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How to Turn Off or Disable RSS Feeds in Blogger Blogs?

Turning off or disabling RSS Feeds of a Blogger blog might sound outrageous, but it could be handy for a few cases. If you don’t want your subscribers to get any kind of Email notification of new posts, or your RSS Feeds is used by some copiers to rip off your content via automatic scripts. Both problems have a mutual solution either turning off the RSS Feeds for a definite period or absolutely change to a new Feed Address (this sounds quite funny). In this article, We will show you, How to Turn Off or Disable RSS Feeds in Blogger?

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How to Add a Random Post Button in Blogger?

A worthy way to keep your visitors busy, and to allow them to spend more time on your website is to use “Random Post” button. Recently, one of our visitors asked us How to Add a Random Post button in Blogger. This button can be placed anywhere in your website, providing your visitors the flexibility that when clicked it will take the visitors to a complete random post. In other words, It will display random posts, every time the button is clicked. This is actually easy to achieve, so in this article we will show you How to Add a Random Post button in Blogger.

Before you start check out the live demo of this "Random Post" widget. You can play with it, and it will take you to the random post on each hit.
The first thing you need to do is to get yourself login into your Blogger account and go to Template >> Edit HTML section. Now within the template coding, search for the ending</body> tag and just above it paste the following piece of JavaScript coding.

<script type="text/javascript">/*<![CDATA[*/function showLucky(root){ var feed = root.feed; var entries = feed.entry || []; var entry = feed.entry[0]; for (var j = 0; j <; ++j){if ([j].rel == 'alternate'){window.location =[j].href;}}} function fetchLuck(luck){ script = document.createElement('script'); script.src = '/feeds/posts/summary?start-index='+luck+'&max-results=1&alt=json-in-script&callback=showLucky'; script.type = 'text/javascript'; document.getElementsByTagName('head')[0].appendChild(script); } function feelingLucky(root){ var feed = root.feed; var total = parseInt(feed.openSearch$totalResults.$t,10); var luckyNumber = Math.floor(Math.random()*total);luckyNumber++; a = document.createElement('a'); a.href = '#random'; a.rel = luckyNumber; a.onclick = function(){fetchLuck(this.rel);}; a.innerHTML = 'Random Post'; document.getElementById('mbl-random').appendChild(a); } </script><script src="/feeds/posts/summary?max-results=0&alt=json-in-script&callback=feelingLucky">/*]]>*/</script>
Now to create a random post link and put it in a desired location of your website paste the following code anywhere you like. For example, in your navigation and it would automatically turn into a random post button. Once everything is done, save your template by pressing “Save Template” button.
<div id="mbl-random"></div>

Congratulations: You Successfully added a Random post button in your blogger blog. Now go and check your site to see if everything is working just according to the plans. If you have followed the instructions properly, we are sure you will not face any errors.

How to Style the Random Post button?

I am sure, people would like to make their random post button stand out (fancy from others). You can use the following piece of CSS code to customize or stylize your button. You can make it look entirely different and can also use the same CSS coding as we have provided below (Remember: you have to paste the following code just above the ]]></b:skin> tag present in your template coding).

