Okay, you’ve got a niche picked out and know what you’re going to be blogging about. What next? Just a couple of easy steps:
Pick A Domain Name
First, you want to pick a domain name. This is where you’re actually going to be posting your blogs, so picking a name that is closely associated with your blog subject, should be your objective.
You also want to have a domain that ends in .com, because it is the most global extension known and will get you the best results. When people search for websites, the first extension they’re going to explore is anything with .com.
When you pick a domain host, they will have a tool that will help you determine if the domain name is available or not. If the .com name you choose is taken, they’ll suggest different extensions, like .org or .net for example. You can find good and bad on taking the different extensions, but my thought is that if somebody can only remember your website name and not the fact that your extension is .net, they’ll type in “whatever.com” and be sent to competitor.
Choose A Domain Host
Your next step is deciding on a host for your website. The host is who “rents” you the space in the internet where people can come and “visit” you and find out what you have to offer. This is a very important decision to make. There are free hosts and not so good hosts that can make your online experience a living nightmare, so be careful. If you don’t pick a reliable host, it can cost you big time and money to fix the problems. You don’t want that.
I recommend the SiteRubix platform, accessible through Wealthy Affiliate. If you join Wealthy Affiliate, as a free member, you are allowed to create TWO free websites for learning affiliate marketing. If you decide to become a Premium member, they will host 50 websites for online business activity.
Another popular host is WordPress.com. I mention them because they will host for free, but if you go with them for free, you’re getting a limited version of their popular software.
Create Your Blog Design
Once you have a host, where your blog will be found, you want to make it look nice and interesting. Hosts will usually present you with several “Themes” you can choose from for your website. You should want the theme to reflect as closely to your blog subject as possible. When using a free-hosting site, your choices are usually quite limited, so the best bet is to pick something that looks professional and easy to customize.
You’ve got a site, start posting your blogs! That’s how easy it is to start an online blog. Of course there are many things you can continue to learn to improve your site, but it is very simple to start a blog. Create a blog and enjoy the freedom it can give you!