I’ve been on the hunt for another blogger willing to help out on one of my more popular blogs and the volume of responses amazed me. I was expecting one or two at most, but by the end of the day, I had about fifty emails swamping my inbox and that was just Day 1. I was searching for a blogger and everyone who applied wanted to demonstrate some sort of blogging knowledge. This usually involved a link to an xxxx.blogger.com account. Now, before I start I want to make it clear that Blogger is a perfectly acceptable place to host your blog. It’s easy to use, you don’t need any prior knowledge of hosting, and best of all, it’s free! My main concern is the domain name.
Frankly, it’s unprofessional.
Blogging could be the most important thing in the world to you, but if you hide behind a blogger.com domain name, you come off as inexperienced, lazy, and too stubborn to try new things. Is that the reputation you want to cast? Granted, there are people who blog just for fun and to keep in touch with friends and family, but even then you should consider purchasing a domain. Do you know how impressive you could sound when telling people you know that you own a domain? If your family is as technologically-challenged as mine is, they will be struck with awe at the level of ingeniousness you possess.
Too costly? Too confusing? Too many excuses?
Let’s face facts. You can own a domain for as low as $6.95 per year. That comes out to a little less than TWO CENTS per day to own a domain. I know that money can be tight for a lot of individuals, but if you’re trying to make money online and can’t afford $6.95 per year, it’s time to accept that maybe you should look into getting a real job.
If you are hiding behind the excuse that setting up a domain is too challenging and you don’t have a technical background, crawl out from under your rock. There are help sections for a reason. You can own FranksFishingBlog.com and have that redirect to franksfishingblog.blogger.com. It’s very easy and support will be there to help you every step of the way. Plus, you could get someone to do all of the work for you with the correct amount of eye-batting and tasteful flirting. How do you think I got my start in this business?
Godaddy or go home.
My domain registrar of choice is www.GoDaddy.com with the exception of their attempts at upselling a lot of stuff you don’t need. There are plenty of coupon codes out there that will drop the cost of a domain to $6.95 per year. Odds are that you already have a clever and unique blogger name. Now it’s time to take that name and transform it into an actual domain name. Stop stalling! Register it today before it’s too late and someone snatches it before you do.
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Just to be clear, I’m not intending to attack anyone here. If you took this personally, GOOD. Hopefully you will see where I’m coming from and actually register that domain name. Click here to follow my domain ordering guide.