If you have been following this blog from the start you must have observed the changes that have been happening from the very first day we started this blog till now. This blog has grown from very few visitor to a good number of visitors and i am happy for this change and growth.
But when we first started this blog, we kept trying things out. we wondered why our blog had refused to grow? we asked questions like… Why do we put in so much work and get little results? what is it that we are not doing right? we asked ourselves several questions and then finally came to the realization that maybe it is because of how we laid the foundation of the blog!
As you all know www.duocharms.com was duocharms.blogspot.com until a few days ago and many of my readers kept asking us why we have chosen to rebrand our blog and make such big doing changes … but all that we answered was that duocharms.com started roughly and needed a new start…
So we decided, to document all of our successes and things that we did that we think can make a huge difference in your blog as well just like it worked for us.
You might be asking yourself questions like ….
CAN I REALLY START A BLOG WITH NO/LITTLE BUDGET?
Yes! you can have a self-hosted blog that is all yours with no or little budget, you don’t have to empty out your bank account to get your blog running. This days you can easily start your blog even without having to pay a dime!
Well we can understand, because we have been in those kind of situations before where it looked like 10 dollars was a whole lot to spare. but then we encouraged ourselves and refused to be discouraged by the small numbers which we were getting as the results.
IS IT DIFFICULT TO START A BLOG?
No! starting a blog is not difficult!
Hard to believe right? but it is true,anyone can start a blog and starting it has now been made easy. Starting a blog is no longer how it used to be in the past where you need to know all of the codes and do all of those crazy stuffs, in this modern times it takes a blink of an eye to get yourself a blog that you own!
But you will be needing a few things to get you started………
- A laptop,tablet or a phone
- A domain name
- A web host
WHAT IS A DOMAIN NAME:
Not having a domain name is like not having your business registered. Let us break it down a little for you:
- Our Blog with a Domain: www.duocharms.com
- Our Blog without a Domain : https://duocharms.blogspot.com|wordpress.com
Now tell me which of the above url looks professional,clean and slick?
We recently changed from having that ugly “https://duocharms.blogspot.com” to this professional looking “www.duocharms.com” and it cost me very little ,it is affordable and even if you are poor and don’t have money ,there is only one advice I have for you
“MANAGE WHAT YOU HAVE AND TRY TO MAKE WHAT YOU HAVE LOOK PROFESSIONAL AND ORGANIZED”
WHY YOU SHOULD GET YOURSELF A DOMAIN:
The reasons why you should get yourself a domain is countless and we cant stress over this issue but we have made it easier for you to understand the important need of having a domain in two point:
Again? yes ! we’ll keep telling you again and again and again
If you want to get out of poverty and you want people to see your blog as a business and not as some high school girl diary, you need to make it professional.
91% of Bloggers making thousands of dollar from their blog have their blog looking professional and standard! Google it yourself and check. Most of them are earning every single month in a year from their blog and the reason is because from the start they gave their blog that professional look.
They did not spend 500$ or 1000$ in getting a professional domain name most of them probably got their domain name from BLUEHOST for less than 10$.
One thing every blogger hopes and pray for is for their readers to find them credible to work with.
If your readers don’t find you or your business credible they won’t listen to you or buy something from you.
The way around presenting your blog to your reader as “credible” is professionalism and what points that out to your audience is how appealing your blog appears to them.
We’ll be honest, as you know this blog is all about transparency. If you honestly don’t have money and you are desperate to start your own blog, you can start your blog on a free hosted site like blogger but with a domain! When you have enough money to host you can move on to hosting your site,”But” there is so many disadvantages to self-hosting afterwards!
Sit back, this post is a long one but it is very informative and helpful so don’t go anywhere else! you just got started!
CHOOSING YOUR DOMAIN NAME.
If you choose a wrong name, you will get stuck with it and you can do nothing about it and if you have to change it its going to cost you more so, here’s a few tips that we have put up for you if you’re confused about how to go about it.
