The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman.Do you have a blog? If so, you want to make it easy for others to find. Which do you think works better?
www.blogspot.com/johnsgenealogyblogInsert the name of your blog in place of "johnsgenealogyblog" in the above examples.
With your own, personal domain name, you can be yourself, present yourself professionally, start an online store, display your portfolio, share a gallery with family and friends, begin a blog, and so much more. By owning a domain name, you also control an online destination that can tell people more about you, your business, and what you have to offer to the world. Domain names also are easy to set up.
For instance, the "real address" of this newsletter used to be http://www.typepad.com/eastmans_online_genealogy but I found that nobody could remember that. That name was far too long and started with some other company's name (Typepad). I didn't want to promote someone else's business, I wanted to showcase my own efforts by using my own domain name.
I registered the domain name of eogn.com and converted my existing blog to become http://www.eogn.com. I soon found that most people could remember the four-letter domain name of eogn, which stands for Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter. The number of readers of this newsletter jumped dramatically within a few weeks after I changed the domain name.
Even better, I can also use the same domain name for email messages. Once I registered eogn.com as my domain name, I could use an email address of firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or any other address that I wish to use, as long as the address ends in "@eogn.com." In fact, can have two or three or hundreds of such email addresses, as many as I wish. I can even give email addresses to my friends and relatives at no extra charge, should they want one. Best of all, I can still use Gmail to read and write the email messages sent to and from my new web address.
Having your own domain name looks a lot more professional than does "piggybacking" onto someone else's domain name. I suspect that most bloggers would prefer to use custom domain names, be it "johnsgenealogyblog.com" or whatever name they choose. Many blogging services allow you to use your own custom domain name in place of the default name.
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