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:
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.
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?