Well hello there!
If you’re new to blogging, branding, or online business, then you are in the right place. I’ll run down the basics that you need to know to get started, and then I’ll guide you toward some helpful articles so that you can explore on your own.
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If you’re completely new to blogging, rest assured that it’s actually super easy to get started. There’s really only two things that you need:
- A domain name
- A web host
My preferred domain registrar is Namecheap, and my preferred web host is Siteground. You can literally register your domain name, sign up for a hosting plan, and start blogging in less than 20 minutes.
Note that if you buy your domain name and web host separately (which is what I recommend), you’ll have to change the DNS settings with your registrar. You should be able to find your web host’s DNS settings by Googling, “(web host) DNS settings”.
After you’ve got all of that set up, read these articles for tips on blogging basics:
Develop Your Brand
After you’ve set up your blog, or perhaps after you’ve been been blogging for a while, you’ll want to get serious about branding.
What does developing a solid brand do for you? It does a few things:
- It helps to attract a specific, targeted audience
- It ensures to your audience that your blog, website, and the services you provide are credible
- It encourages people to buy your products and services
And what does “branding” entail? Among other things, branding involves your brand identity (your logo, fonts, and colors), your connection with your target audience, and your social media presence.
To start branding your blog or website, read these articles:
Turn Your Passion into a Business
Finally, the one thing that everyone wants is to start generating revenue and turn your hobby into a bonafide business. The good news: this absolutely, 100% possible. The bad news: there is no magic bullet, no secret password, no guaranteed “get rich quick” strategy that will make this happen overnight. You have to put in the work.
So, if you want to learn more about turning your side gig into a real business, start by reading these articles: