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     Aweriale Eromosele

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       Tony Areghan
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Copyright
This book is not for sale.

No part of this book may be copied in part, sold or modified without the prior
written permission of the authors, except in the case of brief quotations
embedded in critical articles or reviews. This book must be distributed for
free and in its complete form. It must not be sold in whole or part without
the approval of the authors.

Every effort has been made in the preparation of this book to ensure the
accuracy of the information presented. However, this information is given
without any warranty, either express or implied.

Neither the authors nor its dealers, associates and distributors will be held
liable for any damages caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly
through the use of this book.

This Version 1.0 released June 20, 2011



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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            Page | 2
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 guide is being distributed free of charge as part of our
              Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) drive at NG44.


Please read it and share it with others who you feel might benefit from it.



                    To learn more about our CSR initiatives, visit
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                             LEGAL NOTICE

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              This Book is
             NOT FOR SALE

You DO NOT Have the Right To:
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        You Have the Right To:
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We will arrest and prosecute you if we discover that you
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Why Did We Write this Guide?
In 2010, we revealed for the very first time that we were making N225,000
every month from running our job website Latest Nigerian Jobs (LNJ)
www.latestnigerianjobs.com .                                                                   Page | 5

Ever since that revelation, we have been inundated with questions and pleas
from our more than 90,000 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 LNJ was acquired by our new company NG44 Consulting in May 2011,
we started a corporate social responsibility drive that led us to create two
free packages to address these two questions. The first package is this guide
which you are now reading while the other package is our free 7 Day e-mail
course on introduction to online business. (If you have not yet registered for
that free e-course, kindly visit www.ng44.com/freecourse )




Why Are We Giving it Away For Free?
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
much 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 for free because we want as much people as possible to have this
knowledge and we encourage them to make use of it how best they can. 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
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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     Page | 8
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 get our online business
ebook titled “The Online Business Bible: How We Made N225,000 Every
Month From the Internet”. We are running a special promotion right now so
if you are lucky you might still be able to get it at half the normal price
which we sell it. To learn more about the ebook, 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 Page | 9
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 web design
ebook titled “The Website Design Beginners’ Bible”. 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 half the normal price which we sell it. To learn more
about The Website Design Beginners’ Bible, visit www.ng44.com/webdes .

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              Page | 10
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
www.ng44.com/services/blogger/customdomain




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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
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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.ng2g.com
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.

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Remember!

Our focus in this guide shall be on blogs alone. If you are interested in
learning how to build all the other kinds of websites mentioned above then
consider getting our web design manual. As I mentioned earlier, we are
running a bonanza for it right now so if you act fast you might still be lucky
to get it at half the normal price. Visit www.ng44.com/webdes




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.



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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 your name must be easy to recall and must not be too Page | 13
long so that when people see it repeatedly, the name will stick. For example,
if you are building a job related blog then you can use a name like 774jobs
or for a news blog, something like Naijanews234 so your URL will now be
774jobs.blogspot.com or naijanews234.blogspot.com



Building a Website with Blogger

And now the moment has finally come.

In the next section I shall take you through the steps on how you can create
your own free blog website with Blogger (www.blogspot.com). It is really
very simple and once you get used to it, you will be able to create a free
blog in just 10 minutes.

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.

For example, if your email address ends with @gmail.com or
@googlemail.com it means you already have a Google account so you will
not need to create a new one if you want to use this email address to
register.

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

Following is what the website looks like:




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As mentioned earlier, if you already have a gmail or googlemail address,
that is if your email address ends with @gmail.com or @googlemail.com it
means you can log in 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 a Google account.

We shall now look at both cases.




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 with your Google Account”. Enter your
user name 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 box that says “Stay signed in”. If you do then you will
not be logged out even after you close the browser.


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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”




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OK. 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”.
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2. If you don’t already have a Google account (or Gmail)

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”




We suggest that you create a new email address which you can be using for
all your online business dealings. 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. It can be something like
onlinebiz@hotmail.com or chuksconsult@yahoo.com

Next you will be asked to create a Google account. You will be shown a form
which you are expected to fill. I will now explain how to fill this form.




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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 case you forget
it. You can use the same password that you use for your email, but we
suggest that you use something different.

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



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green. Blue means that the password is good, while green means that it’s
very good.



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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.




Email notifications: You can skip this question, it doesn’t really matter. But
if you’ll like to be getting announcements and other tips from Google then
you can tick the small box beside the question by clicking on it.

Birthday: You can also jump this question because it is not mandatory. But
we advise that you enter your real date of birth 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. See other examples below:



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

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

You may get errors if you don’t use the correct format to write the date.
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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 small
box beside “I accept the Terms of Service” to show that you accept Google’s
terms and conditions, and then click on “Continue”




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.




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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
like so (+234 is the country phone code for Nigeria):

      080344555666 should be written as +23480344555666

Concerning the network to use, we have found out that an MTN number
receives the verification codes instantly while Glo may delay. We’ve not yet
tried Zain. Note that Starcomms, Multilinks and other CDMA numbers may
not always work so my advice is that you use an MTN line for fastest results.
It’s not a must that it has to be your own number because this is just for
verification purposes only.

