Wednesday, January 22, 2020

How to Add Google CNAME to a Custom Domain For Blogger

January 22, 2020

How to Add Google CNAME to a Custom Domain

How to Add Google CNAME to a Custom Domain



I understand that you just started blogging and since you want to go professional want to add a custom domain to your blogger. 

Seriously this is the first step to being taken serious as a would-be professional blogger.

Relax I will help you get going in no time.

In this article I will show you how to add your custom domain on Google server, by adding Google CNAME to the Custom Domain. Here Google call it third party domain.

Yes it's third party since you aren't getting the domain from Google. This is normal for every corporation. Whenever you move from one corporation to another business entity, either of the corporations can call each other "third party"

Note that if you setup your blog using blogger and you get the domain from Google, you don't necessarily have to configure the CNAMEs manually as Google will automatically add this.

What is CNAME?


This is an acronym for Canonical Name Record or Name Alias Record. 

How to Add Google CNAME Record to a Custom Domain for Blogger?

1. Sign in to Blogger and click on "setting" then "basic". Well once you click on "Setting" you should see "basic". Now click on the "+ Set up a third-party URL for your blog" below the Blog Address.

Look at my screenshot below:

How to Add Google CNAME to a Custom Domain




Now as you click there a dialog modal opens, asking you to input the domain name that you already bought from this third party, e.g say from Namecheap and click save.

 Now note that Google is going to give you an error statement in red "We have not been able to verify your authority to this domain" Don't worry about that as this is normal. 

 See screenshot below:

How to Add Google CNAME to a Custom Domain




Now it's time to copy Google's CNAMEs and head to your domain registrar's Cpanel and add the CNAMES.

How do I get Google CNAMEs?


Google gives two CNAMEs,  the first CNAME as general for almost every site hosted on Google, but the second CNAME is unique to each domain to be able to identify them uniquely.

In the screenshot below, have circled the CNAMEs of this domain that we configuring. 

Please when using a blogger and wish to buy a domain from a third party, don't buy hosting as Google is giving you the hosting for free, which is why you need the CNAMEs configuration anyway. Yes you can buy SSL (Secure Socket Layer) from the third party to have a padlock to your site; HTTPS. 

Please let's continue, look at the screenshot below have circled the CNAMEs:

How to Add Google CNAME to a Custom Domain




Now here let's head to the third party Namecheap where I bought the domain, login, click on domains, Advance DNS, and then Add Host Records. See my screenshot below:

How to Add Google CNAME to a Custom Domain




Click on ADD NEW RECORD and a new dialog modal opens. Create this first CNAME as shown in the screenshot below. In the "Host" field put the "www" or whatever Google gives to you and in the "Target" field put ghs.google.com. Again create another field by clicking on 
 ADD NEW RECORD
again and add the second CNAME from Google. This time put 
"rl5fkudeoklj" in the host field and 
"gv-wjex4scwdsfsle.dv.googlehosted.com" in the target field.
Please don't use this my values, use the one Google gave to you

Remember this is just to show you how to. Plus leave the TTL (Time To Live)
at automatic so it propagates faster. 
 And Please note if your registrar don't allow you to create two fields 
at once, save the first record first, then create the second.

How to Add Google CNAME to a Custom Domain




Now you are all set. Click save all changes and your custom domain
should be up and running sooner.

Now remember that if you didn't buy a SSL (security Certificate)
which like I said gives your site that padlock sign for security, HTTPS, then don't 
tell Blogger to redirect your site through HTTPS to avoid errors.

See screenshot below:

How to Add Google CNAME to a Custom Domain




Again choose yes if you paid for SSL, or No if you didn't.

You see, it wasn't hard after all. So you get yourself a custom domain and implement this.


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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

How to Create a Blog in Less than 10 Minutes (Complete Guide)

January 21, 2020

What is a Blog?


A blog is a discussion or informational website. Most blogs function as much as online newspaper or journal. A good and useful blog should carry useful information and what makes blogging so interesting is that one can literally write about any topic of interest. This makes blogging vast, interesting and serious business.






How to Setup A Blog:  

To setup a blog is very easy with few simple steps to follow plus you can setup a blog 100% free. 

You can setup a blog using Wordpress or using blogger from google. For starters I will advise you use blogger as it's as easy as ABC.

