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It would take a lot to get me to stop using something once I'm familiar with it, especially if it’s not broken. Based on this, I started blogging with Blogger almost a year ago and I’ve never quite gotten around to switching to Wordpress. Yes, yes, I know Wordpress is the bomb, and it has all the cool plugins and all, but back when I started using Blogger, I wanted simplicity. I've found that with Blogger and I am satisfied.

It would take a lot to get me to stop using something once I'm familiar with it, especially if it’s not broken. Based on this, I started blogging with Blogger almost a year ago and I’ve never quite gotten around to switching to Wordpress. Yes, yes, I know Wordpress is the bomb, and it has all the cool plugins and all, but back when I started using Blogger, I wanted simplicity. I've found that with Blogger and I am satisfied.

Now, things are different and I want to make changes to my blog, but I’m not ready to migrate either. So here are a few tips for enhancing your Blogspot blog, which I’ve found very useful for me over the last few months… Get your own domain name Having xxx.blogspot.com is nice and free, but it doesn't quite get you far enough, especially if you want to get serious and more professional with blogging. It’s pretty easy to do in the Settings > Publishing section and it only costs about $10 per year. Get rid of the top blogger navigational bar The Blogger nav bar literally tells the whole world that your blog is from Blogspot. I think it makes it look a lot more professional without it, although you end up losing your admin log in, but there are ways around that. Here’s a short tutorial on how to remove the blogger bar. Get your own favicon No matter how simple your own favicon looks, I’m sure it would look more professional than Blogger’s. There are lots of applications which create favicons for you for free as well like this and that. Here’s another tutorial on removing the blogger favicon. Make sure you are using blogger in draft Blogger in draftallows you to customise your header image, so you could actually upload your own image and use that as the header logo and/or background. It also allows you to change the font for various heading tags on your blog, thus creating a really nice and different effect. Change the appearance of your page titles Blogger has a way of creating titles tags which appear like this: Blog Title: Post Title Technically this isn’t a bad thing, but any SEO person would cringe at this for a title tag. It’s always best to have titles first, followed by blog title (if the blog title is absolutely necessary), this way it avoids confusion from readers and search engines. Here’s how to sort it out. Now that’s out of the way, here are some of the other features of Blogger which are really handy and you don’t need to change anything to use.

  1. Blogger Preview: You can preview your blog post before you publish it, this way you know what the post is going to look like before you hit the publish button. I’ve found this very useful especially if I want to proof read and sort out image alignment and layout issues.
  2. Blogger Stats: You don’t have to log into Google Analytics or any of the other analytics tools you were using to know what’s going on with your blog. Granted, it’s not exactly perfect but it gives you a brief insight into your traffic without leaving blogger. Just don’t forget to tick the section that says ‘Don’t track your own pageviews’, or else it will…
  3. Template Designer: If you’re not particular about the images you want to use for your template you could pick someone else’s template and customise it to your taste by changing the colour and the font. In the end you could end up getting a new template which no one else has, now that is unique.

Agreed, Blogspot isn’t the best blogging platform to use but it is so simple and easy to set it up in a matter of minutes, literally. I would definitely recommend it to anyone starting out with blogging and isn’t looking to get their hands dirty quickly. And if push comes to shove, you can always migrate once you want something more in a blogging platform…