It’s not that difficult to start a blog
I remember the first time I thought of starting my own blog. Looking back now I realise that it’s not all that difficult to start a blog but at the time it really seemed quite daunting. Sure I had a vision of what I wanted the blog to be about and I had plenty to say on the matter but when it came to the more technical side of things like getting a domain name, finding hosting and setting up the site, well it all just seemed a little confusing and it forced me out of my comfort zone. Now though I look back and wonder why I was so hesitant. Let’s take a quick look at the three areas mentioned above – getting a domain, finding hosting and setting up your website – and try and remove some of the fear involved so that you can start making money from your own blog today.
Buying a domain
It’s amazing how something as simple as buying a domain can strike fear into the heart of any newbie blogger, it really shouldn’t though. Buying a domain name is not that difficult at all and it is one of the first steps in your journey to starting your own blog. It may be one of the first steps but it is also a very important step and one that requires a bit of thought to ensure that you choose the right domain name, as it is not all that easy to change it at a later date. Domain names are not expensive, especially if you are just starting out. Many of the big domain sellers such as 1and1 offer discounted prices for your first year or two of domain name ownership. When I bought the domain name for this site I think it cost me around £1.49 for the first year but that is because it is a .co.uk domain, .com domains tend to cost a little more but they can still often be purchased for under £10 per year.
When I first started blogging I thought that I could start writing posts just as soon as I had bought my domain name, what a novice hey! I didn’t realise that you also needed somewhere to host your domain name online. I suppose in some ways you could liken it to camping. First of all you buy a tent (or a domain name in our case), then you need somewhere to pitch the tent so you rent a pitch of land for your trip. Like buying a domain name, basic hosting packages are also not that expensive. I currently pay around £3.50 per month to host this blog through Vidahost.
One other tip I can give is to try not to worry too much about getting ripped off by these companies. My initial inexperience online and my generally untrusting nature led me to worry that these online companies might all be rip off merchants but that really isn’t the case. Just be sure to read reviews on any company you plan to host or buy a domain name with and you’ll be fine, after all these companies have a reputation to uphold if they want to survive in an online world where bad reviews and poor customer service can quickly kill your business.
Setting up your website
Again I think it’s fair to say that many wannabe bloggers worry that in order to start your own blog you need to be an expert in coding and html etc. but again this is not the case. Sure there will be things that will require some research and some of the terminology used may baffle you at first but once you have your domain and your hosting package in place it is actually quite easy to get a basic blog up and running. I run this blog using a blogging web based software called WordPress which can be installed in just a couple of clicks once you have a basic hosting package setup and your hosting company will usually be happy to answer any questions you may have through their customer support channels.
The important things to remember are that you don’t need to have any prior experience in building a website to start a blog – I didn’t – and also there really isn’t anything to be afraid of. After a few days of your new blog being up and running and writing your first blog posts you really will look back and wonder what you were so worried about.
Do you have any advice for those thinking of starting a blog?