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I Didn’t Know That ~Blogger Platform
I wanted to add more to Marilyn’s Treats than just providing recipe ideas and tips for the kitchen. Since my involvement with the IBA (International Blogging Association) I realized just how many of us need to know more complexities about our blogs and make them sharable. After all, we aren’t investing our time, ideas, and money so we can read our material ourselves!
So I will be be starting a new feature called “Work Smarter ~ Not Harder”. I don’t proclaim to know everything and I use a mobile device so things may be different on your desktop or laptop.
Today is the first article in the series:
Dealing With Choosing A Platform
No one can make that decision but you. I am here to point out the differences and give you some questions to ask yourself as you choose. Picking a platform you can grow with is important because changing later can cost you readers, status in rankings, and sometimes even your blogging name.
Many big bloggers have made change overs to different platforms and survived, but they will all tell you they have had to reinvent themselves again just to get back where they left off. If you think you might want to eventually change then do it when you have the least amount to lose.
Some blogging platforms are:
I am going to talk about the platforms I know the best and what they have to offer. Today I will discuss Blogger.
This is a free platform that is run by Google. When you sign up you get a domain name that contains the words blogspot or blog at the end. The reputation you can get is a bit lower than your own domain. You can start out buying your own domain from companies like GoGaddy, Bluehost, and Dreamhost, etc. Domains cost from $10-$15 a year. I recommend you start out doing this right away as you will avoid a lot of problems later on. Make sure before you buy a domain that it is “clean” and a prior user hasn’t been penalized or associated with being a porn, spam, or blacklisted site. You can remedy that but it is hard work and you have enough to deal with when you start out. Buy from a site you know is reputable.
One drawback of Blogger is that you don’t own your website or content. Google does. They have the right to shut you down at any time, or penalize your blog if they feel you aren’t abiding by their rules.
On the plus side, Blogger has changed a lot over the past year. You have more freedom to use themes and add widgets to your site. Just remember though your choices aren’t as plentiful as other platforms, but there is still a good list to choose from. Blogger code is a bit different (as are most platforms) so remember that if you want to transition a few things may change or be lost.
To sum it up, I used Blogger for about six months learning all the ins and outs of blogging and writing posts and pages. It was a great experience. When I changed over to another platform it was easy as I had only eight posts, no followers, no comments, and no subscribers. Those six months of research and practice were well spent and I felt I was ready to jump into moving on.
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