Saturday, 27 May 2017

Complete Guide: Introduction To Blogger dashboard For Beginners

Every blogging platforms has different structures with unique cPanel (control panel), conversely, when it comes to user experience and setting flexibility, each platform control panel system are much more complex than the other, especially for beginners who are yet to familiarize with the interface.

However, as the post title has given the best idea on what this post would be all about, yet, I will like to be more detailed and crystal clear for better understanding.

This tutorial aims to penetrate and unveil both popular and hidden settings and features of one the most populous CMS which is popularly known as Blogger (blogspot).

Blogspot is truly one of the biggest and most used blogging platforms in the recent blogging world, while they have made it easier and friendlier for users to exploit their dashboard (cPanel).

Nevertheless, there are some settings which are still complex and perhaps giving a hell of a tough time to beginners. If I may bring any example, it would be that side of Settings, Posts, Author profile, Earning, Layout and Theme. I guess, that’s included almost all features on the dashboard.

The most important reason why I intend to write this tutorial is that, many beginners found it more than difficult to operate most of these feature, as a matter of fact, there are some features on blogger dashboard which always ignored by users, may be due to they don’t really know why the features is there, or they are scared of messing up their site.

And beyond doubt, it happens. Let me exercise myself as a closer example we’ve had, it took me more than 3 months to realize that I can moderate comments that comes into my blog, likewise it took months from me to figure out how to add multiple author profile. No, it’s not about being unwise or tedious, but about being a raw beginner.

And most of the times, I ignore many settings just not to distract or complicate my site SEO system. Which is not fair enough according to myself, I’m a strong believer of this words “anyone that makes a mistake and learn from it is not a failure but a failure is somebody that always afraid of making a mistake”

This simply means, the more mistakes you have made, the more experiences you have had. And in professionalism, experiences always rated at the top.

Therefore, this edition of tutorial will drive you around all features and settings on blogger (blogspot) dashboard and explain how they work.

Hope we have set for the go!

1. Account Switch

The very first setting on blogger dashboard is an account switch where your blog title and little descriptions appear. You can see below screenshot for an illustration.

Account Switch is one of the key tools on blogger dashboard which more often than not get ignored by many beginners as they do not know how to use it.

Now, How does account switch works on blogger?

Account switch majorly used for switching one account for the others, it mostly works when you have many site running on the same browser, account switch enable you to manage all your site on one browser and with 1-click.

For, instance, if you have 2 blogs or more, it must have looks like enough stress to keep opening tabs every time and starting entering your Gmail and password every time you want to work on other blogs

And, that is why Google has been more flexible by providing the account switch button which allows user to switch from one account to the other with just one click. There is a dropdown arrow button right in front of your blog title, just navigate it and all your existing blogger blogs will be listed.

2. Posts

After the account switch button, the next button is Posts section, this section plays an important roles in the dashboard as it consist of many features including drafting and publishing of new posts, editing and updating of existing posts.

How does posts works on blogger?

Prior to what have been stated above, posts section enabling us to make changes to old published posts and creating fresh posts. There are many features when creating or editing posts like changing of post’s url, attaching each posts to a particular label and to add search description to all posts which really helps in SERPs.

3. Stats

Stats is a feature that gives summary of how your blog has performed in terms of traffics, this feature is very helpful in the sense that, it sentiments those that are having trouble with their Google Analytic setup.

How does stats works on blogger?

Stats button is an analyzing tool that helps gain insight of how a blog has performed so far, stats analyzes traffics that comes into a site based on segments, it will show how many page view a site have gotten on a daily, monthly and yearly basis. Even overall traffic stats since your blog have started.

Not only that, it also tracks down the traffic source, it assist us to discover the geo-location of which your site visitors are coming from. Also, it reveals numbers of traffics that a particular post or page have had so far.

4. Comments

This section is a wide section that plays a very vital role on the dashboard. As we all understand how important blogging comments are, comment section help us to integrate our comment system.

How does comments works on blogger?

Comments section allow you as an administrator to decide which comments are fitted to be published on your blog, and that is why we have comment moderation system under the main comment section.

On the comment section, there are 3 different dropdown sub-menus which each and every one of them works separately. One of them is the main comment section which enables to see all the published (live) comments that a blog has.

