I am proud to say that this post comes a few days before the one year anniversary of this blog. It’s been a wild ride, and I hope you’ve enjoyed following along as much as I have. I’ve been contacted by a lot of people who are just starting out, and I wanted to let them know that it’s never too late to start a blog. Even if you don’t have the money to spend on a premium domain name, you can still use the free ones from Google. You just have to know how to set them up.
Step 1: Register Your Domain Name
The first step is to go to your favorite domain name registrar and register your chosen domain name. If you are using GoDaddy, you can access your dashboard by clicking here. If you are using Bluehost, you can access your dashboard by clicking here. Make sure to read their documentation carefully before proceeding. Once you’re in your dashboard, you can search for available domains or click on the green "Add New Domain" button to get started.
Step 2: Choose A Domain Name That Means Something To You
The next step is to choose a domain name that you know and love. If you’re having trouble choosing, ask your parents, friends, or siblings for help. They’ll probably have an opinion on what makes a good domain name, and it’ll help you come up with a better choice. In the end, you’ll thank them for helping you out. Most importantly, make sure that the domain name you choose is easily accessible and won’t expire soon. You don’t want to choose a cryptic name that people have a hard time remembering.
Step 3: Consider All The Legal And Financial Aspects
Any good business owner knows that legal and financial matters should not be ignored. When it comes to the online world, these matters aren’t limited to just the website. When choosing a domain name, you have to make sure to consider all the legal and financial aspects. First, you have to make sure that the domain name you choose is legitimate. In most cases, this is as simple as looking up the domain name on Google. If you’re worried about whether or not the name you’re considering using is available, you can look it up on Google to make sure.
Once you’ve confirmed that you’ve found a legitimate domain name, you have to consider whether or not you should register it. If you own the domain name, you’ll have to decide whether or not you want to use it. If you choose to use the domain name, you have to decide whether or not you want to pay for it. Thankfully, there are solutions to this as well. You can use a free domain name from Google, for example, but you have to keep in mind that it won’t be available after your website goes live. If you’d like to use a free domain name, you have to set it up manually so that it points directly to your website’s URL. Another solution is to use a service like Bluehost, which provides you with a free domain name and lets you choose the platform and theme you want for your website. Using Bluehost is convenient because it allows you to upload and run your website from within their platform.
Step 4: Decide On The Best Hosting Plan
Another important aspect of building a successful website is having a reliable host. When it comes to choosing a host, there are a lot of different options to consider. Just make sure to read their official hosting plans carefully to know what you’re getting into. The most important thing to consider when choosing a host is how much you’re willing to spend. The more you spend, the more features you get. On the other hand, the cheaper the plan, the less features you get. You have to decide whether or not the features you need are worth the money you’re paying. Another important thing to keep in mind is that every hosting plan comes with a free domain name, but you have to renew it every year.
Step 5: Set Up Your Email
If you’ve ever built a website, then you most likely already have an email account. Even if you don’t, you can still use a service like Bluehost to set one up. When it comes to email marketing, you have to consider a lot of different factors. First, you have to choose an email marketing service that’s reliable and trustworthy. If you’ve ever received an email from someone you’ve never heard of, but they claim to be an expert in your niche, you might want to think twice before opening that email or clicking on the link they provide. This might be an attempt at unwanted marketing or an attempt at spamming. You also have to make sure that your chosen email marketing service is easily accessible wherever you might want to send out emails. If you’re not sure where to start, check out this helpful guide from HubSpot to learn more.
Step 6: Customize Your Site’s Appearance
As your website grows in popularity and you receive more and more traffic, you’ll want to make sure that your site looks as good as new. When it comes to taking care of your website’s appearance, there are a lot of different things you can do. First, you can change the theme for your website. There are a lot of free themes out there, and you can also pick a brand new look entirely. If you’re comfortable doing so, you can also customize the fonts used on your site. There are a lot of free fonts out there, and you can use Google Fonts to find the one you want.
Step 7: Promote Your Website In All The Right Places
Now that you’ve built your website, it’s time to start promoting it. The first step is to make sure that you’ve tagged appropriately. If you’ve built an informational website about dog training, for example, you might want to consider using the keywords "dog training" and "canine behavior" in your content. Search engines like Google will then index your content and give it suitable weight within their algorithm, which can boost your rankings accordingly.
Once you’ve started to build a small audience, it’s time to cross promote. Just like with keywords, you want to be sure that you consistently use the appropriate hashtags on social media and throughout your website’s content. The more you promote your website on social media, the more people will discover it.
Another important step is to monetize your content. If you can find a way to make money from your content, you can improve your chances of attracting more traffic to your site. The most popular way to monetize content is through affiliate marketing. If you choose this route, you’ll want to make sure that you set up affiliate links on your website. When someone clicks on an affiliate link and makes a purchase after, the merchant pays you a commission. There are a lot of different ways to make money with affiliate marketing, so you can choose whichever one suits you. Some examples include becoming a travel agent or an online shop consultant. Just remember that this is a very competitive market, so make sure that you learn as much as you can and stand out among the crowd.
Step 8: Measure The Results Of Your Hard Work
Even if you’ve done all of the above and set up a shiny new website, there’s still one more thing you need to do to ensure that you’ve actually created a successful website. Measure the results of your hard work. Compiling regular reports on your site’s performance will enable you to track the results of your efforts. You can then compare these results to those of other websites in your niche. Using tools like Google Analytics and Hootsuite to measure your site’s performance, you can then determine which changes worked and which ones you might want to try again.
If you keep all of these tips in mind, you’ll certainly be able to choose the perfect domain name for your website. Don’t forget, if you’ve followed these instructions and still can’t find the perfect domain name, you can contact me and I’ll see what I can do for you. Good luck out there.