How do I add a blog to my website?

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I was told it is good to have a blog for seo purposes. How do I create a blog for my website?
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Hi,

Adding a blog to your business's website is a great way to encourage customer loyalty and supplement your visibility to search engines.

You can configure your blog to appear the way you want it to. For example, you can decide how many posts show up on your blog or how big the font size on your blog is.

To add a blog to your site:
  1. Click Websites Manager in the left navigation menu. Then, click Edit Site.
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  3. Click Insert in the top toolbar and mouse over the text element. Select blog from the secondary drop-down list.



  4. This will open up a small window asking you to setup a name and description for your blog.


  5. The last step will be to use the Blog Settings editor on the right side of the screen to customize your blog. You can also click on "New" to start your first post.

Tips for creating a successful blog
  • Post often. The more you post the more "fresh" your website will be, and search engines may rank your site higher because of it.


  • Keep posts short. Shorter posts are more likely to be read all the way through by your readers.


  • Promote it. Tell your friends about your blog. Share links to your blog articles in your social networks like Facebook and LinkedIn.


  • Encourage subscriptions. Your blog has an RSS feed that viewers can subscribe to so they can be alerted when you post a new topic.
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Ever since the blog feature has been introduced I have been trying to use it and it seems most complicated to figure out; it looks easy as said, but not so to me, this is the most difficult of Homestead tools I come across over the 14 years I am with the company. However I plan to give it another shot patiently, and if it did not come clear to me I'll not attempt using it again, but if I get it I'll let you all know what was the problem for me.
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With help, I just figured it out.  Let me share how I got it up.  
1 - start with just a blank page that has your header on it.  
2 - click on insert blog
3 - the blog feature will automatically load a template onto the page.
4 - go to the side bar where you get to modify and make your changes.  They do not show up on the template till you publish, but they do work.  I recommend that you increase the size of the title because it is pretty small in the template.  And check your color scheme.
5 - then click on new and fill out the title of your new blog and insert the text.
6 - hit publish.
The weird part is that nothing shows up after you do this.  It only uploads when you actually publish the page to the web. 
7 - really publish the page to the web and then you will see the blog.
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The other thing to note is that you have to hover over the text icon to get the blog icon to appear.  It states that in the instructions but I missed it the first time.


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Can someone give me a link to a blog they have on the homestead site so I can see what it is I should be looking for? Thanks for your help
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One of your sites shows a blog in the system, but to display it, you must add the element to a page. In Sitebuilder, go  to the page you want for the blog and click on Insert. Place your mouse over Text and a menu with blog should appear. It will place the element.
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You said the blog has rss feed "Your blog has an RSS feed that viewers can subscribe to so they can be alerted when you post a new topic." where is this located or how do I find it.
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is that a good place for say like a newletter?
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You could most certainly use the blog as a place to post updates about your website or business for your customers to see on a daily, or weekly basis.
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Have you taken the blog option right off the site builder? I can't locate it in the drop down.
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If you click Insert, put your mouse over Text, you should see Blog to click.
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Just to get this straight - In order to create, or edit a blog post, you have to be in Sitebuilder?  I was hoping to create something where our not very technical pastor could just write and publish her thoughts, but I don't want her in Sitebuilder...
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They have to be logged in to the Homestead account, but do not have to be in Sitebuilder. On the websites manager page, there is a button next to the edit site button that says blog. Posts can be made there
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Thanks, Drew...
  
Can we set up multiple login accounts?  I can't seem to find a way to add users on the account management page. I would prefer not to share a login password with everybody who should have access, also it would be good to be able to see who does what.

