Top 10 Blogger Hacks and Tips

Hey MakeUseOf! I thought I would share with you some cool Blogger hacks and tips that I have learned about Blogger’s Blogspot blogging platform over the last 8 months or so. I jumped into the new Blogger almost immediately after its beta launch and then I wanted to customize it – You know, make it my own.

So I went out looking for how to do it. And here is that wisdom I uncovered. Consider it a gift from me to you. Poor old Blogger gets a bad wrap, namely because people do not know how to manipulate it. I hope this article helps you guys out and if you have any others please let me know in the comments…

1. Removing The Blogger Bar

I hated the blogger bar across the top of my Web site because it didn’t really go with my template and I already had a Google search bar integrated. So I went on a mission to remove it and de-bloggerify my blog. I searched far and wide and for some reason kept hitting a dead end. It turns out that the code used to change the old blogger templates no longer works! So after tracking down the CSS changes here is how I did it:

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All you need to do is add the following CSS to your template under edit HTML. You need to put in anywhere in your template between the <style> tags.

    #navbar-iframe { height:0px; visibility:hidden; display:none; }

2. Add a randomizer to show different quotes, graphics or html.

I used to be really jealous of Feedburner’s awesome quotes that change on refresh. I went out looking for my own way to do something similar. It was a long and grueling task but I found it (Well actually my buddy Mike Commodore found it). Check out how I use a free Randomizer ASP application to get my own random geeky quotes and ads to display. I have the quotes on display in my subheader here and the Wicked Tee’s Ad is also on a separate randomizer. To download the RandomQ program hit their website here.

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3. Recent comments

Use this script to achieve a WordPress-esque Recent Comments module for your side bar! Start some riots among your readers! Let them know what others have to say. This site provides a widget creator that I used to make my recent comments module. I found that after adding this, it actually encouraged people to comment more frequently. I don’t know if they like seeing their name up in lights or if they read what others wrote and want to kick in their two cents… But either way it has increased commenting by about 70%!

4. That’s a lot of comments!!

Here’s another useful blogger hack – replace your commenting system with Intense Debate for more control over comments with a social flare. It is really easy to do, check out this information from their web site:

Interested in the comments your friends make? What if there was a way to follow your friends and be notified when, where, and also what they comment? Intense Debate provides this functionality through RSS feeds for each user. Subscribers will be notified in their RSS readers with a direct link to view the context surrounding the comment as well. Give it a try!

Also, don’t waste anymore time checking back in on a blog to see if anyone responded to your comment. Now you can get email notifications of replies to your comments, letting you know when the conversation continues while you’re gone.

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5. Adding inline ads

Want to add advertisements into your posts for maximum exposure? By having your ads out their in front of peoples face they just might click them more often. I am not a big believer in ads. But maybe you are and by following these instructions from MyDigitialLife you can add adds in your post between post or even in the footer. It is not hard to do and involves a little modification to your template. Due to the fact that Blogger parses out some code and changes some characters when you enter it manually in the html this will show you a workaround for that.From their web site:

6. Use Feedburner

Feedburner lets you “burn your feed” and add feed flare. Before they were a Google company they were awesome but now that they are a part of the Google they are even better. I use Feedburner for feed statistics, monitoring users subscriptions, managing our daily email blast list and adding feed flare enhancements to your feed. This is a MUST do for any blog. Almost a no brainer. Blogger lets you specify your Feedburner information in their ‘Site Feed’ tab inside your dashboard. Once there you will see a place to plug in your Feeburners URL.

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7. Add additional pages (Add links to older posts that you can customize like a contact page.)

This is one thing I always hear people complaining about blogger. But I can’t add a second page or even a page for contact information… Wahhh Wahhh Wahhh. How about a little creativity? For this hack all I did was create some posts labeled About Us Contact Us etc. And then made their published dates way back when and linked to the posts from my template. Result – pseudo additional pages!

