What is the better free blog platform... blogger.com or wordpress.com?

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Which of the 2 do u guys think would be easier to rank for seo and get traffic?
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  • Profile picture of the author pethanks
    If you are beginner Blogger is nice. But for me, I personally use wordpress. I like it applications.
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  • Profile picture of the author webapex
    I just have experience with blogger, which being owned by Google might cause my little sites to get moderate traffic with no promotion on my part. There's no charge for using your own domain name.

    Wordpress.com might be a better educational stepping stone in a career development, with your own hosted wordpress sites being the next step.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Morgan
    Originally Posted by sportsfan54 View Post

    Which of the 2 do u guys think would be easier to rank for seo and get traffic?
    Wordpress has some nice SEO plugins you can install, with a sitemap plugin and google map plugin, and many many other plugins (adsense plugin, membership plugin), so, many cool plugins.

    I would purchase your own domain, and hosting and host your wordpress blog on your domain.

    www.sportsfan54.com/blog, and add some SEO plugins.

    At least this way it is yours, you own it (as it is your domain)

    Blogger is owned by google, so they will own your blog. Some people have said google have taken their blogs offline for xyz reason.
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  • Profile picture of the author tferraro11
    Either Blogger or WordPress, it wont matter for ranking. Its all about content and distribution of the content with backlinks. Google loves fresh content!
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    • Profile picture of the author margocales
      Originally Posted by tferraro11 View Post

      Either Blogger or WordPress, it wont matter for ranking. Its all about content and distribution of the content with backlinks. Google loves fresh content!
      Content is the important thing that matters.

      A lot of the common platforms are now fairly stable and it all comes down to personal taste.
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  • Profile picture of the author darkvivi
    wordpress, its more sophisticated and more SEO oriented
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    • Profile picture of the author goindeep
      Im am probably the most non-technical person on this forum and i like the way blogger works. Its simple, its clean and it works.

      I just cant get my head around wordpress.

      But in saying that, wordpress has some amazing things you can do with it. Including the desings. Ive seen some sites that are 5 star.

      I dont think any has advantages over the other when looking at SEO factors personally. I would need to see proof.
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  • Profile picture of the author officer_iron
    If you are going the free route, I prefer Wordpress. It's a great platform that's full of potential.

    Also, if you continue in IM, more than likely you will eventually start setting up your own domain names with Wordpress, and you will already have experience with using it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tracy Shaffer
    I like wordpress. Also, once you decide to go self hosted later on, you will already know the interface.
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    • Profile picture of the author ladywriter
      My understanding is that Wordpress' free platform does not allow advertising, etc. So Blogger would win by default, and it gives you the opportunity to sign up with Adsense AND Amazon's affiliate program.

      As others have said, getting your own domain/hosting is preferable and then installing Wordpress.
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  • Profile picture of the author corsleymaxwell
    Wodpress is really on the go for me. It is very rich in platforms and offers lot of potential applications that can really boost marketing strategies.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kristen Osborn
    I'd go with Blogger because from what I've heard, Wordpress doesn't allow blatant advertising - so you'll have more freedom with Blogger.
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  • Profile picture of the author keyuria
    Wordpress. No doubt about it. It has millions of plug-ins to help you get good rankings too.
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    • Profile picture of the author PhoebeSmellyCat
      Originally Posted by keyuria View Post

      Wordpress. No doubt about it. It has millions of plug-ins to help you get good rankings too.
      There are no plug-ins for Wordpress.com, which is the free blogging platform.

      Plug-ins are available only when you use Wordpress.org with your own domain name and hosting.
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  • Hi! I am more comfortable with wordpress.com. In my opinion, this is the best platform to practice with If you're a noob like me because when I decided to use a self-hosted WP, the transition is very smooth.
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  • Profile picture of the author derrickschwan
    If you are just a beginner blogger is good for it is easy to use and user friendly indeed. But for now wordpress is very common and many people uses it, but if your post looks promotional and really promote a certain website unfortunately wordpress banned your account.
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  • Profile picture of the author Syamsul Alam
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    Because wordpress.com is suck.

    If you can host your own wordpress blog (downloaded from wordpress.org) then that is the best.
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    • Profile picture of the author PhoebeSmellyCat
      If you're going for a free blog platform keep in mind that Wordpress.com does NOT allow affiliate links or promotions.

      If you can't get your own domain (for whatever reason), go with Blogger.

