Own Domain = Serious Blogger?

As I was going about my daily business of browsing blogs, I realized that a lot of bloggers are actually proponents of the “get you own domain” movement. Though the tag may not be existent, the movement may very well be real. I have come across a lot of posts encouraging people to get serious and ditch the free blogging sites. Is there any merit in doing this? Does getting one’s own domain really equate to being a serious blogger?

Perhaps the answer lies in the rationale behind getting one’s own domain and the definition of a serious blogger. So what constitutes a serious blogger? I believe that a serious blogger is one who would like to get as much exposure for his blog as he can get. (Any reactions to this?) Regarding the rationale behind getting one’s own domain, it actually helps to increase your blog’s online presence.

First, having your own domain gives you more freedom to dictate what the URL will be. If you are smart about it, you will choose a domain name that would be easy to remember and that would be associated easily with your blog and your theme. These two things in itself are tools to help you get a wider readership. Second, choosing your own blog domain could also be a tool when it comes to SEO. You can choose a name that matches the most significant keywords for your blog’s theme.

So yeah, I think I will say that yes, if you are a serious blogger, you would at least consider getting your own domain. What do you think?