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Free hosted blogs vs Self-Hosted Blogs


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Learn the difference between free hosted blogs and self-hosted blogs.

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Free hosted blogs vs Self-Hosted Blogs

  1. 1. Free Hosted Blog vs. Self-Hosted Blog – BeCareful Which One You ChooseAuthor: Ben – 21 Comments What’s the difference between having a freehosted blog such as and a self-hosted blog?There are dozens of places online where you can get a blog for free on the internet. The mainproblem with these blogging websites is that you have absolutely no control over them. Iunderstand that a lot of people starting out in blogging / internet marketing may not have muchmoney to invest in the initial stages, however starting your online business with a free hostedwebsite is a huge mistake!First of all, when your blog is hosted on a freebie web host, a lot of people don’t take youseriously and may not trust you very much. With all the scamming going on today in the internet,it’s no surprise that people have their guard up more than ever. The vast majority of peoplewouldn’t even consider buying a product or service from a free hosted blog that isn’tprofessional looking. Sure, it may be nice to set up a free site for friends and family members toshare pictures or something, but when it comes to dealing with customers, the trust issue isdefinitely important. You have to make a good first impression if you want to gain your visitors’trust!Not only is trust a factor, there is also the fact that you have no control what so ever regardingwhat happens with your blog and/or its content. Since you don’t own the server that your blog ishosted on, there is always the possibility that it could be deleted without any explanation at all.
  2. 2. There is really no way to back up your full blog with free web hosts either. If something happenswhere all your content is deleted, there’s a good chance you’ll never get it back!There is also the credibility issue. If you want to have a good online presence, using a freeblogging service is not a good place to start. I don’t know about you, but if I saw someone’swebsite on a free hosted blog site such as and they were sayingthey are an expert in that niche, I would DEFINITELY think twice before I purchasedanything. Now if they had their blog hosted on their own domain such or something similar, and used a nice custom WordPress theme, I’dbe MUCH more likely to listen to what they have to say.A domain name costs less than $10 per year, and you can get a good shared hosting account foronly $7 to $10 per month. So why wouldn’t an “expert” have their own website? Seems sketchyto me, and it usually is. People take notice to these sorts of things. You must take your onlinebusiness seriously, and branding yourself like this is not a good way to get started. When lookingfor a paid webhost, it’s best to find one that offers unlimited add-on domains. This way you canhost as many new blogs as you want, on the same hosting account at no extra charge. The onlyexception is the price of the domain name itself. It simply makes sense to go with paid hostingservices if you are even the slightest bit serious about your online business.The best Hosting Service that allows unlimited add-on domains is Host Gator . Many bloggersuse Host Gator as their main webhost. This is the one that we recommend 100%.For domain names, we only use Name Cheap now because of their great customer service, lowprices, and FREE whois guard service for each domain you register.So, if your blog’s goal is to promote your products, services, or overall business, you shoulddefinitely go with your own brandable domain name along with a paid hosting account. If youjust want to blog for fun, and aren’t worried about building your business, or making moneyblogging, then a free hosted blog might be okay.What are your thoughts on this? I’d love to hear them below in the comments section…