Hypewriter can help you start a health and wellness blog (or any blog) on the cheap!
You’ve done the hardest part, which is make a decision to start something amazing, and now you have no idea how to get yourself online coz you don’t have hundreds of dollars to spend on hosting. Right?
So what comes first the chicken or the egg? Do you write the content first or do you design your website first?
Well, if you are anything like me, you want to jump straight in to the design part of it. I’m left brain/right brain, but my designer-side forgets about the content analysis side, so I jump right in to design – especially when there is fun to be had!
Now – regardless of what millions of bloggers who make affiliate cash with hosting companies might say – I am happy to tell you the opposite. At the time of this article being published, yo can literally get a WordPress blog up and running for less than $30. I know you can, because I did it for one of my clients just recently. She didn’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on hosting until she figured out whether blogging was something she would like or not. She is a naturopath, and therefore digital marketing is not her strong point – hence why she came to yours truly 🙂
Where To Start:
I’m going to give you a run down of things to do, in some kind of order.
1. Register a domain name.
You can do this with a number of providers, but I like to register them with the same company I will be using to host my site. I have used many in the past, but my favourite, due to their customer service is hands-down GoDaddy.com.
Your domain name should either be your business name (if you are starting a business) or your own name (if you are using it) or a name that somewhat represents what your blog is about.
If you are struggling to find a good name, then there are domain name generators you can use, and 7 good ones are:
A few tips that will help you in the long run:
- Keep it short & sweet – 1, 2 or 3 words is advisable.
- Make it remember-able – this is part of your brand & brand recognition is important later.
- Choose some keywords relating to your topic – like yoga, paleo, natural, healthy, nutrition etc
- Steer clear of dashes (hyphens) – if possible
- Avoid using numbers – search engines don’t like numbers.
- Purchase your full name as domain while you are there (redirect it to your blog or list all of your projects with links to each site).
- Think domestic and international – if you are a local business buy the country domain that you are in (i.e. .au or .ca. or .uk) but also consider purchasing the .com and redirect (but remember the more you purchase the more it will cost you when you renew in 1 or 2 years time).
A domain should cost you roughly $12 per year to register but you can certainly get them cheaper if you purchase hosting – but remember nothing is ever free, they have probably just offset the cost of the domain in the price of hosting.
Side Note: You can do it free with WordPress.com but your blog will be something like ‘yourblog.wordpress.com’ but it’s not the only way.
If you wanted a custom domain name and can spare about $30, you can still do this using WordPress.
2. Go to WordPress.com and create your free blog.
3. Choose the option ‘own a domain?’
4. Choose to ‘Map Your Domain’ – which costs about $17–24
5. Then Map the free blog to your domain – just follow the prompts.
6. Once it’s mapped – Install a free theme.
7. Blog to your hearts content.
It’s probably the cheapest way and the best way while you learn WordPress. Once you’ve got the gist of it, upgrading to WordPress.org is recommended because the functionality is more advanced and gives you more options. You can simply export/import your .com to your .org site when/if you are ready to upgrade.