So you want to start blogging but you’re not willing to dish out cash to get started? Well lucky you, I’m here to let you know that there is a way to start blogging for free. Read on.
You Need A Web Host
As you may already know, in order to start a blog website, you will need a web hosting company to host your blogs. The web hosting company’s job is to provide you with a space on their web server so that you can start writing your blog on the space that they provided for you. The web hosting company will provide you the internet address that will point to your assigned space on their server. The internet address is where people can find your blogs on the internet.
Getting A Free Web Hosting
There are many companies online that are offering free web hosting. I’ve tried some of them before. To make the long story short, the ones I’ve tried just frustrated the heck out of me. I basically just wasted my time signing up for them. So I suggest that you skip them altogether also.
What you need to do is go to Google. Yes, Google offers free web hosting. It’s called Google Sites. Google Sites is a great way to get started blogging without having to spend any money at all. But since it’s a free web hosting, it has limited features. For example, you have a very limited choice when it comes to the look of your sites. But, you can’t really complain because it’s free. It’s decent enough to get you started in blogging. And you can always upgrade to a paid hosting later once you get familiar with how blogging works.
One good thing about Google Sites though, besides the fact that it is free, is that it’s owned by Google. They supposedly give a lot of consideration to the websites that are hosted on Google Sites when it comes to ranking on their search engine. Your blogs can actually get ranked faster and higher in the search engine results, supposedly, because your sites are hosted on Google’s own servers.
If you own a domain name, you can use your domain name on Google sites. Your domain name will be your internet address. This is an example of an internet address: https://yourowndomainname.com. If you don’t have a domain name, that’s ok too. Google will provide you with an internet address. It would look something like this: https://sites.google.com/yourblogsitetitle.
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Sign Up For Google Sites
Anyhow, to get started signing up for Google’s free hosting, simply go to https://sites.google.com. You must already have a Google Account. If you haven’t signed up for a Google account yet, now is the best time to do it. Go to https://accounts.google.com and click on “sign up” for a new account link. Follow the on-screen instructions from there. By the way, signing up for a Google Account is free.
Start Writing Your First Blog
Once you’ve signed up for Google Sites. Login by going to https://sites.google.com. You can now start writing your first blog. Your dashboard will look something like this:
Choose from any of the templates or start with a blank page. If I were you, I’d start with a blank page then add your own design to it. This way you can familiarize yourself with the features available on Google Sites. Play around with it and publish a simple site. See how it looks and make adjustments by editing your page. Don’t forget to read Google’s own tutorials on how to use Google Sites. You can find all the information you need in order to use and be successful in using Google Sites in their tutorial area located at https://sites.google.com/a/whps.org/google-sites/tutorials-videos.
Well that it for now folks. You are now on your way to starting your own blog website and you’re doing it for free. If you need a tutorial on how to write a blog, you can find plenty of articles on that on Pinterest. You can go here: https://www.pinterest.com/lazarus7777777/learn-about-blogging/
Goodluck! And happy blogging.