I am delighted to see I already have a list of students who want to learn more about blogging. In 1 day there are 11 people who have expressed an interest in blogging, but have no idea where to start. I am sure there are many many more to come.
Today we are discussing the first step you need to take to get your blog up and running.
The first thing you need to do when you want to start a blog is to choose a platform to use. This just means a way for you to get your blog online. There are many different options to choose from for this (as shown in the image above). Some of these options are free to use and some are paid, so what is the difference?
Without going into too much detail about it, the free options are often extremely restricted in what you can or can’t do. The main restriction is around the ways you are able to monetise (or earn) from writing the blog itself. As monetisation is the main thing I want to focus on teaching this means I do recommend a paid account.
The account that I recommend using is called Global Domains International, and the cost of this account is $10 per month (after a 7 day free trial). If you prefer to use a free account just understand that you will not be able to use the majority of the methods I will be teaching.
If you want to have a look at what Global Domains International offers you can visit the site by clicking here.
Why Use Global Domains International?
There are several different reasons including the low cost, the services they provide and mostly how you can monetise the account.
The first method of monetisation I will be teaching you to use is gained by adding a small bit of code to your blog. This means you will get paid for the number of views that your blog gets. Now I know that already sounds a bit technical, but as long as you can copy and paste you can do this and I will be showing you EXACTLY how to do it. For now just understand that you cannot add this to a free blog.
In addition you are going to need visitors to your blog to make money from this method. I will also be showing you EXACTLY how to do this. Again the methods I use are not available for free blog platforms.
If you are not ready to join a paid platform for blogging I completely understand. I suggest you do a little work on some free earning sites first of all to work on funding your blog. That link will take you to my other blog which is all about earning online. My top recommended site to use for free is Timebucks but I provide a whole list of additional sites on that other site.
If you are ready to get started today please click here to find out exactly how to set up your account with Global Domains International.
In my next post I will be focusing on your first steps with WordPress (which is the blogging software I use).