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Select a Profile for your Blogger Account: Google+ or Blogger

Blogger does not require you to blog under your real name. You can choose whether to use your Google+ profile or create a new Blogger-only profile. That means you can use your real name, a pseudonym, or a brand or business name.

The only limitation is that you can only use one identity for your Blogger account. If you want to blog under more than one name, you will need to create another Blogger account using a different Google account

What is the difference between a Google+ Profile and a Blogger Profile?

Google+ Profile

Your blog author name links to your Google+ Profile, where all your posts, Collections and (optionally) Communities are visible. The "About" link on your profile shows your personal information.You use your Google account name and profile photo. You can + mention people in your Blogger blog posts.You can enable Google+ comments.You can select a Google+ Profile or Page badge to add to your blog's Layout.You can automatically share your posts to your Googl…

Weekly Update - February 25, 2017: (In)Security, Spaces, Messages

Create a YouTube Channel for your Brand, Business, Organization or Band

If you are a business owner, pseudonymous vlogger, band, non-profit organization or gamer, you may not want want to use your Google Account personal name for your YouTube channel. To use a different identity, you can create a YouTube channel on a Brand Account.

A Brand Account can have have multiple managers and owners, making it a good solution for collaborative YouTube channels.

A Brand Account channel is not hard to manage. You sign in to your Brand Account channel using the same email and Google account that you usually use to sign in to YouTube. And you can switch between channel identities by clicking your channel icon at top right.

How to create a YouTube channel for a business or brand

1. Sign in to YouTube on a desktop computer
2. Open the YouTube Account Settings (
3. Click See all my channels or create a new channel
4. If prompted to create a channel, click Use a business or other name
5. That opens All My Channels (

Create a Google+ Page for your Brand, YouTube channel, Business or Organization

If you want to use Google+ as a brand, business, organization, band or any identity other than your personal Google profile, you can create a Google+ Page. A Google+ Page is linked to a Brand Account, which can have multiple managers. Brand Accounts can also be used for YouTube channels, Google Photos and Google My Business listings.
Google+ offers the same features for Google+ Pages and Google+ Profiles. A Page can create and participate in Communities, run Events, and, of course, share, +1 and comment on posts.

If you have an existing Brand Account(for example created with your business or brand's YouTube channel) you can add a Google+ Page to your Brand Account.
Sign in to Google+ ( as the Owner or Manager of the Brand AccountClick your profile image at top right, then select your Brand Account from the menuOnce you have switched to your Brand Account, click Enable Google+ on the left menuRead the Pages terms of service, then click Enable again to complete the pro…

Weekly Update - February 18, 2017: YouTube, Community, Maps & More

My top updates this week, in and out of the Googleverse:
YouTube now lets creators fix videos with unrelated or misleading tagsYouTube Star PewDiePie lost lucrative deals with Maker/Disney and YouTube after the Washington Post wrote about his anti-Semitic stunts. Much hand-wringing ensues. (Posts are collected below)Twitter begins implementing new anti-harassment measuresFacebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has a manifesto: Building a global communityGoogle Maps gets social,now lets you create and share location lists Plus there are more tips and updates for YouTubers, Live Streamers, Blogger bloggers, AdSense Publishers, Project Fi customers and more.

Image: The Great Backyard Bird Count is February 17-20. Learn more and sign up to start counting today. The image is Starling (Winter Plumage) from The birds of the British Isles and their eggs. (1919)

Weekly update - February 11, 2017: YouTube Live, Google+, and more

Check the traffic to your YouTube videos from Google+ (and other external sites)

Is it worthwhile to promote your YouTube videos on Google+, Facebook or other sites? Check your YouTube Analytics Traffic Sources report  to see your videos' watch time and views from external websites.

If you view the External sources in the Traffic sources report you can see "traffic from websites and apps that embed your videos or link to your videos on YouTube."  The External sources report is broken down by website and includes traffic from Google+, Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites, from Google Search, blogs, forums and more.

The Playback locations report lets you see analytics from videos played while embedded on an external website, such as Google+ or your blog.

It shouldn't come as a surprise that a substantial portion of my YouTube channel's views come from Google+. Here's what I found about my Google+ viewers:
81% of my watch time is from traffic from External sitesMore than 40% of my External site watch time is from Google+More than h…

Weekly update: February 4, 2017: YouTube, Google Photos and more

Some smaller updates in the Googleverse this week:
The previously announced YouTube Super Chat tip jar is now available to creators in 20 countries. And the YouTube mobile apps got a nice littleupdate.Google Photos for Android has a redesigned Albums tab and the Snapseed photo editor now lets you edit using curves.Google has cooked up improved recipe search (Google blog) Dominating the news: Alphabet (including Google), Facebook, Apple and other tech companies announced their 4th quarter 2016 earnings The Trump administration’s immigration restrictions caused turmoil and pushback within the tech industry (and elsewhere) There are also tips and updates for Google Plussers, YouTubers, live streamers, Bloggers, Webmasters, AdSense Publishers, Hangouts chatters and more.

Wondering what happened last month? Check out my overview of the top updates for YouTubers, Plussers and Bloggers in January 2017

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Blogger tip: add a link to any image with no HTML editing

When you insert an image into a Blogger blog post, it is usually linked to the larger original-sized image, which - when clicked - is viewable as a Lightbox overlay.

Sometimes you may want the image to link to a different web page instead.

Not sure what I mean?
Click to see a larger image:
Click to open my Blogger Tips Collection web page
If you are a HTML expert, you can switch the blog post editor to "HTML" mode and manually edit the image link.

But if you aren't comfortable editing your blog post code, you can add a web URL to the image with just few clicks.

Here's how you do it: