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How to have multiple blogs on one blog

Updated on September 17, 2012

Multiple blogs on one Blogger blog

Many people would like to set up multiples blogs on one blog so that you have two separate pages of posts. It's commonly said this cannot be done, but it can.


I spent ages searching for a way to have two blogs on one Blogger blog. It's not so much maintenance issues but wanting to transition readers from one of my blogs to another. Nobody had an answer but it occurred to me that we can cheat...

The Goal

This lens tells you how to create a blog with two or more sets of posts. You may have seen articles saying that it can't be done. Wrong. It can be. The picture of my personal blog shows what we are aiming for. The menu on the grey strip swaps between the different sets of articles / posts on the site. I keep updating the site itself, so it may look slightly different to the picture when you visit.

Use the links at the bottom of the lens to visit the site yourself to see whether it is what you want.

How to have Multiple Blogs on One Blog?

The secret is to cheat. Set up two blogs on the same template. But choose a template with a top menu. That means you can't use one of the standard Blogger templates unless you want to customise it yourself - there are plenty of articles on how to add a top menu from scratch if that's the way you decide to go. Amanda Fazani at BloggerBuster often showcases Blogger templates so that's a good place to look for a third party template. Ideally try one of Amanda's own as they tend to be fairly reliable.

Next you need your own domain name. There are plenty of cheap choices. It's probably better not to buy through Google/Blogger as they tend not to give you a great deal of control. A third party is probably better. I use 1and1.

Then set up two sub-domains using the instructions from the company you have used to register your domain. For example I registered phiz.me.uk (me.uk domains are very cheap - no more than about £3 a year) and created two sub-domains:

1) myblog.phiz.me.uk

2) thebanmoon.phiz.me.uk

Now use the option in Blogger to specify your own domain. It's in Settings on the Publishing tab. Choose the option for a custom domain and follow the instructions. You will also have to amend settings for the registration of your sub domain. The instructions on how to do this are on the Blogger page.

Finally change the top menu on both blogs to add tabs for both your new URLs - http://myblog1.xxx.xxx and http:// myblog2.xxx.xxx

You now have two blogs on one Blogger blog - apparently anyway.

It's Readers' Experience that Matters

You actually still have two completely separate blogs. They just appear to the user to be joined. All the user will notice in their browser (if they even bother to look) is that myblog1 will change to myblog2 when they swap between the two blogs. It's cheating, but if they look unified to the user then that's all that matters isn't it? After all Google has servers all over the world and users never worry about where their information is coming from, so long as they get it quickly and easily.

Remember it's your readiers' experience that matters. They don't care what's going on underneath. So long as it looks like one site, that's how your readers will feel about it, whatever is going on technically.

Read up on Blogger

What if You Don't Want to Register a Domain?

Actually, it isn't really necessary to do so - just a little bit neater. It's possible to do the same just by choosing similar paths for your blog in Blogger. For instance if you have sports_kate.blogspot.com and fashion_kate.blogspot.com that would work. It is just slightly more obvious to your readers that you have cheated.

It's also possible of course to link to a blog on a completely different domain. For instance if you look at mine you will see if also links to http://kv64.info - my blog on the Valley of the Kings in Egypt.

Try it - you might even decide to become a regular visitor to my blog!

Increasing the Number of Readers

The great benefit of the technique is that it can encourage visitors from one of your blogs to use another, especially if they are on similar subjects and interest the same readers. For instance, I am thinking of adding another blog on the Pyramids at Giza. If I put that on the top menu next to my blog on the Valley of the Kings, a lot of my readers will quickly take to that blog as well. I don't maintain blogs to sell things (yet anyway) but if you do, this is a great way of taking selling more to your readership - so far as they are concerned it's one site after all.

Working Demos

These are the links to my blog so that you can see for yourself what it possible. I've added a blog by Jesse Bolinder as well who has followed this method.

Two Blogs on One Pane

Again this cannot strictly be done, but can be simulated. On the blog pane for PT Phiz I bring in a Wordpress blog into the main pane - the first post is the oil painting on the left; the Blogger blog is the newsfeed in the sidebar starting with All Change on the Layout Front in the picture. (If I was starting from scratch I wouldn't do it that way, but I have a blog on Wordpress and don't wish to migrate it.)

I bring it in with the Feedburner Buzzboost service. It's not quite ideal as you have to go to the Wordpress blog to leave comments; however, if it was another Blogger blog it could just swap to an indentical pane with that blog as the main blog and the other blog now in the sidebar. The user won't realise you are swapping between the two URLs. So far as the user is concerned, there are two blogs on one pane.

(Above the blogger blog is an Admin Panel to provide me with quick links to the main parts of the Blogger dashboard for that blog - like the Wordpress Meta block. It doesn't show for anybody other than me (conditional display) so you won't see it when you visit. This was a tip from BloggingTips - follow the link for instructions.)

Bloggers' Cooperative

There is no need for all of the blogs to belong to one Blogger, nor for them to be in a single Blogger account. It's possible for several Bloggers to cooperate to create a portal for all the top blogs on a subject. It's a great way of cross-feeding traffic. It helps, of course, if you get on well with fellow bloggers in your chosen field.

Google Page Rank

Opinion is divided on whether page rank matters, but I know some readers here will be wondering whether this teqchique damages page rank. My experience is that it doesn't. As of August 2009, News from the Valley of the Kings blog is PR5, and my personal blog (Theban Moon) is PR4.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Kate this looks really interesting and I will try out what you suggest. Thank you for sharing.

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      Kate -- thankfully, I guess, I've only got two blogs and with those, I don't blog everyday. Thanks for the suggestions!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      I have several blogs but it would be easier to have them together on one.

      Thanks for the info

      Lizzy

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      Kate Phizackerl1 8 years ago

      [in reply to JaguarJulie]Since doing it I managed to migrate 20% of my subscriptions (measured by Feedburner) from my Egypt blog to my personal blog. I also have had regular people clicking through and finding my Facebook connection. I've been very happy with the extra connections. It's not less work - I've another tip for that when I get round to writing it up!

      Thanks for stopping by.

      Kate

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      JenOfChicago LM 8 years ago

      Great advice, I will try this out.

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      Nochipra 8 years ago

      Thanks for the info, I'll have to give it a try:)

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      poutine 8 years ago

      Thanks for the tip. I'll have to check it later, just bookmarked it for now.

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      cconiam 8 years ago

      Very interesting information...I have a lot to learn...

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      Adrienne Jenkins 7 years ago

      Thanks for the informative info. Kate

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      Deb Kingsbury 7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Interesting. I may look into this more closely, as I have two blogs on a related subject. It's just that one is personal (my Search and Rescue stories) and the other is more general (Search and Rescue topics). This would be a great way to bring the two together. I'll favorite this to look at again.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      How do you change the URLs in the pages? I can't find the html for it!

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      brat415 6 years ago

      Excellent stuff, I will surely implement them on my blogger blog.

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great idea. Have to tend to my blogs, too. With squidoo, time just runs out.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I do this with my podcast network edlisten.com. My problem is managing the gadgets. Is there a way to set up a shared gadget so that I can change it in one place and it will be replicated to all my blogs?

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      ForestBear LM 5 years ago

      Great advice, have bookmarked it for me to return to, thank you for sharing

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