How do I add a blog to my website?

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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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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Linking Blog posts to page on website.


Second attempt to ask this question... I added a blog page to my website. I previously created blog posts and I can see them under manage accounts/blog; however, I can not figure out how to link the blog to the actual blog page on the website.

Also, is there a way to add a picture to the blog post.

This is my second attempt to utilize the blog feature and for some reason it seems way more complicated than it should be...
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Jacqueline3981
,  I see you've already created a page named "Blog" so, all you need to do now is open that page in SiteBuilder and add the blog element to the page. See steps above on this thread.

Also, it is possible to add images to the blog posts.
How do I add photos to my blog?

Mike
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
To add a blog you instructed go to insert "more" and select "blog" but "blog" does not exist as an option when I tried it..


I am wanting to add a blog to my existing website. you posted an employee answer on how to do this about a year ago. I followed the instructions to go to "website manager," "insert" "more" and select the "blog" option. In the post it had the icon and was among the options. On my website today, "blog" is not an option. Can you give me further guidance on this. So far, feeling frustrated! You need to delete outdated answers to questions.
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Hi Trina3970,

Here are the steps to add a blog.  Step 2 tells you to hover your mouse over the Text option and blog will appear. 

Thanks

Drew
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Was the blog function removed?
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It should be there Lori9932,

Click on Insert and hover your mouse over Text. It should come down as an option.

Drew
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Blogs..how do I set one up and access it quickly?.

Where is a blog set up on the website?
How do I access it quickly instead of going through
opening and editing my website?
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Linda9872,

Please see the above article for adding a blog to your site. 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Where is my blog.

I have a blog but how do I get it to show up on the website?  Or where is it supposed to up at?
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Please see the above article for adding a blog to your site. 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Where do I find my blog on my website once published.

I would like to know where I find the blog on my website once it's published.
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Stefeni Engebritson,

You want to add the blog onto a page on your site as detailed above. 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled how do I edit my blog.

with the new online sitebuilder I see no where to type in an entry to my blog, where do i go now?
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Hello,

You would need to add the blog element onto a page first before you can edit the blog entries. Please see the article above for steps on how to do this. 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled how do I see my blog?.

where do I see my blog?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled My blog posts are not showing up on my website.

I typed in a post for my blog on the website manager dashboard but it is not showing up on my website. Can you please let me know what I am doing wrong.
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Hi Felecia2544,
Check out the article above, does this help you out?
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When I put a post on my blog you have to click on publish post then click website manager then click edit site then I click save then I click publish I normally would click on entire site let me know if that helped
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Can someone show me an example of a "blog" in actual use here on a Homestead site?


Thanks

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Martin

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Guess no one actually uses them?
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People do use them, but unless I have permission directly from the site owner, I am not able to post a URL. It is an unfortunate process. Hopefully a customer that doesn't mind sharing will do so. If I can get some time, I will try to set one up on a test site.
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Thanks Drew!
This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled create a blog.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lost Blogs.

I have created blogs on my website, but they never show up. What have I failed to do?
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You probably just need to add the blog to a page, or create a new page and add the blog element.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled why isn't my blog showing up on the webpage?.
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Drew, I added the blog function to my account today.  I initiated it in sitebuilder under the page titled "blog".  After I created and published my first blog, it is not showing up on my blog page.  Please let me know what I need to do to fix this.
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Cara9135, you need to add the blog element to the blog page. Click Insert, then hover your mouse over Text. A menu will pop down and an option is Blog. Position it on the page and then publish.
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I did add the blog element to the blog page.  When I go back to attempt to add it again I get a box that shows up saying,
 "Did you already add a blog to your site?

If you add a second blog:
  • The second blog will show the exact same posts as your original blog.
  • Your users may get confused and think they are looking at two blogs that show different posts.
  • Search engines like Google and Yahoo! may rank your site lower because you have two web pages with the same content."
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I looked on each page and the blog is not there, so just hit the continue button and see the element drop on the page.
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Thank you!  It worked!
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You're welcome
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled I have done my first blog and published it but it will not show up on my sight.

I have done my first blog and published it but it will not show up on my sight only the standard text shows up with back ground colour. Why will my blog post not show up.
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Did you add the blog element to a page?
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Is there tip on how to get my blog noticed at the local level?
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I don't see any good answers to questions on this topic. I want to know how to access the blog elements menu to add a new blog. It keeps saying to go to NEW but I don't see NEW on any menus I look at.
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Hi Lynne

The comment "new" is referring to the new site builder. You can start a blog in the new Site Builder. 
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I would recommend looking at the "Official Response" on this question. It gives picture instructions on adding a blog through Sitebuilder Plus.
Once the blog is added, click on the blog element to see the Blog menu on the right. This will give you the option to create new posts, which is where you will see the "new" option.