L.M. Reid is an Irish writer who has published many articles in magazines and online.
How to Write Your First Blog
How to write a blog with Blogger from scratch and make money for beginners. I show you how to start your own blog and write engaging articles so that you attract lots of readers. I will also show you how to add Google Adsense ads so that you can earn money writing online from home. This will then enable you to earn a steady income. Step by Step Instructions so you can create your own Google blog.
- Do an internet Search for Google Blogger.
- Fill in this simple form.
- Just enter a username and password, and click Sign in.
- Enter a display name and accept the Terms of Service.
- Then click the Create a Blog link.
You will then be asked to pick a name for your Blog and an address (URL). Do take a little time when choosing the name of your Blog and the URL You want to maximize your chances of getting traffic to your Blog so choose wisely for the particular subject that you will be writing about.
You can create as many Google Blogs free as you like so try to stick to one subject for each Blog. This will maximise your potential earnings from the Google Adsense ads on each Blog.
- You will be given a range of templates to choose from.
- Click on one of the many choices of design and colour
Do not worry about how this may look once you have added content because you can change the template anytime you want once you have published it. You have just created your first free Google Blog
- Now you can personalise it
- Fill in details on your profile page
- Give your Blog a good keyword title
- Write a few blog posts.
- Add your Google Adsense ID under the Monetize button.
- Now you can add some Google adverts by clicking on the 'Add Gadgets' in the easy to use Google Tools.
Changing the Template
Customizing the layout. You have the choice of adding 19 Gadgets to your Blog
- Click the Layout link on your Blog.
- From the Page Elements sub-tab click Add a Gadget
- There are 19 gadgets in the box to choose from. Click the plus sign next to your desired gadget.
- This will open the Gadget window and you can then add the information.
- Click Save. Your layout changes will appear instantly.
How to Write a Post
- Sign in to your Blog, Click the New Post button.
- This will bring you to the Create New Post page
- Give the post a title and write your post.
- When you're done, click the Preview link to see if it is written the way you want it.
- Edit if necessary.
- If all is well then click the Publish button.
- You have published a new post.
- Click the image icon in the post editor toolbar. A box appears prompting you to browse for an image file on your computer, or enter the URL of an image on the Web.
- Select the photograph and click on the options button to choose which layout you prefer.
- Click the Upload images button to add your photograph. A box will appear telling you, 'Your image has been added.' then click Done. Your photograph is added to your Blog.
How to Add Videos
- Click the film strip icon in the post editor toolbar. A box appears telling you to 'Add a video to your Blog post.'
- Click Browse to select the video file from your computer that you'd like to upload.
- Google Blogs will only upload videos of less than 100MB in size. There are a number of video files that Google accepts, they are AVI, MPEG, QuickTime, Real and Windows Media files.
- Add a title in the 'Video Title' box and agree to the Terms and Conditions.
- Click Upload Video
So why not create your own Blog and start writing posts, adding photographs, videos and links. Once you are happy with your creation you can then apply to join Google Adsense. When you are accepted by Google add the targeted ads to your Blog. It is extremely easy to set up and use. It is also free to join.
Once you have a Google Adsense account you can add the ads to any other Blogs you create without having to go through the application process again. Or if you already write articles on a writing site and have an account then you only have to use the Adsense Gadget on your Blog. There is no need to apply again to display your ads. Google will already have your account number on file and will link to your account automatically.
If you have a special interest that you enjoy and can write short blogs about it then you will be on you way to earning money from writing blog posts online. And believe me once you connect with other readers who also enjoy your interest then you will have created an interesting and profitable blog.
Making Money Online With Google
Targeted Google adverts are designed to appear on your blog in a way that they will only be connected to the subject you write about. This way the blog looks good and you have a better chance of readers clicking on the adverts. When you add the Adsense Gadget it will automatically pick the most relevant ads for the subjects you are writing about.
You earn money when the reader clicks on the advert. It does not matter whether the reader actually buys or joins what they are advertising. The reason you are paid for clicks is that you brought a potential customer to the company that had the ad on your page.
