Earn money from your blog this holiday season

The holiday season is here and retailers are spending more on online advertising to promote their products. Your blog has valuable space and you can earn some extra money by placing Google AdSense ads next to your content.

If you don’t already have AdSense set up on your blog, visit the Earnings tab of your Blogger dashboard to give it a try. It’s free and only takes a moment to sign up. 

And if you’ve tried AdSense out in the past, head to your blog and give it a second look. It now has updated controls, so you can match the ads that appear to the style of your blog.

Happy holidays!

Posted by Ian Cohan-Shapiro, Marketing Manager

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Expanding your audience with Google+: Kelly Saks’ story

From time to time, we like to highlight bloggers who successfully use Blogger and other Google products. Today we’re featuring how Kelly Saks from Kelly’s Kloset reached a wider audience with Blogger and Google+.

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All about Kelly: 
Kelly Saks, the blogger behind Kelly’s Kloset, is a fashion and beauty expert based in Miami, Florida. Kelly posts daily musings on outfits, beauty tips, and local happenings. She has successfully transformed blogging from hobby to career, landing styling gigs with brands like Bloomingdales, Swarovski, and Macy’s.

How she did it: 
Kelly always shares her blog posts from her personal Google+ profile and the Miami Fashion Bloggers Google+ page, a page she contributes to with almost 400,000 followers. “The option to share on Google+ helps keep my fans up-to-date whenever I post something new,” says Kelly.

Kelly has broadened her audience and built a strong online community using Google+. Google+ has also helped her connect with other bloggers, fans, and even celebrities by live streaming the events she hosts using Hangouts On Air: “I can easily interact with fans even if they can’t come to events in person”.

If you’re also looking to grow your audience, Kelly uses several Google+ plugins that are easy to add:

    • The Google+ badge on Kelly’s Kloset shows her presence on Google+
    • The +1 button lets fans share her blog 
    • The Google+ followers gadget displays her growing follower count and allows fans to easily add her to circles 

Kelly notes that “these tools are really easy to use and make interacting with my audience a seamless experience”. You can explore these features by visiting the ‘Layout’ tab in the Blogger dashboard and clicking ‘Add a Gadget’.

Click here to learn more about Google+ and Blogger.

Posted by Diana Golduber, Google+ MarketingjlA3vQEY_zg Expanding your audience with Google+: Kelly Saks' story

Automatically share your blog posts to Google+

Notifying your followers that you’ve published a new blog post not only gets the conversation going, it encourages them to reshare your content with others. In this way it’s critical for growing your blog’s audience and engagement. But it takes time. And we want to give you that time back.

Starting today you can automatically share your blog posts publicly to Google+ as soon as you publish them, with no additional clicks. And of course: if you’ve enabled Google+ Comments, any replies on Google+ will also appear on your blog.

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If you’ve connected a Google+ page or profile to your blog, this new feature will start working the next time you publish a post. If you’d rather not share to Google+, or you’d prefer to be prompted each time, you can adjust your preferences in the Google+ tab of your Blogger Dashboard.

Happy blogging!


Posted by Marc Ridey, Software Engineer

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HTTPS support coming to Blogspot

This morning we posted an update about Blogspot to Google’s Security Blog https://googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.com/2015/09/https-support-coming-to-blogspot.html.

Since 2008, we’ve worked to encrypt the connections between our users and Google servers. Over the years we’ve announced that Search, Gmail, Drive, and many other products have encrypted connections by default, and most recently, we’ve made a similar announcement for our ads products.

In this same vein, today we’re expanding on the HTTPS Everywhere mission and beginning an initial rollout of HTTPS support for Blogspot. HTTPS is a cornerstone of internet security as it provides several important benefits: it makes it harder for bad actors to steal information or track the activities of blog authors and visitors, it helps check that visitors open the correct website and aren’t being redirected to a malicious location, and it helps detect if a bad actor tries to change any data sent from Blogger to a blog visitor.

While this initial rollout won’t support all of our Blogger users, we wanted to take the first step to make HTTPS available for Blogspot; for those users who want to try it early.

We’re rolling this out gradually and Blogspot authors interested in enabling HTTPS support can begin opting-in today. Simply log into https://www.blogger.com, click on the blog you’d like to make HTTPS enabled, navigate to the Settings page, and select “yes” for “HTTPS Availability”. Unfortunately, blogs with custom domains are not supported in this first version.

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Once enabled, your blog will become accessible over both HTTP and HTTPS connections. Blogspot authors should be aware that if they choose to encrypt at this time, some of the current functionality of their blog may not work over HTTPS. This can be a result of template, gadgets, and blog post content, and is often caused by mixed content errors, some of which may be fixable by the author themselves.

We’ll also be moving some of our own blogs over to HTTPS gradually, beginning with the Official Google Blog and the Google Online Security Blog.

For the Blogspot authors who try this out – we’re interested to hear your feedback while we continue to improve this feature and its capabilities! For more information, visit our Help Center.

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Even more expansions to the Blogger template language

Recently we introduced a new set of expressions to the Blogger templating language, designed to let you customize the HTML of each post and page on your blog. We’ve gotten great feedback on them, so we figured we’d offer even more.


Now you can try out new tags, like:


  • b:elseif for a simpler multiple-case b:if branch.
  • b:switch and b:case for succinctly handling several possible cases of a variable.
  • b:eval for evaluation of more complex expressions involving data variables.
  • b:with for creating a nicer variable alias for a calculated value.


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An example of customizing the markup of your blog, using the new switch tags.



If you’d like to customize your blog’s template using these tags and expressions, just head to the dashboard under Settings > Template > Edit HTML. To see the full specs of the new tags or learn more, check out the help article.


Happy Templating!


Posted by Luke Bjerring, Software Engineer
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Adding new expressions to Blogger templates

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Blogger’s template engine is powered by a flexible editing language, consisting of a set of Widget Tags which use expressions to conditionally change the output HTML for each post and page on your blog.

Using these expressions, you can customize the HTML output of your blog, to adjust the look and feel. You could, for example, show an image behind the header, but only on the homepage. Or add a flower icon, next to a post’s title, if the post has the ‘Flower’ label.

You can customize your blog’s template under Settings > Template > Edit HTML.



Previously, the expressions in Blogger’s templates could
  • Add or concatenate values with +
  • Subtract values with
  • Check for equality with != and ==
  • Compare values with <, >, <= and >=

Now, support has been added for many more expression operators, including:
  • Inversion of true/false values with !/not e.g. cond=‘!data:post.allowComments’>
  • Picking between 2 values with ?: e.g. expr:class=‘data:post.allowComments ? “comments” : “no-comments”‘
  • Checking if a value is a member of a set or array, with in/contains e.g. cond=‘data:blog.pageType in {“index”, “archive”}’>…
  • Combining multiple conditions with and/or e.g. cond=‘data:blog.pageType == “index” and data:post.allowComments’>…
  • Changing the order of operations with () e.g. expr:style=‘”max-width: ” + (data:width + 10) + “px;”‘>…

For a full specification of the new operators, see the help article.
Happy Templating!

Posted by Luke Bjerring, Software Engineer

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