#mbl-random a {background-color:#3bb3e0;padding:10px;position:relative;font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif;font-size:12px;text-decoration:none;color:#fff;border: solid 1px #186f8f;background-image: linear-gradient(bottom, rgb(44,160,202) 0%, rgb(62,184,229) 100%);background-image: -o-linear-gradient(bottom, rgb(44,160,202) 0%, rgb(62,184,229) 100%);background-image: -moz-linear-gradient(bottom, rgb(44,160,202) 0%, rgb(62,184,229) 100%);background-image: -webkit-linear-gradient(bottom, rgb(44,160,202) 0%, rgb(62,184,229) 100%);background-image: -ms-linear-gradient(bottom, rgb(44,160,202) 0%, rgb(62,184,229) 100%);background-image: -webkit-gradient(linear,left bottom,left top,color-stop(0, rgb(44,160,202)),color-stop(1, rgb(62,184,229)));-webkit-box-shadow: inset 0px 1px 0px #7fd2f1, 0px 1px 0px #fff;-moz-box-shadow: inset 0px 1px 0px #7fd2f1, 0px 1px 0px #fff;box-shadow: inset 0px 1px 0px #7fd2f1, 0px 1px 0px #fff;-webkit-border-radius: 5px;-moz-border-radius: 5px;-o-border-radius: 5px;border-radius: 5px;}#mbl-random a::before {background-color:#ccd0d5;content:"";display:block;position:absolute;width:100%;height:100%;padding:8px;left:-8px;top:-8px;z-index:-1;-webkit-border-radius: 5px;-moz-border-radius: 5px;-o-border-radius: 5px;border-radius: 5px;-webkit-box-shadow: inset 0px 1px 1px #909193, 0px 1px 0px #fff;-moz-box-shadow: inset 0px 1px 1px #909193, 0px 1px 0px #fff;-o-box-shadow: inset 0px 1px 1px #909193, 0px 1px 0px #fff;box-shadow: inset 0px 1px 1px #909193, 0px 1px 0px #fff;}#mbl-random a:active {padding-bottom:9px;padding-left:10px;padding-right:10px;padding-top:11px;top:1px;background-image: linear-gradient(bottom, rgb(62,184,229) 0%, rgb(44,160,202) 100%);background-image: -o-linear-gradient(bottom, rgb(62,184,229) 0%, rgb(44,160,202) 100%);background-image: -moz-linear-gradient(bottom, rgb(62,184,229) 0%, rgb(44,160,202) 100%);background-image: -webkit-linear-gradient(bottom, rgb(62,184,229) 0%, rgb(44,160,202) 100%);background-image: -ms-linear-gradient(bottom, rgb(62,184,229) 0%, rgb(44,160,202) 100%);background-image: -webkit-gradient(linear,left bottom,left top,color-stop(0, rgb(62,184,229)),color-stop(1, rgb(44,160,202)));}

We hope this tutorial may have helped you in learning how to add random post button in blogger. How many of you are already using this button? What are its benefits and how much conversion it is bringing to your site. We would love to hear your reviews and inputs on this topic, feel free to leave you precious comments below. 

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How To Decrease Bounce Rate Upto 17% in just two Months

How I improved bounce rate by 77% in 60 days 

The higher bounce rate has always been a matter of grave concern for the struggling bloggers like me. They feel it quite disgusting if out of each 100 visitors of your blog 77 of them just exit after reading that post where they landed. It is also not confirm either they read the whole of the landed post, its first paragraph or just they cast a cursory look over it and go away. 

Different pro bloggers tell different sets of tips and tricks to improve the bounce rate. They advise to display reasonable number of related posts just after the contents of your each post. Some of them suggest showing five to seven posts with their continuation separately on Home page. Some others guys want you to offer an extensive list of latest and popular posts in the sidebar of your blog. They all are right but, by following them, we cannot improve the bounce rate beyond a certain level. Is it, so?

Let’s calculate how I improved bounce rate by 77%

In this article, I am going to show how you did I improve the bounce rate of my blog “Pollution Pollution” from worrisome 77% to just 17% in two months. If we calculate in percentage terms, it shows that I managed to hold 60% more visitors on my blog in just two months. Here is its calculation.
Here is its calculation.
  1. Bounce rate in October 2012: 77%
  2. Bounce rate in January 2013: -17%
  3. Difference in bounce rate: 60%
  4. Percentage change: 60/77x100=77%
Here is the screen shot of Google Analytics report of my blog for the month of October 2012.

How did I do that?

Now come to the main question you all have must in your mind. How did I improve my bounce rate from whopping 77% to just 17% in just two months? Did I apply any rocket science of SEO? Did I extraordinarily improve my contents, no not at all. For your kind information, I am a newbie, nonprofessional, amateur and ordinary blogger who don’t have time to give more than half an hour to my blog daily. How did I do that? Don’t worry I am not going to sell here any product, or service that will sink your bounce rate. 

First look at my daily visitors with higher bounce rate

Look at the number of monthly visitors of my site in the above screen shot. That is more than 13,000 per month. It means nearly 400 visitors daily. It had only been six months in October 2012 since, I started my blog in May 2012. It was surprising for me to have such a decent number of visitors on my blog daily. However, that was not much perturbing for me because I read at most of the pro bloggers that Google gives an advantage to new bloggers by referring more and more traffic just to let internet community know about a newly begun blog or website. I was satisfied over this assumption, but my gigantic bounce rate was equally so worrisome for me. You can see this was 76.86%, in the above screenshot. 

Irrelevance of all types is a fatal blow to your blog

This was the secret that made me improve the bounce rate of my blog. Everyone talks about the significance of relevance in blogging, but a few tell us relevance of all types equally counts a lot. If our contents are not relevant to our niche, Google Panda will lash us. If the design of a website is irrelevant to the content, the visitors would take a ridiculous impression of it. Yes, that is the secret which I am going to share with everyone. 

