How to Start a Blog in 5 Minutes or Less!
So, you want to start a blog? Terrific! You might be thinking it’s a hard task at hand, and in a way – it is a commitment. I’ll show you how to start a blog for FREE – and if you wish, I’ll show you how to start a blog and make money.
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Why A Blog
The first thing you should decide is why you want to start a blog? Is it to make money? Is it to keep an online diary of sorts, or possibly an online portfolio?
My son keeps a blog about the things he is learning in our homeschool so when he goes to college, he’ll have a terrific resume – and experience with blogs and computers!
There are many types of blogs – political, fashion, DIY, life skills, etc.… You can literally find a blog about ANYTHING!
So, why you do want to start a blog? The answer to this question will help you decide on a number factors, from how much time you want to devote to you blog, how you will market your work, and if you want to keep a free blog or pay for your own domain.
Finding a Host Site
There are many FREE site host options when it comes to starting a blog. Each has its own pros and cons along with the complexity of the site builder.
Some of the most popular Free Host Sites Include:
However, if you choose to use a Free Blog site builder, then you will NOT be able to have your own domain.
Hosting Sites V.S. Domain Registration
There is some confusion about a web host verses domain registration. Your web host is the site that you will choose to host your blog on. If this is a FREE web host (Wix, Weebly, WordPress), then your domain will most likely include a (your site name).wix.com, or (your site name).weebly.com, or (your site name).wordpressblog.com.
If you choose to register your domain, you buy the right to use your website as an easily recognizable “.com” name. For example, 6figurehousewife.com.
The cost to buy a domain is fairly cheap – under $20/year.
If you have your own domain, then you will need to find a web host for your domain and most free sites won’t host a domain name. This means you will have to pay for a web host service.
Bluehost offers one of the cheapest domain hosts – you can start with under $4/month.
My Favorite FREE Host
Wealthy Affiliate is a web host service (along with many more features) that will host your WordPress blog as a .siterubix.com for FREE. AND if you choose to host your site in their free feature, you can still use their program as an affiliate (a way to make some money on the side).
If you choose to start a SITERUBIX website, you will also have access to 10 FREE videos that will help you set up your blog and show you how to navigate the back end of a WordPress website (which can be difficult for beginners).
So, do you have a name in mind? Go ahead, type it in and see if it’s available! It’s really THAT Easy!
IF you choose to take advantage of the Wealthy Affiliate Domain host service, then you will also get access to advanced training videos if you want to use your blog for financial gain or monetary purposes. But you DON’T have to pay for anything to get a siterubix website and access to the 10 FREE videos that will help you set up your blog.
Looking for ideas on how to make money with a blog? Check out 5 Ways to Monetize Your Blog! Or check out the video below!
Why do you want to start a blog? Let me know in the comments below!