Sunday, 10 May 2015

WordPress or BlogSpot : Which is Better?

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WordPress or Blogspot
When it comes to blogging, we have plenty of options such as WordPress, BlogSpot, Tumblr to name a few. 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, andmany 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 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, 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 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 ofWordPress 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 addSEO 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. 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 alwaysmake your WordPress blog SEO friendly, with the help of plugins available out there.

10 REASONS Blogger is better than WordPRess

Blogger is a blog-publishing service which allows user blogs with time-stamped entries only. It was developed by Pyra Labs, which was bought by Google in 2003. 

Here are 10 simple reasons why Blogger is better than Wordpress:

1. Blogger is 100% free, wordpress isn't.

Blogger offers unlimited space and unlimited bandwidth and you can set up a domain for free, whereas in Wordpress you have to pay 100$ for a domain and you get only 13GB of storage. Literally. 

There isn't any single hidden payment feature in Blogger. Everything is 100% free with 100% uptime, whereas the hidden fees of Wordpress are unbelievable.

All the customizations in Blogger are offered for free, whereas most of customizations in Wordpress are paid. 

2. Blogger is easy to setup, wordpress isn't. 

It takes literally less than 5 minutes to set up your new blog with any default template provided by Google. This is astonishing and productive,  you can start posting and telling the world what you want in few minutes.  The options which Blogger asks you to set are limited to what is necessary. So, you don't have much of a headache figuring out which options to activate, and which to avoid.

WordPress is a much more complicated ~ it has a thousands of options and you will be spending thirty-five minutes trying to get them correct. The ironic part is that, most of these options aren't necessary, and they do not enhance your blogging experience in any way.  A wrong selection may result in your blog being invisible to Search Engines. 

3. Blogger is easy to customize, wordpress isn't. 

Blogger offers an extraordinary level of customization. You can actually edit the HTML code, if you have the required knowledge! That is very surprising,  it is very simple to customize every feature in your blog; every part of this template can be changed to suit your needs. You can edit the fonts, change the background color/image, add as many widgets as you like (even third-party widgets), and position them as you like. You can change the column widths and text color as per your wishes.

WordPress is the opposite. It gives you a huge selection of free templates (plus a number of premium ones), but you cannot customize any part of the template without paying for an upgrade. Widgets can be placed only where your chosen template allows you to.

4. On Blogger you make money from your ads, on Wordpress they make money from your ads 

When you feel your blog has enough traffic, you can sign up for an advertising account with Google, and will place a widget provided by Google, wherever you like and sit back. Google will place relevant ads in the space you have appointed and pay you for every click that it gets.

On, wordpress it is just the opposite. If you have a free account there, they will post their own advertisements in spaces they desire and make money from their ads.

5. On Blogger you are born SEO optimized, on wordpress you are not
Since, Blogger is owned by Google, it indexes Blogger blogs way much faster than the wordpress blogs. Not only this, Google automatically publishes your pages on Google+ if you desire. Blogger is also hosted by Google Cloud Computing;  thus the blogger platform is SEO optimized by default.  All you need to do is just modify few basic settings and your blog is ready for SEO. 

On WordPress, you need to install plenty of SEO Plugins to optimize it.

6. On Blogger you are highly secured, on Wordpress you are not
On, WordPress blogs are highly vulnerable. Even a small loophole can do a big damage to your years of hard work. 

Whereas, Blogger is hosted on Google Cloud Infrastructures, you won't be having any access to the database or the server ~ everything is extremely highly secured!

A blogger blog can only be compromised if your gmail account linked with your blogger blog is hijacked (or hacked)  which can easily be protected with a step-2 authentication.

7. Blogger offers official gadgets simply and for free whereas Wordpress doesn't

You can easily add gadgets like news, weather reports, currency converter, videos, slideshow, search box etc by a single click. You can place these gadgets where ever you want in your blog by changing their position by customizing layouts.

8. Blogger offers a production environment, WordPress doesn't
Wordpress really sucks as your forward facing production environment. If you're being self-hosted, even after weeks of production with you redesigned wordpress site, you might get racked up to 8 hours of downtime due to database failures. You might also have to pay Apache/PHP/Mysql fees monstrosity on Amazon EC2.

On Blogger, you don't have to worry about anything, literally. Nothing! 

9. WordPress can shut down your blog anytime, Blogger won't do it unless you violate their terms 

If you host your blog at, their Terms Of Service (TOS) very clearly states that “may terminate your access to all or any part of the Website at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice, effective immediately.

