The Ultimate Blogger’s Guide to Bloglovin’

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The Ultimate Blogger's Guide to Bloglovin' | Bloglovin' is so much more than just a blog reader. It's a great place to find new content. Click on through to learn how to use Bloglovin' to your advantage!

Update 2/27/17 – I no longer advise you use Bloglovin’. While they started out as a great way to keep up with your favorite blogs, they’ve done some things that are a little sketchy, namely scraping content and adding comments to MY posts on THEIR site. Now I don’t know about you, but I’d like to keep all engagement to my blog, or you know, platforms I actually use. To read more about the issues with Bloglovin’, check out this post: Bloglovin’ is Stealing Posts.

Do you use Bloglovin’? Recently I’ve noticed the topic of Bloglovin’ coming up in a bunch of Facebook groups I’m a member of. People either love it, aren’t using it, or have no clue about it’s potential.

Now I must say I’m not a regular Bloglovin’ user. I much prefer Feedly for staying up to date with my favorite blogs. But still, there’s something to be said about the platform. Depending on your niche and where your audience hangs out, it might be very worthwhile for you to take advantage of everything Bloglovin’ has to offer.

And even if you don’t plan on using Bloglovin’, I still think you should at minimum have a presence there, especially if your readers use it.

In this post, I’m going to go over everything you need to know about Bloglovin’ including how to claim your blog, how to add a Bloglovin’ follow widget to your site, ways you can use Bloglovin’ to be an even better blogger, and more!

What is Bloglovin’?

Bloglovin’ is a blog reader that allows you to keep up with your favorite blogs and discover new content. You can follow all of your daily reads and read them in one convenient location. Plus, you’ll always be aware of new content. No more missing posts!

In addition to reading your favorite blogs, Bloglovin’ is a great community for bloggers. You can explore different categories to view top posts within each one, extending your blog reading even further beyond your favorites.

Since Bloglovin’ is used to read content, it’s the perfect platform to curate the best of the best via collections. This gives you the opportunity to create some awesome reading lists for all of your followers. Plus, you can even check out collections of other bloggers! It’s definitely a fun place to explore.

Why should I use Bloglovin’?

There are a number of reasons why bloggers should use Bloglovin’. Perhaps the best reason is so you can easily follow your favorite blogs! No more missing out on new blog posts! Plus, because Bloglovin’ is a network of sorts, it gives you more opportunities for people to discover your blog.

But my favorite reason for using Bloglovin? Finding new and interesting content! Whenever I’m feeling bored or if I’m looking to curate content to share on social media, Bloglovin’ is my number one stop.

How do I add my blog to Bloglovin’?

Because Bloglovin’ relies on RSS feeds, you don’t need to add your blog in order for it to show up! Anyone can simply search for your blog via its URL. If your site has an RSS, they can follow.

However, you can claim your blog which gives you control over how your blog is displayed, including the category is is displayed under and the description.

To claim your blog, search for your blog via URL in the search bar, then click the claim it link on your blog’s page. You’ll be provided with html code for a link. Copy and paste the link into a new blog post (using the text editor — not the visual editor) and publish it. Go back to the page with the html code and click the claim blog button. If it worked, your blog is now claimed!

How to add Bloglovin’ widgets to your blog

One of the best ways to grow your following on Bloglovin’ is to add widgets to your blog. This will allow your readers to quickly and easily follow your blog on Bloglovin’.

To add a Bloglovin’ widget to your blog, visit the widgets page and select a widget by clicking “get this widget.” You’ll be provided with a bit of code that you can add to a sidebar widget on your WordPress blog. If you’re a Squarespace user, add a code block wherever you want the Bloglovin’ widget to display and add the code provided.

How to use Bloglovin’ to stay up to date with your favorite blogs

Let’s talk about Bloglovin’s main purpose: staying up to date with all of your favorite blogs. Once you’ve gotten yourself set up with an account, you’ll want to follow your favorites! To find your favorite blogs, search for them in the search bar. As you type, suggestions will appear. When you see the correct one, click on it and you’ll be taken to that blog’s page. To follow the blog, click on the blue follow button underneath the blog description. That’s it! Now when a new post is published from that blog, you’ll see it on your homepage.

Now let’s say you are going to be following a ton of blogs. You’l probably want some sort of organization right? I mean, if you’re in the mood to look at recipes, you’ll want to be able to just view your favorite food blogs. And the same if you’re looking for blogging tips to share on social media.

Luckily, Bloglovin’ allows you to group the blogs you follow into groups. To create groups, go to your feed page and find the groups link in the right sidebar. When you hover over the link, an edit link will appear. Click edit and you’ll be taken to your subscriptions page. At the top of the page, click on the create new group button. Once the group is created, you can add blogs to it by clicking on the change group drop down next to any of the blogs you’d like to add.

