First time using Blogger? No worries, here is a simple walk-through on how to create and format a blog post in Blogger.

01 Create a New Post

In your dashboard, navigate to your Overview page as shown above. Click on “Posts” on the left panel. There are two ways to create a post, both illustrated by the red arrows.

02 Formatting Post

This is how it looks like when you’re first creating a new post. Look at the arrow on the extremely left. For authors who do not have any HTML knowledge, please select the “Compose” option instead of the HTML option. I feel that the editor is very user friendly, and you would know how to change the font size, bold, and underline options etc. However, I will explain numbers 1 – 4 shown on the image.

1 – Adding a link in your post.

02_01 Adding Links

First, highlight the word that you want to be a link. In this case, I’m highlighting the word “text”. After it is highlighted, click on the “Link” in the editor.

02_02 Adding Links

Clicking on the “Link” in the editor, will bring up this box. Under “Text to display”, double check that this is the text that you want link. Select the radio button “Web Address”. Copy and paste your link in the “Which URL should this link go to?” field.

“Open this link in a new window” will open the link in a new tab when your visitors click the link.

“Add ‘rel=nofollow’ attribute is used for SEO purposes, checking this box will tell search engines NOT to follow this specific link.

2 – Add Image to Your Post

02_03 Add Image

To add image to your post, click on the place where you want the image to be inserted to, then click on the Image icon at the top. It will bring up this box, where you can choose where you want to upload the image from. After you’re done, click on “Add selected” button.

3 – Add a Block quote

02_04 Add Block Quote

To add a block quote, first click on the block quote icon shown under the number 3. Then you can type your text after that! It should look like the image above.

02_05 Add Block Quote

The above is how it will look like on your website.

4 – Remove Prior Formatting

Show under the number 4, the Remove Formatting button is a very handy tool, that prevents your blog posts from getting messed up with different fonts and stuff. For example, after you copy and paste your pre-written blog post with a funky font from Word document, just highlight the whole post and click this button. It will make sure that you blog post looks consistent with your website’s font.

Okay so we’ve gone through numbers 1-4. Now lets go through the Post Settings shown on the right of your screen.

03 Adding Labels

You can add different labels to your blog post. Labels are very useful because it enables your visitors to search your blog posts efficiently. For example, with reference to the above picture, if my visitors want to read only posts related to wildlife, they can do so because I’ve created labels for that.

04 Scheduling the Post

After you created a post, you can choose to automatically publish it on the spot, or you can set a date and time that you want this specific post to be published.

05 Permalink

You can choose how you want your post link to look like. :By default, it follows your blog title. In this case, my blog title is “Blog Post”, that is why it appears as “blog-post.html”. If you want to change it to a different URL, click on the “Custom Permalink” option, and type the name that you want. You can rename it to “monkey-can-fly.html”, or “bugs-can-bite.html”, but notice that you need the “-” dash as spaces.

06 Other Options

For the Options section, you can choose whether you allow your visitors to leave a comment on this specific post..

07 Publish or Save

If you’re not ready to publish your post yet, click on “Save‘ and your post will be saved as a draft. If you are ready to publish your post (make sure your Scheduling is set up as I’ve shown above – letting it publish now or later) then just click “Publish“. And of course “Preview” button  lets you preview your post, quite self explanatory.

Okay, I think that’s all for creating and formatting a post in Blogger. Hopefully this tutorial helped a little! If you’ve any questions feel free to ask!