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5 Reasons Why You Should Move to a Self-Hosted WordPress Blog

In my opinion, free blogs, such as Blogger or WordPress.com are GREAT places to start your blog. It’s super user-friendly and you can get up and running quickly without any financial costs.

However, a self-hosted WordPress blog offers some significant advantages for a blog owner, especially as your blog grows. Eventually there comes a time when you should think about Ã…”graduating  to a self-hosted WordPress blog (the one where you need to purchase your domain and hosting).

Below is a list of five reasons why a move from Blogger or WordPress.com to WordPress is a smart move:

1) Self-Hosted WordPress is widely perceived as more professional than Blogger.

Since everyone knows that Blogger and WordPress.com are for Ã…”free blogging  companies or clients often see a Blogger blog as less serious or committed. A self-hosted WordPress blog demonstrates a higher level of investment, which is often interpreted as commitment or legitimacy.

2) WordPress allows functionality that free blogs do not.

With free blogs you are using free hosting. Since they are offering you a free service, there are a lot of constraints around what can and cannot be done on their servers. In the case of WordPress.com, their updated terms of service (TOS) even prevents you from running third-party ads, or sponsored posts. On a self-hosted WordPress blog those constraints are lifted. You could set up a store-front, configure a landing page, create a social network, or run a forum all from your very own WordPress installation.

3) On self-hosted WordPress YOU own your site.

Every week I am contacted by bloggers whose blogs have been marked as SPAM by Google’s robots. Sometimes they get their blog back in a few hours. However, one blogger lost her blog for four weeks (shudder)! Even more frustrating is that when Google flags your blog, there is no person to contact and no easy recourse. You just fill out a form and wait for a reply. If you are blogging on a self-hosted WordPress blog this could not happen ” you own your content on a server that you control. If there is a problem, you simply contact your hosting company to address it.

4) You can optimize your blog for the search engines (SEO).

If you are serious about having your blog rank high with search engines, you should strongly consider a self-hosted WordPress blog. With a self-hosted blog you can actively manage the SEO value of posts, pages and images, and you can install sitemap plugins to help Google read your content. This can translate to higher search results and more traffic (visitors to your site).

5) The support from the WordPress community is fast and vibrant.

If you have every tried to get a question answered on either the Blogger or WordPress.com forums you know how painful it is to get help. Queries will go unanswered for weeks, months, years? My experience has been the exact opposite with WordPress. Since many professional web designers use WordPress for their clients, the information available is incredibly rich and useful. There is honestly no comparison.

Deciding on a free blog or a self-hosted WordPress blog?

In light of this information, it might be helpful to consider a few questions to help you reach a decision about whether to move to from a free blog to a self-hosted WordPress blog:

  • Is your blog more than a hobby?
  • Does your blog generate income?
  • Do you aspire to have your blog earn money through a membership community, selling a product, or working with affiliates?
  • Are you hoping that your blog will grow larger and impact a broader audience?
  • Have you been feeling nervous that your free host might shut down your blog?

If you answered NO to these questions? Then it probably means that a free blog host is the right fit for your blog and you should stay with Blogger or WordPress.com. It might still be the best solution to meet your blogging needs.

If you answered YES to any of these questions, then moving from a free blog to WordPress {self-hosted} should be a strong consideration. Fortunately, I can help you through the entire process from choosing a hosting company, importing your content, and redirecting your domain name.

Interested? Request a quote today!

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  • 409841665706154
    November 13, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Thank you for this nice overview of the benefits of a self hosted blog! Would you recommend a minimum amount of viewership (daily or weekly site views) before moving to a self hosted blog? We are new, and still small, but I would love to be able to format recipes for SEO!

  • 409841665706154
    November 13, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Thank you for this nice overview of the benefits of a self hosted blog! Would you recommend a minimum amount of viewership (daily or weekly site views) before moving to a self hosted blog? We are new, and still small, but I would love to be able to format recipes for SEO!

  • 666074465
    November 14, 2012 at 10:52 am

    so agree. I think I moved 30 days after I launched my blog…

  • 666074465
    November 14, 2012 at 10:52 am

    so agree. I think I moved 30 days after I launched my blog…

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    November 21, 2012 at 12:06 am

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  • 100003210700451
    November 26, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Ok, I hate to sound totally naive, but is a self hosted blog the same as me paying the annual fee on WordPress to have my own web address (without the wordpress.com on the end) or is self hosting something above and beyond that? Right now I am at http://www.LiveRunGrow.com.

  • 100003210700451
    November 26, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Ok, I hate to sound totally naive, but is a self hosted blog the same as me paying the annual fee on WordPress to have my own web address (without the wordpress.com on the end) or is self hosting something above and beyond that? Right now I am at http://www.LiveRunGrow.com.

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