which is better- your own blog or a blogger blog

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Hello:
Maybe someone can give me a good answer.
I was just wondering, for the purpose of creating a few new blogs.
I wanted to go with Blogger to create a lot of new blogs. To do so, would cost maybe 100.00 for domain names.

To do so with blogger would cost nothing.

THe only drawback is..ShareASale and other networks I want to apply to want you to have your own domain name so they know you can receive mail there.

So would it be a good idea to 1 self hosted word press blog to use to respond to affiliate companies, and then go with blogger blogs and swallow the bullet and pay for tons of separate domain names. The only reason I am reluctant is..because just like life you will have winners and loser. Just concerned with spending the money and having a loser. I have done domain name research in the past, thought I had some winners but they died.

You people are awesome in your advise, so I thought I would ask "the master mind alliance." Just hope this doesn't sound stupid.

Thanks to all!
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  • Profile picture of the author cimbah
    Go with your own blogs instead of Blogger. With your own blogs you are in total control and you own the content. Blogger can shut you down any time they want and if you have a blog with them that is making good money, you stand the chance of losing all that income.
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    • Profile picture of the author blueonblue
      Stupid me, forgot one other thing.

      Is it ok to have like a branded domain name...mydomain.com with other files at the end, like mydomain.com/super-cash-affiliate/
      or
      should each blog have it's own domain...super-cash-affiliate.com, dietmagic.com, etc...

      When do you do a product review site vs an authority site?

      Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
    Realise that you don't own the Blogger blog. They do and they can change their terms of service as they please. Many people have lost their Blogger blogs as a result.

    Some will disagree with me but I'd rather own something that I earn my income from.

    Can someone explain why it's better to build your business on something someone else owns as opposed to something you own?

    Also, if $10 a domain is something you're simply not prepared to risk, when starting your own business, perhaps this isn't for you. Besides, .info's are about $2.00 with Namecheap and the like.

    For me, risking a paltry $10 on a business opportunity is not a big issue. I appreciate it may be for you but this is business, there are risks and this is a small one.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ken Durham
    Just like life, what you consider losing is really learning...
    It's only a loser if you don't learn from it.

    Why not start off with just 1 domain and go from there?
    Starting off with 10 seems a little overwhelming, especially since it seems you are a little new to this. Unless of course you plan on scraping content and not do any actual blogging/reviews, yourself. If that is the case, then it doesn't matter, not many will be visiting them anyway, so you might as well go with something free.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      [Warning: The following has been verified as containing 100% pure opinion.]

      Blogger blogs are good for two, or maybe three, things.

      1) Use them to send traffic and create links to your own sites. Do not put ads on the site, as it seems to be begging to have the blog deleted.

      2) Use them as quick and dirty test sites to see if you can elicit a response in a market. Can you drive traffic, even if it's to a non-revenue page or non-profit?

      3) Use them just for fun. Want to do a blog on underwater basket weaving? Maybe you're the macho alpha male type and you really want to dish out some gossip? Use a pen name and a blogger blog and go nuts.

      For serious business, I would steer well clear of any property where someone else can wipe out my work on a whim, or on the sometimes random decisions of overworked, underpaid and largely unappreciated company employees.
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        For what you're talking about, Harlank, your own blog is better, in my opinion.

        If you're really thinking of using Blogger, read this thread really slowly and carefully and then read it again.

        You can have as many self-hosted Wordpress blogs as you want on one domain, by using subdomains. You can have a domain-name like "Harlankrecommends.com" and put multiple blogs with different titles on its subdomains created for the purpose. Your blog domain-names won't be as keyword optimised, that way, but it's a low cost option. And there are others. (And .info domain-names are only $1 each anyway).
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  • Profile picture of the author xavierfok
    If you are going to start IM, you should have at least a few hundred bucks to invest.

    You can put it in sub-domains but that will really lose ranking on Google.

    Google views your domain name with more respect if your keyword is in it. However if you are on a tight budget, i suggest you dont even start.

    Heres a short outline of the budget you may need in IM.

    $100/yr - Hosting
    $100/yr - Domains
    $30/mth -Autoresponders
    $ 200-500 - for some learning investments
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  • Profile picture of the author wupdation
    first i started with blogging and later i got a domain and continued with it !
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  • Profile picture of the author dtang4
    I would go w/ your own blog, because Blogger or Wordpress.com can remove your blog without warning or just cause. That happened to me before w/ Wordpress. I had a ton of keywords ranked for that blog too, and one day, suddenly, my blog was removed.

    With that said... it's much easier to rank a blog on Wordpress or Blogspot than it is on your own domain.
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  • Profile picture of the author xxdksxx
    Your own blog by far. It just seems more professional and leaves what you want to do with it somewhat limitless.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chevy5
    I agree with the others. You definitely need your own blog that you control.
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  • Profile picture of the author WebPen
    Gotta go with the "your own blog" crowd.

