Registering your Blog on Google Blogger

Registering your Blog on Google Blogger

We are going to see how to register a blog on Google Blogger in a simple step-by-step process.

I prefer to work with Blogger because Google Blogger offers excellent services when it comes to supplementary activities required to promote, track, and monetize the blog. Its simple and elegant interface makes blogging job painless than any other blogging services available on the internet.

In my opinion, registering the blog on Google Blogger gives us the following benefits:


  • Blogger service is provided by Google and we all know how well-reputed it is in the field of internet. Blogger is the most secure and trusted platform for bloggers.
  • It not only provides free hosting but also free domain which can be upgraded to paid service of our choice if we wish to. Unlike most of the other blogger services which come with a little price to get there. I would insist to go with free service first if you are absolutely new to blogging. Get acquainted with blogging basics, techniques, concepts, and then you may go for a paid service in the future.
  • Centralized access control with a single Google account for various services makes blogger's life a hell lot easier. For example, Google Analytics observes traffic flow of your blog and user behavior, Google Webmasters help you to track the performance in search engine results, Google Photos helps you to store images, Google Drive helps to store other file formats, and Google Adsense to advertise on the blog. All these services can be managed with the help of a single Google account.
  • In 2017, Blogger added the whole set of new templates with trendy designs and cool new widgets(web parts) to the Blogger service. Blogger lets you customize web-pages to a great extent through its user interface. One can fully customize the template if you are good with XML, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript just like other blogging platforms.
  • There is no need to worry about programming or coding part if you find it a complex thing to do. You will find plenty of attractive web templates and widgets available online absolutely for free to serve your purpose.

Now let's see the procedure for registering the blog on Google Blogger.


The first and foremost thing is we will have to register for a Google Blogger service. With the help of a Google account, you may do the same, and requires the usual registration procedure to be completed. Once you have set-up a username and password for the account, you will be redirected to a Blogger Welcome page.

You will see an option to Create New Blog. Click on this button. Enter your blog details, like Blog Title and URL by which readers will find your blog. Choose a template from the gallery and hit the "Create blog!" button. See the below picture for reference. Note, all these details and template design can be changed in the lateral phase of the blog designing at any point in time.
Create a New Blog

After the above step, you will be redirected to the Blogger Dashboard page from where you can manage your entire blog. The dashboard is a centralized place and acts as a control panel for your blog. It looks something like below picture:

Blogger Dashboard

Understanding the Blogger dashboard interface

Moving further let's have a look at what Blogger has to offer us and understand each menu option available on the Dashboard. You will see a couple of list items on the left of your screen. Let's understand them one-by-one as described below:

  1. Theme: You can set the overall look of your blog from this menu option. You will see a couple of blogger themes/designs available on the page. Select any design from the gallery and apply it to your blog. You will notice your blog in a completely new avatar. That's how easy it is!

    Click on the "Customize" button, if you wish to change the color theme or font settings of the current theme applied. If you wish to add the template for your blog from another source than the Blogger, then you need to click on the "Edit HTML" option.

    You will need to replace the XML code of the existing template with the XML code of the template you have chosen from the external source. Also, you can set the layout for mobile users. Choose a theme that is elegant in look, responsive on various screens, easy to understand, and have additional features you might have considered for the blog.
  2. Settings:
  3. Basic: The "Basic" setting option will let you update the Title, Description, and URL of the blog. Choose these details very intelligently. With a single glimpse, your audience should come to know what your blog is about. This option lets us set whether to display the blog into search engine results or not within this option.

    Post, Comment, and Sharing: Within this option, a blog author can set a number of posts (articles) to be displayed on a single web page. I chose to have 1 post per page. Users can prefer to display 5 or any number of posts per page as per their choice.

    Whether to allow readers to comment on your blog post or not, who can comment, will these comments need moderation before publishing live and if your blog content can be shared on social networking sites, all these details can be set within this option.

    Email:
     If you wish to post content through custom Blogger email-id then you will have to create an email id by going into this option. Post which when you send an email on this Blogger ID, Blogger published email body content a blog post.

    Language:
     Blogger let you post articles into regional languages. All you need to do is, change the default language "English" to the language of your preference from the drop-down list. It also lets you set regional time and date settings. So when you plan to publish the content based on a particular time zone, Blogger lets you do it here. However, it is seen that you will also have to make changes in the Google account associated with Blogger for the time zone preferences.

    Search preferences:
     Generally Meta tags help search engines to read the web page. In order to have better visibility in search results, the Meta tag description must be set. The same Meta description text can be set here. For page not found errors and redirection request, message or redirect URL can also be set here. Along with that, whether crawlers of search engines can crawl and index your web page can be set here as well.

