If you want to have complete control over your blog design/content… you NEED a domain
If you want no limits on ads you would like to place on your blog… you NEED a domain
If you want to be able to optimize your Search Engine rankings… you NEED a domain
If you want to be a “brand” then you DEFINITELY need a domain.
I’ll say this. I typically don’t take anything seriously unless it has a website with their own domain name. For example, I’m searching for landscaping companies locally. If they didn’t take the time to register their own domain name, I won’t even consider them (and lately if they don’t have a Twitter account or Facebook page, I don’t take them seriously either) You know that eventually if your blog gets really big, you are going to end up with your own domain. You see it with Cake Wrecks (who still uses blogger, but has registered her own domain name to redirect to that page). The reason she probably still uses blogger is that she got big while she was on blogger, everyone that links to her would have to change their links and she will lose all of her subscribers (although she would probably gain them back in a heartbeat because she rules). If you want a blog and you want to evenutally make money with your blog, you will need your own domain. Name a big name blogger that does not have their own domain? It does not exsist. So cut out the pain of switching over to a domain AFTER you get big, and switch now, before it happens. Blogger, WordPress.com, etc are fine for people who just have a personal blog to keep their family updated on their life. If your blog is your business, and you want to grow your brand and your followers, then you need your own domain.
Whenever I come up with a new idea, I rush out and get the domain name before I do anything else. Usually most of the time the name I come up with for my new idea is based on which domain names are available. I even have an app on my phone so I can check out available domain names on the fly.
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I am a mom who can fix your blog, your computer, or your server. I have been in the IT industry supporting small businesses for over 15 years. As a diehard PC and Android user, I can usually be found sparring with Apple fanboys, or watching movies with my family.