How to Start a Blog: How to Become a Blogger
You’re probably here because you want to know how to start your own blog. Over the past few years the number of bloggers and growth online has been phenomenal. It now seems as though if you don’t have your own blog that you’re out of the loop. Many bloggers do it because it’s fun to do!
So, how do you start a blog and become a blogger? Take these steps on how to start a blog and you’ll be on your way in no time.
How to Start a Blog: Buy a Domain Name
First, you’ll need your own domain. A domain is what you type in the URL address bar. There are many places that offer ‘free’ domains, but it’s always better to own yours outright. To do so you can go to domain registrars, such as GoDaddy, and register your own domain which will cost you about $10.97 (on the day of writing this article February 1, 2010). Get your domain now if you don’t have one already by clicking the link Go Daddy $7.49 .com Sale!
I’ve used GoDaddy for over 3 years now to purchase my domains. I’ve never had a problem with them and their customer service is beyond amazing. GoDaddy isn’t the only domain registrar, just the one I would recommend because of my experience with them.
How to Start a Blog: Purchase Web Hosting
Now that you have your own domain name you’ll need to purchase yourself a web hosting plan. There are many web hosting companies to choose from just like domain registrars. However, in this article I’m going to recommend going through HostGator. Like GoDaddy I’ve used HostGator for over 3 years now and have never encountered a problem with them. Their web hosting plans are fairly priced and their customer service is beyond amazing as well. You can get one month free of web hosting from HostGator by following these steps:
Step 2: Click the ‘Web Hosting’ link in the navigation bar at the top
Step 3: Click ‘Order Now’ button for the Baby Plan (middle of the page)
Step 4: Enter your existing domain or purchase a domain
Step 5: Use coupon CACTUS
Step 6: Click ‘Calculate Your Total’ and final price will be $0.00
Now that you’ve purchased your own personal domain name and web hosting plan you’re on your way to becoming a blogger. Come back for the next steps on how to start a blog. I will cover setting up your nameservers and installing WordPress. Be patient, you’re almost there!