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Google Shows Why You Need Your Own Website


If you are a small business owner or blogger, you’ve probably thought that getting a website at Blogspot or using a Facebook page is sufficient for your needs. There are several reasons why they are not. First and foremost, you don’t actually own anything. The URL is not yours, the content is not yours, nothing belongs to you. Google just gave everyone a reminder of this. Basically, if you have any links to adult content, your website will be removed from Blogger. Pretty harsh.

But that’s the kind of power you give Google and Facebook when you let them host your website for you. They can remove it at any time. I can’t tell you how many people have come up to me and asked if I can get them their website back. I can’t. If they decide your site is violating their terms of service, then your site is gone. Period.

And worse yet, there is little to no flexibility in the design and functionality of these borrowed sites. A Facebook page for example lets you do next to nothing. They all look the same. They all share the same layout. You can change a banner across the top and a small logo. If you can program in their FBML language you can make custom pages, but chances are you have to pay someone a lot to do that. And even then you’re limited. Not to mention you run into the same problem at the end of the day: you don’t own anything.

This is why it is so important to have your own website. You cannot rely on Google’s listings, Facebook pages or anything else. They can decide at any time to remove your website for any reason.

But buy your own domain and host your own content and you a free to do literally anything you want with the design. You own it so it will always be there as long as you want it to be. Still, I know that can be daunting. That’s why ThunderSpark Web Design will handle the whole process for you, from domain registration, to hosting, to website design and maintenance. Let us handle it all for you for just $49 a month. Then you don’t need to worry about notices from Google, Facebook or anyone else. Your site is safe.

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