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Sunday, July 31

How to Make a Site using #GOOGLE DOMAINS for $12 a year.... #Website #Blogger #DIY #WIX #GoDaddy #Domain

I started thinking I don't have money to support all the small businesses, the creative thinkers, the self starters (like myself), but I have ways to save money and that is how I can support them. 
After all sharing is caring and knowledge is power.
Makers and DIY'ers are hyper focused on their crafts, often the people that want to do it all, make it, sell it, market it. 
In this process they slowly watch all the online services take parts of their hard work.  
So here is a site I run for $12/yr.
In later posts I will show you how to find templates, add a free store, sharing tools and other cool add-ons... 

Lets get started

Go to Google Domains 

Enter the name you are hoping for your www.

I would like you to keep in mind as the internet has grown so have the destinations don't limit yourself to a .com

If you have a service or product, people will go where you direct them. 

However, if you want search engines to find you it is best to be as specific as possible. 
Think of it this way, when you buy a domain it's like paying for a piece of land on a street, this street is your .com or .life. Once you have a lot you need a house or in web terms a Hosting where you can build your home aka site. You want people to know what street you live on and what that street is all about for example .coach or .games might be the street you want people to find you on. 

Most domains will be $12 a year but there are some names that are much higher demand. This is a REAL ESTATE game so pick your streets wisely they can balloon in value. 

Now if you already got suckered into GoDaddy or Wix NO WORRIES! You can transfer your domain! BE WARNED you will be charged a ridiculous fee but pay it and get out! 

Google doesn't bate and switch the price. I have paid $12/yr for my domains for the decades... 

Not all of the Domains are $12 but you will know what you are paying upfront. 

Maybe your thinking its not worth the stress?!? 

It is! The money you save and the benefits you get will pay for themselves. 

With Google Domains and Hosting you are easily integrated to other google services like ads and monetization.

Your Google Domains paired with Gmail and blogger hosting will get you all the Gsuite features for FREE99

Everyone has a Gmail account, am I right? 
Although, even if you don't, most are all familiar with how to use them. 

Google Docs, sheets, forms, calendar, everything you need for your business, with a google domain you will access to all of these services, as well as a professional EMAIL! 
Here is how:
  1. Establish a professional base email that is 
    1. This will be the email you use later for all your business accounts like mailchimp and ecwid
  2. Pick an email alias like admin, contact, info etc
  3. Forward your alias email from your domain to account 
    There is a much more intensive set up to send mail with your alias through gmail but it's possible with out paying a monthly fee per user! 

    Here is what GoDaddy charges a month/per user

    Being able to send and receive email from your own domain name is another kind of level up in the online business game. 

    I always feel bad for these great business that, give their hard work and name to esty, wix or GoDaddy tied to it.

     I feel like those sites are like pimps taking a cut of work that isn't theirs.

    Once you have the Domain, it's pretty self explanatory as to how to set it up.

    Lets move on to HOSTING

    So now you have a Domain you picked the street you want to live on, but you need a house, or a place to host your site. 

    Some businesses choose to let FB/IG or Amazon be their site and have learned the hard way once you post it they own it. 

    People have had their business accounts on social media terminated or hacked, some have even had their ideas stolen and resold through unethical amazon practices. 

    Instead, I suggest have a your own web site, your own home, and use major highways like twitter, YouTube, FB/IG, TIKTOK to guide your audience to your street (.com .life), and invite them to your home (site hosting). 

    Owning your domain and having a site with full control of your business content can seem difficult. The most popular hosting sites such as WIX, Wordpress, and GoDaddy all want to have a cut of what your doing.

    This site you are on is Hosted for free through BLOGGER < ~~ Here is a little article comparing Blogger to Wordpress.

    Here are two sample of ones I've help make other then the one your on.

    After you get a "House" or you've picked blogger for your hosting, it's time to decorate!  The House aka your Site, is now ready for your content, before you invite people over. 

    Next post I'll share more about Design Templates­čśü

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