Most newbies who start a blog prefer to use BlogSpot as their blogging platform. It makes sense. BlogSpot is free, and you need less technical skills to get started. The investment is zero, and the returns are high.
Also, you get unlimited bandwidth and unlimited storage in BlogSpot. (Though storage is not technically “unlimited”, we have plenty of options, like creating a different author profile and using it to store images and files.)
One thing which you might not like with BlogSpot is the .blogspot domain name, which can easily be fixed by buying a custom domain name.
A BlogSpot URL is something like:
A custom domain name is:
A custom domain has many added advantages over a .blogspot domain name.
Why should you buy a custom domain for your BlogSpot blog?
1. Buying a domain name is cheap
Buying a domain name is pretty cheap. You can get a good domain name for $1-$13.
You can buy a cheap .com domain name from GoDaddy.
2. Social media credibility
BlogSpot, being a free platform, is often overrun by spammers.
This is one reason that these sites are less likely to be trusted by people on social media.
When you use a custom name for your BlogSpot blog, it removes the impression that you are using a free blog, and hence, are not a spammer.
3. Web promotion
But when talking about credibility, most top websites don’t like giving a link back to a BlogSpot domain.
This makes promotion much more challenging.
4. Seriousness toward blogging
Even though you may be working a lot on your BlogSpot blog by creating great content, without a nice layout, a nice template, and a custom domain name, people will not feel that you are serious about blogging.
Basically, if you are not ready to spend a few dollars on the thing you love, no one will believe you are an authority on your topic.
The perception that you create in your readers’ minds is imperative for your blogging success.
Using a customized domain name helps you to establish your blog as a professional brand.
You can also use a nice logo, favicon, and a banner to further brand yourself.
6. Google Apps
With a custom domain comes the ability to use a custom domain-based email address.
You can have an email address with your domain name like: admin[at]shoutmeloud.com.
Check out this article to see how you can create a custom domain-based email with Google Apps.
7. The SEO advantage
If you plan to migrate your blog to WordPress, a custom domain name will ensure that you will not miss out on that precious link juice.
Your migration will also be more search engine friendly.
I have talked about this in detail here: How BlogSpot Users Can Prepare For WordPress Migration.
How to get a custom BlogSpot domain:
So if you are convinced that you should have a custom name for your BlogSpot blog, here is what you need to do:
1) Find a domain name. Find a perfect domain name for your blog. Don’t use your personal name, rather use something which is brandable and memorable.
Search for a domain name using any of these five domain name suggestion tools. You can refer to these guides:
2) Follow this detailed guide: Setting up a custom domain name on BlogSpot.
Note: WordPress is a much better blogging platform than BlogSpot. According to the January 2016 report, 25% of the websites in the world are powered by WordPress. You can read more here:
I would suggest you stick to BlogSpot for a couple of months, and then move to a self-hosted WordPress blog.
Go ahead and give yourself a cool, custom domain name for your BlogSpot blog. If you have any questions, feel free to ask me via the comments.
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