Free BlogginAt my second How to Make Money with Your Blog Workshop a few weeks ago, a woman said that she and her three daughters were going to start a blog together, combining their talents to make some extra family money.

What a great idea, especially older, more responsible kids who are willing to contribute in order to benefit.

Today I came across a blog called mom daughter reviews that uses a variation of the same concept.

Although her child is too young to write, they work together to try products and activities the mom later writes about. This can make the reviews more insightful and helpful.

Like the blogger who did this nomorerack review, however, they've made a serious mistake in their efforts to make money online. They've used a venue over which they have little control.

If you intend to make money online — to build a business with a website — please remember that using a free blogging platform means you do not own your website. Not only are you limited in the ways you can monetize your blog, but your site can be shut down at the whim of the owner.

I've heard countless accounts of people with Blogger (Blogspot) and WordPress.com blogs who woke up one day to have nothing. That's why I always recommend WordPress.org (free, opensource software), with a domain you have purchased and your own hosting.

If you're interested in an inexpensive and easy way to get started right away, drop me a note!