Does the URL of the site include *.blogspot.com?
Is the Blogger nav-bar present?
Does the site design seem familiar?
|Popular site Strobist uses the Minima template|
Check URL structures of posts and pages
http://www.websitename.com/p/title-of-page.htmlThese URL structures are defined even if the blog author has chosen a custom URL structure for their posts.
Does the feed URL include /feeds/posts/default?When searching for blogs via Google Reader, this method proved incredibly useful. Sites which operate on Blogger produce a feed whose URL is in the following format, even if the feed is redirected through Feedburner:
http://www.websitename.com/feeds/posts/defaultThis is the default feed URL (there are of course other URLs through which the feed may be accessed) and appears to be unique to sites powered by Blogger.
Check if generator="Blogger" in the source codeThis is the final and most definitive check I do to check if a site is powered by Blogger! If after checking the conditions above you are still not sure about the system behind a site, take a peek at the source code of the page.
Near the top of the source code (within the <head> section) look for the following line:
<meta content='blogger' name='generator'/>Only blogs operating on the Blogger platform will include this tag in the source code. If this line is not present, or if the generator is named as something different (e.g. Wordpress), this means the site does not operate on Blogger.
Final thoughtsI am thrilled to discover stylish and interesting sites which are powered by Blogger, though when I come across a highly customised site I need to check if it is powered by my favourite platform (as I'm sure you'll see for yourself when I publish details of the Blogspot Top 100).
I hope you will find this quick guide useful if you would like to discover whether a site is powered by Blogger. Please feel free to leave your comments or suggestions below.