Would you like to build yourself a blog, reach out to your niche, and let people know who you are, what you’re all about, and what you have to offer?  It is going to take some tenacity and willingness to learn new skills (but if you’ve read anything I’ve written, you know that both of these are required to make an income online!) Here are my thoughts on how to get started today.

Two of the most-used blog creators available are Blogger and WordPress. You can make a blog quickly using either of these. Neither require you to set up a hosting account. (A hosting account is an account you set up to house your computer files – the files that make up your websites). Basically, you make your blog within an interface that Blogger or WordPress provide to you, and the files are kept on their server.

If you have never created a blog before, I recommend starting out with Blogger, because it is very user-friendly and straight-forward. Go to www.blogger.com and sign up for a free account. Once there, you’ll find a big orange button that says “create a blog.” Blogger runs through the Google folks, and Google likes to make things easy so you’ll be provided with easy menus to walk you through the process.

Once you get your feet wet using Blogger and start understanding some of the basic functionality, you might decide to move over to WordPress. Like Blogger, WordPress is free to use, but there are some considerations, which I’ll explain in a bit.

The blog you are reading now has been made in WordPress. There are quite a few technical things you can do with WordPress with regards to customization, and this is why a lot of more serious bloggers use it. You can really make it your own if you want, and there are many great free tutorials out there on the net. One feature that is very useful is the ability to import your existing blog (from Blogger) directly into WordPress. That way, if you start using Blogger and decide to move up to WordPress, you can easily move your content (writing) into WordPress using the import function. You will have to recreate your “widgets”, but it doesn’t take a lot of time (widgets are those items you see over on the right hand side of my blog such as the banners, links & opt-in form).

One final word (for now) about WordPress. Although you can use WordPress through the WordPress servers, you also have the ability to host the WordPress files on your own hosting account. There is good reason to do this. If you host directly through WordPress, your URL would be something like http://www.(yoursitename).wordpress.com. However, if you host the WordPress files yourself, on your own hosting account, your blog url can be whatever website name you have purchased. That’s why my blog is www.dianezidek.com. I purchased DianeZidek.com and installed WordPress (still free) in my hosting account. A good hosting account will have a control panel with this one-button installation of WordPress for you, so always look for that when you choose a hosting account. (I recommend Hostgater)

Why did I put WordPress directly on my own URL? Firstly, it instantly gives you more credibility – it’s your website, not some account anyone can make up in a jiffy. It shows your seriousness level. Secondly, if you are an online marketer, WordPress might not like you (hey, what do they have against us – I don’t know!). When WordPress doesn’t like you, they can just decide to disable your account with them. To avoid this altogether, you can host the wordpress files yourself and never worry about your account being disabled.

So, what are you waiting for? The world is waiting to hear what you have to blog about! As always, let me know if I can assist you in this task. Happy Blogging!

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