Spread the love to more bloggers: create a blogroll made of Reader lists.
Do you use a blogroll to link to sites you love? Have you considered populating that blogroll with Reader lists to share even more sites you love, organized by topic? Today, we’ll show you how to do it.
A quick refresher on lists
Reader lists are a great way to collect and keep up on blogs you love on a specific topic.
For full details on how to create your own list, check out our recent post, “Quick Tip: Make the Most of Lists.”
Reader lists as a blogroll
Why do this? Reader list blogrolls solve two problems. First, they allow you to link to ALL the blogs you love — not just a select few. Second, it solves the “which link do I click” problem for your readers, allowing them to choose by topic.
Let’s look at how to use Reader lists to create a blogroll on your site. We’ll use a little bit of HTML to create links and a list that we’ll display in a Text Widget.
Step 1: collect your Reader list links.
Each Reader list has a unique URL as seen in your browser’s address bar. The URL for my Artists and Sketchers Reader list is pictured below. Copy the link and paste it into a blank post, a new Word or Pages document, or any digital scratchpad you’d like use to collect links that will go into the Text Widget.
Step 2: create a list of links in a Text Widget.
Once you’ve copied a Reader list’s link, go to My Sites → Customizer → Widgets → Widget area, and click on Add a Widget.
In the search bar that appears in the new panel, type Text, then click on the Text Widget option that comes up.
You’ll see an empty Text Widget to populate at the bottom of your list of widgets (if you have any).
Here, I’ve added a title to the widget and used some HTML to create the links in an unordered list:
And, here’s how it looks on my site. Now, when visitors click on each link, they get to read not just one blog, but all the blogs on each list*. Wunderbar!
Don’t forget to share your Reader lists and Reader list blogrolls in a comment on this post.
* You might think that the Reader list blogroll approach may deprive sites of a direct link from you — remember you can always have a regular blogroll and one generated by Reader lists too — the choice is yours.