How to Create a Blog for Free in BlogSpot in 2020?

How to Create a Blog for Free in BlogSpot in 2020?

Do you know that 90% of the blogs fail?

Why? The answer is simple: most of the webmasters are unaware of the patterns of the growth, the SEO and most importantly, they don’t know what works and what doesn’t.

Which is the reason why you should learn how to create a blog for free. Because free blogs are great to learn to blog; you don’t have to waste time designing and worry about the costs. You can simply focus on learning.

In this article, I’ve also answered the common question among BlogSpot users: how to change the ‘powered by Blogger’ text at the bottom of a free Blogger template?

But, before getting to this we’ll see how to create a blog for free and the introduction.

General background of BlogSpot before learning how to create a blog for free

What is Blogger/BlogSpot?

Blogger is a blogging platform owned by Google, which is used to create a blog for free.

How to create a blog for free

With blogger, you can create free subdomains that look like https://yourdomianname.blogspot.com/

It is one of the most popular platforms for creating a free blog. If you ask any successful blogger about where they first started their blog, you’ll hear it was Blogger.com.

Blogger only focuses on blogging, so you cannot create any other type of website with it. However, it provides good features for blogging for free.

Google tends to engage people who want to create a blog with its products by providing free blogs and hosting facilities.

Whatever, we just want a blog for free, that’s why we are using Blogger.

Pros of Blogger

Just because it is free doesn’t mean it only has drawbacks. We’ve got some of the interesting pros of blogger, some of which are mentioned here.

  • It is free, which is one of the reasons why we choose it.
  • We don’t have to worry about the security, hosting and maintenance of our blog.
  • The most prominent: you can use your own custom domain
  • Unlike Wix and WordPress.com, Google doesn’t show ads on your blog without paying you
  • Inbuilt Google Ads feature for earning

Cons of Blogger

Like everything, it also has some cons. Anyway, you should not care about this because your goal is just to learn or it’ll be your hobby blog or it is for a temporary project.

If I’m right let’s see the cons of a BlogSpot blog.

  • It’s free; you don’t have full control over your blog; Google can do anything with it, literally.
  • If you violate any of the Blogger’s terms and conditions, it may suspend your blog.
  • Comparatively, fewer customization features
  • Fewer options for monetizing the blog

Why create a blog for free in Blogger?

In the presence of the above cons, you may ask why I should choose Blogger to create a blog for free. Here are some reasons you may want to know.

  • It is absolutely free.
  • You can use it to learn blogging before going to any premium platforms
  • You can use your own custom domain and host it in Blogger for free.
  • I think, among all free platforms to create a blog, Blogger is the best. Because it is SEO friendly to some extent.
  • It is useful for temporary projects.

Features of BlogSpot

Blogger cannot be used as a business, an eCommerce, or a membership site. It focuses only on blogging and has quiet good features for this. Some of the notable features are:

  • Many templates are available for a blog
  • HTML of the template can be edited
  • Design and layout like fonts, colors, and backgrounds can be customized.
  • A custom domain can be integrated through DNS

Methods of monetization for BlogSpot

It is not recommended to create a BlogSpot blog if you have any plans to make money. It is not good for monetizing because it has very limited options. Instead, you can go with WordPress.org.

However, if you are ready to create a blog for free in BlogSpot it is better to know how to use the blog to make money.

You can use two methods to earn money from your BlogSpot blog.

  • Google Ads, which is inbuilt in Blogger and you can apply for it when the blog becomes eligible.
  • Affiliate marketing, Blogger doesn’t restrict you from adding affiliate links on your blog.

Who is BlogSpot for?

Needless to say, the BlogSpot is for:

How to Create a Blog for Free?

After reading all of the above things about BlogSpot, now let’s learn how to create a blog for free, which this guide is for.

Creating a free blog in Blogger is very easy. You just need a Google account with which you can create up to 100 blogs.

Go to Blogger.com.

Learn how to create a blog for free

Then click on ‘Create your blog’. It will ask you to sign in to Google.

