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WordPress or BlogSpot : Which is Better?

ShoutMeLoud is a community of bloggers using WordPress, BlogSpot and other blogging platform. One of the most talked topic here is WordPress or Blogger for blogging. This gets pretty confusing at time, as many users like BlogSpot because of less tech hassles, and many users love WordPress, because of more power and features. When someone ask me, which platform I should start with, here is my answer:

My recommendation is always start with WordPress.com for a month, and once you get accustomed with blogging, you should start a new blog on Self hosted WordPress platform. You are free to use Blogger.com, as your launchpad blogging platform, but don’t stick to it for too long.

I could say that, because I started my blogging life with BlogSpot, and later moved to WordPress.org. It was a hell lot of learning experience back then, but now learning WordPress is quite easy with the help of videos. Anyways, in this article I will share a quick comparison of WordPress vs BlogSpot, and would explain under what condition which platform you should choose.

WordPress or BlogSpot: Which Blogging platform to choose?

Why and why not Blogger:

Blogger or BlogSpot platform is very useful, when you just want to start a blog to share your thoughts. When you are not blogging for money, or you need a platform which doesn’t require any technical know-how, BlogSpot is really good. There are many limitations of BlogSpot in terms of functionalities, SEO benefit, but over all if you just need a platform to start a blog with almost 0 cost, BlogSpot is the right pick.

At the same time, if you are blogging for money, fame or for branding yourself, BlogSpot is not the ideas choice. Reason being, you have limited control on visibility in search engines, and after a while, you are limited with adding new features. I have read it many times, that Blogger is Google product, and it gives more SEO advantages, and it’s a pure rumour. It doesn’t matter if you are using WordPress, Blogger, Drupal or any other platform, SEO is decided by how you configure your complete site for search engines. In Blogger platform, we have limited control, and despite of the fact, they added new SEO features, BlogSpot still lacks in SEO optimization.

In nutshell, Blogger platform is better than WordPress, when you are creating a blog, for your passion, and you are ok with the limited features offered by Blogger platform.

Why and why not WordPress:

ShoutMeLoud uses WordPress as a blogging platform, but this will not make my reasoning bias. WordPress gives you complete control on your blog, and you could technically do anything you like. You get complete control on the SEO, you host your own files, you can add SEO plugins, which will help to make your blog more SEO friendly. More over, you can always add latest SEO techniques like start rating, Authorship without sweating.

WordPress will let you do everything you wanted, but at the same time you need to manage your own blog. You need to install WordPress on your server, and maintain your blog. It may sound technical, but with such an amazing support from WordPress community, you can always learn everything in no-time. Infact, if you stumble on ShoutMeLoud WordPress guide, most of your queries regarding WordPress, will be answered. Getting started with WordPress may require some effort, in terms of watching videos, learning how to add a plugin, getting use to dashboard, but is in’t the similar thing we learned on Blogger?

If you are planning to create a blog, with mind-set of making it popular, making money from it, you should prefer self hosted WordPress blog. If you are an occasional writer, or a hobby-blogger, BlogSpot is the best pick for you.

Here is a handy chart from HowJoyful, explaining feature difference between BlogSpot Vs. WordPress.com Vs. Self hosted WordPress blog:

WordPress or Blogger

Matt Cutts on Blogger or WordPress for SEO:

Matt Cutts is not only Google Engineer, but he is also the head of Google Web spam team. He is one of those guys, who educate normal users like you and me, about what Google expect from a Website, and how search engine works. In the past, I have shared many webmaster videos from Matt, and it always helped me to learn something new. In recent video, a user asked him “Which is better in terms of SEO: WordPress or Blogger“, and Matt answered his query, with the following video:

Matt Cutts, also uses WordPress platform for his personal blog, and he mentioned that Blogger is good for new users, and very simple to get started, and for casual blogging it’s fantastic. WordPress gives you more power, and you can customize it according to your need.

Talking about SEO advantage between Blogger or WordPress, both are almost the same with default installation. WordPress default installation is not SEO friendly, but you can always make your WordPress blog SEO friendly, with the help of plugins available out there.

Verdict:

Blogger platform is good when you are looking for a simple blog, and WordPress platform is amazing, when you are opting for professional blogging, creating a business blog, or planning to earn from your blog. If this article convinced you to move your Blogger hosted blog to WordPress, you can read my article on how to get ready for big move.

Do let me know,what’s your verdict on WordPress Vs. Blogger? Which platform you prefer and why?

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  • Chuck

    Blogger is good for starters, simply because it is free and easy to use. You need to pay for hosting if you want a Wordpress blog, but user experience is better in WP.
    I would say, start with Blogger, and you can transfer it to Wordpress anytime.
    Plus, there are premium Blogger themes out there that you can get under $25.

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  • Mohit Kumar

    Ya WordPress is a great platform for Bloggers. We can have different page designs, which is not possible in Blogger. A blogger can change from a regular blog to full time website.

