Blogging Is The New Trolling, Part Two

In part one, I ought to have convinced you of the importance of blogs and blogging for PSOs. But before you run out and start up a blog, there are a few things you should know…

Yes, you can start a blog for free; but don’t.

I know, I know; this blog is was hosted for free at Blogger. (Note: This blog moved to a self-hosted WordPress site since this was written.) But comparing this blog with your phone sex operator blog is like comparing apples to oranges. …However, it does illustrate a few of the very points you should know.

First of all, this blog wasn’t started with the intention of becoming a business; yours is. If I had known how popular and profitable this endeavor would become, I wouldn’t have started here. Since then, I’ve purchased a domain name (PhoneSexSecrets.Info) — which is something any business should be willing to do. After all, if you don’t consider your business worth such a small investment, why should a caller invest that or more in a call with you?

Second, Phone Sex Secrets is not a true “adult blog” with mature content. There are no images, no erotica; it’s educational period. But your phone sex blog will be considered “adult” and therefore it will have one of those “agree to enter” landing pages censoring you. While appropriate, such a thing will somewhat mess with your statistics, especially link referrals to your site. Trust me; you don’t want that hampering you.

Like I said, if I had it to do all over again, I wouldn’t have used Blogger/Blogspot; I would have stuck with WordPress — not a free WP blog, but one I host elsewhere (called “self hosted”) as I do with all my phone sex blogs. Why didn’t I use the free WP blog option? WordPress makes it clear that they do not want ads or affiliates on the blogs they host and I’ve no desire to limit myself that way. While WP has every right to make such rules and demands, I prefer to control my site. (“Control” will be a reoccurring theme here.)

Why haven’t I just moved this blog? Or at least use the custom domain feature on Blogger?

Good questions.

Here’s why.

Moving a blog is a bitch. It’s not just the tech issues of importing posts, but you lose readers, RSS subscribers, backlinks, links in ads, etc. These are huge things, especially if you’ve been working your backside off to be found in the first place.

And the custom domain option? The last time I did that with a handful of my mainstream blogs (each over five years old, established and with high PageRank), it dropped each of those sites’ PageRank to PR0! And it to took five months for Google — who owns Blogger — to rectify it. (This was last summer; and, apparently, the issue rages on.) So, no, thank you. A redirect will do.

These are the reasons why I wanted you to hold off on starting your blog; it sucks to work hard for something only to have it messed up and out of your control, taking months to recover. (If you can recover; for lost readers and subscribers may remain lost.)

Free blogging options may be fine for building backlinks and for link exchanges, etc., but it’s best to start your professional phone sex blog, or any blog, in one place — on your own domain — and keep it there.

Which brings us to the subject of hosting.

What to look for in a blog or site host.

#1 Your phone sex blog or website must be hosted on a site which not only accepts adult websites, but welcomes them. Many web hosting companies refuse to get involved with the issues of hosting adult websites. It’s not just that adult sites tend to take up a lot of space and bandwidth, with their large files (photos, videos, and, for PSOs, audio) and large traffic volume, but for the legal complications and/or ethical reasons. You must verify your potential hosting provider’s terms of service before you sign up. I highly recommend contacting them and getting written confirmation of their acceptance of mature or adult sites before you pay a thing.

#2 Make sure you are buying blog hosting. Blog hosting is different than regular website hosting. Look for hosting companies which offer and/or support the blogging platform you wish to use (there are many). If they do not have “1-click” easy installations promoted on their site, ask if they’ll do the actual installing of the web application — and if it is free or not.

#3 Verify your other hosting needs, like any other mainstream blog. Here’s a list of some basics.

#4 What’s the company policy on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)? I’m all about protecting intellectual property, but the DMCA isn’t perfect. And if you’ve ever had a run-in with some spiteful troublemaker, well, you know what I’m talking about. Free blogs and many hosts have a simple policy: they get a notice and they pull your post or site before any investigation really takes place. My host engages in discussion with me before taking any action.

#5 Customer service. Use the hosting company’s contact information and see how long it takes to get a response — from a human.

#6 Price. Blog hosting can range from $4 up to the ridiculous, depending upon the options etc. And beware really cheap rates — they usually nail you in add-on features, such as installations, and/or for usage things, like going over that rate’s bandwidth limit. I pay $10 a month. I sure could pay less, but I like what I have.

If you are overwhelmed and at a complete loss, contact me about who I use for hosting.

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