Ever since the invention of smartphones, optimizing a blog for mobile has become one of the few steps towards successful blogging but at some point, you wonder how to create an android app for your blogger blog especially when you have little knowledge of coding an application.
It is not so easy to convert a blogger blog into an Android app but still, you can get it done. This guide will show you how you can create a simple app which your blog visitors can access your website with. An app has a lot of advantages for blog owners especially now that nearly every internet user loves speed and easy to access blogs.
I created my first app barely a few weeks ago using some free services online and though I wish to create a better Android app for my blog using Android Studio that is a dream to come through soon because am learning how to code an Android software.
Before taking the big step towards building an Android app for your BlogSpot blog, you might want to consider a few things. These include the advantages and disadvantages of using free app development platforms and also the positive and negative effect an Android app might pose on your website’s traffic and earnings.
What is a Blogger Android App?
An Android app is simply a mobile version of your blog accessed without a browser. By default, users would have to access your blog through one of the available mobile browsers.
but with an Android application, you can easily convert your blog into a software Android phone owners can download and access your website with. Apps acts as shortcuts and access points to blogs,
Pro bloggers often build Android apps to make visiting their blog easy. Nearly every top news site have an Android app and aside from Android OS, you can also create applications for other OS which includes iOS, BlackBerry OS, and others.
Does my blog need an app?
“I have seen other bloggers using mobile apps and I think it’s cool so I want to get one too”… this was my feeling when I created my first app.
Practically, building an Android app for blogger can either help improve or destroy your blog. From personal experiences, an app has a lot of pros and cons to offer to a blog, now whether your blog needs an app depends on various reasons.
You don’t just wake up in the morning and decide to build an app. NO! first, you need to study and understand your audience. News and Tech bloggers are often the ones that develop apps for blogs for reasons which are quite considerable.
- Instant article reading
- Quick access
- Slow indexing
- High competition etc.
These websites need to offer their contents to their users at their hand touch because of the high competition, nearly all news websites publish the same story, now the one which gets instant article reading,
is determined by how quick it’s articles can be accessed. Mobile apps provide these news sites with mobile notifications to cover up for the slow indexing. This is why news site uses Android applications.
Questions for you
- why do I need an app?
- do bloggers in your niche use apps?
- how will an app improve my blog?
Basic Features of a Mobile App
Before creating a mobile app, it would be a wise decision to note down the basic features of an application. These features are the important things to know when building apps.
1. Push Notifications
Of all the features of a mobile app, Push notification is of high rating to me. What it simply means is that whenever you post an article on your blog, your mobile app will instantly notify anybody that have the app installed on his smartphone phone.
You might have seen Facebook sending your notification of new messages, friend request etc this is the same feature which some of these free app makers provide for you.
Creating a mobile app would drastically reduce your earnings if your app is not monetized. Many websites get the majority of traffic from smartphones, now if your app is not optimized for earnings, you would lose a whole lot of money.
This is why monetization is a big feature of a mobile app, in fact, people search for it. All the platforms discussed on this post lets you monetize your Android application with Admob and other advertisement programs.
3. Uploadable & Updatable
In other to get more app installs and downloads your app needs to be uploadable which simply means it must have its own unique package name and also it must gain easy access to popular mobile app stores such as Google Play.
Not getting this done would limit the reach of your app to your blog visitors only.
By updatable, I meant abilities to change app settings. You must be able to update your blog app after build – this will allow you add new features whenever you want.
4. Bug Free
I hate bugs, he hates bugs, the whole world hates bugs. Nobody wants to use an app that crashes frequently or an app that won’t let you have control of the environment.
In general, everybody wants to express freedom and enjoy a cool UI. It is your work to provide this for your app users and though Android app makers provide this, you still need to be sure!.
5. Usage Tracking
You don’t want to own an app and don’t know what is happening inside the app. Tracking lets you see who is using your app and the number of times visitors accessed your blog via your blog app.
Many Android application creators integrate well with Google analytics to keep you updated on usage tracking. But some don’t offer this feature.