      I would really advise getting your own domain, though.
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  • Profile picture of the author alysemackie
    For more plugins - wordpress for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author smartlazy
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    If you don't have your own web hosting account and domain name, Blogger is the way to go. I heard that Wordpress.com doesn't like affiliate links.

    But if you have your own web hosting and can buy a domain name, a self-hosted Wordpress is the best option.

    If you're really strapped for cash, get a $0.99 (first month only) web hosting at Hostgator (search for the promo code on Google) and then buy a .info domain name at Godaddy for only $1.99. So that's a grand total of only $3.

    Look for free Wordpress themes and now you have your own website.
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  • Profile picture of the author sitecrawler
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    I would go for blogspot because it belongs to google and because i have heard that you get indexed instantly when you create your blogspot blog, please correct me if i am wrong.
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  • Profile picture of the author paulie888
    I love the flexibility and plugins that come with the self-hosted version of Wordpress. It does require that you purchase your own domain name and have hosting, but it's worth every penny - this is a web property that you control, unlike blogspot which is under the control of Google.
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  • Profile picture of the author woonkiat
    For me personally, I would go for word press as there are lots of plugins, etc.tc. To try and experiment. I also use blogger but preference would be word press.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by woonkiat View Post

      For me personally, I would go for word press as there are lots of plugins, etc.tc.
      There are no plug-ins available at wordpress.com.

      The decision between wordpress.com and blogger.com is a pretty easy one, unless you want just a "hobby blog", because wordpress.com allows no form of monetization at all. Even an affiliate-link will get your blog deleted there as soon as they notice (which can happen if a competitor "reports" it). So for any purposes related to deriving income from a blog, wordpress.com is out of the question.

      Blogger's slightly better, statistically, but still highly unsafe and ill-advised. Although some people have had blogs there with affiliate links for years without a problem, there's also a huge number of Warriors who've had those blogs deleted (especially recently).

      Blogger's interpretation of their own terms of service is, at best, inconsistent and idiosyncratic. They have this strange clause in there about using a Blogger blog for the purposes of generating traffic to other sites, and sometimes they interpret that to include affiliate-links.

      A quick read of all the threads started by Warriors who've had Blogger blogs deleted "arbitrarily" in the night will soon put you off using that.

      For myself, I wouldn't touch either, but statistically Blogger's a far better bet.

      Many of the posts above attempting to compare Blogger to Wordpress.com haven't quite appreciated that the question related to wordpress.com, not to self-hosted Wordpress from wordpress.org, which is a whole different, far safer and more professional proposition.

      Self-hosted
      Wordpress can also be "a free blogging platform", of course, simply by using the reliable, professional, advertising-free, widely recommended free hosting at Byethost.com (and maybe one or two others). Some professional marketers have been using that successfully for years without encountering any problems at all.

      Contrary to popular belief, the perspectives of safety and security of your business don't relate to whether it's free or paid-for: they relate to the host's terms of service, policies and procedures.
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      • Profile picture of the author bgmacaw
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        Many of the posts above attempting to compare Blogger to Wordpress.com haven't quite appreciated that the question related to wordpress.com, not to self-hosted Wordpress from wordpress.org, which is a whole different, far safer and more professional proposition.
        True. There are a lot of people here who post without reading the whole question or the responses. It's common in another 'info' topic we discuss a lot here too.

        As for the question, as long as you aren't monetizing in any way and aren't building a blog purely for SEO purposes (aka a link farm), I would recommend WordPress.com over Blogger if you want to learn blogging basics. You can carry the WordPress knowledge over to your own self-hosted WordPress site whenever you want. Moderation is better and less automated on WordPress.com so you aren't likely to be shutdown just because you cut and pasted in an article and hit submit too fast. If your blog is shutdown there it's because you were doing something against their TOS, not because an anti-spam 'bot got confused or a cubicle jockey somewhere had a bad hair day.
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        • Profile picture of the author sappacis13
          For me I would choose both of them to drive traffic.

          Wordpress.com there is a feature that you can index it to yahoo site explorer, bing and google webmaster. But you can't install the all in one seo.

          In blogger.com blog you can add or index them to yahoo site explorer, bing and google webmaster as well. But there is video tutorial on how to put a description on it and keywords.

          Unlike wordpress.com you can't put a description and keywords w/ regards to on page seo.

          ps. Can I ask? Does anyone of you heard about Traffic Rockstar Domination?

          I was planning to purchase that... so what's that all about?

          Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author PhoenixWS
    Wordpress for me, mainly because of all of the excellent plugins for it (if you self host it). Even without the plugins (via Wordpress.com) it is still a great platform.

