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Choosing a Blog Platform

Posted By Darren Rowse 15th of February 2006 Blogging Tools and Services 0 Comments

This post talks readers through some of the issues that they need to think through regarding choosing a blog platform.

Update: please check out our more up to date post – How to Start a Blog for advice on blogging platforms and much more.

  • ‘Which Blog Platform Should I use?’
  • ‘Should I use a free Blogger.com blog or get my own hosted blog on my own Domain? Which Blog Platform is best?’
  • ‘What are the Pros and Cons of going with Typepad instead of WordPress as a blog platform?’
  • ‘Should I start out on a free Blogging Platform and Upgrade later?’

These are just some of the typical questions that I get asked each day from bloggers starting out and attempting to make a decision on which blogging platform or tool they should choose.

I’m not going to tell you which blog platform you should use because, as you will see, there are good reasons for choosing most of the available platforms depending upon the goals of your blog.

In fact as I look at some of the most successful blogs there are examples of most of the platforms mentioned in this post – that’s the great thing about blogging, success is not reliant upon the tool you use – it’s about how you use it!

What follows is my attempt to flesh out some of the factors a new bloggers might like to consider in deciding on a blog platform. It is probably impacted by own experience of blogging over the last three years and the preferences I’ve accumulated in this time. I invite readers to add to this post in comments below with their own ideas and experiences so we can have a more balanced and useful collection of tips for readers considering such a choice.

Some Questions to Ponder Before Deciding on a Blog Platform

As with making any important decision it is worthwhile to take your time with this decision. There are MANY competing blog platforms on the market (check out the results of a poll I did on the platforms ProBlogger readers use to see just some of them). While you can change your blog platform at a later time (many of them have ways of importing and exporting your content later) there are usually some costs associated with such transfers (and I’m not just talking money – ie changing from a free hosted blog service to a self hosted one means changing your domain which has implications on Search Engine traffic etc). I guess all I’m saying is that it’s best not to rush into the first option you find – take your time, do your research and you might find a blog platform that will last you for a long time. Start by answering some of the following questions and you’ll have every chance of getting on the right track:

What are Your Goals – Probably the most important thing to do when starting the process of choosing a blog platform is to consider your aspirations for your blog. Of course complete first timers might struggle a little with seeing the future of their blogging, but to the best of your ability attempt to answer some of these questions:

  • Is blogging something I see myself doing long term?
  • What will the main purpose of my blog be?
  • Is my blogging more of a hobby or does it have some professional application?
  • Do I foresee putting ads on my blog?

Of course there are many other questions you’ll want to ask (I’ve written a series of posts on thinking through blog strategy here) but the answers to these sorts of questions are worth keeping mind as you research blog platforms as some platforms are much more suited to the hobby blogger and others to more professional blogging applications.

A Note about WordPress.com – if you’re going to use WordPress.com (note again, it’s different to wordpress.org) you need to know that at the point of writing this they don’t allow you to monetize your blog. If your goal is to make money, don’t choose WP.com. They do allow some of their bigger blogs to run advertising and affiliate programs but not smaller blogs. They say they may allow this in the future, but there are no guarantees and you should probably consider another option.

What is Your Budget? – As with most things in life, blog platforms come with a variety of price points ranging from free through to more expensive options. There are three main things that you might pay for:

  • The blog platform itself
  • Hosting for your blog
  • Domain Name

Different blogging platforms offer different levels of service. Some like Blogger.com and WordPress.com offer both the platform, domain name and hosting for free. Others like WordPress.org (note this is different to WordPress.com) offer the platform for free but you then need to find and pay for your own hosting and domain name. Others still, like MovableType charge for a license for the platform (depending how many blogs you have and whether they will have a commercial, personal, educational or not-for-profit use – they do also have a free version) and then you need to arrange and pay for your own domain name and hosting.

Other costs you might like to factor in at an early stage include:

  • design – all platforms come with free templates (some more professional looking than others) but if you want a more individual look you’ll either need to have some design skills, know someone who does or be willing to pay for a design.
  • blog tools/metrics – there are any number of tools you can pay for to help you in your blogging. These might include stats packages (again you can get free ones but can also pay for more features), offline blog posting tools etc. If you’re a beginner you might not need any of these – but down the track you might find them useful.

