Prosperative Public Forum

Where do I start?

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Where do I start?
« on: October 31, 2012, 03:50:50 PM »
Where do I start with all this?

If I saw a thread like this myself, my smart@$$ answer would be "The beginning..."

I'll be more specific. I want to get into this slowly and get to know the tools and see if I'm any good at it. So I just want to start off with a primary blog I'm planning on keeping up just for fun. But, as long as I've got that, I might as well see if I can get anywhere with SEO for keywords for it.

So, my real questions are:
1) What's the best/cheapest domain registrar and web host to go with?
2) Should I do them separately or together?

I know about HostGator and GoDaddy from reputation, but I thought I'd pick some expert brains before deciding for sure...

Offline Meg

  • *****
  • 7493
  • Freedup to do what you really want
    • View Profile
Re: Where do I start?
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2012, 12:32:29 AM »
Where do I start with all this?

If I saw a thread like this myself, my smart@$$ answer would be "The beginning..."

I'll be more specific. I want to get into this slowly and get to know the tools and see if I'm any good at it. So I just want to start off with a primary blog I'm planning on keeping up just for fun. But, as long as I've got that, I might as well see if I can get anywhere with SEO for keywords for it.

So, my real questions are:
1) What's the best/cheapest domain registrar and web host to go with?
2) Should I do them separately or together?

I know about HostGator and GoDaddy from reputation, but I thought I'd pick some expert brains before deciding for sure...


I tend to keep my domain name registration separately from my hosting. I have domain names and hosting with a number of different providers, also. You can get recommendations for hosting from Jorchav who often posts in the my way, 1 way and 3 links fora on this board. I also use namecheap for domain names.

Offline andrewwilson

  • *****
  • 1499
  • catching the zeitgeist since 2005
    • View Profile
    • We Build Money Making Websites
  • Skype: andrew.wilson41
Re: Where do I start?
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2012, 12:56:09 AM »
In respect of your specific points I'd say go with the two names you mentioned, you will not go wrong with either. You may end up adding to or changng from them in the future but you will not regret using either firm right now. There is a reason for their reputatons in their respective areas of strength - Godaddy should be avoided for hosting.

As for your online business as a whole, have you yet decided what form your usiness should take? If not then maybe now is a good time. For example, are you going to be a shovel maker, helping others to succeed at digging for gold or are you going to be a shovel user, digging for gold alongside al the other miners?
Are you going to concentrate upon organic traffic or do you want to buy traffic?
Are you going to be a list marketer or base your business upon web site visitors?
Will you be creating your own products or re-selling those of others?

These are not mutually exclusive questions but they will play a large part in how you shape your business, what you need to learn, the resources that you will need, the structure of your business, the time it will take to run and grow the business and, to some degree, the chances of success overall - some routes will simply be more risky for you than will others.

Offline Meg

  • *****
  • 7493
  • Freedup to do what you really want
    • View Profile
Re: Where do I start?
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2012, 01:01:58 AM »
As for your online business as a whole, have you yet decided what form your usiness should take? If not then maybe now is a good time. For example, are you going to be a shovel maker, helping others to succeed at digging for gold or are you going to be a shovel user, digging for gold alongside al the other miners?

That's a fantastic metaphor - must remember that! :)

Offline andrewwilson

  • *****
  • 1499
  • catching the zeitgeist since 2005
    • View Profile
    • We Build Money Making Websites
  • Skype: andrew.wilson41
Re: Where do I start?
« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2012, 06:07:33 AM »
It is useful because it is so important - a fundamental choice in one's online business. That said shovel vendors tend also to do some goldmining as well. ;)

Re: Where do I start?
« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2012, 08:24:00 AM »
Thanks everyone for the input.

As for your online business as a whole, have you yet decided what form your usiness should take? If not then maybe now is a good time. For example, are you going to be a shovel maker, helping others to succeed at digging for gold or are you going to be a shovel user, digging for gold alongside al the other miners?
Are you going to concentrate upon organic traffic or do you want to buy traffic?
Are you going to be a list marketer or base your business upon web site visitors?
Will you be creating your own products or re-selling those of others?
These are really good questions, and you're right that I should have clarity from the start. Right now I have a hunch that I'm ultimately looking at three sites. The first would be just a blog where I get ad/traffic revenue. The second would be a site where I possibly promote my Amazon products, as well as my own writing and ebooks. The third would be for a specific product or service, but that idea is still being molded.

I'm not big on list marketing. It just doesn't fit my personality at this time.

Offline Duffy

  • *
  • 7
    • View Profile
    • Email
  • Skype: duffy4511
Re: Where do I start?
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2013, 01:00:02 PM »
Use name.com they are as cheap as anyone else and never had a problem with them, have some horror stories about godaddy and namecheap.