Saturday, July 28, 2007

Get a Website - Make Some Money

In the last post I listed some things you would want to have to get started making money. As you read through the web you will find many websites that tell you how to make money, and most, if not all of those websites are making money by telling you how to make money! As I mentioned in my blog disclaimer, I too hope to make some money telling you how to make money. In fact, someone has created a blog about blogs that talk about making money, it's called Money Maker Blogs!! This blog is the first one listed over there, so if you enjoy what I write here, please go over to Money Maker Blogs and rank this blog.

So, based on this knowledge, the first thing we should do is set you up with a website, or blog, whichever you prefer. Don't worry if you feel like you don't know where to start, we are going to go step by step.

The first thing any serious website has is a domain name. Websites that have their own domain name are taken a lot more seriously than those that don't. But if you can't afford one, don't worry, I will be following this post up with one about what to do if you have no money. But read on, because a lot of what I write here will apply to you too.

Get a Domain Name
Think of what you would like to name your website... what domain name to use. Find something relevant to what you want to talk about because it makes it easier for people to correlate and remember you. One of the best places to get yourself a domain name is GoDaddy (
), one of the most established domain name registrars out there. And they accept PayPal too! So the PayPal account that we talked about in the last post will come in handy here. Once you get your hosting plan, which I will talk about next, you will need to point your domain name from your registrar to your host, and your host will tell you how to do this. If you have any trouble, leave a comment here and we'll discuss it.

Get a Hosting Plan
The second thing you need, now that you have a domain name, is a hosting plan. This is the place where you will set up your home on the web to start making some money. There are numerous hosting providers out there, and I can recommend two because I have used them for some time now with no issues. Depending on yout budget, you can go for a cheaper host, like Hasty Host, or a more costly one, like Hosting Zoom. Hasty Host has low budget hosting plans that still offer you great features, lost of hosting space, and the most important thing, great support. This, for me, has always been the best feature of Hasty Host, that they have great support and will walk you through any problems fast and efficiently. If you want to shell out a little more, Hosting Zoom is another excellent hosting provider, with great deals, stable systems, great support, and a friendly useful user forum. So consider one of these for your hosting needs. You can get onto Google and find many more, but these are the two that I have used consistently with no problems. Again, if you have no money, I have recommendations for you in the next post that I will write, so stick with me.

Set up your Website
The next thing is to find something you enjoy and love talking about, and set up your website. Creating content is important, and we will talk about that more. But let's talk about the website for now. You will need to decide whether you want to set up a standard website, or a blog. If you are good at setting up websites and know some HTML, PHP, CSS and all that other good stuff, then you're ready to go. If not, then you may want to consider starting with a blog. You can set up a blog fast and free using Wordpress or other blogging platforms on your hosting account, or as I will discuss in the next post, on a free blogging website such as this blog is hosted on. You can also decide to use a Content Management System (a CMS), and there are plenty of those that come ready to install on most hosting accounts.

Once you have your site set up and your content going, you can start to monetize your website or blog using different venues, that I will cover in the coming posts. So go on now and get yourself a domain name (
) and a hosting account, and set up a website. If you're totally broke, hang in there, I will be putting something up for you shortly.

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