A blog is the best method to make your online presence & share something with the world. And if you will work in the right direction then you can also make a good amount of money from your blog.
That’s why Millions of people start blogs every month as a hobby or to make money blogging.
There are many blogging platforms which you can use to create a blog. But I personally recommend you to start a blog on wordpress.org or on any other alternatives. If you are serious about blogging and want to start a blog to make money online from blogging.
But if you are just beginner & want to get some experience or want to start a blog as a hobby then you can use any free blogging platform to create a blog. Like as- WordPress.com and blogspot.com
There are also many free platforms to start a blog. But I personally recommend to create a free blog with blogspot.com or wordpress.com. Because as a newbie, you should want to understand the things & basics of blog & blogging rather than anything. And these both platforms are very simple and easy to use platforms.
But Blogspot is the most popular Platform to create a blog. Because it is very simple and free platform to start a blog. Blogspot is owned by Google, it is also a major reason for the popularity of Blogspot.
In this Guide, we will discuss that How to create a free blog with Blogspot platform. It is a step by step guide to creating a free blogspot.com blog and we will discuss everything from what is Blogspot to How to setup a blog on Blogspot….!
Why is Blogspot Best Platform for Newbie Bloggers?
Blogspot is a very simple platform for blogging. You have no need to install anything. It is 100% free so you can use it free for lifetime and also have no need to buy web-hosting & Domain for the blog.
Mostly new webmasters don’t like to pay hosting & other charges. and as a newbie, it is reasonable. Because then you should focus on learning instead of paying bills. and you can’t learn blogging techniques if you feel any burden of bills.
But once you get some experience and become confident that now you can manage your blog completely then you should buy a shared Web-hosting & Domain and migrate to WordPress.org.
Why is Blogspot not the best Platform for Blogging?
Blogspot is a free platform and you can’t get everything for free. Blogger (Blogspot) has some limitations like as-
- No more control on design and customization
- Lower choice of templates
- No Support
- Not SEO-Friendly
- Lower chances to make money with blogging.
I’m not going into more detail about the reasons of why blogger is not suitable for advanced bloggers. But you can read a complete comparison of Blogspot vs wordpress.org to learn more about that.
But it doesn’t mean that Blogspot is not the right platform for blogging. Blogger is the best choice for newbie bloggers but not for advanced and experienced users.
You can use blogger if you want-
- get some experience
- start as a hobby
- making money from blogging is not your primary goal
Or use Self-hosted WordPress or other alternative platforms. If you want-
- full customization and control
- make money blogging is your goal
- start an E-commerce store
- to start a highly professional site
Step by Step Guide to Create a Blog with Blogger
You have just needed a Gmail account to start with Blogspot. But if you don’t have a Google Gmail account then you can create a free Gmail account for yourself. But if you already have an account then you can use that account.
Just go to www.Blogger.com and click on Create your Blog Button. Now you have the need to login to your Gmail Account. But if you already logged in then you have to need to login again.
Once you are logged in with your Gmail, click on new blog button or just go through this link to visit there directly; Create free blog.
If you are creating your first blog with Blogspot then you will find an option to use your Google plus Profile identity or use blogger limited profile. And I personally recommend to use Google plus Profile Identity. For that, you have just need to setup your Google Plus Account.
Choose Name for Your Blog
Now you have the need to give a name (Title) to your blog and select your Blog Domain address.
I personally recommend you to use short & attractive Title and URL for your blog. Don’t create a blog on your own name or also don’t use a long title & domain.
If you are creating your blog on a specific topic or niche then try to keep name & domain related to that.
But if you want a professional domain address for your blog. Like as- www.dotcomonly.com instead of a sub-domain like as- xxxxx.blogspot.com extension.
Then you can buy a custom domain name for your blogger.com blog and use it later after creating your Blogspot blog. You should buy a domain name from a third-party site like as- Godaddy.
You can use this domain on your BlogSpot blog and as well as on self-hosted platform after the migration of your blog.
After choosing a Good Name & Domain for your Blogspot Blog, Select a template for your blog from templates Gallery. You can change templates for the blog in the future. So you have no need to think more about that….. 🙂
Then Click on Create Blog Button.
Congratulations! You successfully create your Blog….!
And now you have the need to Setup it……
Setup a BlogSpot Blog
Now, you are on the backend of your blog. Before publishing a post, I recommend you to first setup your Blogspot blog. For that, you have to need to go to settings Tab. And make changes to improve your Blogspot blog performance & visibility. For example- connect it with Google Webmaster Console & Google Analytics.
After this go to theme tab and select an attractive template for your blog. If you don’t like any template for your blog then you can use any third party templates for your Blogspot blog.
Then go to Layout tab and set the layout of your theme. For example- add logo and favicon & complete sidebar.
Create Your First Post on Blogspot Blog
For this go to posts tab and click on Create new Post button and write your post. Make your post more attractive by adding images, videos, Headings etc.
After setting up your post, click on Publish Button.
And you published your first post…… 🙂
After some weeks or months when your blog has enough content, you should apply for Adsense Account to make money from your blog.
To apply for Adsense, go to Earnings tab from your Blogspot Dashboard. But if your blog has not enough content then there will be shown to you that you are not eligible for Adsense.
Before Applying to Adsense, Make sure that you have published minimum 10-15 high-quality post on your blog. You should write High-Quality SEO-Friendly Content which will Help you to rank high in Google and as well as to get Adsense Approval.
After getting Adsense Account approval, place ads on your Blogspot blog and make money. But if you unable to use Adsense on your blog due to any reason then you can use Any other Adsense Alternatives to make money from Blogspot Blog.
Then you should focus on-
- Creating Good content; Learn How to become a Writer in just 7 days.
- do SEO for your Blog; SEO Tools, Keyword Research, On-page SEO, and Off-Page SEO
- and Increase Adsense Earnings, Affiliate Marketing etc.
No doubt that Blogspot is the best platform for newbies to get started with blogging. Because on blogger platform, you can focus on learning & improving your blogging, Writing, and SEO techniques instead of paying bills.
But once you get some experience then you should migrate to WordPress to become a professional blogger. I personally did that also. First I started with WordPress.com and Blogspot.in then migrated to WordPress.org.
Because you should complete control on your website to make it more professional & SEO friendly Website. That is possible on self-hosted platforms.
What do you think about this Blogspot Get Started Guide? And how is your experience with Blogspot platform? Tell me in the comments box….!