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Hosted Blog Platforms – Why & Why not ?

Hosted Blogging Platforms

A lot of hosted blogging platforms like Blogger, WordPress, Typepad etc.. are very popular. But, is it a good decision to go with these services ? Of course, yes. Isn’t is better to go with a self-hosted solution ? The answer is Yes again. So, we’ll see few reasons why you should go with Hosted Solutions and few reasons why you shouldn’t.

Why you should choose a Hosted Blogging Platform ?

  1. You do not need money upfront. Many services like Blogger and are free of cost. You need not have your own domain name nor you need to worry about hosting.
  2. These blogs are very easy to manage and also to customize them. You need not fight your way hard to install a theme or something like that.
  3. No technical knowledge required. Whatever may go wrong, may it be with the blog or the hosting etc.. they will take care of it for you. You need not spend sleepless nights trying to fix it.

Why you shouldn’t choose a Hosted Blogging Platform ?

  1. You can run your own ads. Services like don’t allow you to run your own ads which can be annoying for those who blog for money.
  2. You have broader options to customize your blog. You can have your own totally custom theme. You can install as many plugins you want etc…
  3. Many people consider these services are inferior. Only very few such blogs have made to the Technorati top 100. Advertisers think twice before advertising on a remotely-hosted blog.
  4. These services retain the right to take your blog down for objectionable content. So, its often dangerous.

These are just my views, though many would agree on these. If you have your own points to tell, please do add them in the comments below…

AdToll – Advertising Marketplace

AdToll, a new advertising network has launched on June 18th. I came across the launch on Digital Point. I started to use it on my other site It currently allows advertisers to publish three types of ads : Sponsored Ads, Ad Bundles and Run of Network Ads. It allows all kinds of ads for publisher : Text Link, 468 x 60, 728 x 90 and a lot other formats. It extremely easy to set up on your site. From what i have seen so far, it looks very good and can really be the next AdBrite, if they put up bit more work on the site.

If you’d like to buy an ad on Templora, you can go here.

Post Level Text Link Ads

Text Link Ads, a fast growing advertising network, launched its new product yesterday. Its called Post Level Text Link Ads. With Post Level TLAs you can advertise directly on specific Blog Posts. This is really a good start as there are many less popular blogs with one or two posts very popular. Also this enables the advertisers to choose their target more specifically.

Currently they work with WordPress blogs. They have thier own WP Plugin for this purpose.