Creating Your Own Blogger Link Gadget

Blogger gadget

Recently a genealogy blogging colleague admired another blogger’s sidebar item and wanted to replicate it but didn’t know where to start.  If your blog uses the Blogger platform, it is easy to think that there is a gadget for everything – sort of like “there’s an app for that!”

The admired item was the Indexes listing at Apple’s Tree where she has posted links to various items including ahnentafels.  Setting up this type of “link list” in Blogger is much easier than it looks.  Here’s how:

  • You must already have your ahnentafels, indices or other links available as posts in your blog.  Open them in separate tabs or copy and paste them into a text file for reference during this process.
  • Log into Blogger.  Click on Layout and then click Add A Gadget on the sidebar.

  • The Add A Gadget dialog appears.

  • Scroll down and locate Link List and click the plus sign next to it.

  • Enter a title in the Title field and then paste your first link in the New Site URL field.  Click Add Link.

  • Continue adding links as needed.  You may also edit and change the order of links once they are added.

  • Click Save.  Click View Blog.  The new list of links will appear in your blog’s sidebar.

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    About Thomas MacEntee

    What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.

    8 thoughts on “Creating Your Own Blogger Link Gadget

    1. Thomas,
      Thanks so much for giving us this great info! I knew some sites were doing this, but just how was beyond my ken! Thanks for simplifying it for an ol’ fogey like me!

    2. How flattering! This is very handy for linking to pages within your blog and also for keeping handy any web links you use often.

    3. Thomas, thanks for helping me get this set up on my blog. And, Apple, thanks for the inspiration. It has made highlighting my posts on my surnames and ahnentafel much easier.

    4. Well here I am trying to figure what it all means, but if it comes from Apple, I know I will like it. But, can I do it is another matter. Thanks Tom and Apple.

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