Now let's start with blogger from google. 

How to Create a blog. 
First you need a gmail account and login to the gmail account you wish to use then:
  1. Sign in to Blogger.com
  2. On the left, click the Down arrow .
  3. Click New blog.
  4. Enter a name for your blog; this should be the name you want your blog to be known by. Use this to express your passion
  5. Choose a blog address, or URL.
  6. Choose a template; a template is already designed GUI (Graphic User Interface)
  7. Click Create blog.  




Note the title of your blog defines what your blog is about. See how to choose the right title for your blog Here

For the blog address, that's your blog domain name or URL. So here just write the name you want to use without "www" or ".com" extension. E.g paulomogie. Google will automatically add ".blogspot.com" and it will become paulomogie.blogspot.com when you are done and if the name is available for use.

 If the blog address you choose isn't available, Google will tell you it's unavailable for use. Stop, think and choose and another name. that simple.

Now that you have created your first blog it's time to make your first post. My take here is that you should go for topics that you have great knowledge of and make sure your contents are original.


Note: The layout button allows you to arrange or rearrange how things look on your blog.


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Sunday, January 19, 2020

How to Create and Apply For Google Adsense even Though Blogger Says "Not Qualified At This Time" (Complete Guide)

January 19, 2020

How to Apply for Google Adsense even Though Blogger Says "Not Qualified for Adsense This Time"




One of the very frustrating thing as a blogger is to create a cool blog and you feel you are ready to start monetizing your blog but sign into Blogger and see "Not Qualified for Adsense This Time".

 Relax even my blogger Admin shows this message but Google is serving me ads.



How to Apply For Google Adsense and Get Approved Easily

In this post, I will guide you through the registration process without headache.

Before you apply for Google Adsense, make sure you have created at least 4 clean articles that you wrote yourself. I mean from ground up or from the scratch. 

Don't copy and paste other people's contents, and articles must not necessarily be very lengthy. Just clean and quality articles in the niche that you have chosen. You can do this.

This was exactly what I did and 18 days after I launched this blog, Google started serving me Ads.

Please before you go further I recommend you read this first: 

What You Must do Before Applying for Google Adsense


So let's say everything is set and ready to apply, follow this steps:

1. You need a Google Account. Don't have a Google Account Click HERE

2. Make sure your blog or website complies with Google Policy

How to Create Google Adsense Account?


2. Click on Get Started and Sign up now. See My Screenshot below:
How to Apply For Google Adsense and Get Approved Easily


3. Enter the your site or Blog URL where you want Google to show Ads. See Screenshot below:


How to Apply For Google Adsense and Get Approved Easily


4. Enter your Google email Address

5. Choose whether you will like Adsense to send you customized help and performance suggestions. Please select it.

6. Click save when and Google will give you the Adsense Codes to put on your blog HTML. This is always easy, put the code immediately after the head tag. See my screenshot below:


How to Apply For Google Adsense and Get Approved Easily

8. Click on copy, Click submit, (Or come back and click on submit when you are done with the html) login to Blogger and click on "Theme" and edit HTML,  and paste it below the head tag as shown in the screenshot below:


How to Apply For Google Adsense and Get Approved Easily

Save the codes when you are done.

 That's it at this point in time you have to wait for Google's review to approve your site or blog. The beauty is, if your website isn't approved, don't panic it happens to everybody. Google will tell you what and what you need to do adjust the blog. When you have fixed the issues, add your website again. 


And Or:

1. Login to your Google Account and Select your country or territory

2.  Now review and accept Adsense Terms and Condition

3. Click Create account. That's it you are now signed into your new Adsense account.

At this point you can't do much again as Google will have to review your site or blog. If your blog meets Google's guidelines your website will be approved.


Note whenever you apply for Adsense, don't post any article or adjust theme or template on the blog until you get a reply. I notice that as you keep posting while waiting for Google to reply, Google will think your site is under construction and won't get your website approved.

 Please your domain should have been at least 18 days old to apply for Adsense.

In summary write clean contents, like I said at least 4 Posts with at least 500 words.

See the first 4 posts I wrote that got my blog approved. Go through them and see how I simply presented the contents:


How to start up an ECommerce Business?





