Starting a blog for the first time can be an overwhelming process full of questions. What do you blog about? How often should you post? Should you use a free site like Blogger or WordPress, or set up WordPress on your own domain?
The good news is that it can be whatever you want it to be about, and you can post as often as you’d like…although the more frequently you post, the more visitors you’ll attract.
But the debate between a using a free blog platform like Blogger or WordPress or a self hosted WordPress blog (paid by you) is not an easy decision for beginner bloggers. Let me help you decide:
Even being the frugal, free deal lovin’ gal that I am, without a doubt, I highly recommend you build your blog on your own, self hosted, domain. With the rise and fall of many big sites, you don’t want the Google gods to decide Blogger is a has-been, non profitable project and pull it like they did Google Reader a few weeks back.
There have also been horror stories of people whose accounts on YouTube have been cancelled, their hours and hours of videos deleted. And people on twitter who could tweet no more because Twitter deleted their account, many times by accident.
So having your own site on your own domain with your own hosting puts you in control and keeps your content secure. It also gives you unlimited options to customize your site and do things your way.
The only objection to starting a self hosted WordPress site is that it costs some money, but it’s less than you think. I did some digging on FatWallet this morning and pulled some deals for you! You can get domains for as low as .99 with 12% cash back and hosting half off with 7% cash back!
Cheap Domain Name and Hosting Deals:
You’ve got ideas to share with the world, that the world needs to hear! Take that leap of faith and start your blog already! I can’t wait to see what you write.
P.S. Deals come and go quickly, so don’t wait. Grab your domain and hosting below!
If you stumble on this post after these deals have expired you can see what new domain name and hosting deals are available here: