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Blogoff Post #20: Weblogging for real estate? Host it yourself!

From the Online Marketing Blog’s “25 Tips for Marketing Your Blog”, here is tip number one, perhaps my number one crazy-maker:

Decide on a stand alone domain name www.myblog.com or directory of existing site www.mysite.com/blog. Sub domain is also an option blog.mysite.com. Avoid hosted services that do not allow you to use your own domain name!

So many of the real estate weblogs I like, including some I will review, are in violation of this rule.

True hosting is fast, easy and cheap. WordPress will come free with the hosting package. There is no good reason not to do this, and one outstanding reason to do it now rather than later: The bigger your traffic base, the more readers you will lose when you make your move. As with the Chicken Pox, you’re better off living through the pain while you’re still young…

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