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Blog Hosting Errors: 5 Killer Faux Pas Bloggers Don’t Know They’re Making

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You’ve probably seen those sites that offer to teach you to build a website and hosting is included in the fee. Or maybe you’re seen those blogs for sale at Flippa where the buyer offers one year of free hosting if you use the Buy It Now price. Don’t do it. You’re making a big mistake. Nothing in life is free.

1. They Use Free Hosting

Free Hosting” doesn’t really exist. Yeah, you can build a blog at Blogger or WordPress and you won’t have to pay for hosting, but you also sacrifice a lot of flexibility. Your bandwidth will be limited, which means if one of your posts goes viral your blog might crash. You’ll be strictly limited in what you can blog about, how your blog about it, and even how you can monetize your blog.

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The same thing happens when you use those “build it here” websites that offer free hosting. In some cases, once you start your blog on those sites you’re not allowed to move it to your own hosting account later. They essentially own your blog.

If you’re planning to build a long-term blogging business, set it up on your own hosting account so you can build it the way you want.

2. They Use A Host Without Live Support

I use Host Gator and I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve used their live customer support, sometimes in the middle of the night. When something goes wrong with your blog or you just have questions about capabilities, you don’t want to wait 24 hours for a response, you want it now.

3. They Don’t Understand “Unlimited Domains”

In some cases, the promise of “unlimited domains” comes with limitations. Yes, you can add an unlimited number of domains, but you’re still limited in bandwidth and other server capabilities. If you’ll be building several blogs, check the fine print.

4. They Put All Their Sites On One Account

If you’re planning to build blogs for the purpose of flipping, it’s much easier to transfer a blog if it has it’s own hosting account. You just transfer the hosting account along with the blog, instead of downloading databases and reinstalling on another host. It’s also wise to keep your business blogs separate from personal blogs and experimental blogs. It just keeps everything better organized from a business perspective.

5. They Don’t Delete Anything

Deleting old files and databases helps your blog’s load time, which improves your SEO. Old files and old domains also leave you more open to hackers who may be able to weasel their way into your entire hosting account and bring down your blog or load it up with malware.

Web hosting is cheap. Depending on your package you can get if for around $10 a month. Don’t buy a website because “hosting is free for the first year.” Don’t build a website because “hosting is included.” There’s no such thing as a free lunch, even when it’s posing as web hosting. Don’t risk everything you’re working for because you’re trying to save a few bucks a month.

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2 Comments

  1. Ryan Biddulph

    You get what you pay for Steven, LOL! In life, in your pocket book. If you use free hosting, it is free for a reason. If you use paid hosting, it is paid for a reason.

    One note; you can make a ton of dough with a free account and make nothing with a paid account lol….this one is a tough idea for people to grasp.

    The PERSON behind the blog and their network of friends counts the most; but of course, think strongly about going the paid route to have more storage, professional, timely service and to sleep with more peace of mind.

    Thanks for sharing dude!

    Ryan

    1. Thanks for stopping by Ryan.

      It’s a lot harder to make money with free hosting because you will have a hard time building trust.