Do you use Bloglovin’ to read your favourite blogs? ♥

I just wanted to do a quick blog post on something that’s been niggling me slightly. Since the slow death of Google Friend Connect a lot of people (me included) turned to Bloglovin’ to follow our favourite blogs. It’s a great website that allows you to have a nice simple feed of all new blog posts and even has a cute little ‘like’ button so you can send the blogger a bit of love. 
My issue is that by default the settings are set to ‘I want links to open in the Bloglovin’ frame’. If you have this as your setting, all of the blog posts you click on to read will open within the Bloglovin’ frame with their little header bar at the top. From what I can tell, this means that any views of the blog under this header won’t be included in the bloggers views on their statistics. 
I’ve noticed lately an increase in Bloglovin’ followers for my blog, but a decrease in views, which I thought slightly odd. After a bit of research, I think this may be partly to blame. I may be wrong, but I tested it and any views from my PC to my blog under the iframe didn’t show up in the StatCounter visitor path. I don’t know too much about RSS feeds and the like, but after experimenting myself I’m pretty sure that any views within the Bloglovin iframe don’t count as real views. I know views and statistics don’t stand for much, but it would still be nice for the bloggers to get the recognition rather than just Bloglovin. 
Here’s some more articles with similar opinions:
Evolution of Blogging
So, if you use Bloglovin’, and you want to let your favourite bloggers know that you are reading their posts, change your Bloglovin settings to ‘I don’t want the frame’ (it’s really easy to do), and let the bloggers get those views instead of Bloglovin. Just click on your profile photo in the top right corner, go to settings and then select no frame and save your settings,
If you have any further or more technical info, feel free to leave a comment!
The Bloglovin’ iFrame along the top bar
How to change your settings to remove the frame

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10 Comments

  1. November 7, 2014 / 12:26 am

    I use Google Analytics and i'm pretty sure they show there because it says clicks are from bloglovin' but maybe these are the ones done without the frame! I dunno now :S Be sure to let us know if you find out anything else from anyone. 🙂

    Amy at Amy & More

  2. November 7, 2014 / 8:45 am

    Bloglovin does have a nice feel (I'm not a blogger but I am on Bloglovin) and I can pick out articles I want to read but as most bloggers want you to like and follow on Tumbler, Instagram, Pinterest, Bloglovin, Newsletter email, Twitter, Facebook, GFC, Google+ (friends and circles???) and I get Indian companies following me on that?? and a new one on me, Feedly I find the whole thing really irritating. There are a couple of bloggers who stick with Facebook, twitter and a newsletter by email which is lovely and simple and makes me want to go back. Having all those extras is confusing, I have a Pinterest account but no idea how to navigate it or ever figure out what is happening, and the same with Instagram. There are some brilliant blogs but I sit here confused by a stream of follow and contact options on the side bars so I can't see what could really be of interest and that is their other blog posts. It might just be my take on things but the bloggers who have "advanced" to more website type content seem to have a greater following and seem to have dropped the excessive links and concentrated on what their niche is. All I can say is that blogs are brilliant and it's like having a natter with a friend but some are incredibly difficult to even find the subscribe link on.

  3. November 7, 2014 / 9:37 am

    I use bloglovin everyday, mainly to save my favourite posts for beauty products and fashion inspiration. I'm trying to develop a new style as I tend to just go with whatever fits and it's always nice to see others' ideas.

    Through this I tend to get more followers through bloglovin as I've also had to disable my Blogger 'join this site' option thanks to a scary stalker man…

    Writer’s block and broken lenses

  4. November 7, 2014 / 10:21 am

    I've wondered before about whether the frame doesn't count your views with Bloglovin', but never looked into it more. The frame has always really annoyed me though, and I always try to look at blogs elsewhere because of it, especially if it's one I've clicked that's been shared on Twitter or Facebook via Bloglovin'. I hadn't realised it was so easy to turn off though, so thanks for letting us know – I've turned mine off now and going to share your post so hopefully others do too!
    xx

  5. November 7, 2014 / 12:44 pm

    I always read my favourite blogs through bloglovin, I just find it much more user friendly than google friend connect was. I think after reading this I will adjust my setting though!
    Rachel x Sparkles and Starlight

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