- In order to link your domain to your blog, you need to follow these steps:
- To begin with, you need to set up your domain in your Blogger account.
- In order to add the needed records, log in to your AbollyHost Account >
- Domains section >
- the Manage DNS Record, Forwarding & Redirect menu:
- To begin with, you need to create A Records for the below IPs on your domain to the following IPs:
- Click DNS Zone Editor and select A from the drop-down menu:
- First delete the A record for WWW
Edit the existing A record that point to your domain and put 18.104.22.168 instead of your cPanel IP address:
- Then create three A records for your domain with 22.214.171.124, 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52 values as shown in the screenshot:
- Now you can proceed with CNAME records setup. The first one is the same for each domain. Name field should be set for www and Record is ghs.google.com.
Makesure you have deleted the existing record for www on your A Record:The second CNAME is particular to your blog and your Google Account, and is therefore different for each domain. This record should be created in Add Record section:
- Before you move onto the final step, wait for about half of an hour for newly created host records to take effect. If you attempt the final step before your settings are activated, a warning message will show up in your Blogger account.
After your settings have been activated, you need to make sure Blogger knows about your custom domain so that Google can direct readers to your blog.
Just get back to your Blogger account and save the information about your domain name.
How do I link a domain to my Blogger account (in cPanel)?
In order to link your domain to your blog, you need to follow these steps:
1. To begin with, you need to set up your domain in your Blogger account.
3. To begin with, you need to point your domain to the following IPs:
Then create three A records for your domain with 184.108.40.206, 220.127.116.11 and 18.104.22.168 values as shown in the screenshot:
4. Now you can proceed with CNAME records setup. The first one is the same for each domain. Name field should be set for www and Record is ghs.google.com.
Most possibly, you already have a default CNAME record for www, so it is needed to Edit the existing value:
6. Before you move onto the final step, wait for about half of an hour for newly created host records to take effect. If you attempt the final step before your settings are activated, a warning message will show up in your Blogger account.
7. After your settings have been activated, you need to make sure Blogger knows about your custom domain so that Google can direct readers to your blog.
Just get back to your Blogger account and save the information about your domain name.
We all know that AdSense contextual ads are best-paying Ad program for Bloggers. Though, I have already shared my tutorial on: Create Adsense account But question remains the same: How to get Adsense account approval for BlogSpot bloggers, getting an AdSense approval is not that easy. Google AdSense have some strict account approval policies, and one of them is blog should be six months old. Though, it’s not always true, and if you have created a quality Website, you can get an approved AdSense account easily.
The major problem is for BlogSpot bloggers, for some reasons Google AdSense, doesn’t entertain BlogSpot bloggers. One of the most common reason BlogSpot bloggers get is Issue with page type. One easy way to get AdSense account with a BlogSpot blog is grabbed a custom domain, create a professional Email address and apply for AdSense account.
There is a simple trick which you can use to get your AdSense account approved for Blogspot domain quickly.
If your BlogSpot account have a sufficient number of post (minimum 20+) then it’s easy to get your AdSense account approved. If you have personal domain and hostchances of AdSense approval are very high.
Now the question is:
How to get Adsense account approval for BlogSpot blog:
- Buy a custom domain name.
- Use Google apps to create a professional email address.
- Add pages like About, Contact
- Ensure you use a clean BlogSpot design.
- Have at least 10-15 well-written blog posts.
- Ensure you don’t use copyright images. Here you can find sites to download free images. If you have copied images from Google search, go back & delete it from your blog.
- Ensure your sidebar looks clean & professional.
- Apply for AdSense & enjoy!
Even I got my AdSense account approved after almost 8 re-submission
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How to Open a US Account in Nigeria
As we all know Nigeria paypal account a restricted to only make payment online and can’t be able to receive payment. In other for you to your paypal account in receiving payment you definitely need to open a verify us Account. On this article i will be showing you how to open a USA verified paypal account that receive money from all over the world. By following the steps below your USA paypal account will be working in US while you are here in Nigeria.
The method we are going to use is payoneer, in case you don’t know what payoneer means. Payoneer is a USA account that you can open right here in Nigeria, in order to have account with payoneer, you will just visit their website register and they will ship their ATM card to you, with that ATM card you can withdraw in Nigeria bank ATM machine, the good thing is that the ATM card is totally free. If you don’t have payoneer US account yet then register payooner account here and get $25 instantly upon registration.
