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Basics of Blogger Blogs

When Blogger sets up your blog, it adds it to a Dashboard that displays your new blog and any others you may have. You can use the Dashboard to get quickly to common tasks, such as writing a new post, checking your stats, and viewing your blog.

To write a blog post, click the orange Pencil button next to the name of your blog. The View Blog button opens your blog, allowing you to view it the same way your visitors will see it.

The Posts drop-down list gives you access to all your past posts, pages, comments, stats, earnings information, layout, template, and blog settings. Simply click the arrow in the Posts drop-down list to view all the options.

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How to add a link to your blog

The Link icon deserves special attention. You use this icon whenever you want to link to another blog, a news story, that embarrassing website that your best friend just created, or any other page on the web.

When you want to create a clickable link in your blog post, follow these steps:

  1. Highlight the text that you want to make clickable by clicking and dragging.

  2. Click the Link icon.

    A pop-up window appears.

  3. Select Open This Link in a New Window and/or Add ‘rel=nofollow’ Attribute.

  4. Enter the URL of the website to which you want to link and click OK.

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Include the full URL of the web page in this text box. Don't delete the http:// that's prefilled in the form for you. The URL you use should look like this:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/supersusie/6166429107

And not this:

www.flickr.com/photos/supersusie/6166429107

You can most easily make sure that you have the right link by going to the web page to which you want to link. Then copy the URL from the address bar. (Press Ctrl+C to copy and then Ctrl+V to paste; on a Mac, use rather than Ctrl.)

To make sure that the link is going to the right page, you can click the Test This Link link in the Edit Link window to preview the page.

After you click OK, the linked text appears as underlined blue text in your post. It doesn't become clickable until you publish it.

How to spell-check your blog text

Blogger provides a handy tool for anyone who needs help with spelling (and who doesn't?). After you finish writing your post, click the Check Spelling icon. It's the icon that shows the letters ABC with a checkmark below them.

Blogger highlights incorrectly spelled words in yellow. Click any misspelled word to see a list of suggested alternatives. Select any suggestion from the list or simply type your own correction.

How to include an image in your blog

You can make your blog post more appealing by including an image. Longtime bloggers can tell you that adding a photo or artwork encourages visitors to read more of the surrounding text. And, of course, everyone knows how many words that photo is worth!

Blogger has some good built-in tools that allow you to upload an image that's already the right size and format for displaying on the web. For help in formatting photographs from a digital camera or another source.

Follow these steps to upload an image from your computer and add it to your blog post:

  1. Click the Add Image icon.

    It looks like a photograph.

    The Upload window opens.

  2. Click the Choose Files button to upload an image on your computer.

    A File Upload dialog box opens.

  3. Locate the image that you want to upload from your computer and select it.

  4. Click Open.

    The image is uploaded to Blogger.

  5. Click Add Selected from the lower-left corner of the Upload screen.

    The image is placed in your blog post.

  6. Select the image and then choose your image formatting options:

    • Image Size: Determines how large the display of the image is in your blog post, regardless of the dimensions of the source image. You can choose Small, Medium, or Large.

    • Alignment: Determines how text wraps around the image. You can choose None, Left, Center, or Right.

    • Caption: Places text directly under the image.

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  7. Find an image or photo on the web that you want to use.

    Make sure that you're allowed to use it by checking the website for copyright permission or asking the creator.

  8. Right-click the image and select Copy Image Location from the menu that opens.

    The phrasing of this option may differ from one browser to another. If you don't see anything that looks right, choose Properties from the menu. A window opens that shows you the URL address, which you can then click and drag to highlight. Press Ctrl+C to copy the address (+C on a Mac).

  9. Head back to Blogger and start a new post, or open one that you've already created.

  10. Click the Add Image icon.

    It looks like a photograph.

    The Upload window opens.

  11. Choose the From a URL link and press Ctrl+V (+V on the Mac) to paste the image address into the image URL text box on the right of the window.

    Blogger loads a preview of your image.

  12. Click the Add Selected button to insert the photo in your post.

  13. Click to select the image to choose from image formatting option:

    • Image Size: Determines how large the display of the image is in your blog post, regardless of the dimensions of the source image. You can choose Small, Medium, or Large.

    • Alignment: Determines how text wraps around the image. You can choose None, Left, Center, or Right.

    • Properties: Allows you to provide your image with a title.

    • Caption: Places text directly under the image.

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