How Technologically able are you? – This is a crucial factor to consider when choosing a blog platform. If you’ve never had any experience in creating a blog or website before and are not a technologically minded person then there are some blog platforms and set ups that will be much more suited to your needs than if you know a few of the basics, or at least are willing to learn them.

The other option of course is to find someone who is a techie to help you out (either paid or as a friend). One of the great things about blogging and most of the platforms out there is that there is a wonderful communal knowledge out there and many forums dedicated to helping people get the most out of their chosen platforms.

What Blog Platforms are Others Using? – While I am always advising bloggers to make their blog their own – when it comes to choosing a platform it might be worth finding out what others are into. Over the last few years different platforms have come and gone and I suspect they will in the years ahead also. My recent poll on the topic might be helpful to get a handle on recent trends – but as this post gets a little older you might like to do some research of your own.

Hosted vs Stand Alone Blogging Platforms

With the above questions in mind it’s time to consider your options and ask yourself one of the key questions that you’ll ask in this process.

Will you go with a Hosted Platform or a Stand Alone Platform?

I’ve already mentioned above when talking about budgets that there are a few options with what platforms offer but there are two main camps of blog platforms (and a few that offer a combination of the two – just to make things confusing).

Hosted Blog Platforms

This is the type of blog that many bloggers start out with, simply because they are easy and usually quite cheap (if not free). Probably the most popular of these systems is Blogger.com – but there are others like WordPress.com and MSN Spaces. TypePad also runs hosted blogs – although have the option to go with a type of standalone option also through remote hosting..

These systems are ‘hosted’ blog platforms because they ‘host’ your blog on their own domain. After what is usually a pretty easy set up process they will give you a web address (URL) that will usually be some combination of their own URL and the name of your blog. For example a popular WordPress.com blog is AtariBoy – who’s web address is www.atariboy.wordpress.com. You can see the structure of that address has two elements, his blog’s name first and then the wordpress.com extension. This means that this blog is being ‘hosted’ by WordPress as opposed to the blogger having to organize and pay for that himself.

Pros and Cons of Hosted Blog Platforms


  • Cheap or Free to run – most hosted options are free (of the four I mentioned above, only TypePad charges).
  • Relatively easy to set up – most of these types of blogs can be set up with a basic default template within minutes. The set up is usually just a matter of filling in a few fields with your options and choosing a template design.They are ideal if you know nothing or very little about the technological side of blogging.
  • Simple to Run – Once you’re through the easy set up process hosted blogs are usually pretty simple to run. You will obviously need to learn some basics, but these days most blog platforms come with very user friendly features. Posting is as simple as filling in a few fields and hitting publish.
  • Updated Automatically – if the blog platform updates it will automatically do so for you. Instead of having to upload new software onto a server, these updates happen much more seamlessly.
  • Indexed in Search Engines Quickly – one of the advantages of many hosted blog platforms is that they are put onto domains that have good page ranks already. While your blog won’t be indexed in search engines when you start, most bloggers notice that their blogs get picked up and ranked pretty quickly. In the long run they probably don’t rank much higher than other blogs on stand alone hosting – but they are a quick way to get into SE’s.


