Two Quick Blogger/Blogspot Hacks Every Marketer Should Know

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Recently, I've been working a lot with blogger blogs. I would like to share two quick blogger hacks that I feel every Internet marketer should know. (Please feel free to post others)

1) Removing the standard "blogger bar" (This will cut down on people flagging your blog):



From your Blogger dashboard go to "layout"-->"Edit HTML"

Add this piece of code:

#navbar-iframe {
display: none !important;
}

Right BEFORE the "variable definitions" at the top of the template:



The top bar will now be removed from the template.

2) Making Your Blogger Blog DoFollow (to pass on link juice to your other sites)

From your Blogger dashboard go to "layout"-->"Edit HTML"

Place a check mark in the box next to "Expand Widget Templates"

On your keyboard hold down CTRL+f this will bring up a search box.

Conduct a search for the keyword: nofollow

(This will bring up 2-3 results depending on what template you are using.)

Change all "nofollow" to "follow".
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  • Profile picture of the author Christophe Young
    Ouch! Tried #1 and it messed up all my margins. Wonder what happened?
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  • Profile picture of the author Christophe Young
    Ah, the other } is missing in the above code... but I guess I should have known that. Now it works.
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    • Profile picture of the author MarkH45
      Originally Posted by Christophe Young View Post

      Ah, the other } is missing in the above code... but I guess I should have known that. Now it works.
      This is the code:

      #navbar-iframe {
      display: none !important;
      }
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  • Profile picture of the author katiec
    Always helpful. Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author Stefan Vee
    Hi Mark,
    I logged in just to say "thank you".
    Those are some great tips indeed.
    Well, I am out of here again (too busy)
    Cheers,
    Stefan
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  • Profile picture of the author Big JP
    Great stuff!

    Just edited the code, and worked like a charm.

    Would all links be nofollow, including comment links? And I would have to change evey new link to make it a followed link manually?
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  • Profile picture of the author MarkH45
    Originally Posted by Big JP View Post

    Great stuff!

    Just edited the code, and worked like a charm.

    Would all links be nofollow, including comment links? And I would have to change evey new link to make it a followed link manually?
    The dofollow hack is a hack to the actual template. Once you hack the actual template in makes all the links dofollow. There is no need to do this manually.
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    • Profile picture of the author Big JP
      Originally Posted by MarkH45 View Post

      The dofollow hack is a hack to the actual template. Once you hack the actual template in makes all the links dofollow. There is no need to do this manually.
      Very Nice, Will come in handy I'm Sure.

      Does anyone know or have any problems when using Ping-o-matic for a blog?
      I used it once for my blogger blog, it sent pings fine, but now I cannot get back to the forms for pinging, whenever I go to "home" or even to their site from the search engine, I get this page Ping-o-Matic!
      Which only shows the filed "blog name" so I cannot ping anything???

      Any suggestions?
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  • Profile picture of the author pjlyons1uk
    Thanks for those bits of code that'll help alot.

    Best wishes

    Pete
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  • Profile picture of the author dreamtab
    @MarkH45 great tip. I am saving the codes and instructions for future reference lol
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  • Profile picture of the author zachary0611
    Can you change the categories on the right from dates to blog post titles?
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  • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
    This isn't a hack, but it's something a lot of blogger.com users don't know about. You can schedule your posts for future publishing dates/times. This is great if you have a lot of content ahead of time. You can schedule it to post when you want in the future without having to remember to do it manually. At the bottom of the post editor, look for the link to 'Post Options' and click it. Then do what I show in this image:

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    • Profile picture of the author XRay
      Originally Posted by Zeus66 View Post

      This isn't a hack, but it's something a lot of blogger.com users don't know about. You can schedule your posts for future publishing dates/times. This is great if you have a lot of content ahead of time. You can schedule it to post when you want in the future without having to remember to do it manually. At the bottom of the post editor, look for the link to 'Post Options' and click it. Then do what I show in this image:

      If any of you have Squidoo lenses caught in the banned topics/banned links filter (aka the "spam" filter) & have a lot of content, just set up a Blogger, mod the template to remove the NAV bar and set your content modules as individual posts with staggered publishing dates/times. And make sure you switch to the Updated editor under Global Settings under the Basic Settings tab - much easier to work with images vs. the old editor and it has a read more button that's very easy to use/place for those longish posts .
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  • Profile picture of the author Sam101
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    Superb Mark! However, I found only one nofollow in my blog (All about Gas Monitors, Gas Detectors and Gas Detection systems) and I changed it to follow.
    Lets see what happens.
    The hack about removing the header was great!
    Thank You for your tips.
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  • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
    Ping-o-matic does that when you ping too often. Try Blog pinger - Blog ping service

    John
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  • Profile picture of the author Crafty Blogger
    Oh, this is great! I always wished I could get rid of that annoying bar, but didn't know how. Thank you!
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  • Profile picture of the author scrofford
    Worked like a charm! Thank you!
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  • Profile picture of the author siteflip
    Stupid question as I am not using blogger for now:

    Is this legal ? I mean are we sure there is no place anywhere on their TOS that prevents us from doing it?
    If not, then I think this is a great point and I'll definitely use it!
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      • Profile picture of the author XRay
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        On the contrary. In fact, if you look a couple of posts above your own question, you'll see that it is contrary to their TOS and that they will remove your blog if they catch you doing this.

