Blogger vs. WordPress: Which is Better?

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Doesn’t matter if you are journalist, small business owner or just another one who is searching various online money making ways, you will find yourself in a dilemma witch platform you should chose.

We all know that blogging and bloggers improved whole SEO system and that traditional websites witch usually have 7-8 pages. Nowadays, with your traditional website you can easy create a blog, where every single post you publish has its own URL. Suddenly you can go from 7-8 pages to 50, 100, or 1000+ it’s just matter of time.

Of-course that having more content pages is making easier for people to find you. Nowadays is known that search engines likes fresh content so don’t forget to regular update your site, that should help you rank better at search engine result pages.

Next and interesting thing about having a blog is building community and connecting with website visitors through comments and social sharing. This should be your main goal, this is what I will focus on this site too, converting readers into customers.

Now question is only why are u blogging? Is it for income, you wish to earn money, would u like to build authority site, business site what is reason for blogging? All those questions are very important because being successful blogger is not just writing posts, it is a way much more then that. You have to learn and understand a lot more stuff like search engine optimization, traffic generation, social media, research & reading and much more.

Once you are clear about the blogging reasons you should chose one of the free blogger sites like Blogger, Hubpages or WordPress.com or paid self hosting WordPress option.

The best, most popular and most important free blogging platforms are Blogger and WordPress – WordPress actually comes with both a free and a paid version.

What are advantages of using Blogger

Of-course the biggest advantage of using Blogger.com is that it is free, quick and easy to use. If you are cash-strapped, simply as that you can’t invest 10$ for domain and 7-8$ per month for hosting Blogger.com may be the perfect solution. It allows you to get some experience under your belt before investing time and money into self-hosting your blog.

We should never forget that Blogger is owned by Google there are many in-built features and services that can be useful for a new blogger, for example bloggers sites are hosted at Google servers so they have robust hosting, way much better security, faster indexing and maybe most important native support for AdSense.

The Advantages Of Using WordPress

WordPress is by my opinion absolutely best blogging software around. There are two versions of WordPress, free version at WordPress.com and ‘paid’ self hosted WordPress.org version.

WordPress.com is automatic and fully free version even they have paid model too. Once you register trough fully free process you will receive domain name yourdomain.wordpress.com while for an extra 15$ you can host your own domain name yourdoman.com /net /org … at WordPress servers. Unlike Blogger, you can control the look and feel of your new WordPress.com blog to a certain extent by selecting from one of their free WordPress themes. Themes control the colors, layout and fonts on your site so this is useful if you want your blog to look different to others.

The Downsides to both

While blogger laicks with many important plugns it allows adsense and other money making affiliate monterization. Still biggest problem is that none of your content is yours. You don’t actually own it belongs to Google and one wrong step can result in it being removed. Besides that WordPress.com is very strict when it comes to monetization. Most of revenue strategies are not allowed. Another WordPress.com restriction is that they don’t allow you to extend their default functionality of blog so basically, you are stuck with what they give you unless you pay for fancy extras.

Self-hosting WordPress Blog

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In my opinion Self-hosting WordPress blog is best option for every blogger, business owner or anyone who wish to success in a blogging on a long term. There are many advantages of using self-hosted WordPress. You can use various free or premium themes and plugins. This way you can extend your blog into serious well looking and high quality website. You can easy build quality community, collect followers, customers and sell stuff around. Your hands are free !!!

Which blogging platform do you use and why? Is this article being helpful for you, what is your choice Blogger or WordPress? Do you have a self-hosted blog? Please let me know in the comments below.

Top WordPress Plugins (free)

When you install your WordPress website you will want to add some WordPress plugins.

These are the recommended plugins you should add to every site to get you started…

Contact Form 7

By far the most popular contact form plugin. Simple to use and an absolute must if you want people to be able to contact you. See an example here.

Yoast SEO

Want to be found by the search engines? Not an SEO expert? Don’t worry, this WordPress SEO plugin (from one of the most respected SEO’s in the world) is free and easy to install and makes your onpage SEO really easy with a simple check list. It also autogenerates you an XML sitemap (for posts, pages, categories and images) that you can add to Google Webmaster Tools.

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Related Posts via Categories

Blogs generally have a high bounce rate (a user visits one page then leaves the website). This is because they have found the information they want then leave your website. This plugin suggests other posts they may like and keeps them on on your website.

ShareThis

With everyone using social media these days (Facebook, Twitter etc) you need to make it easy for your users to share your content and this plugin does exactly that.

YouTube Sidebar Widget

If you have created YouTube videos for your blog then you need a YouTube plugin to add your video thumbnails to your sidebar.

All in One Adsense and YPN Pro

Have a Google AdSense account? This plugin makes it quick and easy for you to set up your website monetization. (Adsense account required)

Google Analytics for WordPress

Another awesome plugin from Joost de Valk (WordPress SEO Plugin creator). Track your sites visitors activity with this easy to use plugin. Google Analytics account required.

That should be enough to get you started, and don’t forget to change your Settings > Permalinks to post tag so you get SEO friendly URLs 😉