5 App Makers To Build A Free Android App Online
Apps Geyser is a free to use Android app creation platform that lets you convert a blogger blog to an Android app in less than 5 minutes.
The entire process while building an app with AppsGeyser is very easy. You can choose what type of app you wish to build and Apps Geyser will even show you a preview for it.
Apps made with AppsGeyser are monetizable which means you can connect it with your Admob account and start showing ads just the same way you would do on your blog.
Pros of using AppsGeyser
- Creates an app in less than 5 minutes
- Apps are monetizable
- Create unlimited number of apps
- Have the option to select app type
- Apps can be published to Google PlayStore and Amazon.
- Live preview (unique)
Cons of using AppsGeyser
- It only converts your blog to an app; it’s just a mobile responsive version of your blog
- You can not track page views.
- Displaying of AppsGeyser ads after 100 app installs
Step by Step guide to building an Android app with AppsGeyser
To build an Android app with AppsGeyser watch the easy video tutorial below or better still following my step by step guide.
Visit www.appsgeyser.com on the homepage click “CREATE NOW” >> Select “Website” from the template options.
Type in your blog URL ( e.g www.bloggingprince.com) >> Click “GO” >> Hit “Click here to see the preview” – this will show you how your app will look like. >> Click Next.
App Name: Now type in your App Name – This name should be similar to your blog name so your blog visitors can easily know it’s your blog app. >> Next.
Description: A little description of your blog app will help your visitors understand the app better. >> Next
Icon: Here you can use the default icon provided by AppsGeyser or better still upload your blog Icon. Info: It is better to use the same icon as your blogger blog favicon (logo). >> Next. >> Create.
Step 4 – Dashboard
Download Your App: To download your newly created Android app, locate the download app (marked as 1) scan the code using your mobile phone or better still use the download button.
Publish to Google Play: Like I mentioned above, you can publish your Android app made with AppsGeyser to Google Play. To simply do that, locate “Publish to Google Play” (marked as 2) and below it, click the “Publish”. watch the below video.
Publish to Amazon AppStore: AppsGeyser also lets you publish your app to Amazon Appstore. Follow the onscreen instructions to publish your apps to the Amazon AppStore.
Step 5 – Monetize your App
Start making money from your Android app with just a few clicks. First, you would need to create an Admob account (AdSense for mobile). Locate the “Monetize your App” >> “Monetize”.
below Banner and Interstitial Ads select Admob and add your account details to start making money with your mobile app.
Note: If your app gets 100 installs and you do not add your own Ad codes, your app will automatically generate ads code for AppsGeyser.
Creating an Android app for Blogger from scratch without knowledge of coding is a big thing! but AppYet makes it simple. AppYet lets you design a blog app that is fully customizable.
The AppYet app maker gives you room for everything, if you want to create one app for multiple blogs and then display all blogs in a menu, AppYet can get it done for you.
I have seen a few Nigerian bloggers use and recommend app yet. It only takes a few minutes to create your first app online.
Pros of AppYet
- Multiple blogs One app
- Navigation Menu with items ( e.g All unread, twitter handle etc)
- Monetizable with Admob
- Display full or half post (depends on settings)
- App display mobile push notification
- Multiple apps per account
- Apps can be published to Google PlayStore, Amazon etc
- Connects with Google Analytics (track pageviews)
Cons of AppYet
- Takes a little time to setup
- You can not track pageviews except with google analytics
- No live preview (work in the dark).
Step by Step Guide to Convert a blog to an App using AppYet
In no time, you should have your first app created with AppYet. Watch the video below or simply follow my step by step guide.
Visit www.appyet.com >> “Get Started” >> Sign in or Sign up.
Application Name: Type in the name of your app. it should be similar/same with your BlogSpot blog name.
Package Name: It will automatically create a package name for your app. Save this name ( e.g com.ohenscrib ) this will be needed while monetizing your app.
Template: How will your app look? – select blank template. You could also select demo template to get what is in the demo shown at the side.
