[ By Prabhakar kumar — http://www.MoneyOnlineJob.com]
Blog profession has today become a complete profession of earning money . Lot of people has opted this profession for their livelihood . Today blogs are being used as a source of information for our students and readers. Blog making is not a hard and difficult work . We can easily make our blog by taking some wise steps related blog formation . These simple steps are following :-
 Decide what you are going to blog about .:- The first thing you need to do is to decide the subject of your blog . Is there anything you enjoy or are really passionate about ? If you have this , then start a blog about it . When I started my first blog , I was really interested in and concerned with health and employment problem among all , so I picked that topic . It makes no sense to start a blog about something you have no interest in , while it is more easier to write articles and posts about subjects that you are passionate and good knowledge of it .
It is better when you have been interested in a specific field or subject for a long time . However , if you do not have any idea which topic or niche you want to write about , think about your hobbies or just start blogging about your daily activities , memorable moments or simply about everything .
 Decide which blogging Platform to use , free or self hosted ?– It is very important to give importance to hosting platform . It plays very crucial role in formation and promotion your blog . As we know that , most of the blogs on the internet are made using the WordPress blogging platform . In reality , WordPress has been downloaded over 65 million times and is used by many popular blogs and websites .
Following reasons compel me to think using WordPress is the best way to start your blog :
[a] You are free to choose from many different layouts and free themes .
[b] You can easily write blog posts and add pictures to your blog .
[c] People can comment and share your blog and etc .
From free blog writing facility , you should not take it as free . You can create a free blog on a blogger.com or tumblr.com , but they are not actually free . How it is not free ? –
You are not free to get your own domain — instead , you will get a sub – domain . My blog has its own domain , but if I had decided to start a blog on blogger .com [ for example ] , then it would look like blogger. blogspot.com which is more clumsy and odd looking .
They are lacking of different themes / layouts and plugins :- In such situation , you blog will look really blank and boring . If you want additional themes or plugins to customize your blog , you have to pay a lot .
No control on your Blog :- Your blog is hosted on another site , thus you have no ownership of that blog or you are not the owner of this property . If moderators decide that your blog does not fit with their policies [ which can happen quite often ], they can actually delete your blog without any warnings . In short , all your efforts and hard works spent on the blog will be vanished within seconds .
You are not able to earn money from your Blog :- Yes , you can make money with blogging . lots of people are doing so . If you ever decide to earn money with your blog , you are unable to do it on a free blog . They simply do not allow you to do that . Even if they do , they want their own cut , which is usually 50%.
If you are not interested in continuing your blogging more than a few months , then it definitely start with a free blog . A self hosted blog on your own domain [ yourblog.com] is by far the better option . It gives you full control over your blog and you shall look more professional. . It is also a great choice for people who want to continue blogging in longer term, share their knowledge , become a blogger and earn some money from it .
What is The cost of Starting a self – hosted Blog on Your own Domain ?- It will not cost not much . You will need a domain that will cost approximately $10 a year and a hosting [ services that connects your blog to the internet ] is around $4 – $7 a month. In total it will cost around $50 a year . The good thing about self – hosted blog is that you do not have to be committed . If you feel that blogging is actually not your cup of tea , you can cancel anytime and many services have 90 days money back guaranteed as well .
 Choosing a domain and Hosting , and setting up a WordPress Blog on your own Domain . :- It is very wise choice to go with a self hosted blog on your own domain name . Finding a great domain name can take a while , but it is worth it . I suggest you pick something brand like name and easy to remember . People simply cannot remember long domains and when they want to return to your blog they are likely to forget your domain name . It is much better to choose something memorable . As an alternative , you can just use your name , for example : http://www.aakanksha.com .
In short , your domain name should be catchy , easy to remember and unique .
Where can I get a Domain name and hosting ? :- I usually advice people to get a domain and hosting from the same place . By doing this way you shall save money and time . In the past few years while I have been managing my blogs , I have found that there are very few reliable hosting companies .
To be more clear , I have used several hosting companies in the past . Some of them are : Bluhost , Fatcow , Hostgator , Dreamhost . But I was not really satisfied with them . Their customer support was not really professional and it took a lot of time to get in touch . Quite often my blog’s speed [ page loading time ] was ridiculously slow . The reasons was quite simple . They were overburden with their customers . They focused on getting more and more new clients rather than improving their services , support and valuing their current customers .
One of the most reliable ones is Web Hosting Hub . Their service is quite cheap in respect to others and they are well popular for their great customer service via email and phone [24/7] . Web Hosting Hub is also good for beginners too , as they have a ” one click Blog Installation” feature that is focused on WordPress blogs and websites . You simply click few buttons and your self – hosted blog on your own domain name is ready .
Of course , you are free to use any other hosting company . If you decide to go with a different hosting company then make sure they offer unlimited bandwidth and unlimited disk space . That will help you to avoid problems later on .
You have two options to install your blog with your own domain: [a] With one click installation using web Hosting Hub. [ you shall get a domain from there as well .]
[b] Manually .
The one way click installation is better for beginners or those who are trying to set up their first blog . If you are computer or internet savvy , then manual tutorial can be a better options too. Either way , you shall get your blog online very quickly . —————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————- The End .————————————————————————–