A blogroll is a list that contains links to other blogs related to your blog. You can include links to your other blog sites, or your liked blogs, or any websites you want to check out.
WordPress comes with this feature from the very beginning. At first, this Blogroll feature was called Links, then in WordPress 2.1 it was renamed to blogroll.
Later on WordPress 3.5, the WordPress team removed it from the core. This feature is still available as a free plugin named Link Manager. However, this plugin hasn’t been updated in years.
If you are looking for a way to add a blogroll in your WordPress website then you are in the right place. In this post, I will discuss all the details to add a blogroll in your WordPress site.
Let’s start then.
How To Add A Blogroll In Your WordPress Site
WordPress comes with an awesome menu management feature and for this reason, the blogroll feature has been removed by the core team.
Generally, you would use navigation menus for adding links to your website’s navigation bar, footer links, and other places. However, you can also use this same navigation menu to create and manage blogroll in WordPress.
To do this navigate to the Appearance -> Menus page. Click on the ‘Create a new menu’ link.
A new blank menu will be created for you and you have to provide a name for it. You might name it Blogroll, so it will be easier to identify when you are working on your website.
Click on the Create menu button and your menu will be saved. Then expand the custom links tab under the Add menu items.
Here, enter the URL of the website or blog, and then add the blog title under the Link text. Afterward, click on the Add to menu button.
You will find out that item appears under the right column and your blank Blogroll menu will now have an item on it.
Now repeat this process and add other links that you want to display in your blogroll. When you are finished, don’t forget to click on the Save Menu button. It will store your blogroll links.
Make Blogroll No Follow And Open Links In New Window
Blogroll links are external links that take away users from your website along with SEO link juice. Therefore it is wise to make these links open in a new window and make them nofollow.
To do this click on the ‘Screen Options’ at the top right corner of the screen and a menu will appear. Now place a tick on the ‘Link target’, and Link relationship (XFN)’ options.
Now scroll down to the links that you added a while ago and click any of the links to expand it. Place a tick on ‘Open link in a new tab’ and then enter ‘nofollow’ under the ‘Link Relationship (XFN)’ field.
Repeat this process for all of your links and don’ forget to click on the ‘Save Menu’ button.
Displaying Your Blogroll
After creating the blogroll, it’s time to show it to your blog. The most common and used place to display a blogroll is the sidebar.
To add a Blogroll to your sidebar, navigate to the Appearance -> Widgets page and add the Navigation Menu widget to your sidebar. Click on the add button.
Now search for the navigation menu and insert it by clicking on it.
Select Blogroll and provide a title as you like.
Now click on the update button and your blogroll will be shown on your sidebar.
Similarly, you can add a blogroll to any other place like the header or footer. To add a blogroll in footer or display in footer, expand footer and add navigation menu block. Then select blogroll and you are done.
I hope this post will help you to add a blogroll in your WordPress site. If you face any problem feel free to share with me, I will be happy to help you. If you liked the post feel free to share it with your friends and don’t forget to leave your thoughts in the comment box below.