The second option is awaiting moderation button which is strongly advisable for all blogger users to check every time as there might have been comments which are yet to be moderated.

This happens to me when I started as there are bunches of comments awaiting my moderation for so long, whereas, I have been wondering over and over of why my posts aren’t getting any comment, while traffic stats shows that I’m having loads of visitors every day, I was even thinking maybe my writing proficiency is that very poor. But, when I later find out, it pains a lot not because of the huge numbers of comments but because of my failure to reply to those amazing readers of blogger wallet on time.

The third option on the list is spam, this option allows you to see all comments you have spammed and may be you want to moderate some.

5. Earning

This is a quick integration for monitoring your Google Adsense Earning, this feature only used by those who have gotten Adsense approval to operate their served Ads styles, and for those who are ready to apply and add Adsense on their blog, it is a quick tool for getting into Google Adsense.

6. Campaign

Campaign section is a Google Ads service system known by the name Adwords, it allows you to campaign and advertise your blog through Google search engine and most of the time, it works so cool.

7. Pages

This sections is very synonymous to previously mentioned “Post section” as posts section assists you to manage both new and already published post, likewise pages section does.

How does pages works on blogger?

Pages are types of posts that contain timeless information such as Contact, About and a privacy pages, pages section makes it possible for user to edit old post and add some extra features like changing the url and changing published time and date by reverting it to draft and republished.

8. Layout

Layout is one the most key settings on blogger dashboard, as it helps you positioning all widget to wherever you like, layout has been very useful in the sense that, it keeps your hands little cleaner regards coding and often template editing.

How does layout works on blogger?

Layout will not only help you to reposition your blog’s structure or cleaning your hands from too much of template editing, but it will provide you with hundreds of free blogger widgets.

Inside layout are some dropdown options like, featured post widgets, label, G+ badges, Newsletter form, contact form, text and image widgets and many more that are not mentioned.

9. Theme (Formerly known as Template)

Theme is among those strong sections on blogger dashboard, it defines the, style, structure, placement, interface, and how responsive your blog is going to perform. Like I have said earlier, that it took me months to figure out how to backup templates and upload new one.

How does theme works on blogger?

Theme section permits you to edit your entire blog, every change you made on theme section may affect your blog positively or negatively, depends how you do it.

Consequently, enough and proper care must be taken when playing around with the theme section on blogger. Most importantly, theme section will be the only feature that allow you to insert any code like Html, Css, and javascript on your blog, it also allow you to add extra features to your blog such as monetizing your blog by embedding Ads banners and Affiliate links on your blog.

10. Settings (The most fragile section)

Setting section contains almost all attributes related to your site’s functionalities. For genuine reference, Google itself has stated crystal clear that, laying hands on this section may require extra tech knowledge. Which is why they advice you as a webmaster to confidently understand whatever you will lay your hands onto.

How does settings works on blogger?

Under this segment, there are a lot of brittle settings such as search preference, Privacy, Http and Https, errors and Redirection, Google search console, custom robots and much more.

For the purpose of this post, we are not going to explain deeper about each section as we have only promised to list and explain how they works, but by the grace of almighty, we will be covering all of these sections in-detail maybe through the upcoming articles, and until then, if you have any questions regarding any of the sections on the dashboard, please do take your time to ask in the comment.

11. Reader List And help

The last 2 sections on the dashboard are reader list and help, while reader list are for following mates on blogger and help consists of helpful articles related to blogger.

Let’s round it up

Above are the complete list on blogger dashboard and their duties, as I have said earlier that our goal for this post is to just list out the sections and explain how they are useful, and maybe we could be detailed about these sections on the upcoming tutorials.

Let’s rub minds.

As it takes some times to adapt and familiarize with all blogger sections, what are challenges have you faced during that time when you are still a beginner? And if there is any other thing I have eventually skipped in this post, I will like to see your contribution in the comment box below.

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Hey! I'm Abdulrazaq Olatunji, CEO and content editor at this blog, I always derived much pleasure in paving beginner's way. I writes based on topics related to SEO, tutorial for both wordpress and blogspot, blogging motivational articles and all other blogging tips and trick such as practical guides on how to make money blogging. I'd love to see you some other times.

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