I have a blog and use affiliate links on my blog (some from Amazon) to monetize the site. What that means is that if you click through a link on my blog that has an affiliate link attached, or through a clear advertisement for a product or service, and end up purchasing something - I get a cut. Nothing is added on to your tab as the consumer, and I get credit for taking you to the merchant's site.
That being said, when I picked up Blog Setup Cheat Sheet - The 3 Step Guide to Starting A Blog On Your Own Domain Name, I was expecting to see a simple Kindle book that would help others get started with a web hosted blog using Wordpress, with maybe a listing of domain hosts you could use to get started.
What I found was one way to start a blog, using the author's favorite (affiliated I'm guessing...) web host and domain name source. That indicates to the readers of this book that there's only one way to setup a blog with your own domain name, and that's simply wrong!
There are lots of choices for web hosts and not all are created equal. Some are priced super cheap and that's enticing, but the old adage 'you get what you pay for' often pans out to be true.
Some providers are better than others on the service end of things. Answering your desperate calls at midnight for example, when your site has just crashed. That's important, and not always readily provided by web hosts.
Before you sign on with a web host, do a bit of checking around to see what other users of the service have to say about them. Check on YouTube for video tutorials by the company to see if you can get some information before you buy in, and check out several companies before you simply sign up with the cheapest one.
Regarding domain names, if you sign up with some web hosts, they give you your own domain name for free. There may be a charge after the first year for the domain name, but it shouldn't cost you much.
Another thing to consider when setting up your domain name is to pay a bit extra to have the web host listed as the owner of the domain. That helps to eliminate some of the spammers and hackers you'll undoubtedly get when you setup your blog.
If you purchase this book and follow the 3 steps outlined, you will have a Wordpress blog, with your own domain name on it. You will also more than likely have given the author a bit of cash beyond what you pay for this book if you sign-up for those things through links and photos in this book.
That in itself isn't a bad thing, but be aware that as the consumer, buying a domain name and web hosting service gives you the opportunity to shop around and find what's best for you.
Some web hosting services offer cheap prices, but make their money in add-on features that others will have included. Free email accounts, Cloudflare (security) and other perks, go a long way in long-term blogger happiness.
Some web hosts use the CPanel as described in this book as an interface for installing Wordpress and others don't. Be sure to check before signing up with a web host to see if they have an integrated WordPress set-up.
No matter what web hosting service you choose, and however you install WordPress as the vehicle to upload your blog to the Internet, be aware of these things.
1. WordPress blogs aren't built in a day. There's a ton of work involved and it's not all simple! There's a huge learning curve to it. Once you have your own domain, web host and WordPress installed, you still have to pick out a 'theme', install it and get to work adding plug-ins, widgets, and content to make the blog your own. You have to set up passwords (choose something other than 'Admin' and change it every 3-6 months to avoid hackers), work on keyword placement and content to get your content out into the search engines.
2. If you don't want to learn HTML code and 'geek' stuff, consider a web host with website templates that are non-WordPress. They will work well for those looking for simple blogs with fun features, but help newbies to avoid the pitfalls of technical upgrades as required by WordPress, which sometimes make things crash and need restoration by the blogger in the CPanel.
3. Look for a web host that provides in country customer service, 24-7 as part of your contract with them. You should never have to pay extra for tech support!
4. Choose a web host provider who also includes domain name registration as part of their package. It's a simple way to do things, and if you choose to change web hosts at any time, the domain name can transfer too.
5. If you don't mind having 'blog' in your http address, consider a FREE Wordpress or Blogspot blog. They are super easy to set-up and you may luck out and get the name you want in the domain too!
6. Web hosting and domain registration costs money. Cheap prices initially, generally go up considerably afer the first 6 months to a year (depending upon the provider). Be aware of those costs before you setup your own domain name web hosted site, and seriously consider whether you want to spend $80 or more a year on maintaining the blog's presence and domain name. If not, look into the free options.
Remember, this book offers up only one way to set up a WordPress, web host provider blog using the author's favorite company. There are many other options out there, and some are even simpler than the way outlined in the 'Cheat Sheet'.