I’m still pretty new at WordPress. I just switched over a couple months ago. But here I go again, finding tricks and tips that may be handy for you to use.
I’ve seen a lot of people recently complaining about Bloglovin’ “scraping” their posts. What that means is that Bloglovin’ is pulling the entire content from your blog post onto their site. So instead of driving traffic to your website, your readers can read your entire blog post on Bloglovin’. The only way/reason for a reader to click over to your site is if they want to comment, since they can’t comment on directly on Bloglovin’. A scraped blog post on Bloglovin’ looks like this:
So if you are sharing your posts to twitter or facebook from your Bloglovin’ page, this is where that link will take them! That’s no good! So I’ve found a very simple work around to stop Bloglovin’ from scraping your entire blog post RSS feed and make your blog post look like this on Bloglovin’
See how it doesn’t show the entire post and goes to (…)? That’s much better. Your readers will now see an excerpt of your blog post and then get prompted to click “Continue Reading” which will take them over to your site, with a Bloglovin’ top static bar. This will still allow your site to get page views and drive readers directly to your blog where they can find more great content to read.
All right, let’s get to fixing this.
Setting up Truncated RSS Feeds in WordPress
First, go to Dashboard/Settings/Reading.
Now look for “For each article in a feed, show” and click Summary instead of Full Text and save.
Ta-da! That’s it. Seriously. It’s that easy. This method will truncate posts in your RSS feeds in Bloglovin’, Feedburner, and Mailchimp. Luckily, Bloglovin’ will always pull images from your blog post but if you want Feedburner and Mailchimp to pull an image with your blog post, try installing a plugin like RSS Image Feed to keep an image with your blog post excerpt.
Hope this is helpful 🙂
Have you had any issues with Bloglovin’ or noticed traffic referrals from Bloglovin’ dropping lately?