Blogging has quickly become one of the favorites pastimes of the age. Yet, there are many still struggling with getting acquainted with the home computer. I have filled in the blanks for the beginner. Step by step instruction on creating a blog site on Google Blogger.
Upon reaching the site, you will see a page with three easy steps to create your own blog. This is really the easiest blog site to get started on. You will need to first submit some basic information like your email address, password that you will be using, and your display name. This display name is quite important if you are looking to promote your blog to a certain niche market. This name will become searchable and should convey something on what your blog is all about. Decide what your primary posts will be about and work from there to choose a display name. Or choose your usual display name if you have one that has stuck with you for a while. Click the orange continue button to move on to step two. Naming your blog site is next, this is where you need a great title that is concise and will let the viewer know what you are all about. Your choice here can also be the "include" in your web address to your blog http://www.include.blogspot.com/. Make a weighted and clever decision as this one will stick with you. When you have completed this step, click the orange continue button. There is a large selection of your background template choices on this next page. You can move your cursor around on the template pictures and click to view template. A preview of what your site layout will look like will come into a larger view. When you have decided which one would best suit you, click the little button to highlight the circle and continue. Your next page should read "you have just created a blog, now start posting." Click to continue. Now you have some choices to make. If you would like to post, the screen is right there to do this. It will resemble a filing card folder. The top most tab is highlighted as "Posting". This is where you will manage or edit your posts and moderate any comments on your blog. If you were to receive a comment that you did not wish to have shown on your blog page, you can delete it here. If you have need of a change in one of your posts, you can click on edit posts and change and remedy any misspellings, add to a current post, write a new one, or even post a photo or video. Pay close attention when you move your mouse over the little icons above your typing area. This will reveal what each is for by showing you a bit of text as an explanation. Every time you arrive at a new page, get your bearings. Study the page for a moment and become comfortable with how you arrived and how you can easily get back to the original page. Take a minute and click between edit posts and moderate posts. Click back to the top posting. Familiarize yourself with shuffling back and forth. On making a post, you will see an area at the bottom of the posting area that says labels for this post. Here you will type some key words and phrases. They are terms that people type into a search engine. Whatever you think others will search for when looking for your post, is what you should type here. If your post is primarily about video games, typing video games alone will not get your post spotted often. Typing video games by XBox or video action games is much better and will allow your post to be higher in the search engine. Let's move on to the settings tab. There are sub headers that include basic, publishing, formatting, comments, archiving, site feed, email, and permissions. The basic page is the one you will arrive on each time you click on the settings tab. On this page you will type a brief description of your blog. This will display directly under the title of your blog on your blog page and is viewed by all that visit your site. Check the settings below the description. I usually leave them as is except for the show email posts link. I change it to yes. There is a brief description of what each item does listed by the yes/no button. Save your settings. This is also the page to delete your blog if you ever wish to. The publishing tab will be used if you wanted to redirect another personal web address to your blog site. We will save this step for when you get more comfortable. The formatting page includes a time zone adjustment that you can set for your time zone, a show link field which you will want to set to yes if you will want to include any clickable links in your posts, and a post template for more advanced backgrounds. Be sure to save changes where needed and if you would like eight or ten of your posts shown on the first page of your blog, adjust the number in the box before you save settings. The comments section is loaded with choices pertaining to other viewers who would like to leave a message on your blog. I generally leave the default settings as is except for enable comment moderation. Google will email you when a comment is made to your blog so I retype my email address here. Clicking the question mark will give you more information on this. Filling in a comment form message is a great idea to provide boundaries for your visitors or to just introduce yourself and say hello. Archiving and site feed are best left set at default and to learn about another day. The email tab is to use if you would like to type up an email and then directly post it to your blog site. You create the email address by filling in the space on mail to blogger address. This is a real time saver so be sure to write your information chosen somewhere safe. The permissions tab is a way to allow another author to write posts to your blog and to choose who can view your blog. Sharing your blog with everyone is the only option for anyone who wants visitors and viewers. My part two will include all of the information on your template tab. Remember that at any time, you can save and log out and come back when you have more time to complete your set up. Take it a bit at a time and get very comfortable doing each step and on each page. Mistakes are fixable in the edit area so take some time to play with posting until we move on to the template section.
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Stephanie Haile enjoys teaching new people to the Internet how to navigate and become comfortable with their computers. She is a business owner, wife, mom, pet lover, and beach enthusiast who writes, reads, and helps others create a residual income for financial stability. To find out how her business can benefit you...
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