If you have not yet read through my prior posts on how to utilize Market Samurai to find a killer set of keywords and sizing up your competition, you should check those out first for a step-by-step tutorial on how to set yourself up for success online. If you have already done your keyword research and competition analysis, you now have a great keyword phrase and domain name chosen, you just need to register the site and sign up for a web hosting account.
I’ve utilized GoDaddy for registering domain names since 2003 and they’ve been great. I recommend keeping your domain registration separate from your web hosting, that way if you ever decide you want to switch web hosting providers, it makes the whole process much easier. In that way, you also do not have all your eggs in one basket. GoDaddy currently has a $5 special for new 1 year .com registrations, with free private registration which is a great deal. I highly recommend private domain registration, which is what I do with all of my domains. That way you won’t be spammed via email and snail mail.
For web hosting, I utilize Webhosting Hub and they have been nothing short of amazing as far as ease of use and their 24/7 customer support team. I contacted them via the online chat feature on the Sunday afternoon that I signed up, for a few different questions. I talked to support reps James G and William M and they were super knowledgeable, fully resolved each individual issue the first time and they mentioned each time that they were available 24/7 for any further questions or issues. That type of instant AND helpful support is so hard to find these days. I contacted them a few times since that initial day and they continue to amaze. I love the online chat support feature, it is great not having to navigate through a phone support tree or wait on hold.
I signed up with Webhosting Hub for several reasons. The overwhelming majority of recent reviews that I read were all excellent, the fact that you can host an unlimited number of domains/WordPress Blogs/MySQL databases, 1 click WordPress installs, super low prices and their 90 day money back guarantee.
I setup 2 separate domains in addition to the free one they provide, installed 2 WordPress blogs, installed several WordPress plugins, a few WordPress themes and published some original content all in one afternoon. That was with no prior knowledge of WordPress or web hosting. Based on my experience thus far I feel very comfortable recommending them, knowing that anyone who signs up through my affiliate link will be in good hands.
The typical lowest published discount rate for Webhosting Hub is $4.95 per month, but I was so impressed and passionate about their service that I convinced them to make their lowest rate available anywhere to me of $3.95 per month! And I’m not making that up. I seriously did talk to their affiliate manager and got him to allow me to offer that exclusive rate.
Just like most other hosting sites, that is their price if you sign up for 36 months. If you sign up for 24 months, the price is $4.95 and for 12 months, that rate is $5.95. Choose whatever rate and terms that best fit your needs.
After you get setup with your web hosting account, be sure to check out my resources page for essential information and tools to help you hit the ground running.
In full disclosure, the links contained on this page are affiliate links and I will get a commission, at no additional cost to you, if you sign up for GoDaddy for domain registration and Webhosting Hub for web hosting services. If you have any questions at all regarding either service, please email me or leave a comment and I will be get back to you right away. Thanks for your support and good luck with all of your online adventures!