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Monday, 19 September 2016


This is a complete beginners guide article that will take you on a tour around your blogger dashboard, this post will explain to you all the functions of the buttons you see on your blogger dashboard, how to use this buttons to your advantage and those ones you shouldn’t attempt to edit regularly. This post on “everything you need to know about your blogger dashboard” is a bit long and wordy post with over 2k words plus and also; the screenshot images taken from my blogger dashboard will help make this guide comprehensible. It is advisable to bookmark or save it for reference purpose. We should get started.


Our explanation on the blogger dashboard will be based on the numbers assigned to each button on the image above. First number first:

NO. 1 BUTTON ON THE IMAGE (The New Post Button): The number 1 button on the screenshot above serves the same function as the “new post” button indicated with no. 4 on the image. You click any of this buttons in order to create and publish a new post. All the articles, stories, videos, images and links you will add to your blog will be made possible through any of these buttons. The no.1 button on the image above is also called the “new post” button. It also has a menu of its own with several buttons on it which we will explore as we proceed, so relax because we are just getting started.

NO. 2 BUTTON ON THE IMAGE (The Post Button): The no. 2 and no. 6 buttons on the screenshot image above performs similar functions. It is called the “Post” button. You use this button to view all your post which includes your “Published”, “Scheduled” and “Draft” post.

NO. 3 BUTTON ON THE IMAGE (The View Blog Button): The no. 3 button on the image is the “View blog” button. If you want to see what your blog looks like to your visitors, then you can click on it. You also use this button to view any changes or new settings you applied to your blog.

NO. 4 BUTTON ON THE IMAGE (The New Post Button): this button serves the same function as the no. 1 button explained above.

NO. 5 BUTTON ON THE IMAGE (The Overview button): this is the default button that displays each time you login to your blog’s dashboard. The button is actually called the “Overview” button and it gives a rundown of most of the activities that happened on your blog which includes page views, comments awaiting moderation, number of published comments, number of post and number of followers. Etc.

NO. 6 BUTTON ON THE IMAGE (The Post button):
check button NO. 2 for its function because they have the same function

NO. 7 BUTTON ON THE IMAGE (The Pages button):
if you want to create a static page such as an about-me page, a contact page, privacy policy page, advertiser’s page etc. you can use this button. This button also has other buttons similar that which you will find when you click on the “new post” button. A static page is a type of page that is stand by, you don’t have to click a next or previous button in order to see this page because it is always there at either the top of your webpage or on your side bar depending on where you placed it. More details will follow later.

NO. 8 BUTTON ON THE IMAGE (The Comment button): the comment button handles everything concerning the comments on your blog. If you want to see the number of comments awaiting moderation and the number of comments published so far on your blog, then you just have to click on this button. You will also find other settings applicable to comments on the settings section of your dashboard.

NO. 9 BUTTON ON THE IMAGE (The Stats button): this button gives you the full statistics when it comes to page views and audiences. You will find information on the number of people that visited your blog today, last month and total time period in this section. Also, you will see the countries that read your blog, the browsers they use and the operating system still on this section. You can also perform this similar function in a more advanced way by signing up for google analytics. It is free and easy to use. I have mine so get yours when you have chance.

NO. 10 BUTTON ON THE IMAGE (The Earnings button):
if you want to make money from your blog, then you can access this button. There is a platform called Google adsense in which you can sign up for, when you are approved for it, you can then display ads on your blog and when your visitors click on your ads, google will pay for the click just like that. I have an article on how to get a one-timeadsense approval and also the steps on how to apply for Google adsense so you might consider checking them out.

NO. 11 BUTTON ON THE IMAGE (The Campaigns button): you use this button if you want to campaign for audience. Adword is one of such means you can use for achieving this function but you have to pay some money. There are other methods you can use to get up to 30,000 visitors per month without paying any dime.

NO.12 BUTTON ON THE IMAGE (The Layout button): the name alone should tell you what it does. You use this button to add, remove, rearrange and control the placement of widgets on your blog. Want to know what a widget is? A widget is a kind of additive to your blog which enables you to achieve certain functions. A list of all your popular post, recent post, and social media sharing bar are all widgets.

NO. 13 BUTTON ON THE IMAGE (The Template button): you can use this button to edit your template, upload a new template, set your mobile view template and all other functions associated with template.

NO. 14 BUTTON ON THE IMAGE (The Settings button): if you want to make changes or alter your present settings, then you can use this button. It has numerous other buttons inside it.
Now, over to the text editor dashboard

Know The Functions of the Buttons on Your Text Editor’s Dashboard

If you do use Ms Word, then you should be familiar with most buttons on this section because they also perform the same function here in blogger. I will pick out the important ones to discuss with you. The numbering is based on the numbering on the above image so use the image above as a reference point.

1. HTML button: you use this button if you want to apply HTML/CSS effects to your blog post.

2. Font button: the No.2 button displays the fonts you can use to format your post.

3. Text size button: use this button to increase or decrease the size of your fonts.

4. The button with normal on it is a drop down with other options under it. You use these options to format your headings, sub headings and minor headings.

5. Link button: use this button to include a link in your post. To use this button, you need to select the text first before clicking on the button.

6. Image button: use this button to insert image into your blog post.

6.5. Video button: use this button to insert video into your blog post

7. Jump break button: use this button to shorten the number of lines of your post that displays on the main page. When you use this button, a “Read more” button will be added to enable the reader complete the post in a new page.

8. Labels button: use this button to add labels to your post. When you add a label to your post, all other post within the same label will be grouped together with it. In fact, label in blogger is synonymous to category.

9. Schedule button: use this button to make your post publish itself at a stated date and time. When you click this button, you can select the “set date and time” option to schedule your post.

10. Location button: this button is not that fancied by me but you can use it to add your location

11. Options: you can enable and disable comments through this button

12. Remove formatting button: a click on this button will clear all the formatting you did to your text but won’t remove hyperlinks.

13. Publish button: click this button to make your post go live on your blog. It publishes your post.

14. Save button: if at one point in time, you got tired of typing your post, you can save it as a draft by clicking this button.

15. Preview: use this option to check how your post will look like on your blog before publishing.

16. Close: click to close the editor and get back to your dashboard.

We will stop here for now; the next lesson will be on “settings” and other menus on the blogger dashboard. Care to share with friends and leave a comment behind

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