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Hosting Your Own Blog Shows You Are A Serious Blogger

I truly believe that if you want to show the world that you are a serious blogger then you should really host your own blog. Just think about it for a minute. If someone was going to advertise on a blog or ask someone to write a post for them who would be their first preference, a self hosted blogger or one that opted for the free blogging platforms such as myspace.com, typepad.com, xanga.com, blogspot.com, livejournal.com, wordpress.com, and vox.com. But it doesn’t all have to be about money, so let’s look at some other reasons why you should host your own blog.

  • Security: This is very important. Imagine spending months or even years developing your own blog only to have it yanked out from under you and being left with nothing. It has happened and I know because I lost two blogs in this way, one that was hosted on writingup.com and another on blogcharm. Even if you choose to blog with the big two, Blogger or LiveJournal.com you are not safe as they reserve the right to terminate your account and can do at any time.
  • Total Control: You do not have to worry about offending someone and possibly having your blog extinguished. You can write about whatever you want using whatever colorful language you choose. If you choose WordPress and your blogging platform you will be able to choose from thousands of templates that you can personalize by tweaking it to your hearts content.
  • Keeping All The Profits: A lot of the so called free blogging platforms will tell you that they will share their profits with you by letting you run your own google ads on them. So you do all the work and only keep part of the proceeds? Yeah, right! Hosting your own blog means you are your own boss and you get to keep all the revenue raised through your blogging efforts.
  • Annoying Comments: Those of you who blog on those free platforms have occasionally received annoying comments that you have no control over. They detract from your professionalism and really have no right to be present on your post. With your very own blog you can delete them with a click of a mouse. You could even ban their IP address.
  • Enjoying All The Features: There are so many things that you can add to tour very own blog that you will never have the opportunity to enjoy on those free blogging platforms, and you get to choose which ones they are. You may want to reward your readers for leaving a comment, be able to see a whole range of stats, increase your blogging revenue or even

Stone the flaming crows if this isn’t starting to sound like an ad for a hosting company, “And There IS More”. Seriously I could go on but I think that you may have caught onto what I am saying, that a serious blogger should consider hosting their own blogs.

I can almost see a lot of you shaking your heads and saying how it would cost you an arm and a leg when in reality the actual cost is a pittance, especially when you consider that you are investing in your own business, of sorts. Three of my blogs are hosted on LunarPages and the initial outlay was $6.95 per month which included a free domain name and you keep that domain for life. My other four blogs, including this one, are hosted with Host Smart, and Aussie company, and it only cost me $94.80 which is a measly $7.90 per month. Most people probably spend more than that on coffee a week.

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  1. I have added it! I’m surprised it isn’t showing up at all. Must be something to do with the theme?


  2. Twitter:
    First, congrats on the new blog; you just can’t sit still, can you? Second, one other thing about hosting your own blog is that you don’t have to worry about where someone might be going after they leave your page. With Blogger, they have that bar at the top that people can click on and go to a random page, and just imagine what they might see. :-)

    Of course, I also can’t wait until you add Comment Luv here!

  3. I R SERIOUS CAT!!!

    LOL When I think serious, I think serious cat.

    I agree with you though the only real downside besides the cost which can be very minimal is the responsibility for some people. You definitely don’t want to forget to auto-renew or manually renew your domain name or hosting.

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    1. :lol_ee: Now, that was funny. I wouldn’t mind being the kitty who was used as a boob warmer. Which reminds me that a couple of my domains are up for renewal in September, I had better not forget.

      Sires last blog post..Fridays Funnies #8 Boy Meets Girl Sex Romp

  4. Sire, I agree with what you said.

    In the past, I’ve lost several blogs on free sites because the powers that be didn’t like them, so now I’m taking the self-hosting WordPress approach.

    All the best,

    JD

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  5. Really John, it is the only way to go, and there is nothing like having control of what you are doing.

    Sires last blog post..Fridays Funnies #8 Boy Meets Girl Sex Romp

  6. I simply have to agree on this one. Any serious blogger who wants to build more credibility should, I should say, must move away from free hosting platform. That’s the least a blogger can do to tell the world how serious he is to blogging.

    Yan

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    1. I learned this very early on and have not looked back since. At one stage I was earning close to $600 per week doing paid posts which would have been impossible if I wasn’t self hosted.

      Sires last blog post..Beware Running Software From M&T Bank

  7. So the real question is how much are you making per month from your blogs? More than the 8 bucks for hosting? That’s more than most of us… :(

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  8. Way more than the 8 bucks, it’s why I have so many blogs. The beauty is that once you host your own blogs you can add more blogs, with separate domains and all on the one package. you just need to pay for the yearly fee for each domain and I think I am paying under $8 per year per domain. LunarPages actually gives you a free domain for life.

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  9. Micheal, I did do a post called Joining The Crazy Blogging For Money Train that outlines several sites that will pay bloggers for doing posts. Each company have different criteria for accepting blogs ranging age and subject matter. If you are really serious I suggest hosting your own blog as this will open up so many more avenues for blogging the money way.

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  10. I’m new to blogging, and am wondering how you get a blog that you can do paid posting?

  11. Yes. I don’t take blogs seriously if they are on blogspot, livejournal etc…. I think most people are the same. They will take more seriously if you run a nice looking blog on your own domain/website.

    1. Yep, I think this is true for many people because they’re not going to believe you are a success if you can’t even afford to host your own blog.

  12. I whole heartedly agree with you that a serious blogger should be running off their own website. Not only does it mean you can customize every last detail about the look of your site, it makes you look more professional. If you’re really serious about blogging, then you shouldn’t be put off by the small monthly cost for a domain name and hosting. I think the most important benefit is that you don’t look like a canned blog that was just put up to generate traffic to another blog.

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