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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

My FAQs for Blogger

Needed a place to put my list of tools I use frequently.

Blogspot.com Is Blocked, What Can I Do?

Do I Have To Use Gmail With Blogger?

Image Information From Picasa Updated 7/31/2013

Guide For Setting Up Custom Domain

Blogger Country Specific Redirects

Help Articles For The New User Interface

Links For Blogger Forums In Other Languages

Google Accounts Help Page and Recovery Form Updated November 2012

Creating A New About Me Element Updated April 2011

Login Issues Link

Finding Forgotten Things

Clearing Cache and Cookies

How Do I Remove +1 From The Share Icons?

BX Reporting Form Link

My Blog Looks Different From The Preview

Spam Appeal Guidelines Updated January 2013

Redirect Or Content On Blog Not Put By Owner

Link List Gadget For Labels As Tabbed Menu

Picasa WebAlbum Limitations

This Thread Is Closed

I Have A Third Party Template And It Is Not Working Right, What Can I Do?

What Is My Blog's Feed URL?

What Is My Comment Feed URL?

My Comment Link Is Not Working

How Do I Change The Email Account I Use To Log Into My Blog?

How Do I Transfer My Blog From One Blogger Account To Another?

How Do I Find Other Blogs or Blogger?

How Do I Promote My Blog?

I Am Having A Problem With My Blog. What Do I Need To Do To Report It Here?


I Can't Find My Blog On The Search Engines!

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Friday, April 4, 2014

FAQ: Do I Have To Use Gmail With Blogger? Updated 4/4/14


Found this url might be useful for setting up a brand new Google account without Gmail...and then you can add a Blogger to the account to it once it is established.

This is a question that comes up almost everyday on the Blogger Help Forum...or I guess I should say the results of the confusion regarding this question shows up all the time. I can't even count how many times I have had to explain to users that use of Gmail is not a requirement for Blogger or any other Google product (other than Gmail).

Basically, if you are already a Google account holder (on a different email from Gmail), you can use that account with Blogger and not have to bother with Gmail. If you are signing up with Blogger for the first time, it will take you to a Google account creation page and on that page, it will force you to create a Gmail account but you can add your own email address (non-Gmail) to the account as an alternate, and then immediately cancel the Gmail account after you have everything set up the way you want.

I just did this myself for a new blog I created. I was forced to create a Gmail account when clicking on the Blogger invite, and then was able to add the yahoo address to the account that I wanted, used it to log into the account, and then canceled the Gmail account.

To cancel the Gmail account, you use this link, (make sure you have first added a second email to the overall Google account before you do this and checked that you are able to log into your Google account using that email address).


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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

New Login Troubleshooter For Blogger

Please check out this link next time you find yourself having a problem seeing a blog on your dashboard, or remembering the log in information for your blog. It just might be the ticket you need and might save you from having to post a question in the Blogger Help Forum.


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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Google+ Auto-share From Blogger Exceptions

So if you have enabled your Google+ profile instead of a Blogger profile and are trying to use the auto-share feature to Google+ when you create a new post, you should know that there are exceptions to this.

The Google+ auto-share feature will not work during the following times:

- Posts created by email
- Posts created using import
- Posts created using the API
- Posts scheduled and published later

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Ways To Check The Feed Size

Another reference post here for me so I don't lose this information since it is very handy.

Just to check the size, paste the feed URL into http://www.rexswain.com/httpview.html 
and see Content (Length = 146613). 

Save the feed to local file, see the file size in whatever file manager/Explorer you're using. 

View the source of the feed, copy&paste into notepad++ , see the file size at the bottom statusbar. 
Gives better options in counting/finding reasons for a too large filesize. 
(though view-source:URL in Chrome counts pretty well too)

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Meta Tag Info Needed For Sharing To Social Networks

Just putting this here for my own reference.

Adding this to the blog template after the opening head tag should help the social networks pick up the right information when a blog post is being shared.

content='article' property='og:type'/>
expr:content='data:blog.postImageThumbnailUrl' property='og:image'/>
expr:content='data:blog.title' property='og:site_name'/>
expr:content='data:blog.metaDescription' property='og:description'/>
expr:content='data:blog.pageName' property='og:title'/>
expr:content='data:blog.url' property='og:url'/>

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