        The way to do it safely is to use self-hosted Blogger instead of using the free hosting at Blogspot.
        You're right, Alexa. But anyone worried about violating the TOS is probably using Blogger the wrong way. Like Mark said ... most IM'rs use blogspots for SEO purposes. My primary use is for backlinks and 'experiments' to get niche content ranked. BTW, I've been using the 'hide the NAV bar' hack for 3 years and I haven't had any of my blogs deleted. Self hosting a Blogger? WP is the way to go.
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        • Profile picture of the author Paxton
          Interesting tidbits.

          Thanks
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          • Profile picture of the author clint48
            Most of my blogs started out on the first page of Google when I built them, but now you can't find any of them. I thought maybe the no follow was the problem, but I just checked my links with the firefox add on and all my links at blogger are showing follow even though I have never done anything to the templates.

            Are you sure that bloggers default is no follow? I found 2 nofollows and changed them to follow, but they must be for comments, because all the links that I had added were ok.

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  • Profile picture of the author XRay
    Originally Posted by MarkH45 View Post

    Recently, I've been working a lot with blogger blogs. I would like to share two quick blogger hacks that I feel every Internet marketer should know. (Please feel free to post others)

    1) Removing the standard "blogger bar" (This will cut down on people flagging your blog):



    From your Blogger dashboard go to "layout"-->"Edit HTML"

    Add this piece of code:

    #navbar-iframe {
    display: none !important;
    }

    Right BEFORE the "variable definitions" at the top of the template:



    The top bar will now be removed from the template.

    2) Making Your Blogger Blog DoFollow (to pass on link juice to your other sites)

    From your Blogger dashboard go to "layout"-->"Edit HTML"

    Place a check mark in the box next to "Expand Widget Templates"

    On your keyboard hold down CTRL+f this will bring up a search box.

    Conduct a search for the keyword: nofollow

    (This will bring up 2-3 results depending on what template you are using.)

    Change all "nofollow" to "follow".
    Thanks Mark, I'll definitely use the nofollow to follow hack.

    For removing the NAV bar I've been using the following:

    Code:
    <!-- Show/Hide navbar begins -->
    <script type='text/javascript'>
    var showHeader=false;
    function ShowHideNav()
    {
    showHeader=!showHeader;
    var nav=document.getElementById(&quot;navbar-iframe&quot;);
    if (showHeader)
    {
    nav.style.visibility=&quot;visible&quot;;
    nav.style.display=&quot;block&quot;;
    }
    else
    {
    nav.style.visibility=&quot;hidden&quot;;
    nav.style.display=&quot;none&quot;;
    }
    }
    </script>
    <style type='text/css'>
    #navbar-iframe {
    visibility: hidden;
    display: none;
    }
    </style>
    <!-- Show/Hide navbar ends -->
    I place it just before the first <head> tag.
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  • Profile picture of the author Troubletwin
    nice info here
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  • Profile picture of the author Variable
    Great tips, thanks so much! I've been wanting to remove that bar from my blogspot blog but figured there was no way.
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  • Profile picture of the author mekadon009
    thanks man,great tip.
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  • Profile picture of the author Online Bliss
    I have ignored updating my blogspot blogs because of the standard bar
    and other issues.
    Becuase of your Great tips I am encouraged to update them.

    Thanx
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  • Profile picture of the author Andy W
    Awesome! Thanks for the Hot Tip!!
    -Andy
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    • Profile picture of the author XRay
      Here's another hack to make your blog post titles more SEO friendly:

      1. from the Layout tab, click on Edit HTML
      2. search for
      Code:
      <title><data:blog.pageTitle/></title>
      3. replace it with
      Code:
       <b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == &quot;index&quot;'>
      <title><data:blog.title/></title>
      <b:else/>
      <title><data:blog.pageName/></title>
      </b:if>
      4. be sure to click Save template
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  • You learn something new every day!

    Great tips for both the new and experienced IM'ers.

    Thanks again,

    Jack
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  • Profile picture of the author James Campbell
    Maybe an all in one Blogger/Blogspot thread is in order?

    I know I would benefit from it as would many other warriors.

    Best Regards,
    James
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  • Profile picture of the author Amenda Jessera
    ya, In the same forum I have learned this from the same person
    But the second point, I did not get on time, now I have got it. But Offering DOFOLLOW links will make more spammers to visit my site.. So, I won't do it
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  • Profile picture of the author vikingmarketer
    Great info.

    Making a blogspot blog dofollow might help when you are creating a linkwheel
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  • Profile picture of the author David Chung
    Regarding the legality of removing the Blogger navbar:

    While we don't recommend or support the removal of the Blogger navbar,
    there is nothing in our Terms of Service that explicitly mandate its
    use.
    Source:
    Navbar and Blogger buttons - Please answer only by Blogger employees - Layouts & Templates | Google Groups
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  • Profile picture of the author elonblock
    Thanks for the tips! I still have a blogger blog that sends me pretty good traffic. Those tweaks should make it even better! Thanks again!
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    • Profile picture of the author bluefoot
      The "nofollow" to "follow" isn't working for me. The first two instances will change to "follow" just fine, but the third instance reverts back to "nofollow" after I save. As a result my blog links remain NoDoFollow.

      This is the code that will not save the "follow":
      Code:
      <a expr:href='data:follower.profileUrl' expr:title='data:follower.displayName' rel='nofollow'>
      Wondering if anyone else had this problem? By the way, I'm using the Rounders 3 template.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jenb
    Thanks for this great info. I knew about removing the blogger bar, but nofollow....it's all making sense now!
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  • Profile picture of the author woodgate
    thank for this information, it will help me alot
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