2 Features you need to Start a blog in  15 minutes

2 Features you need to Start a blog in 15 minutes

When I actually started my first blog, I had already learnt html by myself and created a website, so i knew a bit about it all.

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However I was so wrong,  I still had so much to learn.

Most people would love  to know when and how to start a blog , when they are starting on their new online journey.

Today I am writing this tutorial for you as a total beginner friendly guide to starting a website.  Fast forward today and you don’t really need any particular skills to make a blog, that is if you choose the right software or services.

There are a couple of things which you choose, which can make your blog building journey easy peasey. I will list them below.

Building blogs – Why take the Hard path when there is an easy one

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1 click install

This  is one of the most easy ways to build a blog.  You click one button and the installation of your wordpress blog gets done in the background and you get your Logon url to login to the admin area and do any further changes you need.

The 1 click install differs from provider to provider, but is pretty straight forward and easy with godaddy or bluehost which  is what I recommend.  With both of them, once you click on the install wordpress script, it will ask you a few questions like preferred blog name, description, your preferred admin name, password and then you get to click the install button and it does it all. Remember to note down your password and admin login name, you will need this later.

The Hosting + free domain name offer

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This is something good for beginners not only because it’s free, but also if you buy/get a domain name with the same provider then you don’t need to worry about pointing domain names to hosting and name servers etc.

When you get the hosting and free domain offer, you can do the whole blog install process in one seamless process in 10 to 15 minutes.  If you go the other route of buying domain from one provider and hosting from other, then you might need to adjust the name servers and point it to your hosting server, which takes a little bit of fiddling around .

Hosting Plans suitable for beginners

Now there are other things like server speed,  uptime and  compatibility with different kind of platforms, but rest assured the ones I recommend are tried and tested by myself.

Below is a list of popular hosting  providers for 2017

Hosting ProviderPrice (monthly)Disk SpaceBandwithFree Domain NameEmail account
Bluehost (recommended)Starter Plan $3.49UnlimitedUnlimitedFreeFree
HostgatorHatchling Plan$5.56 (20% off)UnlimitedUnlimitedNoFree
HostmonsterStarter Plan
$5.99100 gbUnlimitedFree $15.99 Domain Registration couponFree
GodaddyEconomy Plan $4.99 (54% off)100 gbUnlimitedFreeFree
Webhosting hub
Spark Starter Plan
$4.99UnlimitedUnlimitedFreeNA
Ipage
Essential Plan
$1.99UnlimitedNAFreeFree
Dreamhost (40% off)$5.95UnlimtedUnlimitedFreeFree
Yahoo Small Business Hosting - Advanced Plan$3.9950 gb5000 GB/moFreeFree

I recommend shared plans like the $1 Godaddy hosting plan and the $3.95 a month bluehost hosting plan, because they are cheap plans suitable for beginners. The speeds of these servers will not compare to premium hosting plans which cost anywhere between $22 to $199 a month, but will do OK for fresh starter blogs.

If you think you might start another website, photo gallery or forums down the road then I would suggest you getting a plan that is between the range of $5.95 to $10.95 a month, which will allow you to host multiple domain names and websites or forums on the same hosting purchased – without any additional fees.

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This hosting providers have a large range of scripts like Wikipedia styled sites, email lists software, photo gallery script software and many more that you can auto install with 1 click install.

You can install  new scripts/software either on a subdomain of your free domain  you received or then purchase a new domain for your 2nd blog or forum that you are starting. if you need a more detailed guide using  bluehost to install your blog check out my this post

Bluehost currently has a Good offer with domain free and discounted hosting – check it here. If you run into any problems don’t feel shy to get on support chat and have a chat with your hosting provider to sort out things ( or even message me here and I will be glad to help you )

The first essential task if your sitting on the fence is to get started now. Good luck!

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Setting up a blog in just 10 dollars in 20 minutes

Setting up a blog in just 10 dollars in 20 minutes

Yes a blog can be made in just under $10. It sounds Unbelievable but it  can be done  and also looke beautiful and professional.

