In the past two days I have had two separate clients ask me whether or not they should switch from Blogger to WordPress. Coming back from conferences to which they heard information regarding how WordPress is the best blogging platform right now, it’s no wonder there is some confusion and bloggers only want what is best for their site.
Reasons Blogger is Better than WordPress and Why Switching can actually hurt you in the long run!
- Blogger is free
- No paid hosting
- 99.9% up time
- Blogger does it’s own SEO you are in good hands
- No plugins to break your site
- Google indexes Blogger blogs faster than any other on the Internet
- You can advertise on Blogger the same as on WordPress
- Blogger themes have come a long way
Now I know you are reading this and saying… “Um mm Jodi aren’t you on WordPress?” And of course I will reply yes I am. Why? Because at heart I’m a designer and that is one area WordPress surpasses Blogger, ease and control over designing a site you want the way you want, without any limitation to get in the way.
Or are there?
Last week I had one plugin which I purchased blow up my site! I didn’t lose my posts (because I back up) which you can back up in blogger also. But this plugin caused me so much grief, I spent hours on the phone with my hosting provider and after two days my site was back and up and running.
Another thing I love about Blogger is how easy it is to use and manipulate. Sure WordPress looks great, but learning PHP and MySqL was a nightmare for me. Blogger still runs on basic HTML which is fantastic for me because I can do almost anything. And for those who say blogger doesn’t have themes that are as clean and professional as WordPress. I beg to differ.
Check these out!
Blogger has come a long way with its themes and more and more themes are being used without having to add extra SEO plugins or having to add your blog manually to a deposit to get recognized.
Am I saying WordPress sucks? Heck in a hand-bag I am not. I love using my own hosted WordPress Blog. I don’t like paying for hosting though and I don’t like that when WP updates it sometimes breaks your site. I hate that most themes are now costing us money, and that my blog doesn’t get indexed as fast.
What I’m saying is that if you are an established blogger, running product reviews and doing giveaways as many of us are. There is nothing wrong with staying with Blogger. There are many benefits for staying with Blogger and you won’t run the risk of losing your page rank or readers by making the switch which isn’t as easy as people think.
There are some things to consider though.
- Make sure you read and follow Blogger’s TOS so you don’t lose your blog. Blogger will delete you if you don’t.
- Make sure you use rel=”nofollow” if you are going to link out heavily or Google sees it as spam and of course this affects Blogger because Google cleans up their own backyard and is strict with their rules
- Higher a designer ( ) to give your blog a much needed face-lift you want.
- Buy your own domain and ditch your blog-spot URL
They said in Field of Dreams … “If you build it they will come.”
Well that is not always the case. No matter how pretty your blog is, how much you love it, what platform you use doesn’t really matter as both have good and bad points. What matters is that you write quality content your readers will enjoy!