“Blogging is all about sharing our knowledge and experience of a particular niche to everyone on the internet through websites. This also includes monetising our blog in exchange of information”.By Ragula Chakradhar
Having a blog is like having a fresh experience in your life because blogging allows you to share anything you love with the entire world through the internet.
A blog will not only express yourself but also can make your own fans and followers (own community) and stay connected with them.
You can also earn a decent income from it through various forms like display ads, affiliate marketing, etc.
And the surprising thing is that millions of blogs/pages/stories are uploaded on the internet. This means over 3 blog posts per second! This is like YouTube, but the only difference is the format (Video and text).
Many of them are taking advantage of it, and now it’s your turn to make your passion into money!
If you are new to blogging and want to learn from scratch, then I recommend you to read till the end. I am sure that you will start your own blog with confidence after reading this post.
So, I will explain how to create a free blog on blogger with quick tips and tricks. Now, let us understand what is a blog?
What is a Blog?
A blog is like a web-based diary where you will update your content of a particular niche (topic). So, a blog is a collection of individual posts.
The post is the piece of content you uploaded on the internet on that day (or at a particular time).
What is Blogger?
Blogger is a free blogging platform which was introduced by Google in 2003, where you can create a free blog with (.blogspot.com) Subdomain.
Or you can buy a custom domain name (to remove subdomain) for your blog.
If you don’t know what is the domain, then I will explain it with a simple definition. The domain is actually the website name (or you can say it as an address). This is where the users type in the Search Engine to go to your website.
For example, consider this blog domain:
Here you can see that I have custom domain with no sub-domain.
Why you should start a blog on blogger?
To answer this question, I will list some advantages of using it.
1) Blogger is user-friendly and easy to launch.
2) This platform is owned product of Google, so you can have the trust and credibility.
3) This is the best blogging platform where you can easily monetise with Google AdSense and can do Affiliate Marketing.
4) Blogger stands out in terms of features when compared to other free blogging platforms because it gives you more freedom.
5) Blogger is 100% free to use, which offers a free domain, hosting and SSL.
6) You can also purchase a custom domain and use blogger features for free.
7) Blogger offers a Site Backup feature where you can recover your site anytime with no hesitation.
8) Later, if you wish to move to another hosting platform, then you can do it easily with simple plugins and it is free to do.
So, if you want to start a free blog, then getting started with blogger is the best choice. After having some experience with blogger, you can move on to other hosting services like Bluehost, Hostinger, Siteground, etc.
Now, let’s see how you can get created on a free blog using Blogger.
How to create a free blog using Blogger?
To explain this topic well, I am going to explain it in 8 distinct steps.
Step 1: Visit blogger.com and sign up with Gmail account.
If you have don’t have a Gmail account, then first create and later continue to read. You can create an account by clicking here.
If you already have/created a Gmail account, then visit Blogger and click on signup option.
After this, you need to enter Gmail and password.
Step 2: Now click on the “Create blog” option.
After Signing up, you will see an interface (dashboard) which is shown below.
Recently, Google has changed its interface. So, there may be minor changes when compared to the old interface.
You can read the features provided by Google. Now go to the “Create blog” option.
Step 3: Enter a title for your blog.
Enter a title for your website. This tile is just the name of your blog. It is not the domain name.
If you are confused with these terms, then I recommend you to just add a name as shown below. If you want to change, you can change it later.
Step 4: Enter a Domain name for your blog.
This is the most important step because you will add a domain name to your blog.
This domain name will be the identity of your blog and people will remember this so they can visit your blog from Search Engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc.
Before you add a domain name to your blog, you will need to remember some important points which I will mention below.
Make sure that the domain name is,
- Easy to remember.
- Should be the short name.
- Should be easy to pronounce.
- Related to your niche (topic).
- Not to include your privacy details like name, phone number, etc.
- Not recommended including special characters (like !, @, #, $,%, etc).
Below is the example of setting a domain
Step 5: Change your blog’s theme.
This is the option where you can select your website design. So, if you liked the default themes, then you can select any theme.
Since everyone doesn’t like the default themes, because they are not attractive. But the good thing is that you can get blogger themes for free from these two websites.
Website 1 – gooyaabitemplates.com
Website 2 – btemplates.com
So, select any one theme you like, download it (in .zip) and install Winrar software to extract the files. Now, follow my steps to apply to the blogger.
- Select your theme zip folder, right-click on it and select “Extract Here” option. (Minimize this window)
- Now go back to blogger, select theme option on the left sidebar.
- Now click on the three dots which are at the top-right corner.
- Click on the “Restore” option and browse to the theme file which was extracted.
- Look for the XML file (every theme provides .xml file for sure). So select that format file.