- Keep it short and simple.
- Avoid hyphens,doubled-letter,any symbol at all
- Easy to remember and understand
- Make it easy to pronounce and spell
- Stick with the “.COM”
This five simple tips are the major rules for choosing a good domain name for your blog or business.
If you have a domain name in your head that you want to use, be sure to check if it is following the rules we listed above before letting me walk you the rest of the step to having your own blog.
Once you have a name that you want to use, you will want to make sure that the name is not taken, if it is taken you need to find another name, you don’t have to change the name completely, you just have to look for a way around it.
This is how you can check if your domain has been taken…
Sign up through this link to Bluehost (if you sign up through this link you get a free domain)
Now search your domain name to see if it has been taken
If your name if available the next thing you will want to decide is if you want to go for a Free-hosted site or a self-hosted site.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE SELF-HOSTED AND FREE-HOSTED
We know its hard to understand this things since you might just be a newbie, it took most of us(bloggers) time to fully understand this things to, so don’t worry we’ll break it down a little so you can understand.
- You own your content
- Customization to your own style taste
- It is for bloggers who want to make money
- Allows you to monetize your site the way you want
- You own have your own domain
- Your blog is backed up and safe
- You have a professional looking site
- You do not own your contents i.e wordpress or bloggers can chose to remove any content that doesn’t abide to their policy
- you can only do very little or no customizing of your own
- It is for hobby bloggers
- you cant moneitize your site(remember money must be made but you cant)
- You get to own a shitty domain url like this: https://duocharms.blogspot.com
- If anything happens you loose your site,your money your everything
- If your url looks shitty, your blog has got to look the same way except you buy a premium theme.
The list goes on and on……..
Now that we have shared with you the differences have told you the difference am guessing that you have finally decided on getting your blog self-hosted!
We are almost done so hang on!
Now if you are truly convinced that starting your blog with a domain and web hosting is the absolute thing to do keep reading! we’ll put you through the step by on how to get your domain and web hosting for your blog!
FIRST OF ALL……
Go to Bluehost if you havent signed up sign up here
once you are there click on GET STARTED NOW!!
Choose a package that you want
This is where you will need to spend a little. “i thought you said we starting a blog with no budget?” well yes i said so but remember i also said “NO OR LOW BUDGET” to get the best you need to spend a little . The most Beautiful things are expensive,and to get the best you will need to pay for it.
But don’t worry it isn’t so expensive,you can afford it if poor me can!
Sign in for a domain name
If you haven’t already added added your domain name to your cart in the beginning ,Now is the time to do it!
You can add your domain name, don’t forget the rules we talked about earlier, on choosing a good domain name. Try to keep it short, simple and easy to remember.(use image)
Add your personal information
Here you will be asked certain information like your billing address etc you need to fill out that information.
Add whatever payment option is good for you here>>>>
Create your password while doing that, remember to choose something you can remember…
ITS OVER! you now have your blog hosted and with a domain name. it’s just like hitting two birds with one stone ! you can now that putting out blog contents that can shake walls wooh!!
IS THAT ALL?
Yes! but there is one tiny details that cant be left out!
FIND YOURSELF A LOVELY THEME OR TEMPLATE.
A theme or a template is basically just how your blog looks like, how it appears to other people. your blog needs to look good and even if you don’t have money to buy a theme or template there is a lot of other free themes/template that you can go for. But either ways get a theme/template that looks good and will attract people to your blog.
USE THE SOCIAL MEDIA TO YOUR ADVANTAGE
we keep telling people that this cannot be left out, nobody will read your blog or like it if you don’t use the social media. It is your friend so work with it
GROW YOUR EMAIL-LIST FROM DAY ONE.
Every one wants to blog and make money,but the real income will only start coming in when you start building your email list .
Now you have the bonus tip,and your blog! we would like to know about your blog and how it looks like, leave a comment of your blog url … and we’ll definitely drop by and say hi!
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