Thursday, April 26, 2012

How to Start a Basic Beauty Blog with Blogger.com for Free

Do you love makeup or fashion? Are you passionate about outfits and new looks? Why not start your very own beauty blog? This is a straight to the point no nonsense step-by-step beginner’s guide towards starting your first beauty blog for free or at little to no cost.  


Step 1: Opening an account with Blogger.com
There are many places where you can publish your own blogs like Facebook or Wordpress.  But not all of them have a website feel and some of them require you to purchase web hosting. Blogger has a lot of nifty features and you can avail their service for free.  So let’s start with Blogger. 

- Visit Blogger.com

- Sign in with your Google account

- Enter a display name

- Accept Bloggers TOS (terms of service)

- Click on "Create a blog"

Now it's time to choose a URL (otherwise known as a web address). You can either pick a URL with keywords such as "makeup", "eye-shadow" and "beauty" or you can use your name or username like "EmafeRice" or "PinkieRiceGurl".  User names may suit your personality while keywords may help you rank faster on search engines (i.e. Google).

Go ahead and pick one of the blog templates from the options that Blogger gives you but keep in mind that the design will only be a temporary one if you choose to upgrade your blog later.

Step 2: Filling in the details

- Fill out your personal profile

- Add a "Join my site" widget by going to Blogger.com -> Click on your your blog -> Click on layout -> Click on "Add Gadget" -> Click on Followers -> Click "Save"

- Add a "Follow by Email" widget by following the step directly above.

- Add a "Blog Archive" by following the steps above.

You now have yourself your very first beauty blog in its most basic form. Congratulations!

BONUS TIP:
When you sign up for Blogger you get a .blogspot domain name by default. This may make it harder for your blog to rank well in search engines and it doesn't look as good as "custom domains". PinkieRiceGurl.com is a good example of a custom domain while PinkieRiceGurl(dot)blogspot.com is along the lines of what Blogger gives away for free.

Blogger allows their members to use custom domains, i.e. PinkieRiceGurl.com, without paying for web hosting.

Visit GoDaddy.com to buy a custom domain name or call their 1-480-505-8877 hotline if you live in the United States.  They have excellent customer service, they will answer your questions and they are online 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Be sure to search for promo codes via Google if you want to buy and register your domain without having to pay full price.


Please contact the owner through the Contact Me link at the top of this page if you'd like to feature this article on your website or blog. Thanks for reading everyone and have a great day!

Emafe Rice is a makeup, fashion and beauty hobbyist with over 2 years of experience. In March of 2010 she founded PinkieRiceGurl.com and has maintained it ever since. Click on the following link to see How to Find Your Instagram Profile URL and How to Add it to Your YouTube Profile


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