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5 easy steps to start a blog with no budget
Interested in starting a blog for your business, but have no money to get started? Blogging is great for businesses, providing approachability and search engine optimization, among other things. I’m going to show you how to set up your blog quickly and easily, without spending a single dime!
I’m assuming two things:
- You are not a technical guru.
- If you find blogging for your business worthwhile, you may be willing to spend a few bucks down the road.
Number two factors in when we decide where to set up your blog. Because they offer an easy solution that we can set up quickly now, as well as a solution you can install right on your own website later, we’re going to go with WordPress.com. You can set it up there now, and if you decide to spend a little money later, you can essentially move your blog to your own business website, including any blog posts you’ve written.
Let’s get started!
1. Visit WordPress.com
Wasn’t the first step easy?
2. Enter in your information
Time to set up some basic information. There’s not a lot of information to enter here, but some of it’s pretty important. Let’s take a look at what you have to decide now.
With blog address, remember that this is what someone will type in when they visit your blog. If you already have a website with an address, I suggest using the same thing for your blog address. So, for example, if your website was www.webifiable.com, you would want to make your Blog address webifiable.wordpress.com.
If you don’t have a website with an address, just pick something short and memorable. WordPress may pop up and say your address is available as a domain name also. If you want to keep this process free, click on “No thanks, I’ll use the free wordpress.com address.”
One nice thing WordPress does is to tell you right away if your blog address is already taken. If so, it will give you some suggestions, but feel free to ignore those if you like and try something else on your own.
If you have a standard username you use on most (or all) websites, feel free to use it here. If not, I suggest using the same thing you used for your address. And just like it did with your blog address, WordPress will tell you right away if your username is already taken.
Password, Email and Language
Make sure your passwords match each other, then enter in an email address that you have access to. You have to be able to check this email address, because WordPress will use to verify who you are.
Then make sure your blog posts language is accurate, and click the “Sign up” button.
3. Update your profile
This is pretty basic. Just enter in your first name and last name, and put a little information about yourself. If you’re lazy like I am, you can put something really short, or just copy your bio from a social media website like Twitter or Facebook.
4. Activate your account
Time to check that email address. Within just a few minutes (they claim it can take up to a half hour), you should get a verification email from WordPress with an activation link. Click that link, and it will send you straight to the backend of your blog.
5. You’re ready to go!
That’s it! Your blog is officially set up. Time to get started blogging!
Keep in mind that you might also link to your blog from your official website, and vice versa. That way people can easily find your blog if they visit your main website first, and people poking around on WordPress.com will be able to find your main website.
July 26th, 2011
Tim Priebe is a public speaker, the author of the book Webifiable and the upcoming book Blogify Your Business and the owner of T&S Web Design. You can reach him on Twitter and Facebook with the username timjpriebe.