This page is very easy to understand. Change the Application Icon and Notification icon to the favicon (logo) of your blog. >> Replace Header Image with any cool image of your choice (if possible add your blog name to the image). Content Rating should be set to everyone unless otherwise >> Save Changes.
Let us add your blog content to your new app. The module tab is where you can add different blogs to one app. This can be done using feed (RSS/Atom).
Scroll down to “New Module” >> select Feed: Blogger.
Menu Name: If you wish to use multiple blogs, you can use the name of each blog here but if it is for a single blog, you can use “blog posts” etc.
Menu Order: This is the location of the item in the menu. Note: All items shown in the Module tabs are items in the menu, and you can also see numbers assigned to each one.
Blogger URL: URL of your Blogger blog. >> Save.
If you have many blogs and wish to show them all in one App, simply repeat the same process to add more blogs.
Display Language: Select Auto or choose a specific language. This is the language at which your content will be delivered.
Show Display Language: Tick this option to enable users to choose their own language.
Splash Screen: This is the first screen a user meets whenever he/she starts your app. If you enable this, AppYet will show your blog logo as the splash screen. You can also choose a background color alongside the time it should be displayed.
Splash Image: This is the image that will be shown on the splash screen. Replace it with your blog logo (make sure image has a transparent background).
Default Screen: Select between Light and Dark screen.
Sync interval: If you own a site the is updated continuously you should reduce the Sync interval.
Sync on startup: Tick this option in other to make all new posts available whenever a user opens your app.
Article WiFi Only: Do NOT tick this option. If you do, your new blog posts will only be available when users are using WiFi.
Image Wifi Only: Do NOT tick this option. If you do visitors can only view your images when connected over Wifi.
Download Wifi Only: If you add downloadable items to your blog posts, visitors can only download them over wifi. Do NOT tick this.
Show Notification: YES – tick this. This will enable push notifications (push notification will alert your users whenever you publish a new blog post, even when they are not using your app.
Feedback Email: type in your email. You should create a professional email for your blog. read how to create a free personal email to get started.
Help Link: Input the URL to your contact page or publish a page dedicated for mobile app users.
Google Analytics: This will help you track your page views via Google analytics. Don’t know where to find it? – Go to blogger.com >> Settings >> Other >> Google Analytics.
How about making your app look just like your website?. AppYet lets you choose your own theme color. >> New Theme.
Theme Name: Type in the name of your theme, most advisable, use the name of the theme color e.g Blue, Yellow, Green etc.
Template: This is the base template for your new theme. Choose between Dark and Light. >> Save.
Primary Color: Also choose between Light and Dark.
Float Action Button Color: Using hex colour codes, select the color you are using on your blog and paste it in. >> Save Changes.
The action bar is the menu bar where items are located. You might also want to use your blog theme color here.
Here you have a long list of colors. Select colors of your choice but note all settings here will only reflect in the menu bar. >> Save Changes >> “Go back to themes”.
AppYet gives you more options to monetize your app. Choose any of the ads networks and add other settings as required to get it all done.
When you have set up everything to your liking, you can now submit to build. After a few minutes, AppYet will mail you that your app has been created. Follow the link and download your new app.
This is how easy it is to create your first blog app with AppYet. Though AppYet has a lot of features, it is still very hard to work in the dark (no live preview),
Since you can create as many apps as you want for free with AppYet, I recommend you start with building demo apps until you understand what everything in the app maker means.
P.S: If you have made your blog app using AppYet do let me know in the comment box and also feel free to complain about any bugs, problems or issues faced while creating your app.
Andromo is unique and great. It brings in an easy to use app making platform, if you have no idea of coding an android app then Andromo can get it done for you in a jiffy.
One of the fallbacks of Andromo is the display of ads on your app. This is if you have not subscribed to any of the subscription plans and this will totally affect your blog – showing users ads you don’t even make money from!.
Pros Of Andromo
- Quick and easy setup.
