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Customize your Blogger Profile


It just takes a few minutes to add a profile photo and customize your public Blogger profile to let your readers learn a bit more about you and to help folks similar interests find you.

When you create a Blogger Profile the only information you are required to enter is your display name.

You have the option of creating adding a profile photo, and setting up public profile that will be linked from the posts you author, your comments on Blogger blogs and the Blogger Profile gadget on your blog's Layout.
Profile gadget.

Profile photo, name, link to profile on posted comment.

Your Blogger profile is linked to all the blogs in your Blogger account. If you want to blog under more than one identity, you can create a new Blogger account on a different Google account.

If you have already set up your Blogger profile, learn how to add a Profile gadget to your blog's layout.

Note that if you haven't switched from a Google+ Profile to a Blogger Profile yet, jump to the end to learn how to switch.

Watch the video for a quick tutorial:
 Or read on for detailed instructions.

Configure your Blogger Profile

Once you have set up a Blogger Profile, you can add a profile photo and personal details, and choose whether your profile is visible to others. 

1. Open your Blogger Settings > User Settings and next to your User Profile click Edit

That will open your Blogger profile settings in a new tab.
Or you can go directly to www.blogger.com/edit-profile.g

2. Edit your Privacy Settings

  • Share your profile enables your profile to be seen when someone clicks your name as author of a blog post or a comment on another Blogger Blog
  • Show my email address enables others to see your email address on your profile.
  • Show my blogs lets you select which blogs will display on your profile. Be sure to click Save Settings after selecting your blogs.
  • Show sites I follow  lets you enable others to see which other Blogger blogs you follow (learn about following blogs) 
3. Edit your Identity 
  • Username  is your Google Account email username. You cannot change that from these settings.
  • Email Address  if you display a contact email address, enter it here. I can be any email.
  • Display name lets you change your Blogger display name for posts you author and comments
4. Add or change your Profile Photo

You can upload an image from your computer, or you can link to an image online. 
Note that if you link to an image, it has to be a link to the image itself, not the page the image is on. 

Google Photos does not offer any easy way to link to a specific image, so it's easiest to download the image to your computer, then re-upload it.

If you want to change your profile photo click Remove Photo

5. Add more personal details and General  information

  • Audio Clip lets you link to an audio file online
  • Gender lets you set Female, Male or Not Specified
  • Homepage URL  lets you share a link to your main website or social media profile
  • Wishlist URL lets you link to a wishlist on Amazon.com or other service. Note that "Create a wishlist" links to froogle.google.com which now Google Shopping, and no longer has a wishlist option.
  • IM Username lets you share your instant messaging username. The list of services you can select from (Yahoo, AOL, MSN, Google Talk) show long it's been since these options were updated. 
6. Add your Location, Work, Interests and other information.


Location, Work, and your interests will be clickable on your profile and show a list of other Blogger users with the same information.


Be sure to click Save Profile when you are done!

You will see a link to View your Profile.  Check it out and see what other Blogger users out there have similar backgrounds and interests.

Here is my Blogger profile that I configured in the examples above: https://www.blogger.com/profile/14654823503813717900

Add a Blogger Profile gadget to your Blog Layout

Once you have set up your Blogger Profile, add a Profile gadget to your blog's layout or display your profile below your blog posts. Note that if you want to create a truly custom Profile on your blog, you can use a HTML/Javascript gadget to add all the information you want to share (which is what I've done on my right menu here).

1. Sign in to Blogger and click Layout on the left menu.

2. On the Layout page, click + Add a Gadget

3. Select Profile from the Gadget list
4. Configure the Profile Gadget to add a title and choose whether it links to your profile or displays your location.
5. Save the gadget and drag it to the position you want it to appear on your blog's layout.

6. Save changes to your layout.

The exact design of the gadget depends on your blog's theme.  You can modify the theme by clicking Theme  on the left menu and then clicking the Customize button. The example is a blog using the Emporio theme.

Some blog themes also let you display your Blogger Profile below your posts. 

1. Sign in to Blogger and click Layout on the left menu

2. On the Blog Posts gadget click the Pencil or Edit icon. 

3. In the Blog Posts gadget, tick the box next to Show Author Profile Below Post

4. Save  the changes.

Switch from a Google+ Profile to a Blogger Profile

If you have been using a Google+ Profile for your Blogger account, when you sign in to Blogger you should see a notice suggesting you switch to a Blogger profile "at your earliest convenience".  With the shutdown of Google+ just a few days away, now is the time!

It just takes a few minutes to set up and configure your Blogger Profile. 

If you are already using a Blogger Profile, scroll up to the instructions for configuring your Blogger Profile above.

1. To start the process click the "here" link on the notice or go to www.blogger.com/go/gplusdeprecation-revert-to-blogger-profile


You can also start by opening your Blogger Settings > User Settings, clicking the Blogger profile option, then clicking the Save Settings button.


2. When the confirmation screen options, click Switch to a Blogger Profile

Note that once consumer Google+ shuts down, Blogger will likely skip this confirmation step.

3. The Confirm your Profile page will open. Enter the name you want to use as the author of your Blogger blogs.

This does not need to be the same as your Google account name.

Then click Continue to Blogger
That will set up your Blogger profile. But it will have no profile photo or personal details.

Now you can customize your Blogger profile.

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