This comment came through as SPAM this afternoon from visitor Bernice: Wonderful blog! Do you have any tips and hints for aspiring writers? I’m planning to start my own website soon but I’m a little lost on everything. Would you advise starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many options out there that I’m totally confused .. Any tips? Thanks!
Bernice, thanks for reading, commenting,and the positive words! I’ll try to answer some of your questions – they are commonly asked by many other readers.
WordPress.com is a free blogging platform and one of the most popular with 60 million bloggers. Other popular and free blogging platforms include: Blogger, Tumblr, LiveJournal, Weebly, and Blog.com .(1) WordPress.com has built-in SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and is very user friendly. The support staff is great and the user community is helpful and friendly. Just post a question to the group and someone will respond to your inquiry. We all had to start somewhere as you want to do.
When you type WordPress.com into your browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari) the above screen is what you will see. You will need to have an existing email account before you start a blog. I suggest using gmail.com because it is free and powerful.
Click on the “Get Started” button and you will see this screen:
Enter the information requested and you will receive a welcome screen and can create your first blog post! Some key things to consider: if you want lots of visitors, use tags and categories wisely. A great deal of helpful information is available for the novice blogger.
Be aware too, that the blog contents will dictate an appropriate theme to choose. Some are better suited for photography, others for text, and still others for business or combinations of the above.
When first starting, I would use WordPress.com and get used to blogging and see how the public reacts to your writing. If you later decide to make money from your blog (you’ll need lots of traffic), then you can change to a paid host, such as WordPress.org.
I wish you much success and please let us know how this works out for you. Happy blogging!
By Dion D. Shaw
Dion D. Shaw is the founder and owner of Homepreneurs
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