6 Reasons To Go Self-Hosted With Your Blog!

6 Reasons To Go Self-Hosted With Your Blog!

It has been around three months since I took the plunge of going self hosted with my blog. This was undoubtedly one of the biggest decisions I had to make as a blogger. Although it took a little getting used to, I am so happy I took the leap. In today’s post, I will be sharing with you all 6 reasons to go self-hosted with your blog!

IT IS NOT AS HARD AS IT LOOKS

I can tell you from experience that going self hosted is not as hard as it looks. Having said that, make sure you choose a good hosting platform. I highly recommend Siteground– they literally made the process so easy for me. Their 24/7 live chat service is a life saver! Be sure to check out my ‘Going Self-Hosted 101’ blog post where I share my experience and provide useful tips that can help make your self hosting process easier.

YOUR OWN DOMAIN NAME

When you go self-hosted, you get to have your very own personalized domain name without that annoying ‘.wordpress.com’ at the end of it. When I made my free blog, I literally just wrote down the first thing that came to my head which was ‘beauty762.wordpress.com’. How unprofessional does that sound! I am now at beaulife.org and I love it!

CUSTOM THEMES

With a free WordPress blog, you only have access to a limited number of themes. Basically, you do not have a lot of freedom in how your blog looks. By going self hosted, you have access to a wide range of professional themes. You have total freedom to customize them to suit your needs and blog style. Pipdig has some beautiful themes and I have noticed that a lot of the more established bloggers have gotten their themes from there. You can also check out WordPress.org themes. If you are looking for more affordable ones, then Etsy has some great options.

PLUGINS

This was one of the biggest reasons why I decided to go self hosted. Plugins quite simply add new features to your WordPress site. Jetpack– the one used most commonly- gives you access to most of the WordPress features that you previously had on your free WordPress site. This includes your stats and the WordPress reader section. It also gives you access to hundreds of professional themes, helps in migrating your followers, backing up your site and overall giving more security to your site. Another great one is Yoast. If you are looking in to SEO- making your site rank higher on search engines- then this plugin is for you. It makes everything super easy to understand especially for those of us who are not very tech-savvy. Monster Insights is amazing for accessing your site’s traffic through Google Analytics. If you are considering going self hosted or already are, i would highly recommend these three plugins. There are, of course tons of other amazing plugins available. You can download them depending on your needs.

MONETIZING YOUR SITE

By going self hosted, you will have the freedom to place ads on your website through Google Adsense. I was always intrigued by this while using the free WordPress version. Back then, I had no control over what ads WordPress wanted to display on my blog. Google Adsense not only allows you to display ads but actually caters the ads to your audience’s preferences so that they are more likely to click on them and hence generate revenue for you. Keep in mind though that the amount you earn highly depends on your traffic. Do not expect to start earning huge amounts of money through these ads unless you have a lot of traffic. You can always use affiliate links which is another great way of earning money through your blog.

DOMAIN AUTHORITY 

When you go self hosted, you are able to check your site’s DA (Domain Authority) using a Domain Authority Checker. Keep in mind that you can only check your DA if you are self hosted. DA is the search engine ranking score (ranging from 0-100) that basically tells you how well your site will rank on search engine results pages. There are tons of ways to increase your DA such as back-links, on page SEO optimization, improving page speed and much more but let us leave that for another blog post. The main point here is that by being able to check your DA score you can take the appropriate steps needed to increase it and in turn land yourself on the first page of google. A high DA score is also very good if you are looking to work with brands. Some brands actually have specific DA requirement like 20+ or 30+ in order to be able to work with them. I am currently in the process of increasing my DA. It takes time, but it is definitely worth it!

Well, i really hope this post was enough to convince you to go self hosted as well! I am having so much fun growing my blog and having access to all these amazing features that i did not have before.

If you do have any doubts or questions, feel free to leave them in the comments. I will be more than happy to help!

