Okay, so from episode 1 in the Blogger Newbies Series, you will have successfully set up your blogger account and website (although, at the moment, it will have no customization or content on it). If you don’t understand any of the blogger dashboard buttons, this post is for you as I will be going through every blogger button found on the dashboard of blogger.
Now, the blogger dashboard is where you can find everything for your blog, it’s the central and home of your blog/website. There are many buttons on this screen but these are the main ones you will need to understand:
I’ll go from left to right.
The NEW POST
button enables you to create the posts and content for your blog. You can include a title, labels, and the post itself which you can customize in many ways: change font
, size, bold
, italic, underlined,
line through the middle, colour, background colour, Link
(to homepage of askwillonline), insert pictures, videos, alignment, bullet points, quote, and check spell. Few, that was a lot!
Edit Posts, takes you to a new screen where you can edit all of your posts, you can either edit them, view them on the internet and look at all the labels you have created for your blog.
Comments, which I advise you don’t enable yet as a blog/website with 0 comments for every post looks lonely, takes you to the screen where you can see everyone who has commented on your blog, and then delete the comment or approve it and let it be shown on your website.
Settings takes you to a page with sub-headings listed:
- Basic lets you customize your title, description and a few other simple things.
- Publishing lets you choose, if you want to, a different domain, be it be .blogspot.com or a private domain which you can buy in this screen.
- Formatting shows all settings for date format, time format and other similar options.
- Comments gives you more access to comments than the dashboard button does, giving you the option to disable/enable comments and backlinks, and a range of other click and scrollable options.
- Archiving only gives you the option to change archive frequency (monthly. daily etc..) and to enable post pages.
- Site Feed lets you control everything about your site feed.
- Email and Mobile gives you options for email subscription and mobile help.
- Open ID is linked with comments letting users sign into other Open ID accounts and comment
- Permissions gives you the option to let other people post on your blog.
Design is very important for the typical blogger as this link helps you make your blog look unique and different to everyone else. Here, you can add gadgets to your blog, edit HTML or go to template designer to change colours.
Monetize is one of the many ways of making money from blogging. Because Blogger is related to Google, this link will show how much you have made from using Google Adsense (if you don’t use adsense, then you won’t see anything in this link). This link also makes it easy for bloggers to use Amazon Associates Central, where if someone buys a product from Amazon because they clicked on the link to that product, you get a percentage such as 20% of the product as you guided the buyer to Amazon.
Stats is the tab I use most in blogger. Although there are programs out there like Google Analytics that can tell you about traffic visitors etc…, I find it more convenient to use Stats. It shows views, traffic sources, audience, what posts people clicked on, what browsers are used and operating systems all by a monthly view, weekly, daily, now or of all time.
In episode 3, I will be going over how to make a really good post for your blog that will attract visitors and money.
Keeping checking out the Blogger Newbies Series for more info on how to start blogging.