Everyone loves blogging for fun, but if you really want to use a blog for your business you need to find a way to monetize your niche. This can be done many ways on a business blog.
You need to choose a Blogging Platform
- This site is a WordPress.org blog and there are many other types but the one that professionals use is this type.
A WordPress.org type of blog requires hosting. This post walks you through setting up your hosting using SiteGround hosting.
- I recommend that you start blogging with WordPress.org, not the free WordPress.com. Why?
First, you own the blog, not the software platform.
- You have more options to make customization of your site using plugins and thousands of paid for free themes.
- There is support help with WordPress. Many blogs posts and forums and Youtube videos to help you.
You will need a hosting company. I use Site Ground Hosting for a very good reason.
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The main reasons I like SiteGround the best.
It was frustrating having my site go down with the other hosting, you had to deal with their support, the ones listed below were no picnic!
- SiteGround has 99.99% uptime! Amazing!
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2. You will need a domain
You can create your websites name and purchase it at Namecheap or GoDaddy.
I have used them both, I recommend that you go to Namecheap
Decide on a Domain name. Make sure you have a few name ideas, in case one is taken.
.When you know what your blog niche will be about, you then need a great domain name!
Do choose something simple, easy to remember and with easy spelling too.
Like “Simply Baked” for a catering company or like mine MarketingOfflineOnline.net says it all for what I do. Help Offline
businesses promote their businesses online.
Don’t pull your hair out with this. It’s easy to purchase a new domain name in a few months if you really need to. SiteGround has a Grow Big Plan where you are able to host multiple blogs under one hosting package.
3. Time to Start Your Blog with WordPress
When I started blogging I tried one hosting company after another. I was with Blue Host, Host Gator, GoDaddy and finally
found the best one SightGround. Affiliate banner
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If you want the best performance for your WordPress site – or if you think you’re going to have more than one website (which you eventually may…) – choose the GrowBig plan with included SuperCacher. This is the plan I use, and it’s also very budget-friendly – starting at $5.95 a month!
It comes with more space and resources, as well as premium features like the SuperCacher I talked about earlier. I just hate slow websites, don’t you?!)
If you are a new blogger you could try the StartUp plan. The GrowBig plan has a super fast priority customer support and allows hosting of multiple blogs in one package. The GrowBIg plan allows you to set up more than one website to do
testing of different niches. Thru my link you get 60% off.
So faster loading time which gives you higher Google rankings, and a free Wild Card SSL certificate which keeps your
website more secure. 24/7 Support
2. Excellent support staff. You can go to LIVE CHAT and a customer rep will set up your site for you and send you, your
WordPress login details. Takes approx 15 mins. Use your login details. In the search bar type use your domain.
www.YOURNEWBLOG.com/wp-admin ( helpful hint, in case you can’t locate your login details. I write them down)
4. Install WordPress
You can have the team at SiteGround do this for you. But its simple to do yourself. Inside your hosting account.
1.Go to MY accounts tab and click on Go to cPanel. Top left button.
2.Next click on Blue WordPress button
3.MicroBlogs Click Install button
4.Fill in the info in next screen.
Sofware Setup – Choose Protocol httpS://
If you have SSL protocol.
Choose Domain -choose from the drop-down – ex: marketingofflineonline.net
Directory leave blank
Site Description – Brief description of what your site will be about or leave blank for now
Admin username – the same name you use to log into your blog or can use your email address
Admin Password Choose a strong easy to remember password
Admin email enter your email address
5. Choose a Theme
Best to do this on the inside or backend of your blog. There are many free themes to choose from but you can change that
very easily later on to a paid theme. They come with support and are better quality.
See my themes page
You now have a blog for your business!