What Is Free WordPress Account?
- Personal plan
- Premium plan
- Business plan and VIP
Some Of The Things You Should Know About free WordPress account Are;
1). Disk space is 3GB
The capacity of the free WordPress account is just 3GB disk space which means once your contents, including media files take up that space, you can’t publish more articles. If you are in news or entertaining niche that means you may not find it interesting.
2). Limited Plugins and Themes
3). You Can’t use Third party advert HTML codes to monetize
The way free WordPress account is constructed, you can not implement third party’s advert HTML code. It won’t just work. The only way you can monetize with adverts on free WordPress account is if you can keep up with generating about 250000 visits per month and by embedding affiliate links in your articles (make sure the affiliate doesn’t violate WordPress privacy). This is one of the limitations I encountered when I was running my blog on free WordPress account. In my subsequent posts, I will share with you some mistakes I made when I started blogging.
4). You blog won’t look professional
5). You can’t freely redirect your free WordPress domain to self hosted blog
As I always advice people that wanted to start on a bit high budget either for business or for an organization, the best way to start is on self hosted WordPress blog (wordpress.org). If you are thinking of starting on free account and moving to self hosted blog later, there are some hindrances you may face.
What Of Free Blogspot Account?
Free blog can also be open on blogspot/blogger. The address looks like www.sirphren.blogspot.com etc. You can see the address is as long as that of the WordPress. The advantage it has over WordPress is its disk space, which is more than WordPress.
Why Do I Need Custom Domain?
One of my blogging mistakes was thinking I didn’t need custom domain.
To simplify this post, don’t be too in hurry to opt in for either free blogspot and free WordPress accounts. What is worth doing at all is worth doing well. You can start a blog on a low budget as low as N5-10k with custom domain and premium template on blogspot. Later when your blog gets busy and you need more functionality, you can easily move to self hosted blog. It is beneficial to start out with the right things in place so that you won’t be tempted to give up halfway.
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Common Domain Name Mistakes Made By Bloggers
How to choose a domain name
When starting your blog, [read how to start a blog here] you will need a custom domain name. But the issue is, how do you choose and buy your domain name?
1). Research your domain before registering it
2). Buy from a reliable domain registrar
3). Take note of the renewal fee
4). Don’t use punctuations in between domain name
5). Do not use difficult-to-pronounce and too long address or name.
How To Buy A Domain Name
To buy your domain name after you might have considered some vital points, as I have pinpointed above, you will need your;
Common Domain name mistakes made by bloggers
From when I started my blogging journey till this moment, I have made some mistakes, especially with domain name and I have seen other bloggers make some.
Sometimes, what we don’t know, we don’t just know it.
1). Relying on free domains
2). Buying non .com extensions because they are cheap e.g .tk, .us, .online, .website, etc.
The unfortunate thing sometimes is hoping to buy the .com extension later and find out that it has been taken! Like one of my friend did. He had to buy a different domain.
When you extend your domain to your country alone e.g .in, .uk, .ng etc, only people from your country will see your blog on search engine when you start ranking.