My First Blog
This first blog is about earning money by writing online. I use it to add unique links to my articles here on HubPages. I always write a short blog post about the article but in different words that the article itself. This is easily done by imagining you are telling your readers about your article, what is in it and how it will help them make money writing online by using the particular tips and advice. You can look at the layout of my blog here and become a follower if you wish too.
This blog is my newest one. It started off as a platform to sell clothes for dogs which is an up and coming industry. I have mostly Amazon adverts on this one and only one Google advert I think. My main income comes from selling all things to do with dogs from Amazon.
I keep seeing these wonderful stories on the internet about dogs and puppies so changed the title of the blog to include those as well. This blog was only created recently so is still a work in progress.
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on May 13, 2020:
Hello everyone, thanks for your kind comments. I am glad the article was useful to you
Eben from Lagos, Nigeria on February 11, 2020:
I just stumbled on your piece and it resonates well with my present aspirations. Thanks a lot.
POONAM SAINI on August 05, 2016:
Really superb! I will try it
Shelly-Ann Smalling from Jamaica on March 12, 2016:
Thank you for putting this together. I hope you are feeling better and out of the hospital.
I had no idea Google blog was this simple to set up. I've always been interested in a platform like this, but have been dissuaded by other articles online about free blog - especially Google Blog.
Ignorance is truly NOT bliss. The down side for me is I'm going to go traipsing off and not complete my current projects.
Have you come across any limitations so far? Thanks again.
Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on April 20, 2015:
Wow! This is a well written and a very informative useful hub. Now I can´t wait to own my own blog on Blogger. Thanks for these loads of informations. Bookmarked, voted up and useful.
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on November 22, 2014:
It does take time to make money from a blog but it is great fun too.
Yes mcdonald agotey create your own blog and see how you do
mcdonald agotey on October 18, 2014:
relevant information. will try it and see how much money i can make.
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on June 28, 2014:
I do not earn too much from my blogs raymondphilippe but the earnings are rising steadily.
Hello Pharmf630 I am sorry for taking so long to reply to you but I have been in hospital for a few weeks and unable to keep up to date. Yes you may share my weblog on your twitter account
Yes westelICS I agree with you writing good content on your blog and keeping it interesting and up to date is the best way to gain readers and therefore earn money.
Hello candy k, When you create a blog you then add your Google Adsense affiliate account number to it. You can then add the Google adsense ads to your blog. When a reader clicks on these ads you earn money.
candy k on June 17, 2014:
How does writing blog allows you to make money, does google pay you just for that? if so how much do you earn per blog
Tim Anthony on May 23, 2014:
With Google updating their algorithm every month, it is quite difficult to stick to one rule, except for good content. Linking, spamming, duplicate content should be taken care of regularly or you might get your site penalized by the authorities at Google.
Raymond Philippe from The Netherlands on April 09, 2014:
Always interesting to read how we can back a buck with our writings
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on January 08, 2014:
Yes WilccanSage blogging is not for everyone. I would certainly not say I could ever earn a living from my blogs, but it is a nice way to write short articles and I do earn some money from them.
Glad to hear you are making money writing online by ghostwriting.
Mackenzie Sage Wright on January 05, 2014:
I give people a lot of credit who can make a living off blogging; I've just never been able to make anything happen and gave up long ago. I guess it's because I'm not a big fan of social networking or sites like Facebook... I just like to write, I don't like to market. I guess that is why ghostwriting has worked out best for me so far. This is great advice for people looking to start out blogging.
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on January 05, 2014:
I appreciate your comments Phyllis Doyle and the share and vote, thanks. Writing a blog with Blogger is interesting and enjoyable. When you have the time give it a try.
It does take time to create a decent blog and start to earn from adsense and Amazon but I believe it is worth the effort.
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on January 05, 2014:
Thank you Crystal Tatum 4 for your comment and the pinning, much appreciated.
