blog"Blog" is an abbreviated version of "weblog," which is a term used to describe web sites that maintain an ongoing chronicle of information. A blog features diary-type commentary and links to articles on other Web sites, usually presented as a list of entries in reverse chronological order. Blogs range from the personal to the political, and can focus on one narrow subject or a whole range of subjects.

Many blogs focus on a particular topic, such as web design, home staging, sports, or mobile technology. Some are more eclectic, presenting links to all types of other sites. And others are more like personal journals, presenting the author's daily life and thoughts.

Generally speaking (although there are exceptions), blogs tend to have a few things in common:

A main content area with articles listed chronologically, newest on top. Often, the articles are organized into categories.
An archive of older articles.
A way for people to leave comments about the articles.
A list of links to other related sites, sometimes called a "blogroll".
One or more "feeds" like RSS, Atom or RDF files.

Some blogs may have additional features beyond these.

How to Get a Free Blog

Have you ever wanted a blog, journal, or diary? Well, below are at least 10 places you can choose from.

Tumblr: http://tumblr.com
type pad: http://typepad.com
wordpress: www.wordpress.com
self-hosted wordpress: www.wordpress.org
live journal: http://livejournal.org
my-diary: http://my-diary.org
blogger: http://blogger.com
weebly (can also be a site): http://www.weebly.com
sos blogs: http://sosblogs.com
inube: guestbook, blog, photo album, or site: http://inube.com
floost: http://floost.com

When to Pay for a Blog

As more writers are choosing blogging as a way to promote their writing and books, they also need to think about buying their own domain for their blog. There are definitely benefits to hosting your own blog, and each writer needs to think about these before making any kind of a decision. Most all writers begin with a free blogging service such as Blogger and only look into finding their own domain and name when they see that they are not seeing the traffic they want to see. There are reasons this may be happening, and there are certainly several reasons to justify cheap hosting your own blog.

You Completely Own the Blog

When you look at it from a business standpoint, setting a blog on Blogger is certainly easy and itís free, but you donít really own the blog. While you do own the content, both the domain and platform on which the blog is based belong to Google which means they can suspend your account if you violate the Terms of Service. That means you can completely lose all of the hard work you put into your blog if Google suspends your account. In addition, if you should ever want to sell your blog if it becomes popular and extremely profitable, you will be unable to do so since you only own the content that is on your blog.

Owning Your Own Domain Name and Blog Gives You Credibility

Signing on with Blogger or other similar blog hosts that offer free platforms means there will be a substantial number of blogs on that site. While there may be some good blogs featured on the hosting site, there will also be a good many of low quality blogs. Unfortunately these free blog hosting sites (also free domain hosting) tend to cater to many people who are interested in just writing about their day-to-day lives rather than serious blogging to attract publishers or clients.

Hosting Your Own Domain Gives You Total Control

When you host your own blog domain you have more flexibility and complete control over the software and set up you choose to use. You will have the option to use simple HTML pages, load a CMS like WordPress or even add special scripts to your pages. Flexibility is essential for the future because you can expand your siteís scope in order to generate more traffic and ultimately earn more money from your blog.





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