- Multiple blogs (RSS) one app
- Monetizable with Admob, Facebook Audience, Amazon mobile ads etc
- Connects with Google Analytics (track pageviews)Organized homepage with items (activities)
Cons of Andromo
- Only 1 app per account for free trial
- No live preview (work in the dark)
- Less customization (i just hate the package name)
Step by step guide to creating Android app using Andromo.
I have provided a video below for you. By the way, you can read my step by step instructions for better understanding.
Create an Andromo account by visiting www.andromo.com >> verify your account and login to develop your first blog application.
Scroll down till you find “Create New Project” >> Fill the space for project name with your app name >> Hit “create”.
Target Market: Choose any of the available options but since it’s an Android app I recommend you leave it as Google Play.
Category: Choose any category that suits your blog, music and gossip bloggers should go for entertainment.
Package Name: Copy it and save it in a place (notepad) you can easily find it.
Note: This name is very important to your app. You have to make sure it’s available for use in the future.
Show Licence Agreement: This is one unique feature provided by Andromo. You type in an agreement message for your visitors to read and accept before using your app.
Launch Notice: This shows the first time a user opens your application. Most persons use it to show disclosure policies. Hey! it is your app, do whatever you want.
App Icon: This is the logo of your application. Make sure the size of the image is not less than 192×192 neither should it be more than 512×512. It must be a square image. Also, go for transparent images.
Save when done.
Activities are the major sections of your BlogSpot blog app. I love this feature because, with it, you can add various functions to your blog app. The activity tab will let you add seamless numbers of stuff including.
- RSS feed
- Website etc.
“Add an Activity” >> “RSS Feed”.
Activity Name: Fill this with the name of your blog or you could also fill it with “blog posts, latest from the blog” etc.
Description: A brief information about your new activity.
Position: Choose which part you want it to be shown. If you want it to appear first, change position to 1.
Tick the “Build this activity (include it in the app)” this will show your activity in your blog app.
Icon: Upload an icon for your activity this could also be your blog logo.
RSS/Atom Feed URL: Input the RSS/Atom feed of your blogger blog. it is like this (http://blogname.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default), simply replace blogname with the name of your blog.
RSS Activity Type: Leave it as “Classic RSS feed”.
When clicking an item: Here you get to decide where your blog posts should open. Choose any option that suits your needs.
Banners Ads: Please read and follow the instruction on this section so as not to violate Google Adsense policies.
Row Style: It’s your app. Feel free to choose between standard and card.
Tick “show thumbnail images (Media RSS)”. >> Save changes.
Repeat the same process if you wish to add more blogs or profiles such as YouTube, Facebook. etc – You can add your YouTube channel, your Facebook page, and anything to get your audience engaged.
Everybody want to build an app that looks just like his/her blog. Andromo gives you that option! – make it more like your blog, choose custom colors that fit your blog under the style tab.
Upload an image and set everything as you want it.
Welcome to your home screen. The dashboard is where users get to see all your activities in one place. If you don’t want to show this section, you can simply select “None” below the dashboard type.
When you disable it, users can still view your activities at the side menu just the same way we have it in live blogs.
“Show Banner Ads on Dashboard” – I think you should turn this off. You do NOT really want to welcome your visitors with an advert.
‘Show social sharing button” – This is effective and you should enable it. It will enable your app users to quickly share your content.
Pick any of the examples displayed on the screen that fits your need. Your activities will be seen on your dashboard. So pick wisely.
Feel free to try out different styles here. Upload your background image and set others. >> Save changes.
Hurray! let us make money with your Android app. You can connect your app to Admob, Airpush, Facebook Audience Network, Amazon mobile ads etc.
For better performance, select both banner and interstitial ads.
Interstitial Ad Settings: You really don’t want to bug your app users with pop ads. I would suggest a higher time between ads to prevent your app users from considering you as spam.
Save changes when done.
Here you can keep track of who, when and where visitors are using your blog app. Connect it to Google analytics and your views will be tracked whenever your app is being used.