Nell Rose I was guilty of the same thing and went back to my blogs last year when Google once again hit us on HubPages. It is well worth the effort because writing short posts about a subject you enjoy is easy and very enjoyable.
Also with Google blogs you can write lots of posts when you are in the humour and schedule them to automatically post at different times and days. This is a great feature for me because I usually get a fit of inspiration and tend to write too much, so breaking them up into shorter posts is handy for the days I am just too busy to write a lot.
Good luck with your blogs and thank you for the share and vote
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on January 05, 2014:
Sanjoli thank you for the kind comments. Yes I would recommend that you start up your own blog. It is fun and easy to do. Pick a subject you are interested in and go for it. Good Lucki
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on January 05, 2014:
Hello word55. HubPages as a writing site takes 40% of our impressions as payment for allowing us to write here. This website has more cloat on the search engines than a new blog for sure.
But by writing your own blogs each on one subject you are giving yourself a better diversity of earning power. All the adverts on your blog will be 100% paid to you.
Blogging and writing 1500 word articles are completely different. I enjoy writing my short blog posts and sometimes I do not have the time to write a long and detailed article.
I do both and as of today my writing on HubPages does pay me a lot more money. I intend to continue with my blogs because I know that my earnings from them will increase.
Yes Amazon withdrew payments to certain states in America because they were about to be taxed. I have read on the HubPages forums that some states did change this and Amazon once again allowed people in those states to earn money again.
I do not know if Chicago is one of those States. I live in Ireland so do get Paid by Amazon
Al Wordlaw from Chicago on January 05, 2014:
One more thing, I saw that Amazon does not pay people in the U S. T least not on hub pages, Can you explain that?
Al Wordlaw from Chicago on January 05, 2014:
This is good viking305 but you can't use the same content that is on hub pages. Is there anyway to show how much money and time to earn enough money to determine that it is worth more blogging at Google or posting hubs and earning here?
Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on January 04, 2014:
Viking, thank you so much for writing this very useful, helpful hub. You have done well with a lot of important tips and images to better portray how easy it will be to get started. I really appreciate this hub. Bookmarking, sharing and voted up +++
Nell Rose from England on January 04, 2014:
This is great advice, I have a blog there, but as others have said it just sits there and does hardly anything! lol! this is bookmarked so I can get my butt into gear and do something with it! voted up and shared, nell
Crystal Tatum from Georgia on December 02, 2013:
Holding onto this for future reference...pinning.
sanjoli on November 09, 2013:
will work on it soon..hope it will work too...
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on August 25, 2013:
Why not write a few blogs Garlic Angel. It would be another income stream until Hubpages gets back on its feet.
Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment
Christine from Dublin on June 25, 2013:
Another great hub viking305. I have a lot a work to do. I have not been paying attention to my hubs the last 12 months and when I came back to them 10 out of 17 were down as 'Not Featured'.
I managed to do some updating on them after receiving good advice and getting to know the new rules from HubPages.
Now all 17 are featured hubs. This is great yes but I also need to get traffic to them which I hope to study up on soon.
You have some great information hubs featured here viking305 so I had better go and do some homework.
Thank you for another great article and keep up the good work.
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on June 24, 2013:
I agree that it is important to know how to promote your articles online in order to get them read by lots more people.
Thank you sunilkunnoth2012 for taking the time to leave a comment
Sunil Kumar Kunnoth from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on June 11, 2013:
You have done well. I need to study all these tips and to intensify my online writing job. Really thankful to you for sharing this kind of informative hubs. Hope you will write more such stuff in future also for the benefit of people like me, who know writing but lack promotional and technical skills. All the best.
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on February 25, 2013:
Hello Williean, Join this writing site here and write at least 6 to 10 good articles. Then apply to Google Adsense to become an affiliate. Keep writing as much as you can and learn all you can from the free lessons on HubPages.
