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How Find To Blogs to Follow on Blogger

Updated on July 15, 2016
Adding Blogs to the "Reading List".
Adding Blogs to the "Reading List".

Google’s Blogger service is one of the most popular blogging platforms available, not least because it’s free to use. It has all the features you’d expect from a blogging service, including the ability to follow other Blogger blogs. To do this you add the blog you want to follow to your “Reading List” on the Blogger home page.

There are two ways to add blogs to the reading list. One is to import them from Google Reader. This is, of course, rather handy for those who use Google Reader. But what about the rest of us? How do we add blogs to our Reading Lists? Well it’s quite simple; you have to copy and paste the URL of the blog you want to follow into a box and click “Follow”.

That’s fine; we can make do without a nice, easy-to-use follow button. It’s a pain, but we’ll manage. No, the real problem with Blogger is finding blogs to follow in the first place. You see, unlike Tumblr or WordPress you can’t simply do a search for blogs or blog posts under the category of, say, photography. And the thing is, that’s exactly what you want to do. You want to be able to search for blogs or blog posts related to particular topics so you can read the posts and follow the blogs you enjoy.

So, since Google won’t let us search Blogger for blogs and posts on different topics, how do you find blogs to follow on Blogger?

Well there are a couple of ways, and neither is especially elegant. The first is to use Tumblr or WordPress to search for specific tags along with Blogger or Google. This one is tricky to use properly since most results apply to the platform you use to search them. That is, if you do a search on Tumblr, most results will be for blogs on Tumblr that don’t link to Blogger blogs.

The result of googling "photography site:blogspot.com"
The result of googling "photography site:blogspot.com"

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The second option is to search for them using Google itself. As with the previous method, this technique is a little complicated and clumsy. That said, I think that of the two, this is the better method. So, here’s how it works: let’s say you wanted to find blogs about photography. You’d go to Google and do this search: photography site:blogspot.com. This would turn up a list of blogs that are related to photography, and all results will be from Blogger - that’s what site:blogspot.com does. Incidentally, you can use this method to search other sites when using Google. If you wanted results from WordPress for example, you’d change the search to: photography site:wordpress.com.

From there, all you have to do is click on a few of the links. If you like them, you can copy their URL’s and add them to the Reading List.

Maybe one day Google will integrate a blog search feature into Blogger, but until then, I hope this article helps you find the blogs you want to follow on Blogger.

Thanks for reading

Thank you for taking the time to read this article. I hope you found it useful. If you have any questions or criticism, please don't hesitate to leave a comment below.

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      Pharmd5 3 years ago

      I got what you intend, thankyou for putting up.Woh I am glad to find this website through google. It is a very hard undertaking to seek to please everybody. by Publilius Syrus. eggkcgggecfb

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      Guest 3 years ago

      You're looking for: http://www.google.com.au/blogsearch

      Solves all your problems. Okay, not all of them. Its not the most fantastic search engine. But it's something at least...

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      dragonflycolor 3 years ago

      great tip, thank you!

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      Tony Mead 4 years ago from Yorkshire

      Hi

      thanks for this valuable information, we all need to get as much traffic as possible. I'm trying to promote my recently published book which is lost in the zillions of titles that are all trying to do the same.

      regards

      Tony

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      Nesbyte 5 years ago from UK

      *slaps forehead* That's what I get for messing around with the title tuner. I should just leave things as they are. Thanks for pointing it out.

      On a slightly more positive note, I'm really glad you found the hub helpful. Thanks a lot for reading and commenting.

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      writeronline 5 years ago

      Very interesting, and very helpful (to me, at least, I have no idea how to do this kind of stuff..). Thanks for posting this.

      On another note, I see from your profile that you and I do have one thing in common - a hatred of typos. In that regard, you may want to review your title, remembering the golden rule about checking your own work; the eye tends to see what it expects to see, not necessarily what's missing..

      Cheers :)

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      Nesbyte 5 years ago from UK

      Hey, Imogen French. I'm glad you found it too, hopefully it will be useful to you. When you say you were able to get the feed on your home page, what do you mean? On your Google Reader home page? If that's what you have, you're sitting pretty; you should be able to import it to your reading list if it's on Google Reader.

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      Imogen French 5 years ago from Southwest England

      I'm glad I found this hub - only yesterday I was struggling to work out how to follow a blog. I do have my own blog on Blogger, but would like to link up with others.

      I managed to get a feed for the blog I wanted to follow on my google home page but it still hasn't appeared on my reading list. I will go back and try again using your tips. thanks for the info.

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      Nesbyte 5 years ago from UK

      @lilmama4273 Okay, I thought I explained it, but I'm glad you asked.

      So, what you have to do is go to your Blogger homepage while signed in. The URL is www.blogger.com/home. On the left hand side you'll see a piece of orange text: "Reading List". Underneath that is a button: "Add". Click on that and you will have the option to add blogs to your reading list by importing from Google Reader, or adding their URL's. Paste the URL of a blog you want to follow into the box then click follow.

      I hope that helps, let me know if you have any more questions.

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      lilmama4273 5 years ago

      thanks for the info. I could you use it. I have a blog at Blogger, but I still am not sure how to add blogs to read.