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Should a Debt Blogger Pay For Hosting?

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Thank you everyone for your patience lately with my move off of Blogspot. Getting my own hosting feels nice because I can easily back-up my blog and I also have so many options to bring my blog to life. I feel like I can pack more great resources into my blog and take it to the next level.

One of the things I’ve grappled with is why should I pay for hosting when I had it for free with Blogspot. In a way, I feel like going to paid hosting diminished my efforts a little, so I really thought about it before doing it. For the reader, do I seem more credible when I was on free hosting?

I’ve said that my income from this blog will go towards debt and it will. With just recently making enough for my first check from an advertiser soon, I felt it would be alright to use that money for a year of hosting. Thinking ahead, the particular company hosting my blog, Dreamhost, has a referral program and if a few people sign up through me I will have enough to support another year of hosting. If things work out well, I hope to not have to pay out of my pocket for hosting and the blog will pay for itself, so to speak. Note, if you do sign up for your own hosting through me, make sure you use code GIVEME50 to save $50.

I dunno, call me weird, but I just felt like I needed to get that off my chest. In a way I do feel bad for not using the money towards debt but at the same time, I feel like I can do and say so much more with my own hosted blog.

What do you think? Is obtaining your own website hosting a justifiable expense for a debt blogger?


4 Comments

  • Reply D |

    I think you did the right thing. I would love to do this…
    but am terrified, that I wouldn’t have enough skills to set
    it up properly.

    Maybe if I got Blogging for Dummies or something like that?
    LOL

    -d

  • Reply Tricia |

    D – If you have questions about it, feel free to email me. It actually wasn’t too bad to do, and if you have been working with Blogger a lot of it is similar.

    Well – besides the fact my comment box is still working funny – LOL. 🙂

  • Reply Tim MMF |

    Hey D – DreamHost has one-click installs for a lot of different programs such as wordpress and joomla. Give it a try, DreamHost has been great! I use them too.

    Tricia, you’re doing fine. Using the income from referrals to pay for your hosting is a good idea, it makes your blog self-sufficient.

  • Reply Michael |

    If you’re serious about blogging, you HAVE to get away from Blogspot, IMO. You really have no choice.

    Hosting is so cheap now that not doing it is silly. And the techie side of it really is NOT hard to master.

So, what do you think ?