These days there are quite a few paid and free blogging platforms to choose from so you have some variety if you’ve ever wanted to start a blog and start sharing information online with other web users.
Even with a free blog, such as one on Blogspot, it’s possible to earn money blogging so there’s no reason not to start one if you just want to get your feet wet and learn a few of the ropes along the way.
I actually recommend that anyone looking to take blogging seriously starts their own self-hosted blog on WordPress with their own domain but if you’re new to the whole blogging thing and you don’t want to spend any money to get started then you could just use a free blogging platform.
After you’ve learned how to write new posts, post helpful content, work the backhand of a CMS, and a few of the other techniques you’ll pick up by using a Blogpost site you can eventually move on to something better and go with a self-hosted blog with WordPress or some other CMS of your choice.
With a Blogspot you can create a free blog in just a few minutes – though there are some restrictions that will limit your full potential when it comes to what’s possible to achieve.
In this post I want to teach you how to create a free blog on Blogspot so that you can get started with sharing your content online and learning all of the basic steps involved.
Before I dive into my tutorial I want to share a few things with you.
Keep in mind that Blogspot is currently run by Google, who owns the blogging platform, and it’s a great place for beginners to get started but all of the images that you upload are going to be hosted by Google Photos, another web service that Google runs.
This isn’t really a problem for beginners but it’s important to remember that everything that you upload, whether it’s contents or images, it’s going to be stored on Google’s servers and if something happens with your account you might not have access to what you uploaded.
Another thing that I want to keep in mind is that if the goal of you starting blogging is to make money online and you want your site to look professional and well-designed then you’re better off creating a blog with WordPress.
Getting started with WordPress and using your own hosting as well as buying your own URL is a lot easier than it seems and in under an hour you can have your own personal site up and running.
With that out of the way, let’s get started with my my tutorial on how to make a blog on Blogspot.
How to Create a Blog on Blogspot: An In-Depth Tutorial
The first thing you’re going to want to do when creating your blog is to visit the Blogspot site at Blogger.com and sign in with your Google account.
If you don’t have a Google account you can just quickly create one for free and then continue with the sign-in process.
Once you sign in you will be immediately presented with a pop-up that asks you to fill in some information regarding your blog.
The information that you need includes the title of your blog, the address you want (URL), and you can also choose a template (theme/appearance).
You could choose to skip this step but you’re going to have to visit later on if you want to get your blog up and running so it’s a good idea to decide on a title, address, and template right at the beginning.
Coming Up with a Blog Name
When you’re just getting started it can be quite tricky to come up with a blog name, especially if you don’t really have an idea what you want to write about.
I recommend going with something broad so that you don’t get stuck in a small topic where you’re not able to expand about the type of content that you’re able to create and there is plenty of information available online and even here on my site about how to name your blog.
It depends on the online persona that you’re looking to portray so you could use a personal name if you’re using yourself as the main topic and brand and if you’re going for a more general site then you’re going to want to use a generic name that’s still applicable to your topic.
Once you have come up with the name and you have chosen a relevant URL you’ll be presented with the Blogspot dashboard and it’s here where you can control all of the aspects of your blog.
Don’t get too hung up about the template, you can always change it later if you want.
The dashboard is where all of the information that you need for blogging and uploading content as well as some other options is going to be displayed and you’ll notice it along the left hand side of your screen when you’re on your Blogspot homepage.
The different options that you can choose from include:
Each of these different menu options that you access or change something on your blog.
Posts is where you’ll be able to access a list of all of the different blog posts that you’ve written as well as the drafts and from there you have some more options such as tagging or deleting the different posts that you have.
Stats is where you’ll be able to see the different statistics of your blog such as the traffic that it’s getting and your most popular posts.
Comments is where you’ll be able to see all of the different comments that people have left.
Earnings is where you can see how much money that your blog has made. One thing to note here is that you’re going to want to make sure that you have set up AdSense and enabled it so that you’re able to receive money from the ads displayed on your blog once you’re getting traffic.
Campaigns allow you to create ads for your site so that you can drive more traffic to your pages and as a beginner I recommend avoiding this menu option.
Pages are where you can create and edit specific pages on your blog such as the about page and possibly a contact page – these differ from posts as they tend to be more static and permanent fixtures on a blog.
Layout is where you were able to choose a specific layout of how your blog page is displayed to any visitors that you have.
Template is where you can choose the appearance of your site (theme) and change how it looks to your visitors.
Settings is where you can change a wide range of different settings regarding the different aspects of your Blogspot.
Writing Your First Post
One of the most important things before you start worrying about all the different settings is that you write your first post and get it uploaded online.
This acts as a quick win and helps you quickly realize how easy it is to start blogging.
Your first post doesn’t have to be some 2000 word behemoth, you should just write a few words and maybe a little bit of an introduction about who you are and what your website is going to be about just so you can get familiar with posting, editing, and insert images into the Blogspot dashboard for posting.
You can click on the large orange New post button at the top right of your page but when you’re in the post menu section you should see right in the middle of the page that there is an option to create a new post.
After clicking on the link or the button you’ll be brought to a text editor where you can add text, outbound links, images, videos, and just about anything you want to add to a blog post.
I recommend getting familiar with what all the buttons at the top do and experimenting with their functions just so you can get a better idea of how to format your posts and edit them to your liking.
Once you’ve written a few words and maybe add a few images you can go ahead and click on the orange Publish button near the top right and just like that your first post is live and your blog is ready for people to see and read.
Improving Your Blogspot Blog
From the get-go there are a few different things that you can change so that your blog can be seen more online and so that it’s easier to use for you as well.
Add a Description
After adding your first post and getting a better idea of how your Blogspot dashboard works you’re going to want to visit the Settings and under the Basic tab you’re going to want to click Edit right beside Description.
Here you’re going to want to add a few words about what your blog is about just so that any visitors can get a better idea of the type of contents and the topic that you’re trying to share.
Write an About Page
You should also create an About page so that visitors can get an even better idea of who you are and what your website is about.
To create a new page you’re going to want to click on the Pages menu and then click on New page at the top.
There is plenty of information online when it comes to creating a great About page and I recommend setting yours up after you have uploaded your first post.
Feel free to add any photos or even a video that gives any visitors a better idea of who you are and what you’re trying to accomplish with your new blog.
Add a Logo
When you visit the Layout menu option you’ll be presented with a box where you can change the overall appearance of how your blog looks.
I recommend adding a logo to the sidebar or an image of yourself because this helps to make your blog feel more personal and relevant in the eyes of the viewer and it’s a quick and easy step to take for a good Improvement.
To add a logo just click on the Add a Gadget link and then choose the Logo option.
Once you’ve chosen the option you’ll be presented with some instructions on the logo dimensions and how to get it uploaded onto your blog.
This is a pretty easy layout change to make so I’m not going to go into any more detail but I do recommend using a logo as this is one of the first steps you can take towards branding and making yourself more noticeable in the long run.
So that just about covers all of the basics that you need when you’re first getting started with creating a Blogspot blog.
I hope that I’ve been able to help you out with some of the beginner steps and after reading this post and applying what you’ve learned you should be well on your way towards writing your second blog post and growing your site.
It’s very likely that as you become more advanced and proficient at blogging you’re going to want to upgrade to a blogging platform that you have more control over so when you’re ready for that make sure to look into WordPress and check out my WordPress guide for beginners.
Feel free to leave any comments or ask any questions down on the comment below and I hope that I’ve been able to help you out here today!