How to Setup Your Own Blog and Make Money Online

Once you have decided on a niche for your blog, you are probably ready to setup your own blog. Setting up a blog is not difficult. Setting up a blog is probably the most fun part of blogging! Well yes it requires different kind of work and if you are creative, then you will definitely enjoy this.
You pretty much have two options at this stage. You can either setup a blog on your own domain name or on a pre-hosted blogging platform. If you choose to host the blog on your own domain name, which I suggest you do, you will have something like this – yourname.com, yourname.net, etc, etc.
However if you decide to use an existing pre-hosted blogging platform, then your URL may look like this yourname.blogspot.com or other blog-platform domain names at the end of yourname.
Setting Up a Blog on Your Own Domain Name
In order to setup your own blog, you will first need to register a domain name. I suggest you use GoDaddy.com to register a domain name. Once you have a domain name in place, you can choose a hosting company to host your website. This will cost you on a monthly basis. Make sure your hosting company and the service they provide works with well known blogging platform like WordPress. You should ask these questions before you sign up for hosting. Having your own blog on your own domain names gives you the flexibility to do many things that you won’t get from a pre-hosted blogging service like Blogger.com.
One you have that in place, you should decide which blogging platform you are going to use to build your site. Some of the most popular publishing programs are WordPress, Nucleaus and b2evolution. I use WordPress for my own blog because it is stable and has been around for a long time. It also comes with many features and lots of themes for you to choose from to customize the look and feel of your blog.
If you also choose to go with WordPress, there are many themes that are available online for all types of blogs. For some themes you may have to pay a fee to use while many others are freely available. I think you should go with a free theme that fits your niche first. Once you start making money, you may want to consider upgrading your theme to a paid one unless you know how to customize it on your own.
Don’t let yourself waste time deciding on a theme. Find a theme that fits your niche and move on. You can always go back. Many people, including me in the early days, wasted so much time trying to make my blog look pretty. Well pretty blog is not going to make you any money! All you need to make sure here is that the people can read what you are writing. Choose the right color and the right font for your site. Font colors and styles play an important role in attracting and keeping more users on your site. If your site is not easy to read, the user will click away to another site. You want to be able to provide content in a well planned out manner.
Follow the guide provided by each blogging platform to understand how you can tweak and make the blog work for you. This will take some time but you may want to leave this for another day. You will always continue to tweak your blog so don’t spend too much time here upfront.
Setting up Your Blog on a Free Blogging Site
If you want to save money in the beginning and want to try something out then you may want to start off one a blogging tool like Blogger. It is very easy to setup a blog on one of these tools. They provide you with step by step instructions as the above Blogger link. You just need to follow the instruction and setup a blog site that you are comfortable with.

blogger-logoOnce you have decided on a niche for your blog, you are probably ready to setup your own blog. Setting up a blog is not difficult. Setting up a blog is probably the most fun part of blogging! Well yes it requires different kind of work and if you are creative, then you will definitely enjoy this. One point of caution though, don’t waste too much time at this stage because people don’t come to your blog because it is pretty, they come to your site because they are looking for some sort of information on the topic you are writing about.

You will find useful information on finding your niche in my previous articles:

Finding Your Niche Market – Niche Marketing Research

How to Identify the Best Online Business Opportunity

So again, once you have your topic or niche, you pretty much have two options at this stage. You can either setup a blog on your own domain name or on a pre-hosted blogging platform. If you choose to host the blog on your own domain name, which I suggest you do, you will have something like this – yourname.com, yourname.net, etc, etc.

However if you decide to use an existing pre-hosted blogging platform, then your URL may look like this yourname.blogspot.com or other blog-platform domain names at the end of yourname.

Setting Up a Blog on Your Own Domain Name

In order to setup your own blog, you will first need to register a domain name. I suggest you use GoDaddy.com to register a domain name. Once you have a domain name in place, you can choose a hosting company to host your website. This will cost you on a monthly basis. Make sure your hosting company and the service they provide works with well known blogging platform like WordPress. You should ask these questions before you sign up for hosting. Having your own blog on your own domain names gives you the flexibility to do many things that you won’t get from a pre-hosted blogging service like Blogger.com.

One you have that in place, you should decide which blogging platform you are going to use to build your site. Some of the most popular publishing programs are WordPress, and b2evolution. I use WordPress for my own blog because it is stable and has been around for a long time. It also comes with many features and lots of themes for you to choose from to customize the look and feel of your blog.

If you also choose to go with WordPress, there are many themes that are available online for all types of blogs. For some themes you may have to pay a fee to use while many others are freely available. I think you should go with a free theme that fits your niche first. Once you start making money, you may want to consider upgrading your theme to a paid one unless you know how to customize it on your own. Like I said before, try to spend more time on adding quality content and leave the design work for someone else. Focus and spend your time wisely.

Don’t let yourself waste time deciding on a theme. Find a theme that fits your niche and move on. You can always go back. Many people, including me in the early days, wasted so much time trying to make my blog look pretty. Well pretty blog is not going to make you any money! All you need to make sure here is that the people can read what you are writing. Choose the right color and the right font for your site. Font colors and styles play an important role in attracting and keeping more users on your site. If your site is not easy to read, the user will click away to another site. You want to be able to provide content in a well planned out manner.

Follow the guide provided by each blogging platform to understand how you can tweak and make the blog work for you. This will take some time but you may want to leave this for another day. You will always continue to tweak your blog so don’t spend too much time here upfront. We will discuss in the next few days about how you can tweak to improve your Search Engine Ranking.

Setting up Your Blog on a Free Blogging Site

If you want to save money in the beginning and want to try something out then you may want to start off on a blogging tool like Blogger. It is very easy to setup a blog on one of these tools. They provide you with step by step instructions as the above Blogger link. You just need to follow the instruction and setup a blog site that you are comfortable with. It is almost like setting up a Twitter, Gmail or a Facebook account. If you know how to login to your email account and write/read emails, then you will be way ahead of the curve compared to many. Blogging using these platforms are easy because there is no real setup required. Once you signup, you will get your account and all you have to do is add your title, description and contact information. Then you just have to play around with the template to change colors and fonts. Once you finish that, you can post your first blog.

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DAvid May 31, 2010 at 8:53 am

Thanks for this wonderful information. I agree with you on setting up your own blog on your own domain name because it will be your property to keep, not of the Blogger! Plus once you establish your site, you can choose to sell it or whatever. There are restrictions for others.

David

Sabrina Shikles June 1, 2010 at 9:52 pm

best site so far bookmark it for later reading

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