A website and a blog are usually the same thing. This blog run’s on some free software called WordPress which is used by over millions of other people all over the world.
You just need three things to appear on the web, those are:
- A domain, this is what you call your website, for me it’s IncomeDiary.com, for you it could be MyBlogName.com
- Web Hosting, this is required to host your website on the internet so that people can visit it.
- WordPress, this is what will help you run your website, this free software will allow you to add, edit and delete pages on your website. You also have a choice from over 100,000 different blog designs and 1000′s of free plugins that will allow your website to do different things.
Setting up the above three things shouldn’t take more then around 10 minutes, setting up a blog is very easy if you use the right tools.
Registering a domain
I have a lot of domains, how I come up with their domains is simple, they are descriptive of what the site is about, so for example, ExpertPhotography.com is about how to become an expert at photography.
For you, you may be creating a website about saving time by outsourcing, a good domain would be SaveTimeOutsource.com. I suggest you only go for .Com or .Net domain and try to keep the name of your blog as short as possible.
To register your domain, go to a website called GoDaddy, if your in America you will probably seen their Superbowl Adverts and already know who they are. A domain will set you back less then $10 a year and is one of the most important things to get right.
Here’s how to host your website on the internet
Your on my website right now, to do this, I have to host it on a server so that people can come and visit it. It’s quite simple, you rent some space on a server for around $5 a month and can put all your files on it and thousands of people can come and visit it without any hassle.
I personally use HostGator and I highly recommend them because they have 24/7 live support with agents who will always be happy to help you with any issue you may have.
One of the main reasons why you need to host with HostGator is that they have a built in plugin called Fantastico which allows you to install WordPress (blogging software) with one click.
They don’t charge any additional price for this but if you went with any other company, you would be likely to pay an extra $10 or so a month which is more then the hosting in the first place.
Setting up wordpress on your hosting
Back in the day when I started, this would be a nightmare, you would have to upload thousands of files and learn lot’s of technical stuff which no one wants to do.
However, in 2011 all you need to do is login to your hosting controle panel and click Fantastico and click Install WordPress, less then 60 seconds later your blog is installed, you have a website on the internet and you can start publishing content.
Now you have set up your website, it’s time to learn and implement the things that will drive traffic to your website and make you money.