'm so glad! It's definitely complicated but great once you get your head around it! X

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  7. This is so helpful - I wish I had a post like this to help me when I first started using Bloglovin' x

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    1. That's what I'm hoping it'll do! Help those people who are just starting out. X

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  8. This are some really good points, I've had BL for like 4 years and never actually took advantage of it. But I might start using some of your tips - especially the one to find smaller blogs!

    Kumbear Xo

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    1. Thank you! It's a really good way to find smaller people! X

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  9. I love using Bloglovin, it's so great to have all my favourite bloggers' blogs in one place xx

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  10. Great post hun so helpful ��

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  11. This is such a useful post; especially that little tip on finding small bloggers. That's precisely why I never really got into Bloglovin; because I was only ever getting shown MASSIVE bloggers xx

    mia // https://okaaythen.com

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    1. Thank you! The only showcasing big bloggers was the major turn off for me too! X

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  12. This is great as I still haven't got the hang of it! X

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  13. I think its a great way to make sure you never miss a post too!

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  14. I love using bloglovin' to read blogs, I need to start using the jump break

    Tasha x

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  15. This is definitely a very handy post. However even though I know bloglovin is great for traffic I still can't get in to it...

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    1. That's a shame, it's not for everyone I guess! X

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  16. I love bloglovin, it's definitely where I find the most blogs to read! The whole thing with the views isn't good, but it's such a useful site! Great post xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

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  17. this is so handy, bloglovin can be really hit or miss so this has cleared a few things up! Thanks X

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  18. Such a handy post! Definitely going to have to give the activity tab a look. xx

    Lucy | lucy-cole.co.uk

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad it was useful. X

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  19. This is such an amazing helpful post for everyone, cannot believe the amount of detail you put into this!! Amazing! (p.s just following you on bloglovin now). I also really don't agree with the fact that they always show the bigger bloggers, unlike us smallies over here, we want to grow too!
    Charlotte / Charlotte's Picks

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  20. Thank you so much, I'm glad you enjoyed! I've followed you back. X

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  21. This is brilliantly explained! I still need to get my head around it really because my following is sooo low and barely any people can find me on there despite including a widget on my blog. Some of the stuff you screenshot here didn't even come up when I went on bloglovin like the groups and activity etc! I don't know if that's because I'm not on the app and on a computer but ahh! X

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    1. Thank you! Possibly, all the screenshots I put on here were from Bloglovin on my computer! X

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  22. Oh my goodness I've only just found this post now and it is SO HELPFUL! I've used bloglovin for about three years and never knew how to only showcase a few lines of a post! I guess that's my job for the afternoon now haha! x
    www.misszarabelle.com

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