With time and hard work you will eventually start to earn money from writing online. This could take quite a few months, it depends on how good a writer you are. Good luck
Willieam on February 20, 2013:
Please, I will love to join Google Blog/Adsence; but, I really do not know how. I'm very good in article writing and representation. I've once worked in an online marketing firm, from where I also learn the creativity behind article writing. Then, I used to write articles and post them on Ezine Articles; but, I now particularly take interest in joining those who are eraning money from Google Blogs/ Google Adsense. Please tel me how its possible.Thanks..WILLIEAM
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on October 14, 2012:
It depends what kind of blog you write. If you write about a popular subject where people tend to buy a lot of things in connection with this area of interest then you are onto a winner. Try out a few blogs on subjects you yourself are interested in. If you hit on a niche market you will make money.
Most pets are good things to write about. I have a blog on dogs and puppies. Up to a few months ago I wrote about 2 posts a week and sold lots of dog items from amazon ads. Google ads only brought in around 50c to 70c a day.
I have let this blog and other I have slip these past few months because my father died suddenly in August and had to move back to live with my mother. Things have settled down now and I can now get back to keeping my blogs and writing up to date.
Another good niche market if you have the experience is stories about babies and young children. Lots of parents willing to buy stuff there lol.
The ordinary blog which can be about any subject will not bring in much revenue at all, but as you say you love to write it so continue with that for pleasure.
The Google blogs are easy to set up and free so you can go ahead and start a few different ones for each niche and see which ones start to pay off. Once you start to get a good following of regular readers you will be onto a winner.
Chantele Cross-Jones from Cardiff on October 02, 2012:
Ok one question! Does it really work? Can you make a decent amount of money from adsense and amazon sales with a blog? I have been blogging for 3 years, tried varius affiliates and google adsense and barely made a penny. Hubpages has been far better for me already and I have only been here a few months. I am a genuine writer not looking to get rich quick or anything. My main blog if purely for enjoyment these days, I make almost no money but I love it so much. But I would consider starting others if I thought there was genuine earning potential in them. This is a great breakdown hub for anyone wanting to start a google blog I just wonder if 90% of people would ever actually make money? Thanks
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on August 20, 2012:
Writing blogs on subjects you enjoy is a fun way to make money online. And as you can see from the article above once some one shows you how it is done then it is quite easy too.
Thank you ShaamCA, Hawaii and Margaritta for your kind comments
ShaamCA from India on August 07, 2012:
Good write up and very informative post too.
Hawaiian Odysseus from Southeast Washington state on June 27, 2012:
Wonderfully researched and written! Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting! Thank you very much for gathering so much useful information and adding pertinent videos that your fellow Hubbers and the general public can put to great use. I like how you're earning money and contributing to your community at the same time. A real win-win scenario! Aloha!
MargaritaEden from Oregon on June 21, 2012:
Wow, very informative and useful hub viking305! I need to re-read it a few times, one day hopefully I will be able to create a blog, sharing this great hub!
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on March 07, 2012:
Setting up your own blog is easy as I have set out above in this article. I have a few free Google blogs and they are doing well.
Yes Kyrillos, if you are already a Google Adsense or Amazon affiliate then you are allowed to put these ads on your own blog. The only thing you need to be careful about is that the blog adheres to Google's Terms and conditions. ie no porn, gambling etc.
Thank you Kyrillos and myhistory for taking the time to leave a comment
Kyrillos on March 07, 2012:
that was exactly what i want
i had a question about affiliate !
if i put my affiliate link in my blog is it legal or not
myhistory from Indonesia on February 28, 2012:
nice information for us
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on February 11, 2012:
Thank you everyone for reading this article and taking the time to make a comment, I appreciate it
gnrao on February 04, 2012:
nice information for all bloggers
trimar7 from New York on January 25, 2012:
Well organized and explained. I too write for blogger.com. It is very easy to navigate. They also allow for affiliate links.
kalyan on December 29, 2011:
wow this is great information i really required
sabrani44 on December 14, 2011:
Very useful, thanks so much!
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on November 30, 2011:
Thank you everyone for reading and taking the time to comment.
