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Advice For Novice Bloggers Before Blogging

Discussion in 'Cloaking and Content Generators' started by Drwolex, Jul 24, 2014.

  1. It is necessary for me to greet those great men here for their powerful contributions so far. I want this thread to be as helpful for other bloggers (including novice) just the way i want to gain more from professional bloggers.
    Many of us are good in what we do and we wish to make it known and available to the world by getting a domain where we could share our brand.
    Getting a domain isn't the problem of majority of us, but the maintenance and the ability to run it effectively without crashing subway.
    I see that many people can't have business deal with you if you don't run a standard blog/site, while majority believe that you can't provide good service if the quality of your blog is poor.
    Now i seek sincere opinion from you all.

    Is it good to get a domain without good knowledge of web design, maintenance and optimization just to meet up with people's demand?

    Is it advisable to run a free domain/sub domain to learn some basic things about web before getting a registered one?

    Or

    Will it be good to handover all the affairs of a registered domain to a professional in order to meet up with standard?
     
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  2. iamleewalker

    iamleewalker Junior Member

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    It really depends on your plans on the blog/website. But let's answer the questions..

    1. Getting a domain just to have a blog and not invest in it is like having no driver's license and buying a car just to show others that you also ‘cool'. First, you need to understand if creating a website for your brand is what your brand needs. Not every business needs a website. So examine your niche, your business and your clients to make an informed decision whether buying a domain is a smart business decision or is it just ‘a want' to feel fancier.

    2. You can start with a free domain to ‘test the waters', but again, if you are starting this for business, then cashing in for a domain will be preferable. Because if it's all for the potential customers (or are you comparing yourself to your competition?) then a free blog will not get you much further than no blog. But again, it's only if you are using it for making money, selling your services, etc.

    Here I can add that if you want to try it out first, you can start with social media which is free. Get registered with a few social media sites and spread the word around, then see whether that makes a difference. You can also promote your services with already existing platforms, e-commerce sites and similar.

    3. If you have enough money to do it, then go ahead! But I'm going back to the first point... this is a business decision, and you should treat it as any other investment. So consider why you are doing this and whether it's something you really need to get in order to grow your sales and revenue. If the answer is yes, then welcome to the Internet Marketers Guild!
     
  3. iamleewalker

    iamleewalker Junior Member

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    oh and bzw, you better shift this thread to the blogging section as it belongs there :)
     
  4. bigborker

    bigborker Newbie

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    (though this topic may be inappropriately categorized....)

    I certainly think it's important, though not necessary, to have a website that establishes your business and reputation.
    At the very least - it's kind of like a business card: nobody really uses them but without one, your business seems less 'real' or 'established'.
    It conveys a sense of professionalism, and accountability.

    On the more productive side, it allows you to give your customers a better sense of who they are working with, which can be used to build trust and convey authority on subjects related to your business.

    Even most low-cost domain registries give cheap or free hosting with some kind of site builder - most have a WordPress or Joomla 'launcher' included.
    You can get pretty far with a basic WordPress site and free template setup, so I might recommend you start there.

    Of course, if you really want to come across as 'pro', then investing $500-1000 for a website designer to get you setup with something more polished is an option, but I might suggest you first start with a low-cost solution, get your content sorted out and determine whether the cost of building something better is really worth the money or if you can live with what you've built yourself (plus, the experience of setting up a small website is good for your overall SEO/webmastering toolset).
     
  5. I created this thread to serve as a learning point for novice bloggers and probably for other bloggers to learn what might be unclear to them. It was targeted at blogging section but i don't know why it was redirected here.
    The contributions from previous replies is of great help.
    Thanks for your impact.
     
  6. SeanAustin

    SeanAustin Power Member

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    Dude, are you being serious here?

    YOUTUBE and GOOGLE EXISTS.

    Everything you need to know is on the internet. There is no reason you can set up your own blog on your own domain on your own server and make it look appealing to the eye within several hours time.
     
  7. Your answer is cool and i believe it will be helpful for many bloggers.
    It will be good to run a free domain on same aim you wish to register a domain so that the free domain will tell you what your business will look like after you get the domain for your business.