I’m taking part in the Ultimate Blog Challenge. One of the reasons these challenges work is it encourages you to visit other blogs and comment. It’s great for exposure, additional links and getting inspiration too.
Because it’s a blogging challenge, many of the blogs are free blogs over at WordPress.com or Blogger. I stumbled on a problem when I went to comment on a WordPress.com blog and I needed to be logged into a WordPress account.
I mainly used this particular WordPress.com account last year. I posted snippets from this blog and other things that caught my eye. Most of it was done through Amplify (recently closed) but I did log in and manually post too.
I did use the account a couple of months ago to comment on another blog, but other than that it has been pretty inactive. There was no warning before suspending the account, no opportunity to back up my posts. My content has just gone.
Now, you may be thinking, I have no intention of blogging, so having a blog account suspended doesn’t apply to me.
Why You Need Your Own Domain…
If you use any free site – Facebook or a free website, you run the risk of your information just disappearing with no warning.
Rules change all the time, and they’re open to interpretation. Don’t forget these free sites are abused all the time. Inadvertedly break the rules and you will be tarred with the same brush.
My WordPress.com account wasn’t spammy. It didn’t advertise affiliate links. As far as I know, I wasn’t breaking any rules. Yes, it did have links to source back here (and to other sites I don’t own too), which I guess could be interpreted as commercial traffic driving or rank boosting.
The Content is not spam, is not machine- or randomly-generated, and does not contain unethical or unwanted commercial content designed to drive traffic to third party sites or boost the search engine rankings of third party sites
Most of the time it was me rambling on about things that didn’t fit over here on this blog. I prefer to write and save my posts in Word first so lost content isn’t an issue. The blog wasn’t commercial anyway, so no real damage done.
Facebook is a bit different. I don’t write my status updates beforehand, although any images I use are on my hard-drive. I would be gutted if I lost my Facebook page, but it wouldn’t be the end of the world because it isn’t my main internet presence.
Yet, for many small businesses free websites, Facebook or free blogs ARE their main online presence.
Is this you?
Can you afford to be shut down without warning?
Then it’s time to get your own domain name and website or blog. It’s not as expensive as you think.