Which would you recommend for starting a blog to support your Hubs -- blogger or wordpress? Do blogger pages tend to get better indexed/higher PRs since Google owns it?
No. It's a common myth but it doesn't work that way. Google isn't stupid - it knows there's just as much rubbish on Blogger as anywhere else!
If you're talking about blogger.com versus wordpress.com - then I would still go for blogger, because you can't put ads on a wordpress.com site.
However if you're talking about blogger.com versus getting hosting and your own wordpress.org site - I'd go for the second one.
I agree with Marisa.
For free, definitely Blogger, it's easier and you can monetize.
But if you are getting your own domain and a host, Wordpress.org is the way to go. There are many more options, and you will want them, to specialize your blog. And I have noticed most (I mean 90%+) pro bloggers use Wordpress.org. So when developers create plugins and themes they make them for Wordpress.org supported blogs.
wordpress it the best choice to build a blog, and it is the best CRM sites.
It actually doesn't make that much of a difference, they're both similar platforms that come with tools that you can use to express your thoughts. The difference is that google will host a blogger account for you for free, whereas in using WordPress, you're going to find your own hosting more often than not.
Blogger is going to be much quicker to start with. So if you're looking to get a fast start, I'd say stick with blogger.
I started blogging about a month ago with Wordpress and didn't make any money. A few days ago I started a blog at Blogger and I've already made money.
Blogger is too easy to set up. I was up and running in one night and I'm already making money.
To check out my blog please go to:
I have a few Blogspot blogs to support my hubs. I've not tried Wordpress as of yet. My primary blog did have a PR on it, but since the Google Slap, it's been vacant in that department.
As for placement and indexing? It's not too often that I go look up myself.
However, if you type my Cagsil into Google, you'll find lots of stuff. My blog is on the first page and one the 3rd page for Yahoo.
Again, I don't presently use Wordpress and have no experience on it's quality or ease of use. Sorry.
I just checked out your blog. Where did you get the code or code template(s) for that or did you do it your own wonderful self?
Blogspot has everything for you to do it yourself
Compared to yours, mine is one lame excuse for a blog… I guess I haven’t discovered all their options yet.
If you want, check out my profile and click on my community blog, and tell me what you think. I recently made some changes to it and was going to open a thread asking for advice on sprucing it up, but it's not allowed.
I was actually using both, but wordpress to me is a bit more troublesome. Blogger was just easier to use in the long run and I shut the wordpress down.
plus you can monetize blogspot.com - adsense, amazon. I have three of them which I just update regularly.
Both are truly great, got both performing well, but recently I shitted my focus almost completely on Blogger. It has truly improved on the interface, layout, spam protection and PR. Blogger has also featured Amazon associates and the ability to customize your own domain name with it.
Good enough one can now blog his or her hubpages using the share button and make some blog entry with the backlink to HubPages. You don't need to copy anything from your hub for entries; writing a few fresh lines will be quite okay. Blogger PR and targeted traffic are worth the blogging considering also that it's owned by Google who will probably favor herself.
Have been wanting to blog fo a while now so this thread has really helped! Thanks all!
Wordpress, in my experience, is better if you're a beginner to HTML and CSS. It's more easy to customize. However, I prefer Blogger, as there aren't as many limitations and I prefer their console.
Wordpress is definitely the way to go. Heaps of themes. Heaps of plugins. Used by the pros. Free.
I find Blogger easier to get the look I want and the templates/themes are very easy to make adjustments to, to customise the look.
I am struggling to learn how to get the best out of wordpress.com. if I can maser it I might try thewordpress.org site.
I have seen somewhere on Blogger that you can move your blog, not sure if that means you can transfer it to host it elsewhere to remove their part of the URL. If so I might take that step in the future if it seems worthwhile.
Blogger has been a good way for me to learn lots of new design and layout ideas.
That's the snag about using a blogger or wordpress.com blog. If it's successful, you can never move it!
Think about it for a minute. If you move your blog, it will have a new URL. It will lose all its "link juice" and all its age. Google will regard the new location as a completely new site with no reputation at all.
If you're using Blogger, you really need to buy a domain name straight away and associate it with your blog. Otherwise, you're really stuck with Blogger forever.
Is it possible to make adsense payout from blogger blog without buying the domain name?
From you point it looks like all blogger blogs are stuck now.
Yes, it is 100% possible to make adsense payout from blogger without buying your own domain, but it makes it quite professional having your own domain name on it.
Yes it is. I was replying to 2uesday, who was saying she might start with a blogger blog and move it later, if it worked out.
