Blogging Guide

How To Create A simple Blog Using Blogger.com

In this article, I will guide you through on creating a simple blog for yourself. This article is much of a tutorial. I have taken time to write it and making it more detailed with screenshots so as to make it easy to be understood. 

Let’s get to the deal. 

HOW TO CREATE A SIMPLE BLOG


Creating a simple blog is easy. Depending on what you are looking for, you can create a blog to share your ideas, opinions and valuable contents to your audience or followers.

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a blog using Blogger.com. Blogger.com is a free blogging platform owned by Google. It allows users to create and share their contents online.


REQUIREMENTS 

  • Smartphone 📱 
  • Data Connection 
  • Google Account 

CREATING A BLOG


The first step is having a valid Gmail account or Gmail address. Make sure you are using your real first name and last name while creating the Gmail account. You can visit Gmail.com to create a Gmail account. The reason I’m advising you to use your real first name and last name is to be able to verify your adsense identity if you eventually use adsense on your blog. At a stage, you will be required to send in your valid form of identification and the details on the ID card must be the same like in your Google account. Let’s continue. 

After getting your Gmail account ready. You need to visit https://www.blogger.com and click on create your blog. Login with your Gmail account.

When you have logged in. You will be asked to provide the title of your new blog. Just type the title of your blog into the space provided. Click next to proceed.

The next step is to type in your blog address. Let it be simple and something you can remember. If the address is already taken, you will be notified. Just edit and put something that is not taken. Don’t worry, you can add a custom domain name later.

The next step is to add your Display Name. This is the name that will be shown to your readers. You can use admin or the name of your blog. Let’s say your blog name is longnose.blogspot.com, you can use longnose as your display name. Click next to proceed and your new blog will be created.

THIS IS HOW YOUR NEW BLOG WILL LOOK LIKE.


This is what you will see after creating a new blog on blogger


To view your newly created blog, click on view blog.




This is how my blog is after clicking on view blog. This is the front end of the blog. This is what your visitors will see. This is dependent on the template that was automatically installed during the creation process of the blog. 




DESIGNING YOUR BLOG


The next step is to design your blog using what is called theme/templates. You can get varieties of templates for blogger online. There are both free and premium template. Just search for free Blogger templates and get a template for your blog. You can also buy a premium template if you have the money. The truth is, premium templates are better. Notwithstanding, there are still a couple of good templates out there. 


After getting a template/theme file (please note that the format is .xml, if it is in .zip, simply extract the file using winrar/winzip/rar on your  pc or mobile. Make sure you extract to a folder where you can easily locate it. 


INSTALLING A TEMPLATE /THEME FILE IN BLOGGER


After you have gotten your template file in .xml format, follow the steps below to install it. Go to your Blogger dashboard/Admin panel and click on theme. You will see the current theme you’re using. Proceed to click on the 3 dots near near the my theme.




Select the Restore Option and it will display like in the screenshot below. Click on upload and navigate to to where the theme file is in your computer or mobile device and select it. The installation will start.



You will see something like restoring theme… followed by a restored theme message. Now, You have successfully installed a new theme.


To design your blog in blogger, you will have to visit the layout tab. Here you can change your header images and set up what gadget/pages will appear in your homepage.




For a perfect view of the layout tab and ease of usage, I recommend you use pc to design your blog. It will be difficult using a mobile phone. In mobile device, use the switch to desktop site option on your browser. 


Header– This is the topmost section of your blog that carries your blog logo / address. You can change your blog logo by click on the option shown on the screenshot in the next page. Click here to add your custom logo and save.




HOMEPAGE DESIGN


You can design your homepage by editing the main content tab on layout.You can add and remove gadget and design your blog anyhow you want it to be like.



SIDEBAR DESIGN 


You can design how your blog sidebar will be like. You can add and remove gadgets that will appear on the side bar. Save your changes when done.





FOOTER DESIGN


Footer is the bottom part of your blog. Here you can display your important pages like privacy policy, contact us, disclaimer, cookie policy and about. Just add the pages you want there and click on save. Make sure you save the total changes you have made to your blog design by click on the save button as shown in the screenshot in the next page.




CREATING YOUR FIRST POST ON BLOGGER


Having done with designing your blog. The next step is creating contents/posts. To create your first post, simply click on new post tab or on the + icon to add a new post. See screenshots below.





Write your post title and content of the post like in the screenshot below. You can add labels by clicking the settings icon and then adding a label. Label helps categorize posts in blogger. 





To publish your post, click on the publish button as shown in the screenshot below. You can also save your posts as draft to be publish later when you’re done writing it. Click on the dropdown icon near the eye button and save the post.


ADDING A CUSTOM DOMAIN NAME TO YOUR BLOGGER BLOG

Let’s say you have bought a domain name and intends changing from the blogspot subdomain you’re using. Follow the steps to change your blog address to your custom domain. Go to settings in your Blogger dashboard.

Go to publishing and then custom domain. Add your domain name and save. You will be asked to verify by adding your unique blogger CNAMES to your domain Registrar. Just visit your domain registrar under DNS and add the CNAMES provided to you and save. It may take hours for the changes to be propagated via the internet. After some hours, just visit your Blogger dashboard and try adding the custom domain again and click SAVE. Your change will be successful. Visitors can now visit your blog using your custom domain. 


So that’s how to create a blog using Blogger.com. Thanks for reading. 

Abasiofiok Bassey Edem
I am a Blogger, Techie and Web Designer. I am the CEO of Techy9ja.com.ng. You can reach me on my personal email - Abasiofiok.edem@gmail.com.

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