2017/07/03

Blogger Basics


If you've just created a new blog and not sure where to take it or what to include on your blog I'm going to show you some basic tips to help make your Blogger blog less bloggerish.

How to Add a Sitemap in Google Webmaster Tools

I'm going to show you how to add a sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools and show you why it's an important part of blogging.




What is Google Search Console?

It's a free tool offered by Google to help you display your blog in Google's search results.  It will help you improve the crawling rate of your blog.

Website Sitemap's, What are they?

A sitemap can be an XML or HTML file containing all of the URLs of the pages inside your blog.

When new blogs are started they're usually missed out because there are only a few websites linking them at the beginning.  Visitor's to your blog are helped by an HTML sitemap, the same can be said of an XML sitemap.

When you submit your XML website sitemap to Google Webmasters, Google crawlers will start to index all of your blog posts and pages and add them to their database.  Depending on the size of your website and number of  URLs in your sitemap, the crawling rate will differ.

Now that you understand what a sitemap is lets get started verifying and submitting your sitemap.

Adding a Sitemap to Google Webmaster Console
  • Sign into Google Webmaster Account.
  • Select the blog you want to submit the sitemap for.
  • On the left hand side of the page, click on Crawl and then Sitemap.


  • Add this code:
atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=500

  • Press "Submit Add/Test Sitemap" button.
  • Refresh page.
Note: The above sitemap will work for 500 blog posts only.  If your blog contains more than 500 published posts then you need to add the code below.

atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=501&max-results=1000

How to Add Google Analytics to Your Blog

You may have heard about Google Analytics.  It's an important tool to help you keep an eye on the progress of your blog.

If you're currently using Blogger you will have noticed the stats section on your Blogger dashboard.  it's useful but doesn't give you the in-depth information you can get from Google Analytics.

Used by thousands of bloggers everywhere, and one of the most popular programs for checking stats.  It has many features that will give you an accurate breakdown of your blog traffic.See the steps below to sign up for a Google Analytics account:
  • Sign in or sign up for a Google account for Google Analytics.  If you use Blogger, Gmail or YouTube then you already have one.
  • Log in to your Google Analytics account and you'll see a screen explaining Google Analytics.  Click Sign up.

  • Fill in the form.  Don't worry about the industry category.  This doesn't affect tracking and data collection, it just helps Google to adapt the service to you.

  • Click, get your Tracking ID, accept Terms and Conditions.  You'll find your Tracking ID in Admin.





Adding Google Analytics to your Blogger Blog
  • If you're using Blogger you can add your Tracking ID number (UA-00000000-0).  Go to Settings > Other and enter your Tracking ID number to the last section called Analytics Web Property ID and save settings.  It will take 24 hours for your data to show on your blog stats.



Adding Google Analytics to Your WordPress Blog

If you're self-hosting WordPress, you can use a plugin to add your Tracking ID or add the Tracking Code directly to your themes header.php file.

How to Add AddtoAny Buttons to Your Blog

These days just writing and posting a blog post aren't enough, your content needs to be shareable.  Add "share buttons"  and let your readers share your content across social media.

You can do this with ease using Addtoany

Follow the simple guide below to add your share buttons:

  • Go to your blog layout and click on add HTML.




  • Go to Add to Any dashboard.



  • Click on Customization.



  • Click on Floating Share Buttons.



  • You have a choice between "vertical" and "horizontal" buttons.
  • Highlight the code most suited to your blog.




How to Add a Terms and Conditions Page to Your Blog

Adding a terms and conditions page to your blog should be high up on your "to do list" when you start blogging.  Especially if your main goal is to make money from your blog.

Probably the least read pages of all blogs and websites.  Most websites have a terms and conditions page, even though it's not actually a legal requirement.

Note:  You are required by law to have a Privacy Policy if you're gathering user's personal data or if you have advertising on your website.

Should you be taken to court, these pages can limit your liability and protect your rights to the content included in your website.

Key Components of Terms and Conditions

The content of your Terms and Conditions will be unique to your particular website.  You will find common themes throughout, despite your chosen category.

Copyright

This is a page you should look into especially if you're making money from your website.

Limit Liability

This is a disclaimer removing your liability from errors in web content.

If you allow visitor's to post content on your website you need language that limits your liability from any offensive postings.  A disclaimers that you don't endorse users and aren't responsible for the statements made by third parties.

Privacy Policy

If you're adding any kind of advertising to your blog (including affiliate advertising) or you're collecting information from a subscription box, you need a Privacy Policy.  This will tell the user how the information will be used or not used.

Quick Tips to Creating Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions Generators

See some options below:
Ask an Attorney

A lawyer can create or review your Terms and Conditions, making sure they cover your specific needs.

How to Tailor Your Blogger Blog


I'd like to share some simple tips on how to make your Blogger blog not so Bloggerish.

Start by Adding:

Custom Favicon
  • Go to Layout
  • Then Click Edit on Favicon gadget
  • Browse in your computer to find your Favicon File.
Start by Changing: 

Custom Header
  • Go to Layout
  • Edit on Header gadget
  • Uncheck "shrink to fit"
  • Browse in your computer for your Header image
  • Check the option "instead of title and description"
  • Then Save
About Me Gadget
  • Go to Layout
  • Edit the About Me gadget
  • Then Remove
Google Friend Connect/Followers Gadget
  • Go to Layout
  • Edit the Followers gadget
  • Then Remove
Blogger Navbar
  • Go to Layout
  • Edit the Navbar gadget
  • Then, Off and Save
Borders from the Menu Bar
  • Go to Template
  • Customise - then Advanced - Accents - then Tabs Border colour
  • Change to white (#FFFFFF) or transparent (change your date and colour to something different)
  • Apply to Blog
Disabling Comments on Pages of Blogger
  • Go to Settings
  • Posts and comments
  • You have the option to:
Embed: The default option, appearing on all pages.  Sets the comments below the content.

Full Page: Sets a link below which says "post comments".  Taking visitors to a separate page to make their comments.

Popup window: Takes visitors to a popup window.

Hide: Visitors can't make comments on any pages, but existing comments still appear on page/post.

Enabling or Disabling Comments on Blogger Pages and Posts
  • Go to Blogger dashboard
  • Select pages and posts
  • Go into post or page settings on the right sidebar
  • Click the suitable options
  • Then click done
Buy a Custom Domain Name for Your Blog

If you want a more professional looking blog, buy a domain name. You can go from blogspot to dot com with ease.

My domain name is from Hostgator, I've always had great customer service from Hostgator and find they're always on hand when I'm in a bit of a pickle.   For more information read Hostgator a Great Deal for Self-Hosting or you can check out other well know companies below:
How to Add Standalone Pages

With Blogger you can add up to 20 standalone pages. These pages will show up under your blog header as tabs. Go to the pages section to add and create your pages.

Go to layout to drag the pages box under header. This will make the pages show up as tabs under your header.




Pages on dashboard

Most common pages to have are: 
  • About 
  • Books 
  • Posts 
  • blog tips 
  • contact 
  • Resources 
How to Add Google Adsense Advertising 

  • Join Google Adsense 
  • Connect Blogger to Google Adsense account 


  • Go to layout:
  • Click on add gadget select Adsense.


You have a choice as to which format, colour you want. I recommend blend or matching your Blogger template.



Once you have chosen your Ad format click and save

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