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8. Use a real domain name instead of blogger’s default naming conventions

In the beginning before we knew any better we though using a free service like Blogger meant being locked into certain things like the sub-domain name off of Blogspot. Google lets you “Brand” your blog and link up a real domain name to forward to your Blogspot address. But they did one better and redirect their address’s to yours. So even if you type in http://askTheAdmin.blogspot.com you will wind up at http://www.askTheAdmin.com! Sweet.

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9. Add Instant Messaging to your Blogger blog.

Want to chat with your users real time? I added Plugoo to my site, linked it up with my AIM account and I am in constant contact with users looking for help or just wanting to say what’s up. This is not for everyone but I found it so cool I now turn my AOL IM mobile when I am AFK and my IM’s hit me via Text message on my Smart Phone.

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10. Update you blog daily and have quality content. .

And the last but certainly not least Blogger tip/hack is not a hack at all but a piece of advice . Update your blog on a daily basis. Because that is all the readers want now isn’t it? Would you read your own site – if it wasn’t yours?? If your answer is no, then you got some serious re-thinking to do!

Do you have any additional Blogger hacks and tips or other blog hosts? We would love to hear about it in the comments!

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Shalmar

This is a great roundup of information. Great website and great article. You have yourself a new subscriber as of today.

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Jerick Mac

yup thats true!

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sara

Nice work !
Try tho too…

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Mark O’Neill

Before moving to WordPress late last year, I was a big Blogger user. It always irritated me that it was so troublesome to get that stupid ugly top nav bar removed!! It was suggested by Google at one point that to remove it would violate their terms of service which would result in your blog being deleted.

Whether that is really true or not, I don’t know. But it’s definately something to be cautious about.

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Renee

What an excellent article. It’s nice to have 1 place to go to for that info. Speaking as someone who uses multiple blogging platforms I have a hard time keeping everything I’ve read together. Thanks!

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Karl Gechlik

http://www.google.com/accounts/TOS

I read what I agree to!

Need to make sure I’m not signing away my first born, No mention of the blogger tool/search bar anywhere in there.It does say you can’t use the Google or Blogger logo without written consent though!

How funny is that!

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Prakash

Great article. The new commenting system, Intense debate, is new to me and I was really looking for that.

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Shankar Ganesh

Great Post.

Blogger’s comment interface is the worst thing I dislike about it. Now I’ve moved to WordPress, but if Intense Debate had come when I was using Blogger, I’d have surely used it on my Blogger blog.

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James

Intense Debate is compatible with WordPress, Blogger, Typepad, Moveable Type, Tumblr, and there is also code to place a comment system on generic websites. Check it out.

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Bill

Great tips!!! I will be sure to use these. Thanks!!!

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Dani

Some interesting points. I have myself a blogspot-blog. I might use 1 or 2 of those tweaks.

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Frosty

Makecloud offers an easy way to add a tag cloud to blogger blogs.

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Robert

Very nice article. but how to change the published date for an article?

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Robert

How to change published date to another?

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Karl Gechlik | AskTheAdmin.com

Hey Robert,

All you need to do is click the advanced button under your post in your blogger dashboard. Then a little box comes out with your date and time. Edit it right there!

Hope you enjoyed the post!

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Sameer

great tips i will try this.

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Megan

I use blogspot, I have others including wordpress but have just come to appreciate some of blogspots posting feautures. As it is relatively new I appreciate these tips. Can not wait to go plug them into my blog

Thanks

Megan

PassportMentors.com

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Pete White

Don’t update your blog daily if you have nothing to say. There are so many blogs out there full of crap because of this bad advice. Only post when you have something good to post about, I would rather read a good blog that posts once a week than a poor blog that posts everyday.

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Amanda Fazani

Thanks for linking to Blogger Buster in this excellent post! There’s certainly something here for every Blogger user to customize their default templates to make it much less generic (and more personal for them).

I look forward to reading more posts like this!

Best wishes,

Amanda (Blogger Buster)

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ariefcute

it’s really interesting…

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ruth

Great advice! I can nw remove the blogger banner.

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Lindsi

I was wondering if you have an explanation somewhere that shows how to make the links you talk about in step 7. Thanks!

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AskTheAdmin | Karl Gechlik

You have to create links in your html template or in your side bar that will link to these older posts.

