Why Choosing A Free Blogging Platform Is A Terrible Mistake

  April 1, 2018 blogging tips 🕑 4 minutes read

One ring to rule them all, One ring to find them, One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them. The free blogging platform made me do it! From Opotiki, New Zealand.








What do all 3 sites have in common? Each is a free blogging platform.


What else do all 3 sites have in common? Crickets compose the majority of Blogspot, WordPress.com and Tumblr audiences.


Crickets are poor readers. Terrible engagement. Something to do with hairy, awkward legs. Cannot comment. Save melodic calls. Forget about a cricket hiring you. Cheap bastards. Or perhaps insects do not comprehend the concept of money.


I love crickets. I hear ’em nightly here in Opotiki, New Zealand. These guys put me to sleep.


But no blogger wants a cricket-dominated readership, complemented by tumbleweeds flowing through your “blogging community.”


Big Boo Boo


Starting your blog on a free blogging platform is the worst blogging mistake you can make.  Imagine intending to be a professional juggler. Then, imagine shackling your arms and legs. Unless any of you are sea lions – pipe down, fish breath (although I do appreciate having the ability to knock a buzzard off of a shit wagon) – you will have a hellish time trying to juggle with arms and legs shackled.


Starting out with a free blogging platform is like intending to be a pro juggler with arms and legs shackled. The one thing you can do on any free platform: write and publish a blog post. Great. Beyond that, networking effectively, branding effectively and monetizing your blog effectively are virtually impossible endeavors on free platforms.


Ya wanna talk about shackles? Try monetizing on WordPress dot com, which, incidentally, prohibits monetizing. Try impressing a new reader who sees the domain name IAmTooDamnCheapToBuyADomainAndHosting.blogspot.com. A wee little credibility issue there.


I haven’t even noted how your blog can be shut down at any time for any reason on free platforms, the ultimate nightmare which does in fact come true for many bloggers on free platforms.


Did You Mark Your Blog “Private”?


If no, you want to go public. Meaning you want blog readers.


(Side note; if I tried to recover a few old Blogspot blogs that I marked as “private” I could have titled the post “Saving Ryan’s Privates”. Take that wherever you want to based on the movie with the same name.)


If you want blog readers, buy your domain and hosting and go with wordpress.org because this is the only viable, smart, effective option for drawing readers to your blog.


If you want to run a private cyber diary, use a free platform. You, your thoughts and the odd cricket with a morbid fascination with amateur hour deals will be present.


Why Am I Busting Free Platform Blogger Balls?


I didn’t sleep well last night. Joking. I slept like a baby.


But being honest pulls the masses of new or struggling bloggers out of their delusion that you can actually build a thriving blog on free platforms.


The odd, rare bird gets fully clear on their free platform blog, creates helpful content, builds bonds, and their rare clarity helps them build successful blogs on free sites. But virtually all free platform bloggers struggle because you handcuff yourself the second you choose a free platform over a domain and hosting.


The Solution


I wrote a guest post on Alonzo Pichardo’s rocking blog today:


6 Reasons Why You Need to Be on WordPress Dot Org


I explain in depth why you need to buy your domain and hosting and get on WP Dot Org.  Sponging up these reasons underscores why going with freebie blogs is a big time blogging boo boo and why going Dot Org is the only option if you plan to go public with your blog, to attract readers.


Everything flows from owning your online real estate. From branding to monetizing potential, buying your domain and hosting is a no brainer.


Read my guest post on Alonzo’s blog for the main course.


How You Start Blogging Means Everything


Even if you feel confident and kinda clear on your blogging direction, cheaping out and going freebie totally destroys the foundation of your blogging career. Imagine Jabba the Hutt trying to sit his corpulent duff on a house of cards. Ya get a clear visual of intending to grow a readership through a free blogging platform.


Why do folks choose a free platform?


The reasons:


  • cheap people make foolish decisions
  • the 1% committed, “let me give blogging a shot on a free platform and see how it works” crowd (I’ll save you time; your blog will suck and you’ll quit)
  •  other newbie or struggling, free platform bloggers will offer you the bad advice of starting a blog on a free platform
  • you are mired in fear about blogging, building an online business or just flat out sharing your thoughts, and picking a free blogging platform helps you play small, and fail miserable, reflecting your fear back to you


The Solution


Buy your domain and hosting today. Go with WordPress.org.


If you are on a free platform now, migrate. It’s your only choice.


Unless you have an affinity for the Cricket Crowd.

  1. Greg Seymour says:
    at 1:05 pm

    Great advice and i love your sense of humor.

    I considered a free platform but, like one of your points, I figured if I was serious about blogging for an income I needed to look (and think) legit. Nothing says amateur like ImportantBlogger.blogspot.com.

    Anyway, months into this thing I “get it”. So much power having my own domain and being on WordPress.org. BTW, what an awful business decision to have two competing platforms named the same except their extension org/com. How confusing.

    Off to read your guest post now. Thanks.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 8:29 pm

      Ah Greg….Power! Perfect word dude. Sans WordPress.org you lose your blogging power. With it, onward and upward.

  2. Susan R says:
    at 4:28 am

    Now that would have been an interesting alternative blog post title ;-). I recently read an article by someone raving about Medium as a blog platform but I’d rather own my real estate however much work is involved in maintenance

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 6:19 pm

      Yep Susan; both on the alternative title LOL and the owning of real estate, along with the workload. You see bloggers like yourself who put in the time and energy, being generous, set themselves up for greater and greater success.

  3. Shubham Varshney says:
    at 2:12 pm

    Now I really happy that I have done the right thing by not listening to my fellow mates and bought a domain. You have just provided me a siege of relief. Thanks for sharing this nice concern. And in the last, you have written it in a very amazing way, glad to have a read of this fine content.

  4. Israel Olatunji says:
    at 6:13 pm

    Hello Ryan,

    Kudos for categorically emphasizing on the fact that choosing a free blogging platform is a terrible blogging mistake! Thanks for stating the benefits of operating like a professional blogger using a custom domain and a hosting account!

    I guessed some people leverage free blogging platforms as a result of the fact that they haven’t got much experience about the internet and would love to try it out first using those platforms like Blogspot, Tumblr, WordPress and so on.

    Some people never intended blogging for money making while so many others really wanted to make money blogging but claim that there is no financial capability.

    I considered the fact that I would be branding my online business well if I could afford the token charges required for setting up a custom domain and hosting it. Thanks for the helpful post!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 8:22 pm

      Israel that’s awesome dude. I dig how you use the word “token”; paying for a domain and hosting is small potatoes compared to your returns.

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