After registration, payoneer will send you your ATM card within two weeks.
Now let get started, i’m assuming that you have your payoneer ATM card with you now, if you haven’t then bookmark this page or save the link to come back and continue when you receive your ATM card.
What you need:
1. A working email address
2. An active working Payoneer US virtual Bank Account
3. USA Citizen Profile
4. A VPN (Any VPN that can change your ip to a steady US IP address)
Now let move on, as i mentioned above am assuming you already have a Payoneer account else visit Payoneer and create your Payoneer account. Payoneer will give you your US Payment Service details such as Bank Name, Account Number, Routing Number and Account Type.
You will see all your account details when you hover your mouse over the “receive Payments” menu option and clicking on the “My US Payment Service Profile” on your Payoneer account dashboard. All this details is what you will use to verifying your US Paypal account.
Now we need to generate a fake unique US profile that paypal will accept, this fake US profile that will are going to generate will have Unique US Phone Number, unique US house address, unique US zip code. to generate fake profile go to fakenamegenerator.com Sign in using your Google+ account. Click on the gender and select your gender (Male or Female), leave Name empty and select ‘American’ as Country or set it to United States and click on the ‘Generate’ button to generate a US citizen profile.
Wait the net page to load, when the US citizen profile has been generated, you just have to click on ‘Save this name’button to save the profile with your Google+ which will also save to your gmail account so you can provide same profile if ever Paypal requires it in the future for any form of confirmation.
Now open your notepad and write down the Address, Zip code, Phone Number and SSN from the generated profile, you can write it on a pies of paper. The name won’t be needed though since you will be opening the account on your own name used on your payoneer.
Then make sure your VPN is up and running well, I use premium, i recommend using a premium freedom VPN though and always be ensure to use ONLY USA server address. So i personally recommend to always use ems01.your-freedom.de on the VPN because that is their US server address. You can use ip2location.com to confirm your IP location.
Now visit Paypal.com and click on the Sign Up link. Choose your US as your Country or region and select ‘PayPal for you’ and click on the ‘Get Started’ button. Then fill the rest of the form and ensure to use the same names you used on your Payoneer account on Paypal as well.
Use the address, phone number and Zip code you got from the fake generated profile. To complete the registeration a verification link will be emailed to your email.
Click on ‘Activate’ button on the email sent to you to start the activation of your Paypal account. You will be asked how you will prefer to verify your Paypal account either via Credit Card or Bank Account.
Since you already have a US Bank Account via Payoneer, choose the Bank Account verification option and add your Payoneer US Bank Account details on the given form, such as Bank Name, Routing Number, Account Number etc.
Paypal will then verify your US bank account by depositing two little amounts less than a dollar each to your Payoneer bank account. You will be required to correctly enter the exact amount Paypal deposited on your Payoneer on your Paypal account to finally verify and activate your Paypal account. It takes 2-3 days to verify Paypal account.
Once the US Bank Account has been verified your Paypal will be activated and you can start using it to receive fund and make payments online.
My Little Advice:
In other to enjoy your US paypal account, i advice to always ensure to use a US dedicated IP address when ever you want to access your US Paypal account.
It highly advisable to dedicate one special browser for this alone. we use Opera browser for our Payoneer and Paypal alone since we won’t use it for anything ordinarily.
wow good luck now you can start to use your new PayPal account right away. If you are having any issues with opening paypal account, then use the comment box below to notify us and we promise to render immediate assistant in helping you out.
What is a “blog”?
“Blog” is an abbreviated version of “weblog,” which is a term used to describe websites that maintain an ongoing chronicle of information.
A blog features diary-type commentary and links to articles on other websites, usually presented as a list of entries in reverse chronological order. Blogs range from the personal to the political, and can focus on one narrow subject or a whole range of subjects.
Many blogs focus on a particular topic, such as web design, home staging, sports, or mobile technology. Some are more eclectic, presenting links to all types of other sites. And others are more like personal journals, presenting the author’s daily life and thoughts.
Generally speaking (although there are exceptions), blogs tend to have a few things in common:
- A main content area with articles listed chronologically, newest on top. Often, the articles are organized into categories.
- An archive of older articles.
- A way for people to leave comments about the articles.
- A list of links to other related sites, sometimes called a “blogroll”.
- One or more “feeds” like RSS, Atom or RDF files.
Some blogs may have additional features beyond these.
ALSO CHECK:What’s wordpress and it’s uses in CMS
What is a “blogger”?