Sing in or create an account

If you already have an account just sign in, otherwise, create an account.

Create a Google account for a free blog

After successfully creating a Google account, you’ll be asked for a display name in Blogger. This is not the name of your blog, but the account name for Blogger.

Enter the display name to create a blog for free

After that, you’ll be forwarded to this page.

How to create a blog for free

Click on ‘Create New Blog’. Then enter the title and address/URL for your blog. Also, choose a theme that you like. If it says that the address is not available, choose another because someone has already created a blog using that.

Create a new blogspot blog for free

Creating the first blog post

After creating your blog for free, it’s time to publish your first blog post. To do this click on ‘New Post’.

Create a first post after creating a blog for free

You’ll get so many options to write the blog post.

Options to style the body of the post

Add a title for the post and start writing. From the above bar, you can make text bold, italic, add links, pictures, videos, lists, and so many other things.

Create your blog post

You can change the permalink of your blog post from the right side of the windows. A permalink is the URL of the post that people type in the browser to visit it.

Change the permalink of the post in Blogger

Posts can be scheduled if you want the post to be automatically published after the time you set.

Schedule the post

If you have the knowledge of HTML, you can create the desired post using it.

How to create a blog for free and HTML of post

On the left menu of the dashboard, there is an option to create pages.

Pages in Blogger

From Stats, you can view how many people are visiting your blog.

Learn how to create a blog for free and see the stats of the visitors

From Comments you can manage the comments visitors leave on your blog posts.

Manage comments

Learn more about creating a blog post that people love to read.

Customizing the blog

Once you become eligible for Google AdSense you can earn by enabling ads on your blog.

How to create a blog for free an make money

From layout, you can add a favicon (that shows on the address bar on a browser when someone visits your blog), sidebar, header, footer, and many other things.

Control the layout after creating the free blog

From the theme menu, you can customize the design of the whole blog.

Change or customize the theme

Here you can edit the code of the whole template, which is in a single file, to get any kind of design.

For those who lack coding skills can still customize their free blog on Blogger. Just choose the ‘customize’ option.

You can easily change:

The themes

Create a blog for free and change the theme in customizer

The background (image or color)

Change the background

Advanced options (fonts, links, titles, etc.)

Advanced options

Gadgets (Pages, archives, featured image, etc.)

Gadgets

Customizing a blog this way is very easy, just examine each option and customize whichever you want.

Most important! One important thing you should check is whether your blog is visible to a search engine or not.

To do this go to Settings> Privacy. Make sure the ‘Let search engine find your blog’ is checked to ‘yes’. If you mistakenly turned it off, you may miss visitors from search engines like Google.

Create a blog for free and make it visible to search engine

How to remove/change the ‘powered by Blogger’ text?

How to replace powered by Blogger text

This is the most common question many BlogSpot blogger asks. The free themes of Blogger don’t give you the facilities to remove the ‘powered by Blogger’ text in the footer of the blog. However, there are ways you can remove it. Not only remove but replace it with custom text.

What you have to do is just paste the following code in the style section of the theme.

Go to themes and click on edit HTML.

Press Ctrl+F (Windows) or Cmd+F (Mac) to search. Type Blogger Template Style and hit Enter.

Then paste the code just below that as shown in the figure.

How to remove powered by Blogger text

Here is the code.

#Attribution1 {display: none;}
.footer {margin: auto auto 0 auto;}
.footer:before {
content: "\00A9 2020 | All Rights Reserved | My Blogspot Blog";
color: darkred;
font-size: 14px;
}

Replace the text and the color from the content: ” ” and the color: ” “ you want from above. I’ve used a dark red color. \00A9 is to show the copyright symbol: ©

How to change powered by Blogger text

Conclusion

In this way, you can create a blog for free and customize it. It is very easy to create a blog on Blogger.

If you have any questions regarding this, please comment below.

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Binod Bhatt

I'm from Baitadi, Nepal, a professional web developer, and a passionate blogger. I have more than three years of blogging experience and have worked for the success of many blogs and business websites. More... Find me: Facebook | Twitter

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