Tino Buntic, known for his What Do Bloggers Look Like? project, announced his new project, 2000 Bloggers.
Top row: Spot the guy who traded the giant red paperclip for a house?
That’s me in the top row, 2nd from the right.
In Tino’s own words:
There are dozens of social networks that bring the blogosphere together, with Technorati and MyBlogLog being two of the biggest. I wanted to bring a whole bunch of bloggers together on one page. 2000 bloggers to be exact!
Lots of familiar faces among the 300 listed there.
Top row: 4th from the left, Jeremy Schoemaker (Shoemoney) holding his $132,997.94 check from Google
Also spotted in the mass of bloggers are:
- Robert Scoble
- Matt Cutts
- ProBlogger Darren Rowse
- Todd Malicoat
- John Chow
- Chris Sandberg
- My buddy and forum specialist Ryan Chua
- Japanese “Cash Quest” babe Kumiko Suzuki
and a host of others.
One thing I’ve noticed is that there’re quite a number of blogs hosted at WordPress.com and Blogspot.
If you’re a recreational blogger, I believe it’s ok to host it at a free site.
However, if you see yourself as a serious blogger/SEM/SEO, and you are building a brand and PageRank and backlinks to your blog, would you really want to host it at a free blogging service?
Granted, it’s free.
But if web hosting costs you $100 a year. Don’t you think your branding is worth at least 10 times that?
You could potentially (and I know of cases) of bloggers losing their free domains because of a violation of the terms of service (whether deliberate or inadvertedly), a perceived ‘excessive’ attempt at monetizing their blog, ‘excessive’ traffic coming to their blog.
I’d suggest two steps to “professionalize” your blogging efforts:
- Get a domain name. NameCheap.com is my preferred domain registrar.
- Get low cost, reliable host. I especially like BlueHost.
- Go with a hosted WordPress blog. BlueHost provides a one-click idiot-proof install of WordPress through it’s comprehensive control panel.
It’ll enhance your blog longevity.
For more information on Tino’s project, visit: