Hi there again, Icy of IndividualChic.com here. I hope you found my last post on how to make your Blogger blog more searchable useful. Thanks very much for all the lovely comments and suggestions, they’ve inspired me to write another post.
Are you the sort of person who uses a consistent sign-off on every post? Or perhaps like me, you might have a repeated line of text in every post; you’ll see on IndividualChic.com each post finishes with a RELATED line. If you are, Blogger has a feature that can make your life easier for you. It’s call a Post Template and you can set it up any way you like.
The easiest way to do this, is to write a temporary post, formatted exactly the way you want it, and then to copy the HTML off to the Post Template.
Prepare your Post Template:
- Create a new post and make sure it has all of the formatting and text in it that you want to appear in every post. You might want to have a consistent sign-off like “Thanks for reading” or a signature image, or a related link like I do. Copy and paste from an existing post if that’s quicker
- If it’s an existing post, make sure you delete any information you don’t want to appear. You might also consider replacing text with placeholder words for where you expect to type later. I use things like “Text here” and “Link here”
- Check once more the post looks exactly the way you want it too
- Click the Edit Html tab above your post
- Select and copy all of the HTML code in the window
Create your Post Template:
- Open your Blogger Dashboard in a new browser window or tab
- Click on Settings beside the Blog you want to create a Post Template for
- Click on the Formatting link at the top of the page
- Scroll to the bottom of the page till you find the Post Template section
- Paste the HTML you copied earlier into the Post Template box and press the Save Settings button
Test your Post Template:
- Switch back to the Posting tab
- Create a new post
- Check the Post Template has automatically inserted your default format into the post
- Finish writing your witty and informative post
- Publish the post and check the whole thing looks the way it should
- If you’re happy, congratulations on making your blogging just that bit easier
- If you’re not happy, keep fiddling until you get it just the way you want (it will be worth the effort)
Once again, I hope you’ve found this post useful. Let me know what you think in the comments. I’d love to hear from you all.
image by Sabrina Eras