Whereas Google says: "We may also take any of the above actions if we find that a user has created multiple blogs with the purpose of evading our policies or engaging in repeated abusive behavior. If you have had a blog disabled, do not create a replacement blog that engages in similar activity."

What kind of sorcery is this? 

You might think you run a squeaky-clean blog and that you'd never come close to a TOS violation, but do you really want to give  this WordPress that much control over your livelihood? Go with blogger instead. 

10. Free Spam Control

WordPress users have to pay for plugins which help in controlling Spam but this does not applies for blogger. Blogger has an inbuilt SPAM Controller which is very powerful. The inbuilt Spam controller automatically detects spam comments and removes them. So you don't have to bang you head reading SPAM comments, Blogger will take care of that.

7 Reasons Why Blogger Is Better Than Wordpress

New blog writers everywhere are faced with a serious dilemma when they first reach the Internet and must decide which blogging platform is best for their new website. There are actually dozens of options on the market, ranging from the basic blog settings of the social networks to the self-hosted open sources software solutions. However, for most new bloggers and those who don't want to pay for their blog, the choice boils down to one of two websites: Blogger and Wordpress. These two services have become synonymous in recent years with the blogging phenomenon, making up a massive percentage of the Internet's most popular blogs. For that reason, there has been a bit of discussion over which service is better. Provided here is a solid answer to that question once and for all, 7 reasons why Blogger is in fact better than Wordpress. These comparisons relate to the free accounts available from both Blogger and Wordpress. Integrated Login with Your Google Account With the ability to easily connect all of your Google accounts, this is a big plus for Blogger. Many of the most useful features for a website are offered by Google, including AdSense, AdWords, and Webmaster tools for Google indexing. Instead of adding code into your templates, something that can quickly become confusing and result in broken websites, Blogger allows you to simply click a button and integrate AdSense or banners into your site. This allows you to use the same login information for all Google services and that sets Blogger a few steps ahead. Wordpress is an open sources solution, meaning that all extra services must be manually integrated into your blog after you have signed up for your account. Backed up by Google Along the same lines, Blogger has the backing of the largest and most powerful Internet Company in the world. For some this might seem like a negative, but it means the most money and development time can be placed into creating new features for Blogger that Wordpress may need to wait for. Historically, features such as widgets, add-ons, and templates have been enhanced first by Blogger. Wordpress is usually a step or two behind the curve. For the best features as they are developed, Blogger is the winner. Change Visual Appearance and Code of Templates Blogger's options for making changes to the visual composition of your blog are numerous and easy to use, something that Wordpress has had problems maintaining in the past. In Blogger, there are a number of pre-built templates as well as thousands more available from any number of websites. Simply copy and paste them into your blog's template page and you have a new look. Additionally, the style sheets and HTML code for your template (if you are willing to do so) can easily be changed and enhanced to suit your specific needs. Indexing Time Whether it is because of the link with Google or because of the sheer volume of Blogger blogs, your posts will be indexed in the Search Engines much quicker with Blogger. Usually within a few hours of posting your newest page will appear, allowing you to receive the most traffic as quickly as possible. This is especially important as most blogs strive to talk about the newest and most relevant news as it breaks. If that news does not index for two days, it will already be old when people start to read your posts. Ease of Use Blogger is truly a plug and play design for a new blog owner. Signing up takes seconds, allowing users to use their Google login and asking only for a few basic pieces of information such as blog title and description. From there, blog posts can be typed up and entered with two or three clicks and are automatically indexed. For newcomers to the blogosphere especially, Blogger is the best choice when it comes to ease of use. Integration of Multiple Accounts Blogger makes it easy to view all of your blogs via a dashboard feature that links directly to your Google login. When you login, all of your blogs will display, with one-click options to post, edit, or alter posts. The number of blogs and accounts available is nearly endless and makes blogging on multiple topics easier than ever. Massive Blogging Network Because Blogger is the first stop for many new bloggers, it is also among the largest blogging networks in the world. The millions of blogs already created in Blogger are helpful to the new member as well because of how Google has integrated their search features into the site. Not only can visitors search Blogger blogs via the search bar at the top of the page, they can click "random" or "next blog" to visit a different Blogger blog. This increases your exposure by directly connecting you with existing blogs. And if you decide to hide this feature, you can do that too in Blogger. Ultimately, Blogger is an ideal solution for anyone who is just starting their first blog. It is also a great platform for those who are serious about blogging, but do not want to hire a technician to set them up and make regular adjustments to their blog. It is easy to use, quick to start, and offers a host of features that the free Wordpress blog and its other competitors do not. 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