Tuesday, July 14, 2015

How to install LinkWithin gadget to Blogger

LinkWithin has changed the way we install their Related posts widget to a Blogger.com blog. This is how you should do it. First, go to LinkWithin website. Copy-paste your blog address/url into the relevant field and select how many related posts you want to display (see screenshot below):

How to get Linkwithin gadget
How to get Linkwithin gadget
Then click GET WIDGET! Once you have done this, the LinkWithin gadget will be added to the list of gadgets for your Blogger.com blog.

After clicking GET WIDGET! a page will popup showing the LinkWithin gadget in your Dashboard:

Add LinkWith gadget in Blogger Dashboard
Add LinkWith gadget in Blogger Dashboard

Now click ADD WIDGET, and the LinkWithin widget will be added to the list of gadgets in your blog LAYOUT, probably in your sidebar.

Now hover your mouse cursor over the LinkWithin gadget in the LAYOUT till a cross-hair appears. Click and drag the widget into whatever position you desired, recommended is in the BLOG POST section in the middle, below the post:

Dragging LinkWithin gadget into position, preferred is below post
Dragging LinkWithin gadget into position, preferred is below post

Thursday, June 11, 2015

How to add emoticons in Blogger

If you search for HTML codes for emoticons so that you can use those HTML codes in your Blogger posts, you may find various websites giving you the codes. However most codes would not work with Blogger such as
1. https://code.google.com/p/emoticony/wiki/Emoticons (looks promising as it is from google.com but didn't work out
2. http://character-code.com/emoticons-html-codes.php (some supposedly works with Safari browser but my Safari for Windows browser could not interpret, perhaps Safari for Mac may work but I don't know since I don't have a Mac computer.

The one I found:
3. http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys-taunting.php
gives you HTML code to use with Blogger post editor in the HTML mode
but as tested at Testing emoticon codes for some reason didn't work with Blogger post editor rejecting it as
Your HTML cannot be accepted: Closing tag has no matching opening tag: A

The way around the above problem is to
Method 1:
Copy their emoticon URL then use the url in an img tag like
<img src="emoticon url" />

Drawback will be your emoticon will remain as long as that website remains online. If they remove that emoticon, your emoticon will become an empty box

Workaround. Copy-paste their emoticon URL into the browser address bar. This will display the emoticon on a webpage. Right-click on the emoticon, select SAVE IMAGE AS then safe in gif format in your computer.

Open Blogger post editor in HTML mode, click the UPLOAD PICTURE icon from the toolbar, select the newly saved .gif image, then upload and publish.

You can see some result at Testing emoticon codes

Monday, May 11, 2015

How to enable meta description for blog and posts

Meta description for both blog and post for Blogger is disabled by default. It is good for SEO as well as increasing the chance that people searching for something related to your blog or posts will click on the search results to get to your blog and posts.

With this default set, when you compose a post, you will not see an option to enter search description for a post and typically this screenshot would show the missing field for search description in the right sidebar of the post editor:

Blogger Search Description for post not enabled

You will see a change when you enable meta description for your blog as shown below.

When you sign into www.blogger.com
Dashboard > Settings > Search preferences
you will see that meta tag for description for the blog is disabled:

Blogger enable meta search description for blog

Click EDIT, the tick ENABLE SEARCH DESCRIPTIONS? (.) Yes, then enter a suitable search decription for the blog then click SAVE

Now when you open the post editor to compose a post, you will notice a difference in the right sidebar. A new section for SEARCH DESCRIPTION will be added for you to enter a suitable search description for the post (see screenshot below):

Blogger Search Description for post enabled

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

How: embed calculator into blog post or sidebar

It is easy to embed a working calculator into a blog post or the sidebar. Just copy the calculator gadget/widget code below into the post editor in the HTML mode or log into www.blogger.com
Dashboard > Layout > Add a gadget > HTML/Javascript gadget
and paste the following code into the HTML/Javascript gadget field making sure to change the width and height values (highlighted in red) to values suitable for your blog main column width or the sidebar width, publish or save and it is done:

<iframe width="590" height="390" src="http://web2.0calc.com/widgets/horizontal/" scrolling="no" style="border: 1px solid #silver; ">
<br />
<a href="http://web2.0calc.com/">Web 2.0 scientific calculator</a>


Web 2.0 scientific calculator

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

How to put AdSense ads in Blogger blog

Once you have an approved AdSense account, there are 2 ways to add AdSense ads in your blog

Method 1: Direct via Blogger Adsense gadget

Sign into www.blogger.com
Dashboard > Layout > Add a gadget > Add an AdSense gadget

Blogger Adsense gadget

Then in Layout, drag the newly added AdSense gadget to wherever you want and SAVE.

Method 2: Indirect via AdSense codes

Sign into google.com/adsense and click MY ADS at the top left, then +New ad unit, then select the ad unit you want.
After selecting the ad unit, at the bottom, click SAVE AND GET CODE

Now go to www.blogger.com
Dashboard > Layout > Add a gadget > HTML/Javascript gadget
Paste the AdSense code into the gadget
Drag the gadget to where you want and save.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

How to change email address for Blogger login (New GUI)

Let's say, you want to change the email address for a blog from email A to email B. For this task, it is best to use 2 different browsers
Browser A for email A
Browser B for email B

First, in browser A sign into www.blogger.com using email A to get to the Dashboard of the blog
Dashboard > Settings > Basic
Scroll to the bottom to the PERMISSIONS section, type in email B then click INVITE AUTHORS

Blogger permissions section to add blog author

Second, in browser B, sign into email B and look for the invitation email, click on the link to accept invitation, then in BLOGGER, accept invitation.

Third, go back to browser A, to www.blogger.com
Dashboard > Settings > Basic
then in the PERMISSIONS section, you will see email B added as Author.
Click the down arrow and make email B as ADMIN

Now if you wish, you can go back to browser B
Dashboard > Settings > Basic
and in the PERMISSION section, make sure you have email B as admin, then if you wish, you can remove email A

Monday, March 16, 2015

Embed Youtube video direct via Share to Blogger tab

Test embedding direct from Youtube via Share > Blogger rather than copy-pasting into the post editor in the HTML mode This video was originally intended for a post in the Robotics for Children blog titled Command motor turn in 41 languages.

However, I noticed that the width of the Youtube video was automatically changed such that it slightly overlap to the right sidebar.

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