    Blogger is probably a bit more idiot-proof for the total blogging newbie, saying that, Wordpress is by no means complicated to use.
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  • Profile picture of the author schttrj
    Originally Posted by sportsfan54 View Post

    Which of the 2 do u guys think would be easier to rank for seo and get traffic?
    To be honest, I don't understand why people would go for Free Wordpress blogs. Blogger is always so flexible...You can do a lot more with Blogger!
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  • Profile picture of the author gvannorman
    Wordpress. If for no other reason then it will give you the experience needed when you head out to get your own domain and hosting.
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  • Profile picture of the author High Impact
    Wordpress is understandably getting the most approvals, one of the best things about wordpress for a beginner is that there are free plugins that let you do just about everything, from mailing list and shopping cart integration, to SEO. My two fave CMS are Joomla and Wordpress.
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    • For the best "FREE" blog platform a blogspot blog is the hands down winner.

      I am currently only using blogger.com and have not made the leap to self hosted wordpress as of yet. I started using blogger in October of 2010 following Sara Young's Easy Paycheck Formula model.

      To this date I have earned about $800 from using Ezine and Blogger blogspot blogs.
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      • Profile picture of the author schttrj
        Originally Posted by Chris "C.J" Robinson View Post

        For the best "FREE" blog platform a blogspot blog is the hands down winner.

        I am currently only using blogger.com and have not made the leap to self hosted wordpress as of yet. I started using blogger in October of 2010 following Sara Young's Easy Paycheck Formula model.

        To this date I have earned about $800 from using Ezine and Blogger blogspot blogs.
        What is this Easy Paycheck Model btw?
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  • Profile picture of the author PhillipDews
    Neither Actually, I would suggest paying a few dollars for a domain name and hosting and installing wordpress.org on there, the reason being if you use blogger for a while and build your backlinks to rank better over time. when you do decide to make that leap and move your blog over to a self hosted one with wordpress, All those backlinks you worked hard for over the months and even years you will lose as google wont let you take them!

    Who says Google aint evil! Also to be honest if you have a self hosted blog like mine then people who visit will take your blog a lot more seriously, plus you have a lot more control on the blog as regards to the look and feel aas well as plugins and advertising!

    Let me know if you want to set up a self hosted blog as i have written a book on it and would be happy to send it your way!
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  • Profile picture of the author JennSpencerIM
    Wordpress.org!! All my wordpress.com sites have been deleted for "spamming" although they had very few links and they were to my own sites, each was on a single topic so maybe that is what shut them down? i was really puzzled but guess that was seen as trying to monetize my blog. should have backed up that content!

    Love blogger too but it makes me nervous that they could shut me down any time as well!
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  • Profile picture of the author kaytav
    Yup for beginners blogger is fine , and for advanced ones Wordpress self-hosted is better .
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  • Profile picture of the author sirkaliber
    Self-hosted WP seems to be the way 2 go.
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  • Profile picture of the author TechBusy
    wordpress is the best blogging platform ... no doubt
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  • Profile picture of the author hireava
    Blogger for being FREE without hosting and later the Wordpress if your Blogger succeeded.
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  • Profile picture of the author faceblogger
    Go wordpress.com
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by spudnick View Post

      For someone who is just starting out I would recommend Wordpress.com.
      Originally Posted by faceblogger View Post

      Go wordpress.com
      With apologies, guys, this is simply dreadful advice to anyone who intends any form of monetization at all from their blog.

      Not only is that totally contrary to wordpress.com's terms of service, but they immediately delete any blog on which they see any form of monetization such as an affiliate link. It's not a question of "interpretation" or "judgement" for them, like it is at Blogger: it's just a black and white issue. If you've tried to monetize in any way, then you've broken the rules. (And niche competitors can be very quick to "report" someone's blog!).
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      • Profile picture of the author schttrj
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        With apologies, guys, this is simply dreadful advice to anyone who intends any form of monetization at all from their blog.

        Not only is that totally contrary to wordpress.com's terms of service, but they immediately delete any blog on which they see any form of monetization such as an affiliate link. It's not a question of "interpretation" or "judgement" for them, like it is at Blogger: it's just a black and white issue. If you've tried to monetize in any way, then you've broken the rules. (And niche competitors can be very quick to "report" someone's blog!).
        Absolutely!
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  • Profile picture of the author energytimes
    I have worked with blogger wordpress seems to advanced for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author LindaC
    I agree with Alexa. The better free blog platform is blogger.com.
    Especially if you have plans to monetize the blog.

    My Best 2 U,

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