You can get a free blog hosted at one of Google’s services such as Blogspot or Blogger, but be careful if you decide to do so. Not only are you not in complete control of your own blog, you also run the risk of your blog being closed by Google.
According to Guardian, Google has deleted at least six popular music blogs that it claims violated copyright law. Google received so-called DMCA complaints (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) on the blogs.
The complaints are uncalled for, says owners of the closed blogs, since the blogs in question have the right to distribute the music. A right they have received from either the music label’s PR agency or the artists themselves.
Google doesn’t care about that and instead they suggest bloggers to file a DMCA counter-claim. The problem with submitting a DMCA counter-claim is that many bloggers probably don’t even know how to do so and even if they did, the original DMCA claim doesn’t even tell you exactly what piece of music has been complained about.
Even if your blog is not about music, hosting it at Google’s Blogger or Blogspot is still a risk, just like hosting your content at any other free hosting platform.
If you’re serious about your blog, why not invest a few dollars every month for one of the paid hosting plans to make sure your blog is really yours and does not rely on somebody else? You will also get your very own domain name which looks a heck lot better – and more trustworthy – than a blog ending in .blogger.com or .blogspot.com.
TechPatio is hosted with CS New Media in United Kingdom which I’ve been very satisfied with for the few weeks I’ve been a private customer there. Professionally I’ve used CS New Media for about a year now.
While on the subject of blogs, if you run a WordPress blog, be sure to check out the Thesis theme which is a Search Engine Optimized WordPress theme – it will give you the edge over some other blogs that doesn’t know, or care, about Search Engine Optimizations – yet – so try to get a head start in your niche!