Having a blog is a great thing because you can share
anything you want (…and if you are wise you can also earn a decent
income from your blog).
I have written about 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 have talked a lot about self-hosted WordPress blogs in previous
posts, and there is no doubt that this presents a
better blogging platform when compared to free blogging platforms like
BlogSpot.com and WordPress.com.
However, many newbies who want to start blogging don’t want
to make an initial investment of funds to create a blog. This
is completely reasonable.
There are many blogging platforms which 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
Once you have some blogging experience, you can advance and
become more professional with a self-hosted WordPress blog.
BlogSpot allows you to create a free blog, but
it does have limitations.
However, as I mentioned above, for a beginner it is a great way to
learn how to create a blog and begin the blogging process.
This post is dedicated to the “beginners” who are new to
blogging and would like to get started by learning the basics
involved in the process.
Before I begin the complete tutorial, there are a couple
of things you should know:
Firstly, BlogSpot is a blogging platform powered by
Google. It offers you an opportunity to start a blog,
but all your images will be hosted by Picasa (also part of Google).
BlogSpot, in this sense, is a Google-centric blogging platform.
Secondly, if the goal of your blog is to make money and
to have a blog that is professional in appearance, I would recommend that
you create your blog using WordPress. It’s easy, and with the help of our exclusive free WordPress
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 BlogSpot blog site, head over to BlogSpot.com and
login using your Google account. If you don’t have a Google (gmail) account, you
can create one 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
limited BlogSpot profile. I recommend using your Google Plus profile.
Once you are logged in, click on “new blog” or click on this
link to directly go there: Create a free
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
Avoid using your personal name as the domain name, and
instead use some generic domain name that you can brand later with
a custom domain.
You can then select a blog template (you can change it
anytime), and click on “Create Blog”.
Now your blog is created, but you are not done yet!
There are a few settings that you need to set on your newly
created BlogSpot blog to make it easy to use.
You are now on the BlogSpot dashboard where you will see your
blog’s backend. From here you can go to “Settings” and make changes to improve your blog’s
Here is a screenshot of what you should be seeing:
From here you can click on “Posts” > “New post” and start
writing your very first blog post!
But before you write your first post, I would recommend that
you go to “Pages” and create at least one “About” page
describing who you are and what your blog is about.
Most importantly, you should change your blog’s template as
the default one is generic and boring (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
Once you have a few blog posts up and running, you can go to
“Settings” > “Earnings” and enable AdSense for your blog. This will allow you
to earn money from your free BlogSpot
So your blog is almost ready and you can start writing posts.
There are just a few more things I suggest you do.
Note: This post is meant for every reader out there who does
not already have a blog and is looking for an easy way to create a free blog.
my blogging journey with BlogSpot, and I later advanced to WordPress. If you want to take
the more professional route right from the beginning, you can always refer to
my WordPress starter guide.