Hosting Options that are the Bomb !!! – # 2 of 4

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Hey, so glad you are back because we really are going to get your blog rockin’ today !!! Last time we found your “niche” and your potential domain name. ( See part #1 if you missed it ) and that was big but today we are going to get your blog “live!!” Can I get a woot !!!!! woot !!!!!

web hosting To get your blog on line we need to talk about hosting. Web hosting is where your blog lives on the web and where your files for your blog are stored. The web-hosting or server is much like the space that you rent out to have your business in. It’s merely the space itself. It does not include furnishings like shelves for your products, just as the web-hosting account doesn’t include a site for you to sell your products. Without the hosting services, you won’t have a place for your files to reside, so your domain would then become like a disconnected phone number in the phone directory, and your site files would have nowhere to stay.

There are two choices to get your blog “live” – free hosting and self hosting.

Now I heard the cheers – free is always the way to go, right??? !!!???  

Maybe.  

When you’re set up on a free blogging platform (Blogger is probably the biggest), you don’t really own your blog. You’re just setting up on someone else’s property and you’re at their mercy. If they decide they don’t like your blog they have the power to delete it. And there are some limits to free blogs. You can’t fully monetize it, and you don’t have the possibility to upload all those videos and images you want to show everyone – it’s all limited. Plus, and this might be a deal breaker, your domain name (you know the one you worked so hard to create) will look like this – yourblog.blogspot.com. Not very professional looking. 

But there are some times when free hosting sites are great – maybe family sharing for limited photos, or a wedding site that might be taken down after a time. Or perhaps you just want a site on the web to store your rantings and reflections. Free would be good then !!

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Rockin’ Your Blog Niche and Domain Name – #1 of 4

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Have you been toying with the idea of starting a blog? I hate to admit this, but 6 years ago I didn’t even know what blogging was. I was busy working and going about my life. I guess I’d heard the word blogging but hadn’t the faintest idea what it meant. Then I retired and was at loose ends. Sitting in the garden drinking tea just didn’t cut it for me so I started to surf the net and BAM !!

Heart-Shadow-icon I fell in love with blogging !!!!         

I want you to know that you – yes you – have a voice and a life worth sharing. There’s a whole community of wonderful people out there that can benefit from your slant on life so…………………………………………

Girlfriend you can do this – let’s get blogging !!!

Find your “niche” – Are you wondering, what in the word is a “niche” and how does that relate to me? Well, stick around and I’ll tell you. Your “niche” is simply what you love, care about or wish to share with others. It’s the type of information you offer, and what topics you cover. The people that like those same things will soon become your audience. 

So……make a list of your passions, loves, interests, what you’re good at, the things you are knowledgeable about, the life experiences that you want to share. Think about the number of people that might be interested in these same things. Check out this  Cheetos Blog   (WHAT !!!!!!) But someone liked Cheetos and somebody must like to read (or in this case look) at them !!!! The goal is to find a topic with a good number of interested people and plenty of potential subtopics, but a topic that not so many other people are writing about.

Domain name – The next step after you decide what your blog topic is going to be is a biggie !!!!! You need to give your blog a name – a domain name – the name that you will type in the search engine bar to pull your blog up. People will find you and remember you by this name. WOW !!! See why this is so important. 

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