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How to Build a
Free Website in
10 Minutes
Building with Google Blogger




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By Aweriale Eromosele




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This e-Book is one of the Lessons in the
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Book Package from NG44

This free e-book is just one of the Lessons from our new Masters in Online
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The Masters in Online Business e-Tutor is an international internet-based
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A Quick Advice for You
Did you know?

One day we shall all die and all the things we have in this world right now will no
longer be of any use to us. Whether you are rich or poor it won’t make any
difference. The only thing that will matter after you die is how you lived your life. Will
the Lord find you worthy enough to live the rest of eternity with him? Will your name
be found in the Book of Life?


Do you believe in God? Do you Go To Church? Do you Read the Holy
Bible?

If you do not then you should. No matter what the situation in your life looks like
right now, please do not let it distract you from the things that truly matter in the
long run. The Lord knows everything and He will make all things perfect in His time.
If He saved my partner and I and rescued us from unemployment then He can and
will do the same for you.


Please pray this short prayer now:

Lord God Almighty, thank you for giving me this opportunity to make things right
with you. I am very sorry for all my sins and promise to change for the better from
today. I believe that you are my Creator and that you sent your Son Jesus Christ to
die for my sins. I believe that by His death He washed away my sins and saved me.
Lord Jesus Christ today I open the door of my heart and invite you to come in and be
the Lord of my life. I hand over all my worries and burdens to you. Thank you for
saving me. May your Holy name be praised forever. Amen

If you just prayed the above prayer then please look for a good Bible believing
Church and start attending daily or weekly services if you were not attending before.
Also read the Holy Bible regularly and get baptized (if you aren’t already).

All praise and glory be to Jehovah Yahweh God Almighty for the knowledge and
inspiration HE gave us to write this guide.

He is The Beginning and the End of All things, the Almighty KING and the Creator of
Heaven and Earth and His NAME is above any other name on Earth and in Heaven.
All Praise and Glory to His Son Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the World (Mai Cheton
duniya).

May God bless you as you read this guide.


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                 This e-book is being distributed as part of our
              Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) drive at NG44.


                 To learn more about our CSR initiatives, visit
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Why Did We Write this e-Guide?
In 2010, we revealed for the very first time that we were making N225,000
every month from our internet businesses.

Ever since that revelation, we have been inundated with questions and pleas
from our more than 200,000 subscribers regarding how we were doing it. The
most common questions we were being asked was how to start making
money online in Nigeria and how to build a website.

After starting our new company NG44 Consulting in May 2011, we started a
corporate social responsibility drive that led us to create some free packages
to address these two questions. One of these packages is this e-book which
you are now reading while another package is our free 7 Day e-mail course on
introduction to online business. (If you have not yet taken that free e-course,
kindly visit www.ng44.com/freecourse right now to claim your free spot before
the training ends)




Why Are We Giving it Away?
Running a job website has shown to us the dire state and desperation facing
millions of Nigerian families, youths and graduates today due to the horrible
unemployment crisis in the nation. Because we have been through the same
suffering and pain, we know what it feels like and we are trying our best to
see how we can help out by contributing our own little quota.

Just as we have been able to build a regular income stream and gain financial
independence from doing online business, it is our desire that as many people
as possible learn this skill so that they too can be empowered to free
themselves from the bondage of financial lack by becoming self reliant.

One of the first steps in the journey of an internet entrepreneur is the ability
to create web pages, at least at a basic level. We are therefore giving away
this guide because we want as much people as possible in Nigeria to have this
knowledge and we encourage you to make use of it how best you can and
share with others. We wish you success in all your endeavours.

Enjoy…



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Part 1
Creating




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A Quick Introduction to Website Technology

Before a website can appear on the Internet you need to have two things in
place: one of these is called a domain name and the other is called a web
host. Once you have a domain name and web host, the next thing is to design
your website and send it to the web host.



Domain name:
The domain name is the name that you normally type when you want to visit
a website. The domain name is commonly called the website’s address or URL
(an acronym which stands for Uniform Resource Locator). For example, the
domain name or the address of our jobs website Latest Nigerian Jobs is
www.latestnigerianjobs.com. A domain name can also be written with
“http://” in front of it with or without the “www”.

      www.latestnigerianjobs.com, latestnigerianjobs.com,
      http://www.latestnigerianjobs.com or http://latestnigerianjobs.com are all different
      ways to write a domain name.




Web hosts:
A website is actually just a collection of different files and folders and you
need somewhere to store these online for them to be accessible to people on
the Internet. The place where you store these files is called your web host or
web server and the process of storing the files is known as hosting.

Only when your website’s files have been hosted on the Internet can people
access it. A web host is the company that helps you to house your files and
folders online so that when people type your domain name, they will see your
website.

The domain name and the web host are the two things that you normally
need to have in place for your website to be active. Most web hosting
companies provide both domain name and hosting services together so you
can actually obtain both from the same company.



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How does one get a domain name and a web host?

There are generally two ways that you can get a domain name and web host
for your website. One way is to get it for free and the other way is to pay for
registration and yearly subscription. So what’s the difference between free
and paid? Well, it depends on how you want to look at it.

Just as there are thousands of paid web hosting companies online, there are
also thousands of free website services and they each possess various
degrees of quality. While some free web hosts are of very poor standard
compared to the paid web hosts, you can still find some other free ones that
are very good. Among these good ones is Google Blogger (or Blogspot) which
is probably the best free choice for people intending to earn money through
blogging or through advertising on their website.

In my journey on the Internet, I have tried out dozens of both free and paid
hosts and trust me, Blogspot is currently the best and is also among the
easiest. Once you can master the use of Blogspot to create websites and
blogs, you will suddenly begin to see endless possibilities in making money
online and you will ask yourself if you have been living in this same world all
this time.

You will be empowered to do any kind of online business without worrying
about how to get a website. And you will find out that there are lots of things
that you can do to make money just by knowing how to easily create websites
fast.

In this guide, I shall teach you step by step how to build a free blog with
Blogger (or Blogspot) with whom you can register and host a website without
spending a kobo. But I shall not go into much detail on the various ways that
you can use your free website to make money online because that is beyond
the scope of this guide.

If you will like to find out more about the different ways that you can make
money from a website then I would suggest that you buy our online business
complete e-tutor package. We are running a special promotion right now so if
you are lucky you might still be able to get it at one-third the normal price
which we sell it. To learn more about the e-tutor, visit www.ng44.com/ebiz




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More on Free and Paid Domains

Free: The type of domain name you will get when you follow the methods in
this guide will be of the form www.mywebsitename.blogspot.com . This type
of address is known as a subdomain. It is free and is like a subset of
www.blogspot.com. To be able to view your website, you must add
.blogspot.com after the name that you chose else you will not be able to
access it. Most free domain names are actually in the form of subdomains.

