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Old 06-10-2010, 19:58   #1
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Hello, i have been considering the options for where to do a blog. I have considered MobileMe for mac and blogger. Blogger can be updated via ssb via email but MobileMe does not. Any ideas ou there kn where to host a blog. Thanks chris
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Old 06-10-2010, 20:32   #2
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We use squarespace. It has *a lot* of features, doesn't cost much, and has been great for us for years. If you want free just go with blogger.
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Hi Chris,

I use a website of my own.

You can select your own .com name (hopefully!) and there is easy software to make your own website so you can have it just how you want it.

you can even make secitions that just certain people (like family etc) can log onto to communicate with you, etc.

Its costs about $100 per year, but its been great for me


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Lots of them. I use blogspot for my blog. Works just fine. Hosting is the easy part. Good content is the hard part.
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I use wordpress for a free blog/website - have a look at the link to dilliagara (my sailing blog - below) - So far its been great - free , powerful, easy to use and you can update by sms
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blogger is good, google sites is not a bad option for a more structured website, wordpress is great but has a cost to it - hosting and domain name. other platforms are as good, or superior but also cost more or require higher tech skills.

It all depends on the blog intention. if it is just documenting your voyage, blogger will be great, if you want more control over the platform, advertising, specific pages for different things, wordpress would be my choice.

In any event, get a good camera I think that the visual content is what makes or breaks a good blog.

I use wordpress for my company blog (no sailing) you can see the information arrangement and control I have, and it is just the tip of the iceberg with wordpress
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Here are two that I have been considering:


mytripjournal.com

getjealous.com

They are both free, but have optional upgrades for a few dollars a year.
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Try Sailblogs

There is an option in Airmail, the Pactor radio email client to update your position directly to this site.
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I wrote a post a while back called compare blog hosts w/location map blogger w/google latitude and sailblogs in general sailing forum. Hope it helps.
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Thanks for all the help. I will investigate these options. Do ads on the blogs that people click on actually make any money?
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Thanks for all the help. I will investigate these options. Do ads on the blogs that people click on actually make any money?
Not really, you will need a lot of traffic to make any, its about 0.20 cent a click and about 1 out of a 100 click on an ad, so you will need lots of traffic to your site.

Content is king, so if you have quality content and your blog has good SEO, you might generate some good traffic, but it will still most likely be small ROI.

On the other hand, if you have a nice amount of traffic, you can strike some advertising deals and sponsorships that can cover some of your costs.
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Thanks for all the help. I will investigate these options. Do ads on the blogs that people click on actually make any money?
Mine pay for the site (on a good month). Hosting fees are about $17/month.
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Hi,

I blog and ghost blog for others.

My recommendation for beginners is nearly always the blogger platform. If at any time you feel you outgrow blogger you can transfer to wordpress easily.

There are also sailor-cut solutions like e.g. SailBlogs. But I do not like to pay for things that can be had for free, hence blogger or wordpress my first choices.

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Thanks for the advice. I see some of them have the ability to update with iPhone with video and Picts. The ability to have a google earth location is desireable and the ability to update with the ssb email. Thanks chris
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