And guess what you can even have your own domain name included for  this low price  just like any professional looking  domain website like eg. www.joebloggs.com .

When you sign up with any of the free blog providers  out there to start a  blog for free, you will be forced to adopt a longer  url instead  like below

eg:

http://oldloves.tumblr.com/

http://bitchphd.blogspot.com.au/

( Which will have their brand included in the url  –  Like oldloves.tumblr.com url after the blog name you choose – this is an instant giveaway of a free service blog)

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So if you  are getting the option of setting up a  blog  with a proper domain name like www.myblog.com  instead and that too for just in ten dollars, then why settle for a  blogger service  with a longer url that is hard to remember and also does not look as professional.

Blogging now increasingly has been taken up by people not only as a hobby or self-expression medium, but also as a means to earn money online.  And if you plan to take  your blogging serious at some part of time,its best  to go with a  nice looking short url  right from the start.

There are successful bloggers earning a full time income and some  by just blogging. If you can attract eyeballs to your blog (traffic) and can gain a huge following .. then earning money from your blog becomes easier. You can easily  make a blog  that looks good and also deos the job of a website as good as any pro blogger website  at a minimum cost using free services.

The larger the traffic you get  to your blog …the higher the revenue earning potential your blog will have. Below I will show you how  to make a blog for yourself on the cheap.

Making a nice looking blog in just $10 or under

Coming back to the point, YES! a Blog can be built in under $10 dollars.

In fact you can have a blog for free as well from blogspot or tumblr or other blogging platforms , but then you dont automatically get a custom unique domain name for your blog.  To get that free blog  with a longer url  you just need to sign up with them and start blogging. The only problem is you will also have limitations to what you can do with your blog when you want to monetise it in the future.

Today the method I am going to show you is still half and half , so you are using a  free blog service, but  tehn you are paying  to get a proper domain name , so that your blog url  looks professional.

If you really want to dress it up  like a pro thne you might need to spend a little bit mroe than $10 to get a professional looking custom theme for Eg. here this one, but there are free themes  also that look quite good for eg , this one.

If you get a free blog from google blogger(blogspot), you are also at risk of Google deleting or banning your blog – if you go against any one of their policies and trust me they have many restrictive policies and you possibly wouldn’t even know every one of them. I myself had a blog deleted  a long time ago  for no fault of mine and learned the hard way to always have full control of your blog and so decided to get a self hosted blog.

However  the method I am going to show you  today makes use of a free blogging service and a cheaply purchased domain name to get your blog made in under $10.

They are many other free blog services other than google blogger like tumblr , Weebly ,Typepad etc but they all have their own set of restrictions. But if you want to save even on  a $10  spend  to build a blog, then this free blogging service  is the way to go and you will have to make do with a longer url and limitations and restrictions on what you can do with your blog.

free blogger services like blogspot and tumblr and trial free like wix and weeblyIf you truly are determined and dedicated to get your blog started and established you can use our this provided method which uses a mix of a paid ( for domain) as well as a free service to get your first blog online and all under $10 . This method uses a cheap discounted domain from godaddy.com and free blogger blogging service to start off your blog.

So while you get your own personalised blog domain name like for eg. www.katperry.com<http://www.katperry.com> or whateva name you choose for a couple of Dollars , you are using the free google blogger service for space to host your Content (writing and articles ) and the free blogger service does the hard backend work of keeping your blog running and alive on the internet.(normally if you didn’t have the free blogger service hosting your blog – you would need to get  a decent hosting account  to host your self hosted blog. A  Self hosted blog gives you 100% control of your blog and much more freedom for the design and look of your blog)

How to get your $10 blog

While I do recommend getting a self hosted blog if you can afford it ($3.95 a month), If you are on a low budget then this is the way to go.

With this method  you only pay (0.99 Cents to $12) depending on current deal available for domains and get hosting for free from the free blogging provider), so if yo manage to get  a domain name for say 0.99 cents then  you have just got yourself a blog with a short url for  just 0.99 cents ( i.e  $9 dollars less  than what I promised)

For you to get you $10  blog all set up, you will need two things

1st – A Cheap domain costing a few dollars from godaddy domains(currently 0.99cents)

2nd – You will need to sign up with free Google blogging service called blogspot/blogger for your free blog(hosting).

