If you are serious about blogging, if you intend to use a blog in any commercial way and/or to create a professional reputation, then whether or not you decide to have a free hosted blog at wordpress.com or hire a web host and self host a wordpress.org blog, I recommend purchasing a domain as early as possible.
This is because blogs on subdomains like wordpress.com or blogspot lack the credibility that those on their own domains have, and a domain name tends to give your website an aura of respectability.
Your domain name should be your website name. For SEO include keywords in the URL and tagline that reflect your “brand” Your domain name is your own, it’s portable, and you can have an email address and blog on the same domain.
Having your own domain means provides increased opportunities to:
I have chosen to purchase two domains and domain mapping from wordpress.com One of my blogs is a self hosted wordpress.org blog and one is being hosted by wordpress.com.
As many folks are confused about what the differences are between wordpress.COM and wordpress.ORG I just linked to the best breakdown of all, and below is a video comparison.
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