THANK YOU FOR READING! xx

96 comments found

  1. When do you think is a good time to go self-host? Do you think one needs to reach a certain number of followers or visitors per day to incur the cost of going self-host in order to break-even with income to be made? I hope this made sense.

    1. Yes, it makes a lot sense! I would say if you know since the beginning that you want to earn money through your blog and hopefully turn it in to a business one day then go self hosted as soon as you can- if you are able to financially! Going self hosted has nothing to do with how many followers/visitors you have. Self hosted actually allows you to increase your traffic and grow your blog more hence more chances of you earning through your blog. Just think of it as an investment you would make when starting your own business! Hope that helped! xx

  2. Have you noticed any changes the past 3 month? I’ve been considering self hosted for a while now, but at the same time I find it to be overwhelming as I’m not sure how you do it etc. hahahah

    1. Positive changes would be ones I mentioned and the plugin SEO has helped me improve my DA and the views on my posts have actually gone up!
      As for negative, the rate at which my followers grow has decreased tremendously!
      It’s not overwhelming at all, trust me! I was worried about the same thing! 💕💕

  3. I think I am a very long way from hosting myself. I used to have a page (for work) and it’s been a nightmare. For now I will stay with my wordpress.com domain, although I was gifted a premium account and can now change my domain as well.
    Great post, I’ll make sure to see your other post about changing to self-hosting.
    Dorota
    http://www.fetchcandle.wordpress.com

    1. Oh no, that’s super annoying! Atleast you can change your domain, that’s quite great! Hope you enjoy it! 😘

  4. Although I still think I’m a little far off going self-hosted, it is something that’s always played in the back of my mind. This post has clarified a lot of my questions, so I’ll definitely be checking out you 101 post too!

  5. great post, going self hosted was a lot easier than I thought and I also used Siteground, improving my DA and SEO is something I am trying to do so if you do a blog post on that I will be interested in reading! This post was helpful though! xx

    1. I’m definitely planning on writing one that as I am in process of improving my DA and I am already seeing results due to optimizing for SEO! Thanks for reading! 💕

  6. Wow. Definitely what I was looking for. It’s high time I got self hosted but I’m still confused.
    I wanted to upgrade to WordPress premium which is $96 yearly, but a friend said Its too pricey and should self host.
    Will my blog be transferred to another? Will I still have my followers? And will my post still show on WordPress reader? And is it less pricey than WordPress premium?
    Waiting on your reply. Thank you ❤

    1. hey! i just transferred my whole wordpress blog and I think I could help you out with this, everything is still fresh in my mind haha! If you’d like, just drop me an e-mail and I’ll sort you out! (olivia@thenicepeach.com)

    2. Siteground is definitely cheaper than that! As for the rest of the questions, I have actually answered them all in details in my ‘Going self-hosted 101’ blogpost which I have linked in the blog post but in short- your blog will be transferred to your new domain and your followers will also be transferred. Your posts will show up in the reader section only to your followers and yes it is cheaper than WordPress! 💕

  7. I totally agree with these reasons to go self-hosted. You need to add in somehow that it’s worth the investment. People don’t need to spend a ton of money to become self-hosted unless they pick out some expensive host. You gain full control of your blog and it’s great! Thanks for sharing these thoughts :).

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

  8. This is so helpful and has some great tips! I’m kind of hesitant towards it, just because I am not that great with code and I don’t know much about the business side of blogging. The only thing I’m confident with myself is being able to create content that I’m happy with, but it’s hard. This was very eye-opening for me. Thank you!

    1. Oh neither am I! It doesn’t have anything to do with coding and so many people go self hosted who aren’t very knowledgeable about the technical side of things! Definitely don’t worry about that!
      Thanks for reading! 💕

  9. I think a lot of bloggers hesitate when it comes to going self hosted simply due to the fear of the unknown – but it’s honestly WAY easier than most think and has some great benefits. If you are still intimidated by the change, there are people who can do the work for you. I’ve had the opportunity to take a number of bloggers self-hosted and I love assisting them in taking this step!
    Britt | http://alternativelyspeaking.ca

    1. Wow, that is so amazing that you helping out other bloggers! I totally agree with you, it’s mostly the change that makes us hesitant but it’s so worth it! xx

  10. Definitely agree! When I started my blog I almost didn’t go self hosted but so many people said there’s much more freedom and opportunities to start making money in the future so hopefully it will be worth the money!