If you click through to askTheAdmin.com and see the menu bar along the top. Hover over them and you will see the posts url.

If you need more information feel free to email me at help at asktheadmin dot com

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SpillingBuckets

Thanks for the info and links. Terrific collection of great stuff!

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LVCHEN

For recent comments,you may try this one.

lvchen716.googlepages.com/rc20_eng

It is also nice and easy to setup.

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Orkut Guide | Tips & Tricks | Music Scraps | Themes

Nice post. Will be helpful to many bloggers.

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_writer

I was very interested in Item 7: “Adding Additional Pages”.

The only problem I’ve never been able to solve with Blogger is that the template always adds the post archive on each page. I think this is something to do with the way widgets operate in New Blogger? The disadvantages of having the menu load in each article is that the post itself is squeezed to the left. It would be pretty easy for most readers to press “back” or press “home” if they wanted to return to the Main Page – so I think that’s a slightly “over-engineered” feature of Blogger.

The idea of pseudo-pages is a creative one, so if the article writer feels like posting how one changes the template to incorporate pseudo-pages, I’d sure be grateful.

Kind Regards, _writer.

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Karl L. Gechlik

You can achieve the functionality you are looking for with a custom blogger template. There are also commands you can add to only show content on the home page and not the post pages. It checks where you are before displaying the content. Let me know if this interests you and I will send it on over to you.

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Fast thing

Wow! How I can add a link to top 10 or top 5 most viewed post in blogspot? Thanks.

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Chris T

I’m using Aide RSS very successfully to achieve this (aiderss.com), you can see it on my blog christheo.com , scroll down a bit on the sidebar.

Cheers,

Chris

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suresh

It is a good post.
I would like to ask for some more favor.
Adding title tag hack first may give better seo value with search engines.
I found a article regarding it at the following url.

http://bloggertricks.com/2008/08/how-to-swap-your-blogger-blogspot-blog.html

At the same blog there is a tedious way to add meta tags for each post at

http://bloggertricks.com/2008/08/how-to-add-different-meta-tags-to.html

Hope this will add some value to the blog spot users.

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Mary@SimplyForties

What I’m trying to figure out, and have so far been unsuccesful, is how to add the comments feed flare to my feed. I’ve read in some places that you can’t do it with Blogger. Do you know if that is true?

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Tony Chan

I want to tell you this. This informaiton is so awesome.

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Dr.Ariffaizal

Hi. I’ve follow your #8 idea. Change domain name. Here I come to tell the resolt.

Page Rank drop drasticly. It drop form PR3 to PR zero due to age of domain is too young. Now I’m working hard to get back my PR.

With PR zero, I lost traffic, lost tecnorati ranking, lost SEO ranking. But RSS Feed Subscriber is still not change and it save me a lot.

Maybe we shout think that change lovely domain is not good idea for short term.

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Tubbytat

DR.Ariffaizal has a point there. But the pros still seem to outway the cons especially when considering the branding value. Some real good tips, thanks!

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clangnuts

That is a really useful list of tips. Often these things repeat stuff as posted on thousands of other blogs, but I really found this useful. I’ve already installed the recent comment widget (within seconds of reading about it on here). First rate. Thanks.

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Karl L. Gechlik

Wow Clangnuts that’s harsh – maybe I can help. What platform are you on? Are they in control of the email account that its registered to as well?

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Mike

my blog has been hacked by my lecturer. Now i cant log in to my blog and i need to do so desperately. my picture has been tagged with some emberassing statement and i need to remove them. i really need your help. please reply me a.s.a.p

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Software Mouse

Great post very helpful for new bloggers. 5/5

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Tiffany

I love these hacks! One question: Is there a way to display the “time of last update” just in HTML code, or do you have to have it set up the way blogger does? I use pseudo additional pages in the form of 4 different blogs all linked together, and would like to display on the main blog the time each of these pages was last updated (like blogger will do automatically for blog links). Okay, so this is a little confusing, I just want to know if there is a way to isolate the section of code that blogger provides for “time last updated” and insert it into my own HTML/Javascript box on my layout page. I’d appreciate any helps/tips you can give me on this. Thanks!

