How To Set Up A Blog
Learn how to set up a blog, if you should learn html/css for your blog, comparisons between Wordpress, Blogger, and other shared domain blogging websites and blog platforms, and how to make money with your blog.
Subjects that I will help you with will be:
Hosted Blog vs. Host Your Own Blog
Option 1) Use a shared domain blog
A shared domain blog is a type of blog that costs nothing to host. You can design these at https://www.blogger.com/start, http://wordpress.com/, etc. When you choose this option you'll be building what is called a "shared domain blog" because you'll have .blogspot or .wordpress following your blog's domain name like http://nameofyourblog.blogspot.com or http://nameofyourblog.wordpress.com. Setting up a blog with a hosted blog website is very simple to do and it's free. You can actually have a blog up and running within a couple minutes if you decide to create a blog with blogger.com or wordpress.com!
Blogger vs. Wordpress
If you are debating which shared domain blogging website to set up your blog with you should know that both are very simple to use. I think blogger is easier to use while Wordpress makes your blog look better. Also, Blogger.com has nice ways to easily use Google AdSense Ads within your blog so you can make money but Wordpress is the best option if you want to customize your blog.
Option 2) Pay a Host to Host Your Blog on Their Web Server
If you decide to use this option you would use a blog platform (like Wordpress--*from Wordpress.org and not Wordpress.com) and you pay a web host to place your blog on their servers. So why would you decide to pay to have your blog hosted when you could have it hosted for free at blogger.com or worpress.com? Actually, there's several reasons:
To Set Up Your Blog Using a Host--do this:
I have tried out quite a few blog platforms and Content Management Systems (CMS) over the years and in my opinion the best blog platform is Wordpress. It is very user friendly, it has many people using it (and updating it and pointing out any problems it has to developers), there are a ton of helpful websites and forums to assist you if are having trouble with Wordpress, and there are tons of methods to easily customize your blog. Also, Wordpress is venturing out and creating more elaborate components that other blog platforms are behind in. So, if you are thinking you may want to possibly make your blog to look more like a website that includes things like forums, shopping carts, or other advanced aspects--Wordpress is the blog platform you should choose. Also, Wordpress one of the most easy blog platforms to create.
Should You Learn HTML, CSS, or Programming?
If you are using a hosted blog at blogger or Wordpress it is not necessary to learn these skills. Studying some HTML will help you customize your blog sometimes but you can always search for a certain code online when you want to customize something on your blog. However, if you set up your blog using a blog platform (like Wordpress from Wordpress.org) learning a little HTML will definitely go a long way. I wouldn't suggest you take a long time learning about it however if you develop a very basic skill set you can achieve a lot with your site. *note-you can still make a superb blog without ever teaching yourself HTML, CSS, or Programming.
Make Money with Your Blog
There are bloggers that can earn an amazing living form a single blog! However, if your goal is to just blog about your life, a topic, or get the word out about for an issue--than building your blog using a hosted blog site (like wordpess.com or blogger.com) is probably the best option for you. Hosted blog sites are very simple to use and you don't need to host your blog with a host that charges you. With this option you can just blog and not worry about administrative things. However, if you want a blog that makes decent money than using a blog platform (like Wordpress.org) is what you should do because blog platforms give you a lot more options to customize your blog, all the ways you can place ads on your site, and what types of features you can use with your blog.
It's my hope this article has helped you realize the ways to make a blog. One of my favorite hobbies is blogging but the great thing about this hobby is that it makes me a lot of money! Surprisingly there are many very basic ways to monetize your blog that will make you money for a long time. If you want to work at home and make money with a blog, about the 5 big downfalls that bloggers fall into, and the ways to decide on a niche for your blog then check out this free report at my website!
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