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26 Jul 13 2:02 am
Self hosted means you've installed something like WordPress on your own web hosting, using your own domain name.
Hosted would be a blog like yourblog.blogger.com or yourblog.tumblr.com -- it's one that is hosted by the company who you're using to run your blog. The easiest way is to look at the web address for your blog. If it's anything other than your domain name, it's probably hosted by someone else.
When YOU host something it means there's nobody else telling you what to do, or imposing conditions. Some blog networks get a little heavy on people who want to promote affiliate products, or might impose restrictions on the types of topics you can talk about. For instance WordPress.com (not to be confused with the WordPress software that you can install on your own website) is a hosted blog community that doesn't let you
post links to some affiliate products, doesn't let you have AdSense, etc.
You'd have to look into the terms and conditions of your blog network to see if there are any conditions that are going to make things difficult for you.
In terms of people being able to find it.... your blogger blog is like any other website. BUT if you have a "regular" website, and you want to add a blog to it, I'd recommend not using something like Blogger and instead setting up WordPress on the same domain in a /blog/ sub folder. That means that your blog can piggyback on the popularity of your existing site, and it'll be easier to get your blog content ranking in the search engines.