a Bloglovin’ tutorial

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I recently broke up with Google Reader and switched to a new blog reader called Bloglovin’. For those of you who aren’t familiar with blog readers, they aggregate the latest posts from a person’s website subscriptions into one long email or web-based article. This makes blog reading less laborious and more discreet which, I understand, is completely necessary for those who enjoy a little blog-reading while on the clock at work.

If you’re an avid blog reader, you’re probably familiar with Google Reader. If you’re an avid blog reader and a blogger, you probably have a love/hate relationship with Google Reader. While it’s great for catching up on the 1,384 new posts you have yet to read, it also cheats your own blog out of page views. Lost page views means lost revenue since the reader’s eyeballs never actually hit your page and see advertisements displayed in the sidebar.

I’ve switched to Bloglovin’ for a few reasons:

  1. It gives bloggers page views.
  2. I can comment directly on posts.
  3. It’s more aesthetically pleasing.

I put together a quick tutorial to show you the best features of this reader & why I won’t be going back to Google.

Below is a snapshot of the main page. Once you’ve created an account you can search for and follow your favorite blogs, categorize them however you like and read all unread posts either by date posted, category or blog name. One feature I like is being able to scroll through snapshots of posts from the main page.

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Once a post is clicked on, another window will open the post with a nifty scroll bar at the top. From here you can move on to the next unread post by clicking “newer”, “older” or “oldest.”

As I mentioned before, the best part of Bloglovin’, from a blogger’s point-of-view, is that it brings viewers to your page which counts as a page view. Page views = profits from advertisers, something you don’t get from other readers.

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Another thing I love about Bloglovin’ is that viewers can comment on posts directly since they’re already seeing the post from your blog. No more having to click through from a reader to comment. I can tell you I comment on way more blogs now that I use Bloglovin’, which I hear is also good way to get exposure for your own blog if you have one!

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I know what many of you are going to ask. Can I import my current feed into Bloglovin’? The short answer is YES…

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HOWEVER, Google Reader has recently stopped allowing you to download the necessary OPML file with all of your subscriptions. If any of you can figure out how to get your subscriptions into OPML format, let me know in the comments!

For you Google Reader users, it might be easiest to manually search and add blogs – a few at a time of course. See the first tutorial image for the search box location. If you use another reader, you should be able to figure out how to get that OPML file and import it.

UPDATE: Rachel figured out how to import from Google Reader! “I just used the Takeout export on Google Reader and saved it as a xml file and then imported to Bloglovin.” Thanks for sharing this, Rachel!

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Good content is important but a big part of what I love about reading blogs are the visual aesthetics – the unique layout, colors and fonts that make up the experience of reading a blog. These are all  lost with other readers which displays posts in an email-type format.  This is the main reason I initially made the switch.

It takes a little bit of getting used to but now that I have my full list of blogs added, I’ll never go back. Hopefully this tutorial was helpful!

Questions of the day: What readers do you use? Do you read blogs purely for the content or for the overall experience of visiting the website too?

PS. How to claim your blog on Bloglovin’ (first link).

PPS. You can follow me here - post your link below and I’ll follow back if I don’t already!

65 Comments on a Bloglovin’ tutorial

  1. Jonelle
    April 20, 2014 at 7:45 pm (3 days ago)

    Good information. Lucky me I ran across your site
    by accident (stumbleupon). I have book marked it for
    later!

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  2. Antonia @ Health Inspirations
    November 12, 2013 at 3:33 pm (5 months ago)

    This was a very helpful post. I know it’s almost a year old but you were very smart to change RSS tools before Google Reader shut down.

    Reply
  3. Christine Monson
    September 25, 2013 at 2:50 pm (7 months ago)

    Problem solved. It was my background theme. The RSS was fine, but the theme confused the update.

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  4. Amy
    July 5, 2013 at 10:29 am (10 months ago)

    Quick question: when I click on post a comment to post to a blog, nothing happens. Could this be a blogger within bloglovin issue? You mentioned that posting a comment without having to link out to the blog is one of your favorite features, but I can’t figure out how. Thanks so much for this post and your help!

