Did you recently open a blogspot blog? and wondering what to do first?
Well, Today, you are going to see the 32 must-do basic blogger settings for beginners.
Every newly created blogspot blog must undergo these basic blogger settings before any other thing.
Let’s get started.
Go to “Settings >> Basic”.
Setting the Description.
The description of your blog is the extra line of writing (paragraph) seen below your blog title when indexed.
Above is an example of a description boldly writing below the blog title. One good type for the “Description” is summarizing all your blog content in one paragraph.
Here is a post to teach you how to optimize Description for SEO.
To set the description, Click Edit and type in your description. Save changes when done.
Blogger Gives you two directories to display your blog.
- Search Engines
- Blogger Next blog.
By Search engines, I mean sites like Google, Bing etc. While blogger next blog directory is a simple listing of blogger blogs that let users move from one blogspot blog to another.
Both are advantageous but for some reason, you could wish not to get your site indexed yet.
Therefore these settings come in handy. To access the privacy control panel.
Locate “Settings >> Basic >> Privacy”. Click edit and choose your preferred settings.
Setting Up Custom Domain.
After blogspot blog creation, you get a free subdomain such as “bloggingprince.blogpspot.com” however this long URL is not always advisable.
For as low as 1000naira you can get a .com.ng or 3500naira for a .com domain name which would make your site more professional and User-friendly.
To do this, Visit these posts on how to set up a custom domain.
You buy a custom domain from Namecheap using this link or from garanntor using this link.
Other blogger settings in regard custom domain are covered in the recommended posts above.
Blogger HTTPS Settings
One of the new revolutions of 2018 was “HTTPS”. This became important due to Security and Seach Engine Optimization.
Here is why…
Google new ranking update did favour sites with HTTPS enabled over blogs without. Hence, blogspot released free HTTPS for both custom domain owners and free domain users.
To turn this on, go to “Settings >> Basic >> HTTPS”.
For custom domain, turn HTTPS and HTTPS Redirect while for subdomains only turn on HTTPS redirect.
Also, if you use a custom domain, you are advised to get this Ebook sold at just 1thousand naira, which helps you make your site open on GLO networks and also provide more web security include fast page speed.
Add Users/Authors To Your Blog
At some point, you might use to add new users to your blog such as inviting a developer to work on your blog.
Here is how to get it done.
Go to “Settings >> Permissions >> Blog Authors” and Click “+Add Authors”. Type in the Gmail address of the person and send.
An email acceptance email will be sent to the person. Once he accepts he automatically become an author on your blog
Blog Readers Blogger Settings.
Do you wish to restrict your blog viewing to only blog authors, or selected readers or the entire public?
Blogspot lets you do this via blog readers blogger settings and here is how it is done.
Go to “Settings >> Permissions >> Blog Readers”. Click edit and select your choice.
The number Of Post Per Page.
Here is another must-do blogger settings for beginners. You can easily decide how many posts to display on both the home and archive pages.
Go to “Settings >> Posts, comments and sharing >> show at most”. set the number of posts you want.
Do not, the more posts you display, the slowing your site.
Image LightBox Blogger Settings
By default, whenever a user clicks on an image on any post, blogger opens it in a lightbox (pop-pop) but however, you can disable it.
Go to “Settings >> Posts, comments and sharing >> Showcase images with Lightbox”. choose yes or no.
Blogger Comment Location Settings.
Blogspot provides you with there ways to display your posts comments. They are
- Embedded (displays comment on the page)
- Full Page (displays comment on another page)
- Pop up ( The comment is shown in a pop up).
All options are cool but the embedded which is the most used however adds an extra JS file to your page which reduces your blog loading speed.
Go to “Settings >> Posts, comments and sharing >> Comment Location”. Select your choice.
BlogSpot Who Can Comment
The default blogger comment allows various options of commenting such as who should comment.
To get this done, they have made it possible for you to set the type of users to comments. Are anonymous commenters allowed or commenters must have a google account?
Whichever you can set it following the below steps
Go to “Settings >> Posts, comments and sharing >> Who can comment”. Select your choice.
