If you are just starting your business but  don’t yet have your own business website (non replicated), you can get one that is free, easy to maintain, and can be set up in about thirty minutes, and that is personal to your personality and goals.  Even thought your business opportunity or network marketing company might give you a replicated site, you still need your own personal site that you can control content so that  you can show prospects and customers who you are and tailor your message to them, and then drive them to an ecommerce site to order or sign up.  How can you do this in 30 minutes or less? With a free blog!

Exactly what is a blog? The word is short for “web log”, and refers to a website that is set up like an online journal: you can “post” to your blog as often as you want.   You can add pictures, video, mp3, and graphics to your posts. Blogs are one of the most interactive media forms available online and with the comments feature, visitors can leave notes on your blog to let you know what they like or dislike about your products or services, and what they would like to see in the future. (you can control and monitor comments, and I recommend that you do!)

Blogs are not used only for business. In fact, there are millions of personal blogs that Internet users have created just to connect with other like-minded souls. The popularity of blogs has spawned a whole new subsection of the Internet that is commonly called the “blogosphere” and involves bloggers (people who blog) linking to other blogs, reading and commenting regularly on other blogs, and enjoying many visitors and commenters in return.

You can also use blogs effectively as a free business website. The most popular blog software online is provided by a company called Blogger, which is owned by search engine giant Google. To get started right now setting up your free Blogger website:

  • Go to www.blogger.com
  • Click on the orange “Create Your Blog Now” link near the bottom of the page.
  • Enter the requested information. You will be asked to select a user name, password, display name, and a valid e-mail address. Choose your display name with care, as it will often be the first thing Internet users see. Your display name will be included at the end of every post you make.
  • Click on “Continue”
  • Enter a title and an address for your blog. The title of your blog can be your company name, or some creative variation of the products or services you provide. The address, or URL, should be something that is easy for people to remember and type in. The URL for your blog will be http://youraddress.blogspot.com.
  • Select a template design for your blog. Blogger provides a variety of different blog styles, and you can change your template at any time down the road.
  • Click on “Continue”

That’s all there is to it! Your now in business with a new blog and it is now set up and ready to use.

 


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