Dec 11 2008
If your blog is set up on a subdomain like yourname.wordpress.com or yourname.blogspot.com, I’m sorry to tell you, but you don’t really own your blog.
At any time your blog could be deleted.
Google (who owns Blogger/Blogspot) deletes blogs all the time. It happened to a good friend of mine whose blog got massive traffic and delivered massive value. I read her blog daily and it had fantastic advice. She had thousands of loyal readers who looked to her blog for sound personal finance wisdom.
One day she logged in and found that her blog had disappeared.
Did you know that Google somehow deleted their OWN blog?
How would you feel if you had devoted hundreds of hours to publishing a blog over a year or two and found that it had simply disappeared off the internet?
The lesson here: Make sure YOU own your blog. Publish your blog to your OWN domain on your OWN website hosting.
I get all my domains from Internet Based Moms, but you can use GoDaddy or whatever else you like. For about $8 a year, there is no excuse not to own your own domain name. Plus, it’s far more attractive, easier to remember and professional than a subdomain (like yourname.blogspot.com).
Send a message that you are serious about your business and buy a domain name.
Once you buy your domain you will need some hosting so that you can host your blog. This is the only way to really own your blog and all the files contained within!
I use ReliableWebs.com – they have great prices and stellar customer service.
You can still use the software at Blogspot or WordPress (I love WordPress!), you just need to tweak the settings in your account so that your blog posts are published to your domain.
The Joy of Connecting blog is a great example!
If you need help setting any of this up or learning how to really leverage your blog for more sales, traffic and publicity, I offer coaching.
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