These are the blogs which are hosted on the websites owned by you. Let’s explain it to you with an example. We went ahead and purchased a domain XYZ.com from godaddy.com, paying $ 7 for one year. While making this purchase, we were able to select from several options like .ws, .org, .com, .net, .info and some more commonly available extensions.
We had earlier bought a monthly hosting plan from hostgator.com, for which we paid $ 15 to host unlimited domains per month. We own this website and decide what to do and what not to do on it. There is no one who can take this portal away from us, close us down or do anything of that sort. We decide the plug-ins that must be installed and that must be removed.
On the whole, we have the freedom to customize and design this website’s look in whichever way we feel best. Furthermore, we are responsible for maintenance, updations, backup and everything that happens on this portal.
It is understandable that when it comes to hosted blogs, you need to start from scratch and build your website from ground zero. All aspects related to search engine optimization will need to be taken care of, content will have to be written and added, and many other similar tasks will need to be completed.
It is we who decide how to monetize this blog whichever way we feel best, whether through affiliate programs, Google AdSense, selling ad space etc. All this may sound confusing and overwhelming if you’re new to affiliate marketing.
These are blogs which are created on websites like blogger.com, wordpress.com, tumblr.com, hubpages.com, weebly.com etc.
When creating a blog on these websites, you have limited number of choices in terms of the theme and looks. When you create a blog on them you receive the blog name extension in the form of ‘yourdomain.wordpress.com’. As a result, the URL doesn’t look as interesting as one that you get in case of hosted blogs. Furthermore, these blogs aren’t viewed very positively from the point of view of search engine optimization.
You cannot use any plug-ins on these blogs and the storage space is also limited. It is possible for you to use your own domain name in order to avoid the hosted blog’s name in your URL. There’ll be no backup, no updations and no maintenance work done for you. As an upside, such self-hosted domains already have a certain degree of respect in the search engines and get indexed pretty quickly. Last but not the least, these type of blogs are less complicated than the hosted ones. They’re quite user-friendly and can be comfortably created and managed even by newcomers.
Which type of blog is better?
If you’re thinking from the Google Sniper’s perspective, you would want complete control over your blog. Hence, a hosted blog is any day better than a self-hosted one.