But if you don’t have access to an MTN line then you can try any of the other
networks.

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




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If the number 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 it
still doesn’t come after a long time 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 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.


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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.
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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.




Now remember earlier on I said that you have to choose a name for your
blog, this is where you enter that name which you have chosen. You must
also enter a title for your blog under “Blog Title”

Before going ahead, let me talk about the Blog title a bit. 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.

The title you use for your blog should not be too long and could be between
5 to 15 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



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      The Personal Blog of Marcus Ndukwe Jamieson

      Nigerian Job Vacancies Online Search

It is important here to point out that whatever subject your blog is talking
about, the title ought to be related to that subject. In the examples given                    Page | 23
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 also for a job blog.

After entering the Blog title, the next thing is to enter the blog address. As
shown in the image, what you enter here this is 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. Remember that since this is a free
name, you must always include the .blogspot.com for it to work.

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.




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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 it’s available.

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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 can think of have
already been 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. Here you just click “Continue” again at the bottom.




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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 blog. Click on “Start Blogging”
to start using your new website. You will see the following page:




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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.
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the time that you created your account above, an email was sent to the
email address that you used. Inside this email you will find a link that you
need to click for your account to be verified. Below is a sample of this email:




Circled in red is 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 some necessary parameters. We shall look at
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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 first before you can get 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 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 blog and you must log in with your email and password before you can
use this section.

The front end is that part of the blog that other people will see when they
visit your website address or URL. People on the frontend cannot change
anything on the back end. What you normally see when you visit any
website on the Internet is the front end so when you say designing your
blog, what you are actually doing is designing your blog’s frontend.

After you have created your account and logged out of 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, you can go to www.blogger.com and enter your email that
you used to register and your password. Remember if you are not using your
own computer to browse then don’t select “Stay signed in”




Alternatively, to log in visit your website by typing the address e.g.
www.jobnews.blogspot.com and click 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 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.
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One of the best things about a Google Blogger account is that you can open
as many blogs as you like, all under one account. All blogs can be managed
through 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
them listed on the dashboard together with separate controls 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
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other blogs and any changes made on one blog will not affect any of the
others.

The blue “New Post” button is for creating new posts and making new
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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 monetary aspects of your blog e.g. how much you’re making,
how you will receive the money etc. and “Stats” shows 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” 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 greater detail above. You can
see that there are some major segments. These segments are known as
tabs and 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.

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




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The act of updating a blog is known as “posting”. So whenever you update
your blog with some new information or write-up, what you’re really doing is
usually called “posting an 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 means that it is the one whose sub-links are showing. Watch what
happens when we click on the Settings tab:




As you can see the sub-links have now changed and the Settings tab
becomes bold 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. 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 becomes different
in relation to the 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 our blog, we’ll skip the Posting tab and go to Settings for now. Later
on we shall analyse the Posting tab and the various options under it.



The Settings Tab

To get to the Settings tab from the dashboard, click on the “Settings” link
under the appropriate blog. You can also click on the “Settings” tab if you
are on the Posting page.

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 rest of the page also changes accordingly so let us
see what the rest of our page looks like after having clicked on the tab.




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What you see in the picture above is just the first half of the page. Take note
that this page displays the options that are available to you 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 look at each of these options and
what should be selected.

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. For now, do not
change this.

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. The description should not be too long, maybe about


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10 to 20 words. Let’s see 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.

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

As can be seen from the examples above, the description describes what the
blog is all about.

For the other options on this page, do 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”

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.




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.


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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 remain,
otherwise they might be lost when you click on another sub-link or another
tab.
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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 5 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 its according to the various time zones, so look for GMT
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After doing this, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “Save Settings”
to save the new settings.

Next, click on the “Comments” sub-link. Here we need to change only two
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 easy 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 to your website leaves a comment on any
vacancy, 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.




Please 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.

That’s the end of this chapter. In the next chapter, we shall see how you can
change the way your blog looks to visitors on the frontend.




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Part 2
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 design of your website.
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To get to the Design tab, login to your account dashboard and click on the
“Design” link that corresponds with your new blog:




Before I 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.

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
because you are logged in.




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



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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
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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 elements 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 where they appear on the Frontend.

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



Frontend view:




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Backend view:


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In the preceding pictures, I have shown both views one after the other so
that you can easily compare them. In the frontend view, I have marked out
and numbered the main zones which are:

1. Header zone, 2. Left column (or body), 3. Footer zone and 4. Right
column

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 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. Look even more closely and you will notice that
there are two types of these rectangles in the picture. One type is drawn
with a dotted line and the other type is drawn with a solid line.




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Also notice that the boxes with the dotted lines contain the words “Add a
Gadget”. A gadget in Blogger is just a way of adding various additional
functions and effects to your blog.

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 and 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 “Expand Preview” as shown
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 look closer at it.

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On the left hand side you can find various sub-links: Templates, Background,
Layout and Advanced. Within these sublinks 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. 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.




