Start a Free Blog on Blogspot (Google Blogger) : [2021 Helpful Illustrated Guide]

By | Mei 31, 2020
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.



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. 



Introduction


Even though there are several free blog providing services there including WordPress.com (different from Self Hosted WordPress. Websites), most prefers to start with Google Bloggers, because

•) It’s super simple
•) It’s safe and secure
•) Can also earn money from this 
•) It’s Google’s. 

Now you may think what’s the catch but I have to say there’s none. But you have to buy a Custom Domain for your website because it provides only subdomain (yourdomainname.blogspot.com) address. Which is not bad when you’re just starting out Blogging. 

If you already have done Blogging or still doing then I would recommend you use Self Hosted WordPress website because it provides various options for your website but it requires an initial investment on Hosting, Domain name, and other stuff. 

But if you’re Blogging for fun or don’t want to put any initial investments then Google Blogger (Blogspot) is THE BEST choice. 

So let’s see about Google Blogger (Blogspot). 


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. 


Basically, it provides hosting to your blog and you can publish it for free under their subdomain (.Blogging.com) or you can use your custom domain name. 


Why Blogspot is best for Blogger Beginners

In my opinion, Blogspot (Google Blogger) is the best option to start your Blogging when you don’t want to put any investment in it because,

  • 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. 

You can’t earn from WordPress.com without upgrading your plan by paying for it but you can earn money from monetizing your Blogspot website once your eligible for it without paying a penny for it. 

These are the best reasons for one should start their Blogging career with Google Blogger. 


Start a Blog on Blogspot – Step-by-Step Guide



Blog Creation



Step 1 – Go to Google Blogger with your G-Mail (Google account), if you don’t have one then create one it’s free. (create Google account) and then select “Create your blog” as shown in Fig – 1.

Go to Google Blogger with your G-Mail (Google account), if you don't have one then create one it's free. (create Google account) and then select "Create your blog"
Fig – 1

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.

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"
Fig – 2

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

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.
Fig – 3


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


In this step, you have to create your blog by providing a Title, Web address, and suitable theme as shown in Fig - 4.
Fig – 4



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”. 

Tip: Create your blogger address related to your blog niche. 

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


Now you have created your blog and your blogger profile will appear like Fig - 5
Fig – 5


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



On the first time on the Blogger profile, you will be given an option to buy a Custom Domain from Google Domains
Fig – 6

You can search and buy a domain from them but if you don’t want any initial investments then I recommend you click “No Thanks”. 

You can buy a custom domain for your Blogspot blog at any time and from any domain providers. 


Thus this is how to create a blog in Google Blogger (Blogspot). 

Now let’s see about setting up the newly creates blog. 


Blog’s Complete Setup



You have successfully created your blog, now it’s time to set its things on the right path. 

1. Settings


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.

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
Fig – 7



Under the "Privacy" menu, enable "Visible to search engines" as in Fig - 8 to get your articles shown in SERPs.
Fig – 8


Step 2 – Under the “Privacy” menu, enable “Visible to search engines” as in Fig – 8 to get your articles shown in SERPs.





Next you should enable "HTTPS redirect" as shown in Fig - 9, it will make visitors always reach the encrypted version of your blog
Fig – 9

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. 



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.
Fig – 10

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”.

Scroll down and you will find the "Meta Tags" menu in which enable "Enable Search Description"
Fig – 11

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. 



Under the "Crawlers and Indexing" menu you can find "Enable Custom robots.txt" and enable it
Fig – 12

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. 



You have to submit your website Sitemap into Google Search Console which helps Google to find your website faster and to crawl and index your website content easier. 


That’s it, these are some important settings that you have to do it on your new blog. 

2. Theme


The theme of a website is one of the important factors in pleasing readers.

Blogspot provides 12 default themes, they are
  1. Contempo
  2. Soho
  3. Emporio
  4. Notable
  5. Essential
  6. Simple
  7. Dynamic Views
  8. Picture Window
  9. Awesome Inc.
  10. Watermark
  11. Ethereal
  12. Travel

You can choose any one of those according to your taste from the “Theme” menu in the left navigation panel. 

You can also Install custom themes for your blog, so choose Adsense Friendly Themes when you have an idea to monetize your website in the future. 

3. Layout


You have installed your theme so now it’s time to Customize your Blogger Template.


You can customize your blogger template either by accessing to "Layout" menu from the left navigation panel of your blogger profile or by using the "Theme Designer" option from Theme<<Customize.
Fig – 13


You can customize your blogger template either by accessing to “Layout” menu from the left navigation panel of your blogger profile or by using the “Theme Designer” option from Theme<<Customize

These are some important settings you have to do when you create a new blog on Blogspot. 


FAQ

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. 

You can earn money from Blogspot by signing up with Ads publishing networks such as Adsense, by selling affiliates like Amazon Affiliates



Conclusion



There are currently 379,544 websites are powered by Blogger, you don’t have to worry about whether Google Blogger is outdated or going to die soon. 

In my opinion, Google Blogger is the best free blogging platform for beginners, you don’t have to worry about any technical problems in your blog, all you have to do is write and publish. I believe many big bloggers advise beginners to use Google Blogger when they’re starting out their blogging career without any investment in it. 

I gave all the reasons for you to start a blog on Blogspot and also gave a MASTER GUIDE on how to create it. 

If you’re bored to read this whole step-by-step guide then watch the below step-by-step guide video. 




You have to learn crucial tips on writing a blog post and the art for writing a viral article to reach more audiences and make them keep returning to your website.

The most important thing in getting success in Blogging is being Persistent. 


If you want to learn more about Blogging, SEO and YouTube then I suggest you guys check out my following articles.

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