Paid: To get a website that is just a straight .com without the .blogspot, just
like ours www.latestnigerianjobs.com, you will need to first register the
domain name through a hosting company and then buy a hosting package for
the name. In this case, you will need to pay yearly for the name and the
hosting.

This paid type of website is also not discussed in this guide but if you are
interested, you can find detailed information about it in our e-Tutor. As earlier
mentioned, we are also running a special bonanza for that e-book right now
so if you are lucky you might still be able to get it at one-third of the normal
price which we sell it. To learn more visit www.ng44.com/ebiz .

Paid domain with free hosting: One very good thing with Blogspot is that it
is also possible to convert your .blogspot website to use a paid domain name
after you have built it, thereby removing the .blogspot.com from the URL. But
the website will still be hosted for free on Blogspot so you will not need to be
paying for hosting. I will also not go into much detail about how to do this in
this guide because it’s a bit complex, but later in the next section I will tell
you how you can get it done if you need to do it.




Free or Paid, Which is Better?

The table on the next page outlines some of the more important similarities
and differences/ pros and cons of both types. The free domain used here
refers to Blogger (.blogspot.com) and may be different from other free hosts.




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Free (.blogspot.com)                          Paid (.com)
It’s Free. Can be converted to paid .com      Yearly renewal fees for the name
Free hosting for ever                         Yearly renewal fees for the hosting
Can be used for online business               Can be used for online business
The name is sometimes too long                The name is shorter and easier
Less professional                             More prestigious and professional
Visitors to the website will know that it’s   Visitors to the website will not know
a free website                                whether it’s a free website or not
Does not affect traffic or reduce how         Does not affect traffic or reduce how
much money the site will make                 much money the site will make
You have 100% access to all your data         You have 100% access to all your data



Depending on your preferences, you may chose to first start with the free
name and hosting from blogspot as described in this book and later convert it
to the paid type. On the other hand, you may chose not to wait till later and
just go ahead and convert it to the paid type immediately after you have
finished creating the blog.

Mind you, this does not mean that you cannot run a successful blog with the
free .blogspot name and free hosting. You can have a successful website using
a free name. In fact there are a lot of big popular websites today who are still
using the free domain name with .blogspot and they are still making
thousands every month from using it through online business. So converting
to a paid domain is not a must for success.

However, if you want a website address that is easy to pronounce and more
professional, you should consider upgrading to the paid domain after you have
built your website.

This book does not cover how to obtain and configure a paid domain because
our focus is on how you can get everything set up for free without spending
money.

For details on how to obtain a paid domain for your blog, please visit
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Types of Websites

There are many various categories and types of websites. Some websites are
dedicated to one category while others comprise of a combination of various
types all merged into one. The most common types/categories of websites are
listed below:

Corporate: This is the normal company website without too many extra
functions, just mainly information about the company.

Portal: Portals are like gateways to large varieties of information, services,
resources, news and sometimes directories. A good example is
www.yahoo.com.

E-Commerce: An e-commerce website is a site that is primarily meant for
selling things and making various transactions online. It is commonly set up in
the form of a store or catalogue where clients can select a product, view the
details, purchase and then pay for it online.

Social Network: A social network allows you to make friends, share videos
and photos and connect with people. Popular examples of social network
websites are Facebook.com and Twitter.com .

Dating and Chat Sites: These are types of websites targeted specifically at
matchmaking. Many of their features are similar to those of social networks in
that they allow people to create personalized profiles and interact with other
members. Some of these websites also allow members to chat with each
other in public or private chatrooms.

Forum: An example of a forum website is www.nairaland.com and
www.naijahotjobs.com. In a forum website, people can register and then start
discussions by posting something on the forum. Other members can then
comment on what that person has written and it continues on and on like
that. A forum can also be called a message board.

Blog: A blog (or weblog) is a type of website that is updated regularly if not
every day. Most job and career websites in Nigeria are blog websites. After
following the steps in this book, you are going to end up with a blog website
with a free address like www.myjobwebsite.blogspot.com




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Search Engine: A search engine is a website that you can use to search for
information online. The most popular example of a search engine is
www.google.com which is also the biggest search engine in the world.



The Structure of Websites

A website is comprised of web pages. Every information that you post is
stored and shown on pages so when people view a link on your website, what
they will actually be looking at is one of the pages of your website. A blog can
have different pages for different purposes.

One type of page is the home page which is the first page that people see
when they come to your website by typing your web address. For example,
the page that you see on your screen when you type www.ng44.com is our
home page.




Decide on a name
Before building your free blog, it is wise to first decide on a name for it. The name
that you chose is used to generate your domain name and it is a very important
factor in the long term growth of your website.

If you try to use a name that someone has already used, it will not be accepted and
you will be required to use a different name. Imagine the name as your website
identity, just like your email address which is also unique.

While selecting a name, take note that many of the common names have already
been taken because there are millions of other people who have used blogger to
create their blogs.

Also note that ideally the name should not be too long so that it will be easy to type.
It should also be easy to pronounce and remember so that when people see it
repeatedly, it will stick. For example, if you are building a job related blog then you
could use a name like 774jobs or for a news blog, something like Naijanews234
hence your URL will now be 774jobs.blogspot.com or naijanews234.blogspot.com.




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Nevertheless, there are certain cases where a longer name can be more beneficial to
a website than a short one especially when you are building highly keyword targeted
websites. Such cases are discussed in more detail in later Lessons.




Building with Blogger
Before you can use Blogger, you must first have a Google account. This is not a
difficult thing to get and it’s free. In fact some people already have a Google account
but they may not realize it. At the end of Lesson 1, you were asked to create a Gmail
account. If you did this, it means that you already have a Google account

To register your new blog, go to www.blogspot.com

The website looks like this:




As mentioned earlier, if you already have a gmail or googlemail address, that is if you
have an email address that ends with @gmail.com or @googlemail.com it means you
can log in to Blogger directly because you already have a Google account. But if you
don’t have that type of email address then you will need to first create one before
proceeding.


  Tip: We strongly advice that you create a separate gmail and yahoo address to use for the
  exercises in this course. Something more like your corporate email address because you are in
  business now.

  This is the email that you will use to register for your Google account and other things related to
  your online business. It can be something like onlinebiz@hotmail.com or
  chuksconsult@yahoo.com. Don’t use your personal email address.