    Not only do you own it (as well as the backlinks coming to your site improving YOUR property's value) but you have a lot more control over the layout, ads, etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author richgrad
    Always get your own blogs (running wordpress) hosted on your own domains

    You have control over them... You are not under the mercy of google who can delete your blogger blogs at anytime with any reason
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  • Profile picture of the author shuvo
    Having a own hosted blog is far better than a free blogger blog.There are no doubt that operating a blogger blog is flexible to use but the problem is sometimes they delete the blog without any notice and retrieving it is also a difficult job.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gimitrix
    I like to be in control of my own blogs
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  • Profile picture of the author Spyder77
    I began with Blogger last month. Fortunately I learned the limitations and weaknesses of Blogger early, before I had much invested in it (content and time wise).

    My opinion: Blogger is fine if you're just planning to blog on things with no commercial intent, and are looking for an easy platform to use to do that on. Otherwise Blogger is a mistake.

    You're restricted to Adsense & Amazon exclusively for monetization. Any other affiliate marketing risks a suspension of your account with no warning.

    You also have all your eggs in one basket: domain, host, and site software are all owned by one entity. Unintentionally run afoul and its game over. If G decides tomorrow to shut Blogger down without warning, its game over too.

    Having been brought into the light (the painful way) I've learned what almost everyone here will tell you: buy your domain from one company and your hosting from another.

    I use Name Cheap for my domains and Host Gator for hosting, but there are other options too. Plenty. If you're serious about getting into this, even just as potential side income, Blogger is not the way to go.

    -Spyder

    Originally Posted by harlank44 View Post

    Hello:
    Maybe someone can give me a good answer.
    I was just wondering, for the purpose of creating a few new blogs.
    I wanted to go with Blogger to create a lot of new blogs. To do so, would cost maybe 100.00 for domain names.

    To do so with blogger would cost nothing.

    THe only drawback is..ShareASale and other networks I want to apply to want you to have your own domain name so they know you can receive mail there.

    So would it be a good idea to 1 self hosted word press blog to use to respond to affiliate companies, and then go with blogger blogs and swallow the bullet and pay for tons of separate domain names. The only reason I am reluctant is..because just like life you will have winners and loser. Just concerned with spending the money and having a loser. I have done domain name research in the past, thought I had some winners but they died.

    You people are awesome in your advise, so I thought I would ask "the master mind alliance." Just hope this doesn't sound stupid.

    Thanks to all!
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    • Profile picture of the author mijagi
      Go with blogger just if you can't afford to put up a self-hosted website. And once you earn some cash, start building websites on your own domains.
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    • Profile picture of the author blueonblue
      Originally Posted by Spyder77 View Post

      I began with Blogger last month. Fortunately I learned the limitations and weaknesses of Blogger early, before I had much invested in it (content and time wise).

      My opinion: Blogger is fine if you're just planning to blog on things with no commercial intent, and are looking for an easy platform to use to do that on. Otherwise Blogger is a mistake.

      You're restricted to Adsense & Amazon exclusively for monetization. Any other affiliate marketing risks a suspension of your account with no warning.

      You also have all your eggs in one basket: domain, host, and site software are all owned by one entity. Unintentionally run afoul and its game over. If G decides tomorrow to shut Blogger down without warning, its game over too.

      Having been brought into the light (the painful way) I've learned what almost everyone here will tell you: buy your domain from one company and your hosting from another.

      I use Name Cheap for my domains and Host Gator for hosting, but there are other options too. Plenty. If you're serious about getting into this, even just as potential side income, Blogger is not the way to go.

      -Spyder
      I have seen some blogger blogs that are monetized with Shareasale in addition to Amazon. This one blog has gotten so big it has thousands of backlinks. It is heavily monetized with Amazon and ShareA Sale. It has some articles and videos. It is on page 1 of google. This blogger blog is 6 years old! BAT-BLOG BATMAN TOYS and COLLECTIBLES

      The only good thing about Blogger and other programs of it's type is the learning curve. I am am going crazy with WP and things like permalinks, etc. and all the different advise people give you for doing this and this and this, etc.

      If you don't intend to stay there forever, but use it to start and then when you can afford it, find the right course or outsource your WP creation, then it is good.
      Don't forget, the learning curve on WP can reduce some people to tears. The nice thing about it blogger is if you don't get the keyword research right, and no traffic, you can always start over. IMHO
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  • Profile picture of the author EBiz81
    Your own, No doubt about it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Klemen Znidar
    Blogger can decide to shut you down at any time. If you own the domain though, they can't just shut you down so it's better in the long run.
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  • Profile picture of the author domainarama
    If you want to use Blogger you should use the 'custom domain' feature. The feature allows you to use a domain name you bought separately and install a blogspot blog on your domain name. It's a tiny bit complicated the first time you do it. By the third or fourth time you do it it's a snap.

