This simple tutorial will show you how you can set up your very own Pinoy Blogspot page. Blogging has become one of the most common activities among netizens nowadays. There are millions of weblogs out there talking about every conceivable topic from bird watching to cats to celebrity babies. Just name a thing and chances are there are hundreds of blogs out there talking about it. Blogging has given people the opportunity to share their interests, their thoughts, and their works to anybody willing to listen to what they have to say. It has become a very important facet of the internet community.

Here in the Philippines, we have a very active community of bloggers. In fact, there are several blogging awards being held annually to recognize those who are making great contributions for the Pinoy blogging community. This shows how passionate and active Filipinos are in the blogosphere.

If you don't have your own blog yet, now is the time to start one. Don't worry, creating a blog these days is very easy. You don't have to be technically savvy or a graduate of a computer course to be able to build a functioning blog. Furthermore, you don't have to spend anything to get a blog as there are several free blogging platforms out there. One of the best of these blogging platforms is of course Google's Blogger or Blogspot. Here in the Philippines, the platform is more well known as Blogspot. That said, if you're looking to have your own Pinoy Blogspot, then Google's blogging service is exactly what you need.

Here's a simple step-by-step tutorial on how to get your Pinoy Blogspot off the ground:

Step 1: Sign up with Gmail. Creating an account in Gmail is free. This is important because you need an email address to sign up with Blogspot.

Step 2:Using your Gmail account, sign up with Google's blogging platform. Upon sign-up, you will be asked for details like the name of your blog and your URL. You will also be asked to pick a design for your blog. When it comes to the name and URL, you should think about them very carefully as these will affect your blog's overall performance in the future. The general rule is that if you're planning to blog about a specific topic, you should make sure that the name of that topic is in the title and URL that you choose to use. As to the design, you can choose any that you want. Besides, you can always change the design whenever you wish.

Step 3: Start blogging. Once you have your URL, you can start blogging right away. However, you should make sure that what you're blogging about isn't breaking any of Blogger's policies and terms of service.

What good is a Pinoy Blogspot if it doesn't receive any traffic. That said, here are some tips on how you can attract visitors to your Blogspot page.

  • Target a specific niche. Building your readership will be a lot easier if you blog about a certain topic. This is because people will be more inclined to return to your blog if they know what you are blogging about.
  • Optimize your Blogspot for the search engines. The first step in the optimization process is keyword research. You need to find the keywords, phrases and terms that people will likely use to find your blog. There are some free tools out there that you can use for keyword research. Among the best of these tools is Google's own keyword suggestion tool. When you have your keywords in hand, you need to create content/articles that contain such keywords.
  • Tap the power of social media sites. To drive more traffic to your Pinoy Blogspot, you should be active in social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus and LinkedIn.

Following the above tips on how to grow your blog's traffic can significantly increase your site's visitors level.

The information in this article is basically everything that you need to get started with your blog. If you follow them, you can consider yourself a Pinoy Blogspot blogger.