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 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, Bloggers wins brownie points for a couple of below reasons:

  • 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. I would insist to go for free service if you are absolutely new into blogging. Get known with blogging insights and then you may go for paid service.
  • Centralized access control with a single Google account for various services makes your life even easier. Google Analytics to observe traffic flow of your blog and user behaviour, Google Webmasters to track your performance in search engine results, Google Photos to store images and Google Drive to store other file formats, Google Adsense to advertise on your blog, all this can be managed with the help of 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.
  • There is no need to worry about it if you find programming a complex task. 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 your blog on Google Blogger.

First and foremost thing is you will have to register for a Google Blogger service with the help of a Google account, which requires a normal registration procedure. Once you have set-up 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 "Create blog!" button. See 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

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 follow them in the order 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 design. 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 "Edit HTML" option.

    You will need to replace the XML code of 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 which is elegant in look, responsive on various screens, easy to understand and have additional features you might have considered.
  2. Settings:
  3. Basic: The "Basic" setting option will let you update the Title, Description, and URL of the blog. Choose these details very wisely. With a single glimpse, your audience should come to know what your blog is about. You can set whether to display your 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 in 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 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 let you do it here. However, it is seen that you will also have to make changes in the Google account which associated with Blogger for the time zone preferences.

    Search preferences:
     Generally Meta tags helps search engine to read the web page. In order to have better visibility to your blog in search results, Meta tag description must be set. This 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.

    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 visitors behaviour and other details into this option.

    User settings:
     Details concerning your 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 let 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 "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 which let you create a stand-alone post, which can be used on 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 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 setting up the domain name and title of the blog. Along with this, we understood the Blogger Dashboard interface and various options to control blog settings. Now you are well aware that if any design, preference settings or if the layout has to be changed, then where to look for it. Hope enjoyed reading this article.

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

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3 comments

  1. Hello Ramesh

    Indeed u have a great tips here, reading up your post has gain me some hints to apply in my blogging skills.

    Thanks for sharing and am glad to be here.

    Have a nice day

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    1. Thank you Elochi! :)

      Glad that I could contribute something which is helpful for us fellow bloggers.
      Thank you again for your kind words!

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