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DrewG

Is there a way to remove the Blogger logo from next to the person’s name in the comments? I have my own url now, and I am still hosted by Blogger, but I’d like to hide/disguise the blogger logo if possible. Any help mates?

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Eric

Fast Thing, you have got the same question as mine. My concern is in the link below:

http://groups.google.com/group/epayvn?hl=en&pli=1

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Bang Kritikus

Good article Karl, I will apply your guide soon. Thanks

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Gini

What an awesome list! I tried the “Remove Blogger Bar” code as soon as I saw it and it worked right away. Yay! Another great Blogger tutorial is “How to Create a Simple Menu Bar in Blogger, No Coding Necessary!” at ginismagic.blogspot.com/2008/12/how-to-create-simple-menu-bar-in.html

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Tags and title

Great tips! I’ve bookmarked for future reference. Will you post more tips like this?

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Blogger Tips

Why does googling yourself sound dirty …. LOL that was a good one.

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zas

I have applied some of the tips and it’s working great! Great tips, keep it up…

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ahmad

i already used intense debate before i read this post. it does make our blog look more professional but i still don’t get any comment from reader yet after 1 month blogging. but i personally think this tool will make reader more easier to comment than usual blogger comment.

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Search PDF

Great tips! Often these things repeat stuff as posted on thousands of other blogs, but I really found this useful. Thanks

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Blogging

Great post very helpful.

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ipod cases

Great!maybe that will help my SEO and rankings by removibng the blogger banner

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tips photo

Thanks for sharing. I love having just one place to go for info instead of go all over the internet.

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Ton

Hay

Cant seem to find the style tags in my html. Any one point me in the right direction

Nice hacks though

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amanhem

hey my friend
this hacks just for me,
i am looking for this advices,
see u
and more hacks please

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darticle

good articles i like it you do a great job

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Tobi

God job!!!

Best regards from Germany ;)

Tobi

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Tania

thanks for writing us the a very useful articles..(“,)

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Stephanie

Thank you for the excellent tips!

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spatra

First time visit your blog..
Good tips.. I’ve been searching about it and will try to my blog

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puneet

great even m using maximum of these tips

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Science

Thanks for the great tips…

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justpartis

my first time here … great to found your blog n article. good tips.thanks.

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Sarc

Thanks……………….

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faried

ok. I need more explanation bout blog.http: faried.webs.com

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Chao Tze

Great tips. I never knew the url forwarding stuff. Thanks

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AttoJapan

I have just started my page on blogger and am thankful for your tips. I will give a try to some of them!

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narayanan

how to add 3rd party ads above and below the post

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Cacai M.

hi, you have an informational article especially the navigation bar for me. Now, I have other problem regarding my domain bought–it’s not redirected to my blogspot blog(www.cacai-m-place.blogspot.com) to my cacai-m-place.com

Am sick of reading and I want a simple word of how to do it, can you help me?

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angie

Hi, I could not find any style in my html, I was hoping to remove the blogger bar. Thanks, Angie

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techypulse

Really liked your post and implemented some of them..!

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avon skin care

no its all in the motion

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wiryo

get the tutorial auto readmore now in my blog.

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hapytree

thank you very much.

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Fahad

thanks for the tips

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redstalion

Anything that you r , write it s really useful…

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Symbian4Hackers

Great blog keep up the good work. Please Visit me @ symbian4hackers.blogspot.com

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Ian MacGregor

In case anyone is interested in whether or not hiding the blogger navbar is a violation of the Blogger TOS, it isn’t. See the following post with an explanation by a Blogger employee:
http://groups.google.com/group/blogger-help-customizing/browse_thread/thread/c7e3226fe35da11e?fwc=1&pli=1

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petertran

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This tip may useful to new blogger.

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Teknoloji Haberleri

Thanks for the tips how to remove blogger top toolbar.

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Bayrak fiyatlari

tag top blogger hack html cloud widget code links to here

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John Gunn

You have changed my life! I love you!!!!!!

