Which blog site to use

Group: Better Networker Newbies Guide


Read More: Blogging  |  Marketing

I know that blogging can be a good way to get exposure but I'm wondering which service to use. There are many out there, some free, some that have monthly fees and before I begin, I would just like some input. Does anyone out there blog regularly? Has it helped you grow your business? Which site do you use for your posts? Any feedback is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Login or register to post comments  |  Views Views: 2,208  |  Comments Comments: 11  

Rare Webinar Exposes the One Investment the Top 1% Are Betting on During the Coming Economic Collapse...

About the Author: Laura Downing

Member Since: 12/24/2008

Industry: No Industry Selected

Primary Web Site: No Website Entered

Comments



Blogger.com is great to get

Blogger.com is great to get your feet wet on.

Wordpress.com can't be trusted not to delete your blogs if they offend someone (for selling something or linking to something that sells something)

And ultimately, a self-hosted Wordpress Blog is where you'll want to land. This gives you total control and doesn't leave you to the whims of the TOS of the third party sites.

When you're ready for your own self- hosted blog, the domain will cost you $10/year or so - the hosting around $60/year and you can pay someone to install it for you for under $50 or do it yourself by following the free videos on:

http://beablogger.ideatips.net

One caveat - blogging is addictive - grins.

Hope this helps,

Andrea

 

 

 

Andrea Goodsaid — Wed, 02/11/2009 - 7:25pm

Blogger.com is awesome!

Blogging  is awesome and its a tool I use to share information on affilate marketing and making money online for the newbies. Blogger.com is free I suggest if your new (like I am) to blogging I highly recommend blogger.I only  had it up for a couple of weeks and I generated a pretty stable traffic flow and leads. Im so impressed with it Im going to be creating another one for my buisness. It is very easy to use and has plenty of templates to choose from(or you can use your own) and widgets.Also the more content you post, the more traffic you will get. If you want to just take a look at it here is my link: imjunkies.blogspot.com and check it out yourself. Good Luck!

Taheera Tucker — Tue, 02/10/2009 - 11:15pm

Blogging requires consistent input.

The platform is up to your comfort level.
I would say that Blogger is the easiest.
Then there is Wordpress and my favorite Squarespace.
Each has its pros and cons. Look in the Tech Advice section of the Forums here and find the Pros and Cons of Blogger to get more info on all of platforms.

You will get more exposure for you business with a blog as you can expand on the how, what, where and why of your product and service. Also you can get your visitors/customers to interact with you.

But as with any network marketing technique it takes work. Consistently adding new posts and commenting on other people's blogs for backlinks takes time. The payoff comes with the traffic. And with traffic come the conversions.

I hope this helps you.

Robert

Robert Nelk — Tue, 02/10/2009 - 10:12pm

Hi Laura As already said, it

Hi Laura

As already said, it really depends on what level you're at. Blogger is definitely the easiest imo. But Wordpress is where you want to end up just because of the huge number of plugins that you can get to help with ranking, maintenance, etc.

After only recently getting over my fear of WP I will say it's not as complicated as I thought, but that's probably just down to the fact that confidence and ability comes with experience.

Ideally, host it yourself. This gives you much more freedom and control. Domains and hosting are relatively cheap and considering the payback you get, are well worth the investment. I have two blogs that I post to regularly and though the WP blog is the newest it gets more search engine traffic than my blog powered by B2evolution (another great free blogging platform).

You can check them both out if you wish. The links are in my profile. If you opt for WP, Cenay has put together a great video on installing it so let me know if you want it and I'll send you the link.

Susan

susan coils — Wed, 02/11/2009 - 1:58am

Hi Laura, WordPress gets my

Hi Laura,

WordPress gets my vote.

I tried both WP and Blogger when I started, but although people say Blogger is easier, I found it harder to create a blog that looked how I wanted (and I am no techno guru).

I would also host it on your own domain.  Its not $60 a month - you can host a blog for as little as $2 or $3 a month.  But don't leave it thinking you will switch down the road because it gets harder and harder to make the switch as you get more traffic and links out there  (speaking from experience - doh!).

Let us know if you need any help,

Dean.

 

freemoney (not verified) — Wed, 02/11/2009 - 4:55pm

Thank you all for your

Thank you all for your input, it has been very helpful. Haven't had a chance to check any of them out yet but I will soon. Only leaves me with one other question....what to Blog about??? I'm sure that answer, and my creativity will flow once I get into it. my best to all of you!