Please make sure you have got a custom domain for all these to work seamlessly. If you need help with getting a custom domain and setup, join the forum and let the community know so you can get quick help. Again join the community HERE

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Saturday, January 18, 2020

What to Look out For Before Buying a Computer

January 18, 2020

What to Look out For Before Buying a Computer?


As funny as this may sound so many people think that a computer is very powerful once it looks big.

 The fact is a computing device can be as small as our smartphone yet have sophisticated functionalities.

 what should you look out for in a computer!? Well don't worry let me guide you with some hints.

In this article I will show you differences between A Home Computer or PC, A Gaming Computer and A Virtualization Computer.





How to Choose the Right Computer?

Depends on what your plan is:

1. Just a home PC
2. Is it for gaming
3. Is it for Virtualization

Once you can answer this questions, you are half way done. If you are looking for a computer as just every day device, then go for at least a good CPU and RAM (Random Access Memory) size because the processing speed of your computer depends on this two components.

Remember your CPU, Central Processing Unit is the brain of the computer just like the brains in humans.


Secondly you should go for "enough" space. Please don't confuse RAM for storage space. Your computer space is the hard drive size, so go for as much as you know you need.

For everyday computer, 4 GB RAM and 500 GB HDD (Hard Disk Drive) should do.

Look at the suggested specifications below:


Processor (CPU): Intel Core i5 (sixth generation, or newer) or equivalent

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional x64

Memory: 4 GB RAM

Storage: 500 GB internal storage drive

Monitor Size: 14" LCD monitor, resolution of 1600 x 900; This actually depends on the size you want

Network Adapter: 802.11ac wireless

Processing Speed: 2.4 GHz

Internal or external Webcam, carrying bag, external hard drive for storage backups.


Gaming Vs Virtualization Computer


Now assuming you were looking for a gaming computer, a gaming computer will need lots of resources especially power and Graphic cards.

On the other hand Virtualization in computing networking is the process of running multiple virtual machines on a single physical system or machine (computer).

This is usually used by big corporations to control more servers from one machine.

Here two or more virtual machines are installed in a physical computer. What you need to know here is that a virtualization machine will need more RAM.

 If you were writing  CompTIA 220-1001 exam, you will find this information here very useful.


Now I want you to look at the image below and look and the left top menu of this screenshot. Note this screenshot is taken from a real time simulation.

I want you to look at the picture and tell me what you think should fill the slot for the configuration requirements for the gaming computer Vs Virtualization:



What to Look out For Before Buying a Computer



Remember I told you a gaming computer will need more power compare to a virtualization.

So here I will pick 1000W PSW (Power Supply), 12GB RAM and since gaming need more power supply then means that it will require a lot of cooling, therefore I will pick liquid cooling over just the inbuilt CPU Fan.

And very importantly the graphic card. If your gaming computer don't have a fast Graphic card, then be assured that your gaming experience will not be a good one. Here go for the SLI Graphic Card.

See the second screenshot below:



What to Look out For Before Buying a Computer

The screenshot below shows a skeletal representation of what you need if you were to build a gaming computer. Going in depth will be telling you type of Graphic card to get from the market, RAM, etc but I believe with this you should have a good head start about what you want.


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How to Add XML Sitemap to Google Search Console to Boost SEO


How to Create and Submit Blogger XML Sitemap to Google Search Console and Boost Your SEO (Step by Step)

January 18, 2020

What is XML sitemap?

Simply put, a sitemap is a map of your site or blog. It contains all the URL (Uniform Resource Locator) or links of all the pages in your blog.  This determines how search engines can navigate around your site and pull up searches..

It's important to know that when Google and other search engine crawlers, crawl new domains on the web and your site or blogger don't have a sitemap, will mostly be left behind and this will affect your SEO (Search Engine Optimization) negatively.

A Sitemap can be in HTML ( HyperText Markup Language) or XML (Extensible Markup Language).
A Sitemap in HTML usually help your blog visitors have a smooth Navigation, while a Sitemap in XML helps search engine crawlers to Navigate your blog smoothly. Note, the key word here is to Navigate and Crawl your blog.





