9 Jan 2015

The Idiot's Guide To: Blog Domains


It's become one of the buzzwords for the last decade. The odds are, if you check five pages on the internet, two will be blogs. A huge chunk of the content currently sourced on the internet is crowd sourced from blogs and blogging. What then is a blog?

A blog is a shortened version of two words 'web log'. A web log is an easy to operate web page, hosted under a public or private hosting service that allows you upload content be it text, pictures, music or gifs.

Blogs used to be very basic when they were first introduced in the early 2000's, now they have become quite sophisticated and a way to reach thousand, if not millions of people. Blogs have also become a source of income (for example Linda Ikeji) allowing people monetize their passions. In this day and age, everyone needs to have a blog, a tiny bit of the internet that is all their own, curated to their tastes. A presence that is personal as opposed to influenced by outsiders.

Why do YOU need a blog? Here's a few reasons:

1. A blog is a quick and easy way to get information about yourself and the things you're interested in out there quick and easy.

2. For people who are involved in creative pursuits such as writing, singing, art and photography, a blog can serve as a digital portfolio exhibiting your work and doubling as a calling card so potential clients and fans can access you.

3. Again, you can make money off blogging. Who doesn't want a little more money, I know I do.

Now that it is agreed that a blog is a necessity not a luxury. let's get down to the meat of the business.

The first and most important thing you'll need to decide is where to host your blog. There are a myriad of options from from free to paid, from picture optimized to text optimized and even hybrid video optimized sites. For the purpose of this article we'll stick to the free service providers. While there are probably hundreds of niche free hosting providers, the big three (Tumblr, Blogger and Wordpress) are easily the best to use.

TUMBLR: Tumblr is a good way to start blogging if you are already used to social media platforms like facebook and twitter as it is half social network and half blog. But by and large Tumblr is optimized for image sharing, like Flickr and Yahoo360 before it (flickr and 360 are technically extinct now). Tumblr offers unlimited bandwith (the amount of storage space you have with them before they start to delete your old stuff) so if you're going to do a lot of picture sharing, and want to get a lot of feed back and network with other people interested in what your blog is about tumblr is the place for you.

BLOGGER: Blogger used to be this very isolated blogging platform cut off from the rest of the internet but since it was bought by Google it has improved vastly. One of the merits of this is that Blogger is integrated with most of the other services Google offers, so editing documents on Google Docs or Spreadsheet and transfering them to your blog is a breeze. On the flip side, Blogger's processes for commenting and sharing posts on it's platform is annoying at the least and torturous at worst. This dissuades a lot of people from actually commenting or even reading posts. So while Blogger is great if youre already a Google fanatic, Blogger probably wouldn't be a good fit you like constant interaction with your readership.

WORDPRESS: Of the three blogging platforms Wordpress is the most popular and the most used, cornering about 48% of the total blogging market. Wordpress is a hybrid blog hosting service and easily the best free hosting platform out there. The options for blog personalization are endless with literally thousands of themes and widgets to choose from to transform your blog to suit your needs. Wordpress also has the best costumer response system. The downside to Wordpress is that there is a strict bandwith limit which will be only lifted if you agree to pay a certain fee to take your blog premium, which sucks on quite a few levels.

Now that you have all the options laid out for you, just google any of these domain hosts and start a blog, it literally is simple as A. B. C.

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