Should you get a domain name for your blog or should you just stick with what you have? Most blogs come with blogspot.com or wordpress.com at the end. Why change that?
The most common answer I have for that is, get it before someone else does. Whenever a blog increases in traffic and popularity, the domain name could be equally as popular. Random generators and businesses will purchases a domain name if they feel it could benefit them, such as, being offered money to sell it.
When I first started out in the blogging world and started my own ventures, I remember someone once telling me.. “purchase the domain for that!” and now I understand why that is one of the first things I wanted to do. Just remember, if you don’t purchase it.. someone else will.
Imagine having a blog that is pretty popular.. and not purchasing a domain name for it. Later on you decide “hmmm… I need the domain name. It would be easier for people to remember” so you go to purchase it, and surprise! It’s already gone. You go to the website and see it’s a bunch of search engine results. Yep! It was snagged it before you got it.
Don’t let this happen. There are a few options for purchasing a domain name.
Purchasing a domain name through name.com is 5.99 a year and can be linked to your blog. If you have a blogspot blog, linking your domain to it is free. However, if you have a wordpress.com blog, they charge $10 a year.
If you decide to upgrade to the wordpress platform but want to host it yourself so you can have ads, and other 3rd party scripts, I’d suggest reading my hosting page and who I refer.