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Learn How to Open Gmail
Gmail (video): www.m.ng44.com/opengmailvideo

Gmail tutorial: www.m.ng44.com/opengmail

More Gmail: www.m.ng44.com/moregmail




We shall now look at how to register with Blogger under both cases (i.e if you already
have a gmail address and if you don’t already have one).


1. If you already have a Gmail or Googlemail address or you already
have an account with Google
In this case, you can sign in directly and then move on to the process of creating
your free blog. On the right hand side of the page as shown below, you’ll see a
section that says Sign in. Enter your user name or Gmail or Google email address
and password as indicated and then click on Sign In.

If you are browsing from a cybercafé or with a computer that is not yours then do
not click the check box that says Stay signed in. If you do then you will not be
logged out even after you close the browser and someone else might be able to
access your account.




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If this is your first time signing in to Blogger with your Gmail account, you will be
asked again to sign up specifically for the Blogger service. Fill the form as shown on
the next page.

The Display name is the name that other people will see as the owner when they
visit your website or view your Google profile. You can use Admin for this. Next select
your gender, accept the terms and click Continue:




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When you have thus successfully signed in, you will see a new page which is known
as the dashboard. It is from the dashboard that you can create new blogs, manage
existing ones and view other information and statistics regarding your blog website
and other Blogger websites.

With this your one account, you can actually create as many blogs as you like. Click
on “Create your blog now”




Next we shall look at a situation where you do not already have a Google account. If
you have already logged in with your Google email according to Section 1 above,
Please skip section 2 below and go directly to the section after it which is “Verify your
Identity”.




2. If you don’t already have a Gmail account
If you do not already have a Google account and you’ve not used any other Google
related service where you had to create a Google account before, then this is the
process that you should follow: When you go to www.blogspot.com click on Get
Started.




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Next you will be asked to create a Google account. You will be shown a form which
you are expected to fill.




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Email address: Enter the email address you want to use to register. This is the
email address that you will be using to sign into your website. After filling the form,
an email verification message will be sent to this email address. We shall look at the
verification email shortly but for now just make sure that the email address you use
is active. Type the email address again under “Retype email address”

Password: This is the password that you will be using to log in after you have
created your blog. It must be more than eight letters long. Make sure that it is
something you can remember and write it down in a safe place in case you forget it.
You can use the same password that you use for your email, but we suggest that you
use something different for security reasons.

As you type, a line will show under “Password strength”. This line shows you how
strong your password is. Make sure that this line shows either blue or green. Blue
means that the password is good, while green means that it’s very good.




Sometimes you may not see a line at all. If there’s no line then don’t worry, just type
the password, make sure it’s more than eight letters and retype it below where it
says Retype password then move on to the next question.




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Email notifications: You can skip this question, it doesn’t really matter. But if
you’ll like to receive occasional announcements and other tips from Google then you
should tick the small check box beside the question.

Birthday: You may also skip this question because it is not mandatory. But we
advise that you enter your real date of birth or something that you can remember
because in the event that you forget your password, Google can use it to help you
get another one.

Note that the date you enter must be in the American format of Month/Day/Year e.g.
if you were born on September 11, 1983, write it as 9/11/83. You may get errors if
you don’t use the correct format to write the date. See other examples below:


  March 22, 1978 should be written as 3/22/78

  December 25, 1985 should be written as 12/25/85




Word Verification: The word verification can be very tricky so you must look at
the words in the picture very carefully and write them down in the box. The letters
are not case sensitive. This means that it doesn’t matter whether you write them as
small or capital letters. All that matters is that you get the letters correctly.




If the letters you type are not correct, you will get an error message and be
presented with a new word.

Acceptance of Terms: After entering the word verification, tick the check box
beside I accept the Terms of Service to show that you accept Google’s terms and
conditions, and then click on Continue.




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Verify Your Identity
The next step is to verify your identity. You can do this via SMS text message where
a code will be sent to your phone or through Voice call where an automated call will
be made to your phone.




Click on Select a country and select your country e.g Nigeria. Then enter your
phone number in the box below it. The phone number should be in international
format.

To get the international format of your Nigerian number, remove the starting zero in
your number and replace it with +234 which is the country phone code for Nigeria.
For example:


  080344555666 should be written as +23480344555666




Concerning the network to use, we have found out that an MTN or Etisalat number
receives the verification codes instantly while Glo may delay. We’ve not yet tried
Zain.




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Note that Starcomms, Multilinks and other CDMA numbers may not always work. It’s
not a must that it has to be your own number because this is just for verification
purposes only so you can use any number on any of the GSM networks available to
you.

After entering your number in the correct format, click on “Send verification code to
my mobile phone”




If the phone number you supplied is not in the correct format, you will get an error
message and you will need to enter the number again. But if the format is correct
then you will see the following screen:




You will receive a text message from Google containing your verification code. If the
code does not arrive immediately, wait for a few minutes. If after some hours it still
doesn’t come then you may have to try another number. To do this, click on “try
sending it again” and enter another number and repeat the previous process. When
you receive the code, enter it in the box above and click on Verify

Note: Sometimes when you try to verify your account by following the instructions
above, you may see that only phone verification is available (no SMS) under



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verification options. At other times, you may get a message that your country is not
supported.

If you do not see the SMS option, you can go ahead and use the phone verification
option instead. In this case, a phone call will be made to the number you enter and
as soon as you answer the call, a voice will start calling out the code numbers so
before answering the call you should be prepared with a pen and paper to write down
the code.

If you get the message that your country is not supported, it means Google is
probably doing some maintenance work therefore you have to wait for 24 hours and
try again the next day. If you still get the same message, try again few days after.

If you enter the code correctly and there are no mistakes, you should see the
following screen where you are required to enter the name that you want to use for
your blog.




Remember earlier on we said that you have to choose a name for your website, this
is where you enter that name which you have chosen. You must also enter a title for
your blog under Blog Title.


  Tip: Although Blogger is primarily used to create blogs, such blogs can easily be made to look like
  different kinds of websites like Corporate, CMS or magazine websites. This can be achieved
  through the use of templates which shall be discussed in the coming sections.




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The Blog title is a very important aspect of your blog because it plays a huge role in
determining how easily people will find your website when they search. In
conjunction with the blog address, the blog title is among the most important aspects
of your blog. More about the importance of the blog address and title is discussed in
later Lessons.

The title you use for your blog should not be too long and could be between 5 to 10
words long. This title can be changed at any time after creating the blog but it’s not
advisable to change it frequently, if at all.

