Surely Joe Hage had his tongue firmly in cheek when he wrote the title for his blog post of OMG! It was so easy to set up a blog site!
Joe starts with
I started this article as I was learning how to set up a blog, to share it with you here. It seemed like an intimidating effort but it was SO EASY BECAUSE a GoDaddy.com representative stayed on the phone with me for 63 minutes and took me step-by-step through it.
Joe spent over an HOUR on the PHONE to set up a Godaddy blog site for his kids. I’m stunned!!!
I’ve followed Joe on the social networking site Biznik and I’d have to put Joe’s hourly rate in the $225 an hour plus club. He’s a Wharton MBA whose list of clients is impressive. His skill at quickly seeing how to make a marketing positioning statement which is tightly targeted AND easily understood literally blows me away. (A skill he demonstrates on Biznik with surprising regularity. The man obviously never sleeps!)
I guess what I’m getting at is that Joe’s time is extremely valuable which means that was one very expensive and extensive blog set up session.
I will confess here that I have absolutely NO experience with Godaddy blog hosting services. My experience with Godaddy HOSTING services on behalf of website clients has not made me willing to brace for the challenge of trying to tame their blog option. Joe’s post only clarified that for me.
In contrast, I set up a blog for my son last night. He’s wanting to earn some income and his passion is video games. So I picked up the domain name Best Video Game Cheats and in the course of an hour, I was able to
- research effective keywords for a domain name with Wordze.
(I hesitate to share this resource because it’s just so good and I’m afraid that if everyone starts using it that it won’t be as good. That’s what seemed to happen to WordTracker, a former favorite keyword research tool of mine.)
- register a domain name (NOT with Godaddy… though I do have names hosted there that are awaiting development)
- customize the Revolution Theme by Brian Gardner including choosing a cover image using Istockphoto
- Add adsense code to the themes so my 18 year old high school senior can earn gas money while doing all it takes to be one of the 13 2009 POTENTIAL TOP TREASURE COAST RECRUITS.
Admittedly, I’ve got everything set up to plug and play when it comes to setting up WordPress blogs but it certainly wasn’t “easy” the first few times I did it. (There’s more to a WordPress blog installation than simply clicking “install” in Fantastico. Plug ins, which are what make WordPress ROCK, vary in their ease of use, effectiveness and compatibility with other plug-ins.)
Now, admittedly, you will have an outlay of cash to have me set up your WordPress self hosted blog. In Joe’s case, this was a blog he was setting up for his children, so I can see not wanting to launch a super charged self hosted WordPress blog with all the bells and whistles which will make it a contender for top rankings in the search engines.
However, I learned a valuable lesson via a posting in a forum long ago (the source and link are long forgotten but the message remains) which stated,
“You can always earn more money- you can never earn more time. Money is easily replaced. Time isn’t.”
That has caused me to click the “buy” button more than once over the past few years. Can it save me time? Then it’s probably worth my money.
Lots of people waste valuable time and energy trying to figure out how to get something for nothing. There are tons of free and low cost website development tools which feature complicated and non-intuitive navigation through a labyrinth like maze that consume hours if not days of valuable time. That valuable time was invested on behalf of a less than stellar end product. I’ve not only gone down that trail personally, I’ve also worked with more than a few clients who later said, “Wow! I wish I hadn’t wasted so much time getting to you.”
I get the need to bootstrap. I get the need to conserve cash. But sometimes, you’ve got to spend money so you can make money.
I applaud Joe. I never would have called and hung in for over an hour trying to set up a blog on Godaddy. I’d have gone to WordPress.com and set one up in like 5 minutes and then used URL forwarding for the domain name. Not the most SEO method, but then again… if that was my goal, I would NEVER use a Godaddy blog in the first place.
Am I missing something? Are Godaddy blogs the next big thing is search engine friendliness and ease of use? Or are they just cheap and readily available?