Laura Downing — Wed, 02/11/2009 - 6:31pm

Thanks Dean - I corrected my

Thanks Dean - I corrected my $60 figure - that was a typo :-p

You're gonna love it Laura - and don't get to feeling overwhelmed like a blog is something that requires babysitting. You can totally post just a couple of times a week (short and interesting trumps long and overbearing any day) and you can also set Wordpress posts to go out on a schedule - ie. load up 10 to go out when you tell them to and you'd be set for several weeks - a couple of months even if you wanted.

Make it a great evening :)

Andrea

Andrea Goodsaid — Wed, 02/11/2009 - 7:32pm

Want a BLOG? Which One ?

I have found from all the top people i have talked to in this industry that you dont want to go to the FREE blog sites to set yourself up , I mean if that is your only option i guess that is it ...If you have a little money to do it you need Wordpress.org not .com .com is the free version and you want the other one it is free to but you have to host it yourself wich is fairly inexpensive .. I have done quite a bit of research on this as well you can also watch you tube videos of how to set it up . You will need an FTP protocol to set it up and a few other things but in the end it is not that difficult and to host and have it is less than $20 a year truly and it also helps tremendously with branding yourself which we all know is one of the things you need to do to make money on here ... I hope this was help to you and your problem your having with which to use ...Like someone else i think it was Dean he said you dont want to do it the other way cause you will build alot of traffic to someone elses site and sometimes they delete your content and you dont want that either ...

Hope this was of some help to you and this is what i have found through my research on this subject

Philip Teeter

www.oneyearplan2wealth.com

 

Philip Teeter — Wed, 02/11/2009 - 7:37pm

Want a BLOG? Which One ?

I have found from all the top people i have talked to in this industry that you dont want to go to the FREE blog sites to set yourself up , I mean if that is your only option i guess that is it ...If you have a little money to do it you need Wordpress.org not .com .com is the free version and you want the other one it is free to but you have to host it yourself wich is fairly inexpensive .. I have done quite a bit of research on this as well you can also watch you tube videos of how to set it up . You will need an FTP protocol to set it up and a few other things but in the end it is not that difficult and to host and have it is less than $20 a year truly and it also helps tremendously with branding yourself which we all know is one of the things you need to do to make money on here ... I hope this was help to you and your problem your having with which to use ...Like someone else i think it was Dean he said you dont want to do it the other way cause you will build alot of traffic to someone elses site and sometimes they delete your content and you dont want that either ...

Hope this was of some help to you and this is what i have found through my research on this subject

Philip Teeter

www.oneyearplan2wealth.com

 

Philip Teeter — Wed, 02/11/2009 - 7:40pm

What to blog about ....

That is a VERY good question Laura.

Before you set up your blog you should come up with a plan for your online endeavours - that is if you are doing it to make money.  If you just want to express yourself then blog about anything that interests or concerns you - make it your own social commentary.

If you want to make money you have to be more focused in your efforts.  Decide what hobby or topic (niche) you want to focus on and design your blog around that.  It is hard to attract traffic and search engines if you have a random blog.

 

Andrea - glad it was typo.  Although $60 a year is still a lot of hosting just for a blog.  I could recommend my host too, but it is almost $50 a month.  If I was just looking to host a blog I would probably go to hostgator.

 

freemoney (not verified) — Wed, 02/11/2009 - 11:23pm

Grin - that is a hostgator

Grin - that is a hostgator link - and it hosts unlimited domains for that price ;-)

I actually do host a few people privately on Hostgator too - smaller (yet plenty of space) accounts for less than that. Gotta get to know me first though ... cause I come with the package.

And yeah I agree with you Dean, before we pick a domain name (unless it's our own name, which I think everyone should own) - gotta get clear on the kind of blog it's going to be.

This is an ebook by Seth Godin that might help you get a feel for what direction you'd like to go in:

Everyone's an Expert (on something)

The whole trick is to identify your market (your market is who you attract because of the value you provide them), to find out what they want and then give it to them.

That's it. That's the whole secret. And blogging becomes part of the 'hub that is you' online.

Hope that helps?

Andrea

Andrea Goodsaid — Thu, 02/12/2009 - 9:12am

Group Info