A blogger is a person who owns or runs a blog or a person who maintains the blog. That is, posting articles or new posts, information, sharing the most up-to-date news, opinions and case studies to name but a few. Such entries are known as blog posts.
The Blog Content
Content is the raison d’être for any website. Retail sites feature a catalog of products. University sites contain information about their campuses, curriculum, and faculty. News sites show the latest news stories. For a personal blog, you might have a bunch of observations, or reviews. Without some sort of updated content, there is little reason to visit a website more than once.
On a blog, the content consists of articles (also sometimes called “posts” or “entries”) that the author(s) writes. Yes, some blogs have multiple authors, each writing his/her own articles. Typically, blog authors compose their articles in a web-based interface, built into the blogging system itself. Some blogging systems also support the ability to use stand-alone “weblog client” software, which allows authors to write articles offline and upload them at a later time.
Want an interactive website? Wouldn’t it be nice if the readers of a website could leave comments, tips or impressions about the site or a specific article? With blogs, they can! Posting comments is one of the most exciting features of blogs.
Most blogs have a method to allow visitors to leave comments. There are also nifty ways for authors of other blogs to leave comments without even visiting the blog! Called “pingbacks” or “trackbacks“, they can inform other bloggers whenever they cite an article from another site in their own articles. All this ensures that online conversations can be maintained painlessly among various site users and websites.
The Difference Between a Blog and CMS?
Software that provides a method of managing your website is commonly called a CMS or “Content Management System”. Many blogging software programs are considered a specific type of CMS. They provide the features required to create and maintain a blog, and can make publishing on the internet as simple as writing an article, giving it a title, and organizing it under (one or more) categories. While some CMS programs offer vast and sophisticated features, a basic blogging tool provides an interface where you can work in an easy and, to some degree, intuitive manner while it handles the logistics involved in making your composition presentable and publicly available. In other words, you get to focus on what you want to write, and the blogging tool takes care of the rest of the site management.
WordPress is one such advanced blogging tool and it provides a rich set of features. Through its Administration Screen, you can set options for the behavior and presentation of your weblog. Via these Administration Screen, you can easily compose a blog post, push a button, and be published on the internet, instantly! WordPress goes to great pains to see that your blog posts look good, the text looks beautiful, and the html code it generates conforms to web standards.
If you’re just starting out, read Getting Started with WordPress, which contains information on how to get WordPress set up quickly and effectively, as well as information on performing basic tasks within WordPress, like creating new posts or editing existing ones.
Things Bloggers Need to Know
In addition to understanding how your specific blogging software works, such as WordPress, there are some terms and concepts you need to know.
A blog is also a good way to keep track of articles on a site. A lot of blogs feature an archive based on dates (like a monthly or yearly archive). The front page of a blog may feature a calendar of dates linked to daily archives. Archives can also be based on categories featuring all the articles related to a specific category.
It does not stop there; you can also archive your posts by author or alphabetically. The possibilities are endless. This ability to organize and present articles in a composed fashion is much of what makes blogging a popular personal publishing tool.
A Feed is a function of special software that allows “Feedreaders” to access a site automatically looking for new content and then post updates about that new content to another site. This provides a way for users to keep up with the latest and hottest information posted on different blogging sites. Some Feeds include RSS (alternately defined as “Rich Site Summary” or “Really Simple Syndication”), Atom or RDF files. Dave Shea, author of the web design weblog Mezzoblue has written a comprehensive summary of feeds.
A feed is a machine readable (usually XML) content publication that is updated regularly. Many weblogs publish a feed (usually RSS, but also possibly Atom and RDF and so on, as described above). There are tools out there that call themselves “feedreaders”. What they do is they keep checking specified blogs to see if they have been updated, and when the blogs are updated, they display the new post, and a link to it, with an excerpt (or the whole contents) of the post. Each feed contains items that are published over time. When checking a feed, the feedreader is actually looking for new items. New items are automatically discovered and downloaded for you to read, so you don’t have to visit all the blogs you are interested in. All you have to do with these feedreaders is to add the link to the RSS feed of all the blogs you are interested in. The feedreader will then inform you when any of the blogs have new posts in them. Most blogs have these “Syndication” feeds available for the readers to use.
Permalinks are the permanent URLs to your individual weblog posts, as well as categories and other lists of weblog postings. A permalink is what another weblogger will use to refer to your article (or section), or how you might send a link to your story in an e-mail message. Because others may link to your individual postings, the URL to that article shouldn’t change. Permalinks are intended to be permanent (valid for a long time).
