Jan 2016 update** I have re-opened the comments on this post and added some additional websites that can earn bloggers money.
So, you're a relatively new blogger and you see all the big bloggers with their shiny badges on their homepage and your first instinct is "I want one too!". It's only natural however, before you sign up for bloglovin' or any other site be aware of the negative implications it might have on your website! Big sites like these prey on uninformed bloggers.
1. BlogLovin Steals Your Traffic
I know that sounds a bit off the wall but they do. If you click on a link promoting another blogger's BlogLovin page it is directed to the BlogLovin website and it also has their URL in the address bar. If you're a blogger you know that your traffic is everything. If you're looking to get brands to sponsor you, the first thing they ask is how many hits does your site get a month? If your clicks are going to the BlogLovin site, you're losing out on page views and possibly huge opportunities!
The Newlywed Notebook decided to do an experiment to see if she was getting her views from BlogLovin and she wasn't! To see her post, click the picture.
2. BlogLovin is stealing your content
There are horror stories of bloggers who found that their blogs were already on BlogLovin without their permission. BlogLovin is a RSS feed site so any thing you post on your RSS feed can easily be snatched by them and you won't get paid or credit for someone reading your blog!!
3. BlogLovin is shushing your brand identity
If you're a spectacular writer, or superb make up artist, promoting your BlogLovin link is only making them a household name not you! Take control of your brand. Make sure you promote your website or blog link, if they're on BlogLovin they can follow you but you should never promote their brand more than yours! You take a lot of time perfecting your website and graphics for your blog, let people see it!
Below is a screenshot of Vixella Beauty which was retweeted on my twitter timeline, I had to click twice to get to this page. The first click brought me to her blog lovin' profile. The second click brought me here. Just to see one blog post from Vixella Beauty, I had to give bloglovin' TWO clicks. Which could have been her traffic. I was mortified when I clicked the link to find this obnoxious BlogLovin frame and anything I clicked kept bloglovin in the URL address.
4. Join a site that can offer you real opportunities & do your research
Before I sign up for a site, I do a quick google search to see if anyone has had any comments or if the honest reviews were suffocated. There are people who post about blog lovin but you'll never find it on the first page of google. I joined IFB when I first started blogging and they have been an invaluable resource to my blogging career. I have also been a member of Sverve for 2 years, I have gotten paid for sponsored posts and tweets. When I decided to close my first blog, I was able to delete it from them with no problem and they never stored my posts. I get all the hits to my website and no where else. You could also join Izea or Cooperatize.