When I first started blogging, it was for fun. I liked sharing my thoughts and featuring items. I still do, but not too many months into it, I noticed people were actually getting paid to do what I was doing for free. Now, it wasn’t as if I wanted to turn blogging into a career but I thought it might be nice to earn a little through my hobby. However, this is easier said than done and there was something holding me back…my free blogging platform.
I noticed that many of the bloggers who had turned their blogs into a business had their own domains with paid hosting. At first I shrugged it off not taking it too seriously, until something terrible happened. I came onto my wordpress blog and it was gone! WordPress had accidentally deleted it and all my hard work was just gone. I did some research and learned that free blogs were vulnerable to this. I also noticed that I couldn’t do much with my wordpress blog in terms of design nor could I host ads and affiliate links. This was too restricting, especially if I wanted to start making money from my blog.
I decided to contact my friend Ben of Negative0 hosting to help me out. He’s been working with technology and web servers for 10 years and his expertise shows. I haven’t met anyone who knows half as much about computers and servers as he does. He helped me set up two great looking sites within a day and offers the best customer service! I’m not tech savvy so I need the patience and laid back attitude of someone like Ben who can help me along with my sites. He’s also affordable. I had actually tried a different company before his and it was an expensive nightmare. There was no one to talk to and my site didn’t look half as nice as my new one does.
Ben set up two sites for me. The first site was built from scratch, while the other was transferred from another blog. It was important that Ben be able to do this for me, because I loved the theme and content of that site and I didn’t want to start over. This is important to a lot of bloggers who have built great looking sites and simply want to move it over to a self hosted site without hassle. It was a complete breeze with Ben and he even added some nice features for me.
I still use my free wordpress blog to post things I find on the web, but if you’re serious about being a professional blogger that gets the recognition, opportunities and income of the big names, you need a self hosted site. I’m not knocking free wordpress sites, but there are a lot of restrictions that can hold you back. Fashion bloggers are passionate and hard working; it’s only fair that you have a site that shows people that. If you’re considering turning your blogging hobby into a business, consider a self hosted site.
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