Thanks,
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Unfortunately there is no way. The entire system was designed as a single user system.
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OK, thanks Drew
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I would like to have a blog where visitors can comment on a posting - something like we have here on this Homestead Help/Message Board
Other than creating a Guestbook for each topic, I don't see any option when I check all the links. - Any Ideas ???
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The blog page with WebsiteBuilder offers a spot for visitors to comment on the blog post.
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Where do we find how to subscribe to the RSS feed?
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How do you add a blog to storefront? and why does the one above look so simply and with storefront is so complicated.
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Does anyone know the answer to this??????
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This does not help at all
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I can't get my blog to load on my page
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I can't get the text to show up.  It puts the template up and when I publish the text does not update

Any help?
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Which site and page are you placing the blog on? What post is not showing up for you?
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Hi, I'm trying to put it on the www.brierpatchkids.com under the page titled - The Brier Patch Blog.  I didn't know that it was supposed to have a feedback spot.  I can see that the template has this all already fix into the blog.  So, I deleted my text and inserted the blog posting.  The template loaded.  Then I went to make a "new" post and then I published it but the text never moved in to the blog. When I preview the page it just shows the template.  I'm afraid officially publish the page to the site since that will kill the good looking page. 
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Unfortunately, the blog doesn't preview. You can only publish it to get a look, but I see 3 posts on your blog, 2 published, and 1 a draft.
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Yep, when I couldn't see it. I did it again.
How do I delete the wrong ones?
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Are they "published" ones showing up anywhere on the web?
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I really published it and it worked.  The text is in there.  Now how to get ride of the duplication?
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Go to the Blog manager and select the post to delete. You will see the option as indicated below.

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Drew you are awesome.  Thanks!
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I agree completely with the above comment. I have been trying for hours to insert the blog that I created in my website account to actually appear on a page in my website, or to create a link to it even, for that matter. Please advise!!!!
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Tedia 3946... The blog is simple to set up. On the page you want to place your blog, just go up to INSERT and right beneath the TEXT BOX CHOICE, you will see BLOG. Click on that and it will insert a blog window onto your page. You can expand it or make it whatever size you want. You'll see blog settings over on the right, and you can set your preferences there.

You may be confused because in this mode, you cannot see what you posted on your blog. You HAVE TO PUBLISH it and look at it that way. However, the posts are easy to edit if you're unhappy with what you said. You just go back into your site-building mode and go into Blog Posts and edit. It's easy once you figure out you cannot see the posts in SiteBuilder mode.
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do we paste the blog text on the page or do we enter it into the New blog section??
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Is it possible to categorize and save old blog posts in some kind of library, or do they all just stay in a sequential order that would have to be scanned through to find old posts?
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What I do with a number of things including web-pages is to number them (start at 00001 or 99999) after you URL example www.myblog.com/html.
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I should have added that if you want to start with 1 and go forward you have to enter Zero'.s in front or by the time you get to 10 it will fall in beside the 1 and when you start at 99999 the next would be 99998 this way you last post is always on top and you don't have to scroll through a lot files in the years to come.
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I've followed the instructions correctly ... but, my page is blank unless in sitebuilder mode ... and my post isn't showing there either ... even after publishing the page and posting to facebook ......... what's up?
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I have a question similar to Tedia3946 - I'd like my Blog to look more "professional" and be easier to navigate - ie, organize posts into blog categories

Or at the very least a list off to the side that shows topics of older posts,
Plus a way to search through blog posts.

Any ideas/advice??? (do support people ever check these comments???)
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NO! I DON'T BELIEVE THE TECNICIANS DO CHECK THESE COMMENTS ... ALL I SEE IS CONTINUATIONS OF MORE OF OUR COMMENTS REGARDING THE PROBLEMS! ... SO WHERE DOES THE HELP BEGIN?
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I was just on live chat with a fellow from Homestead Support. Here's the conversation (hope this helps some of you):

[Cora] I'm somewhat disappointed in the blog. Is there: a) a way to organize posts into categories, b) a way to list titles of either most recent or most popular blogs, c) a way to search blogs entries for a certain topic.

[Support] unfortuantely our blog is pretty basic and none of those are possible

[Cora] Ok. any plans for upgrading in the future, or do you think probably not??

[Support] I have not seen anything, but sometimes we learn about new things same time as you. Definitely go to community.homestead.com and post the request. The engineers and marketing staff do look there and read all posts and suggestions.

[Cora] Ok thanks. I appreciate your candidness. In the meantime, would you have any suggestions.... here's my dilemma: in the past I've had a separate blog through blogger but from what I understand, having the blog an integral part of the site is better for google rankings b/c that's where the new content is being added, etc. Is there any way to somehow incorporate an "outside" blog into my site without just having a link to it???

