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Got something to say? Need a home for your online journal? A place to post your thoughts, build your case, discuss your insights, or showcase your expertise?
Blogging has redefined the web, and today a blog is a key element of any website. Now the .BLOG domain offers a new way to claim your place on the platform.
There is a huge range of blogging tools and platforms. The advent of blogging software and Content Management Systems is a revolution in publishing, effectively reducing to zero the barrier to entry.
The open-source WordPress platform is the most popular choice for most bloggers. In fact, it’s brought to you by the same people who are behind the new .BLOG domain: Automattic. But they’ve generously made .BLOG available to all, no matter what platform you use.
Blog about what moves you!
New Top Level Domains like .BLOG add an extra layer of meaning ‘to the right of the dot’. Coupled with a good generic keyword, a .BLOG domain name makes it immediately obvious what the purpose of the site is, and premium names are set to become highly valued: e.g. sports.blog, food.blog, fashion.blog.
For everyday sites too, however, a .BLOG domain name is an ideal way to identify your site’s purpose by its online address. Got a personal brand? .BLOG it! Got a hobby or a passion? .BLOG it! Represent a community or an organisation? .BLOG it! Got a product or service to sell? .BLOG it – and then FLOG it!
A blog is a conversation. The best bloggers are authorities on their subject, and they got that way by listening, by study and by experience. But unlike traditional one-way media, bloggers recognise that they are part of a discussion. Before you blog, read other blogs in your subject area. Leave comments, and read other comments. Get a feel for the community of bloggers, and introduce yourself. Then, begin!
Yes. If you’ve already got a website or blog, and you want to move it to a new domain name (such as .BLOG), you can do so and still retain all the traffic and search-engine ranking that you’ve already built up.
We’ve published a step-by-step guide on how to do this. We recommend reading it, even if you plan to get a developer to migrate the domain name, rather than doing it yourself. It’s written simply and straightforwardly, and it will help you to understand process involved.