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  5. Lauren Nolan
    July 1, 2013 at 12:02 pm (10 months ago)

    This is such a great comprehensive post about BlogLovin! I also like it because of the iPhone app– so nice when you are on the go!
    http://www.lakeshorelady.com

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  6. Tasha
    June 27, 2013 at 8:21 am (10 months ago)

    thetelltaletasha.blogspot.com
    I think I’m going to like bloglovin’ :-)

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    • elle
      June 20, 2013 at 8:13 pm (10 months ago)

      I’m glad it helped, and great job on your tutorial! Cute blog too :)

      Reply
  7. Amanda
    June 13, 2013 at 9:02 pm (10 months ago)

    Great tips! Thank you! I love reading blogs, however I am new to the life of being an actual blogger. So if you wouldn’t mind following me I would appreciate it!:)
    http://pbajblog.blogspot.com

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    • elle
      June 13, 2013 at 10:11 pm (10 months ago)

      Adorable blog. I most certainly will!

      Reply
  8. Amanda
    June 13, 2013 at 2:38 am (11 months ago)

    I have the same problem as Pam C wrote about on 13th May. And I know that several other people are having the same problem too. Were you able to help Pam? I’m going to be looking for a different reader if I can’t find out the answer to this.

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  9. Karen T
    June 12, 2013 at 3:01 pm (11 months ago)

    Thanks Elle.

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  10. Karen T
    June 12, 2013 at 12:19 pm (11 months ago)

    I like bloglovin but does anyone know how to get to the actual website address to bookmark the site. It only gives a bloglovin address — and it’s a very long one. Thanks for any feedback

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    • elle
      June 12, 2013 at 12:29 pm (11 months ago)

      I had the same frustration too! Liking in Bloglovin will bookmark it within Bloglovin – just view liked posts. Inevitably though I’d end up going directly to the blog, clicking on the post and bookmarking that way.

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      • Karen T
        June 12, 2013 at 2:02 pm (11 months ago)

        How did you go directly to the blog? I usually have to do a search. I tried hitting ‘home’ but it still gave me the bloglovin address. I do use the ‘like’ but if I want to print something and post the address, it will still give me the bloglovin address which is way too long. Thanks for your comments!

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        • elle
          June 12, 2013 at 2:36 pm (11 months ago)

          I manually type the web address for the blog in a new tab (i.e. nutritionella.com). Total pain, I know!

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  11. chris
    June 11, 2013 at 11:13 am (11 months ago)

    Building traffic should also be easier with bloglovin’s great search features. Now you can narrow searches by areas of interest so since I blog DIY projects, I don’t have to hit all the foodie blogs, mommy blogs, etc. while looking for fun new projects, and my readers will find it easier to find me!

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  12. Vanessa
    May 26, 2013 at 1:48 pm (11 months ago)

    Thanks for this helpful post!!

    Xo Vanessa

    Reply
  13. Pam C
    May 11, 2013 at 1:23 pm (12 months ago)

    I notice in bloglovin that I have trouble making comments on other’s blogs or entering contests that they may have. Is this a settings problems on their blog or something I am doing wrong? Bloglovin will not respond to my inquiries of how to solve this problem.
    Thanks!

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  14. Celeste
    April 26, 2013 at 5:54 pm (12 months ago)

    I use Bloglovin and love it. I have used others, but like Bloglovin so much better. I like how I can sort the blogs. By the way I have been following you for a while now. Love your blog. You are lucky to be living where the famous Nike Women’s Marathon takes place. I have run the half but I want to run the full someday!

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  15. The Avid Reader
    March 14, 2013 at 3:15 pm (1 year ago)

    Thanks for this post! Someone linked to it on Twitter so I immediately headed over. After reading this, I’ve signed up for BL and I’m feeling okay about losing GR now. I had no idea that BL views count as pageviews, or that you could comment right from BL. Plus it’s pretty!

