I'm feeling pretty excited right now as I can finally say that I HAVE MY OWN DOMAIN! Welcome to www.kiralcurtis.com! Ok, so nothing has changed on my actual blog but there is no longer that annoying .blogspot.com (no offense blogspot/blogger). I had been putting off buying a domain since I started my blog because I wanted to be sure I would take my blog seriously before I committed to spending the money. Lucky for me, godaddy.com is a lot cheaper than I had expected so I looked into it further! I am happy in saying that I only paid £1.10 for the year and I get a free month of my own e-mail address too! After that it only goes up to around £8 for the year which I am happy to pay. After the year, the price of my domain also goes up to £7.99. £7.99 for the year though, that isn't bad at all!
I struggled a little getting it set up so I rang godaddy.com which wasn't much help as I don't think the American guy on the other end of the phone understood what I was saying. I then spoke to Leland over the online chat and he/she was very helpful and sorted it for me!
Advantages of having your own domain:
- Looks more professional.
- Helps get a better position in search engines.
- Easier for people to remember.
-You can have your own professional contact e-mail (for example, mine is now email@example.com).
- It is easier to publicise and write out when you don't have to include the sub-domain (eg. blogspot.com).
- It officially becomes a brand.
Obviously, I'm not an expert as I have only just got one myself but I like it as I actually feel like I can work on growing my domain authority and increase views on more of a business level. Blogging is something I really enjoy doing so as you can imagine, this excites me! Now it's time to focus on working with brands and maybe one day this will be a full time thing. It's a lot more exciting than my current day job!
What are your opinions on having your own domain?
Wish me luck!