New to IM - free blog service or just domain and hosting right away?

by omh
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Hi warriors!
I've been reading this forum for a while now and I really want to make money online. I think I should start with a micro niche site or an authority site, but my question is that should I buy a domain and web hosting right away or use free blog services (like blogspot)?

I know the domain+hosting is the best choise, but it would be so much easier to start with free blog. What do you think?
#blog #domain #free #hosting #service
  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by omh View Post

    I know the domain+hosting is the best choise, but it would be so much easier to start with free blog. What do you think?
    You're right - by far the best choice.

    Blogspot, in particular, is a good one to avoid, if you're planning to use a free blog-host. So many Warriors have lost their sites there.

    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5551828

    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...y-website.html
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    • Profile picture of the author omh
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      You're right - by far the best choice.

      Blogspot, in particular, is a good one to avoid, if you're planning to use a free blog-host. So many Warriors have lost their sites there.

      Using Free Sites to Make Money

      Squidoo/Blogger as primary website
      I was looking for those kind of threads but I did'nt find any. Thanks for the post mate!
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  • Profile picture of the author Tom Slipkus
    I asked the same question not so long ago and upon trying can tell you - you're much better off investing a couple of bucks into your own website.
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  • Yea if you can swing it, I'd go for the hosting and domain. I've found when it comes to SEO these definitely rank a lot quicker (if that's what your aim is of course).
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  • Profile picture of the author WebMarketWiz
    Hi
    Get your own domain and hosting.
    The best is
    godaddy for domain names
    hostgator for hosting.

    To save money google coupon code for ex.
    "godaddy coupon code"
    "hostgator coupon code"

    I hope this help.
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  • Profile picture of the author sax.sunny
    Like everyone else said, getting your own Domain Name is the best option. You might want to go for Free Web Hosting when you just start. But eventually you are going to end up having your own hosting. So that depends on your budget.

    By the way, when you're just starting out, Shared Hosting will be your best option while selecting a hosting plan.
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    • Profile picture of the author carne1976
      Very interesting folks. I do agree that getting your own domain and hosting is the best route.
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      • Profile picture of the author omh
        Thanks for answers!

        So i'm going to buy a domain and get a free hosting to get started, but I got a little problem. I have only a debit card (Visa Electron) and I'm not sure can I buy a domain with that, so does anybody know can I buy a domain somewhere with debit card?

        I know that I could purchase a domain with debit card using PayPal but it would be easier to do it without it, so if anyone knows a site where I can buy a domain with a debit card, please tell me.
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  • Profile picture of the author omh
    Thanks for the answers guys.

    What do you think about .tk domain with a free ad-free web hosting, like Byethost? Would that be a good choice for a beginner? I know that .tk doesn't sound as professional as .com, .net or .org but it's free.

    I think I'd have some money to invest in domain and hosting but I wonder if this isn't really my kind of business, so it would be so much easier to start with this free method (.tk and free hosting).
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by omh View Post

      What do you think about .tk domain
      It's perhaps good if you want to rank well on Google searches made in Tokelau.

      For anything else, forget it.

      Originally Posted by omh View Post

      I know that .tk doesn't sound as professional as .com, .net or .org but it's free.
      You can register a ".info" domain-name for $2. To potential customers, that sounds fine, and it's exactly the same for SEO purposes as any other international top-level domain.

      That $2 is kind of the "entry-level" for setting up an online business, really, if you want to monetize and not put yourself under a huge handicap right from the start.
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      • Profile picture of the author omh
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        It's perhaps good if you want to rank well on Google searches made in Tokelau.

        For anything else, forget it.



        You can register a ".info" domain-name for $2. To potential customers, that sounds fine, and it's exactly the same for SEO purposes as any other international top-level domain.

        That $2 is kind of the "entry-level" for setting up an online business, really, if you want to monetize and not put yourself under a huge handicap right from the start.
        Ok so .tk is not an option, right?
        What about hosting? Would Byethost be a good choice for me?

        Thanks for quick answer by the way.
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        • Profile picture of the author Onora Oz
          Originally Posted by omh View Post

          What about hosting? Would Byethost be a good choice for me?
          Did you check Hostgator? I never had problems with their service. Just a suggestion
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          • Profile picture of the author lukedidit
            Originally Posted by Onora Oz View Post

            Did you check Hostgator? I never had problems with their service. Just a suggestion
            I second hostgator - they are my third hosting provider now after two others that caused a lot of headache.

            Yet to have any issues with gator at all.
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          • Profile picture of the author omh
            Originally Posted by SumikoW View Post

            Start with the Free service and then when you get a little ahead purchase a baby account over at Hostgator and start building websites. In the long run your own hosting and websites give you more control. Good luck!
            This was my plan first. Setting up a free blog/.tk website with free hosting to get started and learn about this (and make money of course).

            Originally Posted by lukedidit View Post

            Hi OMH,

            I put up a three part set of steps on setting up your own website (domain, hosting, wordpress) which a couple of people have followed and found really useful. This is free to use.

            A lot of people feel its a hard thing to do, but its actually quite easy nowadays

            Web Hosting, Domain Registration and WordPress in Three Easy Steps

            I can do my best to support through comments or email if you get stuck, but its really not that hard and hosting companies provide live support too.

            Regards,
            Luke
            Thanks for this Luke!

