How To Start Blogging: Beginner's Guide Part 3 – Some Important Changes You Need To Apply

Setting up your blog properly for a beginner
To get your blog running smoothly, we'll be going through your blog setting and apply some changes. It's important that we go through these settings to ensure your blog is on the track and that there won't be any adverse effect on your blog later on.

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Basic Settings

  • Go to blogger.com and click Settings to open the basic settings tab.
Blogger basic setting tab
  • Edit the Title to change your blog's name that'll be displayed on your blog header. You can also had description too.
  • Privacy – Ensure your blog is listed on Blogger and it's visible to Search Engine.
  • Publishing – use this to connect a custom domain name to your free domain. We'll be publishing an article on how to setup a custom domain name with Blogspot account. If you don't want to miss this article, Subscribe now for Free!.

Posts, Comment and Sharing

  • Show at most – Edit here to choose the number of posts that will be displayed on your homepage. Too much posts is not advisable. 10 posts on homepage is normal.
  • Comments – Select the comment location and choose who can comment on your blog. You can allow comment moderation if you don't want comments to be published without your approval. You can also edit the Comment Message also known as Comment Policy that will be displayed to your blog visitors.

Search Preference

  • Description – write in short statement your blog description that'll be visible to search engines and social medias. You can also add description meta tags in your template's HTML code.
  • Custom Redirect – Redirect your blog visitors from a post to another if the post's link is broken or you just want to point to other post on your blog.
  • Google Search Console – We can't explain everything about Search Console in this tutorial but in brief, Google Search Console is a very useful tool for bloggers that allows you to get your blog crawled and indexed quickly by Google Search Engine. It can also be used to track how your blog is performing in Google search engine results. We'll cover this much later on. You should Subscribe now if you don't want to miss the article.
  • Custom robots.txt and robots header tag – use the custom robot.txt file to tell search engine how to crawl your blog. You can use it to tell search engines not to index some pages on your blog usually the blog label pages and demo pages or any other pages on your blog that you don't want to get indexed in search results. Add more options with Custom robots header tags. Click the Edit links, and tick Yes to change these settings. Copy and paste the text given below into the Custom Robots.txt text box (change the link in the text from www.kefblog.tech to your blog url) and set the options in the Custom Header tag as shown in the screenshot below. Ensure to click Save Changes in both settings to apply the changes you made.
User-agent: Mediapartners-Google 
Disallow: 

User-agent: * 
Disallow: /search 
Allow: / 

Sitemap: http://www.kefblog.tech/feeds/posts/default?orderby=UPDATED
Custom robot header tag set up
  • Custom ads.txt – some ads publishing services requires you to edit this file to start displaying ads on your blog. This checks the the authenticity of ads that are displayed on your blog. All you have to do is click the edit link, tick yes to enable the option and paste the given text into the text box.

Other Settings

  • Import and Back-up – You can import or backup your blog content. This includes all your published and drafted posts, pages and comments.
  • Remove Your Blog – You know what that means.
  • Allow Blog Feed – If you set allow blog feed to until jump break, your article will not be displayed in full on the homepage. And also, when your latest post is being delivered to your mailing list, a Read more text linking to your full article will be inserted where you apply the jump break when publishing your article.
  • Google Analytics Property ID – it's a unique ID that'll be used to track your blog pages. Google Analytics is an important tool for bloggers which can be used to know how your blog is performing with detailed report that you can probably not find anywhere else. If you want to learn more about Google Analytics, you can Subscribe for our free updates so you don't miss our upcoming articles.
So, these are the settings you need as a beginner to get your blog running properly. I only tried as much as possible to make this tutorial as simple and as helpful as possible. If you have any opinion you would like to share here or any question, please don't hesitate to use the comment section below the post. And if you are still finding it hard to get your blog running properly, then you can contact us by email – admin@kefblog.tech or visit our Contact Us page and fill the contact form. We're always glad to hear from you.

Money Making Tip – Just Before You Go

Right from the first part of this tutorial, I believe you now have all it takes to start blogging. I shouldn't forget to tell you that, if you just started blogging, it's not yet time you start earning from your blog. Because, even if you knew all the various ways to earn money with your blog, you will make little or no money at all if you have a low traffic on your blog. It's like a large supermarket store with little or no customer.

The common way to earn money with blog is by posting Ads, and there are different kinds of them, but for now, let's just consider that of PPC(Pay Per Click) where you get paid by the amount of unique clicks on the Ads, but, how many people will click the Ads if there is not enough traffic on your blog?, and for the fact that 2% of your visitors are likely to click your Ads. Yes, that's true!. So, if you had 100 people visiting your blog, you should be expecting ad click from only two of them.

Therefore, the most important thing to do right now as a beginner is to write more and more articles, published them on your blog and keep sharing them on social media to gain traffic. In our next articles, we'll be sharing the different ways to drive traffic to your blog. If you don't want to miss any of our post updates, kindly Subscribe for free. We won't spam you and you can easily unsubscribe from our mailing list with just a click. Thanks for reading.

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Jamiu Akinyemi, a part-time blogger and a student aspiring to become a software developer. He's already been developing simple Android apps while he had a very good knowledge in CSS and HTML. He loves to share beneficial knowledge that solves our daily problems in technology and blogging. You can contact him by email – admin@kefblog.tech or connect with him on social platforms...

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