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Google Introduces Real-Time Blogger Stats
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Traffic mongers and general-purpose stats hounds now have another compelling reason to use Blogger: last night, a statistics tool called Blogger Stats was introduced, and believe it or not, it in some ways one-ups Google Analytics.

The first advantage of Blogger Stats is that it’s integrated, meaning Blogger users won’t have to deal with separate products and logins.  The second improvement – and this is where the appeal to certain people lies – is that the stats relayed by the new tool are delivered in "near-real-time."

Bloggers Should See Increase in Sharing of Content
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Google’s Blogger has released new share buttons for users, which can be placed under posts to encourage the sharing of content. The buttons let users share via email and popular social networks.

Google’s Blogger Users Can Now Customize Their Designs
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Update: Google has announced tah the Blogger Template Designer is now available to all (not just Blogger in Draft).

Original Article: Google has launched the Blogger Template Designer, a way to customize the look and feel of your Blogger blog.

Study Breaks Down The Demographic Of Bloggers
Social Media monitoring company, Sysomos has just released a study in which they analyzed over a 100 million blogs and reported data on age, gender and location of bloggers.

Google Improves Picasa Sharing Options
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Google’s photo-sharing site got a fair degree more social this afternoon.  Now, users should find the process of sharing their pictures to be simpler, although Google’s choice of products to feature is perhaps a little on the odd side.

Google Connects Blogger, Buzz Services
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Google Buzz, which still seems to be struggling to catch on with any sort of mainstream audience (or even a sizable niche one), has been given another opportunity to connect with people.  Blogger users will now be able to promote their posts with the new-ish product.

Google Deletes Blogger Posts
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Update: This article is nearly a year old, but pretty much the same thing is happening again (or still). A number of popular music blogs have been removed from Blogger, some are saying without warning. When we covered this before, Blogger Product Manager Rick Klau left us the following comment (as seen in the comments section):

Google’s Blogger Adds Amazon Affiliate Monetization Option
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Google-owned Blogger has added a new revenue generation option: direct integration with Amazon Associates to search Amazon’s product catalog and add links to products where Bloggers can earn commissions when their readers buy products they recommend.

Products/Brands Atop Blogger’s Most Discussed Topics
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According to Technorati’s 2009 State of the Blogosphere report, 70% of bloggers talk about products or brands on their blogs, eMarketer reports. And obviously some of these mentions would be prompted by free sample products, etc.—a practice popular enough to draw the notice of the FTC, which now requires disclosure on such review products.

Blogger Gets AdSense For Feeds Integration
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Google launched AdSense for Feeds all the way back in 2005. Now the company is integrating it right into its Blogger property.

Blogger Gives Commenters Faces
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Blogger has extended the comments feature it annoucned last year, which lets users embed comments and the commenting form below blog posts. The feature has been extended to display profile images next to comments that blog visitors write.

Google May Face $15M Suit Over Blogger’s Outing
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Obeying a court order and revealing the identity of a formerly anonymous blogger might not work out so well for Google.  Rosemary Port, who was exposed as the author of the now infamous "Skanks in NYC" blog, has said that she intends to sue the search giant for $15 million.

Google Takes Blog Search To Next Level

Blog posts that aren’t less than two days old no longer have to be considered lost for all time.  Google’s made the Custom Search AJAX gadget available to all Blogger users, and as a result, it’s become much easier to call up entries from the past along with other info.

Google Latitude Badge Launched for Blogger
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Google has released the Public Location Badge, which allows users to publish geographic information to their blog automatically whenever they go somewhere. The badge is powered by Google Latitude.

If you’re unfamiliar with Google Latitude, it is a feature of Google Maps that when enabled, shows your friends your current location wherever you are if you have given it permission to do so.

Google Launches Mobile Blogging Capabilities for Blogger
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Google has updated the Blogger dashboard to simplify setting up email and mobile posting for Blogspot blogs. It now supports SMS, MMS, and email posting. The idea is that you can easily post updates to your blog easily while you are on the go.

Pingdom Names Most Reliable Blogging Services
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Running a blog can be a big nuisance; you’ve got keep up with current events, write posts, and monitor comments on at least a daily basis.  But new Pingdom statistics should lighten the load by helping people make sure their blogs remain accessible.

Google Friend Connect Opens Up To Blogger
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Google has announced Google Friend Connect can now be integrated with its blogging platform Blogger.

Google says since adding its Following feature on Blogger, it has been used by almost three million blogs, which breaks down to someone following a new blog every second.

Top Blogs’ Favorite Platforms Identified
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Whether a given blogger takes pride in being a weirdo or feels safer as part of a crowd, a new report will help him (or her) sort out exactly where he (or she) stands.  Pingdom staffers took a close look at which platforms are most common among the most popular blogs.

The Blogger SEO Burden
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There is no question that blogging can help improve your search engine optimization efforts. Stephan Spencer, Founder & President Netconcepts talked about some of the reasons why in the following video, but he also said he favors some platforms over others for SEO purposes. Namely, he recommends WordPress or b2evolution as opposed to Google-owned Blogger.

Google Adding Geotagging to Blogger
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Google’s Blogger has addd a feature to the new post editor in Blogger in Draft. Blogger in Draft is a special version of Blogger where they try out new features before they release them to everyone. Kind of like Google Labs. With geotagging, you can add a location to your each of your blog posts, like with time stamps.

Google: We’ll Take The AOL Journals Users
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AOL has recently decided to go for a more open and social approach, not unlike Yahoo. They’ve opened up their homepage to third party content, and are allowing users to update social network profiles right from there as well. 

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