Professional Internet marketers are in the business of generating streams of revenue through WordPress blogs for themselves and for their clients. Frequently, people that are interested in having a blog for personal reasons, ask us why they would need to buy a domain name and pay for hosting. In other words, what is the advantage of owning a blog site over signing up for a free one?
Really, you can have all the free blogs you want – there is no reason you can’t. But there are some distinct advantages to owning your website, such as owning your site. When you own your site you have control over the content and typically your web host backs it up so you are not in danger of losing it, which does happen with the free sites. You also have the advantage of being the recipient of the revenues generated by the affiliate advertising on the site, and once it gets really rocking, you can sell it for a profit.
Free WordPress blogs have some restrictions regarding the use of plugins, but when you own your blog, the nature and number of plugins you upload is unlimited. There are literally thousands of plugins for WP that help your blog in a myriad ways, such as protecting it from spam and promoting it to the top of the search engines. And, you can get such good deals on hosting a WordPress blog, why not go for it?
There are also some very cool plugins that add extra cheer to your blog and entice new and returning visitors. Check out these ones…
Thank Me Later
This plugin is so awesome. It allows you to send a note via email to first time visitors thanking them for coming to your blog. You can invite them to connect with you and let them know about your RSS feed.
If you are part of the modern world of technology you must use this plugin. It allows you to seamlessly transform your blog into eye candy for mobile devices. Does not take a rocket scientist.
The buzzword here is “reader engagement.” All us bloggers know about staying up until the wee hours racking our brains for dynamic content that keeps our readers’ interest up. This nifty plugin allows you to add all sorts of polls, including voting on your content.
Blogging is all about developing relationships and this plugin makes your site very personable. Your mug shot as well as those of your contributing authors show up on every post.
This is a highly useful plugin for WordPress. It allows you to add all sorts of pertinent information and love messages to the bottom of your blog.