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Where to Blog. Make Money Blogging Now.

Updated on March 16, 2013

Blogging and Hubpages

Blogging can be a great way to supplement your income and even take the place of your day job. The process of blogging is easy but building up an audience to read your blogs is not. I recommend starting a Hubpages account so that you can write articles here that link to your blog. This will provide multiple links that point to your blog resulting in boosting your blog ranking. To join Hubpages click hubzz .

Then start a profile and begin writing on the subject that you wish to blog about. This will establish you as an expert on your topic while at the same time will bring in a small income from Hubpages. Be sure and present your Hubpages profile as you would like your clients to view it.


Blogger is King

If you wish to start a blog it can be difficult deciding where to begin. I can tell you from experience that the best blog platform to begin with is Google Blogger. After opening your account you will need to learn how to build a blog and this will take some time. It is an on going learning experience. Blogger will help you along the way because of its new design and ease of use, you will be up and blogging in no time. They also have features that help promote your articles which is a great bonus to a novice blogger. WordPress is a good platform, but if you opt for the free version you will be constantly hampered by that platform trying to sell you on an upgrade. Blogger is free and you get everything, but if you use the free WordPress you will soon find that its just bait to get you to pay for something.

WordPress as a Blogging Platform

WordPress is a very popular blogging platform. Users love this platform because it is very versatile.

There are actually two WordPress platforms, WordPress.com and WordPress.org. If you are interested in a free blog, WordPress.com is the one you are after. With WordPress.org you will pay a hosting fee, and the set up can be a bit complicated. However, some of the most serious bloggers use this platform because it is highly professional in appearance and perks.

So, one of the big issues you will have to face is, do you need a self-hosted blog or a hosted blog? A self hosted blog means that you manage the blog's software yourself and organize your own server space to store your blog's content, however, you are less restricted in terms of how much data you can upload to it. Most businesses that want a definitive and strong brand experience for their clients on a blog set up the self-hosted one, because of the freedom of customization and branding level. The hosted alternative involves signing with a third party to host your blog. You may think of this as something similar to facebook.

For example on Facebook, you can enter information and pictures, but the whole format, and what you are allowed to do is within what Facebook will allow.

Hosted site, WordPress.com highlights:

  • Upgrades and security are not your problem, they are handled for you.
  • This platform offers instructions on setting up your blog. If you are totally new to blogging you will probably find this useful over and over.
  • There is no software to download, and the platform provides many social media-friendly apps.
  • WordPress.com has many hosting servers, making it unlikely to go down
  • Post are automatically backed up.
  • You could get extra site traffic from blogs of the day and tags, just as in writing for sites such as Hubpages. We "Hub" writers know that our Hubs could be selected as "hub of the day", bringing in a lot of extra traffic.
  • The platform provides themes, which you may modify up to a certain level only. Nothing is completely custom.

I like to compare hosted blogs with MySpace & Facebook, because most people have at least one of these platforms that they use regularly. You don' have to worry about backing up your posts on either of these, or managing anything yourself. Facebook and MySpace provide the outline, and you fill in all the spaces. A self hosted blog is a whole different animal.

It is often suggested that you start a free blog and practice before venturing out and setting up a WordPress.org blog. This gives you a chance to learn about the features first. People who start and learn on the .com version have very little problem advancing to the .org, whereas, the people I have seen go straight to the .org are very often stressed and overwhelmed.

Self Hosted site, WordPress.org

  • You may upload custom themes and plugins.
  • You will be part of a supportive community.
  • If you are computer savvy, you have complete control to change the HTML code.
  • You may monetize your blog and run advertisements.
  • You will be paying for your own web hosting.
  • You must download the software to get your blog set up. This can be a hassle if you are not into computers
  • You will be responsible for backing up your own blog.
  • If you get a big increase in traffic to your site, your blog may go down. Not good!

As you can see the self hosted WordPress is great, but can leave you in a lot of trouble if you do not know what you are doing.

WordPress.org is a powerful platform for your blogging needs. But, it also requires you to be well organized, quite technical, and back up your blog and beware of traffic issues.

Wordpress.com

Pros
Cons
For Your Information
free
Does not allow advertising
Blogger is free and allows ads.
a lot of plug ins
free templets are limited to level of customization
the .org version has many customizable templets
built in statistics
If you get a lot of traffic, you pay for an upgrade
 
built in spam blocker
 
 

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    • DREAM ON profile image

      DREAM ON 5 years ago

      Thanks for all the information I will check out Word Press.com an interesting site.

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      Skarlet 5 years ago from California

      Thank you dream on.

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      Karina Louise 5 years ago from San Francisco, California

      This is a great little comparison of the two and a good reference to share with others. Thanks!

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      Nizam Khan 5 years ago from Hyderabad, India.

      This is really informative and useful Hub. Wordpress platform is really a great to start a blog. Well, one can go with self hosted blog if it's the first experience as a blogger and if someone is familiar with blogging and has experience about blogging, then it's best to go with hosted blogs. And you have listed some good pros and cons about wordpress.com .Thanks for sharing !

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      RolyRetro 5 years ago from Brentwood, Essex, UK

      Great hub, I wrote one similar on self hosted wordpress so will be sure to link to this!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thanks for the information. I have been looking into Blogger as it is a move versatile option in ads. I like Wordpress for the service and ease of use, but it's limited in allowing me to place ads for interested sponsors. Your article is very helpful in helping me to make a decision. Voted useful and interesting.

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      Skarlet 5 years ago from California

      Thank you all. There are so many options out there that its hard to know what to do.

      I will check out your hub, RolyRetro.

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      AlokkumarSharma 5 years ago from New Delhi

      According to me if you are planning to own a website just go for wordpress.org self hosted domain. They will give you freedom to choose free thousand themes, plugin and widget which you can use to decorate your website. They have many plugins which will improve your website performance. For list of wordpress SEO plugin you can read my hub.

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