How to find new and interesting content on Bloglovin’

Ahh, my favorite part of Bloglovin’! When I’m on the hunt for content to share via Twitter, Bloglovin’s Explore tab is one of the first places I look. When you click on Explore in the menu, you’re greeted with posts from all categories. But the real magic happens on the category pages. That’s where you can find posts related to your niche that your audience will find valuable. You may even find some new blogs to follow! I know I’ve definitely added quite a bit of blogs to my reader thanks to the Bloglovin’ Explore section.

How to save content to collections

If you’ve ever come across a post you want to save for later, whether it’s so you can read it when you have time or to save for future reference, Bloglovin’ has a great save feature that allows you to create collections of blog posts.

When you come across a blog post you want to save, simply click the save button below the post. If you have collections already set up, you can select a collection to save it to. If you haven’t created any collections yet, enter a name for the collection you wish to create and then click create.

More Bloglovin’ tips

1. Dislike the Bloglovin’ frame when reading posts? You can disable it! Click on your profile picture in the top navigation menu and select settings. Scroll down to the bottom and select “I don’t want the frame.” Boom. Now whenever you click on a post via Bloglovin’ you’ll be taken directly to that blog without the pesky frame!

2. Want to change the order in which items are displayed in your feed? From the homepage click on the … next to mark all as read. From there you can sort by newest or oldest first. You can also select the size of the images displayed in your feed!

3. Bloglovin’ profiles are public, which means anyone can view the blogs you follow. If you want to hide that guilty pleasure blog from public view, you can make it private. Click on your profile picture and select edit blogs you follow. Then simply click private next to any blogs you want hidden.

4. You can keep up with your favorite blogs on the go via the Bloglovin’ app, which can be downloaded here.

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Do you use Bloglovin’? What’s you’re favorite feature? Got any tips? Share below!

42 thoughts on “The Ultimate Blogger’s Guide to Bloglovin’”

  1. I have a Bloglovin account but I stopped focusing on it. Though for the time that I was, it did drive significant traffic to my blog. I think maybe I should go back to it and try to implement some of your tips here.

  2. Thanks for the great tips! I’m a new BL user and I enjoy the platform so far. Wondering if there’s anything I could be doing to actually get some traffic for my own blogs from there.

    Is there any way to increase my blogs’ visibility on BL? Or is it just a matter of adding their widgets so people can follow my blogs more easily?

    1. I don’t really think there’s a specific way to gain traffic via Bloglovin’. I think it all comes down to getting people to sign up, posting regularly (whether that’s once a week, 3x a week, etc), and successfully categorizing your blog via BL (so it shows up in the correct BL category page).

  3. What a great blog post! I must admit that I’ve been pretty lazy with bloglovin lately. I used to promote my blog on Bloglovin with my old lifestyle blog but I guess I just don’t find it that valuable tool with my new blog. This post really made me think about it though and I guess I’ll add my new blog to Bloglovin as well.

    1. It definitely doesn’t hurt. I think it can be a great resource to help make your blog more visible. Granted some niches (such as lifestyle) probably do better on the platform, but it’s worth a shot, right?

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  5. Hi, i have an issue, i am testing to know more about BL, and I wrote a post, but when i tried to access to it (not logged) BL told me that i can’t see the content, only for registered users, this is the message “This page is only visible to logged in members.
    Log in or sign up below.”
    What i am doing wrong? do you know about this? thank you for your time

    1. Hey, I also noticed the same thing for my articles on bloglovin. Why can’t I see the bloglovin articles anymore? Is it a matter of bloglovin’s settings that we don’t know yet? The fact is that this has been happening since 2020. I always have the same message: “This page is only visible to logged in members.” Anyone with any help in this regard ?? I would be grateful!

  6. I thought I was alone in this. I have also tried everything but nothing is coming by. I have also added my blog and claimed it on BL but nothing is working. I have also created a collection and put in all my articles but still nothing.I am devastated. What can we do to solve this.
    Does it mean that BL is trying to lock out some articles from search engines or what is happening? Especially new articles as of 2020? Anyone help with this…

  7. That was a great read Allyssa. I recently started using Bloglovin, but having the issue of users who are not logged not being able to see my posts. I created a post on BL, and claimed my blog as well, but nothing is showing when I am not logged in. Do you have any suggestion how we can fix that? Is there a recent update?

  8. Hi, I receive emails from Bloglovin and have the app. When I tap on a post on the email to “read more” the message at the top comes.
    “Dismiss. And then the name of the post”. It is on top of a blank white screen. I have no choice than to tap dismiss and the banner disappears and older posts come up. I do not know how to get to the post. Please help if you can. Thank you

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    1. hello i have published unique articles on bloglovin, but its getting error as “This page is only visible to logged in members.
      Log in or sign up below.”
      please help me. thank you

  9. Has this been solved yet? am experiencing the same issue – i’ve even wrote the support team but they haven’t responded! isn’t it posting articles public anymore? anyone found a solution yet. This is frustrating especially after you’ve properly written your article.

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