Laughed Off the Damn Freeway?
Alright, so the first thing I’d like to discuss is the variety of places where to write your blog you’ve got at your disposal. There are plenty of directions you can head off in.
But at the end of the day, what it really comes down to is free blog vs. paid blog. If you take another look at today’s subject line, it should become obvious which one of these options I’d like to see you embrace.
Free blogging platforms (blogger, Squidoo, wordpress.com, Weebly, etc.) are cool, and I still believe in using them for certain purposes. But the bottom line is that if you don’t control your own website, you won’t be taken seriously.
Paid, Self-Hosted Blogging Platforms
What you need to have is your own WordPress blogging platform installed on your own domain, and hosted through your own web hosting plan.
This gives you instant authority, not to mention total control of your business.
Few things are as frustrating as creating dozens of pages of fantastic, totally compelling content – especially content that actually makes you money – only to have it ripped out from under your feet… without warning.
This happens to “free bloggers” all the time.
Check out this great video on paid vs. free blogging platform sites
For whatever reason, the owners of the free blogging platform may decide that your content no longer adheres to their terms of service. In fact, they’re completely at liberty to change their TOS mid-stream and remove your blog accordingly. Talk about a complete and utter lack of stability.
Bottom line, do NOT rely on a free blogging platform to earn you your livelihood.
The good news is that setting up your own blog is incredibly easy, and quite cheap. All you need is an inexpensive domain name and a hosting account.
That’s it. That’s all.
What’s really cool is that you can get both of these from the same place. I recommend going with either Hostgator or Bluehost for both your hosting and domain. Then, you’ll simply use your hosting provider’s “cPanel” to install a WordPress blog and begin your new business. Easy.
You Should REALLY Learn This Stuff!
I obviously can’t walk you through all the setup details in this one blog post. You’ve gotta get yourself some quality training on how to get it all setup and making you money. I personally recommend Blogging Guru Blueprint, as it’s quality training for cheap.