How to find cheap web hosting plans for your first blog

If you decided to start your own blog you need the place where to store all files, right? Like your favorite Bank down the street where you store all our savings the hosting company has to be safe, reliable and has cheap web hosting plans.

Let’s start.

Most of you have heard about Bluehost offering to buy a hosting for just $3.95 per month with a FREE domain on top. Sounds good, isn’t it? One of the cheap web hosting plans you have ever seen, but let’s dig deeper into this promotion and find out what online marketers don’t want to tell you when promoting this offer.

No doubt that BlueHost is a great company but when it comes to managing your investments, especially in the beginning, you want to be sure you wouldn’t spend an extra dollar for what you don’t need.

bluehost

In the $3.95 per month plan, you will be able to store only ONE DOMAIN and use only 50GB of website space. That’s fine for the beginning but this price works only if you will buy 36 MONTH plan and it comes down to $142.20 in total!!! It’s a huge investment for the first time (but it’s worth it in a long run).

Moreover, if you want to have Domain Privacy Protection it will cost you $0.99 per month and it comes down to $35.64 for 36 months.

They also offer Site Backup Pro, Search Engine Jumpstart and SiteLock Security on top and all of that comes down to $286.92!!!

If you will follow the most links promoted by people around you will end up with $285.60 on the payment page. What??? Yes, that’s what Bluehost wants you to pay if you know nothing about web technology.

But you don’t need that as this is for complete rookies in online marketing, and you are not going to be one of them with my help. Let me help you to find cheap web hosting plans.

Of cause, you can select 12 months or 24-month plan but it will cost your more in a long run. Take a look at the table below.

Plan 12 month 24 month 36 month
Per month $5.95 $4.95 $3.95
Total $71.40 $118.80 $142.20

As we are talking about investments when you only start your blog there is always a chance to get a better price.

So you need the following:

  • Domain name
  • Hosting
  • Domain Privacy Protection (optional)

Hostgator is known for its discounts from 30 to 80% on hosting packages and they always have something to offer. For example, currently they offer 3 years for the price of 2, it comes down to $118.80 for 36 Month!!! How cool is that!

Bluehost 36 month $3.95 $142.20
Hostgator 36 month $3.30 $118.80

You just saved $23.40

To get this discount you need to know a little bit about online sales but it’s easy. When you landed on the payment page pretend that you are leaving by pointing your mouse to the “cross” symbol in the tab of your browser. The system will react immediately with a pop-up window like below.

hostgator

This works only if the company has something to offer, so next time when you will be buying something online, even at the online clothing store, use it to get more discount.

Good readers can ask me: “What about a domain name, Bluehost offers it for free!”. Yeah, yeah, I remember that, and I can give you a very nice trick.

Normal price for a domain name is between $10-15 depending on a provider but we have a GoDaddy which allows you to buy a .COM domain name for just $0.99 or even $0.81! If you know where to find a coupon.

Remember, you can use ONLY two, sometimes three, DIFFERENT coupons per one credit card linked to your account. And here I can give you another trick to cheat.

We all live in the bank’s world and your girlfriend, wife, mother, brother have credit cards. So if you need to buy more that 2-3 domains you can always ask them to register and enter their credit card details and return the cash right before the computer. But as it’s less than a dollar sure your mother or friend will be happy to support you.

Here is the list of GoDaddy coupons but you can always use a google search to find more.

$0.81 .COM

TDEFR99

$0.99 .COM

KRISTY149, CJC1COMUK, CJCGNC99, TE149COMCA, TDE99UK, FB149CAMR5, CJCTECH99, CJC149S1, CJC99COM2, CJC99COM, TDE1CUK, GPPT02K500, CJCRMN149C, CJC99R, CJCDEFDL99, SAS1COM, CJCRMN99U, CJC99ZCOM1, CJCRMNCA99

$1.49 .COM

GOFLUK04

$1.99 .COM

TE99COMINP

$2.25 .COM

CJCR699B

$2.95 .COM

GTNIVT10, GTNIGE09

Domain Privacy Protection is optional but it will help you to save your contact details protected if you are going to build an empire of niche websites and don’t want others to steal your niche that brings you a ton of money.

Usually, when you buy a domain name a Domain Privacy Protection comes as a compliment for the first year and this is exactly what Namecheap does. I recently purchased a domain name with a free DPP for just $10.87.

There is much more to add about finding cheap web hosting plans, especially about the speed which effects on SEO and traffic you will get but let’s save it for the next time.

Summarizing everything above I can say that you can go with Bluehost on 36-month plan but remember it allows to have only ONE DOMAIN but I sure during 3 years you will want to build more websites. In this case, you will be forced to buy another hosting package for them.

So before you jump into this think carefully how big is your project going to be. Do you want to build just a bunch of small niche sites or a big brand?

Good luck and let me know if you have any questions about cheap web hosting plans.

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