Extract Post Titles Specified by Label via JSON

DISPLAY RECENT POSTS BY LABEL IN BLOGGERNow that you have learnt how to extract Post titles from a JSON feed file and then print the results, its time to exercise how to display a list of posts specified by Label or print only those post titles related to a specific category in a blogger blog. The steps are extremely simple and you would really enjoy the various possibilities of extracting data from blogspot JSON feed. Lets get straight to work.

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JSON Feeds for Labels in Blogger

In part#3 we discussed that all blog Posts data excluding the Static Pages, is stored inside the Post Feed.The Post JSON file is located at the following URL:
Blogger organizes all your blog posts in different categories that we call Labels and and each label has its own JSON feed file which lists all items belonging to it.
A Label JSON Feed is located at this URL:
For example if I want to see what posts are stored inside the JSON feed of our label "Social Media", then in our case the JSON Feed will have this URL structure:
http://www.mybloggertricks.com/feeds/posts/default/-/Social Media?alt=json
Note the following points:
  1. Blogger Label Names are case sensitive. Mistakenly writing a lower case letter in uppercase or vice versa will result in a broken Feed without the [ ] entry array node where all your posts data is stored. For example if you write the label Social Media as social media with 's' and 'n' in lower case then you will get a broken JSON code with entry node absent as shown below:Entry node absent
  2. In the above screenshot you can see that the [ ] entry node which comes after openSearch$itemsPerPage object is absent.
  3. Writing the Label Name correctly, keeping care of the cases and spaces will produce a JSON tree structure as shown below:Entry node present 

Displaying Recent Posts by Label in Blogger

We will use the exact same code that we shared in Part#5 , the only addition that we made have been highlighted as blue.
<!-- ######### Writing Callback Function ############# -->
<script type="text/javascript">
var ListBlogLink = window.location.hostname;
var ListCount = 5;
var TitleCount = 70;
var ListLabel =" ";
//----------------------------Function Start
function mbtlist(json) {
document.write('<ul class="mbtlist">');
for (var i = 0; i < ListCount; i++)

//-----------------------------Variables Declared
var listing= ListUrl = ListTitle = "";
//----------------------------- Title URL
for (var j = 0; j < json.feed.entry[i].link.length; j++) {
if (json.feed.entry[i].link[j].rel == 'alternate') {
ListUrl= "'" + json.feed.entry[i].link[j].href + "'";
//----------------------------------- Title Stirng
if (json.feed.entry[i].title!= null)
ListTitle= json.feed.entry[i].title.$t.substr(0, TitleCount);
//----------------------------------- Printing List
var listing = "<li><a class='mbttitle' href="
<!-- ######### Invoking the Callback Function ############# -->
ListBlogLink = "http://www.mybloggertricks.com";
ListCount = 8;
TitleCount = 70;
ListLabel = "Social Media";
document.write("<script src='"+ListBlogLink+"/feeds/posts/default/-/"+ListLabel+"?alt=json-in-script&callback=mbtlist'></"+"script>");
<!-- ######### Styles for Look ############# -->
<link href='http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Oswald' rel='stylesheet' type='text/css'/>
.mbtlist {list-style-type:none;overflow:hidden}
.mbtlist li {margin:0px auto 20px auto; clear:both; color:#666; font-family:Helvetica; font-size:12px; border-bottom:1px dotted #ddd;}
.mbtlist .mbttitle {font-family:oswald; font-size:16px; color:#0080ff; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:none;}
.mbtlist .mbttitle:hover {color:#00A5FF;}
font-family:georgia; font-size:15px; font-weight:bold}
  • As you can see above we simply introduced a new variable ListLabel   and then set its default value to empty.
  • The user can assign the label himself as we did 'Social Media' in the code above
  • We also made slight changes to the Invoking section by adding a space for the Label variable so that the JSON feed for labels is called.
Display posts in 'social media'

Have Questions?

I am sure this part was extremely easy as we simply learnt how to display JSON entries by specifying a label. In our coming tutorials we will take you several steps ahead. Stay tuned and feel free asking any question you may have. Peace and blessings buddies! =)

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  1. Very nice series of post about JSON in blogger. Keep going, please!

  2. how can i add a beautiful heading to that OUTPUT? not just showing the results of the label. Is it possible to add heading to the output ?

    1. Yes After starting function immediately add this document.write(" Recent Posts By Label ");
      You will get your Heading or you can do it by CSS By adding :before tag. I have added space to h3 because HTML Code is not accepted in the comments.

  3. Hello.

    I have the following problem: I want to modify the default pager links (newerPageTitle) inside a post (pageType == "item") so that, instead of "Older Post" or "Previous Post" or whatever that string is, the reader will see the actual title of the previous post. Like in WordPress. You don't see "Next Post" in WordPress, you see it's title. Nice.


    A) I don't want to use JQuery for that, because, you know, why should I load a huge JS library just for such a small thing? I don't use JQuery for anything else so loading it would be a waste of resources.

    B) I don't want to load THE WHOLE JSON FEED of my blog. Because, same reason, maybe I have 15'000 posts and I don't want to load the title, published date, author, CONTENT, link etc etc FOR ALL OF THEM just to be able to display the title of 2 posts. Very inefficient, imho.

    I have search a bit before bringing this question to you. Unfortunately, the only methods I found were either of type A (using JQuery) or type B (loading the JSON feed).

    Can you give me some hint? Thanks!