[Support] I would approach the blog provider and ask if they have a way for you to embed the blog into your site. If wo, it will be better for SEO than just a link to the blog.
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my buttons are showing at top of my page---I will like to move my buttons to the left of page....this will allow me more flexibility when adding new buttons

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
how do i switch my buttons identifying pages from one location of page to another?.
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This is a great conversation that's separate from the main topic, so I created a new topic to continue the discussion. Please reference the new topic here: Edit layout of navigation menu
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Is it possible to add a discussion board to your website? Is this an additional cost?

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Discussion Boards.
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It does not answer my question at all. I was looking for an area where members could post and answer each other their questions and concerns.
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I would like to add a blog to my web site to help drive traffic to both the site and our store, thank you.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
What is the best way to incorporate a Blog to my web site?.
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Unfortunately the Intuit blog is pretty basic, and no RSS feed. I went ahead and got a Wordpress account and put my blog here at www.catholictravelblog.com. Disadvantage is that this is a separate URL, so does not help page rank of the main site, plus you have to pay for a host and learn Wordpress. But I think it may be worth it since blogging is such an important part of many websites (especially a travel one such as mine).
I'll keep trying.
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I guess the employees at Homestead DON"T READ because I don't see anything helpful here and my blog that I worked so hard on, isn't on my site. Of course the phone lines are down and I can't chat with an employee at this time. So disappointing to pay so much per month for what?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
I cannot Find My Blog I Published "Rooster Combs".


http://www.shanuwater.com/blog, How do I get it to show in the blog section?
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I see you have created a page named "BLOG", but you have not actually added the blog element to the page. Just follow the steps above to add the blog element and then re-publish the page.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
How do i add a blog to my website.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Ok I am a newbie at this. How do I access my published blog? Thanks.


Ok I am a newbie at this. How do I access my published blog? Thanks
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I see you have already created a page named "blog' which is perfect. Now just open that page and add the element to the page as shown above.

Of course you'll want to add the navigation menu to that page as well, so that if someone goes to the blog page, they can return back to the other pages as well.

Mike
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
where do I go to check my blog page on my site.
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Hi Mike,

I am having a problem getting the big commerce blog to work properly in mu big commerce store. I'm using the integral blog feature but the configuration screens differ from those in the tutorial.

I posted one entry and a link displays at the bottom of my welcome (home) page. I had to manually create a link to the navigation bar, but there is no blog index page.

Please see: http://stores.militaryhistoryshop.com/

Thanks,

Diane
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I took a look at your site but don't see the link. Do you want to add it back again and let us know so that we can take a look at it?

Mike
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Yes, I shall do so.
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I published the blog. The is a link at the bottom of the "Home" (Welcome) page but no blog index, not Blog link on the navigation bar.

http://stores.militaryhistoryshop.com/
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*nor link on the horizontal navigation bar. How do I fix this?
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When I click on "Blog" from the article URL

http://stores.militaryhistoryshop.com...

I get this error:

The page you were looking for appears to have been moved, deleted or does not exist.

This is most likely due to:

An outdated link on another site
A typo in the address / URL
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When I log into Big Commerce and go to the area where I set up my blog I see only two data fields:

Blog Title(required): Blog
Blog URL: /blog/
[No Data Field]
Blog Visibility (on)

The Big Commerce tutorials show a third Data field, which I do not have.
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Hi Diane2673, It looks like I have it working now. Would you like to log in and take a look. It appears you did everything correctly. I just toggled it off, and then back on again and it placed the correct link on the navigation menu and the url is no longer broken. Let me know if you still have problems on your end.

Mike
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It looks much better, thank you! I actually tried that yesterday (toggling it off and on) with no effect. ;-)

Is this the way it supposed to look? The tutorial showed a third data field for an index, or some such.

Is there a way to customize the display so that there is an index of posts on the right?
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Another question. Is the tagging only supposed to work within the blog, or relate to products within the store?
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Also, when I share the post on another blog or facebook I get this error:

"Brandenburg Historica, LLC - Not Found"

The post is reading the meta tags from the "home" (Welcome) page, not the blog meta tags or description.
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This is a great conversation that's separate from the main topic, so I created a new topic to continue the discussion. Please reference the new topic here: Bigcommerce Blog questions.