This blog entry is about starting a blog the right way.
Here’s the deal..
There are plenty of services out there where you can start a blog for free, no upfront costs, no monthly fees. There are also services out there that actually charge you a monthly fee so you can blog on THEIR domain – and that one I REALLY don’t get. I mean, why would I give someone my money every month, AND give them all my content at the same time??
That’s like me saying: “Sure I’ll teach you how to play guitar, but let me pay YOU to learn from ME.”
At first you may think that this is a good way to start out in the blogging world, because admittedly it does sound attractive at first, right?
“.. well, it’s free and it sounds like a good way to get my feet wet and see if I like it..”
You have to understand that once you start out the WRONG way in blogging, the more you do it, it gets harder and harder to turn it around the right way. To put it simply, you need to stop blogging on someone else’s domain!
By “blogging on someone else’s domain” I mean if you have a blog that has a URL like these:
Doing it that way is essentially the same as YOU advertising in order to build someone else’s contact list. And we all know how I feel about that.
As an internet marketer, you NEED to have your own presence on the internet. You need to have your OWN blog on your OWN domain. There really is no other way around this, and it’s important.
Question: is this a hobby for you, or is this a business you want to build? That’s the difference.
If you are blogging on someone else’s domain, you’re really just setting yourself up for disaster..
What happens if they delete your posts? What happens if their domain gets slapped by Google and your traffic is gone? What happens if their servers get hacked? What happens if some other blogger on the same domain spams the server out of existence? Well.. too bad for you I guess. There goes all your hard work, there goes your content. It happens. Back to square one. How fun is that?
If you have your own domain, your own blog, YOU are in control of your online presence. YOU own your own content. YOU are in control of the “look” of your blog. YOU can easily move it to a different hosting company if need be. YOU can back up your blog in case of a disaster. And best of all, YOU look professional and attractive to your prospects.
If you host your domain and blog with GlobalNPN we will NEVER expect you to increase our domain’s popularity by blogging on our domains. Your domain is YOURS, and your blog is YOURS. The web hosting is simply a service that we provide to our members to help them build their own brand.
Seriously everyone, do it right the first time. This is one of those things that you will look back on in a year and say, “.. sure wish I’d done this right the first time around..”
That’s it for now, keep on blogging
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– Geoff Stephen