My first blog, DE Divah Deals.com was created in 2012, as a way to fill a void and it was just a hobby; I wasn’t serious so I started with a FREE hosting platform on Blogger.com which is owned by Google; I then moved it over to WordPress.com also a free platform.
Now if you know me and have heard me speak at various events then you know my favorite F word is FREE but with free comes limitations and that is what you will have with WordPress.com.
Initially, you may not be thinking about monetizing your blog but I think that you should invest in yourself right away because for less than $5 per month you can host your blog with a hosting company such as GoDaddy.com using the WordPress.org platform and there are many reasons why I suggest starting with WordPress.org and I’m going to list them for you today:
The hosting company i.e GoDaddy or BlueHost manages the servers are all the computers that store your blog files, pictures and posts. It keeps you connected to the Internet with security settings and updates. I have been with GoDaddy for years.
FREE vs Paid Hosting on WordPress
WordPress.com is free but with limitations; WordPress.org costs but it’s an investment starting as low as $40 a year and you can always start with the Basic Plan and increase it as you grow into a bigger blogging business.
WordPress.com you have to have the extension wordpress.com after your blog’s name, for example www.myblog.wordpress.com versus www.myblog.com
WordPress.com has limited customization where WordPress.org has full control with lots of customization plugins and apps that you can include larger images, videos and files.
Also on WordPress.com they place ads on your site which does not make you any money and it may not even be from a brand that you want and you should be able to control your own advertisement which is what you have when using the paid self hosting platform WordPress.org.
Compared to direct sales or even other work from home positions blogging is very inexpensive to start and for about $5 a month you can set up a professional self-hosted blog that can turn your passion into a profit. GoDaddy comes with a FREE Domain Name and the basic plan is $2.95/month with a Free SSL Certificate which gives you the https which is the secure protocol keeping your site secure. Always check for promo codes as well.
Signing up for a self-hosted blog with WordPress.org and a reliable Host like GoDaddy you will have complete control over your content and will be able to grow your blog into a successful business.
Listen to Episode #5 of Blog Your Way to a Business Profit to listen and learn more. Then head over to this week’s Traffic Jam Weekend Linky Party.
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!
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LINKY PARTY #232
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The bloggers bringing this fabulous party to you:
Our two guest co-hosts:
Antionette at DelBlogger
Evelyn chose English Traditions: May Day by Notes from the U.K. “Loved learning about the other traditions involving May Day.” Antionette chose 5 Super Food Smoothies to Get You Excited for Spring from Urban Naturale. “I love making Smoothies!” Tracy chose Blueberry Pie Bars from Cindy’s On-line Recipe Box. “Being safe at home my daughter and I are doing more cooking together. I am looking forward to making this recipe.” Michelle chose Why I’m Not Concerned About SEO from Dianne Jacob. “This post really resonated with me. I briefly tried monetizing my blog, and it negatively impacted my creativity.” Deja chose Stress Relief and Gift Ideas from Chas’ Crazy Creations. “I’ll be making a few of these stress relievers for myself!” Laurie chose Condensed Cream Soup Base from Marilyn’s Treats. “We have dietary restrictions in our house and canned creamed soups are hard to find for our needs. I will be making up some of these recipes in a jar dry mix with note cards to just add the wet ingredients when I need to use them. Thanks for the idea and great recipes.” Lisa chose No-Knead Rosemary Focaccia from America’s Test Kitchen by Farm Girl Cook’n. “My family loves bread. As this looks delicious and easy to make.” The post with the most views was THROUGH THE WINDOW SOAP COZY (OR SMALL GIFT BAG) – FREE CROCHET PATTERN from EyeLoveKnots. Thank you featured bloggers for sharing! Your posts will be pinned (slowly but surely) to the Traffic Jam Weekend Linky Party Pinterest board. Please grab a special Traffic Jam Weekend featured button below to display on your blog.
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