When people read about others making tons of money from blogging, they too think that starting a blog can get them some extra cash. When people start out blogging, most often they choose the BlogSpot platform for their first blog.
My first few blogs were on BlogSpot platform too
This trend can be exemplified by Amit Agarwal of Labnol, who moved his blogspot blog to WordPress. This was also the case with Harsh Agarwal, who started out blogging on BlogSpot platform and is now blogging on WordPress.
So why this trend of switching from BlogSpot to WordPress? Surely this means that WordPress is a much better platform for blogging right?
Let us take a look at why WordPress is better than BlogSpot…..
Although it is possible to get a custom domain name on Blogger or BlogSpot blogs as well, with WordPress self hosted blogs, it is compulsory from the off.
You can right away start building links to your blog without having to worry that one day you will need to change the domain name.
This is a good advantage of WordPress over Blogger.
There are many SEO options on WordPress which are not available on BlogSpot or blogger blogs. Although BlogSpot recently added a few features of SEO that are found in WordPress, still BlogSpot does not nearly provide the same amount of SEO options as the WordPress platform does.
With BlogSpot blogs, you can only change the way your blog looks on the outside, but with WordPress, you get custom interface and special options with premium themes. For example, the theme I am using provides me with custom theme options, which can never be found on a blogger blog.
WordPress presses home its clear advantage when it comes to Plugins. WordPress has tons of plugins for various requirements that can be easily installed into a theme without having to know anything about coding, but blogspot blogs have no such feature.
If you want to change anything in your BlogSpot template, you need to alter the code, which can be a big hassle especially if you do not know coding
Plugins is one of the biggest reasons why I shifted to WordPress for iGau, while I was using Blogger or BlogSpot for Techgau.org
If you want your blog to be know as a big brand, then have to use WordPress.
Tell me which one looks better -
iGau.Org or iGau.blogspot.com?
Using WordPress gives your blog a way more professional look than BlogSpot can. You are also likely to attract more advertisers to a WordPress blog rather than a BlogSpot blog.
Some Ad-networks such as BuySellAds do not accept BlogSpot blogs, they only accept self hosted blogs like those on WordPress.
Some other direct ad networks such as Tribal Fusion etc also do not accept Blogger blogs.
There are several frameworks that can be installed on WordPress like Genesis, Thesis. I had experimented with Thesis 2.0 before switching over to my current theme.
Also Read – Installing Thesis 2.0 On WordPress
These frameworks allow you to make your own themes through easy drag and drop features which does not require any coding skills.
This is a huge advantage which WordPress has over BlogSpot blogs.
Although I should have included this under the plugins topic, I wanted to make it a separate topic so that you understand how much I rate commentluv.
CommentLuv comments really helps build audiences and this plugin is only available to WordPress users. There have been several knock-offs that are available on BlogSpot as alternatives to CommentLuv but they are nowhere near as good as this.
Also Read – Why I Love ComLuv
So these are the reasons why I prefer WordPress over BlogSpot, there are several other reasons, if you know any more please let me know in the comments section.