How To Remove Bottom Subscribe Link In Blogger

Subscribe button / menu is not uncommon in blogosphere, Blogger / Blogspot as a free blogging platform also provides this feature. However, since the link is only an uninteresting link (like any other common links) and the feed format is awful, it is better to remove it.

The link usually shows itself below your post, written “Subscribe to (Atom)” or something like it. The color and font is the same like any other link in your blog, no image, no special color, nothing.

If you are wondering how your default feed will look like when someone subscribes to it, try it for yourself. You will know that the pattern is like your sitemap with all your posts in a page. Yes, it is truly a disaster :D

To remove the link, we can disable the subscription service from the setting and it should do the trick, right? Not exactly, it is not that simple, mate. If you disable it, none will be able to subscribe to your blog, and you do not want it to happen.

It is better to remove the subscription link, but still enable the subscription service / setting. Therefore, the “Subscribe to (Atom)” in the bottom of the post will be gone, but still, people can subscribe to your blog by another means.

To remove the link, a little modification towards your template codes is needed. First, access your “edit HTML” from “layout” section. Then you have to find these bold tags, which is responsible in showing the link.
/* Comments
----------------------------------------------- */
#...
#...
#...

.feed-links {
clear: both;
line-height: 1.6em;
visibility: hidden;
height: 0px;
display: none;
}
Once you find it, you need to add following codes to stop the link from appearing, and take the blank space down.
line-height: 0px;
visibility: hidden;
height: 0px
If you do it right, it should looks a little bit like this.
/* Comments
----------------------------------------------- */
#...
#...
#...

.feed-links {
clear: both;
line-height: 0px;
visibility: hidden;
height: 0px;
display: none;
}
Now you need to save the template, and the link should hide from your visitors’ sight forever.

As a subscription tool, it is better to use third party services such as RSS feed or addtoany button. They are the most famous tools for blog subscription. These services need your original Blogger / Blogspot feed service enabled, which is why you had better keep the setting supportive.

Blogger also provide subscription buttons both to posts and comments in their gadget menu, but they are too Blogger / Blogspot for most advanced users. The mediums are also only supporting very few subscription media, unlike addtoany.

However, some arguments are considering blog subscription is old school, compared to the newly arising social media. Nevertheless, it is still too early to prove that claim, so it is better to provide both services in your blog: subscription (through RSS etc) and book marking (through social media etc). For book marking, I would like to recommend using addthis button. It provides book-marking service to all major social media.

So, feel free to try this methods for yourself. Do you have any other methods that is better and faster? Do you find any problems in applying the technique?

2 comments:

Anas said...

Hello I have a problem with blogger.com I hope you can solve this please just mail me so let I know your e-mail PLEASE....


Thank you

Jan said...

THANK YOU for this code hack!!! Yours was the only solution that worked with my custom blogger template. All other methods caused the text of my posts on the main page to be hidden along with the feed link. You have ended my many hours of frustration. Thank you again!!!