- Anyone – includes Anonymous Users
- User with Google Accounts
- Only members of this blog
Blogger Comment Moderation.
Comment moderation blogger settings is another cool feature which lets you decide how comments on your blog will be moderated.
Do you prefer moderating yourself or you prefer automatic publishing of comments? follow these steps
Go to “Settings >> Posts, comments and sharing >> Comment Moderation”. Select your choice.
Comment Form Message
The comment form message is the section where you get to write a message to users who intend to leave a comment on your blog.
Go to “Settings >> Posts, comments and sharing >> Comment Form Message”. Type in your preferred message.
Blogspot via blogger settings let you set Google plus comments as your default blogger comments.
This is very useful when you intend to create a fan base using Google+.
Go to “Settings >> Posts, comments and sharing >> Use Google+ Comments on this blog”.
With blogger, you can automatically share newly published blog posts to Google+. To do this, follow the steps below
Go to “Settings >> Posts, comments and sharing >> Auto-share new published posts to your Google+ profile”.
Set it to Yes.
Blogger Language Settings
You can decide the default language of your blogger blog via settings. Follow the below steps to get it done.
Go to “Settings >> Language and formatting >> Language.
Under language choose your preferred language.
Blogger Time, Zone & Date Settings.
Depending on your location, your time zone could be different from the default time zone.
To set your time, date and time zone.
Go to “Settings >> Formatting.
Fix to your choice.
Setting Blogger Meta Description
The meta description is that which is shown in search pages. Setting this .also set you write a custom description in the post editor.
Go to “Settings >> Search Preference >> Meta tags” and enable it. Type in the description of your homepage.
Custom Page Not Found & Custom Redirects
Both settings are used whenever a post has been deleted. With the “Page not found”, you get to design the look of your 404 pages.
While custom redirects allow you 301 redirect old post URL to new post URL.
Blogger to some extent is Search Engine Friendly because of the settings available which are majorly concerned with SEO.
The robots.txt is a simple blogger setting which lets you decide which page gets crawled by crawlers for indexing.
Doing this can help solve the problem of duplicated content. Here are the basic blogger settings you need.
Go to “Settings >> Search preference >> Crawlers & Indexing > Custom robots.txt and paste the code below
Do change blogname with the name of your blog.
Blogger Custom Header Tags
Just like the robots.txt, the custom header tags allow you decide per section. e.g do you want your homepage indexed??
To set it, go to “Settings >> Search preference >> Crawlers and indexing >> Custom robots header tags” set as shown in the image below.
Blogger Settings Custom Ads.txt
Publishers recently launched the Ads.text to help approve that you run a certain advert program on your blog.
and here is how it’s done for Google Adsense users.
Go to settings >> Search preference >> Monetization >> Custom ads.text.
Edit it and add the below code
google.com, pub-3747321682520444, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0
Replace pub-3747321682520444 with yours from Google AdSense.
Blogger Feed Settings
The blogger feed settings box is a section where you get to control the feed settings of your blog.
If you intend to use Feedburner, this where you also set it.
Go to “Settings >> Other >> Site feed.
For Allow Blog Feed select short to prevent your feedreaders from reading everything in their feeds.
While for Post Feed Redirect URL input the URL of your Feedburner.
Adult Content Settings
Are you going to be writing about topics which are for people above the age of 18, specify using the adult content blogger settings.
Go to Settings >> Other >> Adult content.
Blogger Analytics Setting
Google Analytics is a Google tool created to monitor website traffics whoever this is done by pasting a number none as Google ID on your website.
To get this done, set up google analytics here and follow the below steps.
Copy your analytic number, go to settings >> other >> Google analytic >> Analytics Web Property ID.
Paste your number that’s all.
Blogger User Profile
For all users, blogspot makes it easy to decide what profile to use. Is it the default from Google+ or that personally provided by blogger.
To access this functionality, go to settings >> user settings >> general.
I Want To Hear From You…
Setting a blogger blog properly is important.
Due to this, I took my time to explain everything.
Let me hear from you, which did you do first and why?