Some examples of good blog titles are:


  Nigerian Jobs Recruitment and Careers Website

  Nigerian News – Hot News, Breaking News and Popular Nigeria Issues

  The Personal Blog of Marcus Ndukwe Jamieson

  Weight Loss for Nigerians




It is important here to point out that whatever subject your blog is talking about, the
title ought to be related in some way to that subject. In the examples given above
and on the previous page, the first is for a job blog, the second is for a news site, the
third is a personal blog and the fourth is for a weight loss site.

If you are building a corporate website for an organization or a company, you could
use the company’s name as the blog title e.g Gold Finger Enterprises.

After entering the Blog title, the next thing is to enter the blog address. As shown in
the image, whatever you enter here will become the part of your blog address that
will appear before .blogspot.com.

For example, if you picked nigerianjobseeker as your blog name, then that is what
you have to enter here. In the end, the full website address of your blog will be
www.nigerianjobseeker.blogspot.com. This is what you or other people must type
to visit your blog.


  Tip: Remember that since this is a free name, you must always include the .blogspot.com as part
  of the URL when you or other people want to access the website.




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So Assuming that the name you chose for your blog (as discussed earlier) is
nigerianjobs, then under blog address, you should enter nigerianjobs




To know if this name is still available, you can click on Check Availability and it will
tell you whether that name has already been used by another person or not.




If it has already been used, it will suggest some names that you can use. If you don’t
like any of the suggested names then you can type in a new name and click on
Check Availability to check again if the new is available.




You have to keep trying until you find a name that is available. While at it, bear in
mind that many of the common combinations you may think of have already been



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used by other people so you have to be quite creative while selecting a name. When
you finally find one that is still available, take note of it and then click on Continue.

If everything has been done properly, you will be asked to choose a starter template
for your blog. Select Simple template (the second box) and click Continue again at
the bottom.




You will be taken to a new screen which tells you that your blog has been created; all
very easy.




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Congratulations! Now you have your very own website. Click on Start Blogging to
start using your new website.


  Tip: Sometimes when you open a new blog on Blogger, you may find that it has a different
  interface from the screenshots shown in this e-book. The reason is that as at the time of writing,
                                   w
  Blogger is currently testing a new interface which has not yet been fully released to the public.




This e-book is based on the old interface which is the active one as at the time of
writing. If you find that what you are seeing is very different from what is in this
       ,
Lesson, it means that you are on the new interface. To use the interface explained in
       book,
this e-book, you need to switch back to the old one.

To do this, check the top right hand area of the dashboard screen and locate the gear
icon as indicated below.




Click on it and select Old Blogger Interface from the dropdown to get back to the
interface used in this course.




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Verify Your Account
Sometimes you may be asked to also verify by email before you can effectively use
your new Google account, but not everybody gets this email. This is different from
the phone verification that you’ve already done.

As at the time that you created your account above, an email was sent to the email
address that you used to sign up. Inside this email there is a link that you need to
click on for your account to be verified. Below is a sample of this email:




The arrow indicates the verification link that you must click. It takes you to the
following page which tells you that your account has been activated. For now you can
ignore the Add your mobile phone number and just close the window.




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If you do not receive this email message don’t worry, just go ahead.

In the next section, we shall look at the controls that will enable you to configure
your blog and set up some necessary parameters. We shall look at them one by one
but let us first learn how to log out of our account and log in again.




The Backend and the Frontend
Your new blog is comprised of two sections known as the backend and the frontend.
The backend section of a website is the section that you normally have to log in to
first before you can gain access. You are the only one that has access to your
backend. Visitors to your website can not access your backend. They can only see
your frontend.

The backend is where you can manage every aspect of your blog. From here you can
design, update, configure and troubleshoot your blog. You can also create new blogs
if you like. You are the only one that has access to this section of the website and
you must log in with your email and password before you can use this section.

On the other hand, the frontend is that part of the website that other people will see
when they visit your website address or URL. People on the frontend cannot see or
change anything on the backend. What you normally see when you visit any website
on the internet is its frontend. By implication, when you say that you are designing
your blog, what you are actually doing is designing your blog’s frontend.

After you have created your account and logged out of it for the very first time, the
next time that you log in you will be taken to the Dashboard. If you are currently still
logged in to your account, log out now and login again.

To log out of your account, click on Sign Out on the top right hand corner of the
screen.




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To log in again, go to www.blogger.com and enter your Gmail ID and your
password. Remember if you are not using your own computer then don’t select Stay
signed in




Alternatively, to log in, you can visit your website by typing the address e.g.
www.ezeventures.blogspot.com and clicking on Sign in on the top right hand corner.




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When you have signed in, the first place you are taken to is called the Dashboard.
From the dashboard you can manage all aspects of your blog and even create new
blogs. The Dashboard is part of the backend of the website which is accessible to you
alone.

One of the best things about a Google Blogger account is that you can open as many
sites as you like all under one account. And they can all be managed via the
Dashboard.

If you have created only one blog, then you will see the title of only one blog. But if
you have more than one blog, you will see all of them listed on the dashboard
together with separate control menus for each of them.




In the picture above, this person has created three blogs: Nigerian Jobs, Miun and
Nigerian Hot Jobs. Each blog is completely independent and separate from the
others. Each has its own set of links separate from all the other sites and any
changes made on one site will not affect any of the others.



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The blue New Post button is for creating new posts and making new updates. Edit
Posts is for viewing, editing and managing a list of all your blog posts. Settings
takes you to the configuration settings for the blog (we shall be looking at this
shortly).

Design takes you to the place where you can change the design of your blog.
Monetize is the place where you handle all the mone making aspects of your blog
                                                 money
e.g. how much you’re making, how you will receive the money etc. and Stats shows
      ow                                will
you the number of visitors your website is getting.

Let us now look at each of these links as we configure your new blog. To get to the
settings area, click on New Post or Settings from the dashboard.




Setting Up and Configuring Your New Blog
To set up your blog for optimal performance, it is necessary to configure it by
selecting and modifying some of the available options.




The configuration links and tools are shown in the image above. Notice the two rows
of links: one set on top and another set under. The top links are the major links and
                                                                    Monetize,
they are known as tabs. They include: Posting, Settings, Design, Monetize Stats etc.
The last link on the line which is View Blog is not really one of the tabs. If you click
on it, you can see what your blog frontend currently looks like.

                            sub-links.
Under each tab are further sub links. For example, under the “Posting” tab as we can
                    here                     Post,                    Pages.
see in the image, there is a line having New Post Edit Posts and Edit Pages All these
                                    Posting.
are the sub links that come under Posting

                                        posting. henever
The act of updating a blog is known as posting Whenever you update your blog with
                          write-up, what you’re doing is usually called “posting an
some new information or write
                         t”
article” or “making a post” and the article itself can also be referred to as a post.