    Among other positives, you don't have to pay for hosting. Google picks up your hosting tab. There is a possibility Google will wipe out your custom blog even though you own the name. But as long as there's some originality in your blog their hands will be off. They just don't like brainless duplication.
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  • Profile picture of the author Spyder77
    Originally Posted by Ken_Caudill View Post

    Starting a blog on Blogger makes good sense. If it's successful, you can buy a domain name for it and transfer it to your own hosting. If it fails, you're out nothing but your time.
    The only problem with this is that you lose all your back links since you have no DNS to redirect to on Blogger as you would if you were just moving hosts, which goes back to part of the fundamental problem with Blogger: hosting, DNS, and content publishing software all coming from the same source which is a bad idea in its own right.

    Alexa has already given a far better no cost alternative if money is an issue.

    I started on Blogger. It was a mistake. I can't stress that heavily enough from one who's been there, done that, learned and moved on. The only upshot (such as it was) is that I learned early why it was a mistake and moved my content offsite, before nuking the Blogger page, and now have a separate host & DNS (each is from a different company), with no worries of anyone being able to exercise undue control over my content.

    -Spyder
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  • Profile picture of the author Searcher
    - I resolved this thing in a such manner :

    1. Bought a domain DDDD.com and placed on it a blog.

    2. Then in CP - Control Panel - of hosting made 11 sub-domains :

    aaaa.DDDD.com
    bbbb.DDDD.com
    ……….
    qqqq.DDDD.com

    and placed on them blogs , it is allowed and free.

    3. Then in CP where is a function to set up WP - placed 11 other WP in folders like :

    DDDD.com/dssd

    It is also allowed and free.

    In result I have 23 separate blogs on one domain .

    PS : I did not read all post above - may be such thing is described above .
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  • Profile picture of the author inconf
    Hi Always, always get your own blogs! wordpress.org!!
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  • Profile picture of the author gforces
    On the internet ownership is so important. The risk of losing your blogs on a free service isn't worth the small saving you make by starting your blog hosting there. If you are interested in cheap hosting, $2 a month let me know, then all you have to spend money on is a good domain. Like someone already mentioned .infos are the cheapest bet but some say not as favoured by the buying public.
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  • Profile picture of the author sweetloleypop
    No doubt, own blog is the best you can do whatever you want no T.O.S. simple as that.
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  • Profile picture of the author JamesGw
    It's better to have your own blogs. Wordpress is superior to blogger IMO.
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  • Profile picture of the author Eduard Stinga
    Definitely your own blog, even if it costs more. It's better on the long-term.
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    • Profile picture of the author King Louie
      I agree with most Warriors here that it's better to have your own blog. If you're concerned about the cost of domain names, then you should always be on the lookout for promos and deals from Godaddy, Namecheap and other domain name registrars. Sometimes, web hosting companies also run promotions giving away domain names for $2 or less. This year, I think I got 5 domain names at $2 or less from Godaddy, Namecheap and a certain web hosting company.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
    Having your own blog on your own domain is far superior in every aspect compared to using a blogger blog. It's like having a fully-funded trust for your assets versus having a will (trusts are far superior to wills in almost every way too).

    Think of your own domain name with your own website / blog as a piece of virtual real estate. You own it. You can build on it. You can lease it out or sell it later on. Whereas a blogger site is owned by a landlord who tells you what to do and can raise your rates or evict you at anytime.

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  • Profile picture of the author richgrad
    Your own blog with wordpress installed.

    Blogger blogs can be taken away from you by google at any time with just a simple "You have violated our terms and conditions" email without explaining what you did wrong.

    Spend that $100/year. It's worth it.
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  • Yea I would have to go with my own blog! Just like everyone was saying, This is your business and you don't want blogger to be in control of it. I use blogger as a funnel site to my money sites. And If I have an idea I'll through a blog up on blogger real quick to see if I can get some hits from it.
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  • Profile picture of the author RobCopywriter
    I agree with most others, get your own blog. Your own WordPress site is the most versatile way to go. If you can't risk 10 bucks, business isnt for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author J3thro M
    Yup, go with your own blog. Im a newbie and doesn't want to loose much money if unsuccessful. At the moment, I made 1 blog. And geeezzzzz seo is giving me headaches. I'm trying to do all the work myself. This is an experiment, if all goes well then Ill make more of them.If it doesn't work, still ok cuz im learning in the process. so yeah go make your own blog.
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  • Profile picture of the author luckyshah290
    If you are running low on budget ... you would probably use blogger for it .. so that you can also invest in advertising of the blog ..

    If you can afford it .. Owning a blog of your own is better ...
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  • Profile picture of the author AwesomePossum
    If you have your own site you generate authority and celebrity status in the community.

    Also you can have add to cart buttons, incredibly good themes, optin forms for auto-responders and you can advertise on your site once you generate traffic. It's pretty cool and definitely worth the $20 bucks for domain and $7/month hosting.
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  • Profile picture of the author nicolas simpson
    it's always best to have your own domain name..
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  • Profile picture of the author Murlu
    Go with your own blog.

    Your own blog is going to give you the full flexibility of operating the platform. If you can fiddle with FTP and web backends than you can really see the difference here. You can easily set up test servers and do all kinds of things that you don't get to do with blogger.

    Also, you're going to come across as much more professional. You also get a lot of information and setting up websites which can be used to sell as a service
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