Blogging is more then what people think, it is about passion and expressing yourself with power of your writing skills. If you are one of them who is passionate and filled with dedication to work then it’s your time for expressing. Many people want to start their own blog but because of lack of money they can’t. In our today’s guide you will come to know about how to create free blog on BlogSpot and everything you should know about blogging.
Before starting our guide know something about BlogSpot
What is BlogSpot?
Blogger is a blog publishing service and blogging platform that allow you to create free blog on blogspot. It was developed and founded by Pyra Labs and later bought by Google in 2003. Generally blogs are hosted by Google with subdomain of blogspot.com when ever you register your website on blogger it will be under subdomain of blogspot like (technoapt.blogspot.com). It also allow you to use your custom domain hosted by blogger.
Questions most of people have before creating a free blog on BlogSpot
is any money required to make site?
Don’t need to worry as blogger by Google is totally free and easily manageable. What you need to do is simply sign up for account for free and start your blog.
Can i use adsense in my blog?
Yes!! absolutely you can use adsense easily in your site. As adsense is of google and blogger is of google too then there are more chances to get approval earlier then other platforms like WordPress.
Will any technical knowledge required?
No, You will not require any technical knowledge because blogger come up with easy user interface.
Advantage and benefits of blogger ( BlogSpot )
1. Blogger is free with better user experience
Blogger is totally free and most popular for creating free blog. As blogger is hosted by google, it support blogspot sites.
2. Easy to use with better interface for newbie
Blogger come with better and easy interface. You can create free blog on BlogSpot with in few steps with going through an tedious process and coding. If you are new blogger and want to start carrier in blogging then it is best to start your experience because it is designed to start blog without technical knowledge.
3. Easy to monetize blog with google ads (adsense)
If you are good in writing and passionate to earn then it can be good benefit for you. You can start monetizing your site with google ads. Google ads are one the most popular and profitable which can help you to earn money easily.
4. Use your own custom domain
Blogger provide you to use your own custom domain example: technoapt.com instead of technoapt.blogspot.com for free hosted by blogger.
5. Easy customization with premium templates
It is easy to use and customize website with ready templates. There are bunches of websites selling premium templates for blogger. Changing template is easy which will be explained below with steps in this guide.
Step by step guide to start free blog on BlogSpot
1. Sign Up and setup Google account
If you are new user then you need to setup google plus profile or you can use blogspot limited profile and continue. We would recommend you to setup identity from google plus profile. Once you have successfully logged in, you need to click on “new blog” or you can go to that page directly by clicking this link Create a free blog.
2. Name Your blog
After setting up account you need to add name and select domain for your blog.
Tips to select domain name:
1. Brandable Over Generic
2. Keep It Concise
3. Easy to Type
4. Consider Using Keywords
5. Think Long-Term
Note: Don’t use your personal name as domain name.
You can select any template from given below and can changed ant time you want then click on “Create blog“.
You have successfully completed first step and created your blog. But still setting up your blog is remaining there are many things to considered.
3. Setting Up Blog
For newly created BlogSpot blog there certain things which should be setting up to make it easy to use every time you login.
After clicking on create blog you will be on BlogSpot dashboard which will look somethings like given in screenshot below.
Now what you need to do is click on “New post” which will be find on your dashboard or Post > new post and starting showing your writing skills.
After completion of few post i would recommend you to make all necessary pages which are required for any normal blogs. Create at least “About” page to help people know about you and your blog simply describing what is your blog all about?
Here few tips to make about page:
- Start by talking about your audience, not yourself
- Tell your story
- Include your address and contact details
- Make sure it shows and describe your website
Before moving forward i would recommend you to change your template and use any attractive template according to your niche. Don’t use any boring template as it is part of branding somehow.
You can read my post on best template for blogger which can be downloaded easily and you can use it for your blog. What you need to do is just go to “theme” from sidebar of your dashboard.
Now you need to add favicon of your website and logo which can be added from layout option as given below in screenshot.
4. Monetize your BlogSpot site
After you starting getting traffic to your site then you can monetize your blog by going to sidebar of your blog then “Earnings” which will allow you to earn money from your free blogspot blog.
Now your blog is ready, What you need to do is start writing a quality content with good quantity and SEO.
Oh!! You don’t know about SEO for BlogSpot? Don’t worry we have covered this in our ultimate guide of BlogSpot blog.
Below are the killer tips for SEO in BlogSpot which you will required to rank your articles in search engine but before this, i would recommend you to see infographic: tips for newbies blogger we have made for you.
