Why start Blogging?
Blogging is what you like to express or write for online publishing, where you get to interact with online users and write what you want to like. It is for only those who like to write and express. If you don’t like writing, then blogging isn’t for you. Getting Hosting for blogging isn’t cheap at least for beginners. I use DreamHost hosting which costs about $5 (approx 330 INR) per month. But from blogging, you can earn if you are passionate about it and regular at it. There are many factors to be considered, which is where the blogger comes in handy. It is a Google product so no doubt it is great! But WordPress is also good and also good for SEO (Search Engine Optimization). As there are many other free blogging platforms you can choose any one of them. But we prefer blogger for your start.
Signing up at Blogger
Blogger is a Google Product so like any other Google product Blogger also has a universal sign up with Gmail accounts or should correctly be called Google Accounts. As far as I can say many of people would have created their first email id over to Google or Gmail. Even if you don’t have a google account you can get one here. Blogger is absolutely free of cost! l. If you want, to begin with blogging, maybe it’s the best rather than other blogging platforms like WordPress. But for free there are many downsides such as
- You can only get a subdomain from Blogger such as yourblog.blogspot.com
- You cannot get full access to your blog settings e.g. you have no access to .htaccess file.
- Your blog is hosted on Google servers so you don’t own the blog fully and they can delete it too if they want.
Title & Blog description
The title of your blog must be almost same as domain, and it does play a significant role in Ranking of your blog. For example, we have our domain as www.techkshetra.com, so our Title is also Similar to it ‘TechKshetra‘. It is not necessary to have the same title as of your blog URL; Sometimes you would use short-forms of the big title in URL such as fb.com but it is redirected to facebook.com, but it gives us an example of choosing your title.
Blog description is what it helps you to tell your visitors what your site is about in short words. Short words mean in about 150-200 words minimum and maximized till 500 words. Blog Description plays an important role to specify niche of your blog to your readers as well as search bots. You blog description must contain some important words from your Niche, suppose if you are going for a tech niche blog then your Blog description should include words like Tech, Computer, Android, Facebook, etc. So put enough time and write a Perfect blog description which suits your blog.
Designing Your Blog
The design is the most important part of any blog. Responsive design is what you need because you want your blog to be good looking on every device available out there whether it is Computer, Mobile or Tablet. There are many template providers out there online where you can download them for free as well as purchase them. From many some providers are:
Founded on April 11, 2013, Templateify offers a variety of Templates where they charge $19.99 for Premium rights of a single template and also offer Membership and Business plans.
Templateism which is an initiative of MyBloggerLab, started by Syed Faizan Ali offers High Quality and Professional templates, they too offer free ones and also provides Premium versions of these templates for 30$.Both of these template providers gives Lifetime support, Copyright Removal (No encrypted Codes) and much more.
Other Providers are Themeforest which provides fully Premium templates and SoraTemplates which provides themes like Templateism with non-removable footer credits for free and to remove them you need to pay $6.95.
Editing the Layout
Writing a post and publishing in blogger is super easy, you get a ton of formatting capabilities. Fonts, Headings, Links, Unordered and Ordered Lists, language options and many more. One of the best features of blogger is the hosting of images you can host your images on Google server themselves. Yes! Google provides own hosting for pictures and even videos too, however, I won’t suggest you to upload a video to blogger use youtube embedding instead although blogger himself uploads it to youtube but it won’t be added to your account just it would show it is uploaded to youtube. There are two options for writing a post, A Compose method, and the other HTML method. In Compose method you can visually see changes what you have made to your writing including fonts, headings, bold, italic etc. on the other hand in HTML method you would have to feature out every formatting changes you want to do for instance you want to write ‘Google’ in bold format you would have to write it in HTML method for example, <b>Google</b>. Almost everything in Blogger can be customizable, you can even change a quote, how it looks, making it different from normal text and the quote, how links appear and even where you want to add read more option mean break the page. Layouts, there can also be layouts in Posts such as the images whether they would be justified of to the left or to the right. But remember the first image to the post is always the Featured image, which shows first of every other image in the post and also in sharing and thumbnails.
Shortcodes in Blogger
My Blogger Tricks (MBT) has recently introduced shortcodes just like WordPress in blogger for the betterment of User Experience! They created shortcodes for Accordions, Tabs, Codes (Syntax Highlighter), Quotes, Buttons, Icons, SoundCloud, Youtube, Dailymotion, In post and widgets messages like Success, Failure and Updates, Images, Facebook and also Dividers.
You can have a sneak-peek at these shortcodes HERE.
Post settings also do an important role in SEO of the site where you label your posts mean you categorize your post in sections like ‘Mobiles, Computers, etc’.
Publish dates represent the date you have published the post; it is also a place where you can schedule the posts for further.
Permalinks are the links which appear on URL bar of browser such as ‘www.techkshetra.com/contact’.
Search Description: It’s all about writing the short description of the post which will be shown on Facebook and Google Plus.
And options are the basic settings for formatting the posts.
- There are options like Publishing, Save as Draft and Preview the post near the Title of the post.
Starting a blog isn’t a hard job but maintaining it is a difficult task. Above I just gave a basic idea of starting a blog and writing on it. But be sure that what you are writing isn’t copied content you should write fully own content or Google will kick your ass by deleting your blog if you are on Blogger. You should be writing continuously writing to get your blog listed on search engines especially Google which loves the blog who are constant.