Getting a free blog or hosting my own?
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New York, NY (PRWEB) September 10, 2007
One of the biggest trends in fashion now is being a blogger. These pseudo list celebrities are popping up out of nowhere and making their opinions count. "Whether it's a shopaholic trying to subsidize their addiction or a fashionista looking to make her way into the industry, blogs are popping up everywhere." So how can you get started? We knew you would ask. Here is a brief crash course on how to do it.
"Getting a free blog or hosting my own?"
This is one of the main dilemmas you will encounter if you decide to start a new fashion blog. There are pros and cons to both so let's dive a little deeper. The biggest advantage you get with a free blog is the community benefit of traffic and indexing. Free blog sites are usually highly ranked and enable users to be indexed in popular search engines quickly. The main disadvantage is that your creativity may be restricted with templates and the domain name is typically generic and will not match your industry.
Examples of Generic Domains
Blogger.com - yourname.blogspot.com
Typepad.com - yourname.typepad.com
Wordpress.com - yourname.wordpress.com
New sites like CoutureLine.com (fashion industry) and Edublogs.org (education industry) are new to the industry and provide the same or similar features of these other blogging community sites, but with a twist. "This represents a new kind of social networking where bloggers can focus on niche subjects while exposing their writings to an audience already seeking that type of content."
With the many obvious advantages to hosting your own blog such as control over domain name and custom template's… (To many to list), we will concentrate on the cons of doing it yourself.
Reasons not to host your own blog:
- If you are not a webmaster and break it, it can cost big bucks to fix
- Spam! If you don't know how to control spam, you will freak!
- More effort must be put into marketing…especially in the beginning.
- It costs $$$ Money! The bigger your blog gets, the more it can cost to host.
As you see, there are reasons to explore both options when looking to start a fashion blog, but hosting your own will definitely require some technical knowledge in addition to you laying out some money. We found most of the top ranked fashion blogs were hosted on free sites, so in the end it may be beneficial to go the free route first to see if you like if before wasting any real time and money.
Jeffrey M Posner