A blog can be a great tool for community's,
groups and family to stay connected online and if you are considering starting such a Blog you may
not want it to be shared with the entire Internet.The Google Owned Blogger.Com provides you with the options to keep such a blog but you must first make a few changes to the default settings.
When you set up your blog on Blogger the default setting is to display your blog to the world and be displayed in search engine results and most people are looking to build a following for their blog so they leave the settings as they are.
Lets look at a few quick changes in the settings that can block search engines from crawling your Blog and stop anyone you have not personally invited by Email from seeing your blog.
Making Your Blog Private
Create Your Blog - Go to Blogger.Com, if you already have a Gooloe account for Gmail, Youtube or other Google services you can also use that account for Blogger so just log in.If you dont have a Google account you can create one in a few minutes.Follow the 3 easy steps to create you blog.
Invitation Only Blog. Once You have created you blog when you log in you are brought to your dashboard and it's from here you can access your blogs settings.Click 'Settings' in your dashboard Followed by 'Permissions' in the top menu.
You have two options here :
Then just add the email addresses of who you permit, no one else will be able to view the blog.
2.You also have the option to allow others to write posts in your blog, just add the emails as above and they can log in and write to your blog.
Once you invite an author and they accept you can also grant them 'Admin Privelages' by following the 'Settings' > 'Permissions' route - The invite must be accepted before you grant Admin Privileges.
Now that author can also invite people to your blog, this is a great way to make your blog a community.
Block Search Engines And Blog Lists
In your basic settings you have the option to stop search engines crawling your blog and stop Blogger from adding your blog to their listings - just click settings and scroll to :
'Add your blog to our listings ? ' Select No
'Let search engines find your blog ?' Select No
Make sure to scroll to the foot of the page and save your settings.
Your blog is now completely private, if you have any questions help as always is only a comment away.