“Pretty” Permalinks is the idea that URLs are frequently visible to the people who click them, and should therefore be crafted in such a way that they make sense, and not be filled with incomprehensible parameters. The best Permalinks are “hackable,” meaning a user might modify the link text in their browser to navigate to another section or listing of the weblog. For example, this is how the default Permalink to a story might look in a default WordPress installation:
How is a user to know what “p” represents? Where did the number 423 come from?
In contrast, here is a well-structured, “Pretty” Permalink which could link to the same article, once the installation is configured to modify permalinks:
One can easily guess that the Permalink includes the date of the posting, and the title, just by looking at the URL. One might also guess that hacking the URL to be /archives/2003/05/ would get a list of all the postings from May of 2003 (pretty cool). For more information on possible Permalink patterns in WordPress, see Using Permalinks.
Blog by email
Some blogging tools offer the ability to email your posts directly to your blog, all without direct interaction through the blogging tool interface. WordPress offers this cool feature. Using email, you can now send in your post content to a pre-determined email address & voila! Your post is published!
If you’re using Pretty Permalinks, the Post Slug is the title of your article post within the link. The blogging tool software may simplify or truncate your title into a more appropriate form for using as a link. A title such as “I’ll Make A Wish” might be truncated to “ill-make-a-wish”. In WordPress, you can change the Post Slug to something else, like “make-a-wish”, which sounds better than a wish made when sick.
Excerpts are condensed summaries of your blog posts, with blogging tools being able to handle these in various ways. In WordPress, Excerpts can be specifically written to summarize the post, or generated automatically by using the first few paragraphs of a post or using the post up to a specific point, assigned by you.
Plugins are cool bits of programming scripts that add additional functionality to your blog. These are often features which either enhance already available features or add them to your site.
WordPress offers simple and easy ways of adding Plugins to your blog. From the Administration Screen, there is a Plugins Screen. You can easily search, install and activate Plugins from this Screen.
Basics – A Few Blogging Tips
Starting a new blog is difficult and this can put many people off. Some may get off to a good start only to become quickly discouraged because of the lack of comments or visits. You want to stand out from this crowd of millions of bloggers, you want to be one of the few hundred thousand blogs that are actually visited. Here are some simple tips to help you on your way to blogging mastery:
- Post regularly, but don’t post if you have nothing worth posting about.
- Stick with only a few specific genres to talk about.
- Don’t put ‘subscribe’ and ‘vote me’ links all over the front page until you have people that like your blog enough to ignore them (they’re usually just in the way).
- Use a clean and simple theme if at all possible.
- Enjoy, blog for fun, comment on other peoples’ blogs (as they normally visit back).
- Have fun blogging and remember, there are no rules to what you post on your blog!
If you have any questions or enquires, please feel free to drop your comments
In thiss tutorial, i will show you the 10 Surest ways to make money online legally.
No-risk matched betting
Hands down the quickest way to make a lot of money (well, without breaking the law). Lots of students have genuinely made £100s from this technique. It’s completely legal, risk free, tax free, and anyone can do it.
It works by taking advantage of free bets regularly offered by betting sites through ‘matching’ them at a betting exchange. Matched betting eliminates the risk (you are betting both for and against a certain outcome).
This leaves you being able to squeeze out the free bet, which can be as much as £200! Multiply this by how many betting sites there are and you can quite easily come away with a profit of a few hundred pounds.
Owen walks you through how to make your first £15 profit (using a real life example) in this gem of a guide to matched betting. If you know of any better way to make £30/hr sitting at home, please let us know!
Credit: Julio Marquez – Flickr
An increasingly popular way for students to make money is to fill out online surveys in their spare time. Research companies are always recruiting new members to answer surveys and test new products.
For a few minutes of form filling, you can make a couple of quid which is paid as cash or rewards. You can bag up to £3 ($5) for some surveys!
A few good ones to try are: Toluna, Vivatic, MySurvey, Valued Opinions, IPSOS, Global Test Market, The Opinion Panel, YouGov, Pinecone, OnePoll, SurveyBods, PopulusLive, Hiving, PanelBase, Branded Surveys, Opinion Outpost, Harris Poll, Mind Mover, New Vista, iPoll.
Also sign up for Swagbucks which rewards you for surveys as well as simply surfing the web, watching videos and playing games.