AirBop Push Message Notifications
Sending mobile push notification is important and powerful.This feature allows you send messages to your visitors even when they are not using your application.
But it requires you to have an account which you can also get for free.
The long day is finally coming to an end. Submit your app by clicking “Build My App” and Andromo will review your information and get your app built in no time.
This is how easy it is to build an Android app using Andromo.
I just finished creating an app with AppMakr and I think it’s cool. I didn’t really expect a lot of features from such an app maker and to be sincere it’s more than what I expected.
AppMakr is a three stage work – Create an account >> design your app >> Publish your app.
And it provides you with live preview. YES, you are not working in the dark. You can create a pretty simple blogger app and connect other networks including FB, YouTube, Twitter etc.
Pros of AppMakr
- Live Preview of everything.
- Fast and Easy to build an app
- Unlimited Customization (just play around)
- One account with many free apps
Cons Of AppMakr
- No tracking (you can’t figure out who is using your app)
- Pretty Old icons (if you need a cool app, you need to upload your own icons)
- You have to pay $2 every month in other to show your own ads
- They charge you $160/year – NOTE
Build an Android App with AppMakr
Enough of the talking, let’s start building free apps. It is easy to do, all you need is a video (provided below) and my step by step guide (thank me later).
Visit www.appmakr.com >> create an account using your social networks. And let’s build your first app.
After successful login, simply follow the below steps
“CREATE A NEW APP”
On the “Let’s get started” page, fill in your details and app details. >> “Next Step”.
On the next page, you can select pre-built app designs but I would recommend you start afresh (start with a blank canvas and create your own…)
AppMakr is a drag & drop app online builder, first thing first, is to add your blog posts. Drag “MyBlog” down to the “Live Preview” screen. Drop it anywhere you want it to be shown.
At the right sidebar, you should see options to edit the “MyBlog” Item. Edit them as shown below
Title: This is the title displayed below your item, you can change this to a suitable title such as “blog posts, latest from the blog” etc.
RSS feed link: Here you get to link it to your blog. You can use your default feed link or your blog URL. anyone will work.
Icon: If you do NOT want the old sketchy image, feel free to upload your own.
Hit Save when done.
This is the same procedure to add other items including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube etc. Feel free to play around with the options.
Locate the “image icon” shown alongside menu icon and brush icon. This is the part where you are going to add custom background images, change styling etc.
Splash screen image: Splash screen is the first part users see whenever they open your blog app. Add an image, gradient color, solid color or an image from stock or FB.
Text title: Decide whether to show you a logo or to show a text. You can also decide not to show any of them.
Title: If you select text option, this is the text that will be shown as title.
Font: The font of the text that will be shown.
Home Screen Background Image: This part is where all your items get listed you can change the background with solid colors, gradient colors, images etc.
That’s all for that, Next is the “Menu icon”.
Click on the Menu icon let’s edit how the menu will look like.
There are basically 3 (three) menu styles. Select any styles that fit your need.
You can also change the “icon style”. Everything is shown in the Live Preview so you can change what and when you want.
Next is the icon that looks like a Brush. What you can do here is change the color style of your blog page. Experiment with it and make sure you get what fits best.
We are almost done. You have successfully set up the basic options. Next is to add advanced options. >> Hit “STEP 2”.
A video will show up, just finish watching the video and all settings will come on.
App Title: Name of your blog app. Choose wisely.
WebAddress: Location of your blog app – make it memorable and similar with the title. >> “Save And Next”
Web App Domain: Select any domain from the option. Note: it will be added to your app domain. “Save And Next”
Choose App Icon: This is the icon that shows on your app downloaders homepage. Use your blog logo.
Write Description: a brief, medium and long description of your blog app. Make it related and descriptive.
Welcome Message: Welcome your users to your app with some quotes.
Add Additional Info: You really want to edit this, unless you want users to know who made your app.
Add Some tags: Tags are like labels. Use them wisely.
Publish Categories: Be more specific with your app niche, Use the same niche you use on your blog.
