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Top 3 Reasons You Shouldn't Use FREE Blogging Platforms.



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Top 3 Reasons You Shouldn't Use FREE Blogging Platforms.

Setting up a free blog is something I never recommend to my clients or friends who are wanting to get online to share information and hopefully crack into a niche to make some money. Platforms like Blogger, while they're technically "FREE" they can actually cost you a good amount of money in the long run and make you a very angry person.

The top 3 reasons you shouldn't use a free blogging platform

  1. Your blog can be taken over by a troll or thief. This doesn't happen very often, but it's possible for them to do so. Your username is easily found when posting to your blog because it shows up in the authors section. And if someone has a key logger they can set it to run an unlimited number of instances to try and hack into your blog. Once they're in they can change all your settings and take over your blog. I'm not sure if Blogger has changed their settings or not, but I know in the past you didn't have to verify the change of your secondary email from your secondary email. If you lose your blog like this you could be losing a good amount of income, readers, and possibly all your pages because the person deletes a bunch of stuff.
  2. The free blogging platform you choose to use can actually shut you down for any reason they want. They can do this because you're not paying them anything and you're basically using their name to post content. They could shut down your blog simply because they don't like you, which sucks.
  3. You don't really have 100% control over what you post. Sure you can post whatever content you want usually, but you can't place ads in certain spots of your choosing because it isn't pre-coded into the blogging platform. Now you could put the ad in the content, but if you already have 100's of pages, you'll have to edit all of them which will take an extremely long time.

Having a blog that you pay a monthly fee for isn't expensive at all. You can buy your own domain for $0.99 to $25 depending on where you get it and if you get privacy on the domain. You can also get a decent hosting plan set up for anywhere from $3 to $14 depending on if you want your own dedicated IP for SEO purposes. So if you went the "Expensive" route you would be paying $39 for your first month and $14 a month after that. It's basically the same price as if you went out for lunch with a friend.

What's your experience with free blogging platforms? Have you ever had a bad time with them?

Thanks,

Razzy

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idealmike

Your blog can be taken over by a troll or thief. This doesn't happen very often, but it's possible for them to do so. Your username is easily found when posting to your blog because it shows up in the authors section. And if someone has a key logger they can set it to run an unlimited number of instances to try and hack into your blog. Once they're in they can change all your settings and take over your blog. I'm not sure if Blogger has changed their settings or not, but I know in the past you didn't have to verify the change of your secondary email from your secondary email. If you lose your blog like this you could be losing a good amount of income, readers, and possibly all your pages because the person deletes a bunch of stuff.

Actually Raz, Blogger has a system in place that prevents brute force passwording. So if they are entering an incorrect password too many times it will just lock them out completely and ban their IP address so they can't get in. For someone to do that they would need to try it millions of times and spend as much in proxies. And to access someone's Blogger blog it wouldn't really be worth it. Also the username (author name) you use on Blogger, isn't the username you login to your Google account with. You login to your Google account with an email address and not a username. Although you can still do this if your account was set up like that. But to sign into Blogger, one must first sign in to Google.
The free blogging platform you choose to use can actually shut you down for any reason they want. They can do this because you're not paying them anything and you're basically using their name to post content. They could shut down your blog simply because they don't like you, which sucks.

As far as I know, and from my own experience. The only Blogger blogs that actually get shut down are either the ones that are hosting some illegal files like cracks, keygens, wares etc etc. And those that are too commercial in nature. If your Blogger blog is a commercial blogger blog that is packed full of affiliate links and banners (and not Adsense) and it's getting a lot of traffic, they will shut that blog down simply because it's not making them any money. If you are using Adsense on it they will be less likely to shut it down but they can still do so if they don't think the content on that blog is good content, is copied, plagiarized, low quality content etc. But even then, you are right, and they can decide to pull the plug on you at any moment and there is nothing you can do about that.
You don't really have 100% control over what you post. Sure you can post whatever content you want usually, but you can't place ads in certain spots of your choosing because it isn't pre-coded into the blogging platform. Now you could put the ad in the content, but if you already have 100's of pages, you'll have to edit all of them which will take an extremely long time.

Not sure what you mean by "You don't really have 100% control over what you post." Why wouldn't I have control over what I post? And you can place ads in any spot in your content using the pre designed templates and widgets to choose where you want the ads to be. Are you sure you've thought this through properly Raz? This isn't the usual accurate sort of stuff I see you post. Usually you're content on the CD is spot on, up to date and accurate. But this looks like an old article from a long time ago or something?

