Well, here is the first installment of the Blog DIY Series. This series is for those of you that want to start your own blog, but don’t know how. Today’s segment will teach you how to create a blog and adjust your basic settings.
1) Go to Blogger here.
2) Under the tab: Create A Blog, you’ll enter your account info, such as email address, password and display name. I’d recommend that you create an email account specifically for your blog. Most prefer gmail, here.
3)Under the tab: Name Your Blog, you’ll enter info such as Blog Title (shows up in blog header,) and Blog Address URL. Hopefully you’ve come up with a good name for your blog already.
4) Next is Choose Template. You can pick any you want but most of the free background sites require Minima, so that’s what I picked.
5) And now…you officially have a blog! Easy, right?
Moving on to settings…Always click “Save Settings” if you make any changes to these areas:
You’ll see the choices of Posting-Settings-Layout-View Blog. There’s also a choice of “dashboard” at the top. Let’s choose dashboard.
The dashboard is where you can see all your blogs and reading lists. If at this point, you wanted to create another blog, you’d choose “create blog.” I’d recommend that if you are unfamiliar with blog creation that you may want to create a “test environment” blog. This is where you can test out new features and not risk messing up your main blog. I have one I just called “Coupon Geek Test Site.”
Under dashboard is also the reading lists. This is where you can see all the blogs that you follow and scroll through their postings. There’s also Blogger Buzz and Blogs of Note. These are just tidbits or suggested blogs to check out from Blogger. (In order to get back to dashboard from your home page, choose New Post at the top.)
At this point, let’s choose “Settings” under your blog. Settings is where you can change your basic settings, publishing, formatting, comments, archiving, site feed, email, openid and permissions.
You can see all of the options listed. Under this one, I only changed these:
~I added a description that went under my blog title in the header.
~I also checked yes to allow search engines. If you want a family/private blog, you may not want to choose yes. But if you plan on blogging for profit, DEFINITELY choose yes. You’ll find that 30%+ of your traffic comes from Google searches.
If you want to buy your domain (.com, .net, .org, etc) you can buy it here for $10 through Google. Or you can buy it elsewhere and enter it here. Just click “Custom Domain” and follow the steps.
~This is where you can change the # of postings on your page. I leave quite a few on mine. It may take a little longer loading but then my readers aren’t scrolling page after page.
~You can also change your date format that appears across that day’s worth of postings.
~Make sure you check your timestamp/time zone to be sure you have the correct one for your area.
~Under post template, this is where you can put something that will appear at the top/bottom of each posting. This is where you’ll add your signature code, if you want one later.
~This is where you can show/hide comments on your postings.
~You can set if who you want to be able to comment.
~You can set how you want your comments moderated–ranging from always to never. I set mine to always so I can eliminate any spam comments that sneak through.
~You can add your email address here so you will be emailed anytime someone leaves a comment.
~You can set it so a word verification will pop-up before a comment will be accepted. This is a good feature to turn on to prevent spam.
~This is where you set how you’d like your postings to be archived and displayed on your sidebar. You can set weekly/monthly etc or remove them entirely.
Site Feed~This is where you can set up a feedburner feed. We’ll go over that later.
Email~This is where you can add email addresses that would like to receive each of your postings to their inbox. I’ll teach you how to put a subscribe option so they’ll only get one email for any day you post.
OpenID~I haven’t done anything with this feature.
~This is where you can add other authors to your blog.
~This is also where you can set who you’d like to be blog readers–anybody, only people chosen or only blog authors.
You now have your blog created and the important settings set. The next segment will go over how to create a posting in Blogger.
I hope you are following along OK. If you have any questions at this point, please leave a comment or email me directly.