Contact Info: How do your app downloaders contact you? fill it here.
Demographics: Target an audience. Select your preferred region and country.
Monetize: Here comes the fallback! Don’t enable this unless you can afford to pay $2 every month.
Hide/Password Protect Your App: Tick the hide option except you are willing to pay $2 every month.
Save and Publish your app.
More Info to save money: For Apple and Android market, choose to publish yourself.
And am still wondering why they still charge $160/year – That’s why I don’t use them.
2 Sites To Build Advanced Premium Apps Without Coding
If you are looking for a professional blog app and you are willing to spend some penny then GoodBarber is one of the best places to run to. For starters, GoodBarber offers you a 1-month free trial which is probably enough for you to know if the platform is right you.
GoodBarber creates good Android apps and you can follow the step by step guide in the video below to know how to create your first blogger blog Android app using GoodBarber.
Video Credit: WebSiteToolTester
Shoutem is a famous platform in the game and has gotten recognition from ShoutMeLoud and other top blogs. What Shoutem does is give you a blog app that is fully customizable and monetizable.
Shoutem is not free! You have to go for one of the premium plans which is worth it, BUT this is if you want to create a stunning app for your BlogSpot blog.
Watch the video tutorial below to get started with creating an Android app using Shoutem.
Video Credit: WebSiteToolTester
Effects Of Android app on your blog
Effect of apps on SEO
You might have never asked if an app for your blog can reduce your ranking!! can it?. how about we see if it can.
SEO is a big topic which covers ranking and other stuff but then how is ranking rated?. Page Rank is determined by a whole number of factors and the list below definitely entails some of them.
- Sites linking in (backlinks)
- Mobile and desktop bounce rate
- Useful comments and shares
- Time on each page.
The four listed factors for ranking have to be placed into consideration when creating an application for your blog. An Android application is a simple software that will deprive you of the above-listed factors. but how?
Backlinks: When visitors access your blog, via the web they are sometimes likely to share your thoughts and knowledge on their own blog, good ones would place links linking back to the original content – these act as backlinks but when they access your blog via a mobile app it is hard to guaranty a backlink.
Bounce Rate: Seconds, Minutes, Hours spent on your blog each time a visitor access your content. Most visitors just click on a blog post and if it takes a long time to load, they would close the page – So you need to speed up your blog.
What if you don’t get enough sessions from mobile devices? Returning visitors have an impact to make, so what if they downloaded your blog app on the first visit and never returned via web browsers?
That would reduce the number of returning which goes along way to tell Google – This site is not worth it, Visitors don’t even come back!.
Comments & Share: Your potential audience might not just be the vibrant and grateful ones. Mobile apps often don’t allow commenting, especially BlogSpot comment system, this will go a long way to reducing the number of useful comments published from mobile devices.
AppYet allows Disqus comments, so if you use Disqus comments on your blog like I do, you might want to enable this feature.
Effect Of Blog App On PageViews.
How painful is it to have people visit your blog without you ever knowing? Well, most of these free websites for creating blog apps don’t offer tracking which means any visitor to your blog via your mobile app will not be tracked by blogger.
Though some platforms such as AppYet, has integrated with Google Analytics, you will still face the same issue. A mobile app can also reduce your mobile search traffic.
Effect On Earnings
Many publishers get higher CPC from mobile phones but with the use of mobile apps instead of a responsive website, you might face either an increase in earnings via Admob or a decrease in earnings.
You would definitely face some challenges after setting up your Blogger mobile app and with time you should know which works best for your earnings.
Disclosure: I use AppYet and I am actually trying to make it awesome because AppYet lets you create wonderful blog apps.
Developing an Android app using codes on Android Studio would cost you a lot of time, effort but with these free online app makers, you can quickly create a basic Android app for your blogger blog.
BlogSpot provides you with RSS feed which then means any free app maker that provides you the option to import posts via RSS feed, supports building blogger apps. I hope the entire process was easy and you were able to create your first blogger blog app.
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