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Friday, November 16, 2007

Windows Live Writer Help for Google Blogger

Recently Microsoft has released software which supports few Google products. Among that software I like “Windows Live Mail” and “Windows Live Writer”.

You can get the LIVE software package from Microsoft at http://get.live.com/wl/desktop

This particular posting is for those who is trying to use the “Live Writer” to edit the “Google Blogger”. Some of them have tried and started commenting that Live Writer is NOT working for Blogger. Yes this is true, but this particular post will help you to setup “Windows Live Writer” for “Google’s Blogger”.

Please follow the steps carefully and you can get your Blogger running in Live Writer :)

Step1:

Download and install “Windows Live Writer” at http://get.live.com/writer/overview

Step2:

After installing, open it from the installed programs list and you will get the following screen,

Windows Live Writer

And then the following screen,

live-blog-account-create

After you get this, select the third option i.e. “Another weblog service”, and click next.

Step3:

blogger-account-input

In the above screen, fill the details as shown above. But you should enter your user name and password for Blogger, just kidding ;)

Click next,

Step4:

detecting-weblog-settings

Live Writer will try to configure your Blogger account, but unfortunately it can’t...

You will get the following screen,

select-provider-blogger

Now select the “Weblog Service Provider” as “Blogger”

As soon as you select the server provider you will get the following URL in the remote posting URL field,

http://www.blogger.com/feeds/<feed-id>/posts/full

Note: please take a look at the steps very carefully.

Now, open your Blogger's profile in a browser, the URL will be something like this,

http://www.blogger.com/profile/19941753007615453754

Copy only the numbers from the URL (i.e. in the above URL I will copy “19941753007615453754”) and replace <feed-id> in the remote posting URL field and click next.

Note: Please make sure that you have not edited the entire URL except replacing <feed-id>.

You will get the following screen; this screen will take some time, because it will download your complete Blogger setting to your local computer.

detecting-again-weblog-settings

Click next,

Step5: (Final)

Click "Finish"

Hurray! You have configured your Blogger to “Windows Live Writer”.

Note: this particular posting was published through the “Live Writer”

I can recommend this software, as this is very easy to use. Some of its positive points are,

1. You will actually type in Blogger interface and not in a regular Blogger editor

2. Instant preview, even you don’t need Internet to preview it

3. Formatting is as simple as you do in MS Word

4. Spell Check before publishing

5. Save and publish when you are connected to Internet

6. Synchronize with online Blogger whenever required

7. Add nofollow tag and target window for links very easily

So, what else you are looking for, just start posting into Blogger through Live Writer.

Thanks to Microsoft for this tool!

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6 Comments:

At 5:14 PM, Blogger Joe Cheng [MSFT] said...

Actually, for "Homepage URL", you don't want "http://www.blogger.com", you want "http://matt-cutts.blogspot.com" (for example). Writer will automatically figure out everything else.

Feel free to e-mail me if you have questions, joe.cheng *AT* microsoft.com. Thanks!

 
At 11:44 AM, Blogger Matt said...

Joe,

I am really EXCITED to see a comment from one of the programmers in Microsoft. Also, I am really happy to get a feasible feedback from you, thank you very much. I hope this comment will surely help my blog viewers to correct their mistake while configuring their blogger account with LIVE writer.

I really appreciate your work, windows LIVE Writer is simply the best to manage my blogs.

Thanks again!

Pratheep

 
At 9:40 AM, Blogger Melissa Lupien said...

I need help with one of the steps. I'm stuck on the feed ID step. Writer is not able to connect to the remote server.

Thanks,

Melissa @ True North Strong and Sweet

 
At 3:10 AM, Blogger Matt said...

Thank you, Melissa.

Writer is now part of Windows Essentials, I have to review the new tool. Wait for an update post from me, soon. Meanwhile, please find your blogger profile from your Blogger Dashboard, top-right corner and use only the numbers as described in the above post. Thanks again.

- Pratheep

 
At 6:55 AM, Blogger Paulo a Pe said...

I successfully added 5 blogs a couple of years ago when it was easy. I now have a new blog, the latest Live Writer running on Windows 8.1 chrome browser.When i get to the stage where I need to add the remote posting address, i see 'http://www.blogger.com/feeds/default/blogs'
When I plug in my profile number to the 'default' field, I just get a 'wrong password' message. Any update as to how to get Live Writer to recognise the blog?

 
At 12:50 PM, Blogger Mary Walker said...

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