Setting Up A Blog
You don’t need to be a programmer to setup a blog. There’s plenty of free software and it’s easy to use. That said, you do need to develop your Web knowledge and continually learn because it’s a constantly growing and changing field.
Obviously the more you know about Web technologies the better off you are, but knowledge can be learned and you don’t have to know everything. There’s complete knowledge and functional knowledge. Functional is like driving a car, you don’t have to know how to fix the motor to drive it, but you do have to know how to start it and drive. I personally don’t know anything about programming, but I do know what it can do and as a result, I own quite a few websites and blogs.
BLOG SOFTWARE - So on to some of the basic technology. http://www.Blogger.com is probably the easiest route to a blog. You can have multiple blogs all on the same management page and it’s owned by Google, so it’s easy to setup advertising through Adsense.
DOMAIN NAME - I would still recommend you buy a your own domain name. If you have your own domain name, your full URL will be http://www.yourname.com. This is a lot easier to advertise and a lot easier for your customers to remember than the typical free blog space URL, which looks like http://yourname.blogspot.com.
As your business grows you may need to upgrade your hosting requirements to another hosting company. If you have your own domain name, then you can take it with you, along with all your advertising efforts. So always buy your domain name separate from any hosting service you use. I’ve had to do this myself in the past and I would hate to have lost all that hard earned traffic built around one of my companies names (http://www.WildernessTrip.com).
Here’s a resource to register your domain name http://www.dotearth.com
HOSTING - Another option is http://wordpress.org/ it’s free software, but you’ll need to buy your own domain and hosting service so it costs more. Instead of just the $10 for a domain name, you’ll have to pay around $10 a month ($120 a year) for hosting. A paid host will usually provide some guarantees about reliability, as well as basic technical support, plus you can always look into setting up a website to wrap around your blog.
When choosing your host, I recommend that you look at price, features, the amount of space you get or the amount of bandwidth per month. More bandwidth means more people can download your products before you start paying extra fees to your host. Here’s a great hosting company with unlimited bandwidth and unlimited websites for under ten bucks: Host Gator
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