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John Gunn

I just implemented another one. This has been invaluable.

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Tana

Very nice blog.

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Mayur

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Ronnie Cruz

Hey Karl,

I’m hearing conflicting info regarding the removal of the blogger bar. Some say it’s against the TOS. Others say it isn’t.
Do you have a definitive answer?
(I guess I can look it up myself but I think it would also benefit others if it was posted hear for people to read)

Thanks!

-r

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Gyony

Good tutorial.

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PLaYeR

i Have More Widgets To SHow Up On My Blog. Simple To Install

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pimapen

I’m hearing conflicting info regarding the removal of the blogger bar. Some say it’s against the TOS. Others say it isn’t.
Do you have a definitive answer?
(I guess I can look it up myself but I think it would also benefit others if it was posted hear for people to read)

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Hendriono

Thanks alot for your share… It’s wonderfull article

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bayraknet

thank you for sharing Congratulations on a very beautiful designed site

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Andy

I was already convinced, but that was really cool. Thanks for sharing.

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Gabriel Hiba

Thanks for the article, very helpful. I will study it.

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dizi izle

Thanks for the article, very good love sites

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April

How do you have your comments section on your initial post page and not in a separate pop up window? Your comments section looks really cool!!!

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Peter

thankyou so much

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GSL

great well done

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gadarf

Very nice work.

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Computer Tech Stuff

thanks to this. i didn’t know i can do this to blogspot.

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this is anfield

Thanks very much for taking the time to help peolpe like myself improve our Blogs!

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Sunil

Very Nice Blogging information, Blogger’s Guide
Thanks for sharing.

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Rick

Thanks,very good blogs!

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Ed

Good post, thanks!

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raj

Thanks for the useful tip, keep posting

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mgingerhack

This is really a nice information..some of them i use it..and some i will try now..

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imyideas

Great informations. Will try your suggestions to improve my blog for Central Government employees . First i want to change to custome domain. Thanks a lot..

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Arwin

Wow! oh! boy really Wow! it’s a great tutorial. hope you write more hacks and tuts. thanks

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marvin

I gonna try pingbox as live chatter box.. thanks for advice

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Tana

Your site contain a many useful information. I enjoyed the article. Thanks!

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türk bayrağı imalatı

thank you for sharing…

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Akhmad Dharma

useful information..thanks!!

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izdelava internet strani

Thanks for the tips, i’m just starting my blog and it will come very usefull.

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Blogging Tutorial and Business Stuff

thanks 4 share,,nice to read your job..thanks

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Ricardo

This is a good article and the most things are useful. Thanks!

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escort bayanlar

Congratulations to Aneesh Chopra

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Perri

Excellent list. Even though these are a year or more in age, these tips still have relevance. Nicely summed.

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naveen

nice article.I am also working on my site

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naveen

i am also working on that.

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spletna stran

I’m having difficulties with my comments form. I see that on WordPress there’s such a beauty, but on blogger it almost sucks. I would like to have form like here for example, on makeuseof, is it possible?

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idlehub.com

Ur blog dont have “related post widget”

Now here is wonderful hack for displaying links to related posts beneath each of your blog posts. The related articles are chosen from other posts in that same more…category/label/tag. With this hack many of your readers will remain on your site for longer periods of time when they see related posts of interest.

It will makes visitor to stay at ir site for a long time
Increase ur site traffic

Here is the link to get code http://www.idlehub.com/2009/12/related-posts-or-article-widget-for.html

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Karl Gechlik

Well there have been MANY changes in AskTheAdmin.com in the last few years. Including moving to WordPress a more customizable platform,. AtA is using a related post widget it just is embedded into every post. Check out an individual post page for what I am talking about! Thanks for reading!

And

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Jose

Splendid comments form Great blogger.
Am really impressed!

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Sachin

No i want how to put last updated site at in blogger

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Anna

Your information help me a lot. Good job.keep it up. Thanks!

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CaliPlus

Interesting blog, the author thanks so much for the interesting explanation!
Keep it up, great success! Bloggy wish a lot of good posts!