Update: See our new full guide to the best paid online surveys!
Paid for searching the web
Interested in earning cash for doing what you already do online? This has to be one of the easiest methods of making money online without really any effort or change in your behavior.
This innovative idea by Qmee.com rewards you for searching in Google, Bing or Yahoo. You just install a simple add-on to your browser and when you conduct a search there may be a few sponsored results alongside your normal search.
Each Qmee result has a cash reward attached – if you are interested in it simply click on it and collect your reward.
The best thing is there is no minimum to cashout – our first one was just 72p wired to our Paypal account. You also have the option to donate it to charity.
Sign up now for free and start earning from your own searches! Click here to start.
Online market trading
The historically hard-to-break world of investing in stock markets and currencies has been cracked wide open. Today there is no need to be a fat cat or fund the yachts of Wolf of Wall Street style stock brokers. You can do it all yourself with the help of online market trading platforms.
Overall I prefer eToro with over 4.5 million users worldwide. It was recently featured in the BBC 2 documentary “Traders: Millions by the Minute” and the Financial Times.
One of the best things on eToro is the CopyTrader feature. This lets you literally see, follow and copy the investments of other top performing traders.
Follow George’s complete guide to trading on eToro to learn more. I think $200 is a good amount to get the most out of the learning curve by trying out a few different markets. If nothing else you’ll learn a great deal about various investments and industries.
Disclaimer: CFD trading can be volatile and you can lose your entire capital, so don’t throw your life savings into it! Past performance does not guarantee future results. Trading CFDs may not be suitable for you. Please ensure you fully understand the risks involved.
Start your own website
Interested in generating passive income? You need a website. It’s THE way to make money while you sleep.
Starting a website with Abollyhost takes less than 20 minutes, costs hardly anything and can be done by an 82 year-old. It only takes a bit of plugging on social media to get your first visitors, and there are plenty of ways to monetise your site.
Review websites & apps for cash
Well it seems like you’re pretty nifty with a web browser, so perhaps it’s time to turn pro and browse websites as a paid and fun job!
Introducing UserTesting.com – a new platform that pays everyday people to review all kinds of websites. Each review takes around 20 minutes and bags you $10 (£6.50) via Paypal.
Simply sign up here, complete a test review and look forward to receiving websites in your inbox.
The ‘Disney Vault’ secret
Credit: Walt Disney Pictures Inc.
To keep demand high across generations, Disney Studios carefully restrict the supply of some home release classics. They are locked away in the ‘vault’ for 8-10 years before being released for a short unspecified time.
Buy them in this window at normal retail price and you can turn a nice profit when they go off sale for another decade or so.
For example, in 2011 you could buy Beauty and the Beast on Blu-ray 3D for just £24.99. In just a couple of years it was on Amazon for a staggering £74.99!Importantly, not all Disney releases are subject to the vault and only the true classics will maintain such demand.
‘Get Paid To’ sites
Similar to making money from online surveys, GPT sites reward you in cash and vouchers for completing various offers or activities online.
Become a delivery rider or driver
Got a bicycle, motorbike or car? What about a Smartphone? That’s all you need to make some extra money by delivering food or people whenever you’ve got some spare time.
Sign up to delivery specialist companies like Deliveroo who are always on the hunt for new riders. They allow you total flexibility to work when you want, delivering food from restaurants the the customers’ door. You can make up to £16 an hour.
Double-up your opportunities by directly contacting local takeaways and bigger chains like Dominos to see if they have any delivery jobs going.
Write and publish a Kindle eBook
If students are good at anything, it’s researching and writing. With the Amazon Kindle store, anyone can publish an eBook and make money.
And the Kindle app is now available on almost any device (laptops, iPads, smartphones and yes, Kindles) so your global market is huge!
List your book for £1.49 – £6.99 and you earn 70% of the sale. Considering Amazon is the ultimate selling machine (and remember people are looking to spend), that is a fantastic deal.
The key to success with eBooks is to create value, and write non-fiction. Simply bundling information you have researched and complied on a common problem (eg. ‘secrets’ to finding a job) and then presenting it in an easy to digest format (an eBook) justifies someone spending a few quid on it.
Another big tip is to have a great cover designed (browse these) so it stands out, and once your book is live on the Kindle store it’s really important to get some reviews so it shows up higher in results. Encourage readers to leave an honest review at the end of your book.
