When you create a free blog on blogger, you are been hosted in blogger but you are not having your own free domain. Let’s say for instance, you created a blog on blogger with the address as myblog, your blog address is automatically myblog.blogspot.com which is a sub-domain under the domain blogger.com.
Do you get it?
Now, when you convert the myblog.blogspot.com to http://www.myblog.com then you have successfully owned your own domain name.
Now, you might be wondering
What is the importance of a custom domain?
First, I would start by saying a
serious blogger would go for a custom domain. Yes you heard me right, I would strongly advice that you start with a custom domain as it comes with a lot of benefits.
- How else do you prove to search engines that you are for real? You are not just any body that creates a free blog and puts it on search engines.
- It gives value to your blog: Yes, having a custom domain makes a blog stand out. When you are using a custom domain its hard for your audience to tell if its a blog or a website but when using a sub-domain say urblog.blogspot.com it simply tells your readers that you are using a free blog.
- It helps rank better in search engines: When you make research on google, the top sites that appear mostly use a custom domain tho this strongly depend on what your search keyword is, but using a custom domain helps your ranking in search engines.
- Its easy to remember: how many of your blog readers will remember http://www.myblog.blogpot.com? Yes some will but how about http://www.myblog.com? Isn’t that much more easier to recall? Sure it is.
More tutorials to come on this.