    Guess I can stop panicking over losing GR now. My poor husband thanks you haha.

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  16. Holly Waterfall
    March 14, 2013 at 10:09 am (1 year ago)

    great post! I’m trying to move my GReader to BL… I can’t find where the Takeout export function is though?? please help. I mostly use BL already, but i had a few on GReader too. help please :)

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  17. AJ
    March 14, 2013 at 7:43 am (1 year ago)

    THANK YOU for posting this! Google Reader was my main reader and Bloglovin was a back up, but now that Google Reader is going away, I just imported everything to Bloglovin! This was SO helpful!!

    -AJ
    FitTravelerAJ.blogspot.com

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  18. Emily
    March 14, 2013 at 7:09 am (1 year ago)

    Thank you for this! I saw a link to your post in my twitter feed this morning, and you saved me much time and energy. And I think I actually prefer it to Google Reader, so all is good.

    I hope San Fran works out great for you!

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  19. Michelle
    March 14, 2013 at 3:43 am (1 year ago)

    Great post! I love Bloglovin’! Just followed you, would love for you to check mine out! :)

    xx Michelle

    Fierce & Fashionable

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  20. Kristin (kekis)
    March 14, 2013 at 12:19 am (1 year ago)

    Thanks for the tutorial! I’m so mad at stupid, stupid Google. For as much help as they provide, they sure do screw things up for me lately! Bloglovin’ looks like a good alternative. Have all my subscriptions imported but wish I could import my categories too! It’s taking me quite a while to categorize the almost 500 blogs to which I currently subscribe. hmph.

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  21. Kim@hungryhealthygirl
    February 1, 2013 at 5:20 pm (1 year ago)

    I’m definitely going to check into this. Thanks for the post!

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  22. Kim @ Real Life for the New Wife
    February 1, 2013 at 4:52 pm (1 year ago)

    I love, love, love Bloglovin’ for all the reasons you posted and more! I made the switch from Google Reader a few months ago and haven’t regretted it for a second. The blog aesthetics are really key for me, and Bloglovin’s UI and everything are just a lot nicer too.

    Great post!

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  23. Melissa
    January 16, 2013 at 8:39 pm (1 year ago)

    Thanks or this post! This really makes it easy to see why Blog Lovin is preferred as a reader for bloggers anyway. So love that it gives you page views!

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  24. Katelyn Block
    January 13, 2013 at 6:01 pm (1 year ago)

    GREAT tutorial, lady! I love this. I actually haven’t been active on a Reader for a LONG time, given the amount of blogs I follow and exhausting it becomes. I’m going to start using BlogLovin’ more. Way more aesthetically pleasing and I love the functionality. Here’s my link! http://www.bloglovin.com/en/blog/2529306/chef-katelyn/follow xo love!

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  25. Jamie @ Thrifty Veggie Mama
    January 4, 2013 at 10:40 am (1 year ago)

    I am a little confused on whether views in bloglovin count as pageviews. It still shows a bloglovin URL so is it counting as a pageview for the site?

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    • elle
      January 4, 2013 at 2:40 pm (1 year ago)

      It does! Bloglovin is just a referrer despite the URL.

      Reply
  26. Molly
    December 19, 2012 at 4:51 pm (1 year ago)

    Wonderful tutorial! Just signed up and followed you!

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  27. Miranda @ Biting Life
    December 18, 2012 at 5:35 am (1 year ago)

    This is so cool! I’ve used Google Reader forever, but I was always bummed that it wasn’t giving my fellow bloggers pageviews when I looked at their posts. Switching over is going to be a daunting task, considering I follow hundreds of blogs… but I think it’s definitely worth it! Thanks so much for posting about this, because I probably wouldn’t have heard of it or looking into it otherwise :)

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  28. Jamie @ Thrifty Veggie Mama
    December 17, 2012 at 5:09 pm (1 year ago)

    Thank you for this! I had no idea about bloglovin but use Reader all the time. Love that I would be able to comment directly instead of having to click through! Will be checking this out.