That’s it! Now you have successfully changed your website theme. You can check your blog by refreshing the blog’s page.
Step 6: Edit your blog’s settings.
This is one of the most important steps for SEO. By editing these options, you will increase your blog’s performance and also will be indexed to get high organic traffic.
Now I will guide you through the entire setup and recommend you the best options that you can select.
Actually, there are 16 sections in the setting menu. So, I will break down into parts to give a simple explanation. Please remember that NA means “Not Available” feature for the new blogger settings (this is just for reference).
Title: You can view or change your blog’s title here (capacity up to 100 characters). I recommend you to add good keywords of high search volume with 50-60 characters (because all Search Engines show till 60 characters only).
Description: Adding an excellent description (with best keywords) to your blog helps readers and Search Engines understand well about your blog. So, try to describe your blog well to attract them (recommended writing up to 160 characters).
Blog language: If your blog’s content is in English, then leave it to default. Otherwise, change according to your content’s language.
Adult content: Enable this option if your blog has 18+ content. This will notify readers before they enter your blog.
Google Analytics Property ID: If you want to track and analyse your blog traffic, then create an account in Google Analytics and paste your code here.
Favicon: If you have a logo for your blog, then upload it here. Make sure the image is less than 100 kb of size with equal dimensions (square shape).
Visible to search engines: This is the most important step, make sure it is turned on because if the option is turned off, then your blog will not be crawled and indexed on Search Engines. So be careful.
Blog address: In this option, you can view your blog domain name with a subdomain (.blogspot.com).
Custom domain: You can purchase a custom domain (to remove subdomain) with little investment per month/yearly basis.
Fallback subdomain (NA): If you created a sub-domain, then you can revert it back by selecting this option. For example:
Redirect domain (NA): If you want to redirect your blog’s domain to another domain, then you can do this by applying a new URL in this option.
HTTPS redirect: Make sure this option is enabled (Important) because this enables (free) SSL certificate. This will tell visitors that your blog is safe to access. Not only this, you will also have so many advantages in terms of SEO and optimization. After enabling this option, you can see a padlock icon on the top left side of the search bar.
Blog admins and authors: Your name will be displayed here (as an owner). If you add other persons as the author, then their names will also be displayed here.
Pending author invites: If you invite other persons as authors (owners) and if they didn’t verify through email, then-pending invites will be shown here.
Invite more authors: If you are interested to add more authors including you, then you can invite them via email.
Reader access (NA): Leave this option to the public if you want to publish online, otherwise if you want to make your private, then enable “Private to authors” option.
Custom readers (NA): Readers only have access to read (like site visitors). These people don’t have access as authors. You can set people as readers in this option.
Pending custom reader invites (NA): Invites which are pending are shown here. You can invite people as readers via email.
Max posts shown on main page: This option is the number of the latest posts shown in the dashboard (in chronological order). The default option is 7, you can make it to 10.
Archive frequency (NA): This option is about the number of posts classified or grouped by a certain period. By default, it is set to monthly. So, you can ignore this option.
Post template (optional): This option is about the design of the posts. Since you have a good blog theme, so you can ignore this option. Choose this option only if you want to sell any products.
Image lightbox: Enable this option, because this allows the readers to view the image through pop up so they can zoom in and see it properly. This doesn’t disturb the blog’s content.
Comment location: Make sure you select “Embedded” because by enabling this option you will see the comment section at the end of the post which is recommended. Otherwise, comments will be shown on a separate page or full screen, when you select other options.
Who can comment?: By default, it is set to “Users with Google Accounts”, so those who are having a google account can only comment to your blog post whereas others can’t comment. This is the secured option to avoid spam comments.
Comment moderation: You can remove the comments which are against the guidelines (like using offensive language, spamming, threatening others, etc). I recommend you to select as “Always”.
For posts older than (NA): Comments will be hidden for the posts older than 14 days. Ignore this option.
Email Moderation requests to (NA): You can’t edit this option. So you can ignore this.
Render comment captcha: The words will be verified by the reader who comments in any post. Leave this option to default.
Comment form message: If you want to tell readers anything before they comment, you can display it with the help of a minor form. So, write any message in that option.
Post using email: By default, it is disabled. If you enable this option, then you can send post emails with a blogger email address. To use this feature, you need to create an email address with a secret key in blogger.
Comment notification email: Set your Gmail address so that you will be notified via email when a person comments in your blog posts.
Pending comment notification emails: The email accounts which are not verified in the email will be shown here.
Invite more people to comment notification emails: If you want to notify others about the recent comment posted on your blog, then set some of their email address. This option is useful when you have authors and readers on your blog.
Email post to: Leave this blank because you need to send emails about the latest post to everyone.
