Q: Share something you’ve learned about book blogging or just blogging in general in the last month.
Well, from Parajunkee’s sad experience I learned you need to do your best to prevent security threats, though if you ask me you can never be 100% safe from someone’s malicious intent.
Also, since I moved from Blogger I learned that the monthly views might have been not that far off via the Blogger’s Stats actually, I mean they were sort of off but not as monumentally as I might have thought. The new visits increased substantially since the move which enforced my prior thought on how much SEO you can do via Blogger and how much you can do via self-hosted WordPress – the answer is, by doing more or less the same I’m seeing much better results here. I’m also loving all the freedom I have, all the cool shiny toys I can play with here.
Also, I didn’t mention it before, but while I was on Blogger I found clone blogs of my entire content riddled with ads twice. Yes, you read that right, twice! They’d gone the whole nine yards too, copied my entire content since I’d began blogging. Whole blog clones, that I reported to Google and one of them was taken down because it was in Blogger, but the other was self-hosted so it couldn’t be taken down. It does however redirect to my new domain now which makes me think there was sadly something in the theme’s code I was using that allowed the clone, there’s no other real reason for the clone to redirect to this domain otherwise.
So, the second lesson after trying for as good security as you can, was if you’re serious about blogging and especially if you have more than one blog going (I have this one, the design one, and three author ones basically), you need to get serious about it and host your own platforms instead of trying to have them for free. Because free, however good it might be for a while there, might end up being worth exactly what you’ve paid for it I’m sad to say.
Of course, I know lots of blogs on Blogger that don’t have issues and have been running for years seemingly without issue. But then I know those that had their blogs abusively marked as spam, or cloned like mine was – which is something you might be a victim of without knowing, I tend to Google my blog now and then and that’s how I found the clones, but had I not, they could have gone on to clone me indefinitely. Fun, ain’t it? I decided the cost of the hosting and the new domain was worth my peace of mind, so I finally went and did it, after debating with myself on whether or not I should make the jump. I did, and I’m thrilled so far. So the last lesson was, I guess, listen to your instincts. Deep down inside, you know what you have to do for yourself and your passions or interests, so do it 🙂
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