I have been very frustrated and unable to get a photo to show up in my Bloglovin feed for over a year now and let me tell you not being able to figure it out really made me want to conquer it all the more, I don’t take defeat well. Plus I kept thinking how stupid could I possibly be. I have designed a whole blog and I can’t figure this out???
So for those of you that may be having the same problem follow the steps below and I bet your problem will be solved, I know it worked for me.
Step #1 check out the theme you are using, if it is outdated that may be part of the problem, for instance the theme I was using hadn’t been updated in over 3 years. I did go ahead and move to a new theme just to avoid any long term problems.
Step 2# Open your Google Feedburner Account, Click on Optimize, Summary Burner, and make sure this feature is INACTIVE.
Step#3 From the Dashboard of your Blog click on Settings, then Reading. Make sure For each article in a feed show, FULL TEXT and save the changes.
Step #4 Make sure the first photo you place in your blog post in a JPEG or JPG format, bloglovin can only read those 2 options.
Step #5 Make sure you add a FEATURED IMAGE to your dashboard sidebar. You should now have a photo in your bloglovin feed. If your theme doesn’t have a featured image section, download the plugin “Add Featured Image to RSS Feed“. I do know there are several issues with adding your photo to a bloglovin feed and this is what worked for me, you may see your feed and photo and then one day poof it disappears again. I think there are bugs that need to be worked out on bloglovin’s end for sure. But try this and give it at least 24 hours to take effect, and let me know if it worked for you. Wow, I am so glad that problem is solved it has haunted me for a long time.
Here’s a list of other issues I have found:
The plugin Genesis E-News Extended doesn’t play nice with Bloglovin, I have since replaced it with the Subscription Feed Link from Feedburner (feedburner, publicize, email subscription, subscription link…these are the places to click on in you feedburner account to get the subscription feed.) You will then place the code in text widget wherever you choose on your blog.
If you send a help email to Bloglovin be very specific about what is going on, if you get an error code include that in the email, try pinging your feed yourself to find issues that may be helpful to Bloglovin. I normally receive an email back from Bloglovin within 12 hours of submitting but it can take up to 24 hours. I do think they are getting better about email contact, so don’t give up.