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7 Ways Blogger Is Better Than Wordpress

The debate between Blogger and Wordpress has divided bloggers for generations (in internet years). Both services have their own niches in the blogosphere, and they certainly have their own advantages. I’ll admit now that this article is shamelessly pro-Blogger. If you’re a fan of Wordpress, you may want to stop reading this article now. What follows are seven pros that gives the Blogger an edge over its longtime rival.

Wordpress addict, why are you still reading? 
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Blogger is more user-friendly than Wordpress

A newcomer to Blogger will notice its basic advantage: user-friendliness. Blogger has an easy-to-understand setup with a dashboard of intuitive action icons for the new blogger. Setup, design, posting: all processes within Blogger are streamlined to maximize its efficiency. Within a matter of minutes someone can create and customize their blog with Blogger and start posting. I would recommend Blogger to anyone with limited Internet experience who's starting a new blog.

Blogger enables customizable domain names

Unlike Wordpress, Blogger users can create a customizable domain name for their blog at no extra cost. You can create a sensible domain name catered to your blog’s theme without having to add “.blogger” at the end of the URL. Original domain names are particularly useful for bloggers cultivating a unique online persona.

Blogger is good for ad-free layout

Distracting ads often serve as a deal breaker for new bloggers looking to post clutter-free content. While Wordpress can place advertisements on their users’ blogs, Blogger chooses to refrain from doing so. This pro emphasizes how Blogger allows the user to be the ultimate controller of their content. If you don’t want ads on your blog, Blogger is for you.

Blogger gives you the option of choosing your own ads

Conversely, if you notice that your blog has generated a large following and you’d like to capitalize the traffic, you can include advertisements on your blog at no extra cost. Blogger allows you to customize your ads to fit the aesthetic of your blog, so you can choose from small, discreet ads to huge banners.

Blogger lets you add your own code

For the more ambitious user, Blogger allows for the addition HTML or Javascript. By adding code on Blogger, users can endlessly customize their blogs to accommodate any desired change in layout, format, color, font, etc. Sites like SimpleCode demystify the programming basics for those intimidated by HTML but want to utilize the coding features in Blogger.

Blogger lends itself to Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Blogger’s custom coding advantage also allows for increased SEO. Users can alter their Blogger-hosted blogs so they feature meta tags that attract search engine hits. You can also change the code so that the titles of your posts appear first in a search engine rather than the title of your blog. If your post title appears first, there’s a greater chance that you’ll be found by someone interests in your posts.

Blogger is always free

Of course, there are paid options, but Blogger has always been the least costly blogging service.  While Wordpress can be free, many of its additional services (like the removal of ads) require an additional fee. Blogspot offers its users complete control over a blog from creation to deletion without ever asking for a single penny of their money.

Author Bio:
This is a guest post by Nadia Jones who blogs at online college about education, college, student, teacher, money saving, movie related topics. You can reach her at nadia.jones5 @ gmail.com.
Italicised phrases have been added by Anne Lyken-Garner. Recommended reading: How to Write Online Articles. Also see my diary of a Blogger to Wordpress migration here. Visit the How Do I Blog page for more helpful blogging articles like this one. 

11 comments:

♥~Judy~♥ August 20, 2011 at 7:13 PM  

Anne, love how you added your two cents worth in the guest post, and I am solidly sold on blogger.

RJ Evans August 20, 2011 at 7:27 PM  

100% Blogger man here, even though I do have issues with google! The flexibility it gives bloggers plus the ease of use for starters are why I would tell new bloggers to head for blogger.

Arie uittenbogaard August 20, 2011 at 8:28 PM  

That's right! I'm a big blogger fan.

Anne Lyken-Garner August 20, 2011 at 10:22 PM  

I have 5 blogs on Blogger, and apart from the recent trouble we had from Google, I'm sold on Blogger too.

Icy BC August 21, 2011 at 12:32 PM  

I had a wordpress blog before while blogging for today.com, and I was not comfortable with it.

I'm a Blogger fan also, and this is where I stay.

Have a wonderful time wherever you're going to, Anne.

Anne Lyken-Garner August 21, 2011 at 2:34 PM  

I didn't know you were with WP before, Icy. It's great to find someone who's actually had experiences on both sides of the coin.

papaleng August 21, 2011 at 3:01 PM  

I am a Blogger man.

Self Sagacity August 24, 2011 at 12:12 AM  

Blogger is Free hosting, I like it just for that. I don't need another bill.

SquirrelQueen August 25, 2011 at 8:23 AM  

I researched both WP and Blogger before I started my blog. The ad placement on WP was the big turn off for me. While there are times I want to scream about things on Blogger it is still the best.

Dirty Butter August 28, 2011 at 1:36 AM  

I used Blogger for years. But our Plush Memories Lost Toy Search Service requires a robust search engine to be useful. That forced me to change to Wordpress.

I found you on ExposeYourBlog.

Anne Lyken-Garner May 25, 2012 at 5:05 PM  

Thanks for stopping by, guys. When I said Wordpress in this post I meant Wordpress.org rather then the free version of .com. The paid version on self hosted WP sites allows you to do almost anything you want on your blog if you've got the knowledge. It's your own domain so you choose what you want to do.

Anne's a published author, freelance writer and experienced editor. She's just signed her second publishing contract this year with 2 separate publishing houses. You can hire her or see her available books in the side panel on the right.
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