Having a blog is a good thing because you can share whatever you want (… and if you are wise, you can also earn a decent income from your blog).
I have written on many blogging platforms that you can use to create a blog for yourself. I usually suggest creating a blog using your own domain and hosting and creating your blog via WordPress (.org).
We’ve talked a lot about self-hosted blogs from WordPress in previous releases, and there’s no doubt that it has a better platform for blogging compared to free blogging platforms such as BlogSpot.com and WordPress.com.
However, many beginners who wish to start blogging do not want to make an initial investment of funds to create a blog. That is quite reasonable.
There are many blogging platforms that offer users the ability to create free blogs. If you are looking for a simple free blog, my suggestion would be to start blogging with WordPress.com or BlogSpot.com.
Once you have some blogging experience, you can progress and become more professional with a self-hosted WordPress blog.
BlogSpot allows you to create a free blog, but it has limitations.
However, as I mentioned above, for a beginner, this is a great way to learn how to create a blog and start the blogging process.
This publication is devoted to “beginners” who are new to blogs and want to start by learning the basics of the process.
Before you start the complete tutorial, you need a few things you need to know:
• First, BlogSpot is a Google-powered blog platform. It gives you the opportunity to start a blog, but all your images will be hosted by Picasa (also part of Google). BlogSpot, in this sense, is a blogging platform centered on Google.
• Secondly, if the goal of your blog is to earn money and have a professional blog, I recommend you create your blog using WordPress. It’s easy, and with the help of our exclusive WordPress free guide, you can create your blog in the next 60 minutes.
Step by step guide to creating a free blog on BlogSpot:
To create your free blog BlogSpot, go to BlogSpot.com and sign in with your Google Account. If you do not have a Google Account (Gmail), you can create it for free.
For a first time user, you will see an option to use the identity from your Google Plus profile, or you can use your BlogSpot profile limited. I recommend using your Google Plus profile.
Once you are logged in, click on “new blog” or click on this link to access it directly: create a free blog
Name your blog:
The first thing you need to do is add a name and select your domain. I suggest you read “How to select a domain name” for more information.
Avoid using your personal name as a domain name and instead use a generic domain name that you can mark later with a custom domain.
You can then select a blog template (you can change it at any time) and click “Create Blog”.
Now your blog is created, but you are not finished yet!
There are a few settings you need to configure on your newly created BlogSpot blog for ease of use.
You are now on the BlogSpot dashboard where you will see the backend of your blog. From there, you can go to “Settings” and make changes to improve the visibility of your blog.
Here’s a screenshot of what you should see:
From there, you can click on “Messages”> “New Publication” and start writing your first blog!
But before writing your first post, I would recommend going to “Pages” and creating at least one “About” page that describes who you are and what your blog is.
• You can read my article about why you need an “About” page for your blog.
More importantly, you should change your blog template because the default is generic and annoying (in my opinion).
Here I have compiled a list of free BlogSpot templates that you can download and install on your blog. Alternatively, you can go to “Settings”> “Template” and change the template from there.
On this page, you can also add a logo to the header of your BlogSpot blog, and add or remove various other features.
Once you have a few blog posts working, you can go to “Settings”> “Earnings” and activate AdSense for your blog. This will allow you to make money from your free blog
Read my previous guide on how to sign up for an Ad Sense account.
So your blog is almost ready and you can start writing articles. There are only a few other things I suggest you do.
Video tutorial to create a free blog BlogSpot:
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Note: This publication is intended for all readers who do not have a blog yet and are looking for a simple way to create a free blog.
I started my blogging trip with BlogSpot, and then advanced to WordPress. If you want to take the most professional path from the start, you can always refer to my WordPress startup guide.
• Read also: BlogSpot SEO Tips
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