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Get Your Own Domain and WordPress for Your Blog

This is my entry for the blogging mistakes group writing project at Daily Blog Tips.

When I started blogging (almost a year ago!), I registered for a free account over at WordPress.com. This was a mistake.

If you’re really serious about having a quality, respectable blog, don’t hesitate to get your own domain. Install WordPress on it, and you’ll be ready to go.

Free hosts are great for the casual blogger, but they’re not right for companies or individuals wanting to distinguish themselves. The primary reason is control. If you own your domain and pay for hosting, you control your blog. You decide what you can and can’t do.

As you can tell, I’m no longer writing at WordPress.com. That’s because I migrated my blog to its own domain and host last summer. It was a pain in the neck to do. And I’m sure I lost some referral traffic in the process.

This is why you should start out on a custom domain and host from the get go. Save yourself the trouble in the future. Don’t make the same mistake I did.

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69 Responses to “Get Your Own Domain and WordPress for Your Blog”

  1. Andrew Flusche
    May 5th, 2007


    Thanks for stopping by to comment. I’m sorry you’ve had such a bad experience, but hopefully things are worked out now. Domains are definitely tricky to deal with.

    Take care,