My advice to new bloggers is that if you indeed decide to self host, do it as quickly as possible. As in, before you are getting more than 500 organic visitors a day. You might lose your readers if your name changes, if you’ve gotten your blog attached to Pinterest photos, and you certainly don’t want to lose your new followers.
That is exactly what happened to us. Within a month of launching our name.wordpress website. When we hit over 400 a day, we decided it was time to host our blog and own our URL. We dreamed of a seamless transition, but alas, Murphy’s Law applied itself.
What we were was shocked by losing our followers, most of our traffic generated by WordPress and even that of Pinterest, where many of our posts were going viral on a daily basis. Our blog that had started out wildly successful was seeing very little traffic. we were forced to work overtime deleting posts from the old site as not to have duplicate content and post pour new web address in place of the old posts. It was very disheartening.
So what can you do to make sure this doesn’t happen to your blog?
Once you make the decisions of what platform to use (WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, ect.) and your name, decide if self-hosting is something you need right away. If you are writing in a certain niche and have a way to stand out from the crowd, purchase right away.
Now who to use? There are certainly several hosting sites. To not reinvent the wheel or do work others have done prior to me (work smarter, not harder,) I encourage you to google “self hosting sites.” I can talk about two of them from experience.
Fat Cow is our current host. So far, I like it. The price was right for what we needed. We do not get spammed with email excessively. Support has been excellent, and their customer service representatives speak English. (That is becoming an important point for tech support. Don’t act like it’s not.) My old blogs were hosted by Go Daddy. Why did I choose not to go with that company? Quite simply, they contacted me too often. Every other day an email was waiting in my inbox. Six before my subscription ran out, they were emailing me to renew my subscription. I would get calls from support here and there, just checking on things. Now I realize the company may feel this is helpful and appreciated, but it was annoyance to a hobby blogger who frankly, just wanted to pay for a service and be left alone. After looking at options other than Go Daddy, we went with Fat Cow. Pretty happy with our decision.
Here are the steps we have learned so far:
1. Blogging platform.
2. Name for blog
3. To self-host or not.
Great luck with your blog! Tomorrow we will be going over choosing relevant content for your blog.