blog hosting, or paid hosting?

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Quick question,

Do you find your Serp results to be noticeably better by hosting your domain on a blogging service (wordpress,blogger, tumblr) or do you find it to be better through your own paid hosting (hostgator, yola, etc)?

Just wondering as I have a new amazon review site I'm about to start up!
#blog #hosting #paid
  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Ray
    Always go with paid hosting if you can. Then you don't have to worry about dealing with any TOS issues with the blogging platform.

    Best of all, you have total control to customize things the way you want them to be and can always protect your work.
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  • Profile picture of the author SJL
    There are exceptions, but for your project I would definitely recommend paid hosting.
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  • Profile picture of the author SJL
    If you are targeting US customers, then use US hosting provider.
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  • Profile picture of the author kpmedia
    If you use a "blog host" (Blogger, etc), then understand that you do not own the site.
    Paid hosting is always better.
    You can control what goes on with your own site.
    Be sure to use a good host, like Site5 or Veerotech -- not Godaddy, Hostgator, etc.
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    • Profile picture of the author jross07
      Originally Posted by kpmedia View Post

      If you use a "blog host" (Blogger, etc), then understand that you do not own the site.
      Paid hosting is always better.
      You can control what goes on with your own site.
      Be sure to use a good host, like Site5 or Veerotech -- not Godaddy, Hostgator, etc.
      I'm using Yola right now. I've got some html experience, so I can get around their templates quite fast, and it allows me to throw up quick site. I think my overall link structure was where I really was concerned. I'm ranking well though, not page 1, but well. I wondered if copying all of my posts over to a blog would do me any better.
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  • Profile picture of the author manojbhardwaj
    With the economy the way it is right now, new entrepreneurs are looking for ways to save money in their start up costs. Every one seems to be looking for free web hosting but they really don’t understand the cost to their business by doing this.
    But free isn't free....free web hosting companies need to make money somehow. They do this by inserting advertising into your page and you have no control over what advertising is shown.
    And remember one thing free web hosting does not last for longer. Personally i never found free hosting appealing.
    i am using IX WEB HOSTING http://www.ixwebhosting.com/. It is a paid hosting service.
    IX provides unlimited storage space , bandwidth and domain. Also 15 free IP address , 3 domain names , website builder and 1 click installer.
    They have 24*7 technical support.
    So beware of fake services and give them a try !
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    • Profile picture of the author micksss
      Originally Posted by manojbhardwaj View Post

      With the economy the way it is right now, new entrepreneurs are looking for ways to save money in their start up costs. Every one seems to be looking for free web hosting but they really don't understand the cost to their business by doing this.
      But free isn't free....free web hosting companies need to make money somehow. They do this by inserting advertising into your page and you have no control over what advertising is shown.
      And remember one thing free web hosting does not last for longer. Personally i never found free hosting appealing.
      i am using IX WEB HOSTING Web Hosting Service by IX. Shared, VPS and Cloud Hosting | IX Web Hosting. It is a paid hosting service.
      IX provides unlimited storage space , bandwidth and domain. Also 15 free IP address , 3 domain names , website builder and 1 click installer.
      They have 24*7 technical support.
      So beware of fake services and give them a try !
      I used IX back in 2007-2009 for a few sites and the downtime was really bad towards the end of my stay with them. Maybe they have improved??
      From my past experience I would not recommend them.
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      • Profile picture of the author manojbhardwaj
        Originally Posted by micksss View Post

        I used IX back in 2007-2009 for a few sites and the downtime was really bad towards the end of my stay with them. Maybe they have improved??
        From my past experience I would not recommend them.
        I am sorry to hear of your experience with them, but I haven't encountered any problem in their services till now. They have really picked up on their services and you should definitely take a look at their hosting packages.
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  • Profile picture of the author kpmedia
    IX is a terrible host.
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  • Profile picture of the author renatoautore
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    • Profile picture of the author manojbhardwaj
      Originally Posted by renatoautore View Post

      Paid Hosting is always better, If you use wordpress, Bluehost is certainly the best one
      I used bluehost before but it doesn't work well for me.
      Thought of letting you know.
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    • Profile picture of the author mojojuju
      Originally Posted by renatoautore View Post

      Paid Hosting is always better, If you use wordpress, Bluehost is certainly the best one
      Some paid hosting providers are absolutely terrible. There exist free hosts (e.g. http://serverhub.com/landing/freehosting/) that are better than the shittiest paid hosts.