Note: The above infographic should not be use in any blog or site without permission. If anyone want to use it should give proper credit for same.
BlogSpot SEO Tips For bloggers:
What is SEO?
Search engine optimization (SEO) is the practice of increasing the quantity and quality of traffic to your website through organic search engine results – MOZ
What about SEO!
To understand what SEO is, let’s have a look on below SEO tips;
Quality of traffic: You can attract all the visitors, but if they’re coming to your site because Google tells them you’re a resource for Apple computers when really you’re a farmer selling apples, that is not quality traffic. Instead you want to attract visitors who are genuinely interested in products that you offer
Quantity of traffic: Once you have the right people clicking through from those Search Engine Results Pages (SERPs), you will get traffic day by day
Organic results: Ads make up a significant portion of many SERPs. Organic traffic is any traffic that you don’t have to pay for
How SEO Functions!
Search engine as a website you visit to type a question into a box and Google, Yahoo!, Bing and you are using long list of links to webpages that could potentially help you potentially increase rank.
Also see: Top 5 Reasons Why Your Website Needs SEO
SEO or Search Engine Optimization is the process by which the search engines get traffic for the search results and divert it to websites. Every search engine needs an SEO and all the known names such as Google, Yahoo, etc. make use of this process. It is very crucial for the success of your website.
Today the world is a world of technology and without internet the functioning of the world cannot be imagined and internet works on some basic codes and values which provide information through various websites. These websites are listed on the search engines on the basis of certain rules and Search Engine Optimization helps websites to be listed in search results and direct traffic to them. It also makes navigation easy for the search engines and the users and increases the visibility of the websites. Every website requires search engine optimization so as to be listed in maximum search engines. If you own a website SEO is your friend.
Reasons Your Website Needs SEO
First of all search engine lists search results based on the words entered by the user. The search engine then lists the websites related to those words. So for your website to be listed in the search results it should have the appropriate words so that the search engine can list your website when the user enters those terms. For this to happen you should optimize it by using the right keywords. The keywords should be related to your industry or the topic your website addresses so that when search related to these topics will be conducted your website will be listed. For this extensive research should be conducted so as to decipher the proper keywords which should be up to date and updated from time to time because every now and then web language changes.
Second important aspect of SEO is the use of proper document formatting language on your website, for which XML or extensible mark-up language is the best option, and not HTML. Using XML format is very important for the process of SEO. Not having a proper sitemap affects your website vehemently, no matter how effective or right the content of it is. This happens because of the way internet and search engines are designed. With the help of XML sitemap the website is listed in maximum search results which benefit its popularity.
Third step to increase and attract traffic to your website is through internal linking which is an important step in Search Engine Optimization. Internal linking is the method by which one page is linked to another through pictures, quotes, references, notes, etc., so that when the mentioned link is clicked it lands the user on another page. Hence, internal linking is very important for your website, which can increase traffic for it. By linking your page relevantly to other webpages and websites your website increases its visibility. The ranking of the website also improves and it helps the search engine to list your website in maximum searches. It is extremely beneficial for the architecture of the website as well as helps the users to navigate well by connecting various pages. It also increases the importance of your website.
Fourth step for the websites is to avoid becoming defunct or lose value. When people create new webpages often or someone has created a new website there are chances it will not be listed and the user will receive a 404 errors (page not found), which is a standard form of Hypertext Transfer Protocol or HTTP that appears when the search engine is unable to locate the website. So to transfer traffic to your new website and not lose users and value from your old website a 301 error should be created. It redirects the users permanently to the new page even if they click a link for the old page. It is not temporary and is the best option for URL redirection.
The last and fifth important step that should never be overlooked for a successful website is the speed. Sometimes while creating a good and visually pleasing website the speed of the website is compromised. This should never be done. It leads to a loss of traffic for your website and leaves the users frustrated. Most probably the user will leave instead of wait for the website to upload. No amount of hard work in designing a good website will help if the website takes a lot of time to load. Search engines such as Google also do not prefer listing the websites that are slower to load.
Thus, Search Engine Optimization becomes very important for the success of the website and should never be overlooked. It can decide the future of your website and if done properly can make your website very popular and preferred by the users.
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SEO for BlogSpot Blog – BlogSpot SEO Guide
We have already discussed a lot about BlogSpot and SEO. For now we are going to discuss BlogSpot SEO. There are many SEO Guide you will find on Web but many of them are related to WordPress and WordPress Plugins.
