While anyone with a passion or genuine interest, have a good reason to create a blog, it’s a bit more crucial for freelance professional. As a freelancer, having a space where you can showcase your work and interact with your clients and other expert on your field of work. The purpose of this article is to provide an easy and economical way to create your own blog. Whichever service or platform you choose to use can also provide you with very good tutorials, communities forum and guides to help you solve all your queries and successfully create your blog. Below i will go throw the main steps you need to take to get started.
Choose Your Domain name
First you have to obtain the domain name you have chosen for your blog.
You can either use free services like WordPress.com and Blogger.com or you can choose to find a service like LCN.com where you can register your chosen domain name for the time period you want. The amount of money you will have to pay depends on the time frame you want to register for.
Remember: By registering your domain name does mean that you buy it, it just means that you will rent-bound the domain name for the years you have chosen.
To create your blog you will need to upload/use some files, which will actually be the site or blog you will create. Those files need to be hosted in a server. Imagine this place as a host computer connected to the Internet which is open 24/7 all year round. Most of the services where you register your domain name offers you web hosting services too, so try and find the best deal for your blog.
Notice: If you are just starting with your blog i would advice you to purchase a package of 3 to 6 months, just to see how it goes and if all goes well you can purchase a package with longer duration. Do not spend more than 20-30$ per year to begin with if you don’t want to risk losing money. Free services like WordPress would also be a great choice for beginners too.
There are many ways to create your own site or a blog for free. Personally, I use and suggest to use WordPress, since it’s free and easy to use. Most hosting (Web hosting) installs automatically on your behalf platform WordPress. If you have some basic knowledge of web developer you can download it from here and install it yourself
Notice: A very good free program to edit files. Php and. Html is Aptana Studio, but if you don’t have the time to spend you can still find some great freelance programmers to help you with that and at a very reasonable prices.
After you set up your blog at WordPress, you will definatly have to spend some time to optimize it’s appearance. There are thousands of free templates on the internet, but you can also buy a more professional template or even hire a professional to create a template for your blog. You can find some pretty amazing templates at Theme Trust, Theme Shift and WooThemes.
After you set up your blog at WordPress and you have begun publishing your first articles, there are some free tools you need to use to track your blog’s performance and even make some money out of it. To measure the traffic and the performance of your blog, you should subscribe to Google Analytics, which provides you with a thorough analysis. If you want to earn some money from your blog, just subscribe to Google AdSense and indicate the spaces where you are willing to bestow for Google Display Ads. To make your blog more attractive and generate traffic, it would be a good idea to advertise your blog through Google AdWords, but this is only if you are willing to pay for it.
Notice: If you are just starting, try to create genuine and quality content for your blog. Advertising through Adwords is something you can do later on.
If you are thinking about creating your own blog, stop. Just go to WordPress or Blogger, choose your domain name and start writing your content.