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Google Blogger For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Susan Gunelius
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Are you bemused by blogs? Eager to become a blogger? Google Blogger For Dummies can help you start blogging sooner than you think.

More than 14 million people are promoting a business, connecting with family and friends, and sharing opinions with Google Blogger. This book helps you start a Blogger account, create content, build an audience, make money from your blog, and more, all without learning to program. You’ll be able to:

  • Learn the parts of a blog, what Blogger does, and how to choose goals and blog topics
  • Choose a domain name, learn to use the dashboard, pick a template, and configure settings
  • Dress up your blog with themes and find out where to get plenty of free ones
  • Learn blogging etiquette and some secrets for long-term success
  • Make money from your blog with Google Adsense, contextual and text link ads, and merchandising with CafePress
  • Set up multi-user blogs or branch into mobile blogging, podcasting, or video blogging
  • Take advantage of social networking sites and learn simple search engine optimization techniques
  • Maintain your blog with tools like Blog This! and Quick Edit
  • Moderate comments effectively, track your stats, and more

Google Blogger is a great choice for beginning bloggers, and Google Blogger For Dummies gives you the know-how to venture confidently into the blogosphere.

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Here's what you need to know to get started with Google Blogger

Want to share your opinions, promote your business, network with others, and maybe pick up a few extra dollars, all without learning to program? Millions of people are doing it with Google Blogger, and you can too. This book helps you create a Blogger account, write compelling content, build an audience, make money from your blog, and more!

  • What's a blog, and what's Blogger? — learn the parts of a blog, what Blogger does, and how to choose goals and blog topics

  • Nuts and bolts — choose a domain name, learn to use the dashboard, pick a template, and configure settings

  • Blog effectively — learn blogosphere etiquette and some secrets for long-term success

  • Fun bells and whistles — dress up your blog with templates (lots of them are free!)

  • Does making dollars make sense? — explore options for Google Adsense®, contextual and text link ads, paid posts, and merchandising with CafePress

  • Spread the word — promote your blog through search engines and social networking sites

  • A family of blogs — set up multi-user blogs or branch into mobile blogging, podcasting, or video blogging

  • Get more Google — use Picasa®, YouTube, Feedburner, and more

Open the book and find:

  • How to choose a blog topic and personalize your blog

  • What you should know about moderating comments

  • How to maintain your blog with tools like Blog This! and Quick Edit

  • Simple search engine optimization techniques

  • Tips for tracking your blog traffic

  • Where to find cool free templates

  • How to make money from your blog

  • Ten useful social networking sites

About the Author

Susan Gunelius is President and CEO of KeySplash Creative, Inc., a full-service marketing communications provider. She is also a professional blogger and seasoned marketing and branding expert with two other books to her credit. In addition to being the Guide to Web Logs for, she authors blogs for a variety of clients as well as her own blogs, and

Product Details

  • File Size: 10374 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (February 18, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001U5VJSG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #563,857 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for both novice and pro! February 17, 2009
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First Line: So you made the decision to start a blog.

This is a decision that thousands, if not millions, of people have made. If Google Blogger is the blogging platform chosen, how much help isGunelius' book? A lot!

From Part I where the author describes Blogger's features and compares it to other blogging software, Gunelius takes the reader step-by-step through opening a Google account, starting a blog, choosing a template, writing and publishing blog posts-- everything a beginning blogger should know.

From the basics, she moves on to covering how to monetize a blog, blogging from different media such as podcasting and mobile phones, how to use social media such as Twitter to network and build a community, and how to obtain your own domain. There's even a section for troubleshooting problems. Everything is written in clear, concise language and easy to follow instructions.

People who have been blogging for a while may wonder if Google Blogger for Dummies contains anything worthwhile for them. My answer would be yes. For example, I had questions about obtaining my own domain, just what does "bounce rate" mean, and how to increase my search engine ranking. This book answered all those questions and many others. This book is for everyone using Blogger, both novice and pro.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots more than just the basics February 3, 2009
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The "Dummies" franchise is notoriously uneven with lots of low-quality titles and a relatively few good ones. "Google Blogger For Dummies" is a winner.

Susan Gunelius effortlessly walks the reader through the history of blogs and Blogger, in particular, the mechanics of starting, maintaining and growing a blog and ehnhancing your blog with templates, widgets, elements and gadgets. Then Gunelius segues into "Making Money with Blogger".

This section is surprisingly well done and thorough. It lists a number of resources for monetizing your blog and has a pretty detailed discussion of Google's AdSense program. Gunelius then moves on to networking and relationship building.

All in all, Susan Gunelius has turned out a very usable guide to getting started with Google Blogger, growing into as sophisticated a blog as you like and, if you are so moved (and have enough traffic), monetizing and growing it. Good work. Do remember that this guide is oriented toward Blogger beginners.

If you'd like a good introduction to WordPress, Google Blogger's major competitor, checkout another "dummies" title, WordPress For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech)).

