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Ask Roni: Domain Names

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Do you think it is better to have your own Domain Name for your blog, rather than using something like Blogger? What are the benefits and drawbacks?
Lyn
http://escapefromobesity.blogspot.com/

Lyn,

First, I have to tell ya. When I read your email I didn’t glance at the name. I thought it was a great question so I started to pull some research and examples to use in my response. As I sat down to write I realized I picked YOUR site as an example of a successful site that doesn’t have a domain name not realizing you asked the question! What does that tell ya? :)

In all seriousness, this is a great question. Personally I do think it’s better to have your own domain name if you have professional goals for your blog but I don’t think it’s a deal breaker either.

Benefits of a Personal Domain Name

Portability
If you decide to move your blog, upgrade, transfer or even get "bought out" (if that’s your goal) you have one less thing to worry about. With a simple edit to your domain account you can point your readers to your new home.
Professionalism
If your goal is to be a respected blogger and influencer in your niche then nothing beats having your own domain name. What would you rather have on your business card YourName.com or YourName.Blogspot.com?
Independence
One thing I learned about blogging is you can never predict the future. I started with a static site, moved to self-hosted WordPress, lost my data, moved the Blogger then back to WordPress. The whole time using the same domain name (until I decided to change it anyway.) Not being tied to your blogging platform is invaluable.

Drawbacks of Personal Domain Name

Added Expense
New bloggers genuinely don’t have start up equity. Let’s face it some of the appeal of blogging is you can do it totally free. Buying a domain name does add an expense, albeit small.
Another Technical Thing to Learn/Manage
Blogging can be a bit overwhelming for those with no technical background. Now you have a Domain to manage, another account to create, more terminology to learn and more anxiety to be had. :) In reality it’s not that difficult but it does a add a level of confusion for those that haven’t done it.

Being a web geek I’ve been buying domain names forever. I also started blogging on my own platform, so I really didn’t have a choice but to do so. When I moved to a special blog for my Weight Loss journey I immediately went with a self-hosted solution, so again, I didn’t really have a choice. Plus I liked the idea of having an identity even though at the time I didn’t have any professional blogging aspirations.

I think it’s important to note that people blog for different reasons. I’ve created a community for those that want to blog in a social environment to help reach goals. In that situation a personalized domain name may be overkill. Others may want an independent identity for different reasons. It’s really a personal decision.

As with anything there are pro/cons on each side but I think it’s important to note that either way you can take the blog as far as you want to, personal domain name or not. Just look at Kalyn or Seth. I consider both these bloggers very successful and neither uses a personal domain name.

Want to read more on the subject? Check out Why should I buy a Domain Name? and Choosing the Domain Name for your Blog.

What are your thoughts? Do you have a personal Domain Name? Do you want one? Do you care? :)



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Discussion

There are 6 comments so far.

    Lyn

    February 2, 2009

    Thank you Roni! I really appreciate all your insight. It’s given me a lot to think about. I’m glad you picked my blog as a “successful” one… that makes me smile :)

    I didn’t even realise that Kalyn was still on blogspot. Good example! We’ll see which direction this takes me.

    Kalyn

    February 3, 2009

    Hey, very fun seeing this on my referring sites and then coming here to find my blog mentioned as a success! Thanks! I admit, if I’d had the slightest idea what I was doing when I started Kalyn’s Kitchen I probably would have started with my own domain, but once I figured it out I had so many links I couldn’t imagine switching and losing all the page rank! I did buy kalynskitchen.com a few years ago though, which I think helps people find it even if they forget the blogspot. Great post on a complicated subject.

    Biz

    February 3, 2009

    Yea! If it weren’t for you Roni, I still wouldn’t know how to link! Great idea!!

    roni

    February 3, 2009

    Lyn – “We’ll see which direction this takes me.” That’s all I ever do! :)

    roni

    February 3, 2009

    Thanks Kalyn, and that’s a good point. You can always get a domain name later and do a forward like you are. It’s a great way to “get more professional” later if that’s where it takes you.

    Netfleet

    August 4, 2009

    Thanks for the info – don’t forget to post about the Australian domain name industry – it’s really starting to take off… Thanks again