Tuesday, January 06, 2009

The Followers Gadget on Blogger - Part III - The Benefits of Being a Follower

If you've been keeping up with this series, you already know:

  • How to add the Followers feature to your blogspot.

  • How to follow another blogger's blogspot.

If you missed the first two posts of this series, just scroll down to the two posts below and you'll get caught up to speed.

Today's post covers why you should be a Follower.

Part III - The Benefits of Being a Follower. You may or may not have noticed some of the rewards that'll come your way when you decide to follow someone else's blogspot. Here are the ones I've discovered. Maybe they'll convince you to take the step of being a Follower on your favorite blogspots, if you haven't become one already:

  1. If you click and agree to follow a blogspot, your photo (unless you choose to be anonymous) gets added to the Followers grid on that site for all visitors to see.

  2. Anyone who moves the mouse to your photo will see your name displayed.

  3. Anyone who clicks on your photo will automatically land on your Profile, which, if you've filled it in correctly, should contain your website, your blogspot(s) and other valuable information, along with any blogspots you're following.

  4. Because the links to the blogspots you're following are conveniently listed on your Profile, you can easily follow the blogs you like by accessing the list on your Profile.

  5. Here's something else, which I found surprising, and you may not realize - If you Google your name, or receive Google Alerts, your name most likely will come up on that blogger's blogspot even if you haven't visited it that day. This has happened to me quite often.

  6. You'll make a blogspot owner very happy you decided to be a Follower. Doing that will give you a warm feeling inside.

  7. If warm feelings aren't enough, look at it this way. Following is one more way to network. The more webs you weave, the more opportunities you have to become known and get your brand out.

Have these benefits convinced you to be a Follower? Or, are you one already? Do you know of any other reasons to be a Follower?

Please share.


  1. new followers always give me the warm fuzzies.

  2. Anonymous7:38 AM

    I have only recently discovered the benefits of being a "follower." Morgan you sure are a big help in explaining the benefits. Thank you!

  3. I love your take on this! Thanks for the rundown.

  4. And, if you add the "followings" list to your reader, it even notifies you when someone has made a new post too! Thus eliminates the need to go through the list of favorites, clicking on a blog to open it, just to see if there is something new there. This way, you save time and energy by letting the system tell you there's something new to read! Eliminates the need for those pesky e-mails announcing that a new post is up then and that eliminates more clutter in one's inbox then too! Saves time, space too -a great method, all the way around.

  5. After setting my blogger follower settings for others to follow me I picked up a new blogger follower! thanks Morgan!

  6. Thanks for the post, Morgan. I'm pretty new to blogger, so I'm not quite sure how to follow a site from my blog. I know I can't do it from the site I'm visiting...at least I think I don't! I'll have to try this later today. Thanks!

  7. Great series of blogs, Morgan.

  8. Katie,
    Once you are a follower of a blog you can get to it by going to blogger.com.
    Sign in and go to profile page.
    The blogs you are following should appear near the bottom.
    You can click the links for whichever ones you want to look at.

  9. Thanks Morgan. Adding a Followers button to my blog site is at the top of my to do list this afternoon.

    Jane Kennedy Sutton
    Author of The Ride

  10. Anonymous3:17 PM

    I just finished revamping my sorely abandoned little blogspot before reading your message at yahoo mail. I intend to devote more time here in the future.

  11. This is a lot of helpful information to someone new to blogging. I've promoted my novel via a website that is somewhat "static" -- only providing information and reviews. Do you recommend that my blogging, if not totally related to the novel, should have a link to that site? I'm still working on the idea of a consistent voice or presence on a blog. I'd be interested in your comments on this.
    Thank you. Lucia

  12. Lucia,
    Use whatever you have to get your name out. Use your website and your blog whenever you can. It takes a lot to get people to know who you are these days.

    Morgan Mandel

  13. Some form of technology that I alredy did and totally understand.

  14. Great tips, Morgan. Keep 'em comin'.

  15. Wow, great tips and great blogsite! I'm going to look through your past posts.
    Thanks for explaining things so clearly for those of us trying to get a handle on everything bloggish.

  16. Iam not happy with the new followers' gadget, so I removed it. Yesterday I added myself in my own followers' list and tried in vain to remove it. Now I think it better to remove all 63 names of my blog.

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