I know a lot of you have been hearing the fuss going around about making money blogging and I know a lot of you will also want to jump into the pool of blogging.
To be sincere, you can make a lot of money from blogging, infact a lot of TOP bloggers out there are making a killing but it takes a LONG Time with lots of HARD WORK before you can reach that level.
P.S. – If you are looking for a better and easier way to make money online, you should check out my Amazon Cash Blueprint that shows you how to make money online from Nigeria as an Amazon Affiliate. (This is better than Blogging!)
There is nothing wrong with starting out with a free hosted blog and as time goes on if you see the need to have a self hosted WordPress blog like mine, then you can easily make the switch.
That said, I am going to show you how you can setup a blog for FREE and get a custom domain for it.
So let’s do a quick run through of how to setup a FREE Blog with a Custom Domain in Just 5 Steps.
Every blog needs a host, so for our free blog, our host will be Blogger.com which is a free blogging platform owned by Google Inc.
In other to create your blog, you will need to Login at Blogger.com with your Gmail account, if you don’t own a Gmail account, click the sign up link at www.blogger.com and fill the sign up form to register a Gmail account.
Registration won’t take more than 5 minutes and you are done. Once you register; login to your Blogger dashboard and you should be on a page as shown below.
I believe you have logged into your Blogger.com dashboard right now. On the Blogger dashboard, look at the Top left side of the page; you should see a button/Link that reads New Blog.
Clicking the New blog link should bring up a pop up box in which you will be able to choose your blog Title, Web Address and its design/looks.
When you enter your desired blog address, you need to be patient and wait for their system to check if that address is available. If your chosen address is available, you will see a notice that says “This blog address is available”. Choose the design you like and click “Create blog” button.
Once you click the create blog button, your blog is automatically created for you. You will be redirected back to your Blogger dashboard from where you can access your new FREE blog.
If you have an article you want to publish at this moment, you can click the “Start posting” link to add your first article or you click the “Pen Button” which I marked with a blue arrow to start adding contents to your site.
As you can see, you now have a blog but this blog is on a sub-domain, usually your-address.blogspot.com. A sub-domain blog is not Professional and it usually has a very long URL which will be very difficult for people to remember.
So, we will make your blog professional and easy to remember for people by using a custom domain name for your blog.
before you can use a custom domain name, you will first need to buy one; domains names are damn cheap and you can get one for as low as N1,500naira or $9.00. I have even bought domains of $1.99 before with the help of coupons and discount codes.
To get your domain name, go to NameCheap, NameCheap is a leading domain registrar in the world and their domain registration service is pretty good.
When you get to NameCheap, search for a domain you like, if that domain is not available, keep searching and keep trying different variations and extensions till you find an Available domain name that you love.
Once you find a domain name that you love, register it and go back to your Blogger dashboard.
From your blogger dashboard, go to your new blog settings page, you can find the settings page by checking the screenshot below.
Once you get to the main settings page for your blog, from the Publishing Section, Select + Setup a 3rd party URL for your blog – Point your own registered URL to your blog.
You should see an error, and two CNAMEs listed below. Each CNAME is composed of two parts – Name, Labelor Host and Destination, Target or Points to. The first CNAME is the same for everyone, Name being “www” andDestination “ghs.google.com.” The second CNAME is particular to your blog and your Google Account, and is therefore different for each person.
Go to your domain NameCheap’s website and locate the DNS (Domain Name System) settings in the control panel.
Now it’s time to enter the CNAMEs. Where it says Name, Label or Host simply enter “www” and list ghs.google.com as the Destination, Target or Points to.
Now enter the second CNAME in the same way.
Optional: You can also enter A-records, which links your naked domain (example.com) to an actual site (www.example.com). If you skip this step, visitors who leave off the “www” will see an error page.
Optional continued: After completing Step 8, enter your domain name in the format example.com, and list the I.P. addresses shown below in the “A” section. You’ll need to create four separate A-records which point to four different Google IPs.
End of optional section
Before you move onto the final step, wait about an hour for your DNS settings to activate. If you attempt the final step before your settings are activated, we’ll let you know with a warning message.
After your settings have been activated, you need to make sure Blogger knows about your custom domain so that Google can direct readers to your blog. Just head back to Blogger and update the information on your Settings | Basic tab. Find the area for “Publishing,” and click the link to add a custom domain.
Enter in the URL for your custom domain in the text box provided, and click Save.
That’s it! Your blogspot.com address will soon redirect to your new custom domain — be patient, as it might takeup to 24 hours for the redirect to start working. If you’re still seeing an error after 24 hours, it means your settings weren’t entered correctly and you should try the process a second time.
Some helpful notes:
- If your new domain isn’t taking you to your blog, wait another day or two to make sure all the DNS servers have been updated. If it still isn’t working, contact your registrar to make sure you entered the DNS settings correctly.
- Your original Blogspot address will automatically forward to your new domain. That way, any existing links or bookmarks to your site will still work.
- Your posted images will continue to display on your blog.
You are done…
You have just setup a free blog with a Custom Domain name, all that is left for you now is to start publishing those great articles, insights and opinions on your blog.
If you have nay question, feel free to ask them in the comments.