Welcome To the 100% Free Guide
to Setting Up Your Own Blog
Blogging is a lucrative source of profit and blogs are easy to set up and maintain. Imagine a life where you are paid to write about stuff that interests you, whenever you want, wherever you are. The sheer flexibility of blogging makes it easy for you to start up your own online, work from home, business which is completely scalable as you grow and become more experienced.
In this article, we are going to look into how to set up a blog of your own at no cost or very low cost! Interested? Then Read on!
First, you need to set-up a blog. There are several options – host a blog on your own domain or get a free blog. For starters, let’s talk about the free blogs. You can obtain a free blog at www.blogger.com, www.tumblr.com or the newer (and better!) www.wordpress.com. Chances are you have heard of WordPress, a free blog engine that is robust and infinitely expandable.
Those are great options for some, but personally I don’t recommend that path for two important reasons:-
1. When you use a free service, the domain name you pick will almost always be an “extra” extension to the service provider’s own domain. For example, if you created “MyNewBlog” on Tumblr, the web address would be http://mynewblog.tumblr.com instead of http://www.mynewblog.com on your own domain.
2. As your blog/business grows and scales, with the free option you have fewer customization options for design, functionality, and income. For example, with free WordPress.com sites, you are restricted to using only a few plugins, and you are not permitted to advertise in any way (which is another way of monetizing a blog).
These two reasons are precisely why I suggest going with a self-hosted blog from the beginning. It may mean spending a little initially (you can be set up for less than $100), but in the long run it will be worth it. For a small monthly fee you can have shared hosting, you have more control, a more professional look to your blog and a domain name that is completely yours.
So you now need to make a choice. Whether to go and set up a free blog at either Blogger.com (http://www.blogger.com/signup), WordPress (http://wordpress.com/signup/) or Tumblr (www.tumblr.com) or my recommendation which would be to self host using Bluehost. I have used Bluehost for my website/blog hosting ever since I first started and have found them to be very reliable which is what you need when your business relies on being online! When I ask a question they are helpful and responsive and there is lots of online help available. As my business grows Bluehost are as flexible and scalable as my business.
Once you have decided which path to take, you can experiment with the options and templates and then get started by posting your first blog post. Here are a few common “blog-related” words to help you out:
1) Permalink – Permalink stands for permanent link, which is a URL (uniform resource locator) that leads to an individual post that you make in your blog.
2) Trackback – When you post about someone elses blog post elsewhere, your post will show up in their “trackback” section. This feature, however, is not available with a Blogger.com account.
3) Pinging – Blogging seems to be paired with pinging almost every time either one is mentioned nowadays. Pinging is actually the action where a certain aggregator is notified whenever your blog is updated, so that the aggregator may show the newest post of your blog on their website. This is a useful way to gaining traffic, which we shall discuss later.
For now, I shall leave you testing out your new blog and the features that come included with it. In the next articles, we shall discuss the many ways we can gain profit from a blog, as well as tips on how to write posts that keep visitors glued and keep coming back for more!
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To your success!
Make sure you watch both of the below videos from Bluehost. They will show you how to install WordPress and how to choose and upload a theme into WordPress to help make your Blog unique.