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4 Reasons to have a self-hosted Blog
Blogging is a fascinating thing to do for most people who tend to hang out online. Thousands of blogs are started everyday. Some with passion, motivation and a serious goal, some for fun, and some don’t even know why they started a blog. Well it’s all mixed up I say.
But the “blogosphere” is gaining strength and quality everyday. Serious bloggers who work with a passion do succeed in their career. When I say “serious” there are certain things that identify a blogger to be serious. One of it is launching a self-hosted blog.
Don’t get me wrong; I am not saying that all those bloggers who are blogging on free platforms are not serious bloggers. But it is highly important that you launch a self-hosted blog if you are serious and committed towards blogging. And, of course you can do this when your pocket permits it.
I will give you 4 reasons that tell you why you should have a self hosted blog.
1. Building brand & Credibility
Blogs hosted on free platforms like Blogger or WordPress are fine for blogging, it you are blogging for fun. If you are blogging for business, you certainly need a self-hosted blog; there are no ifs and buts about this.
First of all, whether you like it or not, blogs with domain names like “yourname.blogspot.com” or “yourname.wordpress.com” are not recognized as serious blogs in the blogosphere. I am not being offensive, but that is how things are.
Second, if there is no recognition, branding your blog becomes almost impossible. I need not say much.
So you may ask: what if I use a free platform and just buy a domain name. That is fine, but continue reading.
2. Flexibility and control over content
It is your blog; you must frame its rules. You decide what comes in and what goes out. Not someone else! With a blog started on free domain (platform), it is indeed someone else who decides what comes in and goes out of your blog. You have no complete control on the HTML, the scripts, widgets and indeed with anything.
You are given very limited flexibility and you can do nothing much with that! Of course you have enough if you blog for fun or as a hobby, but if you are serious about making blog for business, I would strongly suggest that you choose a self hosted blog for total control.
3. Commitment as a Blogger
Self-hosted blogs cost money. It is not a whooping amount, but is still a substantial amount of money. So when you start out as a newbie with literally no money in your pocket, it is hard for you to even think about paying as low as $3 per month for hosting. But if you do so, it shows your commitment towards your blog.
It shows that you are serious about your blog and have invested on it. It shows that you will not simply hang around the blogosphere and waste everyone’s time. It shows that you will be accountable since you are paying for it.
4. Security and backup of your Blog content.
I say it always because I have had it. A self-hosted blog is not deleted all of a sudden by someone. Once my blog on Blogger was deleted on a Sunday morning. I still can’t find the reason for it. Even though you do regular backup of your blog, will it be pleasant to have your blog deleted by someone and give no explanation?
So I have said it all. You just need to go for a good hosting. Josh is offering lots of discount coupons on hosting here and I strongly suggest you make use of them. Be your master and be a professional blogger.