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Also take note in the previous picture that the Posting tab is the active tab. This
                                sub-links
means that it is the one whose sub links are showing. Watch what happens when we
click on the Settings tab:




                           links
As you can see the sub-links have now changed and the Settings tab becomes bold
                                                                   sub-links
which tells us that it is now the active tab. We also see that the sub links have
changed. Now we have Basic, Publishing, Formatting etc.

                                 other
In the same way, clicking on the other tabs makes them active and reveals the sub
links under them. When the active tab is changed, the rest of the page also changes
to reveal the new options available under that tab.

Let us look at some of the tabs one by one. Since we have not yet made any post on
                ll
our blog, we will skip the Posting tab and go to Settings for now. Later on we shall
analyze the Posting tab and the various options under it.




The Settings Tab
                                         sub-links
Clicking on the Settings tab reveals the sub links that come under it. These settings
control various aspects of your blog. As mentioned previously, when you click on any
tab, the sub links and the rest of the page change to reveal new options so let us see
what the rest of our page looks like after having clicked on this tab.




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What you see in the picture above is just the first half of the page. Take note that
this particular page displays the options that are available under the Basic sub link of
the Settings tab. Other options under this sub link can be seen by scrolling down the
page. Let us take a look at each of these options and how you should fill them.

Blog Tools: This segment contains three links: Import Blog, Export Blog and Delete
Blog. You can use these links to manipulate your blog data. Through these links, you
can import the contents of another blog into your new blog, export, download or
transfer your blog to your computer or to another host and you can also delete the
current blog that you are working on.

Title: This is the Blog title which you entered in previous sections. If you wish to
modify the title, this is where you can change it. If not, leave it as it is.

Description: This is a short description of what your blog is about. As usual, you
should ensure that this description contains words related to your website’s overall
topic and target keywords. The description should not be too long, maybe about 10
to 20 words.




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Below are some examples of descriptions that can be used. You should take a cue
from these examples and generate a description that will be unique to your blog.


  Nigeria’s best news website – Get the latest Naija news and hot stories

  Nigerian Job search, online recruitment, vacancy and careers daily updates




As can be seen from the examples above, the description tells what the blog is all
about while giving you the opportunity to also target specific keywords related to
your niche.

For the other options on this page, select the following:


Add your blog to our listings?: Select “Yes”

Let search engines find your blog? Select “Yes”

Show Quick Editing on your Blog? Select “Yes”

Show Email Post links? Select “Yes”

Adult Content? Select “No”


  Hint: Adult content refers to a website or blog that contains pornographic material.


Under Global Settings, do not change anything, just go straight to Save Settings
and click the button to save the new settings that you have made.




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When you click on Save Settings, a message appears near the top of the page. This
indicates that the new settings have been saved. If this message does not appear,
wait a little bit and if it still does not appear, click on Save Settings again.

This also goes for all the other settings and tabs. Whenever you change any options,
you must always save it in this manner so that the settings will remain, otherwise
they might be lost when you click on another sub-link or another tab.




Having saved our new settings successfully, we move on to the other sub-links. I
shall only talk about those sub-links that contain options that we need to change at
this stage. In the Publishing sub-link, there are no options that we need to change
for now so we skip it and go on to the Formatting sub-link. Click on it to reveal the
options that come under it.




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In this sub-link, change the first option Show at Most to 7 posts. This is the amount
of posts that will be shown on your blog home page. You also need to change the
Time Zone. Change it to Lagos (note that the list is not alphabetical rather it is
ordered according to the various time zones, so look for GMT +01:00 and then locate
Lagos).




After changing these settings, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on Save
Settings to save the new settings.

Next, click on the Comments sub-link and make sure that the fist option is set to
Show. Setting it to show means that other people will be able to leave comments on
the posts that you make. If you do not want this feature, select Hide. For this
Lesson, we shall use Show so select it.

Now we need to change two more things. The first is to click inside the red circle in
the next picture to change Who Can Comment to the first option which is Anyone
instead of Registered Users. Setting this option to Anyone will make it easier for
people to comment on your blog.




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The second thing you need to change in the settings is Comment Notification
Email which is the last setting. So leave everything else and just scroll to the bottom
of the page. Here you will enter your email inside the box so that whenever a visitor
leaves a comment on any post, you will receive an email to notify you.




After entering your email, click on save settings, wait for the confirmation that the
settings have been saved, and then click on the next sub-link which is Archiving.
Under archiving, there is only one change to make and this is in the first option
(Archive Frequency). Change this to Weekly or Daily and click Save Settings.




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Move on to the next sub-link which is Site Feed. Only one change here too, and also
in the first option “Allow Blog Feeds”. Change this from Full to Short. Click Save
Settings and then we are done.




Do not change any of the settings in the remaining sub-links of Email & Mobile,
OpenID and Permissions. Only when you are more advanced should you bother about
those settings. For now, their current values are okay.




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Designing




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The Design Tab
We now get to the fun aspect of the blog creation process which is creating the actual
                                                                account
design of your website. To get to the Design tab, login to your account dashboard
and click on the Design link that corresponds to your new blog:




Before we go into the steps proper, let us first see what the Frontend currently looks
like. Click on “View Blog”.




What you see is the frontend of your blog. This is what other people will see when
they type your web address into their computer. This is the first page which, as we
remember, is the home page.

                                                  can
Take note that the icons that look like spanners can also be used to edit different
portions of the page. This spanner icon is only visible to you when you are logged in
to your account. Anyone who is not logged in to your backend cannot see these icons
                                                    will
on the frontend therefore visitors to your website will not see the icon.




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There are no posts yet so we don’t really see much on the page:




What we shall do in this chapter is to look at how to modify the frontend to get the
desired design that we want. This can be done from the Design tab. Click on the
“Design” tab:




And we see this:




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What you are now looking at is called the Page layout. It is like the skeleton of the
page. It shows the various elements that will form the general design and layout of
the pages on your blog. Every page of your website will follow this general structure.

As you can see, the page layout is divided into different segments or zones. Each of
these zones actually corresponds to similar areas on the frontend. The zones and
their various contents make up what are known as page elements. Page elements
simply mean the various components that make up a page structure.

With this kind of arrangement, it is very easy for us to add items to each zone or
remove items. Compare both views of your page. Try to identify the elements on the
page skeleton to see where they appear on the Frontend.

You need to do this to get a better understand how Blogger pages are structured
because this will help you to really grasp what you are doing during the design
process.