      Oh and nice of you to whore your bluehost affiliate link to us.
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  • Profile picture of the author IskaDev
    paid hosting
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    • Profile picture of the author wilsonmarcial
      Paid hosting is always better..There are many web hosting options available nowadays: free web hosting, shared hosting, dedicated server, and the list goes on. All these options serve the same purpose, which is hosting your content so that it can be accessed and viewed by people on the Internet. The major difference is how each is structured as well as the benefits they offer.
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  • Profile picture of the author florinhangu
    With a paid host you can install multiple scripts and other stuff... beside your blog. With a blog paid host, you can install and use on your domain only that blog. If you want to have a site based only on WP, better pay for a WP host and thats is your only concern, nothing else about cpanel and hosting stuff...Your provider should do anything he can to make your blog work properly.
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  • Profile picture of the author lyxander
    I'd go for paid hosting. Bluehost is ok I guess. I'm currently on Hostgator. No problem so far.
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  • Profile picture of the author insidmal
    A combination is best.. blogging services are basically instant SEO... ideally you can set up several small blogs on blogging services that provide teasers and point to your hosted blog... be careful though not to come off as spinning articles...
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  • Profile picture of the author kaufenpreis
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    If want to get started with a blog, rest assured that there are many options available. When it comes to free blog hosting, WordPress is clearly the most popular. Getting started is easy. Simply visit WordPress.com, sign up for a free account, name your blog, choose a template and stat posting. You get an administrative area to manage your categories and posts, built-in themes, widgets and other customizable features. Whether it is WordPress or any other platform, you can usually get up and running fairly quickly.

    The downside to free blog hosting is that it leaves you limited. For instance, there are rules that restrict the posting of advertisements, a factor that prevents you from generating ad revenue. This is a crucial blow because many bloggers live off third-party advertisements, Google AdSense and other programs. Another drawback is that you can’t brand your name into the domain. For example, if you sign up for a free WordPress account, your domain would read something like myblogsite.wordpress.com as opposed to myblogsite.com. It may seem like a small difference but identity is vital for any website and it starts with a domain name. When considering that free blog hosting generally suffers from a lack of themes and add-on modules, it might have you thinking twice about what you’re willing to sacrifice.
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  • Profile picture of the author davidfern76
    Paid hosting. It's a no brainer. If you're unable to setup a site yourself, just pay someone else to. It's pretty cheap.
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  • Profile picture of the author mark2index
    I agreed. Paid hosting is def. a better option b/c you have full control over it. Setting up it's not that hard and you can use wordpress on the backend side
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  • Profile picture of the author Samker
    IMO, paid hosting is right choice for You.
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  • Profile picture of the author tanerax
    I recently setup a site with http://digitalocean.com they are a cloud based hosting meaning you have direct access to the server (root) and can install and do whatever you want with it. There base servers are 5$ and they have tools on the admin to do a one button wordpress install (webserver, php, mysql, etc). It was really fast and you get a server which can also be used for many other things.
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  • Profile picture of the author clevelandslim
    Consider using a package like Movable Type or WordPress for the blog portion of the site. WordPress is free, and Movable Type is free for personal use. Movable Type prices for education are quite reasonable ($300 for up to 300 students). Both are quote robust, configurable, and are extendable by writing modules.

    For hosting, if your school provides hosting space that satisfies the requirements for either package, that should be good enough. Alternatively, you can order a domain name (upwards of $35/year, though you can find much lower prices if you shop around) and pay a provider for hosting (depending on the amount of space you need and your potential traffic, this can cost anywhere from $5/month to $50/month or more). I'd suggest investigating what your school offers before paying for a domain name and hosting.

    For the "rest" of the web page, I'd just stick with the blogs and provide a directory of student and teacher blogs. Have your teacher setup his or her blog as the main class resource.
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