As part of our Build a Blog Series we are talking about the importance of purchasing hosting and claiming your own domain.
If you are building a blog, you are building a business. Businesses generate revenue. If hobby blogging is your thing and you only want to keep the grandparents updated on what your kids are doing, a free version of a blog might be for you. However, if your goal is to make money , AKA…monetize, then purchase your domain and hosting right away. You will want to do this on day one, or you might regret it and get hit with fees you wouldn’t get stuck with otherwise.
We use WordPress. No one else. WordPress is the most customizable of all blogging platforms we have found for our purposes. I realize there are a lot of bloggers out there who might prefer the Blogger platform. If you’re wanting to follow our system, use WordPress. Make sure you install WordPress after you purchase your hosting. Most hosting platforms make it easy to create a WordPress blog within five minutes. See the woes and a hard lesson learned when I had no idea it was that easy here.
Naming Your Blog
How do you choose a name? Here is a tip: use something people might search for. SEO is not dead. Our new blog, which will focus on Kentucky living, travel, and attractions all over the state, has Kentucky in the title. We want to to pop up high in google search rankings, and people will know what to expect from our domain name.
Make your title something that people will remember. Some of my favorite blogs are those with catchy titles but make sense. You need to be remembered to be revisited!
What is our new blog’s title? Since we are building it, we pretty much just have a skeleton. But, if you MUST check it out, it is Two Kentucky Chicks. How did we come up with that ultra creative title? Well…we are two girls who live in Kentucky. This blog title, Two Chic’s, would have been called “Two Chicks,” but someone had already take that title and parked it. We used the next best thing. The plan was to relate all of our content to “chic,” sometimes we do, sometimes we do not. Regardless, we are building our brand around it!
Who should you use for hosting? In the past I have used GoDaddy, FatCow, and now SiteGround. By far, SiteGround was the easiest to set up a WordPress site, within three minutes of paying for the site our WordPress install was ready to go! We had purchased the original domain through FatCow. Through a mix of my error, and their support obviously outsourced (read: the people I was communicating with, because of poor English skills, did not realize the error was mine therefore it kept going down the rabbit hole further and further until I threw my hands in the air in frustration) I ended up purchasing a whole other hosting and domain from another company. This process lasted two months with two different domains. I literally just gave up. Tears and frustration and feelings of helplessness were all that resulted. I just kept saying, “It shouldn’t be this hard!” And it should not have been. Lesson learned the hard way.
SiteGround had good reviews about support and their plans met our needs (and will meet our needs as we expand and build new domains.) it has been a few days and thus far I’m pretty happy with the new host. It will be interesting when we start getting more traffic to see how it holds up, or if they cap our traffic, or any other problems that might arise.
From this post I hope you gather three main points:
1. Creative relevant title for domain.
2. Choose platform and host wisely.
3. Learn from your mistakes!
Enjoy building your blog. We would love to hear your stories!