  • Less Configurable – My first blog was on a Blogger.com blog – the reason I moved from it within months was that it was so limited in terms of features and ability to design a professional running blog. Of course this was 3 years ago and Blogger.com has improved significantly – but one of the biggest frustrations with hosted blog owners are their limited options for customization. This does vary from platform to platform within the hosted options. For example WordPress.com has quite limited design options (for instance you can’t ad ads to templates making it a poor choice to make money with), Blogger.com doesn’t give the option for categories and TypePad has different options depending upon which level you buy in at.
  • Default Design Limitations – While this can be true for standalone blogging systems also I find that many hosted blogs end up looking very similar to one another. This is because the default templates get used over and over again and if you’re a beginner they can be difficult to adapt. For instance with Blogger.com to make changes (and you can make your blog look quite unique) you need to know CSS and HTML to edit your templates (something you need to know with other platforms also it’s worth mentioning).
  • Less Control – Another common complaint I hear regularly from hosted blog owners is that they are frustrated by not having ultimate control over their blog. While they do own the content, the URL is not technically their own and they are somewhat at the mercy of their platform in terms of whether their blog is working or not. For example there have been times in the last few months when TypePad bloggers have been frustrated by their blogs being down for periods of time (something Blogger.com struggles with from time to time also). To be fair on TypePad – they did compensate their bloggers for this down time.
  • Generic URL – having your own URL can give a sense of professionalism and memorability to a blog that hosted options might well go without. While there are some very successful blogs on hosted platforms some bloggers believe that having your own URL is much more professional if you are using your blog in a professional way.
  • Upgrading to Standalone can be Tricky – Probably the question worth asking before you go with a hosted option is what you’ll do if your blog gets big or you get the blogging bug in a way that won’t let you go? One of the issues of starting out with a hosted platform is that if there comes a day when you want to go with a standalone one that you have some work cut out for you in retaining any traffic that you’ve built up. I’m not saying it’s impossible to do (I’ve done it myself) but there are implications of changing domains later in terms of taking regular readers with you, having to climb the search engine rankings all over again and redirecting traffic from one blog to another.

Who would use Hosted Blog Platforms?

If you just want a blog and don’t care much about having your own unique domain, are not too interested in tweaking your blog or getting all the latest and greatest features then hosted options are a completely valid choice. In fact it’s worth keeping in mind that while some may scoff at hosted blog platforms and say that serious bloggers don’t use them – there are some popular bloggers who use them very successfully. For example one of my daily reads is Robert Scoble has a WordPress.com blog, Post Secret is on a Blogspot blog (blogger.com) and Hack MSN Spaces is obviously an MSN spaces blog (all of these and others are highly ranked blogs in the Top 500 at Feedster).

Stand Alone Blog Platforms

The other type of blog platform is that which is hosted under your own steam on your own domain/URL. This is what I do with all of my blogs these days (apart from one or two which I started just to see how the hosted platforms work). So you’ll see that ProBlogger is hosted at ProBlogger.net and is powered by WordPress.org. I also use MovableType, for a number of my blogs. Other Stand alone blog platforms that many use include PMachine, Greymatter, B2Evolution, TextPattern and Expression Engine (to name just a few).

Pros and Cons of Stand Alone Blog Platforms


  • Full Control of Design – Depending upon your ability with web design standalone blogs generally are very adaptable. I am not strong in this area personally but am constantly amazed by some of my colleague’s abilities to create incredibly diverse and clever designs. Of course those bloggers with little ability in this area may either need to use default templates (with the same limitations as default templates of hosted blogs) or get others to help with this.
  • Adaptability – One of the things I enjoy about WordPress here at ProBlogger is the vast array of developers who are coming up with all manner of ‘plugins’ which extend the ability of the basic WP installation. Similarly many of the other standalone platforms have communities of developers producing similar arrays of plugins (check out the plugins that ProBlogger readers use here for some examples of what is being developed).
  • Free Platforms – while you end up paying for your domain name and hosting systems like these are usually free to run. Some do have license fees if you’re having multiple blogs or using them for commercial purposes – but many are open source.
  • URL – Having your own domain name is great for many reasons. For one it’s easier to remember, secondly it’s more professional and hirdly it is more easily brand-able.


  • Complicated Set Up – once again this depends upon your technical abilities and web savvy but when you move into stand alone platforms the complexity of set up tends to increase. It often involves arranging hosting, setting up databases and then downloading the platform onto you own computer and then uploading it via ftp onto your web hosting server. There are good tutorials around for most of the platforms to help with this process but for many it is a daunting thing. Once again it’s not my strength so I generally get by blogs set up and designed by a professional designer (although recently have been learning to do it a little more myself). NB: one way around this is to find a web host that will install your blog platform for you. This is becoming increasingly popular. Some platforms even recommend hosts that will do it for you (eg see MT’s recommendations and WP’s recommendations).
  • Cost – While the blog platform itself might be free you need to factor in the ongoing costs of having your own domain name (a yearly fee plus a one off registration fee) and hosting fees (again yearly). There are many great deals out on these so it need not cost the world – although if your blog gets a lot of traffic the costs do go up and you might want to consider going onto a more professional and expensive plan.
  • Updates – Most blog platforms go through different and versions over time. Updating from one to another can be complicated if you don’t know what you’re doing.
  • Hosting Issues – I mentioned in the cons of the hosted platforms that you have ‘less control’ over your blog and are at the whims of your platform’s hosting being up or down. Of course this is also true for any hosting as from time to time different hosting solutions can have their own problems. Whether you use a hosted solution or a stand alone solution it’s important to back up and be aware that from time to time things do go down. Choose a reputable host if you go the stand alone route to ensure maximum uptime.

