Learn How To Start Your Website for Free

How to Start a Website for freeMany have the misconception that starting website is a task reserved for the highly skilled, highly technical. Thousands of talented entrepreneurs pass the opportunity of having a powerful website solely based on the idea that it is expensive and too difficult for the “average Joe”. Freelance writers, artist, photographers and even basic enthusiasts all can now benefit from a website.  Gone are the days where this is something you need to worry about!  Anyone can launch a website with little to no money spent and get your content our to the millions of potential viewers and expand your reach like never before.

So read on to learn how to start a website for free!

Perhaps the most popular way to get a basic website is to start a web blog.  A blog is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. “Blog” can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog. As of December 2007, blog search engine Technorati was tracking more than 112,000,000 blogs.

Free blogging hosting services are readily available and provide a great launching pad to start your website.  In many cases, these can be setup and you can be blogging in less than 10 minutes!  Below are the top 3 blogging services that offer free accounts that are easy enough for anyone to launch a website blog.

The first is the most popular.  Blogger.com is owned and run by none other than search engine giant Google.  If you already have a google account (i.e. gmail or google docs) you can use your existing login credentials to get started.  The process is as simple as choosing a Blog name and finding a unique URL.  Your blog address (URL) will be what you choose followed by .blogspot.com.  For example, DetailingGurus.com wanted a blog to showcase their work and products.  By choosing the blogger name “DetailingGurus” the blog was created with the following address (URL) http://DetailingGurus.blogspot.com/.

Since this blogging platform is backed by the #1 search engine, it is typically easier to get blogspot.com blogs noticed by Google.  Many report that more traffic in shorter time periods are achievable with Blogspot blogs that the others.  Another advantage is that Google allows you to redirect your own domain name purchased by almost anyone to your Blogspot blog for free.  Others charge for this feature.

Wordpress has made it’s mark by offering an open source blogging software for web developers.  The wordpress blogging software can be downloaded for free and installed on any internet hosted space.  This is typically more difficult and reserved for more technically competent users.  The answer to beginers is WordPress.com.

WordPress.com offers a service much like Blogger.com in that you can sign up in less than 10 minutes and setup a blog hosted on WordPress.com.  Much like blogger, your web address will be http://[Your Blog Name].Wordpress.com.

WordPress has become a favorite for SEO experts as the software is open source and easily integrated with tools that help promote your blog.  If you are looking to perform your own SEO try this service.

TypePad has struggled to find itself in the shadows of the two other heavy hitters.  This blogging service has mostly found it’s niche in the art community and in Mac users.  It has recently launch microblogging services to compete with socail networking giants like Twitter.com and Facebook.  Still a worthwhile tool but not quite the same power as the others.