This blog, Cheap Is The New Classy, is my first blog. I started it in late 2011 as a hobby, but it has since turned into my full time job. I also own two other blogs, one that I started on my own and one that I purchased from another blogger. Sometimes people ask me how to start a blog so I will tell you about my experiences.
There are several things that you need to consider when starting a blog. On the personal side, you need to think about what you want your blog to be about. I mean, if you start a blog and name it after a favorite sports team, but then you only post about coupons, that doesn’t really fit does it? So, really put some thought into what you are interested in talking about. A lot.
As far as the technical side, here are some other things to consider. They don’t always have to come in any certain order, though. For instance, I had my first blog’s name before hosting, but it was the opposite way for my 2nd. Just make sure you read through all of the “How To Start A Blog” tips so that you know what to expect.
How To Start A Blog: Pick A Domain Name
If you don’t already have a domain name, you can generally get one with your host. I find this to be the best option because it’s easy to forget when things need to be renewed if they are all over the place. Think of a cool name and then check to see if it’s already in use. If it is, just change it up a bit. Try really hard to use something different from anyone else, though. You don’t want someone fighting you for your name later. Also, be sure it’s a name you can live with, possibly for a very long time.
How To Start A Blog: Hosting
I started Cheap Is The New Classy on one of the freebie hosts. This can be a good thing to do if you want your blog as a hobby. However, I have talked to PR people who have told me that many companies don’t prefer to work with those who do not have paid hosting. Perhaps it’s because when you pay for hosting, you probably have intentions of sticking to blogging for a while.
I chose to switch to paid hosting quickly because I learned that when you have your blog on a free site, you may not actually own it. So, if you do something that defies the terms of service, they can take down your blog, and you can lose all your hard work. What?! Honestly, the stress of worrying about that was way too much for me to deal with.
So, after 3 months, I moved my Cheap Is The New Classy blog to paid hosting. One great option for paid hosting is Bluehost. You don’t want to pay top dollar for hosting when you first start out because, hey, what if it’s not for you? You definitely don’t want to be out a lot of cash, right?
If you are unsure of what hosting is, think of it as your blog’s date to an invite only party. Your blog can’t be there without it.
BlueHost has plans starting at $4.95/month which include unlimited domains, hosting space, file transfer, unlimited emails and free domain registration.
How To Start A Blog: Launch Your WordPress Blog
You can chose to do this yourself or you can hire a professional. If you like to save money, then doing it yourself might be the way to go. Bluehost, the #1 host recommended by WordPress, offers one-click WordPress installation and they also have Weebly. This has a drag-and-drop builder that you can use.
How To Start A Blog: Know When To Ask For Help
Starting a blog isn’t terribly difficult. Like I said, I have started two myself. However, sometimes you need to ask for help. If you don’t have a knowledgeable friend who can help you out of a jam, you can always call tech support. Bluehost offers 24/7 tech support in the US. You can reach them via telephone, online chat, or email for assistance.
There is a lot more to know to running a blog but these are just some basic tips to help get you started. I hope they help. 🙂