Domain, Hosting, and Software - How to Start a Blog
You can start blogging without spending a dime and learn the basics of blogging by using wordpress.com or blogger.com. However, I highly recommend purchasing your own domain and hosting. These can be purchased for just a few dollars per month. You can install WordPress to your own server and the best part is that you will be your own boss.
If you do not run your blog on your own domain, such as blogger, you can risk losing it or being unable to earn as much income as you could if you were self-hosted (your own hosting). You gain a large amount of credibility when you host your own blog. You own it. You have all the control. You can also set up your own email associated with that domain. For instance, if you own yourdomain.com your email can be firstname.lastname@example.org. Companies are much more likely to respond to you if you have your own email address associated with your blog. It's just good business. (more…)