Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Blogger vs WordPress : which Blogging Platform should I Choose?

Hundreds of blogs are creating every day, it's sad to say a lot of newbie bloggers are stopping their carrier because they can't earn anything from their blog. Some even say " Blogging is over". But it's not true, By the innovation of new techniques blogging has changed a lot and became very different than it used to be.

Many platforms are there to start a blog. Choosing a right blogging platform and a most profitable niche are the two important steps before starting a blog because it affects your journey.

Blogger vs WordPress, this is one of the most asked questions when it comes to choosing a blogging platform and it's a most challenging and confusing topic because many users prefer Blogger while others choose WordPress and both of them have their own reasons. I'm pretty sure that you will definitely get the best answer after reading this article.

Currently, there are two WordPress blogs one is self-hosted WordPress.org and another one with free hosting which is WordPress.com. Here we will discuss the self-hosted WordPress vs Blogger.

Blogger


One of the oldest free blogging platform developed by Pyra labs, which was brought by Google in 2003 and It has redesigned multiple times to introduce new features. They allow multi-author blog which is hosted by Blogger with a subdomain blogspot.com. Blogger is always the first choice for beginners because maintaining a blog is very easy and you doesn't require any skills. Let's have a look at the Pros and cons.

Pros

  • Do you know the best part? you don't need any skills to create a blog on blogger, it's simple as creating a social media account.
  • Since Blogger is owned by Google, they nicely integrated some features like Adsense, Google+ which avoid the complications. 
  • You don't need to pay anything to build a blog, which means you don't need a domain name or hosting platform. They will provide a subdomain with blogspot.com, if you want your own address you can purchase and add a custom domain later
  • Blogger provides 1 Gb disk space to store your images
  • New blog posts get indexed instantly in Blogger this will helps to get good results from search engines like Google
  • Today Spam comments and website hacking are two common things but they are highly secured and the chance of getting hacked is very rare. Blogger does its best to filter spam comments
  • You can turn your passion into profit by different monetizing methods. Adsense is the best PPC advertising program and a Google product, hence it is integrated into blogger dashboard to make it easy to use

Cons

  • The worst thing about Blogger is that Google owns your blog. There is a possibility to delete the blog at any time even without a notification. So, if you are planning to go with BlogSpot always try to keep the backup of the contents
  • Blogger lacks plugins, blogging platform like WordPress provides different plugins which simplify the writing and helps in search engine optimization
  • A limited number of Templates are available, SEO ready Blogger template is the first step to creating a successful blog. But the number of Templates available in blogger is less and they are not good when it comes to customization
We discussed the Pros and Cons of Blogspot. Now let's learn about WordPress to understand Blogger or WordPress is the best choice for you

WordPress


WordPress is one of the most used platforms which was released on May 27, 2003, by its founders, Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little under the GPLv2 license from the Free Software Foundation.

WordPress is the first choice for almost every blogger because we can integrate various plugins and tools and it gives maximum opportunities for customization.

Many famous blogs like Mashable and TechCrunch, news websites like The New York Times blogs and CNN’s blogs and different music, sports websites are also using the WordPress.

Pros

  • A self-hosted WordPress gives you more control compare to any other platforms, this is the basic reason behind selecting WordPress by many mainstream bloggers.
  • Search engines love WordPress websites. Some beginners say Blogger has a special consideration from search engines like Google because it is owned by Google but it is completely wrong.
  • In WordPress each page, post, and image can have its own meta tag keywords, description, and title this will allow the search engines to crawl and index faster
  • There are thousands of themes available, you can choose a perfect theme which is suitable for your design

Cons

  • Even though they provide a large variety of themes there's only limited number of free theme's to choose. So, sometimes you have to pay to get the desired theme
  • Another disadvantage is that there have more chance to get hacked or spammed but this problem can be avoided by using plugins
  • It can be expensive, don't be panic, it is not for you until you want to stand out from the millions of websites. We discussed the importance of many plugins and tools, it may cost hundreds of dollars when you add this features to your blog. You should also need to pay for hosting according to your plans
  • Creating a blog is not as easy as blogger, you may require support from others unless you are an expert 

WordPress vs Blogger: What the experts have to say


We people always look to reviews or what experts says before purchasing any technical stuff. It's a good habit because they are more experienced and they may know the truth about it.

Still, can't separate the right platform? Listen to some experts from blogging world

Matt cut, a famous American engineer and former head of Google Webspam team, once a user named Vicki asked him about 'what SEO advantages WordPress have over Blogger'. The reply was amazing and it will give solution for your doubts as well.

He said, " Blogger is very simple to get started and it's in the cloud, you don't need to download or install any software but if you install the software yourself it is easy to get hacked". Even though he worked in Google he uses WordPress for his personal blog.

He continued " for casual blogging Blogger is fantastic and if you have more links and good content both will rank higher in search engines".

Conclusion 


The best platform for you completely depends on what type of blog you are going to start. If you don't have long term plans, go with Google blogger. Blogging is not easy as you think, it needs more hard work and knowledge. Blogger is the best choice for newbies because it's easy to understand and almost require zero skills. But there is a huge possibility to get deleted if you violate their terms of service.

If you are serious about blogging and really want to make money then choose WordPress. They give you full control and you can customize according to your need.

Don't have enough money to start with WordPress? Don't worry go with Blogger, later you can migrate when you think you're ready.

Hope the article helped you, so which one is the best choice for you, WordPress or Blogger? Why?

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