WordPress, Blooger, Tumbir, or other? Which is best for blogging?
I've hard some about each site. Which do you think is best for blogging as far as ease of use, appearance, cost,etc...? What is your overall number one pick?
Tumblr is easier to use, more popular as photo blog though text, links, videos, etc are shared too, has more potential to go "viral" or popular (usually in the younger crowd). Wordpress on the other hand is better for seo. Unless you want a dedicated blog hosting for more freedom and features in Wordpress and Blogger, I don't think you should worry about cost. I should say that hosting your own domain on Tumblr is free so that's a plus. Overall, I'd pick wordpress. Tumblr is more for "fun blogging" but that could be just me. Blogger is also easy to use but your account can get banned anytime by Google.
But how can you make money on WordPress? I've heard you can't do AdSense (at least for the free one). Do you have to pay for advertising? I do want to make money at whichever I choose.
No. That's the disadvantage. They have their separate ads program but the requirements are more strict. You have to really work on getting a good amount of traffic to your blog. If it's for earning,Blogger is the best out of the 3.Just read the terms
IMO, if you are looking for a true blogging platform, there is no alternative for wordpress. It's easy, powerful and highly scalable. And yes the wordpress.com version doesn't allow you to put any ad there. So, my recommendation is get started with the self hosted solution (wordpress.org). The best part of wordpress is the enormous amount of free resources available and a very vast community for support. If you run into a problem with wordpress, the chance is very fat that someone else has already ran into that before and got a solution through wordpress community.
And as far as making money is concerned, there are several ways you can do it. You can place adsense ads which is the best network for PPC. If you think your site will have a good amount of visitor, you can use CPM ads like cpxinteractive. If your blog is about certain niche, you can promote affiliated products. So, the possibility is endless with wordpress, it's just how far you can take yourself. But my advice is that making money should be the second priority. You should first make a site with unique and rich content and get natural traffic into it. Once you have both, the money will follow you soon
I always love wordpress for blogging as it has best CMS in Internet world comparing to blogger and tumblr. Book your domain and start with wordpress.org and you can start to pay play with your website. Wordpress is very easy to install. It takes only few minutes and your website will be live. There are thousands of free themes available for wordpress site you can choose any of them according to your website niche.
You can decorate your website by using plugins and widgets which all are free.
Interesting answers here, although I don't understand all the ins and outs. Good question, Victoria Lynn!
I don't understand the ins and outs, either, Suelynn, but I'm trying to learn. When I feel I have at least enough info, I'm going to jump into some kind of blogging!
Blogger has been the best in my experience. The posts get indexed faster than the other free blogging sites. I find Wordpress to be finicky about the kind of content they want. I had couple of my sites deleted as well. I am talking about the free wordpress.com blog. But, if you have your own domain, Wordpress is the best software.
Thanks, wbapartner. Your analysis summarizes some of what I've been hearing!
Wordpress.com always want unique content if they find your comment copied from anywhere they will delete your free blog immediately. One thing I can't understand all blogspot blog is redirected to .in domain but no one is getting indexed.
If you are looking to monetize your blog, it would be a good idea to move away from the free Wordpress site and setup your own domain with a webhost that offers easy Wordpress installation as part of standard features. Examples of these are Hostgator
Wordpress hands down. it's easy to use once you have played with it a bit, completely customizable, easily indexed by google and has tons of features you can download as you need them in the form of plugins.
Are you talking about the Wordpress option that isn't free? Isn't it about 5 bucks a month? That would be fine, as I want to use it to make some money from it.
I like Wordpress too. I'm tech challenged, and it's easy and flexible to use. It has lots of features, but you can get started just using a few of them...
Victoria, the choice of blogging platform will depend on what you want to do. In the Web 2.0 classes that I teach at a university, I start with Blogger for simple assignments so students can learn about the fundamentals of blogging without the interface getting in the way. For the final project I give them a choice to do their project on another platform such as Wordpress which has additional features. As others have mentioned, Wordpress is the most commonly used platform, esp. among professional bloggers.
Thank you, profsunilh. That is very helpful!
I would go with either Wordpress or Blogger---Blogger if you're interested in making money, because it's much easier to integrate Adsense for your blog, and Wordpress hosted blogs don't allow Adsense. You'll have to host your Wordpress blog on your own if you want to do that.
Wordpress if you're looking for a lot of functionality and, not to mention, a good community. Blogger doesn't really have much of a community, whereas Wordpress has quite an extensive one. I found my Wordpress blog got more views and followers instantly than my blog did when it was hosted on Blogger. Also, all of my blog posts on Blogger started messing up until finally every single post was showing up blank no matter how much I had typed. That was the final straw that caused me to move to Wordpress, though an extensive Google search showed that few people ran into this problem.
All these will deliver different results
Blogger will have you ranked well in Google within a short period of time.
Tumblr gives you a good visual and design appeal
WordPress will help you create a perpetual business. If you self host you are more safe and happier that your blog will not be deleted someday.
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