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If you’re a blogger (or are thinking about becoming one), you should have a basic understanding of two more technical terms related to your blog. In this post, you’ll learn about Web Hosting and Domain Names for New Bloggers. This will be short and sweet. You can access the links below for resources where you can go into more detail.

Web Hosting Domain Name Tips for New Bloggers

Web Hosting

In simple terms, hosting will put your blog on the internet so people can access it.

3 key things to consider when choosing web hosting for a new blog:

  • Reliability: You want to choose a reliable hosting company. When they run into technical difficulties, your site could be down for long periods of time, which is not ideal.
  • Price: You often get what you pay for. Since you’re just starting, you don’t need premium hosting just yet. Unless you’re super-Type-A and can afford to splurge. In general, there are affordable options that are solid.
  • Support: I’ve had to reach out to customer support many times over the years. It is so frustrating to run into an issue and email someone, only to have to wait for hours (or days!) before receiving a response. Or worse, being forced to read through pre-written support articles with no way to contact someone. My favorite hosting companies offer live chat support. Check to see if live chat is available 24/7.

Click here to learn about which hosting companies I recommend for new bloggers on my How to Start a Blog in 3 Steps page – (currently being drafted).

Domain Name

Your domain name is your URL (Uniform Resource Locator). Mine is http://dianastarts.com.

3 key things to consider when choosing your domain name:

  • Extension: This is the last part of your domain name, typically “.com”. I recommend getting your blog name with a .com at the end. Example: Diana + Starts + .com = dianastarts.com. There are plenty of other extensions available (.net, .org, .co, etc.). Personally, I’ve actually changed my blog/site name when the .com wasn’t available. This was partially to avoid potential legal issues but also because your site is more likely to make it to the top Google search results page if your domain is unique. Also, I prefer consistency.
  • Memorable: Will people be able to easily visit your site from memory? Google search makes this less necessary if they can remember your name. But, it’s a plus if they can type it right in with no challenge.
  • Match to Content/Name: Does your URL match your blog name and/or content? This isn’t required, but I think it’s helpful. If your SEO is good, this is less necessary because Google can find your site if they remember your blog name or other key terms that may pull your blog up. As you can probably guess, I like when the domain name and blog name match (without using hyphens, etc).

There’s no right or wrong with domains (outside of maybe legal issues). It really comes down to your preference.

More Diana Starts Posts for New Bloggers

How to Start a Blog in 3 Steps – coming soon!

Is It Too Late to Start a Blog?

More Resources

Is your IP Address the same as your Domain Name?


What are your top considerations for web hosting and domains for new bloggers?

Thanks for reading!


Is It Too Late to Start a Blog?

Since so many of my friends, family, and blog readers ask me for tips about starting a blog, I’m working on some new posts to help you guys out. Not just posts. I’m working on an e-book too! As part of the prep for this upcoming content, I’ve been talking to some of you to get your specific questions about starting a blog. One I hear all the time is: Is it too late to start a blog?

While I don’t think anyone definitively knows the answer to this question, I’m happy to share my opinion. Over the last ten years that I’ve been blogging, I’ve had many points in time when I thought it was too late to start a blog.

Is It Too Late to Start a Blog? | Blogging Tips at dianastarts.com

Blogging in 2006

When I started blogging in 2006, blogging itself was relatively new. While the term “weblog” was coined in 1997, blogs didn’t really take off until the 2000s. While blogging was nowhere in scale of where it is today, many bloggers were pretty well established, even back then. I often wondered if I had started too late to make an impact. Hindsight is 20/20. In a way, I was a bit of an OG blogger. I had no idea how early I had actually started in the grand scheme of things. I wish I hadn’t let the concern of being too late stop me from pursuing blogging with more confidence.

Blogging over the Last 10 Years

It seems like every time I think it’s too late to start a blog, someone does. And while starting something doesn’t say everything, many bloggers who have started after me have become insanely popular. I’m thankful to call many friends, and it’s really inspiring to see how successful they’ve become.

Blogging in 2016

Ten years later, I still don’t think it’s too late to start a blog. If I did, I wouldn’t be revamping this one. I wouldn’t have another blog on the back burner. Seriously, I have the domain purchased and everything.

With Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Quora, LinkedIn, and more, there are many ways to have an online presence. But, it’s important to have a site to tie it all together.

Is It Too Late to Start a Blog?

My answer – no. Go for it!

Though I will say, the days of starting any old randomness are over. It’s more important than ever to come up with a strong approach for your blog AND to share your unique story. I’ll talk more about sharing your story in a future post, but your story and point of view are so important. They’re the only things setting you apart from everyone else talking about the same topic.

