I last used WordPress many years ago during it’s fledgling days. It was one of the best free tools out there for creating websites. So when I decided to start my blog I turned to old trusty WordPress. I did not want to invest in a domain and pay for hosting until I was sure I was serious about blogging. I googled WordPress and found WordPress.com. I immediately setup my page and posted several blog posts. My next step involved monetizing my blog site by posting affiliate links to products I endorse and adding Google AdSense.
During the process of setting this up, I discovered that there is WordPress.com that I was using and WordPress.org. WordPress.org allows you to host your own blog or website. It is where you find the free WordPress software that you can download and install on your own web server. WordPress.com, on the other hand, does all of the hosting for you. You don’t have to download software, pay for hosting or manage a web server. The drawback with WordPress.com is that unless you purchase the premium hosting package you cannot monetize your site with ads. The free and personal hosting plan are served by WordPress.com ads and you do not get a cut of that money.
I did some research and found that I could purchase my own domain name for two years for $14.95 and host the site at GoDaddy for $12 for the year for a cost of approximately $1.65 per month; a far cry from the premium plan from WordPress.com for $8.25 per month. The GoDaddy price I got was a special for the year but their normal price for hosting a WordPress site is normally $3.99 per month a far cry from $8.25 per month. I have more control over my blog site with my own hosted WordPress.org site. I can setup any ad links I choose and any affiliate products that I want to advertise and profit from.
My advise is that if you are going to start a blog and don’t care about making any money from it then go with the free WordPress.com hosting plan. However, if you would like to make money from the blog site then host it yourself. There are several recommended hosting companies endorsed by WordPress.com. I choose GoDaddy for the price, service and a referral from my brother who hosts several complex websites on GoDaddy.
Happy blogging. Let me hear your 2 cents so I can get to a dollar.