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If you want to start a blog for free, you have the ability to do this. There are a few things you need to know in advance before doing this. You need to know what 3rd party applications are, what sub-domains are, how popular platforms are setup compared to professionally based sites, and how much $ it can cost to run your own site.

What are 3rd Party Applications?

To answer the question what are 3rd party applications, 3rd party applications are ultimately what your site looks like & is built around. When you visit a website, it’s shaped in a certain type of way with a certain layout. These layouts are called themes. Themes are different than 3rd party applications because of how 3rd party applications include the whole program that themes base around. They are simply written layouts made to operate within the 3rd party application you are using. 2 popular 3rd party applications are Wordpress & Joomla. Other major ones include Drupal, Simple Machines, & Zen Cart.

What are Subdomains on a Website?

In response to what are subdomains on a website, subdomains are sites within a major website. They’re the exact same as any normal website out there, except it just uses a 3rd party application on a domain with sub-domain based names. A normal website will have only 1 group of words or words between the 3 w’s and the ending. A sub-domain will have 2 different groups of words instead separated by a period. When setting up your own sub-domain through somebody else, you have to either tell the webmaster what sub-domain you’d like or set it up.

The Most Popular Free Blogging Websites compared to Professional Sites

Now for the big question about the difference between the most popular free blogging websites & professional sites. Big blogging websites like Blogger, Posterous, & Tumblr are widely used by many people today. The downfall to using big places like this are its associated long history of misuse of these directories like spam or scams, how they usually house bloggers that aren’t serious about their website building, and the other big downfall being how it’s server client based. You don’t have the ability to use the highly popular blogging platforms that are out to date such as Wordpress & Joomla. You’re limited to what they’ve built within their server for your website as opposed to a normal professionally made website.

My Site was banned by Google!?

If you’re somebody trying to figure out ‘why my site was banned by Google’, that’s understandable. Major blogging platforms have been known to actually delete people’s sites out of the blue without any notice prior. That’s a lot of hard work down the drain! Setting up your own website through another webmaster you can actually communicate, a webmaster that won’t randomly delete your site, seems a much smarter method.

How much does it cost, build website?

For the last question on how much does it cost, build website, it can cost a lot. It really depends on what type of domain you’re buying and the hosting service you’re running through. A normal .com domain will normally run you about 12 bucks every year even though you can easily pay $1,000 for one through sites other people have had in the past. The expensive part is usually in the hosting however. The hosting can cost you as much as $30 dollars a month or more for your built in servers or more. A normal hosting plan you might get a deal on for around $130 a year. Too add to that, there’s many other features to worry about like SSL Security certificates, using certain features, more protection for your site, and many other things that can cost a lot more money. Obviously with a free place, you don’t have to worry about buying your domain, buying your hosting plan, and all those other available features.

Finding a Free Professional Website Service

If you’re somebody who doesn’t want your site to be deleted out of the blue by major blogging platforms, you want to setup a site using the major 3rd party blogging applications out there instead of built in themes with limited options; using a helpful and professional website service will allow you to setup a site like many of the other more serious and professional webmasters out there today.


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Good info. Thanks. didn't know sites would/could delete your blog with no warning.

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  about 4 years ago

i like your article

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  about 5 years ago

Love your article! I have recently been doing some research on blogging and found your article to be very helpful. I did not know how easy it is for blogging platforms to remove all your hard work. This is so good to know. Thank you and I look forward to reading other articles you have written on the subject.

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  about 5 years ago

No problem Susan. Sites like Blogger.(com & Wordpress.(om have been known to delete blogs they deem as inappropriate. I actually have some friends who've had there blogs deleted, even after being live for 1 - 2 years. They can delete your blog without notice, and they've done it. If you've ever visited a recently deleted blog, it'll say this blog was recently removed for so and so reasons. It sucks. With the site listed here, you won't have to worry about your site being deleted. On top of that, you'd have access to normal features like Joomla & Wordpress that all other free blogging platforms that I know of don't have. I plan on creating it's own built in server to include it's own Wordpress & Joomla features if possible, or just Wordpress... but I'm manually doing it right now. It only takes about 15 minutes to actually setup a new sub-domain, so it's not a big deal. When the site starts receiving 100's of new bloggers every day like blogger.(om though, I'll definitely need to server it up. ;) Good luck.

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  about 5 years ago

Interesting Seth, I will share this around for you.

