What is the Easiest, Most Affordable Way to Launch a Blog With Your Own Domain?

setup-blogI think everyone has their own personal favorite way of launching a blog. Some people like to use this hosting company versus another, they use a domain company because that’s what they’ve been using since they starter.

You know what, to each their own, right?

So in this post I’m going to ask the readers what do they think is the best way for a beginner to launch their first small business blog without having to spend much, and without going the FREE way [I don’t recommend FREE].

For the majority of things done on the web you’re going to want to create a website of some sort. There’s more than one way to go here.

Say you’re just blogging, for example, you could start a site by going with a free hosting company such as WordPress.com, Tumblr.com, TypePad.com, or Blogger.com. Do you know why it’s not a good option to go free?

Here are some of the disadvantages of choosing a free hosting service:

  1. You can’t customize your site how you want to. For example, if you want to try to make money through your website with advertising you’re screwed, because they don’t allow that.
  2. It doesn’t look professional or easy to remember. If your website is http://www.abcd1234.com, in a blogger.com website it would look like this: http://www.abcd1234.blogspot.com, I’m sure you don’t want that.

The two disadvantages about going with a free hosting service are “the biggest mistakes business and new bloggers make” when they want to launch a blog.

And it’s also the reason why I recommend everyone go with a self-hosted website. You own it baby! You have all the control you want. For example, if you want to advertise go for it. If you want to make it look unique, you can too. It’s your own home, that’s the way I like to look at it.

Whether you’re going with a business blog, affiliate blog, niche, personal any sort of site you’re using I recommend using GoDaddy to register your domain and Hostgator to host the website.

I’ve been using both companies on all my sites and clients site for almost three years and they’ve always helped me out setup things and always offer great customer service when I have any problems figuring something out or it’s just a dumb question through live chat or phone.

Disclaimer: I do earn a commission if you choose to go with Hostgator and Godaddy. There are obviously other domain and hosting companies available, but again this is my recommendation based on my experience with the company since I started doing business online. If you do purchase through my affiliate link, thank you so much for your support!

I’ve embedded two videos below that walk you through the exact steps to setting up your website on godaddy and hostgator, which includes how to register and install a blog.

 

Have you launched your blog yet?

Tell us what you used? Share in the comments.