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.
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
1 click install
This is one of the most easy ways to build a blog. You click one button and the installation of your wordpressblog 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
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
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.
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
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( 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)
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 does 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 then 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 then you might need to spend a little bit more 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.
If 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.
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 now days 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 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