Once you've decided that you want to start a blog, there's no looking back.
You're full of endless drive and motivation to teach the world about whatever your niche entails, and there's nothing that could get in your way.
But where do you start?
With far too many blogging platforms to choose from, you might feel like you got in a little over your head.
Don't worry though, I'm here to make that decision a little easier and help you decide between the mess.
Since the two biggest, most well-known blogging platforms are WordPress and Blogger, we're going to deal with those two.
WordPress is owned by Automattic, while Blogger is owned by Google.
Naturally you'd probably begin to gravitate towards Blogger, because Google is one of the most well-known brands in the entire world.
However, WordPress is actually the most used blogging platform of all time, so the debate isn't as easy as it seems.
There's all kinds of pros and cons to both, and they honestly still need fixing and constant updates.
That'll happen when you're servicing millions of bloggers, plenty of which are there to promote their spam and block-worthy content.
So which should you choose? Blogger or WordPress?
The Pros and Cons of Blogger
Blogger was my first go-to website for blogging since it was supported by Google.
I didn't really even consider WordPress, nor did I care to spend the money that came with WordPress.
Before we dive into any of this, the biggest tip for online businesses that most successful entrepreneurs will tell you is to invest in yourself.
I immediately failed to recognize the importance of this theory, which is why I failed miserably at the start.
Anyways, back to the pros and cons of Blogger.
Let's start with the pros, followed by the cons.
The Pros of Blogger as a Blogging Platform
- Supported and ran by Google, the most well-known search engine in the history of the internet
- Easy to get approved for Google Adsense (ad revenue) since it's owned by Google
- Very easy setup for beginners, with not much of a learning curve
- Easy to rank (low, but rank nonetheless) in the Google search engine
The Cons of Blogger as a Blogging Platform
- Not enough customizing options
- Google can shut down your blog at any moment for no reason, no questions asked
- Consistently ranking high on any search engine is very difficult
- Barely any decent plugins
The Pros and Cons of WordPress
Okay, so now that you've seen the good and the ugly of Blogger, let's jump in to WordPress.
Personally, I've used WordPress for a long time now, and I don't ever see myself going back to Blogger.
I don't want to slam Blogger users, nor do I want to tarnish its reputation, but it just doesn't really do much for me.
I'm a creative person, and I've always loved building out my blogs to my exact vision that I have for it.
WordPress offers this creative expressionism, but they also have several drawbacks.
So what are the pros and cons of using WordPress? Check them out below.
The Pros of Using WordPress as a Blogging Platform
- Much, much bigger variety of customizing options
- Ranking high on Google multiple times is entirely doable
- Most large websites on the internet are ran by WordPress
- Endless plugins, and people are always creating more
The Cons of Using WordPress as a Blogging Platform
- Costs significantly more than Blogger
- All kinds of different additional payments from plans, to plugins, to protection services (this could be a pro, depending on your circumstances)
- Not as easy as Blogger to start off, since there's literally thousands of different options for customizing (again, this could be a pro for those of you who get creative)
- Almost all free themes are limited, which prompts you to upgrade (pay more) for their pro version
The Ultimate Debate in Blogging History
I'm obviously biased towards choosing WordPress over Blogger due to my history as a writer.
However, Blogger has some serious edge over WordPress for those of you on a budget (no shame, people end up making thousands a month from Blogger).
Let it be known that if you start on Blogger, you can switch that domain and website over to WordPress whenever you want.
If you start off with a smaller budget, then go ahead and take the learning curve with Blogger and invest in the blog by switching it over to WordPress once you get the funds.
I've had decent success on Blogger, but nothing like the way WordPress has worked out for me.
Another huge tip that I can give you is this: No matter which of the two platforms you choose, do NOT stick with the sub domain that they give you (the completely free option).
Having a website that ends in .wordpress or .blogspot is one of the easiest ways to get your blog ignored.
Most domains are around $10.99 to $13.99, so don't hesitate to take that leap.
Remember what I said about the importance of investing in yourself, and investing in your business for that matter.
So let's say you spend $13.99 right now on your domain to make your blog official, okay?
There are two scenarios that could happen here:
- You fail miserably and you wasted a grand total of $13.99, which is really close to the price of one fast food meal.
- You achieve decent or wild success, which quickly diminishes that $13.99 and returns as a nice $500.00+ a month.
As you can see, neither of these scenarios really result in that domain price ruining your life.
One small investment can change your life forever, or it could just be a small failed investment.
Anyone who's achieve success online has lost money in one way or another, heck I've lost thousands without question.
But why is that okay?
Because through continuous practice, dedication, drive, and self-investment we've all achieved the end goal: Making a living online, working wherever we want, and having nobody but ourselves as our boss.
Like the sound of that?
It all starts with the choice between Blogger and WordPress.
Personally, I choose Wordpres, and will continue to do so for all of my future blogs and websites.
The decision is up to you, I'm just here to set you up with all the details that you need to know to get this journey started.