Monday, January 11, 2010

Show off your followers with Followers blogger widget

This post was written to provide a basic guide about one of the most newest widgets of Blogger beta – Followers blogger widget. Please note that it is being under testing so if you don’t see it right away, don’t worry. It’s coming soon :) ( enabled this feature for me yesterday)

What is Following?

Would you like to know who enjoys reading your blog? Or stay updated with your favorite blogs right from your Blogger dashboard? Well now you can do that and more with the Blogger Following feature! You can even keep track of the blogs you follow via your Reading List on the Blogger dashboard.

How do I become a Follower of a blog?

There are two ways to become a follower of a blog.
Option 1. Add a blog to your Reading List.
First, click on the “Blogs I’m Following” tab under “My Reading List” on your Blogger Dashboard.
Blogger Following
Then, click on the blue “Add” button in the bottom left corner of your Reading List.
Blogger Following
Next, insert the URL of the blog you’d like to follow in the URL box. You can add as many blogs as you’d like by clicking on “Add another“. When you have added all of your favorite blogs, click the orangeNext” button.
Blogger Following
You’ll then be given the option to either follow publicly or anonymously:
Blogger Following
Then click the orange “Follow” button and that’s it! You’ve added all your favorite blogs to your Reading List! Now, every time one of the blogs are updated the latest post will be displayed in your reading list under the “Items” section.
Blogger Following
Option 2. Visit a blog that has added the Following widget and click on the “Follow this Blog” link under the “Followers” widget then do several steps as above.

How to add the Following gadget to your blog

It’s really easy to add the Following widget to your blog. First go to the Layout -> Page Elements tab for your blog. Click the “Add a Gadget” link that appears in the sidebar of your layout. You’ll then see a popup window with all the different types of Gadgets you can add toyour blog. Look for the one called “ Followers” and click on the blue “+” icon
Blogger Following
You can then enter your desired title for your Following widget. Once you have chosen a title, click the orange “Save” button. You have now added the following widget to your blog!



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