How to get a domain name for $1.99 or a cheap price(0.99cents).

Go to godaddy.com and you will see a search button on the top of the page, type in a domain name or blog name in here and click search to see if  a blog name you prefer is available.

Godaddy.com quite often run these cheap domain deals, if your lucky you might grab a domain name sometimes for as low as 0.99 cents. Check here for any current go daddy domain deal . I prefer godaddy.com as they are one of the largest domain providers on the internet  and have good service record while also being competitive in pricing compared to others. You can use my coupon code or discount referral link if you like.

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When you find a appropriate name proceed to buy and register it. Soon as you have registered your domain, you will get more details about your registration sent in the email.  Now you will need to point your this purchased domain name to your free blogger blog which you have already set up by registering with google free blogger service here. if you haven’t already set up – Link to register and set up is below

Registering with blogger or tumblr or free blog service

The next step is to get your free blogger blog if you haven’t already,

go to blogger.com and register yourself for a free blog by following the easy to follow instructions and you will have set up a free blogger blog in a few minutes. You will need to note down and keep your registration and login details and the blogspot domain name. You will need this to set up the blog with your purchased short domain name which you got from godaddy.

[ Now i have suggested  above that you get a domain name from godaddy because   because if you use the default blogger domain  which you get when you sign up for the free blogger service  you domain would be something like  “http://www.janesblog.blogspot.com” but if you get  a domain from godaddy  your domain url could be  more shorter and professional looking like “www.janesblog.com” and easier for your  viewers to recollect your blog name and also type it  in their browsers. A custom domain like this also gives a more professional impression that you take your blog/website  or blogging seriously.

By getting and signing up for the free blogger blog service you are essentially saving on a blog hosting service (check out my blog hosting comparison post here) that can cost anywhere between $100 to 250 a year.

The difference between this cheap method and a professional blogger who would buy a domain and get a hosting service (totally approx $260) to set up a blog is the price factor, with this cheap method you still get a custom domain name for your blog but you set up your blog at a much cheaper price with free google blogger hosting.

You will still have google watching over your shoulder with this free blogger service you are using ,but as long as you don’t do anything silly to upset google your blog will be fine and not deleted or banned.

The benefits of  this $10 cheapie blog setup

In short you spend under $10 for the whole blog – you dont even need to bother about ongoing maintenance as google free blogger service takes care of that and you can still earn money from your blog.

With this method, you own your www. blogname of your blog that your bought and you can transfer your free blog to a paid hosting service anytime you like to get it updated to a paid professional custom wordpress blog. There are no restrictions or monitoring by google when you move it away from blogger to custom hosted paid wordpress blog.

What is a custom hosted paid wordpress blog ?

Its  a self-hosted WordPress blog that most professional bloggers use. To set this up You buy hosting for a year from a hosting company  and  you can set up your blog  through word press which is one of the worlds most popular and easy blogging software. Most hosting companies nowdays make the process of starting this blog and moving your blog to them easy by offering the transfer service free or offering support to set up your blog.

Most professional bloggers use a paid wordpress hosting service and paid wordpress theme to get their blog to the next level . Heaps of customizations and designs paid and free are available for wordpress blogging software.

Most professional bloggers upgrade to a wordpress self hosted blog ( costing anywhere from $80 to 200 a year) once they can afford it. Self-hosted blog means you have you own hosting provider and have you blog residing with that hosting service. Your domain name don’t need to be with the same provider, but can be also bought with the same provider. I prefer to buy my domains from godaddy and buy my hosting separately for my blogs as I have multiple domains and blogs and moving or transferring them becomes easier if you change hosting companies when you have your domains with godaddy.

Let me know if you need any help setting up a  cheapie blog  by either leaving a  comment here are getting in touch  via my contact page .

Enjoy our Intro video to the ultimate blog creation –> 10 Step guide below

Cheers /jeff