Blogging For Starters
Blogging I believe is the perfect way to break into the web for beginners. With the number of
freely available blogging software available on the web that takes away the need for any web
experience everyone can now have a blog up and running in under 30 minutes. All my life I’ve
been a computer person but many of the people on the web making over $100,000 per year
from their blogs began with no web or computer experience. Even if your computer illiterate or
just not into web savvy I will teach you how to get your blog up and running.
This is just one of many guides I will be releasing. I will put you on the path to success right from
the start and cut out any time wasting screwing up. There are multiple ways to make money
blogging but I will show you the path I took to get to the position I am today.
What is a blog?
A blog is an online version of diary where people write and display almost anything their
opinions, photos, jokes, thoughts for the day and more. People also share stories about their
pets; their passion for soccer, stamps... the limit is only your imagination!
click on the advertisements. Blogs are simple to set up, and relatively easy to update. As many
as 75,000 blogs are created every day—almost one per second!
If you are looking to start making money on the internet and you have a budget that is very
small blogging is a great way to get started. You can set up a blog and join advertisement
programs for free. The main cost involved in setting up a blog is your time.
If you decide that you would like to make your blog personal you can still focus on a niche topic
such as your quest to lose weight or your hobby such as cars, sports or music etc. By focusing
on a niche topic you will attract loyal readers who share your interest. Niche blogging, has it
own silver lining. With people suffering from information overload, specific information
dissemination through niche blogging will attract instant attention as more and more people
will subscribe to your RSS feeds and would love to syndicate with such informative blog.
Getting Your Blog
The blogging platform wars are getting really interesting and much of the discussion I find
myself in lately revolves around what is happening with various CMS systems. The market can
essentially be defined into 3 major camps: remotely hosted, self hosted, and community based
systems. I have used pretty much every blogging platform available and each of them has its
ups and downs. I will cover the best options for each area taking into account price, usability,
market share and of course SEO potential. All of these products are either open source,
completely free or have a functional free version.
(Note: I cannot really recommend any of these but hypocritically I recommend hosting your
own blog. From an SEO stand point and an experience blogger, optimizing a domain you do
not own or control is obviously not a good marketing plan. I will explain exactly what I mean
in detail later)
Blogger is completely free and currently owns the majority of the remotely hosted user base,
but not by a land slide. Bought out by Google in 1999, Blogger essentially fired up the blogging
trend we see today. It is by far the easiest overall solution to use and if you are a novice user
looking to throw up some recipes or poetry, this is for you. Blogger is completely free and
includes some great features like comments, photo blogging, and a basic community feels with
user profiles. As a side note Blogger weblogs do quite well in the search engines and this was
recently exploited with it being the first choice for spam blogs or splogs. A splog is a weblog
used for the sole purpose of gaining inbound links or generating thousands of keyword stuffed
pages with Adsense and the like. The recent Google Jagger update cleared a large portion of
this up. Free.
Released in 2003 Typepad is a product of Sixapart, the makers of Movable Type. It is largely
based on MT but there are some major enhancements and differences. Your blog can
accommodate one or more photo albums with auto thumbnail generation. You can easily add
music, books, and other media to Typelists, which grab a thumbnail from Amazon and other
retailers for easily displaying in your sidebar. Typepad is also a great deal more technical than
Blogger so a bit of HTML know how is recommended. On that note editing your blog to look the
way you want it also quite easy and Typepad blogs are known for being very eye pleasing,
intuitive and easy to navigate. In Sixapart's business model Typepad is aimed at regular home
and small business users while Movable Type is targeted at larger businesses or for internal
intranets. Price: Basic, $4.95 a month; premium, $8.95 to $14.95 a month.
Wordpress (My Personal Favorite)
Wordpress originally began as a mod of an older open source package known as B2. WP is MT's
biggest competition and is often the bain of endless Wordpress vs. Movabletype style threads
around the internet. Although launched just over a year or so ago WP has really taken the
blogosphere by storm. And with good reason Wordpress is completely free under GNU
licensing and is packed with many featured you will not find anywhere else. It is also much
easier to install and get blogging for novice users and has a very large and helpful community.
WP runs on PHP/mySQL and is quite scalable judging from some of the very large and trafficked
sites I see using it. It also sports utilities to import files from Movable Type, Textpattern,
Greymatter, Blogger, and b2. Wordpress recently upped the ante when Yahoo recently included
them on their hosting packages, in addition to MT. I have to admit I am finding myself more and
more digging WP and will likely convert Profitpapers to WP as I get time (it can be a biznitch).
Wordpress is free.
Which should I choose?
