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I have a Blogger blog that is set to "Private - Only these readers" in the Settings->Basic->Blog Readers field.

I would like any reader who attempts to access our blog, but doesn't have permission, to be able to request access. Is there a way to do this? The most straightforward method seems like it would be to customize the "This blog is open to invited readers only" message that is displayed to users when they don't have permission to access the blog.

However, I have not been able to determine a way to do this. How can I handle this?

-Josh

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There's a contradiction in what you want, viz

"I would like any reader who visits our blog to be able to request access."

By definition, once they visit your blog, they already have access.

But I'm guessing that what you really want is that

"I would like any reader who tries to visit our blog to either get into the blog, or to be invited to request access."

Blogger does not have any tools to faciliate this.

But, I wonder how potential visitors who don't have access yet would find your blog? It won't be via search (because private blogs aren't indexed). So it must be because someone has told them about it.

If it's you who is doing the telling, then you could set up a 2nd public (but possibly not indexed) blog, which just has one post saying "Click here to see our blog - or email me@whatever.com to ask for access" - and only ever share the address of this public blog.

Or if it's your readers who might tell their friends, then put a widget etc into the blog saying "use this to share myBlog with your friends) - and again, have it link to the public "front window".

One warning though: Blogger allows only a maximum of 100 invitations to a private blog, ever. Once you've invited 100 people, you cannot invite any more. If there's a chance you'll go over that limit, then you might need to use a different blogging platform.

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Yes, you're right, I phrased my question incorrectly. I just edited the question to fix that. And I also learned about the 100 reader limit after posting this question... it looks like Blogger is a non-starter for us. Next on the list is WordPress, we'll see how that goes. –  Josh Jan 3 at 20:03

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