Why I do not shift to a custom domain

If you are seriously engaged in blogging, it is always recommended to have your own domain and preferably Wordpress hosted on it.Many Internet friends and some blogging professionals recommended me to have my own domain.Webtalks is making enough bucks for me to buy hosting and a domain for it.I'm a big WP fan and I too want to join the self hosted Wordpress community.Still there are few reasons that restrict me

  • Domain Age.With the blast of links everyday towards this blog (say thanks to templates), I believe Google will put this blog in the Sandbox.Since I'm currently on Blogger, Google counts the domain age of blogspot.com which well is a pretty old one(1999).
  • Time.As a student it isn't easy to come online everyday.Which leaves me with two alternatives.Either sell off my blog like Rishi did or keep the posts on blogger till I pass out.I'm not comfortable selling this blog as this is connected to my Google Account.So keeping it live on Blogger is the only option(Don't say that I can also delete the blog).
  • Hosting.Though many web hosting providers promise 0% downtime, still there is a risk.On blogger, I haven't yet encountered any downtime for this blog.Blogger currently gives undisclosed bandwidth to its blogs, so no problems how much traffic I receive when I'm absent
The shift will definitely take place
You read it right.I will for sure move Webtalks to a custom domain.All I can currently tell you is that you'll have to wait a bit for it.I believe by May 2010.Yes I know its long after.But I will continue posting on Webtalks when I'm free.I had already bought a domain (ashtech.info) back this summer.But afterwards I came to know (.info) domains are full of spam, so next time I'll buy a (.com) only

I'm currently looking for a good domain name (.com). If you have any thoughts, feel free to share them in comments.By 2010, I hope it will gain some age and then we'll shift Webtalks to it.

During this period I will go through intensive studying as these 3 years will be determining for my career.If you are an Indian you would be quite familiar with IIT-JEE which is what I'm going to be preparing for.But still I need wishes from all you for cracking IIT isn't possible without your blessings.

Will miss you all.


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  2. Hey i had appeared for JEE in 05 and missed the screening by one mark :(
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  8. Hello Ashwini,

    I have the same problem as you. I would like to shift my www.stockweb.blogspot.com to my own domain. But there are a lot of problems. The biggest is loosing all backlinks which I gained. I received HyperWebEnable offer as well. But I am afraid there is some trick behind.
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  12. Its better to have your own domain + blog..

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  14. Looks like you started blogging pretty young :) Yep, I'd agree that letting the domain have age on it's side before you shift your already profitable blog to it makes more sense and 2010 isn't all that far if you are preparing for IIT.Goodluck Ashwini!

  15. this is a very nice blog and i did learn a lot from your blog. i am going to try the new template design modification tht u mentioned and let you knw how it worked. i am also planning for a domain for my blog which is 2 years old.
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  34. Your template was very useful for my newborn blog (Pera-dulce in Blogger). I also used the tag cloud.

    I did not delete your links in the bottom of the page. Instead, I translated them into Spanish:

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    In English: "Download improved templates for Blogger" and "Webtalk's advice to improve your blog and earn money!".

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  37. I just started a blog using your 3 column rounders. What a great deal! Probably I am way too late with this information, but most template problems can be solved by running windows cleanup for cookies and temp files. Restart computer and the impossible loads right up. Thanks for your help. How is adsense going? I'd like to see someone making some money. Fred

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  50. great info frnd!! and i wanna to know how u created tat group of links(tags) below the external resources on the right side!!!

  51. Hi...I used your tutorial to insert adsense between posts and it worked great! Thanks! I would really like to be able to get inline comments to work for me also on my template, but it's not working for me. Do you think you could help me out?? I would GREATLY appreciate it. THe blog that I want to add it to is A Matter of Memories and you should be able to view it via my linked name. Hope to hear from you...

  52. Diffrent aproach than other bloggers.Thanks

  53. In case you have missed the bandwagon, you can buy your own domain yet host your blog on blogspot.

  54. Hi Ashwini

    I've switched my blog template from the Minima Ochre (Douglas Bowman) to a 3 columns template I found on the web.
    I'm quite happy with the results except that I can't have embedded comments on my blog. I've tried your patch, but still didn't work simply because I can't find the html phrase to be changed on my template

    Also this new template doesn't upload the personalized jpeg banner I'd like to have on my blog.

    I immensely appreciate any help you can give on this matter.

    Thank you so much,
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  55. You can register a custom domain and STILL host with blogspot. Thats what I did previously...and so does other blogs provider like wordpress.

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