Let’s rewind our memory to those days when having a website or blog was a big deal.
Books, newspapers, and television was the only source of acquiring knowledge about something.
Our knowledge-sharing characteristic was only limited to friends and family.
But luckily that’s not the case now, In this era of digitalization, if you know something that people might be interested in.
There are several ways to spread your knowledge and give wings to your voice.
One very efficient way of doing that is writing on a blog.
There are several platforms available that let you create a blog at an instant.
For some, you have to spend a few bucks such as a self-hosted WordPress blog ( the best option).
But few platforms also allow you to create and run a blog without spending a penny such as Blogspot.com, tumblr.com, and WordPress.com.
Starting with a free one is justifiable as not all who start, persist.
Some want quick results and eventually give up when don’t get.
Some are doing it as a hobby and there is no point in spending any money.
But if you are serious about blogging and want to grow your blog and eventually earn money then the best option available is self-hosted WordPress( WordPress.org).
But if you are just starting out then begin with the free option and then move to the paid one later.
So in this blog post, I will show you how to create a blog on BlogSpot.com for absolutely free.
BlogSpot is a Google product and all your content and images will be hosted on the Google server. So Google has all the right to turn down your blog if your blog is not in line with its terms and policy.
This is one of the biggest disadvantages of this platform.
Secondly, it’s not quite good if you want to monetize your blog in the future.
More or less, Adsense is the only advertising method you can use on this platform.
But it’s always good to have a basic idea of blogging before thinking of doing it professionally. And this free platform will definitely get your hands dirty in the field of blogging.
So let’s start with the step by step guide to creating a free blog on Blogspot.com
Create a blog on BlogSpot
To get started with the process, head directly to Blogger.com.
Click on Create Your Blog button.
Now sign in with your Gmail account. If you don’t have one, you create that absolutely free at gmail.com.
Now create a new blog dialog will be popped up after successful login
Enter the title of the blog, then choose a blog address as per availability and finally select a default theme, and finally click on Create Blog button.
Now your new blog has been created.
You can click on View Blog link to see how your blog looks like. (we will customize it very soon)
Change the theme
Now we will customize its features one by one.
Let’s start with the theme. Suppose you haven’t liked any of the default themes and want to change it.
So this is how you can do it?
Head directly to Google search query box and search for the themes.
Open one of the results and download the theme you liked.
Now go to the Blogspot admin panel and click on Theme and then on Backup/Restore.
Now extract the zip file we have downloaded and look for XML file inside it.
Now select this file by clicking on the Choose File button in Back/Restore section.
Click on Upload.
You have successfully changed the theme of your blog.
Customize the layout
Now click on the Layout Section.
Here you can customize various features of your blog such as changing the favicon, changing the logo of your blog.
You can also customize the main menu.
You can also customize the main page of your blog such as how many posts will be displayed on a single page.
And which widgets will be displayed on the sidebar menu.
There are many other features also which you can customize according to your needs.
Earn from your blog
If your blog is getting decent views per month then you can also apply for AdSense and earn some money from your blog.
The earning will be shown in the Earnings section.
Google Analytics is another feature that comes inbuilt when you create a free blog on Blogspot. Since both products are of Google so you don’t need to perform any extra steps to install analytics.
You can check how your site is performing in the Stats section of the blog.
Post Your content
If you want to start creating the content, click on Posts and then on New Post.
Add a custom domain
If by any chance, you don’t like to have Blogspot.com appended in your web URL, then you can add a custom domain to this blog.
To do so, Go to the Settings Section.
And under the blog address section, you can link your custom domain to this Blogspot URL.
That’s it from me in this step by step guide to how to create a free blog on Blogspot and customize it according to your requirement.
BlogSpot is a great platform to start with if you are not sure about pursuing blogging professionally.
I even used BlogSpot for some time before moving my travel blog, thrillwrill to self-hosted WordPress.
I hope I have made this post comprehensible and useful 🙂