Hey guys! Today’s post is why I started my blog self-hosted! There’s so many different platforms and websites that are available to start your blog and it can be really overwhelming at first. One of the biggest decisions to make when you choose to start a blog is whether or not to be self-hosted. A lot of people switch to self-hosted when their blog grows and they want to start making profit. However, I chose to be self-hosted when I first created my blog. I did a lot of research and I figured this was the best decision I could make. Even though you start off in debt, I think it was worth it.
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1. Free Range
One of the most important things I think, about a blog is that it’s personalized and it’s all about you and you can express yourself through your blog. I didn’t want to be limited on what theme I could use or what my blog in general could look like, so I chose to have complete control over what it looked like. Obviously, there is a theme, but I could choose anything I wanted in my theme.
Although I don’t have ads on my website, when you’re not self-hosted you can’t put your own ads on your website. If you have wordpress.com, they actually put their own ads on your website and you can’t get rid of them unless you pay. On a self-hosted website, you can put any ads you want and you don’t have any you don’t want.
3. Not Having To Ever ‘Switch’
Switching from wordpress.com to wordpress.org doesn’t sound like much fun. Although I’ve never done it and I don’t know how easy or hard it is, it seems simpler to just always stay on one site. I wanted to not have to worry about transferring my contents of my blog to something else and then worry about something going wrong and losing everything.
4. Affiliate Marketing
Many bloggers earn a full-time income from affiliate marketing and some sites don’t allow affiliate links. I really like affiliate links because it is ‘passive income’ and you can earn money just promoting something you love. This was something I was looking forward to when starting my blog, and if I had started with wordpress.com, I wouldn’t have been able to start making an income.
5. More Professional
Having ads and .wordpress.com in your domain name is not as professional as having your own domain. Companies would like more professional looking blogs to work with and they may not take you seriously when you are using a free hosting website. More people are more likely to stay on your website or subscribe when your blog is nicer looking as well.
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