Starting a Blog & Being an Entrepreneur
Many of you have probably wondered about having your own blog or starting a small Internet business or shop.
Maybe you already write a blog and are playing with the idea of starting another one?
When I started my blog Dagmar’s Home (then called Dagmar’s momsense) in 2009, I knew that I didn’t want this to be just a hobby.
I envisioned, I dared to dream, that this blog would grow popular enough so I could make money with it.
I think it takes that kind of thinking to make it as an entrepreneur. And after years of long hours and dedication, I am now making a nice living with my blog.
If you are interested in starting your own blog or website and hope to make money with it, I want to share with you what I did when I started.
Can you guess what I did first when I started my blog? No, not blogging.
Instead, I did a lot of research and learned that most people who start a free blog on Blogger or WordPress.com eventually end up moving it to WordPress.org.
I wanted to avoid that and invested in buying my own domain and used WordPress.org and a self-hosting service from the start.
This saved me a lot of headaches, plus Blogger and WordPress.com limit your ability to make money with ads.
The goal is to make money from ads on your blog or website, so starting with being limited to make money would make no sense. You need to invest in a professional setup if you want your blog to be successful.
That doesn’t mean you have to pay a web designer — I’ve designer Dagmar’s Home by myself since the beginning — but it does mean getting good web hosting.
I’ve used several hosting companies over the years, but today I want to highlight BlueHost.
BlueHost is a great host for your first blog, when your site isn’t big yet.
Hopefully you’ll outgrown them at some point, like I did :)
But for now, why not start with hosting that is less than $4 a month?!
- Get a free Domain with your hosting purchase
- Free SSD on all Shared and Cloud Hosting Plans
- Free SSL on all WordPress Installs
- Free Domain on all Shared Hosting Plans
The SSD is a great way for your followers to store data and increase website performance. With SSD hosting they’ll enjoy faster server speeds, better data security, and more reliable performance.
An SSL Certificate allows a website to accept direct payments and will give you that coveted https:// on your domain. Google is now favoring all websites with an https://.
I hope this post comes in handy if you are thinking of starting a blog, adding a blog, or moving hosts.
If you are, I’m so excited for you. Blogging is a lot of work, but so much fun!
With such affordable hosting, why not start a blog with BlueHost!