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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Why I Prefer Blogspot to WordPress.com



In what is apparently my on going series on blogging about blogging, I want to talk about blogging platform. Which one should you use?

I'm not you. I can't make that decision for you.

But from LiveJournal to Tumblr to Blogspot to WordPress.com, I've used all the free ones. While self-hosting your blog is always best - you have full control - it's not an affordable option for everyone. So I'm going to say why it is that I like Blogspot most of all.

Now, I will acknowledge that there are reasons to avoid Blogger. Spammers flocked to it and ruined its ranking across the Interent. Google has been known to just shut things down with very little warning. It's not as easy to use as WordPress. But the reasons I love using Blogspot way outnumber these cons.

1. You do not have to pay to play. Ever.

When people decide to set up a free blog, it always seems to come down to their decision to use Blogspot or WordPress.com. The reasons people use WordPress.com is because the CMS is so easy to use, and they have built in SEO tools.

But they also nickel and dime you for everything.

You want to use a custom domain? That's going to cost you. A theme that isn't pre-approved? Extra. Ads? They're there whether you want them or not, and if you want to make money off of them, that's extra.

That's not an issue with Blogger.

Okay, so you definitely want the custom domain sooner rather than later because of the whole "Blogspot's reputation took a hit thanks to spammers" thing, but Blogger doesn't charge you for the privilege of using your own domain. If you can theme it, your blog can be it - for free. And there are no ads, unless you want to put them there, and then you make the money - for free.

2. Your theme is only limited by your imagination

I've heard it said that there's not a lot of themes for Blogspot blogs. That's not completely true. It is true that less are being made per yer because of its decreasing popularity, but you can still find a ton if you know what to Google. But, you don't even need a theme - if you know what you're doing, you can make your own. From scratch. And Blogger will run it. And if you don't know what you are doing, Blogspot gives you the freedom to break your own blog - it's the only way to learn, sometimes. WordPress.com does not afford you such creative freedom.

3. See a quicker return on your investment

You can monetize a Blogger blog. You can use affiliate ads or you can use AdSense. You can even sell your own ad space. This means that you can at least try to raise the money to move to a self-hosted platform while you build your audience.

WordPress.com does let you use affiliate links - not pictures - but that's it.

Blogger is 100% free, which is not something WordPress.com can say. While WordPress.com does have its advantages, Blogspot's offering the literal freedom needed to build up a blog is not something to look down at.

Are you a blogger? What platform do you prefer? Why? Let me know!

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