You never know who you can reach with a blog. How sharing your story can help someone else and make an impact. I’ve done things with my blog I never would have dreamed possible. Just the other night I went to a blogger dinner in NYC with blog friends I’d met at a conference in Chicago back in 2010. So cool!

How to Start a Blog Today

I’m going to talk more about how to start a blog in some upcoming posts. And as I mentioned, I’m working on an e-book. If you’re interested in starting a blog or know someone who is, I would be most grateful if you could send them my way. Either by sharing one of these posts with them or telling them to email me at diana at dianastarts dot com. I’m currently accepting questions, which I plan to answer in upcoming blog posts or via email reply, depending on the question.

I’ve collectively spent months and years of my life doing research on the best blog tools, platforms, and other resources. And I’ve learned quite a bit through trial and error over the last 10 years. Rather than hoarding all of these hard-earned secrets to myself, I want to share them with you. I’ve had lots of help through fellow bloggers, googled blog posts, various books, and other resources, and I have a lot to be thankful for. I’d like to share my tips to pay it forward and help others.

And I guess I don’t see the point in keeping all this great information to myself. Even if you wanted to blog about the exact same thing I am, I think there’s room for all of us to be successful.


So, are you a new blogger? Do you ask yourself, “Is It Too Late to Start a Blog?” What’s your biggest challenge with getting started?

Thanks for stopping by! Come back soon. I have a lot of great content that I’ll be sharing very soon. Woop!


So, I’m experimenting with OptinMonster paired with my MailChimp email newsletter list on my WordPress blog. I’m only a couple days in, but I did some quick troubleshooting on an After Post / In Line Optin that wasn’t displaying.

Quick Answer (TL;DR)

If you’re using the Sitewide Embed code, you need to specify where an After Post / In-Line Optin goes with an extra line of code.

Detailed Answer

My Setup

OptinMonster Setup

You only need to do three key things to add Optins to your site (after getting your account, of course):

  • Setup your email newsletter provider integration
  • Create Optin(s)
  • Embed Optin code to your site (see next section)

Note: I had both the Lightbox and the Mobile Optins setup and added to my site before I tried adding the After Post campaign.

How I Embedded OptinMonster

There are three options to embed the OptinMonster Campaign to your site:

  • Sitewide embed code *my choice*
  • Campaign-specific embed code
  • WordPress plugin

Sitewide Embed

I chose to use the sitewide embed code. I have an awesome theme that has a place in my WordPress admin panel where I can add this easily.

I’m not using the plugin because I’m currently working to reduce the number of plugins on my site. And sitewide seemed much easier than campaign-specific.

Description by OptinMonster on the sitewide embed:

One embed code for any campaign attached to the specified site. Any new campaigns assigned to the site will be loaded automatically.

Example: Let’s say you want to load 5 campaigns one your website. This option is perfect because you only need to insert one embed code one time, and then additional campaigns assigned to your site in the future will be loaded in automatically.

This made sense for the pop-up campaigns. But, I wondered how the addition of JavaScript would tell the site where to add the After Post / In-Line box. Turns out, it wouldn’t.

OptinMonster After Post Not Displaying

It seems obvious enough that you’d have to add additional code to tell the site *where* to add the After Post / In-Line Optin. But, I read the Sitewide Embed too literally. I mean, it said, “Any new campaigns assigned to the site will be loaded automatically.” Any? No, not After Post Campaigns.

OptinMonster After Post Not Displaying

Upon visiting the embed page for my After Post Optin and expanding the Sitewide Embed section, I noticed a little extra note:

Important: you also need to insert the following code where you would like your After Post / In-line campaign to load on your site.

Oh now you tell me! lol. I hadn’t bothered to look at this page since I thought  my campaigns were already good-to-go with Sitewide Embed. But, this makes sense. Plus, you get to control where the After Post / In-Line Optin displays, which is nice.

I copied the code below the note on my OptinMonster Embed tab and added it to an End of Post widget, which another nice feature of my theme. Woop!

Anywho, I didn’t see this in the OptinMonster Debug post, so I thought I’d throw a quick post up in case anyone else runs into this. Hope it’s helpful!


Check out OptinMonster’s Debug post for fixes on other Optin types

Here’s a detailed review and walkthrough of OptinMonster by WPCrafter.com (30 minute video) – Note: it was made in September 2014, so the UI is a little different, but I still found it helpful


Are you using OptinMonster? Which campaign is working best for you?

Thanks for reading!