Add Ons That Can Boost Your Numbers
This post is the continutation of last week's Blogger Mobile Settings edition. Below are a few extra gravy that may help your blog's health and a few apps that I love/dislike.
You might have noticed these little babies on other blogs as well. They're Shareaholic buttons and they're my favorite add-ons! It comes in different styles, I just want to be obnoxious with mine, but if you're the sleek and modern type, you can definitely pick that setting. If you don't have it, I suggest you create one and add it ASAP. I did a lot of boo-boos when I was setting it up for the first time. Thank God I have a few helpful bloggy friends who didn't get too annoyed with me. So if you need help with setting up yours, just holler and I'll be there. Paying it forward :)... Shareaholic is a great tool because generous bloggers can share your posts on their social media accounts withouth a hitch.
I've noticed that when I'm viewing some blogs on mobile view that their Shareaholic buttons are absent but are working just fine via desktop view. Again it's worth checking because you don't want to lose a good post share from your followers in any way.
As for my own settings, below is what I did with mine. I pasted the codes to my blog's template and I think that's what made the difference.
1. Go to your dashboard.
2. Click "Get Set-up Code.
3. Go to your Blog template and click "Edit HTML".
4. Add the code before the </head> part.
Also you can link up your own social media sites after they share your post. Under Sharing >> Post Sharing Dialogue >> Follow Buttons, look for the little gear. Scroll down that small window and you can personalize the settings.
I am also loving the Bloglovin' phone app! Have you checked if your Bloglovin' feed is updated? I follow a ton of people but I only get updates from a few blogs. I personally had issues myself just recently and though it took some time to resolve it, my feed is working fine now.
Kimberly, The Caffeinated Reviewer, had a post previously about Bloglovin'. My take away from that article is for you to search your own blog as sometimes you might have duplicate or even multiple accounts. The help support can consolidate all the accounts and you following so that's something you might want to add on your to-do list as well.
iPHONE BLOGGER APP
Lastly, I downloaded the Blogger app for iPhone. It's basically useless for creating posts, it's only useful for editing existing ones. I have a template and it won't load on the app when make a New Post. There's no html setting, I can only bold, italicize, and underline words. I can't do other fancy stuff like font style, colors, alignment, etc. It's convenient when I'm pressed for time and was unable to write up my post the night before. As long as said post is on the drafts, I can easily add content. I just have to tweak the format when I get home.
Goodreads: The app almost has all the features the desktop version has.
Kindle for iPhone: I have a Kindle Fire (1st Gen) and I prefer the app version over the built-in one in the device. If not for the small screen, I think I'll read on my phone all the time. Anyway, what I like best about the app is the Reading Speed feature. I get impatient with my books sometimes and it helps how many minutes/hours I have left to spend on the book. It also helps me plan my reading week, organize my books via the projected amount of time I'll be spending with said novel.
Tsu: I'm not very social to begin with but I still downloaded the app for convenience sake. I love that you can earn pennies (or more) for specific posts, and connect your account with both FB & Twitter so you hit 3 birds with one stone. Also, tsu is a lot like the old Facebook where the system doesn't filter the posts for you. What I don't like about the tsu app is it constantly asks permission from Facebook when I already linked my accounts accordingly. So tedious!
Pic-Collage: Very handy when taking screenshots, book mail, etc. The photo editing options are great!
Viggle: For those of you who are unfamiliar with this app, you use it when you watch TV or listen to music and you get points for the shows and songs which you can exchange for stuff. Well did you know that you can exchange your points for ebooks now too? YES! It depends on what book you like, it can run up to 35k points for the newer, more popular ones. It's a new update from them and I'm debating if I should use mine for Sarah J. Maas or V.E. Schwab.
In closing, please check your blog from all angles using different devices. Our personal blogging habits are not reflective of our followers'. We might be desktop divas, but as it's the digital age, more and more people are relying on their mobile devices and tablets to surf and follow the internet including blog hopping.
If you have other tips or great practices, I hope you'll share it with us via the comments section.