Backend view (layout):




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Frontend view:




In the preceding images, both views are shown one after the other so that you can
easily compare them. In the frontend view, the main zones have been marked out
with numbers. These are:

1. Header zone, 2.Left column, 3.Footer zone and 4. Right column (black line)

This type of layout is known as two-column (i.e. the left and right column). Each of
the zones contains page elements. Later on we shall look at other types of page
structures and layouts but let us first take a closer look at the zones and page
elements.

Look closely at the page layout structure and you will notice that it is made up of
boxes and rectangles having faint grey borders. Look even more closely and you will
notice that there are two types of these rectangles. One type is drawn with a dotted
line and the other type is drawn with a solid line. In the image below, the top
rectangle is solid while the bottom one is dotted.




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Also notice that the boxes with the dotted lines contain the words Add a Gadget. A
gadget in Blogger is a way of adding various additional functions and effects to your
blog. The function of Gadgets in Blogger is same as the function of Widgets in
WordPress.


  Info: Gadget is pronounced “ga-jet” and Widget is pronounced as “we-jet”




There are various types of gadgets that can help you add different things to your
blog page structure. Some gadgets have already been added automatically by
default. These are the boxes that are made up of a solid border.




In the picture above, the boxes labelled Followers, Blog Archive and About Me
are all different types of gadgets. A gadget can be added and removed at any time.
You can also place gadgets inside any of the zones of the page and move it about as
you like. Later we shall come back to gadgets but let us look at something else first.

Let us look at how we can change the layout, colours, general visual look and other
parameters of the frontend.

We can do this from the template designer so click on it.




This takes us to the template designer utility:



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The template designer is a very simple but powerful tool that is at the heart of
Blogger’s design process. If you want to be able to create beautiful and powerful
looking websites with blogger then you must pay special attention to this section as I
explain how the designer works.

You will notice that the screen has been split into two parts, the upper part and the
lower part. The upper part is where you select various designs and make the various
modifications while the lower part shows a preview of what the frontend will look like
after the modifications have been applied. To view a full page version of the preview,
Click on the small grey triangle in the separation line as indicated below:




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As you make changes to your blog template design, you can instantly see what it
would look like on the frontend. The upper part is where all the action takes place so
let us take a closer look at it.




On the left hand side you can find various sub-links: Templates, Background, Layout
and Advanced. Within these sub-links are further options that enable you to make
fine grained changes to your design. We will look at each sub-link one by one. Right
now we are currently on the Templates sub-link where we can see some designs.

A template is the general design that you can apply to your blog. They have the
same function as themes in WordPress. The row of big boxes at the top contains the
various designs or templates available. The first big box with the caption “Live on
Blog” is the current template that is active on your blog at the moment.

To the right of the “Live on Blog” box are four other boxes. These are some of the
templates that are available. Click on the right arrow after the last box to reveal even
more templates.




When you click on any of the boxes, you find yet another row of smaller boxes below
it. The big box is the main theme and the smaller ones are colour modifications for it.
With these smaller boxes you can select various colour schemes for the main theme
that you pick.


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Click on each box and notice how the preview on the lower part of the screen
changes. If you are on a slow connection, the preview may take a few seconds to
load so be patient.

Blogger also allows you to use outside templates which are not part of the inbuilt
templates available in the template designer. These custom templates are designed
by other people and made available for use with Blogger. While many of them are
free, some are not free and you have to buy them from the designer. Custom
templates are explained in more detail in a later section.

Templates that are light in colour are known to work best if you want to use your
website to make money. So if you are designing a website that you wish to use for
online business, go for the lighter colours and simpler designs. Do not use a
background image and let your outer background always be white or light in colour.

Too many pictures and images on a page tend to distract visitors from the main
content. In our experience, we have found out that a white background works best
for most online businesses. When you are designing a website for purposes other
than making money (e.g. for a company, organization or just as a hobby), then you
can use background images and darker colours if you wish.

Moving forward, let us learn how to modify a template. Use this example to learn and
later on practice on your own with other themes. The main actions that we are going
to perform now are to select any template, remove the background image (if any)
and change the outer background colour to white.

Start by selecting any template. We will use the “Watermark” template for this
example. As we make changes to the design, we are able to see a preview of what
our blog will look like if we apply that design.

Click on the right arrow to reveal more templates.



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Select Watermark and under the sub design options, click the last one on the right:




Now you can see that your preview has changed. If the preview does not change
immediately, you need to wait for a few seconds because your internet connection is
probably slow.

Next, click on Background from the left menu to view options for the background.




This template currently has a pink background image. Click on the pink box under
“Background Image” and a small screen pops up. Blogger provides a very rich gallery
of background images that can be used as background. You also have the ability to
upload an image from your computer.




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However, remember that we do not want to use any background image so click on
the blue Cancel Button to return to the previous screen, then click on Remove
image beneath the pink box and if a message asks you to confirm whether you want
to remove the image, click OK:




Now you can see under Background Image we now have “None” and the colour has
changed to red. You can also see that the preview background is now also red. What
this means is that you no longer have a background image but your background
colour is red.




Remember also that we want a white background so we shall now change the
background colour. To do this, click on the Advanced link on the left menu and then
click on Backgrounds.



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Here we can see the red colour under Outer background and also the Footer
Background is pink. The numbers beside the colours are the hex codes associated
with those colours.

View the entire preview to see where the red and pink colours are, then come back
here so that we can change the colours. To change a colour, click on the coloured
box and select the colour that you want from the colour palette that shows up.




To change the colour, you can also click on any of the small preset colour boxes
under “Colours from this template” and “Suggested colours”




Select colour white and notice that the preview has changed again to reflect this new
change:




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The blog title is now very faint and that your description is no longer visible. The
reason for this is that both the blog title and description are white in colour so they
will not be very visible because we have changed our background colour to white
also. To remedy this, we must change the colour of the title and description. Click on
Blog Title




You can see various settings for the title and description. The font means the style of
writing. Change the title colour and Description colour to something darker e.g. black
or gray, then try different font styles and sizes to see what they look like.

Note: The sub-links under the different links on the left hand of the screen (especially
Advanced) contain a lot of options for customizing various aspects of your design.
Your assignment here is to check through all the different options and figure out what
they do.




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The red dotted lines in the preview demarcate the area that is currently being
modified. When you’ve made your selection, click on Apply to Blog on the top right
hand corner to activate it for your blog.




Sometimes when you try to go to a different page or to change to a new template
without saving the one that you have modified, you may get a warning message.




                                        OR




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If you see any of these warnings and you wish to save the changes that you’ve
already made, click on Cancel and then save the changes by clicking on Apply to
Blog. But if you do not want to save the modifications that you have made, click on
OK to move on to the new page without saving.




