Hey! You want to start a blog or website, It's very easy and simple on Google's Blogspot platform. For the best Blogger tips and tricks, you are in the right place, keep connected with us and get free tips and tricks, tutorials etc. In this post, I will show you how to create a free blog/website on Blogspot. But you have to know something about Blogger before you start. So let's know what's that...
What is Blogger.com?
Blogger is a free tool from Google that allows you to create a Blog/Website with a free .blogspot.com domain. It was developed by Pyra Labs in 1999, which was bought by Google in 2003. Now It is hosted by Google, so you don't have to worry about server downtime and other technical issues. You can create up to 100 blogs with a single account.
What are the advantages of Blogger?
Blogger gives you a lot of features that must be surprized you. Let's know the benefits of using Blogger for your Blog/Website...
- Free .blogspot.com domain
- Custom domain setup available
- Free SSL certificate
- No coding skills required
- No need to buy hosting
- Easy Adsense integration & approval
- Thousands of free template
What are the disadvantages of Blogger?
- Lack of Hosting: The major problem of Blogger is Its hosting, It does not allow you to manage your hosting It provides their hosting and if your blog is against the policies of Blogger your blog might face detention by getting your blog banned.
- Lose Traffic Quickly: Usually in Blogger If you do not post every week you would possibly lose your traffic which is that the biggest disadvantage of Blogger.
- Difficult to SEO: To Get Traffic SEO is the key but in Blogger you can't do anything to improve Its SEO quickly. You can only improve SEO ranking by building quality content, research keywords and backlinks.
Should you use Blogger or not?
If you don't have any coding knowledge and you want to start a blog the Blogger is the right choice for you. Don't worry! Still, you can migrate your blog to WordPress without any coding knowledge.
How to Create a Free Blog on Blogspot?
It's very easy to create a Blogger blog. Let’s start with step by step guide for creating a blog/website for free.
Step 1: Sign in to Blogger
Go to Blogger and Sign In with your Gmail Account, If you don’t have an account then you can create It for free by clicking the "Create Account" button at the bottom left corner as shown in the below screenshot. Blogger belongs to Google that’s the reason you would be needing a Gmail account for building a website on BlogSpot.
Step 2: Create a New Blog
If you have already a Blogger account then It’s time to create a new website, click on the New Blog button. Otherwise, you will be presented in the next step.
Step 3: Give a title for your blog
Once you are done logging in with your Gmail credentials, you will be seeing a screen like the below one. Write your blog title in the text field and click Next.
Step 4: Give your Website’s domain name
After completing step 2, you will see a screen like below. Now give your website's domain name(must be unique) in the link field and click on the Next button.
You must know that these domain names are free and that's why they would be suffixed with .blogspot.com by default. Blogspot also provides us the choice of getting custom domain names and that we would see the way to add custom domain names during this guide later.
Step 5: Give a Display Name
If you complete the previous step then you will see a screen like below that will ask you to give a display name for your blog. This name will show as post author when your blog publishes a post. So give a name and click on the Finish button.
Congratulations! You have successfully created your free blog. Now you can visit your blog by clicking the "View blog" link on the left menu or typing your blog URL in a new window.
You would be presented with a website within a moment, which you own. Initially, you may not like the look and layout but we have not yet finished the tutorial, we will show you every single way to tweak your website, to make it look good and professional. Let's know how you will change your blog design.
How to change Blogger template?
In the Blogger dashboard click on the "Theme" button. Then you will see a screen like below just scroll down and choose the best template for you or you can download a third-party template and install them.
How to install a custom template on Blogger?
Go to the Theme section in the Blogger dashboard and click on the arrow icon then Restore.
You will see a pop up like below click on the "Upload" button. Now upload your blog theme(.xml file), It will update your blog design.
How to write your first post on Blogger?
In the Blogger dashboard, you will see a "New Post" button click on it and you will be presented with a screen like below. Give your post title, write your post description and settings up for publishing your post. And finally, click on the Publish button to publish your post. You can see the below screenshots to understand better.
And finally, you will be able to publish your first post. To make your post more engaging you can add post thumbnail and other media for your post so that people can understand much better. But still, your will not able to get high traffic for your blog, you will need to make your blog SEO friendly so people can find your blog on search engine like google, bing, yahoo etc. Keep connected to us for the upcoming posts that will help you make your blog perfect for readers.
Do you still have any questions about how to create a free blog on Blogger? Ask me in the comments!