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|