Ask Margie

I have decided that it’s time I get a bit more personal with y’all.

No, no need to freak out. What I mean is that I thought it might be fun for you to toss some questions my way, and I’ll answer them via video. I have no idea yet just how often I’ll do this – I guess that in part depends on how many questions I get.

So, we’ll try this out. Leave me a question, I’ll leave you an answer. Sound good?

10 comments
proposalista
proposalista

Can you explain the benefits, in terms of traffic, that a self-hosted Wordpress blog has over a blog on Wordpress.com? I've also received recommendations telling me to stay on Wordpress.com. I'm confused!

glevin1
glevin1

@hjluks you sample may be very lmited for this list. Despite pop culture SM is a thin slice of America. You don't seem to have any demographic over the age of 25-30 yrs. Many creative people are too busy and/or introverted to use SM. #hcsm

glevin1
glevin1

@hjluks Many outstanding people are not into social media...at all. They are too busy in their own area. Reviewing your list there does not seem to be many social media people over the age of 25-30.  SM really is a thin slice of America excluding 6--19 yr olds, despite pop culture

RababKhan
RababKhan

Okay so I just noticed this. *ashamed* Can I ask a question? Oh, yes, that's what your page says so well, umm, I'll ask. 

 

What/who would Margie Clayman be if not a social media marketing etc person?

 

sampeters
sampeters

Greetings Margie,

My name is Samantha Peters and I want to know if you accept Guest Posts on margieclayman.com?

One of my resolutions in 2012 is to write and contribute quality articles related to social media and marketing on a great site like yours.

I do a lot of freelance writing and am capable of writing unique and relevant posts that I think you and your readers will find interesting.

Is this something that you would be interested in?

To give you an idea of my writing style and quality, I am including several links to recently published guest posts of mine. However, please know that any article I write will be unique and specifically written to fit within the context of your site. Also, any article I write will only be submitted and published on your site.

Marketing: http://bit.ly/whA1Oh

Marketing: http://bit.ly/wgl7Ec

Social Media: http://bit.ly/wvZa3V

Social Media: http://bit.ly/wx9PxN

So you know, I work with the understanding that any article I submit must pass your review and editorial process before being accepted.

I look forward to hearing back about the opportunity of contribute a guest article.

Respectfully,

Sam Peters

margieclayman
margieclayman moderator

 @proposalista Since I kept you waiting I won't keep you waiting more by finding the time to do a video - sorry for the delay!

 

In my experience, the main advantage of self-hosting over blogging at wordpress.com is that people know you have invested some dollars into your blog which may make you seem a bit more committed/dedicated to it. There are also some disadvantages to Wordpress.com like ads appearing at the bottom of your posts unless you buy a plugin to block them. You have more control over your self-hosted blog as well - more options for embedding content and things like that, which can help traffic.

 

In the end though, I wouldn't depend on the platform to determine your traffic. Some of the most successful blogs I've seen are at wordpress.com or blogspot.com, and other extremely successful ones are self-hosted. It really depends on what you are writing and whether you are building your audience - once you have an audience they'll read you pretty much wherever you may go :) 

 

I hope that helps!