Start A FREE Monetizable Blog On Blogger

(Welcome to the ninth article of the series which aims to teach how to start a blog. This article will show you step by step how to start a free blog using Blogger.)

WordPress free blog is a great platform to learn about basics of WordPress, especially getting used to creating blog posts. However, if your free blog {mostly called hosted blog, (example.wordpress.com)} starts getting good traffic, there’s hardly anything that you can do with that traffic because earning money from Google AdSense is not possible on it.

The Purpose of Creating This Blogger Guide

Monetization is where Blogger wins. Blogger.com is Google’s hosted blogging platform. A free Blogger blog (example.blogspot.com) can be monetized with AdSense. If you get enough traffic to it,  Google AdSense (hosted account) can be applied, and money can be earned from it.

Considering the fact that some people, particularly students, don’t have much money to spend on purchasing domain and hosting, a free blog on Blogger is a good way to start a profitable blog.

Therefore, I’ve created an incredibly simple, step by step tutorial for those who want to make a blog on Blogger. Let’s begin!

Step By Step Guide To Your First Blog

This article is a complete beginners guide to setup a free blog on Blogger. To create a blog in 25 minutes, all you need to do is to follow this simple Blogger tutorial step by step.

Learning how to start a free blog of your own was never this easy. If you know the topic of your blog already, then it’s great. But if you want to find a good topic, you can go through the following article which I’ve written in quite a detail (4500+ words, seriously!).

Moving forward, I’ll take you through a simple Blogger tutorial based on screenshots, which will teach you how to start a free blog on Blogger.

Let’s get started!

Open Blogger.com

Open www.blogger.com and click  Create Your Blog.

Sign In With Google Account / Sign Up

If you have a Google account already, login and then click Continue to Blogger. If you don’t have an account, sign up for one at Google.

Create New Blog

After the previous step, following screen will appear. Click Create New Blog.

Choose Blog Title, Address & Template

Choose your title in the title bar. In the address bar, write the domain name/site address that you want. Blogger will instantly inform you about the availability of your desired domain. Try different combinations of words to find your favorite domain.

The next step is to choose a template. You can choose what you like. It can be changed/customized later, so there’s no need to spend much time on it. Just choose one and move to the next step.

Boom! Your Blog Is Created

The blog is live. But hold on because it doesn’t end here. Following important screen will appear once your blog is online. It is the dashboard of your area where you’re going to do all the magic.

Click View Blog From Dashboard

From the dashboard, click View blog. It will take you to your new blog. This is how it looks depending on selected template.

I later changed my blog’s headline to Blog Starter Guide, and I’ll post a few Blogger tutorials on it including great custom templates and how to add them to your free blog.

Write Your First Blog Post

Now that the blog is up, it’s time to see how we can add posts to it. Great posts are the foundation of an excellent blog. Go through my article on how to write a blog post which I created for WordPress but is useful for any blog posts.

Add Labels

Use the editor toolbar to change the formatting of text, add images, links or videos, etc. On the right side, you can see publish, save and preview options as well. Below them is where you need to add labels (tags) related to your post.

Adding labels to blog posts

Edit Permalink

Edit your permalink or go with the automatically created one. Title and Permalink should be similar and indicate the content of your post.

Edit Options

Allow or disallow reader comments. Select other options as shown.

HTML Mode

HTML mode is like the text mode in WordPress. I use it for adding videos’ embed code into my blog posts. There’s no need to sweat on anything else. The visual composer does the rest.

 

See Preview

Click preview to see how your post will look after it is published. Look for errors and improvements.

Save As Draft / Publish

Save post as a draft if it is not ready to be published. When ready, publish it.

Customize Your Blog From Dashboard

Now comes the part where you get to know your admin area called the dashboard. Since you’re just beginning, you’ll need to do some customization. No need to worry because following screenshots explain things for you.

See Blog Stats

See your blog statistics here. When your blog becomes active, this will be an interesting place. Know about your blog’s progress here.

Change Basic Settings

To change basic settings of your blog, do the following.

  • Add/Edit the title. I changed titled to Blog Starter Guide from here.
  • Add/edit the description. Keep it short unlike I’ve done. It should be a one-liner. It’s just like the tagline in WordPress.
  • Edit your blog’s privacy. Keep it listed and visible to search engines.
  • Edit blog address. Maintain the one you’ve chosen. However, this is where you can modify the blog address or even set a custom domain (example.com).
  • Select Yes in HTTPS redirect. HTTPS is secure, faster and Google’s favorite too.

  • Edit/Add blog authors. If you’re a team of writers, add other members as authors here otherwise keep the current settings.
  • Set blog readers to Public if the blog is not of personal nature. Allowing everyone to read your blog is necessary to gain traffic to it. Traffic is key to monetization via AdSense.

Change Posts, Comments, and Sharing Settings

Take the following actions to customize settings.

