The Ultimate Guide to Starting a Blog
Should I choose a Free or a self-hosted blogging platform?
Before you choose a platform, it’s important to know the difference between starting a blog on WordPress.com or any other free platform and starting a self-hosted blog with a unique domain name (e.g. www.mywebsite.com) that is purchased by you.
Free blogging platforms allow you to create blogs for free but they don’t really belong to you.
Don’t do it!
I meet so many new bloggers and business owners that start a blog on a free platform and don’t really understand the technical and promotional impact of it. After they understand what they did, they regret it and start a whole new website once again using the self-hosted option.
Huge mistake and a waste of time.
Free blog platforms are mostly good for those who own this service. It helps them grow their main business, which is usually a mass media website or other website builder services.
Free websites like this are almost impossible to promote organically on Google search engine, and they have restrictions regarding the sales of onsite advertisements. For example, there are free platforms that don’t have the option to implement Google Adsense, and if you start a free blog on a blogger.com platform (Google), the profits will be lower compared to a self-hosted website.
On the other hand, when you start a self-hosted WordPress blog and you purchase a domain name – it is 100% under your control.
If you want a professional site, it’s worth paying extra for quality and control. Even if you’re on WordPress.com, if you upgrade from the free plan, you’ll end up paying for your hosting at the end of the day. If you ask me, paying for hosting and having the freedom of running your own site is a better investment.
I recommend starting a WordPress blog that is hosted on BlueHost. If you’re looking to start a WordPress blog for cheap, then choosing Bluehost for your hosting needs is your answer. Bluehost is one of the largest web hosts, which I personally use to host all my blogs!
What is WordPress?
WordPress is a web design and development platform with a content management system. WordPress is an open-source platform, meaning anyone can edit code changes and program their website. The benefit of using WordPress is the ability to purchase a variety of Plugins, for low prices, which can add different functionalities to your blog.
For starting a blog with WordPress there is no need to know how to code, but you always can hire a professional programmer in case you want to build a unique function on your website.
In this tutorial, I teach how to create a WordPress blog with a unique domain name that you will choose. WordPress is easy to use and you can set up a website just in few minutes! Go to the next step to start creating your first blog!
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