OK, that’s not completely true as I do try to respond to every one of my commentators, of which some happen to have Blogger blogs. Other than that though I give those blogs a wide berth and if by some unfortunate accident I happen to land on one I’m out of there so fast I don’t even get the chance to read the title let alone the first few words of a post.

It’s not even that these blogs are bad, as quite a few of them are excellent, like April’s Cranial Soup or my Kiwi mates very informative The Kiwi Riverman Post.

What really pisses me off about them is their crappy comment form. Heck, I don’t even mind that they’re nofollow, but when I’ve taken the time to read their post I don’t want to be hassled by a ludicrous comment form that on many occasions, depending on how the blogger has set it up, won’t even allow me to enter my url, and on top of all that, they’ve even installed those BS Captcha thingamajigs, and we all know how much they are detested by the public.

Even though many bloggers, like Ching Ya, are making the switch to self hosted WordPress blogs a whole lot still persist with Blogger and I’ve often wondered why. I’m not going into all the advantages of hosting your own blog, as I’ve already touched on several points with my Why The Professionals Host Their Own Sites. There was however one very important point that I missed.

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Realizing A Blogs Dollar Value

Let’s think of our blog as a business for a moment. In any normal business, the owner would invest a lot of time and money in improving it, making it more profitable and in the long run, all going well, he hopes to realize a huge profit when he finally puts it on the market. The same can apply to a well run blog, and this has proven to be so as many bloggers have made a nice sum of money by selling their blog. I’m not sure if anyone has ever successfully sold a Blogger blog?

So the question as to why bloggers still persist with Blogger remains. I think  the fact that it’s free possibly has a lot to do with it. Many bloggers simply want an avenue to express themselves and Blogger is perfect for that. But what of all those “How To Make Money” Blogger blogs? Do they really think that anyone is going to take them seriously when they are using a free account? Shit, how much could they possibly be making when they can’t even afford to host their own blog?

I can only think of two possible reasons as to why they don’t make the move to a self hosted blog.

Too Expensive

Perhaps some of them believe it’s going to cost them an arm and a leg to own their own blog. Just to show them how wrong this line of thought is I think it best to list some hosting packages.

  • HostGator: A very popular host whose most popular plan is only $7.95 per month.
  • BlueHost: Offer professional hosting at only $6.95 per month and they are including one free domain which means no domain renewal fees which will save you a pretty penny.
  • HostMonster: This host is also offering a package that also includes a domain, and once again it’s only $6.95 per month.

That’s only 3 of hundreds of possible blog hosts, and as you can see they’re relatively cheap, and once your blog is established you will probably find that your adsense earnings more than cover your hosting costs.

Too Hard To Set Up

I think that perhaps the technical side of setting up a self hosted blog scares people off. It really shouldn’t, but if this is the only thing holding you back I have a possible solution. If you purchase a hosting package from one of the above links and run into trouble I will do my utmost to help you get it up and running. It’s always best to give it a try first as you will learn more from the effort, but if you get stuck just use the contact form to get in touch with me.

Man, it seems that I wasn’t the first one to write about his dislike for Blogger. It seems my old mate Mitch beat me to it, again LOL

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