When it comes to blogging, the first thing you need to do is organise a site to place all of your musings. There is no point in having all those ideas in your head and have nowhere to put them. Two of the most popular platforms for blogs are Blogspot and WordPress. Both have their strengths and weaknesses but which one is the best for you? Here are some of the pros and cons I have noticed with both platforms.
This is an ideal starting point for a new blogger. The layout is simple and easy to navigate. There is a range of themes that are available but the opportunities to customize the site are limited. Although you can pick the name of your site, it comes with “blogspot” slapped in the middle. But, this is one of those things that you have to put up with and it is a small price to pay for a free site. Don’t let the blogspot in the middle of your web address put you off. There are a lot of successful bloggers who use the platform and wouldn’t consider anything else. One of the big advantages to blogspot is the adverts. After a few months of being active, you can start putting adverts on the site, regardless of the number of hits that you receive in a month. This means you have the potential for earning money right out of the gate. Google picks these adverts for you so you have no say in what ads appear. With no fees and a simple layout, this platform is great if you are new to blogging.
If you want to be a “serious” blogger then WordPress might be the place for you. One of the big differences between the two is your web address. With WordPress, you can have your own domain name. This screams “professional” and many people find that business and views increase when they have a unique web address. You can also customize the site whatever way you want. WordPress offers a good variety of templates that you can use. Or, you can build your own. WordPress is used by bloggers and big news companies to host websites. One of the downsides can be advertising. WordPress has a pretty strict set of rules on this. In order to be considered for their AdWords programme, your site must hit certain view milestones to even be considered. You are able to do affiliate links to products that you like but putting a big banner is a no-go. There are ways around this depending on where you bought your domain name. For example, if you bought it through Vidahost (which is what I use) and then use WordPress as the template, you can pop some adverts on your homepage. But if you use WordPress as your host then adverts are a no-go. The cost of hosting your own domain can vary and has to be renewed every year but is normally pretty reasonable. So for a small fee, you get a unique web address and creative freedom which is perfect if you want to look more professional.
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