Get Rich Blogging

Get Rich BloggingThe Sunday Mirror’s former showbiz gossip columnist, Zoe Griffin, explains how she quit her job and started a blog in order to work less and earn more. In this book she explains how to Get Rich Blogging and how she has done just that with her Live Like A VIP blog – which generates a six figure income.

There is no need to be a technical wizard. All you need is this book, a laptop and internet access and you too could be blogging your way to wealth and happiness. Contributors include The Clothes Whisperer, The Fashion Editor at Large, Mumsnet, Tech Week, Music News and Mr Porter – all financially successful and well respected bloggers. Learn how to start a blogging business from scratch, how to create appealing content, choose a web host, attract advertisers and spread the word.

Want the Kindle version? Buy Get Rich Blogging Kindle version here.

How To Set-Up A Blogger Blog (Video Tutorial)

Blogger logoBlogger.com is another all-in-one solution to blogging but although it is one of the early blogging services and easy to set up it lacks sophistication. OK, I know with sophistication comes the learning curve but… well you decide.

Here is my assessment of the pros and cons of using Blogger.com.

The Pros
1. It’s free
2. It’s easy to set up (watch the video)
3. It includes free domain name hosting
4. It includes 1Gb of Picasa photo space

The Cons
1. It’s owned by Google#1
2. It’s not easy to customise
3. It has a horrible default domain name#2
4. It has a ‘hotmail’ reputation, a lot of people consider it amateur

Overall
Blogger.com is a free platform for blogs and free hosting service and is probably good for entry-level bloggers. There are some seriously good blogs using the Blogger platform but WordPress is now the preferred way to go by most ‘professional’ bloggers.

Do I use this option? Yes I do have a neglected Blogger blog, if it still exists. But I don’t waste my time with it any longer. I have moved on to the more powerful option of self-hosted WordPress blogs, which I will be discussing very soon.

#1. Google is a gargantuan International corporation that people love to hate. Without a doubt it has changed and improved the Internet in many ways, but the “no evil” halo has slipped somewhat. I have known Google to be referred to as the Godfather as it’s domination appears to pervade every part of the Internet. We know the Godfather hires lots of people and makes offers you can’t refuse, but he also has a penchant for concrete boots and deep rivers.

#2. The default domain name is horrible. Your user name + .blogspot.com! How bad is that? Example: iamacheapskateblogger.blogspot.com. Err, no! There is the option to use a proper domain name*, but if you are going to do that why not use the superior WordPress platform?

By the way, I recommend Godaddy.com* for proper domain names.

Here’s the Blogger video tutorial for you:

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How To Set-Up A Blog The Simplest Way (Video Tutorial)

wordpress-logoWordPress.com is the all-in-one solution to blogging. Sure there other integrated platforms too, but in my opinion no other comes close to WordPress.com. Here is my assessment of the pros and cons of using WordPress,com.

Pros
It’s free! The WordPress blogging interface is easy to use and highly customizable with dozens of widgets available. There is a paid option with which you can use a unique domain name through WordPress. 1000s of themes many of them free. Blog owners have very broad control.

Cons
There is a short learning curve depending on your experience with web programs.

Overall
WordPress.com, is a free platform for blogs and free hosting service and is ideal for bloggers at all levels of experience, provided they are willing to invest some time in advance to learn the ins and outs of the system.

Do I use this option? Yes I do, but I have moved on to the more powerful option of self-hosted WordPress blogs. I will be discussing that option at a later date.

Here’s a video tutorial for you:

Which Blogging Platform Is Best?

Remote Hosted vs. Self Hosted Blogs

The two most popular blogging platforms are Blogger.com and WordPress. Blogger is a remote hosted blog platform, and you cannot self-host your blog. WordPress, on the other hand, can be self-hosted anywhere in the world, or you can host with WordPress.com.

Let’s look at blogger first. Blogger.com is free is really simple and easy to set up, however, even though this may sound great, there are some serious disadvantages to using the free Blogger.com option.

Blogger.com

Google owns Blogger.com so in essence that means Google also owns your content. It also means that, at any time, Google has the right to shut your blog down, and take it from me, they do this without explanation. Imagine a year or more of work just deleted for any reason!

It is difficult to brand yourself or your business, for example; you can’t put your logo in the header. Your customers or clients know you are using a free blog platform.

Blogger doesn’t have many options or features. It is difficult to create your ‘look’ because of those limitations. You can’t create categories, and it’s difficult to format.

If you seriously want to build an online business, that is both profitable and sustainable, you will have difficulty with the free Blogger platform. Because of the above reasons I always recommend using a self-hosted WordPress blog.

WordPress

What is the difference between WordPress, WordPress.org and WordPress.com?

WordPress is the open source blogging software that anyone can download from WordPress.org.

WordPress.com is a hosting platform that utilizes the same WordPress software that you can download from WordPress.org. With WordPress.com, the hosting and managing of the software is taken care of by a team of passionate WordPress people. It is not the perfect solution but much more flexible than Blogger.com. You can use your own domain name as well, hiding the WordPress URL.

With the free-standing WordPress software, you need to install it on your own server or a third party hosting provider. Obviously, it is easiest to use a hosting provider where your blog setup is a cinch, and you have a support team to help if you are in trouble.

People are put off setting up a WordPress blog because it seems difficult and complicated. However, it is not! It is very easy, and you don’t need to be an Einstein. You can set up your blog in minutes.

OK, so which blogging platform is best?

A clear winner is self hosting. Only use paid-for hosting as free hosting is not reliable unprofessional and will cost you dear in the end. I use two hosting companies, Hostgator* and InMotion. Setting WordPress up on both hosts is easy.

Using the WordPress.com hosting platform comes second. You can start off using their free service and upgrade later but if your blog is successful you will need to move it to a host such as Hostgator* and InMotion, both are reliable and have excellent support.

As far as I’m concerned, Blogger.com is a non-runner. I won’t waste my writing skills further.

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Set Up Your Site: Domains for Sale

Valuable Domain Names @ Knock-Down Prices
These domain names were bought over past years for projects that I no longer require. So, make an offer.

collectiblebitz.com

£20 ($30) Registered till February 1, 2014
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hushclips.com £20 ($30) Registered till April 4, 2014
All domains registered with GoDaddy.
Buyer pays transfer costs, which with GoDaddy is the cost of 1-years registration

The above prices are guide prices please make me an offer

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