How Do You Start a Blog? Check Out This Key Advice!

by Laura Wallis | Follow Her on Twitter Here

How do you start a blog?How do you start a blog?

Thinking it might be something you would like to explore?

Creating your own blog or site can be a lot of fun, and can also be an opportunity to make some money or increase your earnings.

It’s also a great way to meet others that share your same interests. You can create your own online community, and connect with people locally and  all over the world.  Or as Seth Godin talks about in his landmark book, Tribes, you can create your own tribe.. teepees not necessary!

Domain Name

First, you need to come up with your very own domain name. GoDaddy.com is what I always use. Their site is very user friendly. You can actually pick up the phone and call them, always a plus in this day and age.  If you can’t find the domain name you are looking to purchase, their interface automatically offers up alternate available suggestions.

Which Platform Will You Choose?

You will also need to decide what platform you would like to create your site on.

If you are just looking to have a very simple site for friends and family, hosted sites like WordPress.com and Blogspot.com are good options.  They host your blog on their server so for free so you don’t have to deal with the technicalities of hosting your own site.

If you are looking to start a business, you probably want to have a self-hosted site.  If you do choose to host your site yourself, there are many  budget friendly options out there.  The cost of hosting your own site is about $6-$10 per month (depending on the hosting company you choose, and the promotions they are running at the time). Everyone seems to have their own favorite hosting company. Examples of hosting service providers with favorable histories include  Hostgater, Dreamhost, and Bluehost..  I use BlueHost for this site,  and have been really happy with their service so far.

I like Bluehost because in addition to being a good deal, you can actually pick up the phone and call them most anytime. It is comforting to know you can talk to a real, live person no matter what your needs.  They also have a great tech support team available which I really appreciate.

Bluhost also offers a free domain with hosting, and you can also host multiple sites for the same monthly fee.

Further questions?

If you are interested in starting your own site or blog, I have a sister site called webnavigatorgal.com.  You’ll find a lot of free and valuable information on creating a site, and optimizing your online and digital presence.

Need additional help and pointers? I offer “How Do You Start A Blog” Starter Sessions.  You can contact me here to set-up time to discuss your goals and ideas.

Do you have your own site?  Would love to hear what you are working on!

 

 

 

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