    Other:
    This option lets you import content from another blogging platform to Google Blogger. Also, you can take a backup of your current posts and upload that content to another blogging platform. If you wish to delete the blog for some reason, you can do it from this option. You can set site feed and Google analytics account to understand visitor's behavior and other details by going into this option.

    User settings:
     Details concerning the blogger-interface control panel can be set here. If you want the entire control panel to be displayed in the regional language, that can be set by going into this option.

  4. Layout: One can set layout and order of the blog elements by dragging and dropping content boxes into the appropriate location within this option. This interface-driven layout system lets you position the elements by dragging and dropping. You can introduce new widget/sections for a web page or delete an existing section from the web page. Do not forget to hit the "Save arrangements" button after doing changes to the layout.
  5. Posts: This tab lists all published articles and drafted articles from your blog. You can choose to update, delete, or alter any of the posts by choosing it from the list. If you wish to publish a new article, the same can be done by clicking on the "New post" button. All tools listed in the editor window have been explained in detail in the blog post How to Write the First Blog Post.
  6. Comments: Comments tab lists all comments received from your readers. You can moderate them from within this tab and decide whether to publish or completely discard them.
There are few more tabs like Pages that let you create a stand-alone post, which can be used on a special purpose to redirect users to the specific page.

Stats 
tab lets you monitor the performance of your blog. It will show you how many users have visited a particular web page, which page is visited the most, the source of the visitor, etc.

You can choose to monetize your content by displaying advertisements on a web page from the tab Earnings. We are gonna cover that part in detail in the blog post How to Make Money by Blogging.

Also, yo
u can set goals in order to reach particular readers count, create an advertising campaign, and advertise your blog over the network by going into the Campaigns tab.

Conclusion:
Within this post, we had a look at how we can register a blog on Google Blogger. We discussed how the Blogger platform is better in terms of security, simplicity to use and supportive in terms of other Google services.

We had a look at registering the domain name on Google Blogger and the title of the blog. Along with this, we understood the Blogger Dashboard interface and various options to control blog settings. Now we are well aware that if any design, preference settings, or if the layout has to be changed, then where to look for the same. Hope enjoyed reading this article.

Please give it a share and convey your thoughts through comments. In our further readings, we will have a look at How to Write the First Blog Post. So stay tuned.

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5 Things you Should Know Before Starting a Blog

5 Things you Should Know Before Starting a Blog

Starting a new blog is an exciting process. But, it can be overwhelming and confusing at times. We have made this process simple by listing the 5 things you should know before starting a blog!

With the help of this article, we will make the process of starting a new blog easy, and simple to understand, with step-by-step instructions. After reading this blog post you will start a new blog without worrying about the technical aspects involved in it.

I assume that so far you have decided to post your innovative ideas on the internet by starting a new blog. It's never too late to start a new blog. But we might not have the complete information to get started.

You may come across many situations where blogging activities are interlinked and co-dependent on one another. In such a scenario, one may get confused and wonder where to look for help. 

The correct approach to come over such a situation is that list down all the problems or things-to-do on a notepad. Have a look at all these problems and resolve them by addressing one problem at a time.

In the process below, we will try to understand the primary work that needs to be done before we dive into the actual process of blogging. So, let's begin with the same.

1. Selecting a niche (subject) before starting a blog

The idea of starting a blog begins with selecting a niche. Niche blogging deals with restricting blogging activities to a specific domain or purpose and not hopping over different topics.

It is possible that one may have specific skillset and expertise in one domain and may not cover topics of different domain profoundly. On a positive side when we adapt to a niche blogging, we are more focused, we know our plus points since we know the domain well, and thus, it helps to build the trust of the audience.

While choosing a niche for the blog, think about where your personality or experience relates to and choose the topic accordingly.

Don't get confused with too many ideas and stay stuck with your prominent choice. Make sure your blog-topic is interesting and knowledgeable. Select a suitable title (in my case I chose Blogging Hacks) and domain (https://www.blogging-hacks.com) for the blog.

A domain name can be chosen from a variety of options like .com, .edu, .org, .net, .in, .us, .uk, etc. So do a little research on which domain suits best for your blog.

2. Choosing a blogging platform 

5 Things you Should Know Before you Start a Blog

Once you have decided on a niche, the next devious job is to select the platform to start a new blog. 

There are numerous blogging platforms available on the internet. WordPressBloggerTumblrLiveJournalWixTypePadGhost are a few popular ones to name. Each one offers unique and satisfactory services.

