This is our Blogger FAQ and Help guide on the questions and issues that are commonly raised by Bloggers as well as the readers of our Blog at Tips for New Bloggers. Here, we shall elaborate on the finer details of the customization tips for your Blog template, give further examples, and answer specific queries. For detailed write-ups and discussions on the topics, please refer to the articles in our main Blog. Before changing any template, please remember to save a copy of the current template. After editing the template, preview it, and save it when you are satisfied with the change.
Blogger FAQ and Help

Header
  • Insert an image to the left of Blog Title and Description [read]
  • Add a Horizontal Navigation Bar in Header Image [read]
  • Unable to remove Header Image [read]

Blog Posts
  • Arrange, customize and shift the Blog Posts and Footer elements [read]
  • Insert a picture or image beside the Blog Post Title [read]
  • How to have standard or pre-formatted text in Blog Posts [read]
  • Add Highlighting to Text and Background Color in Text Box [read]
  • Change Blogger Post URL - SEO Tip [read]
  • Change the Post a Comment Link [read]
  • Add scrollbars to text within Blog Posts [read]

Sidebar
  • Add Background color and image to Sidebar Titles [read]
  • Have different Background colors for each widget [read]
  • Style and Position Sidebar Images [read]

Footer
  • How to align Blog Post Footer elements to the left [read]
  • Move Comments Label to below Post Title [read]

Links and Labels
  • How to add Hover, Mouseover and Rollover effects for links [read]
  • Remove automatic number count in Labels widget [read]
  • Remove link underlines in Blog Posts and/or sidebar [read]
  • Be notified by Blogger when there is a Backlink [read]
  • Change and Edit Labels in Multiple Posts [read]

General
  • How to change Background Colour of TicTac Template [read]
  • How to remove the Pencil or Screwdriver and Wrench icons [read]
  • How to add animated graphics in Blogger Post and Sidebar [read]
  • Add Text Box or HTML textarea code in Blogs [read]
  • Know the limits on our Blogger account [read]
  • How to take Screenshots or Screen captures [read]
  • How to change and transfer Blog ownership [read]
  • Change font size and font styles in template [read]
  • How to center align Page Elements [read]
  • How to insert a separator line between each comment [read]

Search Tricks for New Bloggers

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We have extended our month-long vacation by a couple of days. We shall be posting articles the moment we return. We noticed that Google had updated the Page Ranks. New bloggers who have been waiting anxiously for this can check their blogs' Page Ranks. We have the PR checker link in our SEO Tools - Search Engine Optimization article.

The blog we created recently in Aug 2007, Blogger FAQ and Help, has also got its first Page Rank, a PR4. All our blogs are now ranked:-

Tips for New Bloggers - PR6
Business Fables and Management Lessons - PR4
Famous Motivational and Inspirational Quotes - PR4
Blogger FAQ and Help - PR4

Thanks to everyone for the support!

Sep 20, 2007

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Change Blogger Post URL – SEO Tip

Search engines look for keywords and it is widely believed that keyword-specific domains and subdomains rank highly in the search engine algorithm. This is so because having the keyword in the URL suggests that the site contents are related to the keyword. Also, when visitors look at the search results, they are likely to click the link that contains relevant keywords. With this in mind, we should ensure that keywords appear in the Blog URL and Blog Post URL for search engine optimization (SEO) purposes.

Blog URL

In case you are lost as to what we are referring to, consider this. Suppose you want to blog about politics in planet Mars (fictional of course). You start to create a new blog. Between the two – one bearing your name http://tom-dick-harry.blogspot.com and the other bearing the URL http://politics-in-planet-mars.blogspot.com – which do you think will attract the search engines and potential visitors? Quite obviously the second URL. People who are interested in this topic will search for the keywords “politics”, “planet” and “mars” and are never going to search for your name. Search engines identifies these keywords in the Blog URL and displays that in their search results.

It may be that over time, you are so famous that your name is synonymous with this topic and people will search for your name instead. The start will be slow and more effort has to be put into publicity, such as submitting your blog to Blog Directories, Feed Directories and Search Engines. Until such time, you would have to endure trickling traffic to your Blog. If you are starting a new blog, bear this in mind.

