A friend who is also a food blogger asked me if she should also go dot com. Currently, she is hosted on Blogger and she heard that getting advertisers to place ads on Blogger’s blog has a slight disadvantage over own hosting. Of course, nowadays, most advertisers prefer own hosted blogs because they are more permanent than free provider. For example, a few WordPress.com users found their blog accounts suspended and eventually shut down because of some misunderstandings over the terms of service.
For example, you cannot monetize your site if you are using WordPress.com. So, don’t try to beat the system because eventually they will find out. From an online forum I participate, it has happened to a lot of people.
So, if you are serious about blogging and wish to continue doing so, then the best thing to do is to get your own hosting. Many people asked me for recommendation but I dare not commit eventhough I have two webhosts right now. One provides me the webmaster service as I am not good in dealing with the ground works of setting up a new site and the other one is cheaper but without any service. I am using both because I do not want my server to crash, leaving me blog-less.
If you wish to know more about what are the things you need to be aware of before you host your own blog, do read up webhosting articles which are available online. Find out what’s the cost and what are some of the terms you need to know like ftp, bandwith, diskspace and etc. Of course, the first thing you need to do is to think of nice name for your domain.
So, I hope this little post helps in your decision in going dot com.