So you have thought about becoming self hosted. I started out on my own domain http://livelifelovebacon.com/
The drawback is on WordPress.com other bloggers are able to like your posts. On your own domain that option is not available.
I have searched for plug-ins. They are just non-existent, as far as I can see. I log into WordPress and I see my hosted blogs. My stats are shown for the self host. There just is no traffic from other bloggers. I want to see other bloggers faces under one of my posts.
Even Facebook has developed a plug-in for you to see which friends had liked one of your posts.
Self hosts seem to be taken out of the loop of the blogging community.
Especially when you write in your blog articles that other bloggers would benefit from.
I have written some of the worst posts ever at WordPress.com and have other bloggers like it and they follow. I know the reason behind it. They are trying to attract attention to their own blog. This is fine with me. I may just click on that Gravatar and read one of their articles. It may be a beneficial one or just spam.
I have the option of following that blogger myself. Free will.
Now if I could only figure out how tags work I might be able to do a little better. Do I want a bunch of links in my blogs? Not really. They are tedious and boring. If someone clicks on one they might just leave not reading the best and useful part of the article. At least bookmark me before you leave.
I read an article to increase page rank. The basics were to include links, backlinks, comments on other blogs and forums. Sounds like a lot of work. A lot of work that most people consider spam.
Another tip for WordPress users was to not use the default permalink. The default does not include any information about the post. What if my post has a long title? The publicize feature of the Jetpack plug-in does not always use the shortlink. When the shortlink is not used say goodbye to anyone on Twitter from being able to click on that.
There you go that is my comparison for the day.
Ideally you can start blogging on a hosted site then after you have a following move to a self-host. Or you can have duplicate blogs. Oh no that sounds like work. Blogging isn’t supposed to be work. Or is it?