Many Bloggers started their Blogging career using Google Blogger (Blogspot) which is absolutely free to use. And now you want to express your things to this mighty world through your writings without an initial investment then Blogspot is the best option for it.
What is Blogspot
Blogspot is a free blog publishing service developed by Pyra Labs and brought by Google in 2003 that allows users to publish blogs by hosting it and publishes it under their subdomain of .blogspot.com.
Why Blogspot is best for Blogger Beginners
- It’s Free
- It’s Safe and Secure.
- It’s Simple
- Not to worry about the security of your blog.
- It can also monetize your blog and earn money from it.
- You can also use a custom theme.
Start a Blog on Blogspot – Step-by-Step Guide
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Step 2 – For the first time user, you will have to select your Identity whether from Google Plus or you can create your new limited Blogspot profile. Once you confirmed what you want to be shown as then click “Continue to Blogger” as shown in Fig – 2.
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It will take you to your blogger profile.
Step 3 – Your Blogger profile has been created now you have to create your blog from it.
To create your blog, select “Create New Blog” from the page under the “Welcome” menu as shown in Fig – 3.
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Step 4 – In this step, you have to create your blog by providing a Title, Web address, and suitable theme as shown in Fig – 4.
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Like I said earlier, in blogger you can create a new blog but you can create it only under the .blogspot subdomain.
For example, if you want to create “example.com” then in Google Blogger (Blogspot) you can create “example.blogspot.com”.
For example, If your blog is about Cooking recipes then create your blog address as “(your brand name)cookingrecipes.blogspot.com” because it will be easy for users to understand what’s your website is about and it also helps search engines to understand your blog.
You can change the theme later.
Step 5 – Now you have created your blog and your blogger profile will appear like Fig – 5.
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Step 6 – On the first time on the Blogger profile, you will be given an option to buy a Custom Domain from Google Domains as shown in Fig – 6.
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Blog’s Complete Setup
Step 1 – Go to your blog profile and select “Settings” from the left navigation panel.
In which you can find “Google Analytics Property ID” under the “Basic” menu as shown in Fig – 7.
Enter your Google Analytics account ID in that box to get analyzed and to get that information about your whole blog from Google Analytics.
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Step 2 – Under the “Privacy” menu, enable “Visible to search engines” as in Fig – 8 to get your articles shown in SERPs.
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Step 3 – Next you should enable “HTTPS redirect” as shown in Fig – 9, it will make visitors always reach the encrypted version of your blog
HTTPS means Hypertext Transfer Protocol Safe.
In most Self Hosting websites you have to buy an SSL certificate to show that your website/blog is safe but in Google Blogger it’s free.
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Step 4 – Change the time zone of your blog to your location, many people forget to do this and they get shocked when they find that their blog time is not as their location time.
Under the “Formatting” menu you can find the “Time Zone” option as shown in Fig – 10, click on it. A dialogue box pops up and provides time zones of multiple locations, select your region and click “Save”.
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Step 5 – Scroll down and you will find the “Meta Tags” menu in which enable “Enable Search Description” as shown in Fig – 11.
Enable Meta Descriptions because they’re very important to let know the viewers what your blog post is about in 150-60 characters.
You have to learn to Create Good META Description every time because they encourage users to click on your blog posts when it appears on SERPs.
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Step 6 – Under the “Crawlers and Indexing” menu you can find “Enable Custom robots.txt” and enable it as shown in Fig – 12.
Generate Sitemap for your Blog and enter it in the “Custom robots.txt” dialogue box.
Now link your blog with Google Search Console to know how your blog performance and acts in Google Search Engine. Once you generated your blog’s sitemap now enter into your blog’s GSC.
- Dynamic Views
- Picture Window
- Awesome Inc.
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1. Is Blogspot safe?
Google Blogger or Blogspot is safe and you don’t have to worry about spam attacks. It is safer than self-hosted WP blogs because Blogspot uses two-factor authentication.
2. Is Blogspot Free?
Blogspot is absolutely free, it’s owned by Google and you can create your own blog with them and publish it under their subdomain (yourwebsite.blogspot.com) or you can use a custom domain.
3. Is Blogspot going away?
There are currently 379,544 websites are powered by Blogger, and many bloggers starting their blogging career by using Blogspot so there’s no reason for Blogspot going away.
4. Can Blogspot make money?
Anyone can earn money from blogging on Blogspot and it’s absolutely free. For this, you should have a good amount of traffic, good content.
The most important thing in getting success in Blogging is being Persistent.
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