There Are, Indeed, First Steps To Blogging
The very first physical step in becoming a blogger is in purchasing a domain name. There is no way in the world to make your written thoughts visible to the world without purchasing one…
…and this article is designed to help you understand what a domain is and why it needs a name. Please pay attention, closely if you’re new to blogging.
This first step of many should help you a lot and keep you from making some costly mistakes as you move forward in your new career.
First Things First…Do NOT Buy A Domain Name From GoDaddy! Period!
Outside of the issues that they seem to encounter too frequently for my tastes, GoDaddy (in my opinion) is abusive in their marketing practices. While I don’t know everything that they do that is manipulative, I DO know is that they lie about the amount of bandwidth they allow to customers.
Each of their plans say that they allow “unlimited” bandwidth and that’s just flat-out dishonesty. It’s a crime…and so many new website owners fall for it! Think about it. If they offered unlimited bandwidth for $4.99, Google would be hosted by GoDaddy…but it’s not.
In face, most of the big name brands would be hosted by GoDaddy…but they are not. Google and other sites with heavy traffic loads needs bandwidth that’s MASSIVE…
…and solo bloggers who sincerely needed unlimited bandwidth would also need MASSIVE bandwidth. You simply cannot get that for $4.99 per month.
Just…stay away from GoDaddy.
In my opinion, what you see is NOT what you get.
Here Are Some Places To Buy A Domain Name
When purchasing a domain name, you need to keep the fine print in mind and know that you can get the kinds of additional benefits that you’ll need as a domain owner.
For example, you might want to transfer your domain to another registrar in the future. If your current registrar makes that next to impossible, that should be a red flag for you.
Also, you might want to be able to forward a domain or mask a domain. If simple tasks like that aren’t so simple or are impossible, you’ve probably chosen a bad registrar.
- Whois dot com. I buy all of my domains, now, through Whois. That link is NOT an affiliate link. I love Whois because the account interface is very easy to use and because…well…I’ve never had a problem with it. Lack of customer drama goes a long way with me.
- Name Cheap. I have never used this service, before, I when I went to look at what happens when I search for available domains, I was pretty impressed. All their top level domain options come up, along with pricing…and that’s kind of cool. I have never seen the back office, and I have NO idea how easy it is to navigate in there, but I know that a LOT of my marketing friends have happily used this service for years, so I have no issue recommending it to you.
As a side note, Lifehacker recommends Namecheap as #1 on their list. You can add to your list of domain registrars from this Lifehacker article, if you like. Don’t take too long on it, though, because you have a lot of work to do after buying your domain.
Here is a video to help you walk through the process of buying a domain
name for the first time from Whois.
She shows people how to use their blog for income and live a life that they have always wanted to live as creative people. If you want to be a content creator AND a great marketer, keep reading, here!