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Jul 18, 2008

Langit Blogger Template


Langit is the latest and coolest “make money” blog template to hit the scene here at eBlog Templates. It’s a very modern, web 2.0, 3 column, black and blue template with a ton of features including some never before used in a Blogger template! We really try to push the limits with our latest and greatest templates and know you’re going to love this one.This template will work right out of the box but in order to personalize it just for you, it’s going to take some work. You’ll need to edit the template code which is usually for more experienced Blogger users but anyone is welcome to try of course. The difficulty level is a 9/10 so be prepared to sit down and spend some time setting this template up.

Features Include:

  • Several different types of highly optimized “Make Money” ad spots
  • Built-in FeedBurner rss and subscribe via email area
  • Top box displaying your 10 most recent posts (yes I said 10)
  • Calendar style date on each individual post
  • Header banner rotator
  • Dynamic top tabs so you can easily add them
  • Custom comments section
  • Live website traffic widget from FeedIt
  • And much more…

This is the first ever Blogger template that includes a very cool header banner rotator so you can randomly display several different banners in one spot! View the demo and try reloading the page a couple times to see it in action. There are four different banners sharing that spot.

Here’s a quick screenshot of how the comments section looks on this template. It’s very unique and not your boring Blogger-style look which makes the Langit template so special.

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Let’s Configure this Template!

Ok, you’ve got your beverage of choice, a comfortable chair, and are now ready to setup this new template for your blog. We’re going to start from the top and work our way down and I advise you to make backups of your template along the way. Also, always remember to check the “expand widget templates” checkbox in the edit html window of Blogger otherwise you won’t see the entire template code. Let’s begin.

Step #1 - Setup Your Header Banner

The 468 x 60 header banner is a great spot to advertise and you’ll see this spot being used on many websites. The banner spot on this template is an HTML/Javascript widget so you can easily paste in whatever code you want. You actually have several options so choose the one that works best for you.

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Option 1 - I don’t want to mess with the code now right now and can always come back later. Let’s keep the existing banners. This is also a good choice if you don’t have any banners to use at this time. If you don’t have any banners to use, I recommend signing up for at least one affiliate program like Text Link Ads, or LinkWorth which will give you banners. If you click on the banners in the demo, it will take you to the sites where you can sign-up.

Option 2 - I don’t like ads and want to remove it. Sure, just delete the widget from your blog.

Option 3 - I only have one banner and don’t want to use the banner rotator script. Ok, no problem. Just edit the banner widget and paste in your single banner code. It will automatically remove the banner rotator and replace it with your new banner.

Option 4 - I’ve got plenty of time and a few banners and want to set this thing up now. Perfect! In order for you to get your banners to work properly, you’ll need to run the javascript banner rotator script (you’ll need to have your banner images hosted somewhere before using the banner rotator script otherwise it won’t work) to give you the proper code and then just paste it into the banner widget box within your layout page. This will automatically remove the default banner rotator and replace it with your new banners.

Step #2 - Setup Your RSS Feed Using FeedBurner

Before moving forward, I recommend you first read our article on the basics of setting up FeedBurner for Blogger if you don’t already have an account. After you get your account up and running, you’ll need to edit the template code to update the FeedBurner section.

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First, search your template code for id=”top_rblock” which is where you’ll find the FeedBurner code. Next, replace the “YOUR-FEED-NAME-HERE”, “YOUR-FEED-ID-HERE”, and “YOUR-BLOG-NAME-HERE” text with your FeedBurner provided info. You’ll also need to activate the email subscription feature within FeedBurner. (read the bottom part of the article describing where you get the code). There are a total of 4 places you need to update so make sure you got them all.

You’ll also want to add your own feed counter which shows the total number of subscribers you have. You’ll need to activate this first under “Publicize” –> “FeedCount” and then scroll down to click on “Activate”. Now you can change the colors and copy the code to use in your Blogger template. You’ll want to replace the following code in your template:

http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh92/eblogtemplates/langit/feed-counter.gif
with something that looks like this:
http://feeds.feedburner.com/~fc/myfeed?bg=99CCFF&fg=444444&anim=1

Now your feed count will automatically update whenever someone subscribes to your blog!

Step #3 - Add Top Tabs

This is pretty easy actually since the top tabs are generated via a link list. Just go into your Blogger layout page and click “edit” on the “top tabs” widget. There you can add as many tabs as you want. The “home” tab automatically appears so you don’t need to create one.

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Step #4 - Setup Advertising Accounts

You’ll need to have the following 3rd party accounts setup if you want to make money and use this template as designed. The ads currently in this template are placeholders and will continue to work if you’d rather not hassle with setting up new accounts or changing the code so it’s up to you.

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After you’ve got your advertising accounts all setup, you can move on and configure the ad sections in this template.

Step #5 - Configure AdSense Sidebar 336 x 280 Ad Unit

You’ll first need to be familiar with Google AdSense and how to setup a new ad before changing this code. Make sure to use the matching colors which will not only make it blend in with your blog but will also increase clicks. The color scheme is as follows: border & background: 44494D, text & url: FFFFFF, and title: D7DFF0. Once you’ve got your new 336 x 280 AdSense block of code, you’ll need to convert it using our Ad Code Converter.

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Take the output of that and then replace the existing code in the template. To find the code in the template, search for “adsense code start”.

Step #6 - Configure Chitika 468 x 90 Ad Unit

This is the ad unit you’ll find right below each blog post. It’s called “Related Products” and is a great way to make money from your blog. Each time someone clicks on your link, you get paid! It’s a PPC program (pay per click) just like Google AdSense but it’s run by Chitika. Check out the template demo and see for yourself. Try clicking on any of the links and see where it takes you. Much different than Google AdSense.

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So after you’ve setup your account, you’ll need to create a new 468 x 90 Related Product Unit (RPU). You can generate the code by clicking on the “Get Code” tab within Chitika. Then it will walk you through creating an ad unit. You can even change the colors which we did on our ad unit (title: 2277DD) so it matches our site better.

Next, grab the code and then you’ll need to convert it using our Ad Code Converter. Take the output of that and then replace the existing code in the template. To find the code in the template, search for “chitika code start”.

Step #7 - Get Your Individual Post Date Stamp Working

Chances are when you first install this template your timestamp format won’t be set properly and you’ll see an “undefined” message instead of the post date. You’ll need to make one small change in your “Settings” => “Formatting” => “Timestamp Format” section before it will work. Change whatever you currently have to this format: “Sunday, April 13, 2008″ and then save. Make sure you change the “Timestamp Format” which is the 4th one down. Your template should now work properly.

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Ok, that pretty much covers everything you need to properly setup this template. Oh, one more thing. On some blogs, the header blog name title is too wide and ends up wrapping which doesn’t look so good. You can easily change that by going into your Blogger “Fonts & Colors” section and making your title size smaller. Another option is to just shorten your blog name but I don’t think you want to do that.


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7 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for the comment:)

    I use this template and it did take me some hard work to get it all set.. so any tips you need, just feel free to ask:)

    Its really so cool, but i wish the recent articles could be used for recent comments;)

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  2. Hey Dan,Nice template.. i referred it to my friend..
    if i use this, i have to add all the page elements once again right?

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  3. @ Hashan

    yes ! but it has a lot features like comments, entries, adds, search box etc ........ One of the best template

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  4. I used this template for 3-4 days and u know my earnings decreased :( !!

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  5. yes it takes time when u change the whole view

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  6. This template is good. But I like your template much more, lol.

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