I'm saying that's not a good idea, because you would lose all the reputation you'd built up on the blogger blog so it would be almost like starting from scratch.
That's not true. You can move blogger blogs without losing SEO, it is tricky but is possible.
http://www.seochat.com/c/a/Search-Engin … ical-Tags/
Thanks for that, Thomas. I think it proves my point, essentially!
People often start their website on blogger because they're too scared of the technical challenges of setting up their own self-hosted website. So when they finally pluck up the courage to transfer to hosting, they have enough on their plate without trying to implement the instructions on that link!
It can all be avoided, anyway, if you buy a domain name to use on your blogger blog in the first place.
Get your own hosting and use wordpress for your own site. Don't however use wordpress.com, which is like blogger.
Thanks for all the replies -- lots of great info here to consider
I would really recommend using your experience of Hubpages to identify areas where a blog or website will succeed.
The stats available on a Hubber's account can identify real goldmines.
Using a blog to support a hub is just the wrong way round.
It's a matter of taste. I would suggest beginners to try both (set to private) and see which they like best.
1. Easy interface
2. Able to use Google Adsense (very easy)
3. Easy use of Amazon Associate
1. They suddenly block or remove access to blogs for no apparent reason. Be warned!
1. Easy interface
2. Many templates
3. Can use anti-spam service
1. No use of Ads allowed, including Adsense.
This is not the case.
Wordpress.org uses your own paid hosting so you can put whatever ads you like on.
Wordpress.com is the free blogger equivalent that doesn't allow ads.
This is what confuses many people when they do research into which is best and find conflicting information.
Another positive for your own hosted wordpress blog is that you can sell it in the future.
I started with a blogger blog with my own domain name but have now moved on to Wordpress.org for all subsequent efforts.
Thank you Marisa, helpful advice like this is valuable. I never thought of it in that way and the technical side of things is a real challenge to me.
I use blogger for 4 blogs. Quite please with them, very easy to use, monetized.
I do wish there was a way that more than just the home page could be active pages and not just contain static words or data.
I still use Blogger and my own Wordpress sites. Blogger for the real quick and easy sites, my own Wordpress sites for the more advanced. But I still get bogged down with the technicalities of Wordpress from time to time. Choosing plugins and themes can distract from writing so easily!
I use blogger, but some times, i cant sleep knowing that i will wake up one day when my blog has been blocked or deleted. They have done it to me at one time
Yep, I lost a blog on Blogger because one day Blogger decided that after 4 years and tons of hits and subscribers, it was a spamblog.
Filed an appeal and it was denied.
So I lost 400 some pages in the blink of an eye.
ALWAYS back up your posts.
Sorry for that; It could be painful losing such huge work of yours. I encourage you to start building your own websites and learn effective and ethical ways of optimizing and monetizing them. I also like the word "backup," it's like having a reserve. These guys could tend to give people ugly surprises that ache.
In fact, this issue of Google's dominance with less care to look into guinue appeals made by several passionate users but to only BIG Names with Huge Traffic that make them Huge money forgetting that the started small.
The foul or spam proof are less perfect, take for instance, there are visitors to blogs who will intentional want to abuse the platform via your blog without you knowing it, even on auto comment spamming, continued clicking of your adsense ads and many other activities of theirs that might put you on the track of having violated their TOS. It's a pity that getting reinstated is like passing an elephant thru an eye of a niddle for small names(little income).
I hope Google will sincerely adjust to this in fairness and common regard for all users. I remembered very well that Google was not this famous and partial in dealing with users welfare 8 years ago.
I use both, as well as hosting my own wordpress.org sites. It is a constant battle to get the word out without stepping over the line(the Google line that is).
Use Wordpress if you want to host your own blog, Blogger if you do not want to host.
i use al web 2.0 site for backlinks but i love blogger because it is easy to use and its simple and fast
Blogger is more friendlier to use, and WordPress is for people who want to get very serious about websites. I discovered Tech Crunch is published on WordPress, and it's the worlds most popular technology blog. So WordPress kicks butt. Blogger allows Amazon and Google Adsense, and is easier to manage. Easy to add back links to your Hub Profile or Hub Pages you wish to promote. It is a great way to learn how to Blog and set up pages. When you go professional, and want to go bigger, maybe WordPress will Appeal to you more. The learning curve is steep for WordPress.
They are both good. But then so is Weebly (which I have used happily for 2 years), Tumblr, Typepad, Webs, Wix and more besides. Plenty of options to choose there! Monetizing blogs is a reality for us all now, and supplements our incomes from Hubs nicely. And the links will bring fresh readers and users to Hubs too, thanks to our valued back links to Hub Pages.
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