As we all know BlogSpot – Blogger is Subsidiary product of Alphabet Inc. We are going to share BlogSpot SEO tips which will help you get better ranking Index. BlogSpot being a free Blogging Platform, so it is widely used among new Bloggers and experts.
Blogger is Google’s free tool for creating blogs. It can be found on the web at http://www.blogger.com. Previous versions of Blogger were heavily branded with the Blogger logo, but the latest version is flexible and unbranded so you can use it to create and promote blogs without a budget. – Google Blogger
BlogSpot SEO : Tips
When we discuss about SEO then we need to know about On Page and Off Page SEO. As per MOZ – On Page SEO is the practice of optimizing individual web pages in order to rank higher and earn more relevant traffic in search engines and Off Page SEO refers to techniques that can be used to improve the position of a web site in the search engine results page (SERPs).
1. Blogger Post URL link
Permalink is important for Search Engine ranking for your post. It is obvious that you should follow some guideline to achieve desirable rank
- Characters in the link should be till 50 or less
- Remove Stop words from Permalink i.e. TO, A, AN, THE
As you are writing your post, so you should change Permalink as per your requirement and it better if you use Keyword in Permalink. Check below picture of Permalink of Blogger which have option of Automatic permalink and Custom permalink.
2. Keyword density
Keyword density is important for better ranking. You have to maintain the density of keyword. Keyword density should 2% for good ranking. You can pick keyword density for your Blogpost SEO, account to one which works for you. Publish articles in relevance to post title and include necessary keywords in the post. It is strictly not allowed to stuffed keyword to manipulate search engine and after completing your post you should re-read your post and you can place keyword where required.
3. BlogSpot Appropriate labels and related posts
Label adds to the keyword density of the post. Labels should be widened rather than putting them into the single small category. Labels also affect related posts widgets in Blogger. If there is lack of similar labels, so it would affect the arrangement of articles in related posts.
4. Blogger post title
For any blog, WordPress or Blogger the post title is very important. Blogger post title is usually followed by home page title.
Here the post title should be “city of (long-distance) Love!” But the title is included in the home page title “Still in Berlin”, and this would harm the SEO friendliness of the article title. Here is how to fix this. Go to Blogger edit HTML > find out code section
<title><data:blog.pagetitle/></title> Replace it with <b:if cond= 'data:blog.pageType == "index"'> <title><data:blog.title/></title> <b:else/> <title><data:blog.pageName/></title> </b:if>
5. BlogSpot images for SEO
As we know about Image Optimization for SEO on WordPress and Blogger. You can use Alt text and Alt tag/title tag in images. You can add Alt tag easily by using plugins but in BlogSpot you have to do it manually after uploading.
6. Provide Meta tags
Meta tags optimization is a pivotal aspect that every SEO marketer should consider while optimizing their site for Google and other search engines. Since Meta tags are the key elements of on-page SEO optimization, make sure you understand its influence over search engine ranking – Read full article on Meta tags for On Page SEO. You can optimize your tags by following below tips
- Title tags
- Meta Descriptions tag
- Meta Keyword
The title, footer, and description plays an important role in search engine optimization for blogs
7. No follow external links
No follow is an HTML attribute specified on hyperlinks to block search engine advantage/benefit of external links in any website. In blogger you can simply and select HTML section of post window and add rel=”nofollow” attribute after URL to prevent search engines for crawling benefit.
8. Comment Section
As comment section is very critical which attract a lot of spammers and it is mandatory for blogger blogs to enable Google Plus comment option which blogger provides. This will ensure that you have high social media traffic interaction.
Now it is desired that now you are aware about SEO for BlogSpot and now we are going to discuss about – How to use custom domain name for BlogSpot Blog.
Before starting our guide to setup custom domain you must know why using custom domain is beneficial for your blogspot blog.
Why you need a custom domain name for your BlogSpot blog
Most of the newbies always start with blogger with blogspot as a subdomain. It make sense because blogger is free to use with unlimited bandwidth by Google.
One things you might don’t like with BlogSpot is .blogspot as a domain name, Which can easily be fixed by using custom domain.
BlogSpot default URL is like:
Custom domain is like:
When it comes to custom domain so, there are a lot of advantage then .blogspot .
- Buying a custom domain is cheap which can be bought in 11$
- Social Media credibility
- Web promotion
- Increase in seriousness toward blogging
- Looks authentic
- Help in Branding
- Google apps can be used ( It will help in getting email like admin@abc[dot]com
- Advantage in SEO
Let us start with our guide to setup custom domain name in blogger
Guide To Setup BlogSpot Custom Domain
The first thing you will need to is purchasing a custom domain name. Buying custom domain is easy and worth your investment, the benefits you will get with domain are worth. Thing out will it sound to say technoapt.blogspot.com rather then technoapt.com.