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  about 5 years ago

Thanks Shawn. Sitting here kinda laughing at this 'Empower Network' site apparently created to make it easy for people to make money for themselves. Well anyway, see you later Shawn. I'm glad to be apart of an awesome group like you all.

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  about 5 years ago

hi seth - i know you were 'into it' but i didn't realize how much - your knowledge of internet workings is impressive - how long have you been at this? just a point to consider though - a lot of people are starting out in IM and have difficulty following because your use of language is geared toward a more experienced user - which is fine depending on the level of user you're attracting - to a novice at IM (like myself) i want to read your stuff but i know i'll need an IM dictionary - let me give you an athletic analogy - I played D1 and semipro soccer - juggling a soccer ball to me is about as difficult as breathing - but if you've never played the game you would be hard pressed to get to five... juggling = keeping the ball in the air (by yourself) by use of the feet, knees, thighs, shoulders, head ie: hackeysack - try juggling a soccer ball for the first time! this is something that all of us do at some point because everybody is an expert at something - great article and i look forward to reading more!

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  about 5 years ago

Thanks Stephen. I feel really flattered now. haha. :/ I know I.M. so well now it's hard for me to talk on the newb side of things often. My apologies in advance for any impending confusion. I'm wrapped up in how things work sometimes I forget I need to gear some of what I talk about to all audiences, including the people who might have a little trouble understanding. Rob was kinda saying the same thing below if you read his comment. For how long I've been doing I.M., it's been since February of 2011. I've been doing it pretty hardcore ever since however so I guess I can now say I.M.'s pretty easy to me now. :p But yeah, I have it setup to where people can make free blogs through a site I operate at OnlineGamingParadise.(om. I decided to steer away from the I.M. niche (lol), cuz of all the weirdos out there taking advantage of it. Plus it's kinda boring me after a while simply talking about I.M. which seemingly everybody is doing the same since... everything ultimately comes down to doing Internet Marketing right, since everything that's advertised applies to I.M. It's all pretty enjoying to do when you get used to it and start establishing a real frame of work for yourself that suits you well. Thanks for the feedback and see you around.

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  about 5 years ago

An excellent breakdown here Seth, I also see a very smart use of LSI keywords.

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  about 5 years ago

Yeah, it can be I guess. I know you don't want to try and 'game' the system with the keywords though. Writing for your reader with a small conscientious of your main keywords is really the whole idea. I've learned you don't really want to make the title of your blog the exact same as your web url address because Google picks up on that and might actually derank you for it. But for the most part, I think they really only care about highly relative content.

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  about 5 years ago

Some very useful information here Seth. It can be quite daunting setting up your own blog/site at first. You have hopefully demystified it for a lot of people.

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  about 5 years ago

Hey Roger! Yeah, I might decide to throw a few tips to people but I've put the WA banner towards the bottom for a good reason. Being able to setup your own Wordpress or Joomla page is pretty awesome totally for free. Later on I'll probably setup my own server, except make it unique in the aspect that people will have access to either Wordpress or Joomla features, and then they'd have about full access to everything offered on both ends. (Wordpress & Joomla [although more into the coding aspect for veteran bloggers] are ideally the best aside from forum based themes, which I'm sure there's other things that can be worked out). Mingle Forum for one, although it's 1 page based rather than 'the whole site' and arguably not as professional looking despite how it gets the job done and even offers 6 spots within it for adsense placement. Of course the best part about it is nobody has to spend a penny in the process. Instead of spending $130 or more a month on hosting & buying a .com domain for $12.00 (or much more in some cases), people can setup there own blog for free with the potential to make themselves some spare $ with the aid of the best platforms for blogging, without the worry it'll be deleted randomly out of the blue by major blogging platforms, direct communication with the webmaster, having there site featured on a high trafficking website that's very relevant, and much more leeway to do whatever they want. ~ Kind of hard to beat that.

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  about 5 years ago

Very informative, Shawn, thanks for sharing this. I have a lot to lose if Youtube or Facebook or Wordpress suddenly decide I'm undesirable--years and years of posting, vanished in the blink of an eye. But I only post stuff to share, and I keep my various works' original files on my hard-drive and backed-up on DVD Data Disks (Old School, that is). Still--I'd lose all the dialogues and back and forth of the 'comment' dialogues, which in some cases are at least as interesting as the post! Enjoyed the article.

