Most of the newbies who start a blog prefer to use BlogSpot as their blogging platform. It makes sense, as BlogSpot is free, and you need less technical skills to get started. The investment is zero and returns high.
Also, you get free, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited storage in BlogSpot. Though storage is not unlimited, we have plenty of options like creating a different author profile and use them to store images and files.
The only thing which you might not like with BlogSpot is .blogspot domain name, which can easily be fixed by buying a custom domain name.
Usually, a BlogSpot URL is something like domain.blogspot.com, and a custom domain name is www.domain.com. A custom domain has many added advantages over .blogspot domain name which you can read below.
Why should you buy a custom domain for your Blogspot blogs?
Buying a Domain Name is cheap
Buying a domain name is pretty cheap, you can easily get good domain name ending with .com or .org in between $10-$13. You can buy .com domain name for cheap from Godaddy.
Social Media Sites
BlogSpot being a free platform, is often targeted by spammers. This is one reason they are less likely to be trusted by people on social media sites. When you use a custom name for your BlogSpot blog, it removes the impression of a free blog. Do remember, Social media users doesn’t hate BlogSpot but they don’t even love it.
Do remember, Social media users doesn’t hate BlogSpot but they don’t even love it.
Talking about web promotion, which starts from social media sites to link building, most of the top websites doesn’t like giving a link back to BlogSpot domain. If you notice WordPress Blogs blogroll, it will be hard to find a BlogSpot domain there.
Seriousness towards Blogging
You have been working a lot on your BlogSpot blogs, but without a nice layout, template and domain name, people will not feel that you are serious about blogging. One simple reason being you are not ready to spend few dollars for the thing which you love.
The perception that you create in your readers’ mind is imperative for your blog. Using a customized domain name helps you to establish your blog as a brand. You can also use a nice logo, favicon, and banner to brand yourself. Look for WordPress like BlogSpot themes to give an entirely new look to your BlogSpot blogs.
With a custom domain comes the facility to use custom domain based email address. You can have an email address of your domain name like admin[at]shoutmeloud.com.
If you plan to migrate your blog to WordPress, a custom domain name will ensure that you will not miss out link juice, and your migration will be more search engine friendly. I have talked about this in detail here: How BlogSpot users can prepare for WordPress migration.
How to start with 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 the next.
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 How to select a great domain name and how to find the best domain name for some additional tips on selecting the name for your domain.
2) Follow this detailed guide on setting up a custom domain name on BlogSpot.
Note: WordPress is a much better blogging platform than BlogSpot. According to January 2016 report, 25% of the websites in the world is powered by WordPress. Anyways, this is a completely different topic of discussion, and if you want to read about it, here are two resources:
I would suggest you stick to BlogSpot for a couple of months and then move to self-hosted WordPress.
Go ahead, and give a cool custom domain name to your BlogSpot blog. If you have any question, feel free to ask me via comments. If you find this article useful, do share it on Facebook and Google plus.