    And most important, WordPress community is quite big. Millions of users & Professionals are using WordPress. So if we found any kind of problem with WordPress theme, plugins, widgets, just name it – u will get solutions from 1000′s of Professionals all over the world.

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  • Bala

    Hai Dude
    thanks for your post,and I need to know a concept from you.
    can I use the members area in wordpress
    with login and signup process for my readers
    waiting for your suggestion
    thanks in advance :-)

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  • Manish

    For SEO, i think wordpress is best. It gives us lots of options. There is a big community developing wonderful plugins.
    Blogger is also good as we need a domain name only to start new blog.

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  • Rakesh

    Great articles comparing Blogspot vs Wordpress blogs. I agree with it. But, my suggestion to a new blogger will be to start with blogger and use custom domain from day one. Domain registration costs approx 11$ / year. Buy the domain and link that domain to your blogspot blog. Again as suggested in the post above, choose professional domain name. This will be big saver for your in case you want to migrate from blogspot to self-hosted Wordpress in future. You will not have to worry about loss of links to your post. Migration from Blogspot to Self-hosted Wordpress is very easy now a days with freely available scripts. There are many professional services available too which can migrate your blog from Blospot to Wordpress for small fee.

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  • Rachel

    Blogger sites appear much much faster in Google than do WP sites. They also get higher placing. You can think that’s a ‘rumour’ if you want. I’ve tested it with all of my sites. 100 percent accurate every time.

    I moved some of my sites from Blogger to WP last year and what a disaster that was. I lost much of my ‘Google juice’ because of it. Plus, as WP is a nightmare to customize I don’t recommend doing that to anyone who just wants to blog.

    WP fanboys like you can keep talking all you like about WP being ‘better’. In actual fact, it’s not. And, as you can have a unique domain name on Blogger, there is no reason not to use it at all.

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  • Daisy

    Your post is very balanced when you compare blogger with wordpress. Anyway, I will always be with wordpress :)

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  • Nizam Khan

    Excellent comparison. Well, blogger is choice for someone who wants to do personal blogging with some flexibility and configurations. However, Wordpress is better for creating professional blogs, business blogs with many flexibilities and lots of configurations. Thanks Harsh for this useful comparison :)

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  • Abby

    I have used both blogger and wordpress and I found Wordpress much better.You can do lot of customisation in wordpress….Nice article by Harsh

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  • stargaterich

    Blogger has come a long way and a lot of improvements and new features introduced of late has narrow the gaps in terms of functionality and capability in relation to WordPress.
    By the way, you can also customized Blogger scripts much like WordPress plug-ins and themes. I think Blogger is a nice platform and in no way inferior to WordPress or other CMS platforms. The only shortcoming is that Google owns it and the risk associated with your blog account suspension or cancellation makes it less ideal for business blogger.

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  • Julie Fitzwater

    Wordpress dot com is very quick in appearing in search engine, so i like it most. I have one free hosted wordpress dot com blog, and recently i am trying to buy the domain from it. Thanks for your post. It helped me to see to thing differently. regards

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  • Daniel Aganker

    Now blogger has all seo features like wordpress,like meta tag.url direction or url display editing,everything about seo like wordpress in the setting. Now blogger can be customized with easier,all about html5 and css3 can improve blogger be greater. In blogspot,we can using json jquery for ajax,and easy to implement to blogger. Include comment box , now can be like wordpress using jquery java script,it’s fast like wordpress. wyswyg has more many features as same as wordpress.

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    • Manish

      But we can’t use custom title for search engines with blogger.

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  • Phanindra

    Nice article Harsh. During my days I just used to depend on normal HTML content sites.Hell lot of pressure in updating the code, CSS, alignment and design. My first experiment was directly on Wordpress and I never regret my decision of joining the wordpress because of its flexibilty. Blogger , I had created a personal account but could never used during those days because of limited net access for us.

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  • SAJITHA

    I can’t totally agree with some points here.

    SML: “When you are not blogging for money, or you need a platform which doesn’t require any technical know-how, BlogSpot is really good.”

    My View: There is a chance that someone read this blog, who is not familiar with blogging, thinks blogging on Blogspot not make much money which is not the case. BlogSpot has it own AdSense widgets which are easy to implement with customization. You can earn more revenue if you enable Blogger mobile template for your blogs. As a BlogSpot blogger, I could say , my major portion of AdSense income coming from mobile traffic. You can also experiment AdSense alternatives too. Affiliate marketing is also possible with BlogSpot blogs. For example, if you are in India, being as an Flipkart.com affiliate you can earn commission for referring its products to your readers. We can expect Google brings its own ‘Affiliate Ads’ for Blogger to India soon.

    SML: “At the same time, if you are blogging for money, fame or for branding yourself, BlogSpot is not the ideas choice.”

