To put it simply, a hosting service is the home base for your blog. It “stores” your blog’s data – all the pages, design, files, archives, etc., – and also functions as a “broadcasting station” to beam all your awesome content into cyberspace. With a freebie site you don’t pay the 3 bucks for hosting, but instead run into these major problems:
1) Your site looks amateurish! – Anyone with even a little experience can spot a free site from miles away. They look terrible, and they will detract a lot of potential subscribers who will be turned off by an ugly, unprofessional design.
Not cool…..not cool at all!
2) You want to build a mailing list and use autoresponder campaigns? – Forget it! – Not possible, and how are you going to build an audience without them?
3) Customization & marketing features are extremely limited. Worse, installation of important apps and features are mostly impossible. You will spend time building a free site and then find out later all the things you cannot do. Really frustrating! – Trust me, I’ve been there…..
It’s like being denied access to the majority of smart phone apps, just so your cell phone bill is zero.
4) Free blogs don’t provide full control. This one is huge! Your content, everything you write, will be owned by the hosting service and they decide how it’s presented and whether to display ads – unless you pay extra. And they can shut you down at any time for any reason and don’t even have to tell you about it. That means all your content will suddenly be gone – including all backups! You will be left with nothing!
Not fun, when you have just started to build a following….
5) Worst of all, their name will show in your address which immediately points you out as a newbie and an amateur:
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If you have ever considered monetizing your blog or attracting advertisers – and what serious blogger doesn’t? – this will kill your chances right there! So, to save $3/month – basically the price of a cup of coffee – you give up substantial income possibilities down the road – AND – you look like an amateur! Even little “Miss Frugality” found out quickly that that was not a smart way to go and changed her ways. If you are at all serious about blogging and building a following for all the wonderful information you have to share, free services will not keep you happy for long….