Whenever I see a blog URL that ends in blogspot.com or wordpress.com, I automatically assume that the person must be blogging strictly as a hobby, or that they must be newbies.
If you want your blog to be taken seriously, purchasing a domain name is one of the first steps you should take on your blogging journey.
In this post, we'll discuss why you need a domain name.
Why You Need a Domain Name
You don't have to be a professional blogger before purchasing a domain name. If you have a passion for blogging, and hopes/plans of taking your blog to the next level, purchasing a domain name is a good investment.
In fact, because domain names get snatched up so quickly, even if you aren't ready to use it now, I recommend securing your domain name now so that it's available to you in the future.
How Do I Choose My Domain Name?
When choosing your domain name, ask yourself these questions:
- Does it reflect my brand or personality?
- Is it too long? You want your name to be some something that's not only easy to remember but easy to type.
- Does it have longevity? Is this a name you'll love years down the road?
- Can you see yourself building a brand around this name? You may be blogging as a hobby now, but what about if your blog gets big. Will you be happy with this name?
I know choosing a domain name can be tough. I say give it some time and don't rush it. Once you've come up with the perfect domain name, you'll know it!
How Do I Purchase A Domain Name?
If you take a look at my tutorial on How To Start a Blog, I go over how to purchase a domain name in the first part of the tutorial.
What's the Cost?
Depending on the company you purchase your domain name from, a domain name can cost anywhere from $10-$15 per year.
There are sites that offer domain names as low as $1.99, but keep in mind that this price is usually for the first year only. After that, the price typically goes up to the typical $10-$15 price range per year.
Can I Have a Domain Name if I Blog at Blogger.com or WordPress.com?
Yes! Both of these blogging platforms allow you to either:
- Map your domain name from a third-party site (such as HostGator) to WordPress.com or your Blogger blog.
- Purchase your domain name directly through Blogger or WordPress.com.
Do I Have to Keep Paying for My Domain Name?
Yes. After you purchase your domain name, you will continue to pay for it as long as you want to own it.
When paying for your domain name, you typically have two options:
- Pay for it annually.
- Pay for multiple years at a time.
Whichever payment schedule you choose, be sure to keep track of your next payment due date. You wouldn't want to lose your domain name because you forgot to make your payment.
Also, if you're using auto billing, be sure you keep your payment information up to date. Again, you don't want to lose your domain name because your billing information was outdated.
If you have any questions about domain names, just let me know in the comments and I'll see if I can help.