There are a few free blog hosts around such as WordPress and Blogger and if you are just starting out with Internet Marketing and can’t afford to spend money then the free blog option is often the popular choice.
But there is one big problem with free blogging hosts and this problem is big enough that I would always recommend having a paid host for your blog.
With the free blogging hosts like WordPress and Blogger you need to agree to abide by their Terms of Service and if you violate them at all they can shut your blog down. There have been instances where people have had their blogs deleted without any warning and without knowing what they did to violate the Terms of Service.
Imagine starting a blog and adding new content to it on a regular basis. Perhaps you have had this blog for a couple of years and really worked hard on it and built it up to quite a big blog with lots of content. Not only that but you have also spent hours promoting your blog and building backlinks to it. This blog might even be a big income earner for you and maybe even be the blog that earns you all of your online income.
Then imagine signing onto the internet one day to find your blog gone!
I don’t know about you but I know that if this happened to me I would be devastated. Not only is all your hard work been flushed down the drain, so has your income source.
That is why I will only ever use paid hosting for all my blogs and I recommend that you do too. You can still use WordPress, after all it is very easy to set up and use, but as long as you use WordPress hosted on your own paid hosting service then you are safe.
There are a lot of different hosting companies around and it isn’t that expensive to have paid hosting. Companies like Hostgator cost just $9.95 a month and you can host unlimited domains for that price.
The other benefit with having a paid hosting service for your blog is that you choose your own domain name and you don’t have to have a free blogging service name as part of that name. You can have whatever name you like, as long as it is available to purchase.
This is another cost, but not an expensive one and it is just a yearly cost. Honestly, if you are going to put valuable time, thought and effort into a blog then do yourself a favour and pay for the domain and the hosting. Then install WordPress onto your domain and you are ready to go.
A domain and hosting is a small price to pay for the long term security of your blogging business.