            Originally Posted by Onora Oz View Post

            Did you check Hostgator? I never had problems with their service. Just a suggestion
            I didn't becouse I think I'm going to start with free hosting service, but thanks for advice though!
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  • Profile picture of the author Paleochora
    Grab a low-cost domain, as Alexa said above. Then grab some hosting. Byethost have probably the best deal around...all the stuff you will need.
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  • Profile picture of the author SumikoW
    Start with the Free service and then when you get a little ahead purchase a baby account over at Hostgator and start building websites. In the long run your own hosting and websites give you more control. Good luck!
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    • Profile picture of the author lukedidit
      Hi OMH,

      I put up a three part set of steps on setting up your own website (domain, hosting, wordpress) which a couple of people have followed and found really useful. This is free to use.

      A lot of people feel its a hard thing to do, but its actually quite easy nowadays

      Web Hosting, Domain Registration and WordPress in Three Easy Steps

      I can do my best to support through comments or email if you get stuck, but its really not that hard and hosting companies provide live support too.

      Regards,
      Luke
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  • Profile picture of the author AnnaSEO
    I will never advice a person to go with free hosting.Your hardwork will go waste.
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    • Profile picture of the author omh
      Originally Posted by iwillwin View Post

      I will never advice a person to go with free hosting.Your hardwork will go waste.
      And why's that?
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      • Profile picture of the author spearce000
        Originally Posted by omh View Post

        And why's that?
        Free hosting sites are not reliable. Their owners make money off you in some other way - either by spamming you with affiliate offers, or having advertising on your site. If they don't make enough money to cover their own hosting fees, they get shut down - taking your site with them.

        GoDaddy have coupon code offers from time to time whereby you can get your first year registration very cheaply indeed. I recently registered a domain for $1.

        If you don't have a lot of money to spend on hosting, have a look on eBay. You can find some very good deals there; just make sure they're a real hosting company and not a reseller.
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  • Profile picture of the author AnnaSEO
    You will get the sites deleted all of a sudden.I have had sites deleted by blogger in the past worth several thousands of dollars.I didn't know why until now.
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    • Profile picture of the author omh
      Does this kind of things happen with all the free hosting services?
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  • Profile picture of the author Jelle Kaldenbach
    I'm also going to vote for hosting + domain. It's not that huge of an investment, but in the long term it's going to be "cheaper" then a free hosted blog.
    Like other people say: a free hosted blog sometimes gets deleted all out of the sudden, because you broke one tiny rule. If you really have a tiny budget - wait for some coupon for a domain and hosting - could save you like 50% (on hosting) or even 80% (on domains).

    I can recommend HostGator for your hosting. Their customer service is outstanding and the quality of the hosting is awesome too.

    ~Jelle
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  • Profile picture of the author Paleochora
    You get basically exactly the same deal from byethost for $83.88/yr as you do from Hostgator for $120 a year. You choose
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    • Profile picture of the author lukedidit
      Originally Posted by Paleochora View Post

      You get basically exactly the same deal from byethost for $83.88/yr as you do from Hostgator for $120 a year. You choose
      Is the service any good though? I considered using them in the past and got a lot of replies saying they had issues.

      A quick Google search shows that on the first page too.
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      • Profile picture of the author Paleochora
        Originally Posted by lukedidit View Post

        Is the service any good though? I considered using them in the past and got a lot of replies saying they had issues.

        A quick Google search shows that on the first page too.
        I didn't see anything negative on my Google search.

        I have shared hosting at Byethost (2 accounts) and Hostgator (1 account) and i can't see any difference.

        All "unlimited" shared hosting will get to it's limit and, at some stage soon, I will be better off on a VPS but so far, nothing to differentiate between Byethost and Hostgator - except the price difference.
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  • Profile picture of the author gojiberryman
    I would say that a good idea would be for you to create a blogspot blog. The only catch to this option is the fact that you would have to post every single day at least once in order to get more traffic to your blog. If you follow this all the way through, you will find that making money online is not difficult at all.
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  • Profile picture of the author kimfal
    Active-domain.com, they are cheap and just as good as Godaddy!! Also netfirms.com is a good one! But if you want to start with a free hosting I would try the ones Alexa Smith suggested.
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    • Profile picture of the author omh
      Thanks kimfal!

      I think I'm going to buy a domain, so does anybody know where can I find the latest coupons to GoDaddy? (Godaddy becouse there's sometimes .com domains just for $1, which is not bad at all for a .com domain for a year)
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  • Profile picture of the author Anurmedia
    my opinion is to have your own hosting and domain. You can get hosting for like $5 or $6 a month and domain is $10 a year. Host a Wordpress.org blog. It`s much more powerful than a free blog. Get a great looking theme that fits your niche so it looks nice and professional.

    With self hosted wordpress blog you have a lot of options and plug-ins that will help you optimize your blog. Update your blog with fresh relevant content regularly and Google will like you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Arroway
    Do both!

    This way you can learn how to use the different blog sites (and know more about those sites by having used them), test out different ways and compare the results, and you learn how to split test, which is something any marketer should do.
    (Split testing in one sentence: Doing something in slightly different ways to find out what works best.)

    While your own hosting and domain is the better choice, there is an advantage you will have with a blog on wordpress.com. It already has a high pagerank and google loves it. Your self hosted blog starts at zero. If you want to build a big site, host it yourself. If you want to make a fairly quick site to set up and forget, trying to catch some passive income from it, you can try a wordpress.com blog and see what happens.

    Allen
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  • Profile picture of the author Ashley Redcliff
    As others here have said, your own domain and hosting is the way to go. You should always be willing to invest at least a little bit of money when it comes to making money online. I dealt with free hosts back in the day and they are a complete nightmare! Slow performance, no real customer service... but it just goes to show that you get what you pay for.
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