My social media friends visit my blog in my love

I increased traffic on my blog though running a massive campaign on social media. I am an addict of Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin. I actively participate with my friends, followers and contacts on them. I have limited circles on all these three accounts, but I am very much connected with each of my social-media friend. I don’t forget to wish them separately as much as possible. I send them gifts on their birthdays, promotions and success in their exams. In short, I have strong bonding with them. What they give me in return. Whenever I shared my post with them a flock of visitors, I find on my blog soon after my sharing. They all are my friends, but none of them has any interests in my niche “pollution”. In courtesy, they just visit the post I link to them and they get back just after clicking it. So obviously, the bounce rate of my site has to increase astronomically high. 

I stopped sharing with irrelevant audience?

In the first month of November 2012, I realized the significance of the relevant traffic. Thus, I stopped sharing my posts to social media. Then hell literally fell on me. The traffic on my blog nose-dived. If blog traffic sinks from 400 daily visitors to just 100-150 visitors, what can happen to a novice blogger like me. I used to miss my heart beats sometimes because I was and am very particular to the niche of my blog. This is an abundant source of solace for me that, in this polluted environment I am doing something to safe the environment. 

Bounce rate went deep down

However, after a while I also felt that bounce rate of my blog is going down and down and in previous two months it reached at 17%. That was a pleasant surprise for me. It showed that now I am getting the real customers at my shop. If I am selling flowers no one will stand in my shop, who wants to buy a gun or pistol. Now I can communicate with them easily. Our concerns, worries and hopes are common. This is the community which I want to develop to further my cause of a pollution-free environment. 

Do you believe me?

Do you believe I am speaking truth that the bounce rate of my blog is 17% right now? If you believe in me thank you, else here is the screenshot of my Google Analytics of January 2013. Enjoy interacting with your community but take care of relevance. Hey, hey, wait do share your thoughts with me in the comments section below.

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How to Add a Facebook Share button in Blogger?

You probably have seen those Facebook share buttons on various blogs that allows people to share your post on their Wall through a simple click. In the past, we have already shown how to add a Facebook comments in blogger on your blog. In this article, we will show you how to add a Facebook Share button in Blogger. It displays the total share count which gives you another reason to get more and more targeted traffic from Social Media websites like Facebook. First and foremost, you have to login into your Blogger account. 

Once logged in, go to Your Blog >> Template >> Edit HTML >> Search for<data:post.body/>  and paste the following code either above or below it (depending upon your needs as mentioned below). 
  • For Below Posts: In case you want to display the share button at the end of your posts then paste the following code below <data:post.body/>  tag. 
  • For Above Posts: However, if you want to display the share button at the beginning of your posts then paste the following code above <data:post.body/>   tag.
<div class="facebook-share"><a expr:share_url='data:post.url' name='fb_share' rel='nofollow' type='BUTTON-TYPE'/><script src='' type='text/javascript'/></div>

Now its up to you, what kind of button you would like to display on your site. Facebook provided a couple of options like Vertical, Horizontal or without counter buttons. To customize your button type, just replace "BUTTON-TYPE" with any of the following:
  1. box_count for full tall button with counter
  2. button_count for small button with counter
  3. button for without counter
  4. icon for a small thumb (without counter)
Once everything is done, save your template by pressing "Save template" button present at the top of the HTML template editor. Now go and check your site to see if everything is working just fine or not. 

We hope this tutorial have helped you in learning How to Add a Facebook Share button in blogger. We're also planning to add it on the next design update. Let us know what are your thoughts about this button? Does it gives you a little bit more Social Traffic? Lets have a meaningful conversation a head.
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How to Add jQuery Countdown Timer Widget in Blogger blogs

Have you ever thought of adding a Milestone Countdown timer widget to your Blogger Blog? From time to time we bring change to our blogs or website, maybe it's your blog’s anniversary, new product launch or something else. A countdown timer can always keep your readers updated about something that’s going to happen. This could turn out to be so helpful in creating magnificent interest among your readers because not every day you release a new product. Well in this article, we will show you how to add a countdown timer widget in your Blogger posts, pages, sidebar and home page.
If you are using, then you know there are no such default countdown gadgets. Therefore, we have to integrate it by using some third-party plugins and coding. For that reason, we have developed a simple yet essential count down plugin for Blogger that functions just like other WordPress plugins available on the web. This plugin is called the MBL Countdown timer.

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