The Page Layout and Page Elements
The way the various sections, items and gadget are arranged on the blog is known as
the Page layout. To configure this aspect, click on the Layout sub-link on the menu.
Here we can see the various possible layouts available for our blog. Remember the
layout is the skeletal structure of our blog.

Currently we have a two column layout. We shall change this to a three-column
layout. Notice that our website www.latestnigerianjobs.com has a three-column
layout. This is because the three column layout is one of the most effective layouts
that bring the greatest revenue from PPC advertising. More details on the best
layouts for different online business will be given in later Lessons.




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Click on the three column layout indicated by the yellow border in the image below.
Notice how the preview in the lower part changes into something slightly different.
Now we have a left hand column, a middle column and a right hand column:




To save any changes you make in the template designer, click on “Apply to Blog” and
wait for the confirmatory message:




Now we have activated a three column layout for your blog. Play around with the
different layouts and each time check the frontend to see how it changes. To exit
from the Template designer, click on Back to Blogger




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The example in this Lesson is merely an introduction to the most basic methods and
settings for using Blogger to create a blog. The tutorial in this guide creates a very
basic blog with a simple design.

Because of the wide variety of design options available from the template designer, it
is not possible to cover every possible option so it is left for you to research and
experiment with your designs to find out what will work best for you.

Generally, simple and plain websites without too much gadgets and intrusive images
coupled with a white background are known to generate better click rates and higher
revenues than sites packed full with gadgets, graphics and flashy colours.




Custom Blogger Templates
As mentioned earlier, Blogger also allows you to upload and use external templates
known as custom templates. There are many different custom templates available on
the internet. Some are free while others are not.

Although Blogger’s Template designer is very flexible and easy to use, one of its
biggest drawbacks is that the range of design flexibility is restricted to a minimal set
of 8 or 9 basic templates. Using a custom template with Blogger provides a bigger
pool of themes and greater choice in deciding how your blog looks and feels.

To install a custom blogger template, you need to download the new template file
which is sometimes in zip format or xml. If it is in zip format, extract it to get access
to the xml file. Next, upload the new xml template to replace the current one active
on your blog. Always remember to download and save the current theme first before
replacing it with the new code.


  Tip: If your blog appears scattered after changing templates, you may need to rearrange your
  gadget positions.




To learn how to install a custom blogger template, visit this link:
www.m.ng44.com/bloggercustom2

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Where to Get Free Blogger Templates
Blogger template files belong to a group of files known as XML files. XML (Extensible
Markup Language), just like HTML, is a type of programming language used on the
web. Free Blogger custom xml templates can be found by searching online. There are
hundreds of websites that have fabulous templates which can be downloaded for
free. Some of the better ones are:

www.deluxetemplates.net

www.btemplates.com

www.m.ng44.com/bloggertemplates1

www.m.ng44.com/bloggertemplates2

www.raytemplates.com




Gadgets
A gadget is the major tool available for you to build new elements into the page
structure of your blog and to add new capabilities and applications. A gadget can also
be called a plug-in or widget.

In Blogger, a gadget is a very useful way of adding extra functions and “special
effects” to your blog. Gadgets provide you with a lot of flexibility regarding the
structural arrangement and functions of your blog frontend.

Gadgets can be added to any of the zones on your page layout by clicking on Add
Gadget. Once added, a gadget can be edited, moved around on the page or
removed at any time.

There are many different types of gadgets available in Blogger. There are also
gadgets available from other web designers and programmers that you can use on
your blog. In this section, we are going to take a closer look at gadgets and learn
how to add them to our blog.




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When you click on Add a Gadget, a smaller window pops up containing a list of
gadgets from which you can pick and modify. The main window lists the basic
Blogger gadgets. You can see more gadgets by clicking on the left hand menu to
view Featured gadgets, Most Popular gadgets and More Gadgets.

The popup also features a search box that allows you to search for gadgets related to
certain terms. You can find a lot of useful gadgets here so I suggest that you go take
your time to go through them and see what interests you.




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You will notice on the page layout that there are some gadgets already on your blog.




In the layout on the previous page, About Me, Followers, Blog Archive are all
gadgets. The big box in the middle is the gadget that controls where the actual post
appears on the page.



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The Blog Posts gadget cannot be moved or deleted but all the others can be moved
around and placed anywhere on the page. To move a gadget you can click on it and
drag it across the screen to the new location where you want it to be.




  Tip: To drag objects with the mouse, click on the object but don’t remove your hand from the
  mouse click button, just let it remain pressed down and then begin to move the mouse across the
  screen.




Every gadget has a small Edit link near the bottom right hand corner. Through this
link, you can make changes to the settings and configurations associated with it.




Adding a Gadget
Adding a gadget is very easy. Click on the Add a Gadget link in the zone that you
would like the new gadget to appear. Remember that as explained earlier you can
actually move a gadget to any zone after it has been added.




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As an example, let us add a Recent Posts gadget. The Recent posts gadget allows
you to display a specified number of the most recent posts that you have made on
your website.

The “Recent Posts” gadget can be found under the “More Gadgets” link on the side
menu




Clicking on “More Gadgets” will reveal some more of the available gadgets that we
can use. Scan through the list and locate Recent Posts.




Click on this gadget image to reveal the options available. Modify the displayed
options to tally with the picture below. The title could be Latest updates and if you
wish you can change Number of Posts to Display from 10 to something else:



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When you are done with the settings, click on Save. If the pop up window does not
disappear, click on Save again.

At this point, you have succeeded in adding a new gadget to your blog. View the
page layout and you will see that the new gadget is now visible. Check the frontend
too to see how it appears there.

To add other gadgets, all you need to do is follow the steps outlined in this section.
You are advised to go through the various gadgets that are available from the Add a
Gadget popup window and you will find a lot of interesting ones.

But beware, some gadgets could make your blog look ugly and some others might
contain adverts from the gadget creators therefore you need to be reasonable in your
choice of Gadgets that you add to your blog.




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Updating Your Blog
To update your blog with new information, you need to create a new post. The act of
creating a new post is sometimes referred to as composing. It can be done from the
Posts tab. You can get to the Posts tab by clicking on New Post from the
dashboard.

Remember that if you logged out before, you will need to log in first so login now to
get to the dashboard and click on New Post.




This will take you to a blank Compose screen:




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Now click on Compose (1) and make sure that the icons labeled (2) are visible. The
large white area labeled (3) is the actual compose area. This is where you type in or
paste the information that you want to post. All your editing takes place inside this
box before you publish the post.

