Wednesday, May 1, 2013

How to Put the Google Friend Connect Gadget on a New Blog (UPDATED)

When I originally wrote this tutorial, I couldn't find the Google Friend Connect gadget anywhere in the Add Gadget list, even when I looked on the More gadgets list. Well, it must have been missing temporarily, because it's in the list now all of a sudden. Someone directed me to this link, detailing where it is: http://www.stramaxon.com/2013/01/gfc-follower-gadget-back.html

When you look at the More gadgets list, the "Followers" gadget is near the bottom on the front page. If you search for it, it won't show in the results. This is probably why I couldn't find it before, because it must have gone to another page. I had looked through about four pages and couldn't find it. If that happens to you, just keep looking. It's in there somewhere.

91 comments:

  1. Wow...you obviously know what you're doing! I'm impressed. I am clueless when it comes to doing this sort of thing.

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    1. I'm a web developer/computer engineer, so don't feel bad. This isn't stuff that any blogger would know or figure out, and it's definitely not for the faint of heart! :) Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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  2. Wow, I gotta say I'm really impressed. I never would have known that.

    Dark Thoughts Blog

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    1. Thank you. I know there aren't many people in my position of having a brand new blog, and being in a blog hop. One of the blog hoppers told me I should have the gadget because it made things easier for the other blog hoppers. Little did I know, it would take some figuring out. But I thought, I did the work, so I may as well let others know how I did it in case they're ever in my position.

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  3. Dang, they really do make it difficult, don't they? I definitely followed after all that work.

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    1. Aww, thanks! I promise I didn't do it just to get followers, haha! A blog hopper requested I have one, so once I figured it out, I decided I may as well share what I learned in case anyone else is ever in my position. :)

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  4. Wow, I don't know if I could have done that if I needed to. Nice to meet you.

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  5. WOW - I think I have to print this off. thanks!

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    1. You're welcome! When you really need it, it's worth the work. Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. I was actually able to do this when I moved my blog from blogger to a self hosted site, but then they stopped supporting non-blogger blogs. I am going to try your instructions just in case... thanks!

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    1. I hope it works out for you! Thanks for stopping by.

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  7. This is amazing! My only problem is everything underneath the GFC is "jumpy" now. Could you help me out? www.fandncarpenter.blogspot.com feel free to e-mail me. livingwithfletch@gmail.com THANKS!

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    1. I've actually updated the tutorial. It's much simpler now. :)

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  8. If your new blog is on Blogger, I've also found this much quicker way: http://www.stramaxon.com/2013/01/gfc-follower-gadget-back.html

    The gadget's just listed in the More Gadgets list now instead of the Basic list! :)

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    1. Well, that's new! I looked everywhere for it, even on the more gadgets list. It must have been gone temporarily, because I see it now. Thanks :)

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  9. Thanks for posting this, you've just helped me out!

    Alice

    xx

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  10. Thanks. I was wondering where it was.

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    1. You're welcome, and thanks for stopping by!

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  11. Thank you for this! Been trying to track down that widget since I switched to Google+ comments.

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  12. thanks a lot! www.skattebasse.com

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  13. Nice blog! followed u<3

    Keep in touch yeah?!

    www.bstylevoyage.blogspot.com
    xx

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  14. eu gostei muito..achei legal apesar de está escrito em inglês, e meu idioma é português.

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  15. Thank you! I'm not new to blogger, but I changed my layout and have been going crazy trying to put this feature back on my blog.

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  16. hey guys can i just added the widget can you guys follow me http://jenlyy.blogspot.com/

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  17. Thanks for providing such a great article, it was excellent and very informative.
    as a first time visitor to your blog I am very impressed.
    thank you :)

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  18. Thanks so much! I have been trying to figure that out for a while now! You have made a follower out of me. :-)

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  19. I am searched in my blog to add "Follow this Blog", but did not received. How i add that button to follow my friends.

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    1. Following your friends' blogs is different than what this tutorial talks about, which is all about adding the gadget that will allow your friends to add your blog to their reading list. If you want to add a friend to your reading list, you need to click the "Join this site" button on their blog.

      If they don't have that button, just go to the Blogger main page while signed in (blogger.com), and go down the page until you find the section titled "Reading List." Click on the "Add" button, and paste the link to your friend's blog. That works the same as clicking "Join this site," even when it's not another blogger blog. It works almost every time.

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  20. Howdy Kristen :)

    I will put the Google Friend Gadget the moment I have time. Cooool blog by the way :)

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  21. hey nice post meh, I love your style of blogging. It reminds me of an equally interesting blog on my reading list which is http://danieluyi.com.
    keep up the good work meh and don't forget to also visit my blog and drop a comment even if it's a simple "nice post" reply.
    I also accept sidebar link exchange from other bloggers. You can read about it on the Link Exchange page on my blog
    Regards.

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  22. Kristen, any idea if gfc is offered somewhere for Wordpress? Thanks!

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  23. Good blog with valuable information. Thanks for the information.

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  24. YES THANK YOU! I looked for this for so long and all I found were the old posts for how to add it. Thanks again!

    -Jenny
    http://letterstomyfiance.blogspot.com/

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  25. thank you! I have searching on how to do this and couldn't find it anywhere until I found this post. :)

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  26. Thanks a bunch! I have accidentally removed it and couldn't find a way to get it back....you are a life saver :)

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  27. Thank You. I was so looking for this Gadget.

