Sunday, August 30, 2009

Label Clouds Get Easier in Blogger!

For many months I have been tempted to add a label cloud to my sidebar, but quite honestly, I was daunted by the number of steps I would have to take to make it happen. I hated to see long label lists on blog sidebars, so instead I seriously refined my labels so there were just a select few and I showed them as a list of "categories."

Well, Blogger has been doing some major improvements to their programing and they have made it super easy to have a label cloud (a grouping of labels in a cloud-like formation). So, I will now tackle my first real tutorial (now that it is a super easy thing to teach!).

First things first. Some of you may be beginner bloggers and thinking "what the heck are labels?" Labels are tags you give to your blog posts so that others can quickly read posts only on that subject. For instance, I am going to give this post the label "tutorials" by typing it in the box circled in the picture below. Readers who come to my blog can then click on "tutorials" in my label cloud and all posts containing that label will be shown.

Okay, onto how to make your labels a cloud instead of one long list (which I am not in favor of). 
  • Sign into your Blogger account and go to the Layout section of your blog. 
  • At the top of your sidebar there is a box that says "Add Gadget." Click on that. 
  • Choose "Labels" as the type of gadget you'd like to add.  
  • A screen that says "Configure Labels" will pop up. 
  • To change your labels from a list to a cloud, all you have to do is click on the "cloud" option (see picture below). 

Wasn't that easy? So, if you have a big long list of labels on your blog's sidebar, I strongly encourage you to switch to a label cloud. They take up less space and help your blog have a cleaner, neater look.

If this tutorial has helped you, and/or you switch your label list to a cloud, let me know so I can go ew and aw over it!

p.s. Since Blogger upgraded it's post editor, the images have gotten smaller (even though it says "large) and of poor quality. I'll load these to Photobucket soon so they'll be larger.


Amber @ Classic Housewife said...

Good tutorial! I love label clouds, much better than long lists. ;)
Thanks for linking up too - MUCH appreciates. :)

Katie said...

Thanks, good tute I may try this soon. Thanks also for mentioning the Blogger issue with picture sizes. I thought maybe it was just me when I noticed that. I hope they fix this upgrade soon, because the pictures are often what makes a post.

Cooking With Kay said...

thank you for the info...I just added label cloud to my blog and it is great!!!

Lona said...

I've done it! Thanks so much. Had to weed out a ton of onesy-twosy catagories, but I think I like it!

Amanda said...

Wow! I am so glad this has helped each of you. Thank you for letting me know you added the cloud to your sites. I have visited (and commented) and they look so nice!

The Blog Makeover Girl said...

Amanda I could kiss you (ok well maybe not in public LOL) because I've been trying to get a successful cloud thing going on for ages! I'm going to point everyone over here instead of re-explaining it :)

mytheory said...

this is nice tutorial.
all of your tips is great!
i really like your blog!

Nancy Palmer said...

I did it, but my list is long. I should have decided on easy labels years ago!

Tina said...

Thanks for this! It was SUPER easy! I had no idea this option existed! I added it to my side bar without all the fuss of the codes and stuff!!

Deb said...

I'm so glad Blogger finally made this easy. Thanks so much for spreading the word. I just did it and love it!

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