Fill in the title. The title of the vacancy is also known as the headline. This is what will
show up as a link on your website that people can click on to view the post. Click on
“Preview” to see what the new post will look like on your blog




Next, we move on to the bottom to set some more options for the post.

Each post has something called a label associated with it. A label is a way of
classifying your posts into categories. They can be very helpful in grouping related
posts together and also assisting people to quickly find the information they need on
your blog. You can assign more than one label to a single post. Multiple labels must
be separated by commas.

Always endeavour to use labels in your post where possible because in certain cases
it also helps in getting visitors from search engines. Labels are similar to categories
in WordPress and are discussed in greater detail in later Lessons.




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When you have entered the labels, click on Publish Post to update your blog. You
                                                              published.
will then see the message telling you that the post has been published. Note that the
Save Now button will not publish your post but will save it as a draft which you can
go back to later and do additional work on before publishing.




To see what the new post looks like, click on View Post. To view it in a new window
      ,
or tab, click on the new window icon ( ) located in front of the View Post link. You
                            epage
should also check your homepage to see how the post appears there.

To make changes to the post use the Edit post link (red box) and to create another
      ke
new post, click on Create a new post (red arrow). To view and edit all of your
                                                  .
previous posts, use the Edit Posts sub-link (green box)




Future Posting
At the bottom of the post compose box, there are some further options that allow
                                                                      creating.
you to configure additional settings related to the post that you are creating


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Click Post Options to reveal the options dropdown:




Each of the four settings in the post options dropdown control different things. The
default settings for these options are okay so you do not need to always modify them
whenever you post.

                               (Edit HTML Line Breaks and Compose Settings)
The two settings at the bottom (
are for more experienced users so do not change them unless you know exactly what
you are doing.

                     Post           time)
The second option (Post date and time) allows you to specify the day and time that
                                                              automatic
the post should be shown on your blog. The default setting is automatic which means
that your post will appear on your blog as soon as you click on Publish Post.

If you do not want it to be published instantly, select Scheduled at to reveal more:




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The time shown by default in the dropdown is the time that you started composing
the message. Note that the date format is Month/Year/Day. Change the date and
                            become visible on the website then click Publish Post.
time to when you want it to be




Blogger Custom Domains
                                                        contains
Although the URL you get when you create with Blogger contains blogspot.com (i.e.
        website.blogspot.com),
www.mywebsite.blogspot.com), it is possible to register a .com or other TLD domain
                                                              .
name to be used for your blog thereby removing the .blogspot. This is known as a
custom domain.

                                                        process
Setting up a custom domain is a somewhat technical process which is beyond the
scope of this course. To learn how to do it, visit the official Google help page here:
www.m.ng44.com/bloggerdomain

If you will like us to assist you with it instead, visit this link:
www.ng44.com/services/blogger/customdomain




Other Free Website Services
As mentioned earlier, Google Blogger (or Blogspot) is not the only free website
service available. There are several others whose features and interfaces may or may
not be similar to Blogger. Learning to create free websites with these services is not
difficult because many free online tutorials and articles exist for how to use them.

Some of the more popular free website services are:

   •          www.webs.com)
       Webs (www.webs.com
   •   Yola (www.yola.com)



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   •   50 Webs (http://www.50webs.com/free-web-hosting.html)
   •   GNBO (www.gnbo.com.ng) – also owned by Google
   •   000Webhost (www.000webhost.com)
   •   WordPress.com (www.wordpress.com)
   •   Wix (www.wix.com)
   •   www.ewedding.com (Wedding websites)
   •   www.momentville.com/start (Wedding websites)

Also explore these Google search results for more: www.m.ng44.com/freewebsites

Take note that not all free website services are ideal for building online business
websites because some services like WordPress.com (not the self-hosted WordPress)
may not allow you to use the website you create to run adverts or affiliate links.
Some others will place their own adverts on your site as a kind of compensation for
providing you the service for free.

In general, make sure that the free website service that you chose for online
business allows you to monetize the website using your own ads or links or by any
other means. If you are in doubt as to which website to use, we advise you to go
with Blogger.

Nevertheless, it is worthwhile to learn how to build free websites with the different
services because it will give you a broader range of options when building a free
website. To learn how to use these services, check their help section, tutorials or
user forums which are available on some of the websites.




Learn More
   •   How to add a menu bar to Blogger: www.m.ng44.com/bloggermenu
   •   To add a “Read more” link to posts in blogger: www.m.ng44.com/bloggermore
   •   How to Add images to posts: www.m.ng44.com/bloggerimage
   •   How to add videos to posts: www.m.ng44.com/bloggeraddvideos




Blogger Training Videos
Register for free on the following website and get free access to 117 training videos
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Go to www.recognizedexpert.com/blogger, submit your name and email address then
click on Access Videos. Remember to use one of the emails that you were asked to
create at the beginning of this course.




When you click on the button, a verification email will be sent to you. Go to your
email and check your inbox or spam for a message from Josh Sommers with subject
“Confirm your email address”.

Open the email and click on the verification link. You will then be taken to a page
that has links to all the 117 videos. Save or bookmark the page so that you will be
able to access it anytime.




Assignment
   1. Create a website with each of the free website services listed in this Lesson.
   2. Add a gadget for facebook share buttons to the top or bottom of Blogger posts.
      Tip: Search for Facebook share from the Add Gadgets popup.




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Now What Next?
Making Money from Website Design

This guide only talks about creating a free blog type of website without any computer
or programming skills. This is just the tip of what you can do when you know how to
design other kinds of websites like social networks, forums, CMS etc.

You can make lots of money from running your own website or network of websites.
You can also source for clients who want to build websites. The average fee that
website designers like us charge our clients for building a website is in the range of
N45,000 for a simple website to as much as N350,000 for more complicated jobs.

However, the amount you charge is very much dependent on the client. If the client
is a big client or wealthy concern, you can even get up to a million or more. And if it’s
a small client, you can go as low as N25,000 or N45,000 (depending on the state.
Baseline rates are usually higher in states like Lagos and Abuja).

The interesting thing about it all is that whether you charge N50,000 or 5 Million
Naira, it’s still the same amount of work that you put in. And as long as you know the
right software, methods and techniques to apply, it will take you no more than 1 or 2
days to complete any kind of website.

Note: There are many other ways to make money online. Website design is just one
of them. If you are interested in learning about all the other ways of making money
online, visit www.NG44.com/ebiz




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If you are interested in learning how to build and host any type of website whether
free or paid by starting up a website design business or building your own websites, I
strongly suggest that you get our complete Online Business e-tutor package. If you
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knowledge. The important thing is that you have basic understanding of computers
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The package is comprised of more than 17 different ebooks (this one you are reading
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