How to Setup Your Blog to Look Like a Pro
Blogger is one of the most popular blogging platforms currently available and it’s a good idea to create a Blogger account for your website or blog. It’s free to sign up, easy to use and your content will appear on all Google and Yahoo search results pages. The only thing you need to worry about with your account is creating the right templates to place the information you want displaying on your site. With the templates that are provided with Blogger, it’s pretty easy to just pick a template and get your blog set up.
Blogger has a lot of new features that you can use to make your blogging more efficient. One feature that really comes in handy is the “citation needed” code. When you use Blogger for business purposes, it’s important that your content is cited so search engines know what your web page or blog is about. You simply write a quick post about your topic and include a link to your URL, including the reference needed citation. All of the new features in Blogger make this process easier than ever. Blogs that are created with the citation needed code are tracked via the GEO directory and will be indexed by search engines as well.
Another great new feature of Blogger is their blog setup/blog dashboard. This is where you control everything with your own click and drag interface. There is a default layout section that includes all of your account’s settings, such as languages, styles, and themes. You can also create a page with your personal style to add to the layout section.
With the new layout editor, you can easily change your blog’s theme without having to re-do your posts or pages. Once you’ve created a blog using a default theme, you can easily switch out your blog’s color scheme by clicking on the “Color” drop down menu and choose a different color from the many available options. Blogger gives you a wide array of colors to choose from including pastel, gray, white, yellow, green, blue, pink, and purple.
A new feature called RSS Feed allows you to publish your blogs to a variety of RSS feeds including Google Reader and AlltheWeb. Google Reader offers both text and HTML versions of the content while Alltheweb feeds are only readable by the web user. You can set up your RSS feed to allow it to pick up articles from a variety of sources including news outlets, blog entries, and even Wikipedia.
The new blog setup and dashboard make blogging easier than ever with many new features including Google Reader, custom fonts, and templates for your RSS feed and color scheme. Even if you’re not ready to create a blog just yet, you can always use one of the many existing WordPress themes to give your blog an attractive look. The best part about using WordPress is that it has a free hosting service which means you won’t have to pay a monthly fee. If you’re a beginner, start with a free WordPress starter theme until you’re comfortable creating your own personalized site.