    My view: As a shy at-home lady, I am not familiar even at my home town. But I have online friends all over India and abroad. Thanks to Google.

    I never scared of SEO and traffic. I want customers not the crowd.

    Blogging only on WordPress not brings always success. I have seen many of my fellow so called professional bloggers goes offline since months.

    You can’t easily replicate Harsh’s blogging success. Please, dig in previous posts on SML . You can find some fine inspirational posts by Harsh based his own blogging experience. He achieved all by his hard-work and his own blogging tactics.

    In a nutshell, WodPress is an awesome tool for a full-time professional blogger. But BlogSpot is still the best blogger platform for the masses. There is no big technical hazards and don’t leave you in a credit card subscription.

    P. S. – If you doubt, what you do when your BlogSpot blog goes some success and want to be a professional full time WordPress blogger , that is Harsh hints at the end of this article. You can easily move your Blogger hosted blog to WordPress without any problems with the help of his professional service .

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    • Harsh Agrawal

      @Sajitha
      I remember your last comment on similar topic article.. I don’t disagree with your point that BlogSpot is good..And as I mentioned in the article BlogSpot is good platform, and good for beginners and for non tech savvy people. I used BLogSpot, and I loved the part that I don’d need to worry about hosting, hacking and many other stuff… But when ever I think about scalability, I’ left with fewer option, where as WordPress offers much more option to scale your blog…

      Lets see from the blogging business perspective:

    • For a business blog, would you recommend BlogSpot?
      Do you get complete SEO control, when you are using BlogSpot?
      Is 10 pages sufficient for a big blog?
    • As I have mentioned lots of time, both platform are good..but by the end decision should be based on Goals, technical know-how, and what some one is trying to achieve with his blog. Regarding money, yes one can make money from BlogSpot blog using AdSense, Affiliate and many other ad network. But there are many popular ad networks, which doesn’t accept free blogging platform. For ex: BuySellads. Would you recommend someone to miss out one opportunity of earning, when he has an option to choose his blogging platform.

      I agree with your point
      “Blogging only on WordPress not brings always success. I have seen many of my fellow so called professional bloggers goes offline since months.”

      As one can be a successful blogger on Tumblr platform, Drupal or even on custom CMS.. Success is not related to platform, it’s related to work and dedication one put in.

      WordPress Vs. BlogSpot:

      “In a nutshell, WodPress is an awesome tool for a full-time professional blogger. But BlogSpot is still the best blogger platform for the masses. There is no big technical hazards and don’t leave you in a credit card subscription.”

      Here at ShoutMeLoud, my goal is to help people make business out of blogging, and I teach what works for me, and what is right according to stats. How many successful blogs are there on BlogSpot compare to WordPress? I’m not saying one can’t be successful with a BlogSpot platform, but once you reach there, you want to take your blog to next level, by trying new things.. Integrating forum, personalising the platform, and many stuff that become requisite over time..

      As I mentioned in the article, if you are blogging for passion, for your personal diary,writing or anything.. BlogSpot is good.. And I stick to it.. But when you are looking at bigger picture..self hosted blogs are the right choice…If you disagree with me, I recommend you to watch the video, and see what Matt Cutts has to say about this..

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  • Rakesh

    is there is benefit of blogger.com PR in newaly created blog on blogger vs our hosted domain ?

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  • Raplus

    I think that there is no doubt about this because Wordpress(Self-hosted) is the king :-) When compering Wordpress(Self-hosted) with other platform there are so many advantages you can get from Wordpress(Self-hosted) blog. The best way to find it is, Google. Any one can search this on Google. At least 75% blog post have mentioned that Wordpress(Self-hosted) is the best.

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  • Amrish

    Right Harsh , Wordpress is better that blogger because with wordpress you may add new features to you blog and get better control over it . With wordpress you may add new function using plugin but the facility is not available with blogger

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  • Ravi kumar

    Matt Cutts also use wordpress for his personal blog, according to me, wordpress is a comprehensive package for blog and blogging is simple and easy to start blog.

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  • raman bathina

    Its a 1000$ question to me every time this question arises.I use wordpress with free hosting websites in the starting days that gives better experience to me with automatic script installation,theme installation etc.Due to restrictions on free webhosting sites later i moved to blogger service and it is comfortable to me but at the same duplicate meta description,missing title tag issues are getting problems to me.still i run my blog on blogger due to money problem.

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  • satyenhacks

    Hey,

    I have a number of blogs on Blogger. Recently I shifted to WordPress. I tried WordPress.com also. What I felt is that blogger blogs tend to appear more fast in search engines. Even I barely see any WordPress.com blog on 1st page of google compared to blog spot results. WordPress is best because of plugins and we don’t have to follow Google TOS , policies. You are the king on WordPress. You can do whatever you want. I started with blogger, made many blogs and money too but now shifted to wordpress to enjoy the freedom.

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