Since I wrote the article, 5 reasons you should start blogging with Google blogger, there has been a lot of request from my readers on how to kick start their free blog on Google blogger. And here is the guide to help you in setting up your free blog on Google blogger. Note that there are other blogging platforms, but Google blogger is the only free blogging platform that allows you the chance of earning from your free blog.
While will you need a free blog on Google Blogger
The general advice out there is, you should not setup your blog on a free platform, the reasons, ranges from insecurity, to poor services and so on. The general perception being that what is free is cheap and not guaranteed. While these may be true to an extent, but there is the other side of it you need to consider. I give you an instance, when I was about starting out as a blogger, I was willing to give it a try. But since I was not sure of the return I would get, therefore the desire to spend cash was not there. And more so just like many newbies, I knew I was going to make a lot of mistakes, which could mean changing the entire website, abandoning the old one. These and many other issues confronting start up blogger necessitated the search for a cost free platform.
So if you are still pondering on how to start blogging, Google blogger is the place you can gather a lot of experience and move on to a paid and standard service like WordPress.org. BlogSpot is a free platform that allows you to create and monetize your blog at zero cost. Although BlogSpot comes with some limitations, it is still the best among all free platforms.
Below is a detailed guide on how you can setup your first blog on Google Blogger.
Begin by clicking here to visit Google blogger.
On the next screen, you will see the button to create your blog, hit the button and you will be directed to sign into your Gmail account, if you don’t have a Gmail yet, follow the procedure to creating a free Gmail account to create one. Sign into your Gmail account to continue setting up your blog.
In the Blog List blog that appears on the new screen, you will provide the Title for the website, the address and you will select a theme.
The title of your blog is the name you choose to call it, and the name should be related to the content of the site, see details on setting up a blogsite. In our example, we choose Startup Blog. And your address should be taken from the title, hence since our blog title is Startup Blog, the address should read startupblog.blogspot.com, as shown in the image, the blog address is not available, this implies someone else has used that address, as there cannot be two similar addresses.
We have to search till we get a unique blog address you may also read how to choose a unique blog address. Once you are able to get your unique blog address, go to the next step of choosing a theme.
The theme, is the design, or the outlook of the blogsite, select any of the themes in the themes box to activate it. Then go ahead and hit the create blog button to create your free blog on blogger. Don’t worry about the others, as you can always edit your blog later.
The Google Blogger Dashboard
Once your blog is created, you arrive at the blogger dashboard, and on this board, you can see the name of your blog above. And a list of subheading, that helps is setting and configuring your blog to your taste. Below are the various tabs on your blogger dashboard. Here we shall give a brief explanation, it is up to you to experiment with each and see what you get. Don’t be scared, remember, you mission is to gather experience on this free platform.
In our example, we named our blog, Start inCup, take note; your blog title can be any name. It can be in low letters, caps or both. And your title must not be the address of your blog, but it is better to be same so that visitors can easily remember your blog address.
On our blogger dashboard, you will see the following heading
Start inCup – the blog title we choose.
View Blog – when you hit this link, you will get a preview of your blog.
Posts – when you open this tab, you will see a list of all your blogsite post.
Stats – open this tab to see your blog statistics, like number of visits, demographics, traffic sources and a host of other site statistics.
Comments – this tabs allows you to views comments on your articles.
Earnings – on this tab, you can apply for Google AdSense when your blog is qualified.
Campaigns – here you can setup a campaign to bring more viewers to your site.
Pages – Create and manage standalone pages on your blog site here.
Layout – Change the layout of your blog.
Theme – Change, create or upload a new theme for your blog.
Settings – This is where you do major changes to your site, like changing the blog. address, adding a custom domain, add a user, author and making your blog visible to search engines, etc.
Now that your free blog on Google Blogger is created what Next?
Congratulations, you’ve just taken the first step into the blogging community. The challenge has however just begun. The good news is, you are not alone as there are millions of materials online to help you on your journey. Feel free to ask questions whenever you need solutions to certain issues, the online community of bloggers is rich.
Now I will suggest you do the following, go to settings to set a description for your blog. The description is a way of telling people what your blog is about, what they can benefit from reading your articles. Also make your blog discoverable to search engines. Create a page and title it “about me” tells your story and go on to post your first article. Don’t forget to share your articles to social media like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and your Google profile.
That is how it all begins. We hope you find this article interesting, let us know how we can help you further by commenting or send us a message. Don’t hesitate to share with a friend. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google. Have fun blogging.