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Google Blogger For Dummies

From Google Blogger For Dummies by Susan Gunelius

A public diary and so much more, your blog is a statement about you, so whether you use Google Blogger or another host, you want to personalize your blog with templates, have people read it, and maybe even make some money from it. And, you may need the occasional assist from sites who know a thing or two about blogs.

Free Blog Templates

Google Blogger helps you with the basics of creating your own blog, but you want your blog to reflect your personality, don’t you? Well, templates that you can use and adapt as your creativity dictates can be the launching pad for a blog site that is uniquely you. The links here take you to Web sites that provide blog templates free of charge:

How to Promote Your Blog

Once you have a blog, , whether with Google Blogger or other blogging software, you want to promote it and invite people to check it out. The Internet is full of tools to help you spread the news about your blog.

The social networking and microblogging Web sites in this list offer venues to promote your blog:

You can also make use of social bookmarking sites, such as the following, to get the word out that you’re now a blogger:

How to Make Money from Your Blog

You’re out there blogging with Google Blogger or some other host, bringing many sets of eyes to your Web site. Where’s the harm in making a little money for your efforts? The Web is full of ways to make your blog pay.

Placing ads

One way to stream some revenue is to put contextual, text, and impression ads on your site. The Web sites here pay you to display ads:

Becoming an affiliate

Joining affiliate programs, such as those in this list, let you connect to some cash:

Posting for pay

You can also try paid posting, which these sites can help you set up:

Offering goods

Some Web sites pay you to offer merchandise or link to mini malls. Some of these sites include:

Where to Find Blogging Help

You're not the only one blogging, whether you're using Whether you’re blogging with Google Blogger or through some other host, you’re not the only one out there sharing thoughts, experiences, graphics, and more. And that’s a good thing because it means that other people may have already come up with solutions to the occasional problem you encounter using Blogger. Try these Web sites for blogging help:

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