As I continue to progress through the blogging with John Chow program, there are several steps that I have already accomplished. For instance John covers learning how to install WordPress, which I already know how to do. If you have never installed WordPress before, you are going to realize just how easy it can be to get a site up and running and get started blogging.
Choosing A Domain Name
Now you can choose to blog on a free platform like blogger or a free WordPress site, however, if you can afford to get started, I suggest that you get a domain name and hosting. This will prevent you from losing all your content or having to worry if one of the free sites shut you down. You may think that you are saving money by getting started on a free platform, but the truth is that you are wasting time.
That content does not belong to you, because you do not own the platform. This means that if you write something that they don’t like, they can easily shut down your site. Then guess what, you have just spent hours, days or even weeks building up your blog only to find it being stripped away from you. So do yourself and get started with your own domain and hosting account.
If you are going to get a domain name, I highly recommend that you use Namecheap. I have been using them since I got started with internet marketing and absolutely love them.
In the past exact match domains were extremely popular in terms of getting ranked quickly and easily. However, with all the Google updates, it is not necessary to get an exact match domain. I am not completely sure if it will hurt your rankings, but don’t be too concerned with getting that one. I highly suggest that you get a domain in your name if you have not yet started a personal blog, as this will help you build your brand online. As you can see, my site is IMWithSusanVelez.com, I had to choose this domain because my name was no longer available.
If you are lucky enough to grab one with your name, then I suggest you grab it before you wish you had later on.
Choosing The Right Hosting Account
Now I am biased when it comes to choosing the right hosting account. I prefer to use Hostgator and have not used any other hosting account. (I think I did use Bluehost at one point), but switched back to Hostgator.
The reason that I love Hostgator is because their cPanel makes it extremely easy to install a WordPress site. Of course if you choose to do it manually, (which is something that I do with all my sites) then it will take you a little longer. if you have never installed wordpress or just want to know how to install wordpress, watch this video to get a quick demonstration of how easy it can be.
If you found this video useful with your blog installation, give it a like. I know that I say the word “Okay” a lot, I am still not used to creating videos. Also don’t forget to leave your comments below and let me know if you have already installed your blog and if so what are you blogging about, or which domain name did you end up going with?
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