Also, if you wish to host (the process of making a website accessible via the World Wide Web) and manage your blog by own then there is another WordPress service, i.e. Wordpress.org for which you will have to buy a domain name for a website and hosting space. A domain is nothing but a unique URL of your website. Hosting space is a storage space required to run your blog and services on it. I'll advise trying the free services first listed above and then go for the advanced version.

Choose Google's Blogger service if you are absolutely new to blogging. Blogger is free, and it is very easy to use in case you are starting a new blog. You may perform a little research on the services offered by various blogging platforms and see which one best meets your requirements. If you decide to start a new blog on Google Blogger, feel free to visit the article on Registering your blog on Google Blogger.

3. Understanding the dashboard interface of a new blog

Once we have selected a niche to start a new blog, obtained a domain and a URL, and have registered a blogging platform where you will write blog posts, the next step would be understanding a dashboard interface of the blogging platform.

A dashboard is a centralized place, where you can manage and control the blog. You can set a theme for the blog, set sidebar elements, fonts, colors, etc., manage comments and so many other things from the same interface. We will have a closer look at the dashboard interface post setting the domain name of the blog.

Try to understand different functionalities offered by the blogging service provider by going into each menu link and see what all changes happen upon changing the default settings. It is good to experiment with functionalities before you start publishing a large number of posts. I would suggest watching 20-30 mins beginners guide video on YouTube to understand the complete interface of the Dashboard.

If you plan to host a blog on Google Blogger, I have explained the Blogger dashboard in great detail in the article How to Write the First Blog Post. All blogging platforms listed in point #1 offers almost the same dashboard interface. Hence reading this article would be worthy of your time.

4. Choosing the right template for a new blog

Half of the difficult job is done once you are acquainted with the dashboard interface. Now you need to choose a right, decent-looking template for your blog.

The template you choose should complement the subject you have chosen for the blog. It should also support the latest technologies/trends concerning website development and design.

You may choose to have features like the responsiveness of the web page on different screen sizes, easy customization, color options, attractive footer, sidebar options, etc.

5. Must-have elements on your web page when you start a new blog

When you set-up your template you should consider keeping these widgets/ gadgets. Widget is nothing but the different web parts included on your blog.

A plugin or gadget or widget to show the list of all posts from where your readers can access them, an archive of all posts if there are too many posts, subscribe link, followers link, advertisements, social media plugins, RSS subscription link, etc. are few web parts that you definitely want to include.

The list of these elements may vary depending on your needs. Hence make a note of all widgets you wish to add on your blog.

To conclude, the 5 things we should know before starting a blog are:

  • We must select a specific niche before starting a blog. Niche blogging helps us to do purposeful blogging and helps us focus better.
  • Once we have selected a niche to start a new blog, the next step is to choose a blogging platform of our choice. Do check various services offered by different blogging platforms and select the one that meets your requirement. Google Blogger offers good services and new bloggers may start a blog on the same platform.
  • Once we have chosen a blogging platform of our choice, one of the time-consuming tasks is to understand the blogging interface. Go into each menu option displayed in dashboard interface to understand its functionality.
  • Post registering a blog, choosing the right template for a blog is essential as it helps to build up an image for your blog. The right template with the right colors, font settings, layout, and ambiance helps to make that impression on the audience and convey your message.
  • Once the template is set, the next step is to observe the layout of the blog and add necessary web parts to your blog. These web parts help your audience to have better interaction on the blog and consume information in a better way.

Do let me know through your comments if at all, you have any questions.

Wish you all the best and welcome to the blogging community!
Read our next article on Why blog? Benefits of blogging.

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Introduction to HTML


* HTML stands for Hypertext Mark-up Language.
* Hypertext refers to the text that has been decorated in some way.
* It is called markup language because everything is marked up by using tags like,
<strong>It displays text in Bold</strong>
* HTML is used to create active documents.
* It is specific type of language that can be used to develop a web page.

Tags

* Tags are instruction or set of symbols that are written into the text of document & have special meaning.
For eg. <html> ,<head>,etc.
* Tags are sometimes called as HTML elements.
* Tags may have one or more attributes.
* Tags can be use in the pairs or in single depending upon their type.
For eg. <strong>..text..</strong>.
* It causes anything between <strong> & </strong> to be rendered in Bold.

Attributes

* Attributes provide additional information about HTML elements.
* A HTML element may have one or more attributes.
* Attributes are specified in opening tag of HTML element.
* Attributes are written as attribute_name="Its_value"
* For eg. <a> is used with its href attribute as follows:
<a href="http://blogging-hacks.blogspot.com">This is a link text</a>

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