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When you click on any of the boxes, you find yet another row of smaller
boxes below it. With these smaller boxes you can select various colour
schemes for the theme.

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Now 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.

You can now see that the template designer provides you with infinite
choices and possibilities for styling your blog, but that is just the tip of the
iceberg. Like I mentioned earlier, the template designer is a very powerful
utility that allows you to make very extensive modifications to the way your
website looks.

Templates that are light in colour are known to work best when you want to
use advertising on the website to make money. So if you are designing a
website that you wish to use an advertising program such as AdSense on, 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
adverts. In my experience, I’ve found out that a white background works
best for me. When you are designing a website for purposes other than
making money with AdSense (maybe like for a company), then you can use
background images and colours.

As mentioned earlier, using Adsense and other methods to make money with
a blog is not discussed in this guide. If you will like to learn how to make
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Moving forward, the main actions that we are going to perform now are to
select any theme, remove the background image (if any) and change the
outer background colour to white. 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.

Let us now start by selecting any template. We’ll use the “Watermark”
template for this example. Click on the template and under the sub design
options, select 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 we click on “Background” from the left menu to view options for the
background.




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This template currently has a pink background image. Click on the pink box
under “Background Image” and the below screen pops up. Blogger provides
a very rich gallery of background images that we can use for our blog. You
also have the ability to upload an image from your PC.
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However, remember we said that we don’t want to use any background
image so we click on the blue “Cancel” Button to return to the previous
screen, then we click “Remove image” and if a message asks you if 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.




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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 computer 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”




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Select colour white and notice that the preview has changed again to reflect
this new change:
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You can see that 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 so I suggest that you play around with them and see
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” 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 want 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 don’t 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 and items 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 also has a three-column
layout (because this is one of the best layouts that brings the most revenue
from advertising).




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Click on the three column layout and notice how the preview in the lower
part changes and is now looking slightly different. Now we have a left hand
column, a middle column and a right hand column:

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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. To exit from the
Template designer, click on “Back to Blogger”




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Blogger Custom Templates
What I have explained in this chapter are just the most basic methods and settings
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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 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, pictures and colours.

Furthermore, 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.

Using a custom template with Blogger requires advanced coding and programming
techniques which are beyond the scope of this book. You can get more information
on where to find and how to use custom templates in our ebook titled “The
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Gadgets and Widgets

A gadget is the major page element tool available for you to build new
elements into the page structure of your blog and to add new functions and
applications. A gadget can also be called a plug-in or widget (pronounced
we-jet).

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.




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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.

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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.




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. 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.




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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. The Blog Posts gadget cannot be
moved or deleted but all the others can be moved around and placed
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across the screen to the new location where you want it to be.




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.




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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.                   Page | 59

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”




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Click on this gadget to reveal the options available. Modify the displayed
options to tally with the picture below. If you like you can change “Number
of Posts to Display” from 10 to 5:

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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. I encourage you 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 Page | 61
“New Post” from the dashboard. You must create a new post for each
vacancy that you want to publish.

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 us 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.
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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 it also
helps in attracting visitors to your website via search engines.

For our example above, our post is for a vacancy. The name of the company
is AVRO Nigeria and they’re recruiting for marketing and medical related
positions. Therefore as our labels, we can use:


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      AVRO Nigeria Jobs, Medical Jobs in Nigeria, Marketing jobs in Nigeria




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When you have entered the labels, click on “Publish Post” to update your
blog. You 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 work on before
publishing.




To see what the new post looks like, click on “View Post”. To see it in a new
window, click on the new window icon ( ) after the link. You may also want
to check your homepage to see how it appears there.

To make changes to the post use the “Edit post” link and to create another
new post, click on “Create a new post”. To view and edit all your previous
posts, use the “Edit Posts” link which is near the top of the page beside “New
Post”, not the one near the bottom next to “Create a new post”




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And so we come to the end of this guide. Hope you found it interesting and
informative. I believe that by now you know the basics of building and
hosting a free blog. With practice you can get it done in 10 minutes or less.

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and those you feel might benefit from it. But remember, don’t sell it!



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



How to Start Making Money
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 e-book titled “The Website Design Beginners



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Bible” If you have that ebook then you can start even if you don’t have much
computer knowledge. The important thing is that you have basic understanding of
computers and you can browse the Internet with little or no assistance.

In the e-book we covered everything that a beginner needs to know about website
design from A to Z using the same kind of step by step guides and pictures like the            Page | 65
ones in this free guide. We also talk about how to easily build any kind of website
without having any computer knowledge and how you can turn it into a business
and make money.

We are presently running a bonanza for that ebook right now and if you hurry, you
may still be able to get the ebook at half the normal price that we usually sell it.
Visit www.ng44.com/webdes for more information.



Free Online Business Introductory Course
As part of our ongoing corporate social responsibility drive, we also offer a free 7-
day email course on Introduction to Online Business so if you’ve not already taken
this course before, kindly rush now to register, it’s free and you’ve got nothing to
lose. Visit www.ng44.com/freecourse



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