Remotely hosted, self hosted or community based systems? From me personal and 3 years of
blogging I can honestly say a self hosted blog is the best option from multiple standpoints. I
have achieved the highest traffic, more income from self hosted blogs. I was even able to sell
one of my self hosted blogs for $3,800 dollars after operating it for only 5 months. This is
completely impossible with a remote hosted blog because you do not own the domain and will
violate their TOS and you may lose your blog! People are different and situations are different
so choices may vary but I will go over pros and cons of all 3.
Why should I remotely host my blog at a place like Blogger or use community blogs like
MySpace or Xanga?
• It’s easy to set up and maintain a blog. You don’t have to go through the trouble of installing
software and configuring it to work on your server. All you have to do is sign up for an account
and start posting.
• It’s friendly for beginning bloggers. Sites that host blogs offer good tutorials on how to
make your blog postings, so that even someone who is completely new to the concept of
blogging can do it easily.
• Most blog hosting sites are completely free to use. There is no need to pay for things like a
domain name and hosting.
• you don’t have as many options to customize your blog.
Remotely hosted blogs are admittedly somewhat limited in terms of what you can actually do
on them. You have to stick with what is provided to you in terms of look and features.
• The URL you get is always yourname.BLOGSITE.com. You don’t get to have a custom domain
name like YOURNAME.com. This can possibly hurt traffic to your blog.
• Blogs hosted on free blog sites don’t look as professional as self hosted blogs.
If your choice is to use a self hosted blog then you can sign up for one at the links below. Don’t
procrastinate; sign up now before the name for your blog is taken!
Why should I host my blog?
• You have more options and more flexibility. You are able to tweak the blog to your liking.
• Your URL is your address for your blog. Rather than having go to where your blog is hosted to
read it, they can read it right from your site.
• The ability to make your blog look professional. Blogs that are hosted on sites of their own
tend to look a lot better than those hosted on free sites.
• More space for your blog. Free blog sites usually place a restriction on how much space you
have for things like photos and music. By hosting your own blog, you are able to use as much
space as you need.
• A little harder to setup
• Updates aren’t as easy to post.
• You have to manually set up programs to monetize your blog.
• You have to pay for your own hosting and domain
Go out there and get your self hosted blog! The pro’s out weights the cons. Once again from my
experience self hosted blogs have brought in more traffic, more money and I had the ability to
sell a blog later on. If you decided to get a blog a BlogSpot or another remotely hosted provider
and your blog becomes extremely popular you may regret it later. Since I am so passionate
about self hosted blogs I will teach you how to get one going briefly here. I have included
another guide devoted completely to self hosted blogs because I am so passionate about the
Let’s get going!
The main con of hosting your own blog is it cost money. It doesn’t cost much money but it does
cost money. I will help you get your blog setup and keep the cost as low as possible. Follow my
steps exactly as listed here and you can get a blog up for less than $12.
You need a domain name. The choice is yours. You can either be very creative or create a
unique domain name like engadget.com (A very popular self hosted blog) or you can just be
simple and create a domain like mypetdogsam.com
GoDaddy is one of the of the most affordable domain registrars. Click the link below and use
the promo code ( goox025afc ). This will help you get your own .com domain for only $7.15
*** Make sure you use the promo code through the link below. Godaddy will try and up sell
you multiple products. Do not buy anything else except your domain name. Anything else you
purchase will add unnecessary additional cost. ***
Get Your Domain From Godaddy
The next thing you need now is hosting.
HostGator is one of the cheapest places for domain hosting. I personally use HostGator for
hosting for all my blogs and some of my main sites. Their reliability, customer service and
features are excellent. Plus the best bonus you can host unlimited number of sites for one
inclusive price. As you gain experiince in blogging you will want to start more blogs and it can
become costly hosting 3 6 blogs when hosting cost $9.99 per site. With Hostgator you can host
1 – 9,000 sites for one monthly hosting fee of $8.99. 9,000 Is just a number i threw out to give
you an idea, you can host an unlimited amount of sites.
Click the link below and use the promo code ( webhostingunleashed ). This coupon will get you
your hosting account for only $4.01.
*** Make sure you use the promo code above through the link below***
Sign up for HostGator Using The Promo Code Above
The final thing you will need is your blog software.
I use word press for all my blogs and I love it. Its perfect for beginners and may be the easiest
blog software on the market and is backed by a large community of bloggers and developers.
You can customize the look of your site with just a few clicks. You don’t need any HTML
experience at all. Wordpress offers thousands of plug ins that you can add to your blog.
You can download Wordpress below
You can view themes here
You can view all their cool plug ins here
Once you have completed all 3 steps please close this guide and go into our installation guide
which is located in the same folder. The guide will teach you how to get your blog up and
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