Blog Post URL

Under Settings -> Archiving, if you have selected “Yes” to “Enable Post Pages”, each of your posts will have a unique web page. Blogger automatically generates the Post URL based on the Title of the Post. The title follows a fixed format:-

http://blogname.blogspot.com/2007/09/post-title.html


There is a limit to the number of characters in the URL. Let's assume you have written a Post about healthy lifestyle and happily called it “How to add more spice and flavor into our lives.” Once the Post is published, the Post URL may look like this:-

http://blogname.blogspot.com/2007/09/how-to-add-more-spice-and-flavor-into.html


Based on what we said about SEO, you may get hits from people who want to find out about spices used in food or food recipes. This is vastly different from your intended visitor profile. One way to get around it is to give the Blog Post a Title that contains the necessary keywords. For instance, name it “Healthy Lifestyle Choices and Tips.” Publish your Post and the Post URL will be something like:-

http://blogname.blogspot.com/2007/09/healthy-lifestyle-choices-and-tips.html


After the Post is published, go back to edit the Post and change the title. You can have a fanciful and yet relevant Post Title. Republish your Post. Even though the Title is changed, the Post URL will remain the same. However, the title that appears in the feed and search engine index will be the new edited title. In a way, you have the best of both worlds, a title that you like and a Post URL that contains the keywords for search engine optimization.

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22 comments:

BlogmasterPg said...

A little 'seo' suggestion: i know the better way is change our URL (of post) and pubblish the name of the blog AFTER the post titleas: http://postname-blogname-date. I don't know the code to change it! I think it could be your nest work, Bye, BlogMasterPg

Milan said...

Cool, even if being SEO expert, this trick didn't struck my mind. Simple yet effective.

Another trick that is extremely helpful is from SEO point of view is swap blog title for post title i.e your post title will be different from your blog title. See the link for detailed explanation.

Almakos said...

Hi, like your blog very much.
Seems you know solutions for almost all problems...
But I am puzzled whether it is possible to really transfer old post to a new URL?
'cause on my blog I have post about japanese celebrity but I have named post "let's start" so you can imagine what I have now ^^'
I want url which will contain name of the celebrity, but I want everything else to stay untouched (date, comments etc.)
Please advise.

Scarlett1313 said...

I was wondering if there is a way to change the post title link to NO link at all? I just want text without it being a link. I saw in some other blogs that you can do this but I don't know the code. I hope someone can help...thanks!

ella said...

Hello. Just read about the above article. What if I want my changed title to be the post url title so that the two will be uniformed? Apparently, in my recent comment scripts, they are listing the post url title and not the changed blog titles. Please help. Thanks!

SEO said...

Your blog is very informative. However it is pretty hard task but your post and

experienced serve and teach me how to handle and make it more simple and manageable.

Thanks for the tips… Best regards.

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lianne jm van de ven said...

I wanted to change the URL of my post after I had changed the title, and thought I would find an answer on how to do that in this post, but I didn't. My work-around was to copy the contents of the existing post and create a new post, paste the contents (html - so the picture would be in the same place), and give it the new title. I then manually set the post date and time to be the same as the old post (at the bottom of post editing window). After I successfully published the new post I deleted the old post (opting to not delete the picture along with it). My new post now has a url that I want and coincides with the title. I still prefer the blog to allow for just manually choosing a url, but I don't think that's an option.

Eye Care said...

Very good post. It is quite helpful for SEO. I before this tips some times followed this whenever I make a mistake on title. I like your blog and read regularly.

Gaurav said...

Thanx....

Laura said...

HI! I love this blog! I have found so many answers to my questions here! I'm desperate though and would LOVE your help please!!

I have two blogs under my account. Is there a way to switch my one URL to the other blog?? I so desperately need to do this!! Or, is there anyway to add all my previous posts to a new URL? Thanks for any help you can give!!
~Laura

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p4ladin said...

very nice post thx...

Ghosty said...

hm...i unfortunately i already knew this and i do follow the same..but for freshers this is a great tip.

regards,
Ghosty

Miss Kayla said...

I've used your trick but how about the times where the blog was already posted with the undesirable URL address and someone commented on the post. How can I revise the URL address without losing the comment?

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ajpmann said...

My post urls now end with blog.post.html/..... I have no idea why, I think some code must have been changed somehow/. Can anyone help me? I am desperate...

Joan said...

Does the date always have to be there? It is so ugly looking... Otherwise thanks for all the tips!

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Thanks, Very helpful post for newbies like me. hope u will post more blogging tips.

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