    1. Yesss! If I was able to I would have gone self hosted way earlier haha but oh well! The freedom is so amazing! xx

  11. I find DA interesting, haven’t looked into how to actually improve it but I do like going and see whether it’s grown. So a blog post about that would be good 😉

    1. Oh I will definitely be writing one on that soon! My DA has actually gone up recently- so I guess whatever I am doing seems to be working haha! xx

  12. I loved yoast so much that all of my blog post are filtered by it. Also I need to check out monster insights but I use Sumo and it works great as well. Great blog post.

    1. I totally get it girl! I couldn’t go self hosted for the longest time due to the same reason! Just try saving up, that’s what I did! 💕

  13. Thanks as going self hosted is something I am researching into as I’m finally going to bite the bullet and do it…

    To be honeho It scared me hearing peoples stories or going self hosted but loosing all their WordPress followers 😯 did you have any issues with this yourself?

    Helen
    http://www.helensjourney.com

    1. I can relate so much! I would read other people’s experience on going self hosted and get so overwhelmed but trust me, it’s super simple!
      If you go with Siteground, you won’t lose any followers or blog content! I have a whole blogpost on it (Going Self-Hosted 101) that I have linked in this blogpost if you want to check it out! xx

  14. helpful post! i currently have a premium page through wordpress but i’ve been thinking of hosting through bluehost. it’s so scary though because it’s such an investment with no guarantee return on investment! sending lots of love and positive vibes xxx
    ~ Mich simplymich.com

    1. Oh yeah I totally get that! In my opinion, it is worth it as I have so much more freedom to grow my blog now! xx

  15. I totally agree. The custom domain makes me feel so official lol. And the plugins and custom themes make going self-hosted totally worth it!

  16. I went self hosted as soon as I started my blog and I’m so glad I did. I feel like there’s so much freedom in it. Choosing your domain name and theme means your blog is your baby. I think if you’re looking to turn blogging into a career, self hosting is definitely the way to go!

    Lots of love,
    Molly xo
    http://gracetoglowandgo.com

  17. This has convinced me, going to switch to self hosted at the weekend with my tech dad for help! Thank you.xx

    angelwingsandpetticoats.com

  18. This is a good post and I absolutely agree with you. I am self hosted and even though I’m a new blogger I can see the benefits x

  19. These are great tips. Definitely bookmarking this for when I’m ready to go self-hosted. Thank you for sharing!

  20. Ive been going back and forth with it but I think I will wait for a bit longer before going completely self hosted. This was a great post with many helpful tips!

  21. Great post, I’ve always considered going self-hosted, but I just think that it’ll require so much work and time. 😮

    1. Actually the process of going self hosted barely takes anytime. Your new site would be up and running in no time! 💕

  22. Definitely agree with going self-hosted. It gives you so much more freedom with your blog, as well as making the content your own! I always worried that I would loose my posts before I went self hosted.

    I haven’t heard of the Yoast plugin before, but deffo going to check it out now!

    Aimsy xoxo

  23. 100% agree with this. I jumped straight into self hosting with my blog and wouldn’t change it for anything

  24. I am glad I went self hosted right from the beginning. The reason being in my research I found to go self hosted is the best thing, so I did. I recently joined amazon affiliates program but I also want to join google adsense but don’t know from where to start. Lovely post Huda. These blog related posts are very helpful.

    Via | http://glossnglitters.com

    1. Thanks a lot! So great that you went self hosted from the very beginning! I also need to join Google Adsense! xx

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