The best thing about this lucrative idea is that once you’ve invested the time (say 20 hours), you’ll earn a passive income for years to come!
If you have any other ways please drop comment let us now.
Moving your blog from Blogger to WordPress
Sometimes is right to move your blog from one platform to another.
You may have outgrown the platform.
You may want to do a change that the platform doesn’t allow you to do, or you may just need a fresh place to work in.
Blogging platforms are flexible and allow the content archives to be exported/imported into other platforms.
Following is the step-by-step guide on how to transfer your Blogger blog to WordPress without losing any of your subscribers, without losing your search engine rankings and without losing your traffic.
Now that you have your WordPress blog ready and installed, it is the time to transfer your Blogger content to it.
It is simple to move your Blogger to WordPress.
The open-source community of WordPress is ready to welcome Blogger users.
A free tool has been developed to import posts, images and comments from a Blogger account into a WordPress blog.
This “Blogger Importer” plugin has been used by more than 500,000 bloggers to transfer their blogs.
In your new WordPress Admin area go to Tools > Import in the left hand sidebar.
Click “Blogger” and on the pop-up window click “Install Now”.
Then click on “Activate Plugin & Run Importer”.
Now click “Authorise” to tell Blogger to let your new WordPress account access your Blogger account.
Note that if you get an error message about Google no longer supporting OAuth 1.0 use this plugin instead: Blogger Importer Extended.
This will transfer you to your Google Account. Click “Allow Access”.
Next page will show the status of your Blogger posts, comments, images and links.
This is how the screen looks like for the example blog I created for the purpose of this guide.
Click “Import” to start the transfer process to WordPress.
When the import has concluded the “Import” button will turn into the “Set Authors” button.
Click on the “Set Authors” button.
This takes you to the “Author Mapping” page which allows you to assign the imported posts to your author name on your new WordPress blog.
You can also create a new user and come back to this page before assigning the post.
Select the user you’d like to assign the posts to and click “Save Changes”.
Congratulations! The process of importing your Blogger content to your WordPress blog has now been completed.
In Settings > Permalinks in your WordPress admin make sure to select the structure of URL’s that fit the structure you had on Blogger.
Redirecting Blogger visitors to your WordPress blog
Now we just need to tell Blogger where your new blog is in order to keep the subscribers, visitors and rankings.
To do this activate “Blogger To WordPress” plugin made by rtCamp in your WordPress admin.
It will help automatically redirect your Blogger visitors to your new WordPress blog. Install and activate this plugin.
After activating the plugin go into Tools > Blogger To WordPress Redirection in your WordPress admin and click on the “Start Configuration” button.
Now a list of imported Blogger blogs will be shown – there should only be one as you have only imported one blog.
Click on the “Get Code” button next to the correct blog.
This will generate the code for you. Copy the generated code.
In your Blogger Dashboard go to “Template” menu and click “Edit HTML” on the theme you are using.
First, take a backup of the template by copying and pasting the existing code into an empty Notepad document.
This is just in case if something goes wrong you can always paste this code back and fix the error.
Paste the copied code replacing all the existing code in the template and click on “Save Template”.
This should be it.
To check that everything works try and enter your Blogger blog or one of your old Blogger post URL’s in your browser.
It should automatically redirect you to the front page or to the same post on your new WordPress blog.
Note not to delete your Blogger blog as that blog is still used in order to redirect your visitors.
Redirecting Blogger RSS feed & subscribers to WordPress
The last step is to redirect your RSS feed and subscribers.
In Blogger Dashboard go to Settings > Other.
In “Post Feed Redirect URL” click “Add” to enter your WordPress feed URL – by default the URL is http://yourdomainname.com/feed/. Click “Save Settings”.
Your Blogger posts and comments are on your new blog now, your search rankings are intact and your visitors and subscribers automatically get redirected to your new blog.
You are ready to start growing your blog now.
The admin dashboard is where all the day-to-day magic happens.
Explore the opportunities and possibilities with your new WordPress blog.
- If you don’t have a person gmail account (must not be your education gmail, such as University of Minnesota gmail account), go ahead and create new gmail account now. It’s important that you don’t use your official education account as it doesn’t have all the features that personal gmail accounts do.
IMPORTANT: When you use your personal gmail account and your personal blog, you should use a different browser than the one that you use for your official education/university gmail, otherwise this causes problems. e.g. I use Firefox for my University of MN gmail, and Chrome for my personal gmail and personal blog.
