Everyday creating your own blog is becoming easier and more beneficial. You essentially are a resource of information that people can refer to. Even better you can make a full-time income off your content.
Creating your own blog
Everyday it’s becoming easier and easier to create and manage a website. The process begins with you! Just ask yourself, “What are my interests?”.
I started Farangdam because I was sick of reading all the negative information about the black experience in Thailand. I knew I could provide valuable insight into an online resource for people to read all over the world. I always try to point out that Farangdam isn’t just for non-whites. I never intended for my information to be solely for black people( although it may seem most useful).
If you are a avid Farangdam reader then you will know what inspired me was the idea that I would be apart of a solution solving a problem. The problem being, there isn’t enough blogs written from the black perspective on life in Asia.
Can you solve a problem or offer another perspective?
Most of the information on the internet about the black experience was from the perspective of non-blacks and…Hey! A perspective nonetheless, but you can’t help but feel like something is being left out; not considered. As I’ve said many times, everyone has their own experience and one’s experience can’t sum up everyone else’s. If it wasn’t for my Thai friend in The States, I probably would of never came to Asia based off what I read on internet. I would of missed out on so much culture and would never of met so many amazing people. Long story short, I came here and after about 2 years of just living, working and learning I decided to buy a domain name.
My Goals prior to creating Farangdam:
- Create a resource offering insight on the black experience from a black perspective.
- Answer questions that most of us wonder before coming to Thailand(i.e. Whats your take on racism in Thailand? Was it hard finding a job? Where is the best place to live?)
- Share my own personal experiences.
- Build a following and inspire other people to create their own blogs and share!
There is no greater feeling then when someone e-mails you asking for your help or opinion on something. My point being is that you don’t have to be a genius/geek/nerd to create an amazing website. It all starts with an idea and you go from there. So what are your passions? What is something that you wake up everyday thinking about? Now a days, blogs can be about anything and believe me when I tell your website could very well be the site that helps someone learn something new. The even better part is how you can turn your hobby into a full-time job. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not nearly as easy as it sounds but it’s not that hard either. It’s safe to say that it definitely takes time though…Unless you can get famous people like Justin Beiber to tweet about your website… Then you’ll be an overnight success for sure from creating your own blog.
I’d say the hardest part when starting your website is choosing a domain name. Everyday people are buying more and more domain names and it’s almost impossible to get the domain name you want. Never mind one-word domain names as if you can find one available, please just buy it and sell it for 30x(or more!) what you bought it for. We put a lot of emphasis in a domain name because it’s really the face(metaphorically speaking) of your website.
Choosing a domain name & Hosting
Your domain name should give us an idea of what we’re about to get into. Although, that’s not always the case. Having a memorable domain name is quite important as well for obvious reasons. Say now, you’re inspired to create a website about… Popular streetwear. Between the names popstreetwear.com or popularstreetwearreviewsbyjeff.com are you more likely to remember? Even so, it’s not a far stretch that both names are already taken. There is no way of knowing though if you don’t spend some time coming up with names and checking.
I personally go through NameCheap for various reasons:
- They accept paypal. Payments with paypal is fast, simple and easy.
- They have 24/7 live help! This is immense if you think about it. At first I went through Go Daddy and their deals are a bit better than namecheap but their customer service and support can’t compare! It’s literally apple and oranges. What good is a $0.99 domain if every time you have a problem you have to wait on the phone for 30+ minutes or send an e-mail? Taking the cheapest route will get you the cheapest results.Please take my word for it sometimes it’s better to spend a few extra dollars to eliminate the possibility of a headache. Don’t build your foundation out of glass and cry when someone throws rocks at it.
- Their hosting options for new comers are an absolute steal! $11 for your first year and you can host up to 3 domain names!
WordPress is free so you’re only going to spend about $11 for the domain name and $9.88 for a years worth of hosting. So for $20.88 you can potentially start the next greatest website. Probably not the next greatest, but you can build something that may be worth a pretty penny, if not to you, someone else.
I implore you to think about what it is you really like and could see yourself talking about. Once you found “your thing” then check out Namecheap and play around with some name combinations. Try and find a unique domain name that will be easy to remember but at the same time can inform us to what we’re getting into. I won’t get all into to SEO importance of it as these days people will argue that your domain name is not nearly as important as your content for search engine rankings.
Also here, you can see NameCheap’s hosting price list.
Namecheap will lure you in with a fraction of the price for first year customers. Take advantage of it! I did and I have no regrets. I also have about 15 domain names with 6 of them being actual websites. The others I’m just sitting on for now.
I don’t have any tattoos but I’ve heard people say once you get one you’ll eventually want another and so and and so on. Well, I could apply the terminology to blogging and website creation as well. Once you get started you will want to continue growing and growing. Once your website is all set-up with wordpress and has enough content to which it can be considered an authority for information(Takes time!)then you can start thinking about monetizing your content.
How do blogs make money?
Probably the first thing you’ll wonder when creating your own blog. I swear if I knew what I know now I would’ve just created a course to teach people how they can turn their blogs into viable businesses. Oh well, maybe that’s a project for the future. I personally don’t feel there isn’t anything wrong with creating a website solely for the purpose of making money. However, with that being said, if money is your only goal then I think blogging is going to be a very frustrating hobby for you.
Remember people will pay you in traffic and referrals for solid information. The more solid information your blog or website offers the more of an authority you become. Once you start to sport a series of content rich & robust articles and start to build a consistent amount of traffic then it’s time to start referring people in the right direction.
You can find products that you personally know are great for your niche and recommend it to your followers. This is what we call affiliate marketing or referral marketing. I will save this(affiliate marketing) for another post though. The point of this post is to tell you how easy it is to create a website these days for under $21 bucks.
Seriously though, think of all the times you’ve wasted money on diminish-able goods, foods and drinks… The problem with our mindsets these days is the moment we get some cash all we want to do is consume consume consume. We hate the idea of investing in something that can’t promise immediate satisfaction or results. Plant the seed people, check out namecheap and start searching today. The last thing you’ll ever want to do is think of something great but never take action, only to see someone else do it and make a killing off it!
So that’s it in a over-congested nutshell of sporadic and unorganized information. If you have any questions about affiliate marketing or blogging please send me an email.
Points to take away from this:
- Choose a niche that you’re interested in.
- Check out NameCheap and search around some killer domain names!
- If you can get past part 2 then look into purchasing a shared hosting package. Remember for $9.88 you can get up to a year to test the waters and see if this is for you.( it took me about 3 months to reap the benefits)
- Head over to WordPress.org and download and set-up the latest version of WordPress.
- Blog your freakin heart out.
- repeat step 5
- repeat step 5 &6 and so on.
I think you get the point. Please like and share!