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Benefit to own domain name?
« on: May 27, 2016 @ 06:34 PM »
So, I was wondering what the true benefit having your own domain name is as opposed to a WordPress hosted name?  Currently, I have a Wordpress hosted site, but I am curious as to whether or not it actually does anything to generate traffic and how it is beneficial to a blogger whose ultimate goal is to make a career in freelance writing?  TIA :)


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Re: Benefit to own domain name?
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2016 @ 05:35 PM »
These are the reasons why:

-they can change your theme without permission

-they sell ads on your site that you get nothing for

-they can delete your site at any time

-no custom themes

-no plugins

-you cant sell ads on your site unless you hit 25,000 views a month

let me know if you have other questions.
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Re: Benefit to own domain name?
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2016 @ 03:34 PM »
There are so many benefits to owning your own domain name. You have a lot more customization options and you can sell ads and make more money with a self hosted site. Having a wordpress hosted site does not help you gain traffic because people still have to know about your blog to find you or you have to be found via Google or whatever search engine they are using. If you want to take advantage of being able to be found via wordpress, you can install jetpack on your self hosted site as long as you still use the wordpress platform, and have wordpress only followers.

There are some disadvantages as well. You have to do your own maintaining of the site. This means you have to worry about the security of your site to a point, if your site is down you have to fix it or have your hosting service help you fix it. There is also a cost involved.

You really have to figure out what works for you. If you just want a way to share your work with others, then a free site through wordpress would work, but you mentioned you wanted to make a career out of it, so I think a self hosted site would be the best option for you, or at least change to a self hosted site sometime in the future (though this can be a long process and is often easier to just start with a self hosted site).

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Re: Benefit to own domain name?
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2016 @ 10:26 PM »
You really have to figure out what works for you. If you just want a way to share your work with others, then a free site through wordpress would work, but you mentioned you wanted to make a career out of it, so I think a self hosted site would be the best option for you, or at least change to a self hosted site sometime in the future (though this can be a long process and is often easier to just start with a self hosted site).

Again, nicely put.

It just makes sense to want your digital home to be all yours.

You don't want a land lord. And it's not truly free.

you're building time consuming Epic content on somebody else's piece of land.

if you need help with the process let us know.
 

 


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