  • Show or hide backlinks. I set to hide. Spammers post links in the comment all the time. Hiding backlinks disables the link back to their websites.
  • Enable of disable Google+ comments. Enable for better results. More comments matter a lot for the blog.
  • Share or Prompt to share to Google+ upon publishing a post. Change the settings as per your wish.

  • Choose post options as shown.
  • Change comments options. Allow comments from anyone for more comments. But expect spam if you do. To completely avoid spam, always moderate comments.
  • Enable verification to filter spam as well.

Customize Email Settings

Clicking Email will open email settings. Enable or disable posting using email. I prefer posting from the dashboard editor. You can add up to 10 emails to whom your posts will be delivered upon publishing.

Change Language & Formatting Settings

Set default language and enable translation.  Translation helps the blog become readable for those who do not understand English hence increases its reach.
In the formatting section, select your time zone and preferred date/time formats.

Change Search Preferences

Search preferences are important from the traffic point of you. Take following actions.

  • Add a meta description of your blog. It should outline what the blog is about and should contain your main keywords.
  • Set the error message of use the existing one. It will appear when a URL on your blog is not found.
  • Connect your blog to Google Search Console for Google to index it in search results. Click edit, sign into Google Search Console, add a property (your blog) and verify your property from any method. I’ll post a simple tutorial to do that but later.
  • Robots file is not for beginners and doesn’t have any impact on your new blog. For the informational purpose, robots.txt file controls what search engine index and what they don’t index in search results.
 

Edit User Settings

User settings are next on the list. Select a user profile that you want to use. You can go with either of them. Choose the default blog language. Enable or disable email announcements (detail is given below Yes/No).

Change Miscellaneous Settings

Next two screenshots cover the last settings. But these are important settings. Change them as follows.
  • Since you’ve just started, there’s nothing to import/backup.
  • Please don’t delete your blog either. It’s too early to quit.
  • Select Feed options. Click question marks for help.
  • Leave OpenID URL as it is.
  •  Set adult content to No. (Don’t tell me you’re not sure about it!)
  • Link your new blog to Google Analytics to track blog analytics. Click the question mark to get some help. Sign into Google Analytics using your Google account and create a new property from the Admin area. Add ID to this setting box.

Add Pages

You can create and add new pages to your blog from Dashboard>Pages. Just click new page to add a page or pages to your blog. Visit some favorite blogs to see what kind of pages they make. Choose yours accordingly.

 

Change Page Layout

Page layout shows what appears in what portion of your blog. Click edit to edit/remove any parts. Preview changes to see how the blog looks post-customization.

Continue editing layout.
Header, Footer, and Sidebar are prominent places on your blog. Make them look great and fill them with relevant stuff.
Gadgets are same as Widgets in WordPress. When you click Add a Gadget, this window opens. Select gadgets and add them to selected places.

Customize Blog Template

Blog template is what your readers will see when they come to your blog from the social media or search engines. That is why you should be conscious of having a great template.

For now, it’s okay to go with one of the default templates and edit it a bit, but you should get a good template other than default ones and add it to your blog. I’ll post a tutorial about it and link to it here. \

Click customize to start customization.

Select A Template

On top are the types of templates. Choosing one will enlist all the available templates horizontally. Choose one and see how it looks (live on blog option).

 Adjust Blog/Sidebar Width

Change the widths and check the live preview below. Select your comfortable widths. Blog posts should have some space but not occupy all the space on the blog.

Change Advanced Options

Clicking advanced will enlist some options that you can tweak. All these options determine how your blog and its posts look. Choose good color scheme and fonts.

Choose Fonts and Their Sizes

The trick here to keep readability in mind. Go with simple but proven fonts like Arial. Click each option in the list and edit to your liking. Live preview is always available below the designer bar. Click Apply to Blog to apply changes.

 Have A Final Look At It

From the dashboard, click view blog to see how it finally looks. You can always improve the outlook of your blog. Once I post some article on this new blog (startablogguide.blogspot.com), I’ll share screenshots here.

Install Custom Template

Custom templates are an excellent way to make your blog look great. Here’s how (the uncustomized version) my blog looks after I installed a custom template. I’ll soon post a tutorial on it too.

 The tutorial for beginners ends here. Keep posting on your blog to make it a success. Your target is to bring maximum people to your blog through high-quality content so that you can earn from Google AdSense.

Earn Money With Google AdSense

Not so soon people! Not so soon! First, you need to make your blog great by posting great content. Then you can apply for AdSense from your Blogger dashboard after a certain duration. Read details here.

Your blog is eligible for hosted account only so see that section in the link I’m attaching. Read Eligibility to participate in AdSense and do check the eligibilty for hosted account. Further links are given there. Go through them carefully.

Conclusion

Here’s what we learned.
  • It’s incredibly easy to create a blog.
  • It needs no coding.
  • Blogger offers AdSense monetization
  • It is FREE!
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Ilyas Tarar
 

My mission is to ‘make a positive difference in lives of people’. I love writing content which helps beginners start a blog. Blogging and content writing is something I love doing.

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