Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Identifying Yourself, As The Owner Of Your Blog

Occasionally, somebody in Blogger Help Forum: How Do I? wonders
Why don't I have a Layouts (or Template) link in my dashboard?
or
How do I setup additional team members, without the right link in Permissions?
and the first question is
Are you logged in as the blog administrator / owner?

It's not difficult to verify the owner of your blog, if you have a public profile, and a standard template. In your browser, select View, then "Page Source" or "Source". Or, use an HTTP text proxy. Look at the code for this blog, heavily trimmed and broken.
<head>

...

<link rel="service.post" type="application/atom+xml"
title="The Real Blogger Status - Atom"
href="http://www.blogger.com/feeds/24069595/posts/default" />
<link rel="EditURI" type="application/rsd+xml"
title="RSD" href="http://www.blogger.com/rsd.g?blogID=24069595" />
<link rel="me" href="http://www.blogger.com/profile/08069634565746003311" />

http://www.blogger.com/profile/08069634565746003311


That's my profile. Click on the link.

So, look at the code for your blog, locate the "me" link, extract the attached URL, and follow the link. If there's no "me" link, look carefully in the sidebar - if the blog has a Profile / "About Us" gadget, you may be able to find a "www.blogger.com/profile" link there. With some team blogs, you may find a list of each individual profile, for the whole team. Each individual profile should have a different Profile ID in the attached URL.

Take each available "www.blogger.com/profile" link, paste it into your browser, and take a look - or click on the link, if possible. Then, go to your dashboard, and click on the "View Profile" link in the upper left corner. Do you see the same profile?

If not, you probably inadvertently created a second (or third) Blogger account, possibly as you incorrectly transferred a blog from one Blogger account to another. When you login to Blogger, first clear cache, cookies, and active login sessions - then make sure that you login using the proper Blogger account. If necessary, recover the account information, and start over.

Remember that when you login, Blogger will not select the account for you. If you have FeedBurner, GMail, Picasa, or any of the other many Google services under another account, you'll need to use two different browsers - or a different computer.

Note that this procedure works only for blogs and profiles that are properly made public. If a blogger has chosen to not make the profile public, or if the blog in question is published as private (with designated readers), you won't get the details needed here. And if the blog has multiple administrators, it probably won't have the "me" meta tag in the header.

In extreme cases, you'll need assistance from Blogger, using the Having trouble signing in? wizard. Now, you have to hope that your account isn't intentionally based on a bogus email address.

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3 comments:

Barbara and Nancy said...

where do you find the code for your blog?

Hana said...

Hi Barb & Nancy-

You asked your question a while ago, but...
to view the code behind ANY web page your are browsing, click on "View" then click "Source" to see the HTML code (AKA "source" code).

remistevens.com said...

Great info here, thanks!