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  29. Kammie @ Sensual Appeal
    December 17, 2012 at 12:03 pm (1 year ago)

    Oh wow, this is great. I shared it and I hope more people switch to bloglovin’ too! I use it and Google Reader but I think I’ll be making the switch too. It’s only fair.

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  30. littlecircusgirl
    December 17, 2012 at 7:55 am (1 year ago)

    I now started a blog http://littlecircusgirl.blogspot.co.at/ and i have bloglovin but how do i make my posts show up on bloglovin? I don’t understand the whole RSS thing. I made a page on my blog called RSS, if thats what i’m supposed to do?? please help! x

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  31. lindsay
    December 17, 2012 at 6:59 am (1 year ago)

    had no idea bloglovin counts pageviews. Very cool! great tutorial

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  32. Paul
    December 16, 2012 at 6:19 pm (1 year ago)

    I made the switch today. And love love LOVE it!! Took me a little to get onto it, I really like the asthetics. Beautiful.

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  33. Lauren
    December 16, 2012 at 4:26 pm (1 year ago)

    You convinved me too! I love the interface for Bloglovin’ and agree its much better that Google Reader. Thanks Elle!

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  34. Brooke @ Running In Heels
    December 16, 2012 at 2:35 pm (1 year ago)

    Omg what a great idea! I’m going to have to check it out. Just found your blog and I am in love with it, by the way :) Keep up the good work!

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  35. Alicia @NeverEverBeenSkinny
    December 15, 2012 at 9:56 pm (1 year ago)

    I really am going to have to take a look at this. I don’t even use google reader, well I signed up for it, but never ended up using it. Besides page views is always a big plus!!

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  36. Ginger
    December 15, 2012 at 4:37 pm (1 year ago)

    I really want to love this, especially because it gives page views, but until they have an Android app so I can use it on my phone and Kindle, I’m gonna have to stick with good ol’ Google Reader. At least with the new super full feed extension for Chrome I can now leave comments through the reader? :(

    Hopefully an Android version will come soon and I can jump ship, though. Thanks for the tutorial!

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    • elle
      December 15, 2012 at 1:36 am (1 year ago)

      I think I tried this once and it didn’t work for me… but glad to know it works for some! :)

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  37. Ellie@Fit for the Soul
    December 14, 2012 at 2:01 pm (1 year ago)

    haha you’re so convincing and enticing with your words, girl! :) I always wondered what Bloglovin’ is and I’ve never actual been diligent enough to get a reader of my own, but now I’m curious…will check it out sometime :)

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  38. Danielle
    December 14, 2012 at 10:36 am (1 year ago)

    I haven’t began using a blog reader yet. I just have a huge list of blogs I have favorited and go to each one individually each day. I need to look into getting a bloglovin account

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  39. Rachel@Running Daze
    December 14, 2012 at 10:06 am (1 year ago)

    I got all my google reader subscriptions to transfer over! I just used the takeout export on google reader and saved it as a xml file and then imported to blog lovin. I’m excited to give this reader a try and compare to google reader. Thanks for the great post!

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    • Caroline
      December 14, 2012 at 11:07 am (1 year ago)

      That worked for me – thanks, Rachel!

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      • Julie
        December 14, 2012 at 11:35 am (1 year ago)

        This worked for me too!

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  40. Stacy
    December 14, 2012 at 9:25 am (1 year ago)

    I had no idea what readers were in the first place – this one seems awesome! I agree though, a big part of why I love reading blogs is because of how they look in addition to how they read. I’ll definitely be signing up for an account. Thanks for the tutorial, Elle!

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  41. Erica { EricaDHouse.com }
    December 14, 2012 at 7:00 am (1 year ago)

    I use google reader but open them up individually in new windows so the page views count. Looks like i can rely on Bloglovin to do that now!

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