- Once you have created a personal gmail account, link to the Blogger website
- Click on the orange arrow that says “create your blog now.”
- On the “Create a Google Account” screen enter in the information required, namely:
Enter your personal gmail email address, which should be the one that you want to use to be paired with your blog that you are going to create [must not be your official education one. You’ll have to retype your email address in the second box.
Enter password (it’s a good idea to write this down somewhere safe — or email it to yourself and then save the email so you can refer to it later if you forget it). You have to retype the password in the second box.
Enter a display name
Choose a user name. If you prefer people not to know who you actually are, then choose a fictitious name. e.g. 2tech4me
Accept the terms (it is safe to do and won’t generate junk mail).
Word verification: type the letters that appear as a graphic above the verification box. This is there to ensure that the blog is being created by a person and not automatically being generated by a computer.
Click on the “Continue” arrow
On the “Name your blog” screen:
Enter title: This is the title that will appear at the top of your blog page and will also be the default name that will appear in users’ browsers when they bookmark/add to favorites you blog, so choose something that will give readers a clear idea of what your blog is about
Blog address: pick something that you’ll remember easily and that is easy to type.
Click on the “Continue” arrow
On the “Choose a template” screen:
Scroll through the selections and click on the little radio button next to the name of the template that you choose. e.g. I chose the snapshot template. Note: you can change the template later if you decide you don’t like the one you have selected, so don’t spend too much time at this point worrying what will look best!
Click on the “Continue” arrow
- On the “Your blog has just been created!” screen:
Click on the “Start Blogging” arrow
A window will appear that looks much like a word processing window. Start typing, and use the formatting bar at the top to help you format your entry. e.g. You can change font size, type of font, color, justification, create links and so on. Experiment with these to see what they do.
When finished, click on “Publish Post”
- Once you have posted an entry, a screen will appear telling you “Your blog post published successfully!”
To see the results, click on the link to “View Blog.”
- To get back to your blog so that you can add a new entry or edit the existing blog, click on the little orange “B” next to the search field at the top left of your browser window. If you are already logged in, this will take you to your blog Dashboard. If you aren’t logged in, then you will first need to log in (using the user name and password that you set up when you created your blog — that’s why it’s important to write down what these are when you first create your blog).
- From the dashboard you can:
create a new post (a new blog entry): click on the “NEW POST” button
change your blog settings (don’t worry about this now, but do explore later)
edit your existing posts: to do this, click on “Edit Posts” –> this takes you to a screen that gives you the option of creating a new post or editing your entries. To edit entry, click on the “Edit” link next to the entry. This opens the blog in editing mode, and you can go ahead and edit
to post blog once you are done editing, click on the orange “Publish Post” button (which takes you to “Your blog post published successfully!” window, and from there, click to “View Blog”).
Posting a photo or other image on your blog
- When you are in the compose window to create a blog, you will see a little picture/icon that looks like a mountain on the tool bar (right next to the spell check icon). Click on that
- This opens a box that gives you a choice to add an image from your computer or an image from the web. The easiest is from your computer. So click on the button that says “browse.”
- Navigate to where you have a picture saved on your computer and select it.
- Back in the upload image window, select the layout (if you want the picture to be left, center, or right, or none). I like the option of having the text wrap around the picture as it reduces scrolling — but this is a personal choice — no “right” way!. Also select if you want the image to be small, medium or large. My advice: go small or medium, but avoid large as it makes the blog take too long to load.
- Click the “Upload Image” button. It will take a little while for it to load, but that should do it! (you may need to refresh the page for you to see that the image has been uploaded).
Signing in once you have your blog set up
When you want to blog again on another day, just go to blogger.com
at the top of the page that opens, you will see “Sign in to use Blogger with your Google Account.”
Fill in your username and password (that you created in step 3 above).
Click “Sign In”
Posting comments on other people’s blogs
To post a comment on a blog:
- Once you are on a person’s blog, click on the “Post a Comment” link that usually appears below their blog entry.
- This will open a comment in the box. It’s useful to click on the link next to this that says, “show original post” as it enables you to see what the person wrote in their blog as you are composing your comment on this.
- Click in the comment box and type your comments.
- Enter your blogger.com user name and password below the comment box, and then click on the blue “login and publish” button (Reason: In order to post a comment on a blogger.com blog, you need to have your own blogger account). If you are already logged in, then all you need to do is click on the “Publish Your Comment” button.