1. Just a small note Matthew, wordpress.com does allow Amazon Affiliate links, and a few other reputed referral links. But most of the other referral links are a big no. For example, my blog uses Amazon Affiliate links for every book I review or author I interview.

    • Hey Ritesh – Thanks for stopping by…and, hey, I thought you were too busy to blog? 😉 Good to see you making the rounds.

      Thanks for the info….I’ll have to check up on my info. I know the hosts of Photobotos.com, who stop by here once in a while, changed from .com to .org for this (possibly mistaken) issue about not being allowed to use affiliate links. This is an important issue for writers, so I’ll try to update soon.

  2. WordPress.org is supported on all hosting providers. If you are not technically inclined, many of them offer “1-Click Installs”, where you basically tell them the domain name you want to use, and they take care of all the technical stuff for you.

    Ten minutes later, you have your very own WordPress.org site, ready to rock and roll.

    DreamHost, HostGator, and Bluehost are some of the many hosting providers that offer this service at very reasonable pricing per month.

    Thanks for offering this information on your blog.


    • Jack – Awesome info, thanks. I’ll be looking into .org next year, quite possibly, since the ala-carte costs are kind of killing me here. But I would hate to lose the .com community. A careful balance, there.

      I take it IBL is wp.org? Have you had any troubles at all?

  3. Good stuff, Matthew. WordPress.com is a much better start than other blogging services.

    As others have mentioned, most hosting companies make it very easy to have your own WordPress installation, the dot org version. Since I’m not interested in the WordPress community at the dot com site, I much prefer the self-hosted version because I don’t have to share my bandwidth with the literally 16 million folks who use this site.

    As a web developer for 15+ year, I always point people to WordPress. Even if you plan to go big someday, starting with the free version here at WordPress.com is at least getting started, and later, it’s a piece o’ cake for a developer to move your site to your own self-hosted dot org version, losing nothing along the way.

    • Thanks for stopping by, Joel, and great tips. Especially the idea of getting people started on a .com site to lower the tech barriers to adoption later, when they might be prepared to go big time with a .org site.

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