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reference for Blogger July 24, 2009
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I've had my blog up and running for a couple of weeks and decided to get this book to help fill in some gaps in what I had learned on my own. I was not disappointed.

It is easy to just take a chapter at a time and you can skip around as needed. It is a great reference book. I have a Kindle and started to buy that version, but decided to go with the hardcopy. This was a good call as I have highlighted and dog-eared a lot of the pages so I can easily flip to sections I need to reference.

While you can learn a lot about Blogger online, I find it helpful on my eyes to get away from the computer screen every now and then and read a "real" book. Also, there aren't many books exclusively devoted to Blogger (like this one)so this was also a real plus.

One of the ways the book helped me the most, was in creating a unique domain name for my blog. I wanted to have a url that didn't have the at the end of it. The author walked me through the steps and it took all of 5 minutes! This alone saved me a lot of time and was worth the price of the book. [...]

Good luck with your blogging!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Google Blogger for Dummies March 14, 2010
Google Blogger For Dummies
I usually am a little disappointed with "for Dummies" books - but not this one. I am 73 years old and have decided to set up my own blog. I borrowed this book from the library and found it to be very helpful. I am so impressed with this book that I am writing my very first review here.

The author, Susan Gunelius, writes about everything from setting up the blog to search engine optimization in a very clear and organized manner. If a grandmother can understand the book, everyone should be able to. I'm ordering my own copy of "Google Blogger for Dummies" to keep handy as I progress with my blog.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful December 11, 2010
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This my first attempt at Blogging, and I found this book worth the purchase. There is one shortcoming: Blogger has been updated since publication, and many of the photos are not representative of the current format. In spite of this, it was still a worthwhile purchase.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginner and intermediate bloggers September 14, 2010
This is a great resource for anyone considering a blog creation. I had already created my blog, however, there were some great applications and suggestions that I was not aware of and picked up as a result of this book. This reference guide will walk you through every step of creating your blog to things you can do to monitor traffic, drive traffic to your blog, give suggestions for layout and applications that are available as well as walking you through the process of using Google Blogger with your own domain name. I found the book very helpful and there were several things I learned and implemented. The great thing about these series of books is that each chapter is stand alone. Choose the chapters or topics that you are interested in and in whatever order you wish. Some of the features that were discussed were already outdated, as Google is constantly making upgrades, but there is usually another similar application that will do virtually the same thing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book in a great series
Another great book in a great series. Even if you are not a novice, this series is outstanding because it is filled with references and pointers to great resources!
Published 18 days ago by cdrspock
4.0 out of 5 stars Best book for starters- My personal experience
The book is really good and helpful for people who have just started blogging. Blogger or Blogspot is a free tool that helps you to build up your website very easy and this book... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Shayan
5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived as promised.
Arrived as promised.
Published 4 months ago by Gretchen Gottlich
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs Updating
Some of the info in this book is helpful, but Blogger has changed a good bit since this book was written. An update by the author is in order.
Published 5 months ago by Pam Garrett
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money . . .
This book is so OUT OF DATE it's impossible to use. The Blogger platform has changed dramatically since 2009 (when the book was published) that all the photos and information don't... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Melinda Roberts
1.0 out of 5 stars This book is out of date...
I had high hopes that this book would answer some technical questions I had about Blogger, but unfortunately it was published in 2009 and hasn't been updated since that time. Read more
Published 7 months ago by salliesue
3.0 out of 5 stars It's Okay...
its okay, nothing to write home about. I already have a blog and was hoping it would help me to move forward, but....
Published 8 months ago by Maryanne Oldenburg
5.0 out of 5 stars Google blogger
This book has been helpful but somewhat outdated. As fast as things change I really think this book is alright but personally I need to buy the newer version.
Published 9 months ago by Lauren Monsey Nagel
2.0 out of 5 stars outdated
Basics about Blogger are good but not of use as I intended. Blogger that is. I will donate it back to goodwill.
Published 9 months ago by Danl
3.0 out of 5 stars Edition getting outdated
Like most "Dummies" books there is a good overview to familiarize the reader with the subject. Often only a chapter or two are needed for any particular reader. Read more
Published 10 months ago by James T Reilly
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More About the Author

Susan Gunelius is President and CEO of KeySplash Creative, Inc., a marketing communications provider offering content marketing, branding, copywriting, social media marketing services. Her clients include Citibank, Cox Communications, (a New York Times company), and a variety of large and small organizations around the world.

Several of Susan's books are used in university classrooms. As a professional speaker, Susan lectures professionals and students across the globe about marketing, social media, branding and more. She has also been interviewed by a wide variety of television, radio, print, and online media organizations about marketing-related topics.

Susan is a featured columnist for and, and her marketing-related articles have appeared on websites such as,,,, and many more.

With 20 years of marketing, branding, and copywriting experience, Susan is a seasoned corporate professional having spent much or her career developing and executing marketing programs for global and national organizations, including divisions of AT&T and HSBC.

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