This is the first part in a series of post I’m going to write over the coming week to show how you can start a blog on a small budget. There seems to be a belief among many bloggers they need to spend a lot of money when you’re first starting out. This is untrue. You can start a blog for free on platforms such as WordPress.com or Blogger. Blogging is a great way of getting yourself noticed when you’re first starting out as a write too and an ideal building block when you first start building your author platform. If you want to start a profitable blog where you can actually make money and sell your own books and products, etc. Then yes, you do have to spend a bit of money in the beginning. But there is no reason why you can’t blog on a tight budget.
The first thing you need to get started with a blog is to purchase your own domain name for your blog. A domain name is literally the name of your website. For example, thecreativeauthorpreneur.com which is my domain name for this blog. The domain name is the first thing your visitors see when they visit your site. It makes a statement. Having the right domain name can make or break a blog.
Free hosts such as Blogger and WordPress.com with come with free domain names such as tiffany.blogspot.com or tiffanyshand.wordpress.com but even if you choose to use a free blogging platform when you’re first starting out having your own domain name looks much more professional. Fortunately, domain names are usually fairly cheap nowadays. But how cheap? You can usually get a domain name for around £8 ($10), but to some people that may still seem like a lot of money to spend when you’re first starting out.
Things to consider when buying a domain name
Decide on a .com, co.uk, or .net domain name
It’s usually best to get a.com domain name. A .com is usually the best option depending on the type of site or blog you are starting as it’s the most recognisable type of domain. If you can’t get a .com domain name try to go for something similar.
Decide on domain privacy.
Do you want privacy on your domain name? By making your domain name private it stops people being able to track you by using a different address to your registered address. This can be a good way to avoid getting flooded with marketing junk.
How long to register the domain name for
Some companies only let you register a domain name for one year then the price goes up. So the longer you register it for the better. I usually register mine for at least two years. That way if I decide to rebrand or no longer need the domain name I’m not stuck with it.
Places to find cheap domain names
InternetBs – I use this company for all my domain names now since they’re very cheap and only about £7 a year. Even their renewal is cheap.
Namcheap – I’ve used Namecheap in the past and they often run regular deals for cheap domain names
Godaddy – often has special deals where you can get domain names for as little as 99p, but the prices does goes up when you have to renew it so the longer you get the domain name for the better.
In the next post, I’ll be talking about hosting.
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