Anyway, regardless, most of what you say is true. However, that doesn't mean that you shouldn't make good use of them! They are free and they are high authority blogs and they can be used for personal or business blogging reasons. For building contextual do follow links to your site. For building brand awareness and increasing the rank and traffic to your site. Sure they can pull them down at any moment. But that's why you use them with a pinch of salt. And oh, always back up the content you put on them! Because if and when they do pull them, you'll loose all that content. So keep a backup of it so you can put it up somewhere else after. Just a tip from me! Top 3 Reasons You Shouldn




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TommyCarey

Hmmm, maybe my research was a bit out of date. I haven't used free blogging platforms for a while now because of they weren't very user friendly and the platforms basically saw you as someone who was posting content, not someone who was running a blog/website. In this post I was basically typing up what I've experienced and some bad features that I've noticed. I've seen things where people can still get into blogger sites that aren't their own, but it's more rare now that there is recaptcha out. It's just a bit harder to crack and takes a little more hands on approach to do so lol Top 3 Reasons You Shouldn




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bobjoehax3

Blogger has a system in place that prevents brute force passwording. So if they are entering an incorrect password too many times it will just lock them out completely and ban their IP address so they can't get in. For someone to do that they would need to try it millions of times and spend as much in proxies.


Woah, that's really awesome!! I had no idea.




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Cristian

I think free blogging platforms are great, especially when you want to test a website or a niche first to see if you are capable of producing views and quality traffic.

1. I never knew free platforms like Blogger can be hacked. I had a lot of blogs in my lifetime on Blogger and none got hacked, ever. Maybe if you use some custom script or theme but that's virtually possible for any blogging platform, no matter if its paid or free.

2. Yes, they can shut down, but I doubt Google will close Blogger anytime soon, maybe re-brand everything into something similar, but not close. And even if they choose to shut down completely you'll still get a notice and you'll have time migrating everything from Blogger to Wordpress (it's pretty easy actually).

3. I think Blogger is pretty versatile, especially when it comes to placing ads. But I agree, you don't have the liberty wordpress haves when it comes to new functionalities or custom stuff. On Wordpress you have a huge range of plugins and themes. On Blogger everything is very limited and you need to use them at the fullest.




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procoder

I've never used free blogging platforms,because i know that they are very limited. Yes, they are good for testing and learning purpose, but personally i'll never spend time on something that i don't have full control over it, imagine waking up and see that your blog is deleted...that's really scary. To be honest, they will not suspend or delete your blog if you haven't violate their TOS, but i can't say that would not happen even if you are following their rules, because I've seen some regular blogs being deleted without a real reason. Also, i have heard that suspending it's an automatic process which sometimes it's not 100% accurate.




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Lynne

Oh wow Razzy, is hacking into free blogging platform websites common? And why on earth would someone hack into your blog? Is it just nasty people that do this type of thing for fun or is there a real agenda behind it?

I wouldn't like to give control to a free blogging platform to just shut down my blog because they don't like my face. This would make me feel really insecure!

I also don't like being limited if it is my website, does this mean that adding things like Google Adsense will be a problem?

I never knew that all there were so many big cons associated with using free blogging platforms but I guess there must be otherwise why would anyone be paying for their own websites?




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idealmike

Competitors might do it. Someone you've written a bad review about and they don't like it and want it removed and don't want to pay you to do so but would rather pay a hacker to try and do it for them. But that's just naive because even if they did do that, as long as you had a backup you could just re-up it again. You can download your whole Blogger blog (and all its posts/pages) in one XML file which you can then just import again lol.




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Lynne

That people would do that is just shoddy and low. I might not like what someone has to say about me but I wouldn't ever use such underhanded methods.I guess some people have no scruples and will do whatever they like if they can get away with it.

Mental note: make back up of websites LOL




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vinaya

I agree with all three points, however, I want to add more.
It is really hard to monetize a free blog. If you cannot monetize, you cannot make money, if you cannot make money, you are just squandering your time.
Free blogs are not trusted. When I see wordpress/blogspot/weebly subdomain, I normally don't check those blogs even though the title may sound interesting.




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Corzhens

Is a free blogging platform easy to be attacked by trolls? I also had read in one discussion in another forum that a free blogging platform is high risk with hacking. That makes me think why. Are those speculations with proof or just mere speculations to discredit the free blogging platforms? Is Blogger considered one of those free blogging platforms that you cannot trust? Pardon me for asking, I just want to play it safe.




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