Pending post notification emails: The email addresses which are not verified for post notification emails will be shown here.
Invite more people to post notifications: If you are interested to invite more people, you can add them via email.
Time zone: Select your local time zone.
Date header format: The date format will be shown in the header of your blog. So select your preferred format.
Archive index date format (NA): Ignore this option.
Timestamp format: Ignore this option too (or select any format you wish).
Comment timestamp format: The time format shown in the comment. Ignore this option.
10) Meta Tags
Enable search description: Turn it on.
Search Description: Search Description is also known as Meta descriptions which are short pieces of text which describe your blog. Make sure you enable search description settings on. Choose and enter individual words which describe best for your blog.
If you don’t know what to write, then just copy and paste the description you had written before in the basic section (Recommended to write 150-160 characters).
11) Errors and redirects
Custom 404: If one of your pages is broken or deleted, then that URL returns 404 error. So you can add those pages in this Custom 404 options.
Custom redirects: If you want to redirect any page URL to another, then use this option.
12) Crawlers and indexing
Enable custom robots.txt: Enable this option (Important Setting).
Custom robots.txt: Copy the below code and to this field.
*** Please replace yourblogname to your blog’s domain name ***
----------------Robots.Txt Text Start------------------- User-agent: Media partners-Google Disallow: User-agent: * Disallow: /search Allow: / Sitemap: https://yourblogname.com/atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=500
Enable custom robots header tags: Turn it on and select only options which I have mentioned below.
Homepage tags: Only tick – all and noodp
Archive and search page tags: Only tick – noindex and noodp
Post and page tags: Only tick – all and noodp
Google Search Console: Connect your blog to Google Search Console to know the status of URLs like Crawling, Indexing and coverage issues.
Enable custom ads.txt: Enable this option only when you are eligible to apply for Google AdSense.
Custom ads.txt (NA): You cannot edit this option because this is used to add ad text to display ads on your blog.
14) Manage blog
Import Content: This option is used when you want to import a blog’s content from other hosting platforms to blogger.
Back up content: If you want to back up your site, you can do this by selecting this option.
Videos from your blog: If you use any videos in your blog’s content like posts and pages, then it will appear here.
Remove your blog: This option will completely remove your blog, including Domain name. However, you can recover it later. But be very careful with this option.
15) Site Feed
Allow blog feed: Enable this option to show your blog on feed.
Blog post feed: Enable this option to show your blog posts on feed.
Blog comment feed (NA): By default, it is full. This option shows your blog comment on feed. So, leave this option.
Per-post comment feeds (NA): By default, it is full. This option shows your blog comment on every post on the feed. So, leave this option.
Post feed redirect URL: If you want to have a homepage and blog separate, then create a separate page for the blog and select the option “Post feed redirect URL”. Enter the blog page URL and click on save.
Post feed footer: If you want to give any message at the end of each post on the footer, then use this option. You can also include any URL or any signature, etc, at the end of the footer.
Title and enclosure links: Make sure you enable this option because it gives you extra options for the links.
Use blogger draft: Make sure this option is enabled because it gives you the ability to save the post drafts.
Step 7: Write your first Post.
After setting up the whole blog, it’s time to attract visitors with your valuable content.
You can write about yourself, your vision, and why you started this blog. You can also include your experience and achievements so you can build trust among visitors.
So, to write your first post, go to the “Post” section or select “New Post” option.
Then you will see an interface to write your post. You can see the example below.
After finishing the post, just click on publish and finally your post will be published online!
Step 8: Monetise your blog (Start making money from here!)
After posting some posts and if you are getting a good amount of traffic to your blog, then I recommend you to start your earnings with Google AdSense.
But if it is a new blog, then I recommend you to do Affiliate Marketing to earn a decent amount of money by referring to other’s products or services.
You can also earn money by selling your own products or services.
To apply for Google AdSense, you need to meet the minimum requirements. You can read these terms by clicking here.
Always remember that Content plays a crucial role in attracting visitors to make sales or leads. To get high website traffic, you need to upload content regularly.
Also learn how you can promote product or service on internet by using some internet tools.
To make your blog a successful one, you need to provide the best content.
Providing the content is good, but it is not enough to make your blog successful because you showed everything you have, you have spent a lot of energy, time, research and what not!
But finally, no one knows about your blog. They can’t reach to your blog.
Why like that? – This question might be popped out in your brain, right?
The answer is because of COMPETITION. Your blog is not visible to the Search Engines.
Yes, you heard it right! Whatever you provide to the readers is also providing by the others.
That means there is so much competition for most of the niches (topics).
So, to outrank them, you need to do proper SEO. That’s it!
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You can ask me any doubts in the comments and I will try to respond as soon as possible. Thank you!