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There’s a war going on in the blogosphere, and it has nothing to do with bloggers dissing each other on their respective websites. The war is about control of the blogosphere by several great, many good, and tons of terrible blogging platforms. The average newbie now has “too many” options to choose from, and the battle for blogging supremacy is hotter than ever.
At my website and blogs, I’m always asked the question “Is WordPress better than Blogger?”. The answer, of course, is “Yes”. But to really understand why, it’s important to look at both blogging platforms side-by-side and see which one you really need.
Here’s the comparison scale:
1) Ease of Set-up And Use
Yes, it’s much easier to set-up a blog with Blogspot.com and get your own Bloggger account. You can be done in 10 minutes flat. Once you’re set-up you can start posting immediately. If you want to add a designer’s touch to your blog, there are also tons of blogger templates available for free.
Installing WordPress however can be a major headache if you don’t know what you’re doing. Since you’re going to host it on your own account, you’ll need to download the installation files, upload them to your server, set-up a database, and run the configuration script.
However, if you know which hosting account to get, you can choose one with Cpanel included. With Cpanel, you can do a one-click installation, upgrade and removal of your WordPress platform.
2) Customization & Advanced Use
Blogger doesn’t allow categories. You can’t sort your articles into different focuses, unless you know how to hack the platform. With WordPress, not only can you add categories, you can also display each category differently on your main page. In fact with the correct plugins you can even turn your WordPress into a magazine-like portal.
Publishing with Blogger can be a pain in the ass. It can take forever to post articles, especially if you’re making changes to the entire website. With WordPress, publishing is much faster, although if you load your system with all kinds of bells and whistles it can be just as frustrating. With a Blogger account, you can get additional features like “Shout Boxes” that improve interaction on your site. You can also get pretty themes and nifty little tools that you can add to the core template files. However, that’s as far as you can go with Blogger.
With WordPress however, the sky is the limit. As cliche as that may sound, not only can you get themes, additional “plugins” and advanced tools, you can also extend WordPress to far beyond just a blogging platform.
The talk today is about using WordPress as a complete, user-friendly Content Management System or CMS.
3) Copyrights and Ownership of Content
I started with Blogger and I won’t say that it’s bad. But after a while I started to get frustrated with Blogger, and here’s why: Google Owns Your Content
Google has the authority to shut down your account without warning if they don’t like what you’re blogging about. You don’t have absolute control over your own blog. With WordPress, you own the domain name and the blog is hosted on your own account. You have full control over your content.
With the self-hosted version of WordPress (not WordPress.com), you’re free to write about anything you want, and use the software in any way you want. Yes, Blogger allows you to publish to your own domain, but they still own the database that holds your content! Don’t forget that!
4) Search Engine Optimization and Traffic
There’s this propaganda that since Google owns Blogger, they tend to favor Blogger accounts. I won’t say that this is illogical, but from my experience, there’s no such favoritism.
I’ve heard as many stories of getting indexed fast and ranking high in search engines from both WordPress and Blogger users. As long as the content is good, the spiders will come.
When you post in Blogger, you can only “ping” a limited amount of sites, whereas with WordPress on your own domain you can ping as many blog directories as you want, and start getting more traffic.
As a conclusion, I would say that WordPress is only slightly ahead in terms of optimization for search engines, and building large amounts of traffic. You may purchase an hosting account for your WordPress blog.
5) Money-Making Potential
There’s no doubt that it’s easier to get started with Google Adsense if you have a Blogger account. In fact you can now apply for Adsense from within a Blogger account. Not entirely surprising considering the fact that both are owned by the same company.
With WordPress, it can get tricky. The default installation is not enough. You’ll need a couple of plugins and even a better theme to really maximize the Adsense potential. However, this seems to be getting easier and there’s even “Adsense revenue sharing” plugins around that allow you to share ad revenue with other contributors and writers for your blog.
When you start using WordPress to build your Adsense websites, you’ll soon discover what I mean. It’s something you need to experience for yourself. I can tell you one thing though – when you go WordPress, you don’t go back.
Meanwhile, if you have decided to switch to WordPress, yet do not know where to start please consider Alex Sysoef’s Expert WordPress program. The good thing about the program is that a custom script does the full blog configuration and customization based on a few answers you provide on web page and you got a clear winner. But you really must see the video that shows you entire process to understand just how simple it is. Watch the video Expert WordPress to see how anyone can create a blog in less than 4 minutes from Start to Publish.
If you can afford I also suggest the WordPress Goldmine. In this excellent guide, you’ll be empowered with proven techniques, and strategies to reel in huge profits easily with a WordPress blog.
Now, it is your turn. Have your say and please tell me which Blogging platform do you prefer ?
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a popular term in the Internet marketing world. SEO creates massive source of traffic for blogs and websites. If the major search engines, like Google and Yahoo, accept that your website provides a good answer to a specific keyword phrase that people regularly search for, then your site will receive tons of free traffic.
You can clearly understand from above why some people spend serious amount of their time on SEO. Most of the popular blogs derive a very large portion of their traffic just from ranking well in Google for some very specific keywords. This, in other words, can be translated into thousands of dollars in revenue.
The Long Tail
These days I have seen quite a lot of bloggers who are trying to dominate popular search phrases to pull traffic to their blogs. Frankly speaking, most bloggers will never dominate popular search phrases. Top five blogs dominated those keywords already. Thus, you should not expect your blog to rank on the first page of search engine results for those specific keywords.
Yet, the game is not over for the small and mid-sized bloggers. Thanks to a concept called the Long Tail, we can still drive good traffic from search engines without dominating the top keywords. You can manually do this with HitTail. Please read How To Track Your Keywords with HitTail for more details.
SEO Elite – Traffic Monster
Having said above, there is one magic software where you can still compete against top bloggers for some specific keywords without spending your valuable time. It is called SEO Elite.
If there is one software you should invest money for the sake of ranking well for specific keywords related to your niche, it is definitely SEO Elite
With SEO Elite you can view your competitor’s linking strategy which includes the ability to see the page your link is located on, the Google and Alexa ranking of their website, the total number of times a keyword appears on specified pages etc.
If you are new to SEO concept, you are so lucky! This software also teaches you how to optimize your website for search engines which in turn creates 100% free targeted traffic to your website. Well, what more can i expect from a SEO software?
In addition to above, it teaches you how to create your website pages for top ranking by using keyword density which is how many times your keywords should be repeated on your pages, keyword prominence which explains where your keywords should be placed etc.
Even though SEO Elite is a little expensive and sold at $167, i am glad that i invested my money on it.
Frankly speaking it took one whole week for me to decide buying SEO Elite. I checked with my trusted friends in the Internet Marketing business before i bought the software.
I have seen the positive outcome after 7 days i purchased the software. It seems like a miracle that i am getting tons of free traffic from the search engines with SEO Elite. I will write a more detailed traffic report later.
Have you downloaded your free copy of the Easy SEO report ? You may click on the banner on the top right hand side of my blog to download it. It is a well written report for beginner-mid level bloggers. You will find some good tips and resources inside the report. It is completely free. Don’t miss that one!
When we are talking about SEO, i should mention one reliable blog which i always refer. It is SemHints.com. Go and check it SEO Tools