Making More Blogs For the New Year

January 2, 2010

My two bits

YES! Can you believe it?! I’m building more blogs. I’ve already built three, and I want to build another one for my husband and I to share (that ought to be fun!). I’m a pretty wordy person (in case you haven’t noticed), so I always have stuff to blog about, haha.

SO I now officially have TWELVE blogs!! And my kids have some, too. I really like building them. I will let you in on the links when I have them more presentable. šŸ˜‰

I had to renew my account with my web host, Hostgator, this week. I’ve been with Hostgator for a full year now! I am very, very pleased with the company. I’ve had three different web hosts, and none have them have been as good as Hostgator. I’ve seen on a couple of your blogs out there that some of you are considering ditching Blogger and going with your own self-hosted blogs. I applaud you! I am SO glad I left Blogger. It’s a totally new and improved world out here in the self-hosted blogging world, you know.

Web hosting at Hostgator costs me about $100 a year. Buying new domains (via eNom or GoDaddy through Google) costs me $10 apiece. I easily recoup the costs by monetizing some of my blogs. I earn anywhere from $10,000 to $12,000 a year, blogging. Of course, I have to deduct things like Internet service, web hosting, domain purchases, and other Internet costs (like photo sharing), but even after that, I think I make pretty good money for a Stay-At-Home-Mom. It’s easier to monetize your OWN blogs, too– most advertisers and blogging companies dislike Blogger-hosted blogs, so the money offers are low for those.

So if you have been thinking about getting your own blogs, maybe you’d want to check out Hostgator; and maybe you’d want to click my affiliate link– click the Hostgator banner in my sidebar to order. A few people have generously done so, and in return, I’ve given them the tech support that I know. I have experience with WordPress and hosting– I’d be happy to help you get started with the process. For every purchase through my affiliate link, I get $50!! That’s a good chunk of change. In exchange for it, I try to help people out ith blog tech support where I can. I’m not uber-expert, but I know my way around the cPanel and WordPress, and I’ve helped quite a few people. I appreciate the affiliate money people have given me– it costs them nothing, but Hostgator pays me for it!

I think Hostgator is a great deal. The cost is less than their competitors, and I think Hostgator is more reliable, and they definitely have superior customer service. Feel free to leave a comment or contact me if you want more information about it. I’m happy to help. Maybe you can start off the new year with some shiny new, SELF-hosted blogs!

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12 Responses to “Making More Blogs For the New Year”

  1. Karen & Gerard Zemek Says:

    This is the first I’ve heard of HostGater. He’s cute. IF I were to decide to leave Blogger, I think I’d like HostGator over WordPress. It’s nice of you to offer your assistance too. I’m going to share about HostGator in my Friday “Things I Learned This Week” post at http://www.zemeks.blogspot.com with a link back here. Hope you get some clicks through your affiliate link.

    • Rebecca Says:

      akaGaGa: Wow! Your support is amazing!! Thanks, Jean. You DOLL! I’m glad you like Hostgator. They are my favorite, I’ve had great success with them. About being contagious… weeeellll….. maaaybe. I guess we’ll see, now won’t we? šŸ˜€ But it’s either I make more blogs, or look for a job outside the home. :-p

      Karen: Wow, cool!! You have linked to me a few times in your What I’ve Learned This Week series, and I am so honored. I like reading it, because I learn new things, too!

  2. akaGaGa Says:

    @Rebecca: I cannot believe that you’re making four new blogs!!! What can you possibly write about that you don’t already??? Even for you, that’s a lot of writing! Although I have to admit … I’ve been thinking about a couple new ones, too. Are you contagious??? šŸ™‚

    @everybody else: The woman speaks truth. With her amazing and very patient help, I left blogger a few months ago, set up my own domain at Hostgator, and I couldn’t be happier I did. Rebecca helped me through the learning curve, and still answers the occasional question! The one time I asked Hostgator for support, the woman who helped me was competent, and could even translate technical language into something I could understand. She was friendly and funny, to boot.

    I haven’t had any technical problems with Hostgator, and I’m delighted to be out from under Google’s take-over-the-world-and-share-it-with-the-government thumb.

  3. Renee Says:

    Wow, I love your blogs. Can’t wait to see the new ones!!! šŸ™‚ We have had similar discussions around here… the first blog was fun, let’s do another one! LOL But we have to be able to keep up the blogs we have before starting another one! šŸ™‚

    • Rebecca Says:

      Hey Renee. Yeah, I know what you mean about keeping up with the ones you have. You do a good job, though– yours are regularly updated and they are always so interesting!

      Lynne: Yep! I actually will allow the older ones to slowly (very slowly) fade into the background. I love my old blogs, so I’d never abandon them. But my attentions will be on the newer stuff.

      Sandy: I have niche blogs, so it’s rather easy. When I make up a new recipe, I post about it on my cooking blog. When I figure out some computer hack, I write about it on my tech blog. When I travel, I write about it on my travel blog.

      Also, blogging IS my work. I am a Work At Home Mom, I work on my computer, all day. I spend.. probably… 9-10 hours a day at the computer every day. It’s my job, my business.

      Ben: after getting your email, I see that I actually do have the best rate that web hosts offer. I pay yearly about $95 for Hostgator, the shared Baby Hatchling Plan which allows me unlimited domains, unlimited disk space, and unlimited bandwidth. I guess I could save even more money and pay 2 or even 3 years in advance, knocking the costs down. Now that I am comfortable with Hostgator and blogging, I think I may do just that. Thanks SO much for your information! It’s nice to know I made the right choice. šŸ˜€

  4. Lynne Says:

    WOW!! I’m impressed that you are able to keep up with all 12! I know you do too, because I visit many of them! Best of luck with the new ones.

  5. sandy Says:

    12….makes my shoulders hurt thinking of all that time on the computer. Do you return blog comments, have time to read others blogs?

    I can’t imagine having that many.

    And people I work with think I’m nuts cause I have 3.

    lol

    Sandy

  6. Ben Says:

    You pay $100 per year? Are you on dedicated? If not – I know of a way that you can stay with Hostgator and pay a LOT less. My email address is attached to this comment.

  7. RE - Entrepod Says:

    Rebecca You are GETTIN PAID Girlfriend.
    Go For What You Know and I say DO IT.

    btw, I use GoDaddy too – Loves It !
    Happy New Year to You All and a Blessed 2010

  8. Jennifer Landsberger Says:

    I’m interested in this. I have three blogs on blogger, and I really want to get a “real” blog.
    I have a few questions, though.
    When I sign up for Hostgator, does a custom “.com” address come with it, or do I have to pay extra for that?
    Can I copy over my template in I like it? (I don’t know enough to build my own site from scratch).

    If I go with hostgator, I’d go through your referral link, but I need a little more info before I make a decision,
    Thanks,
    Jennie

  9. Renee Says:

    “I actually will allow the older ones to slowly (very slowly) fade into the background.”

    Does this mean you won’t be blogging as much on your other blogs?

    • Rebecca Says:

      Hi Renee. Correct. I’ll still keep them up; they have lots of good information in them (not to mention a lot of blood, sweat, and tears!). And who knows, maybe I’ll get PageRank on them someday… when pigs fly, I guess… If you look at my NewYorkTraveler.blogspot.com blog, you will see that it’s an older blog (my oldest) and I still keep it up. I do update it, but not as often. It’s just the nature of blogging… plus, it is important that I continue to monetize my writing where I can.