Before starting i hope you have these two things ready with you.
- Access to your domain
- blog running on BlogSpot
Once you have both the things then you can proceed to next step
Register domain name to your BlogSpot Blog
In first step you will need to add registered domain name in your BlogSpot blog. What you need to do is simply login to your blogger dashboard then Settings > Basics there you will see Setup a 3rd party URL for your blog under Publishing > Blog address.
In it you need to add domain name which your have purchased earlier, After you add domain name it will give two CNAME and A 4 records which will be required in next steps.
Click on Setup a 3rd party URL for your blog then add the domain name of your blog in it as shown below.
Note: You need to add your custom domain name with “www” because blogger don’t accept “non-www” URL.
After adding domain name you will see two thing over there. 1: An Error 12: We have not been able to verify your authority to this domain and 2. CNAME record which are shown in below screenshot.
Now, Once you got the details of CNAME then you need to login to domain control panel to make changes over there.
Now follow the below given guide and setup your custom domain in BlogSpot.
Setup CNAME and A Record for BlogSpot Custom Domain Name
Now login to your domain provider site, mine is Godaddy then click on manage domains you will see screen like given below.
Then you will see screen like given below what you need to do is click on “Manage DNS” after selecting to “manage my domain”.
After clicking manage DNS you will moved to DNS management page.
For adding CNAME or A record of your BlogSpot to your domain you need to click on “add” which will be given below the DNS management page ( Screenshot is given for reference )
After clicking on add you have to select type “CNAME” then you need to add record & from the pop-up select CNAME record and add both records one by one as shown in screenshots below for better understanding.
Now click on Add another and copy the second CNAME record from your BlogSpot page
Adding A records to your Domain DNS
Now we are on last step for adding custom domain to blogger you just need to add 4 I.P in to A record. The process is simple as above, all you need to do is just select type “A” instead of “CNAME”. Don’t worry i am sharing my screenshot to give you better idea. You need to add I.P similarly.
Click on ADD record as you did above then select “A” in type in HOSTNAME you need to add @ and on points to add 126.96.36.199
Similarly, You need to add these I.P records shown below
This is how your final screen looks like
Now after adding CNAME and A record you need to wait for 2 to 4 hours for updating the changes to your domain provider server. Now go back to your blogspot dashboard and click on save changes.
If all the changes are applied successfully and CNAME/A record are updated globally then you will not see this error anymore “We have not been able to verify your authority to this domain. Error 12.“ You are ready to rock and start you website.
In case your still seeing error then your need to wait for sometime.
Don’t worry about redirect part because Google will automatically redirect your “BlogSpot” blog to “Custom Domain Name”. If any one open your blog it will redirected to your custom domain.
You will not loss any traffic because all the post will redirected with same URL.
You must not forget this step because most of the people are lazy and don’t like add “www” in URL. Your blog must redirect from Non-WWW version to WWW version. For example from abc.com to www.abc.com
What you need to do is just tick the Redirect abc.com to www.abc.com as shown below.
For more info you can also see official help page for custom domain
Wasn’t that a simple process? Yes you are done!! You created your website by own. You can start writing blog and many more from this site.
If you want to take experience of WordPress but because of lack of money and hosting your are not able to do so then your must read our post on 4 Free Hosting Providers For Beginners To Start WordPress Site.
Backup, restore and delete your BlogSpot blog
Just making blog is not enough you must know how you can backup all the data, import data or even deleting your website.
Back up your BlogSpot Blog
When you back up your site, you will get a .xml file of the posts and comments you have wrote and got.
- First of all Sign in to Blogger
- Now go to dashboard and click Settings > Other.
- In that you will see “Import & backup” section then click on Back up Content > Save to your computer or laptop.
Save a copy of your site theme
- click Theme from the left section of your dashboard
- In the top right corner you will see Backup / Restore click on it
- Click on Download full theme then download it to your PC
Delete your blogSpot site
There are two ways to delete your BlogSpot blog:
- Delete a blog: you have a short period of time to restore it if you want.
- Permanently delete a blog: all of your blog information, posts, and pages will be deleted you will not able to restore them.
Note: You must be the administrator of a site to delete it any time.
Restore a deleted site
- On your Blogger dashboard, click on Deleted blogs.
- Next to name of the blog to restore, click on Undelete this will restore your your blog
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