September 19, 2011

How to Make Your Blog Private

For many blogs, the idea of making your blog private doesn't make any sense, esp. if you are a commercial site. However, many blogs are used like a journal to document life events. A friend of mine has such a blog and has recently decided to make her blog private. She said that one day she was looking under the Stats tab on her Blogger Dashboard and then clicked on Traffic Sources. (This shows the list of sites that refer back to your blog.) She saw a site that she didn't recognize and so she clicked on it. On this site, someone had taken a picture of her young daughter, from her blog posts, and posted it on a child pornography site. How horrifying!

I hate hearing stories like this and hope this does not happen to you. If you would like to know how to make your blog private, here you go....

1. From your Blogger Dashboard, click Settings.
2. Click Permission
3. Where it says, "Who can view this blog?", click "Only people I choose"
4. Now, enter the email addresses, with commas separating them, and click Invite.

Now your blog is private!

Your friends and family will receive an email where they will either use their current Google account to login or create a new account. Everyone that goes to your blog address will have to login before they can see it.

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