Bunty, it is hard to get accepted by Google Adsense program as an affiliate. I have written another article that explains the best way to go about it. Good luck.
bunty on November 30, 2011:
how to approve adsense accounte please help me?????????
Tiffany Taylor on November 27, 2011:
Thank you so much for this! This has been an amazing help to me. I've just started my own blog at www.brokehousewife.com & this page has been a constant source of reference. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with others.
Bunters on November 07, 2011:
Great information here helped me to get up and running. Realistically we're not making too much money unless we're lucky :P But thanks for the information.
shinil on November 02, 2011:
Janna Gee on September 30, 2011:
Very informative. Thank you very much...
Mara Clemente from Borinken, Loíza on September 17, 2011:
went there and came back home! heheeh!! thanks!!!
cmarais on September 07, 2011:
thanx,that was exactly what i was looking for
Subbir Kumar Datta from India on September 02, 2011:
Yala on August 25, 2011:
Thank you for the information. It was helpful.
Hosted Exchange on February 15, 2011:
This is really a great information on making the money in easy way and more over sitting at home..I was wondering to know what kind of knowledge is required for starting it..i have quite less knowledge related to blogging..
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on February 13, 2011:
Thank you everyone for reading and your comments. Mayur if you have trouble getting Google to accept you as an affiliate then read my hub on this subject.
There is a way that you can become a Google affiliate by following these steps. Once you are accepted then you can then add the Google adverts onto your free Blogs.
deepakkumaarr on January 19, 2011:
very useful article
eculligan on October 24, 2010:
Very Useful hub.
webspider20 on October 12, 2010:
Great post. I have been making money from google for a while now and I know how easy it is to make a decent living just from google alone. Great videos by the way.
John R Wilsdon from Superior, Arizona on October 05, 2010:
Have a google blog. Now I will be able to use it more intelligently. Thanks, good article.
pakpub from Florida on September 27, 2010:
Great information for placing Google adsense on blogs. Thanks for sharing.
Wendy Henderson from Cape Coral on September 17, 2010:
Great information for bloggers.
Granny's House from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time on September 17, 2010:
viking, thank you for the info. I will try it.
idreesfarooq from fiverr dot com/idreesfarooq on September 13, 2010:
Good information. Thanks for sharing. I have bookmarked this. Vote up!
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on September 11, 2010:
Thanks for reading Jaypyramid, Yes there is a lot of research done here. I had to do it for myself to understand how to make money online from blogs. I was surprised that Google Blogs were so easy to use
prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on August 30, 2010:
Thanks for share this useful information. I never get bored to learn about google adsense. I hope we can increase the income from adsense by create google blogs. I'll bookmark this one. Vote up
prettydarkhorse from US on August 28, 2010:
Hi Viking, I will work out a blog after our challenge and I will come back to this hub, Bookmark it, Maita
Hubpages Hubber from USA on August 28, 2010:
Tony from At the Gemba on August 27, 2010:
Great information, will bookmark this and read again.
Charles Fox from United Kingdom on August 27, 2010:
Great resource and one I shall link to from my Google hubs!
billyaustindillon on August 26, 2010:
Great info on the google blog - something I need to take in and clean up my google blog - so many options there.
Jaypyramid on August 26, 2010:
Wow, you are a wealth of information Viking, only thing is you are introducing me to so many good tools and ideas that I'll get nothing else done! But hey your articles save me researching myself they are so easy to follow
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on August 25, 2010:
Thanks for reading K9. Since you already have a Google AdSense account you just have to add the Google ads by going to the add a Gadget and clicking on the Google Adsense button. You account number is already on their system.
I meant to put that information in the hub and will do so now. Thanks for reminding me K9
India Arnold from Northern, California on August 25, 2010:
Wow. This is really full of great information. I have a google blog and it just kind of sits there until I tap-in and share a hub from here. Your information allows me to actually make it work for me, what a cool tool, thank you for taking on the subject! Up and useful!