    Live life Karma Friendly !

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  28. Thank you! I've seen this gadget on other blogs, but I had no idea where to find it.

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  29. Thank you for sharing! I was looking everywhere for the gadget.

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  30. Hi,
    Hoping you can help me out. I followed your instructions however when I try to add the gadget it won't let me save. I get an error message saying "please correct errors in this form." Any ideas? I've had the gadget before and removed and now can't get it back. I've kept all the custumization as is, so I'm not sure where the error message is coming from. Would love to hear your thoughts if you have time!

    Thanks!

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  31. thank u sooo much i just found this here by coincidence :) because i had no idea where this friend connect gadget could be i already saw the gadget but didnt notice that it was friend connect because it only says followers :) sooo thankful so i just joined ur blog :)

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  32. Very useful post - thank you very much :-)

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  33. I know this is a "delayed" comment, but thank you for posting this. I couldn't find it either!

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  34. When I do this the following message shows up on my blog where the followers should be: "This content is not yet available over secure connections." Any suggestions? Thank you!

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  35. Hi Kristen
    Thank you for your sharing that helps me to improve. I also document simple steps inspired from your sharing here
    http://servicefromheart.blogspot.sg/2014/02/thank-you-post-to-tina-of-life-is-good.html

    Hope to join the A to Z challenge 2014 too!

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  36. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS!!! I really did not know how to do this on my blog http://nashuasfashionpassion.blogspot.com/ so thanks!!

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  37. Thank you so much for this!!!

    I totally gave up about this option in my blog as I read somewhere that this gadget is no more as now google+ is in it's place..

    http://handmadewithpaper.blogspot.sg/

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  38. Thank you so much! I had seen this on other blogs and wasn't sure how to get it set up. I was trying to search for it and it wasn't coming up in the search... now I know why. Thanks again!

    Tricia
    http://designandcanines.blogspot.com

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  39. I found that and it still does not show on my new blog. I have it just fine on 3 blogs but the new one, well it just wont work. Do you have any ideas? What can I be doing wrong?

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  40. THANK YOU SO MUCH!
    http://free-unblocked-games.blogspot.com

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  41. Thank you for this, unfortunately i still don't figure out how to sign to goggle friend connect it keeps on directing me to my +google profile. A lil help please!
    http://beautybeneaththewaves.blogspot.com/

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  42. THANK YOU!!! Kristen, finding GFC has been, like, my Holy Grail quest, and this post is PERFECT in how to locate it. I CANNOT thank you enough!!!

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  43. does anyone have the html code for this gadget as I don't have the usual set up for blogger as I use a blogskin which is a pain!
    Thanks in advance!

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  44. Thank you SO much for posting this! It totally worked and now we have the "Google Friend Connect" on our blog - Yay!

    zeldaandmadeline.blogspot.com

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  45. There are just so many things I have to share! First,thanks for pointing out the location of the gadget! I was going nuts trying to find it. Second, I found your post through a Google search, so thumbs up to you :) Third, I did the A-Z challenge too this year! How crazy that I should cross paths with you on the day of the Reflections post! Freaky, right?

    Glad to have connected.


    Shailaja's post

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  47. Hi Kristen, good post.
    I have just joined your blog using the " join the site " option and it was a success, however I have just created a blog and the tool is not working for me. It says " try again later" and this has been the case for a week. Do you have tips on what the issue might be? Thank you

    http://yems-smoothies.blogspot.co.uk/

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  48. Thank you for the tips! I was searching blindly because I just set up my blog and I don't know where to find the gadget. Now I found it! But now it's abit awkward because I don't have any followers lol.

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  49. Thank You! SOooo Helpful!

    melanin-overdose.blogspot.com

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  50. Thanks for the help! :)

    jadebufete.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much Kristen! :) followed! follow back please? :) itsphebedj.blogspot.com

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  52. Thank you, I was making this a lot more complicated than it needed to be!

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  53. Thanks so it works!!!!!

    justshani.blogspot.com

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  54. nice
    i am following you, please follow back
    http://dimplekhadi.blogspot.com/

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  55. Nice.. really easy.. I just searching like crazy.. hahaha
    Thanks for sharing..

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  56. Thank you. As of March 1, 2015, the Followers widget is still the last one on the "More Gadgets" first page. I was so afraid to insert a new template because I didn't think I could replace this.

    Thanks again.
    -Java

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  57. Thank you! I found you by googling 'goodle friend connect widget'. I was going mad trying to find this blinkin' thing.

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  58. Got it and It's superb. Thanks for your nice hard works.

    -J-

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  60. Hi. I am really new to this. It's my 3rd day of blogging. Lol. Your post is a big help. You may check my newly created blog site http://www.rolandpanares.blogspot.com Thanks.

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  61. Helpful for me.
    waiting for next update.
    http://get1deal.blogspot.in

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  64. Aw this saved me! I'm new in blogger and I've been trying for 5 days to place a follow button on my blog...thanks a lot!!!

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  65. Actually there are 3 gadgets that pertains to Google Friend Connect! These three could be found at "Add more gadgets"

    1st. Sign in (shows only link to sign in)
    2nd. Members (Similar to 3rd but when click Join this site shows error)
    3rd. Followers (Working)

    Thanks for sharing! Godbless!

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  66. iTS SAD that google friend connect is no longer available.
    from Entry test Practice

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  67. iTS SAD that google friend connect is no longer available.
    from Entry test Practice

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