Now let me quickly show you how you can create an XML Sitemap and boost your SEO

First click here, insert your blog URL in the format https://yourblogdomain.blogspot.com or if you have your own custom domain as http://www.yourdomain.com or dot whatever and generate your XML Sitemap just as in the screenshot below:



here have put my blog URL as a example, please like I said earlier replace with your own blog or site URL and click Generate Sitemap.

The next XML file will appear. Copy all of it as have showed you again in the screenshot below:



Note: That 500 there means that Google can even crawl up to 500 of your post URLs and pages.

Now go to Blogger.com and login and click on search preferences and click on edit Custom robots.txt and select yes and paste the code in there and click save. Look at the screenshot below:




Now you have an XML Sitemap in your blogger and it's time we put in the Google Search Console for Google to check and validate to see it we are correct.

So since you are still in your blogger, on that section just before Custom robots.txt you will see Google Search Console. Click Edit to login. Google will want to make sure you have the admin rights to access this feature. See the screenshot below:





So since you are accessing the console for the first time, google will tell you to add your property and in this case your blog URL, click continue and follow the prompts, validate and add your URL to the Console. Enter your URL as shown in the screenshot below:



Now on the upper part of the Google Console, click on those three lines as circled in the screen shot below to display Sitemap and then click on it:





Now as you click on the Sitemap, a field is open for you to fill, asking for your Sitemap URL this is all you are putting in that field:


atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=500



Look at the screenshot below:








Note: If your URL still have the ".Blogspot.com" extension from Google make sure to put it plus atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=500. Meaning in the Sitemap URL field, you will put your domain URL plus. For example: https://paulomogie.blospot.com/atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=500 would have been my full Sitemap URL if not that I already have a Custom Domain

Now click submit and if you did everything right, Google will tell you Success and begin to crawl your posts and pages URLs. Congratulations your blogging abilities are getting better.


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Friday, January 17, 2020

How to Add Instagram Page Widget on Blogger (Step by Step)

January 17, 2020

How to Add Instagram Page Widget on Blogger?

How to Add Instagram Page Widget on Blogger




As a blogger have said this in my earlier post that you need to be very close to your blog readers and fans in order to grow your fan base. 

One of the ways to doing this is to connect with them via social media, especially Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

In this article I will guide you step by step how to add Instagram page widget on your blogger.

How to Add Instagram Page Widget on Blogger:

1. Signup with snapwidget.com and then login. See screenshots below:

How to Add Instagram Page Widget on Blogger




Now Click on "skip this" (unless you want to use the paid version) immediately you create the account:

How to Add Instagram Page Widget on Blogger




How to Add Instagram Page Widget on Blogger



Click on Instagram, select the type or style you want and then click on "Create Widget"

How to Add Instagram Page Widget on Blogger




How to Add Instagram Page Widget on Blogger




Click on the style you like there to create the widget. See my screenshot below after. I chose "Instagram Scrolling" like I said you can choose any style you prefer:

How to Add Instagram Page Widget on Blogger




At the stage above, you can configure the settings that you want and then click on that "username" field. That place I circled on the screenshot. This will prompt you to login to your Instagram Account:

How to Add Instagram Page Widget on Blogger



This prompts you to sign in as a personal account or business account with Facebook. So choose your account type. 
Here I chose personal, meaning it won't link it with my Facebook fan page connected to my Instagram Business page.

 If I had wanted to use business would have selected "login with Facebook"

How to Add Instagram Page Widget on Blogger




Authorize the Widget and this brings your Instagram feeds right before you. Again you can configure and then click on get Widget:


How to Add Instagram Page Widget on Blogger




As you click on "Get Widget" the codes pops up. Copy the codes and proceed to the final step:

How to Add Instagram Page Widget on Blogger




Step 2: Login to your Blogger and then click on "layout", depending on where you want it to appear, then click on "Add a Gadget", Choose "HTML/JavaScript"

How to Add Instagram Page Widget on Blogger



How to Add Instagram Page Widget on Blogger




Paste the codes you copied earlier:


How to Add Instagram Page Widget on Blogger



You can add a title if you wish and click save. Now this is how to add Instagram page widget on blogger. 

Lastly visit your blog to see how it looks. 

Wow!!! It's there I can see it on my blog. Now your friends can see whatever you post on your Instagram page, right from your blog. Is it that a cool thing?

How to Add Instagram Page Widget on Blogger




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