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  about 5 years ago

Yeah, it sounds like Squidoo & Facebook with the case of how the times change. I know Squidoo deleted some articles after some Google Updates (duplicate content issues I believe) & Facebook started deleting groups that had very original names even after they had been live for a long time. Wordpress.(om has a rule in there guidelines saying they don't allow advertising, so you don't really have a chance using them. As for Blogger.(om, I have a friend who had there content on there for a couple years and it was recently removed a couple months back. She had previously put in a ton of work on that site too. That's cool you back-up your stuff. Most people need to do that. I think I've heard of DVD Data Disks in one of my University classes I've taken, lol. You can also backup the database of your website along with the framework as well by sending an email to your email account every day. There's a plugin to do it. Put briefly though, I won't delete people's blogs just because of a Google Updates or 'if I deem it necessary'. The only time I'd think about deleting somebody's blog is if they were outright taking advantage of the feature or going against the 2 or 3 rules set in place. I'd send them an email or something saying not to do it or whatever a few times & wait a little bit before actually doing that, if necessary. Besides that, they're the admin with full access and with the ability to do whatever they want through OnlineGamingParadise.(om from then on out. If they wanted to setup sub-directories on there sub-domain and stuff like that also, all they have to do is contact me and I'd do that too. Of course they'd need a decent amount of content already on there main sub-domain or something before I did that for them.

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  about 5 years ago

Hi, Seth...your information mentioned in your article was very useful...now people have the idea what the right one to choose. Thanks...it was a great post!

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  about 5 years ago

Hey Divine, hey there. For being the right one, it's really oriented to games. Yes, somebody can also host through that site with something that's not related to games, but it might be kinda a turn off since they'd be using a free site on a gaming site. Kyle was sorta being the devil's advocate in Wealthy Affiliate while I was talking to him about it. I thought about creating another domain just for non-related gaming sites and have the main site use a 301 redirect to the gaming blog. Not sure if I want to put that in action or not... Of course they're featured on the home site also & they have access to places like Wordpress & Joomla too. I thought about building my own server kinda like Blogger.(om has it and others, but I might expand upon that later. If I ever did do that, I know for certain they'd have access to a bucket load of themes & I might try tieing in the Wordpress database of plugins into it too. I'd have to do some serious studying up on running perl scripts, application interfaces, and other sophisticated ways of keeping track of things as Carson was telling me.

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  about 5 years ago
Joan S  

Do you like the free WordPress blogs? Any disadvantages to sub-domains? Good article.

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  about 5 years ago

Hey Joan. :) Thanks for the compliment. No, there's not any technical disadvantages to sub-domains. The only factors that I've found that maybe an issue are how Google has to scan through 'more content' for a whole domain. Of course this is only theoretical and only Google could really answer that question. So instead of 3 days, it might take 4 days (who knows). But since your domain is all on 1 3rd party application (Wordpress.rg, Joomla, etc.) Sub-domains rank just as well as regular domains as far as I'm concerned though. Aside from that, there's a possibility a little of your traffic might stray to the main domain. This applies to all blogging platforms. For Wordpress, I wouldn't use them. The reason I don't use Wordpress.(om is because they actually have a rule where people aren't allowed to advertise on there site. People's Wordpress blogs have been deleted just because of that reason, which is crazy if you ask me. I know Wordpress.(om is pretty good, but that rule about not advertising kinda goes against the whole point of it. :P

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  about 5 years ago
Joan S  

Thanks Seth. If you were making a landing page, and wanted to do if for free, what would you use?

  
  about 5 years ago

Well, through the blogging platform above it would be the same as owning your own domain so you'd have access to normal features instead of limited options like Blogger.(om, etc. But... a static page looks pretty nice for a good landing page. It's really up too you though. There's a lot you can do for a good landing page. Joomla offers a lot of coding capabilities where you a lot of options. But you can do a ton with Wordpress using the right plugins, themes, and features too. For me, I usually just setup a normal product page & that's it. My main site at OnlineGamingParadise.(om will have over 200 pages when it's done so tons of pages I could link too. What I do is simply setup what I call product pages, and then I have regular content pages or posts. It's all really up to you on how you want to go about it I guess.

  
  about 5 years ago

Here is a site that can help with a free squeeze page Joan. 90 secondsqueezepage do( com/ there are many others but this one is super simple.

  
  about 5 years ago
Joan S  

Thanks David. I'll check it out.

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  about 5 years ago
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