Saturday, December 29, 2012

Purchased Own Domain Name

female diver standing at end of a diving boardI finally took the plunge and purchased a domain name for this blog. I figured I've had this blog for over 5 years maybe I should go ahead and make it independent of blogspot.

I was really inspired by another blog that I bought it's own domain name for. It blew me away how much more traffic that site received after I made the move. It went from 100s of visitor a month to 1000s of visitors a month. I didn't even worry about trying to get more links to that site either. All I did was make sure I made a new post every week. The traffic didn't come all at once either. It gradually increased month over month and still is on the rise.

chart that shows how website traffic has increased
The red line indicates when I purchased the domain name.
The blue lines shows how many visitors came to the site.


Now I don't expect this site to take off quite like the other one, but any increase in traffic and website authority will be greatly welcomed. I will need to roll up my sleeves a bit and be ready to write a new post every week, but I think I can handle it with all my shopping experiences I want to share, and my vast wisdom on personal finance.

Savings sign with coins beside it
Another reason is the web hosting cost itself is dirt cheap for a blogger site. My first site I created back in 2003 cost me $9.99 a month for web hosting, and $15 a year for the domain name. I purchased this domain for only $10. That is $10 for a whole year and no monthly charges at all.

I highly recommend people to use blogger.com if they are interested in starting a small blog/website. It is easy enough for novices to get started with and you don't need to know any technical knowledge on webdesign. But the biggest reason is the price. At $10 a year it is a steal.

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