3 Reasons I’m Getting My Own Domain Name

I’ve thought about it for a while, and have decided that on Monday my blog will no longer have the word “wordpress” in my URL.  It will only cost me $18 a year, and here are the benefits I will reap:

1. Professional Image – My blog will no longer be “just another WordPress blog”, but will have a more professional look.  I have already started by changing the look of the blog so that more articles are visible and so that the archives are more easily accessed.  This will make things easier for my readers to find the necessary content they need.

2. Easier for Google Searches – Having your own domain name makes it easier for Google to connect readers with content on the internet.  When they are searching for writing tips, they are going to be able to find content on my site with little effort.  Google will index my site so that it pops up more often when people search for writing tips.

3. Easy to Remember – How many times have people not found my blog because they forgot to put “wordpress” in the URL?  With the domain name being writingishardwork.com, it will be much easier to market it to people and to tell people when they ask about it.

Consider getting your own domain name.  It will change the way the internet sees you, and could possibly grow your readership.

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10 thoughts on “3 Reasons I’m Getting My Own Domain Name

  1. One note of caution from me. I bought my domain name so have wheniwas8.wordpress.com to use. However, it did cause me problems when I want to comment on non-Wordpress blogs. It took me a while to work out what the issue was but when I went back to the WordPress name I was able to comment…..

  2. Good on you, and well worth the money. The new look works, too.

    I haven’t taken up a domain name for my own WordPress blog because I already have a personal domain name which I’ve held since 2001 – and that’s home to my writing/book website. Never regretted the expense – which is pretty minimal, really.

    My next challenge is rebuilding that website. I had it made with custom coding, but it’s looking a bit dated by today’s standards.

  3. I think I read somewhere in this wordpress world that your followers will not automatically follow you to your .com site …. do you know anything about this? It’s been a deterrent for me.

    • Some people have had problems with it, but most don’t. Both domains will be active, but the new one will be more successful at bringing in search traffic from search engines.

  4. I’ve done it somewhat differently. My main blog, Tracking the Words is doing very well without a domain name. I set up another blog, Dark Boundaries, exclusively for my books, and that’s the one I bought a domain for. I can’t afford two, so it had to be the one that most seriously needs to represent me as a writer. Just recently, I also removed all blog posts from Dark Boundaries, making it more of a website.

  5. I have promised myself that once the WIP is done I am going to upgrade mine I am also looking at the extra storage options as I don’t really want to have to start new blogs as mine fills and i don’t want to have to stop sharing pics either

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