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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

How to change URL of your blog

(See IMPORTANT NOTE below)




Steps to change a blog's URL (web address) in Blogger:

1. log into Dashboard
2. click on the relevant blog
3. click SETTINGS tab
4. click PUBLISHING
5. edit url (see screenshot above. Place where you type the new URL is indicated by cursor (arrow) and also "Type new URL here" in red

Remember to save settings.

Your success will depend on whether the URL has already been taken up or not.

NOTE: Remember, if you changed the URL of your blog, any existing incoming links will become dead link. If your blog is relatively new, that may not be a problem, but if your blog has been on the Web for a long time, your blog will already have been indexed by search engines, and you will have to wait to be indexed by the search engines all over again, and for some time, people searching for content in your blog will get links that lead nowhere. You will lose your PageRank and will have to wait a long time to get a meaningful PageRank for blog with the new URL. People may have linked to your blog or posts and all these will become dead links. Further, there have been lots of reports of bloggers who deleted their blog or changed its URL. Sploggers grab the now available URL and use them for dubious uses the worst of which is pornography. This will be extremely embarrassing for you if your family, relatives, friends, colleagues, etc., have your old URL.

So if yours is an old blog, think very carefully before you change the URL. If you insist on doing it, I would suggest immediately try to re-register your old URL and use it to redirect the old blog to the new blog URL. See Redirect New Blogger blog to another site

Publishing a Blog with Blogger: Visual QuickProject Guide

What is Label and How to use it

Label is what some would also call category
Eg you have a blog about food
Then you label for example posts about appetizer with the label (category) Appetizer
Posts about main courses with label Main course
Posts about desserts with the label Desserts
Posts about vegetarian food with the label Vegetarian
etc etc
Then you go to Layout and add a Label gadget and put it in the sidebar or horizontally below the blog title
Visitors to your blog will then see a list of labels (categories)
Visitors clicking on say Desserts will then see a long list of all posts labeled Desserts
Visitors clicking on say Appetizer will then see a long list of all posts labeled Appetizer
etc etc
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