Nov
29

The first steps to setting up your own blog

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Would you like to set up your own blog?

This a topic that I had in mind for one of the ‘new’ products I was going to create in 2009 …

But I have had some emails about how I went about setting up my blog and asking advice.

The first thing I would advise before doing anything, is get a blank piece of paper and think about what you want to blog about and write down your ideas….

Affiliate Marketing?
eBay Marketing?
Making Money Online?
Weight Loss?
Dating?
Self Branding or Multiple Niche?

Ok, now you know what your niche, the next thing is to think about a domain name, if you are self branding then check and see if your name is available to register, if it is a niche then think about what you are writing about or wanting generate affiliate income from …

For example, if it is a weight loss niche then you want to try and have a ‘keyword rich’ domain name … ie …. something like simpleweightlosstips.com or similair.

I use www.namecheap.com for registering my domains, don’t register it until you check out this link for a coupon code to save money Coupon Codes for Namecheap.com

I would also suggest that you try and obtain a .com or .net extention, try and avoid .info extentions as there is a reason why they are cheap, the spammers use them …

Now you will have the choice a ‘hosted’ blog or a ‘self-hosted’ blog ….. What is this you may wonder?

A ‘hosted’ blog is were your url would be something like tommy.wordpress.com or tommy.blogger.com, now the advantage being they are free and set up in no time, the disadvantage in my eyes being that they do not allow you to post freely links affiliate or IM Links etc, they limit what you are allowed to post or use to monitise your blog.

The worry is that your blog could be shut down or closed without any warning, this would be very frustrating if you have spent months posting, building backlinks, getting established.

A ‘self-hosted’ blog would be where you host the blog on your own webspace, this gives you so much control and means you are able to do anything you want.

It also installs confidence in your reader/visitor, in my opinion and looks more polished and professional.

What do you think?

tommy.wordpress.com or tommy-mclaughlin.com which do you prefer?

Graphics are optional and in all honesty, not something you need to worry about at the moment.

There are many webhost companies out there, I use www.d9hosting.com I can not fault the service I have received and recommend them, however most people use companies like www.hostgator.com now they offer a service of unlimited blogs for only $7.95 a month, but if you enter the coupon code ‘wordpress’ then you can get started for only 1 cent for the first month.

I am going to complete some videos showing how to set up wordpress on your webspace in the next few days.

If there is anything else you want me to show you, plug-ins, themes then feel free to post a comment.

I hope this has helped some of the people who were stuck in what steps to take, if you have manged the above steps, congratulations as you are on your way to setting up your blog.

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Comments

  1. Robin Pike says:

    Hi Tommy:

    What a great post!!! Thank you for all the information you gave here… it is VERY valuable. The details are priceless. I enjoy reading your blogs —

    I have been focusing on getting mine up and running and learning from yours and others… it has been very helpful!!! I will be responding to more posts now that I starting to feel more comfortable with mine (well, I’m getting there anyway).

    Thanks for taking the time to respond to my blog that has been very helpful also and thanks for the offer to help me out.

    Robin 🙂

  2. mandy says:

    this is great information….

    i wish i would of known about the 1 cent before i signed up. but i think that it would not have applied to me, becuase i had an account i just had to upgrade to the baby package.

    anyway i don’t know if you saw my post on i think it was dean holland’s site.

    you had left some help for me about downloading files.

    how do you download the files?

    thanks for your help,
    mandy
    http://www.mandymccollum.com

  3. reply from Tommy -@ Mandy, I will be recording some video tutorials later tonight that will answer your questions, you ahve done well to date with your blog, don’t worry too much as after seeing my video, things will be clearer.

    @ Robin, thanks for the post, I can see that you are growing as each day goes by, you have done great, my video tutorials will also show you how to configure your Domain to your webspace as well.

    Keep yourself posted 😉

  4. Steve says:

    Tommy

    Great blog you’ve got here. There is some really good information here for anyone interested in setting up their own blog.
    I have managed to set up my own blog and posted my 1st post. Thanks for your help regarding adding links to other blogs(on Dean Hollands site). Tell you man, I was stuck! Soon got it sorted though, thanks to you.

    Thanks again

    Steve
    http://www.blogsteve.com

  5. Becky Carter says:

    Hi Tommy,
    What a great website. You’ve obviously got a lot of information and knowledge to share. Thank you for the comment you’ve put on our blog, it means a lot coming from someone experienced like you.

    Good luck with what you are doing, am I right in that you are not a student of ALex, just helping us all for the love of it?? If so you are a great guy!! I will put you on my blogroll as an honorary(sp?) student.
    Bye for now
    Becky
    http://www.ianandbeckycarteronline.com

  6. @ Becky – yes, I am recently married and still paying for everyone’s soup so I missed out this time 🙁 did not see why that would not stop me sharing what I know to help others 😉

    Thanks for your comments and the honorary (sp?) Student lol 😉

    Cheers

    Tommy

  7. Nikki says:

    Hi Tommy,

    I’ve just replied to you on Dean Holland’s blog – as I mentioned in that post, I’m now having a good rummage around your blog and it seems a lot of your videos have been made with my questions in mind!

    Do you have any of these videos as downloadable guides? I only ask because *cough* I’m on here at work at the moment so can’t watch videos (I’m in an open plan office so it’d be kind of obvious!).

    I’ll be watching all your videos at the weekend though and getting myself all set up – so watch this space!!

    Thanks,

    Nikki

  8. @ Nikki -Go Girl !, I had plans to complete a blogging product and videos in the early part of 2009.

    Enjoy the current videos, if you need anything, let me know 😉

    Cheers

    Tommy

  9. Nikki says:

    Hi Tommy,

    Thanks for that, don’t worry, I’ll soon be asking questions once I move from one thing to the next with setting up my blog & getting a decent theme on there!

    Nikki

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