free blogging programCan I use a free blogging program like blogger.com or WordPress.com to make money online?

I can’t tell you how many times I have been asked this particular question and my answer is usually the same, as a smart a** I usually answer the question with another question. My question goes like this:

When you search for information how many first page results do you see that are “free” blogs?

Identifying A Free Blogging Program

Yes, you can always tell when someone is using a free blogging program as opposed to someone that has created a unique URL and created a WordPress blog using the hosting accounts cPanel and Softaculous rather than using a free blogging program. How? The free blog will have a subdomain format such as: makebigmoney.blogspot.com  or  makebigmoney.wordpress.com.

Why does this make a free blogging program a bad idea? In the simplest of terms, this structure – along with some other things – makes ranking a free blog more difficult than one with a unique URL. In the long run, that is the exact reason why I don’t use them other than to use to support my other sites with a unique domain name.

A Free Blogging Program and The Rules

The other problem with a free blogging program is that if you violate rules or policies with the blog host, they can and will terminate your account. What if you had a hundred posts on the account, was using it to promote other blogs or promoting an online program that WordPress or Google decided violated their policies and therefore shut your blog down? I can tell you from personal experience, it stings.

I suppose I am one of those types of people, considered a “rebel” I’m sure by many, I like having the least amount of people with direct control to my life and my lifestyle as possible. I don’t like following the rules, never have and probably never will. I tolerate and abide by rules because I have to in many cases. Violating someones ridiculous policy is not one of those things I’m going to lose sleep over.

Having my site taken down for crossing over into “grey” areas in terms of my blog subjects is another. It is a lot of work to create content for a blog. Once you have developed a base of readers, something else that isn’t easy to build up, you don’t want to lose them.

Free Blogging Program Better Than None At All

Overall, I just like the flexibility and independence of having a self-hosted blog. I like the fact that I can develop a URL based on a popular key phrase or my own name. There is nothing wrong with starting off in the internet world using a free blogging program and if another option is not available at this time I would start here rather than do nothing at all.

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After fighting his way through the myriad of online swamps and quicksand (and himself!) Mark finally found some financial relief by learning how to effectively promote his content. He now teaches others how to promote their programs and opportunities, is an advocate for those working to make money online and believes that most programs can make you money...when you learn how to properly promote them. You can also catch his work on his personal blog markgrahammarketing.com
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