How To Easily Display a Blogroll on Blogger

It has been a while since I have written a post about Blogger. While I have since switched to WordPress, I still think Blogger is a good platform for those just starting out in blogs.

Many people like to create and display a list of blogs on their blog called a blogroll. The list is usually comprised of blogs that the author enjoys reading. Blogger includes a gadget that you can use that will display more than just a blog’s title. I will explore this gadget in this post.

Blogger’s Blog List

Blogger Logo
The most common name for a list of blogs is the blogroll. Recently, Blogger has made it easier to include a list of your favourite blogs by introducing a gadget called the Blog List.

Unlike traditional lists, the Blog List does much more than just display a link to a blog. You simply include the URL of a blog, and the gadget will find the RSS feed, and shortcut icon of the blog, and display specific information in the list. You can sort the list by the most recently updated, or alphabetical.

You can display such things as the icon, title and snippet of the most recent post, or the date the blog was last updated. No coding is required to get the functionality. You simply just add the gadget to your blog, which I will discuss in the next section.

Adding a Blogroll

Adding the gadget to your blog is really easy, and is similar to adding other gadgets. To add the Blog List gadget, use the following steps:

  1. Log into your Blogger account.
  2. From the dashboard, click the Layout link to the blog you want to add a blogroll to.
  3. In the layout, click the Add a Gadget link in the location you want the blogroll to appear.
  4. From the list of gadgets, click the plus sign next to the Blog List gadget.

  5. Blogger - Add Gadget

    Blogger - Add Gadget

  6. Now you are going to add the blogs. In the Configure Blog List window, click the Add to List button at the bottom.

  7. Blogger - Configure Blog List

    Blogger - Configure Blog List

  8. You can add a blog two ways:
    1. To add a single blog, click the Add by URL option, and then type in the blog’s URL.

    2. Blogger - Add To Your Blog List

      Blogger - Add To Your Blog List

    3. If you read the blogs in Google Reader, then click the Import subscriptions from Google Reader option, and select the feeds you want to include.
  9. Click the Add button to include the blog in your blogroll.
  10. On the Configure Blog List window, you will now see the blog(s) listed.

  11. Blogger - Configure Blog List - Blog Added

    Blogger - Blog Added

  12. You can change the options on this window to determine how you want you blogroll to look.
  13. Click the Save button to add the blogroll to your blog.

You should now see your new blogroll displayed on your blog. It will automatically update once the blogs you have chosen are updated.


Blogger- Example Blog List

Blogger - Example Blog List

If anyone knows a plugin that does a similar thing in WordPress, I’d like to know.

PG

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15 Comments

  1. Mattie
    Posted June 13, 2013 at 1:39 am | Permalink

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    I require an expert on this house to solve my problem. May be that is you!

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  2. Posted May 29, 2011 at 5:54 am | Permalink

    @ Chris, in general I find bloggers to be very generous people. When I visit some of the blogs I follow I see bloggers who commented that they came over to that blog from mine because of a specific post. And this is from post links alone. So yes they may leave for that post but that doesn’t meant they leave for good, you get more followers as a result and the old still returns.
    Thank you Easynet, I’ve been asking myself about this for a while and it just never clicked when I looked at the Blog list gadget. Better check out my roots … lol

  3. Posted April 24, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

    I don’t display a Blogroll on my Blog because I want my traffic to stay on my page.

  4. Posted November 18, 2010 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    nice post..i got it thank u.

  5. Posted September 10, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    In using this type of program, doesn’t the sidebar become aesthetically too congested?

    • Posted September 12, 2010 at 11:25 am | Permalink

      It all depends on how you arrange your sidebar and how many links you include in your blogroll.

  6. Posted October 23, 2009 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    OK i have combined the code from your last comment and the code from the BlogList BUT: I cant get it work. Its always the same. The BlogList is displayed correctly within the post body but its not beeing refreshed. The content stayes forever. Any Ideas? My Test-Site: my-financial-news.blogspot

  7. Michael
    Posted October 23, 2009 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for your quick reply.

    What do you mean when you say: “…. and then modify the template to only show the blog list post for that page.”

    • Posted October 23, 2009 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

      Within the blog list widget, you can surround the HTML code within the BlogList widget with code similar to:

      <b:includable id='main'>
        <b:if cond='data:blog.url == "[URL of your blog list post]"'>
          [blog list widget code]
        </b:if>
      </b:includable>

      Basically the above code will only render the bloglist HTML code on a page that displays the blog list. If you create a dummy blank post, with the exception of the title, then only the title will be displayed along with the blog list for the post.

  8. Michael
    Posted October 23, 2009 at 7:34 am | Permalink

    The Question from Jessie was good. I ask myself the same:

    Is there a way to copy the Blog List code and paste it directly into the post body?

    I have tried it and its possible to display the Blog List in the post body BUT: The problem is the bloglist shows the same content for ever. its beeing not refreshed.

    Any Ideas?

    • Posted October 23, 2009 at 8:56 am | Permalink

      Unless you use Javascript, a blog’s post can only contain static HTML content. In order to use the the blog list code in a post, you would first need to add a blog list in the same section as the post widget, create a blank post and then modify the template to only show the blog list post for that page.

      It may sound confusing, but you can’t, unfortunately, use code within a post, at least not that I’m aware of.

  9. Posted August 15, 2009 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    how can I put or place the blogroll in the post body? thanks

    • Posted August 15, 2009 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

      Do you want it below the body or within the text? If it is below the body you can simply add the blogroll gadget below the post gadget. If you want it within the text, you will need to create a post and manually add the links.

  10. Posted October 16, 2008 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    I have heard of BlogRush, and tried it out briefly when it first started out. The biggest difference between BlogRush and a blogroll, is that you can choose who you want to list in your blogroll. You can use both BlogRush and blogroll on your blog, if you choose.

  11. Michael
    Posted October 16, 2008 at 6:46 am | Permalink

    I’ve just signed up for something very similar called BlogRush. you can check it out here.
    http://www.blogrush.com/

    It basically ads a widget on the side of your blog that shows other blogs in your same category. So your blog will show up on other peoples blogs who have this widget and who are in the same niche.

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