Blogger Newsletter – July 2010


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Blogger Newsletter July, 2010
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spacer.png Hello Blogger user!

It’s been a busy and exciting last few months for all of us here on the Blogger Team. We’ve been working hard from

to put the finishing touches on a handful of recently-released features, as well as looking to the future with big ideas which will make Blogger even better. So as we say goodbye to the first half of 2010, we wanted to say a big thanks to all of you who have made working on Blogger so fun and rewarding—we really do appreciate it!

We thought it’d be helpful to summarize some of the latest Blogger news and developments that our team is especially proud of. From new features to worldwide Blogger meetups, there is much to be excited about. So without further ado, here is the 411:

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Features, Fresh Out of the Oven

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Template Designer

If you haven’t had a chance to check out our brand-new Template Designer, you’re really missing out. We laid out the full laundry list of new design features in a recent Buzz post, but we think the best way to find out what’s possible is to get your hands dirty and play around right now.

So go ahead and freshen up your template; your blog will thank you.

Blogger Stats

We’re very excited about the most recent creation from Blogger in Draft, Blogger Stats. Blogger stats makes it easier than ever to get all sorts of real-time traffic data for your blog, right from the comfort of your Blogger dashboard.

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Accurate Post Preview

We understand how important it is for your blog posts to display exactly as you expect when published, so we’ve put a lot of time into improving our current preview page. The end result is an entirely revamped post preview, which now displays your drafts exactly as they will appear when published live on your blog.

New Sharing Buttons

We’re always thinking about ways to help you better promote and share your blog content with the world, and the new sharing buttons we’ve just released are great tools to help you get the word out. The buttons—which support sharing via email, Blogger, Google Buzz, Twitter, and Facebook—can be placed under each blog post where your readers will easily see them.

You can turn on the new sharing buttons right now by editing the Blog Posts widget and enabling Show Share Buttons in the Design | Page Elements tab.

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Zemanta Post Gadget

Zemanta has been a partner with Blogger for over a year now, providing a browser plugin service that helps you easily add related content to your blog posts. We’ve seen so much positive feedback about the service that we recently released a gadget version of the service that easily integrates directly in your post editor.

Want more info? Check out Zemanta’s own video overview and tutorials!

Google Affiliate Network

With Google Affiliate Network you can access affiliate ads for top retailers. If the ad or text link you post on your blog results in a sale, you earn a commission.

Google Affiliate Network is featured in the Monetization tab in your Blogger account. You’ll need an AdSense ID to join, and once you have access to Google Affiliate Network you can apply to advertiser programs, promote ads, search for links to specific products, sign up to access product feeds, and utilize Link Subscriptions that deliver the latest links and promotions directly to you each day.

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More Fun Stuff

Worldwide Meetup

The Blogger Team has long wanted to help organize a worldwide meetup for Blogger enthusiasts all over the world, and we’re happy to announce that we’re in the final planning stages of actually making this happen! We’ll be sure to share the details on Blogger Buzz as soon as we sort everything out, but are looking now at dates in late August/early September.

Blogger on Facebook & Twitter

Yes, Blogger has its own brand-new fan page on Facebook. Drop in to say hello to the Blogger Team, network with other like-minded bloggers, and share cool blogs.

Our Twitter page is another great resource for the latest Blogger info, announcements, launches, and service updates.

As always, we’ve been listening closely to your feedback and will continue to do so with anything that we’re working on. If you have specific feedback about features we’ve released, you can always let us know via our Help Forum. Our ears are always open, and often it is your voice that ultimately drives our development process. So if you have something to pass along, please speak up.

Thanks again for using Blogger!

– The Blogger Team

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