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So you’ve wondered how to start your own website, or even your own blog, and wanna know more about it. Maybe you’ve considered starting your own website, possibly even with the goal of making money off of it down the road. Maybe you’ve flirted with the idea back in the day. Maybe you’ve had one of those old-school online journals in the style of Xanga, LiveJournal (lol, guilty as charged!), MySpace (never bothered with it), or Friendster.
Jeez, some of these don’t even exist anymore, haha.
Anyhow, I was in the same boat myself. I’ve mentioned before that I’ve flirted with the idea of blogging or having my own website, but never knew where to start. Thanks to a great mentor I’ve had the chance to interact with, it gave me the inspiration to get the ball rolling to where I’m at now.
Now I hope I get to pass the torch on to you, readers. Let’s get you started on your own website or blogging venture.
“But I wanna know how to start my own website,” you may be saying.
Never fear. Here’s how I did it:
First, I bought my domain at NameCheap. My favorite thing about them is that they offer free WhoIs privacy protection, so spammers and scammy sacks of nuts out there aren’t hassling you all day. They also offer web hosting services, but I went the route of buying the domain name there, and going with a different host due to potential security concerns.
For website hosting, so far I’m liking NameHero. They have their drawbacks, I’ll be honest, but for the price, you get a lot of bang for the buck. At the end of the day, you can’t beat that. Hint: BOLO for holiday promos and sales. That’s what made this site possible for me in the first place.
Now comes the hard part: getting monetized. Find a sponsor for your web site. Get paid for your great content at Share a Sale. Fair warning, this part will take time. I’m gonna say it louder for the peeps in the back: this will take time. Overnight success stories are the exception, not the norm. I wish I could say when you’ll start seeing an income from your blog, but I can’t.
Last, but not least: when you get your site up and running, let me know, so I can give you a shout-out sometime!