1 Huge Blogging Mistake
Imagine you want to open a business.
But you want to open a business for free.
You decide to sell vegetarian burgers.
But again, you do not want to spend money.
Naturally, you open up shop in your bedroom, at your parent’s house. Great. No rent.
Simply raid the fridge to get free veggie burgers for your budding business. No need to pay a dime when mommy and daddy are buying, right?
Advertising? Forget that. OK; you write “Veggie Burgerz Inside” on a piece of cardboard and paste the cardboard to a light post outside of your parent’s home.
After 4 weeks, nobody walks into your shop and buys a burger.
Of course not; who would look for a veggie burger inside the bedroom of a residential home?
The scenario I just explained sums up what it’s like to attempt to grow a blogging business through free hosting.
Who in their right mind looks for trusted advice on a free blogging platform?
If I want blogging tips, I looking for sites like Pro Blogger, Blogging Tips, or Blogging From Paradise, each with a rocking domain name, custom themes and stocked with helpful content, along with rich premium services and products.
I do not look for a site with the name freebloggingtips.blogspot.com because the free domain name instantly destroys your credibility. Toss in no premium theme, cheap looking ads and virtually no helpful content, and it’s like trying to sell veggie burgers out of the bedroom of your parent’s home.
The Other Example
Imagine you pay money for rent each month.
You rent a store in a high traffic part of town.
The town happens to have many vegetarians living there; in India this is common. In the United States, places like New York City, San Francisco, and other progressive spots have many vegetarians.
So you pay rent for an excellent store location in a town with many vegetarians.
Then you spend time and money creating the best veggie burger in town. Trial and error. But you create a masterpiece through smart, persistent, intelligent work.
Imagine building bonds with other restaurant owners in town. These friendships yield great results; when a few of your restaurant owner buddies (with no or few veg options) have customers looking for a good veggie burger, they recommend you to their customers.
Because you serve such a delicious burger, you attract repeat customers, growing your business.
This latter example is how successful bloggers build thriving businesses by:
● Investing money in a domain with premium hosting
● Investing money in a premium or custom theme
● Spending time learning blogging, to create a content masterpiece
● Building their friend network by helping other bloggers
● Building strong friendships with readers, clients, and customers
● Rendering supreme services and creating awesome products
Successful bloggers own their online real estate.
Successful bloggers pay money to own their online real estate to:
● Convey a professional brand image
● Gain credibility
● Gain the trust of their readers
● Set the rules for their blog
● Remain steady and calm in a world where social media and search engine algorithms change with the wind
The huge blogging mistake: starting a blog with free hosting and no domain name.
The solution: buy your domain and premium hosting.
If you want to cheap out and explain that you don’t have money to buy a domain and hosting, imagine 4 years down the road, when like the kid trying to sell veggie burgers in their bedroom of their parent’s home, you have virtually zero traffic and no sales.
What seems like the more expensive choice 4 years down the road, when you are failing miserably?
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About the Author
Ryan Biddulph is a blogger, author and world traveler who’s been featured on Richard Branson’s Virgin Blog, Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur, Positively Positive, LifeHack, John Chow Dot Com and Neil Patel Dot Com. He has written and self-published 126 bite-sized eBooks on Amazon. Ryan can help you build a successful blog at Blogging From Paradise.