Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Making Money With Blogs: Create Your Blog

So you have your keyword, now what?

Now we get down and dirty. It's blog making time.

Making Money With Blogs Step 2a:

Go to blogger.com. Click on "Create Your Blog Now".

For the "Blog Title", you want to use your keyword. In our example, we were using the keyword "bcs college football rankings". So I would name my blog "bcs college football rankings".

For the URL, you want to use the same keyword if possible. If, in this example, bcscollegefootballrankings.blogspot.com is taken, we try variations of the keyword like bcs-collegefootballrankings.blogspot.com. Use hyphens (-) if necessary to get your keyword.

Making Money With Blogs Step 2b:

Choose a template. It has been tested by many bloggers, and it appears that a white background with black or dark gray letters works very well for Adsense oriented blogs. "Minima" is an excellent template for our purpose. Click continue and your blog is created. Click on "start blogging".

Making Money With Blogs Step 2c:

Next, click on the "settings" tab. Under settings, click on the "formatting" link. Change the first section from Show "7" to Show "1" post. Click on "save settings" at the bottom of the page.

Next, click on "comments" and then change (near the middle of the page) Backlinks from "hide" to "show". Now "save settings" at the bottom of the page.

Making Money With Blogs Step 2d:

Now, you can experiment with your layout colors. Click on the "layout" tab, then click on "fonts and colors". Play with the colors and see what you can come up with that you like. We are almost done!

Making Money With Blogs Step 2e:

Click on "Posting". This will be your first blog post.

For the title, you need to use the keyword. If you want, you can add a few words to it, but the less the better down the road. Your keyword needs to be used in this title though, no exceptions.

Then you want to write a post that tells about your blog and what information its going to bring to its readers. This post should be about 200 words or less, and you should use your keyword in this post 2 to 3 times. Once complete, click "publish post" and its done! Your first blog.

Next in our Making Money With Blogs series, we explain how to edit your layout, add your adsense ads, and start making some money!