Who would use Stand Alone Blog Platforms?

Stand alone blog platforms are ideal if you want a little more control or flexibility with your blogging. They can be configured to look and run very professionally and to be adapted into configurations that are limited only by your imagination. Of course just because you go with a stand alone blog doesn’t ensure you will have the perfect professionally looking blog. In fact if you don’t have the ability to set these blogs up correctly (or know someone who can) standalone blogs can be messy and non-professional looking blogs.

Examples of these types of blogs are many – The vast majority of the top 50 or so blogs at Feedster are stand alone blogs.

A Word About Remote Hosting Options

Some blog platforms allow a combination of hosted and stand alone blogs via remote hosting. TypePad and Blogger.com are two examples of this. They allow you to run your blog on your own domain and hosting but still using their system to publish your blog. I’m not too familiar with how Blogger.com does it but have seen it used effectively with TypePad. The beauty of doing this with TypePad is that if you are a beginner blogger and are not too confident with running your blog it gives you the ability to set up a blog without too much trouble but on your own domain name from the very beginning. This will make swapping platforms later a lot easier.

Summing it all up

This has been a fairly long post and I hope I haven’t lost or bored you along the way but it’s an important topic for new bloggers to think through.

To sum it all up I generally advise this….. If you’re wanting to develop serious blog and have aspirations for it to be used on a professional sort of level (whether as a business or corporate blog, as a blog to build your own profile or a blog to earn income from advertising) I’d recommend you go in the direction of a stand alone blog. Even if you are not highly skilled in this area it’s worth spending a little money to get it set up with a designer or even better still, to learn how to do it yourself.

If you just want a blog for fun and to keep a record of your life for your friends and family and you don’t have the time, money or patience to put into it then a hosted option might work well for you too. They are instant (it’ll take 5-10 minutes to set up) and while they might not have quite the same level of features, in effect they may well suit you every need. Of course many hobbyists also go the stand alone option because tweaking their blog is part of their interest.

Do keep in mind though that as I mentioned above there are no rules. There’s been many successful blogs over the years which have not been on their own domain or hosting!

Further Reading on Choosing a Blog Platform

If you choose to use WordPress.com as a platform you might find Jon Symon’s video series on how to set it up on a domain and hosting worthwhile.

Macworld – The best Blogging Tools for the Mac – features a useful comparative table
Are you using the right blogging tool – Contains a helpful glossary and reviews of a few of the more popular blogging tools
Blog software Comparison Chart – a companion chart to the above article
Blog Software Reviews at a Glance – a page that links to a variety of in depth reviews of Blog Software packages at the Performancing Blog
Blog software Smackdown: The big 3 Reviewed – review of Movable Type, WordPress.org and Textpattern
Blogger.com vs WordPress.com – a review of these two hosted options
Blogger.com Review – review of blogger.com

By no means is this post the definitive guide to choosing a blog platform or software. I’m sure there are many experiences that the readers of ProBlogger could bring to this topic and I encourage you to share your own advice in comments below. I’ll update this page with what you teach me as I can.

About Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
  1. I really like your post! I also want to point out that blogger.com has an excellent feature that allows you to use their platform along with your own domain. It is working good for me so far. I have the ability to change at any time while still maintaining my url. Check it out at http://www.MyCiti.us if interested. Thanks!

  2. I have found your information and links very useful in my blog research, most especially the beginners section! Thank you so very much!

  3. I like WordPress m It has a fantastic structure with good support

  4. i start using blogger.com. i like blogger because easy integrate with google adsense. wordpress cannot do in subdomain. for the new blog i use wordpress as a platform and still learn to it

  5. Excellent article! I’m one of those who began a blog in Jan 2006 as a fun experiment and a publishing outlet. It was easy to start with WordPress and fun to upload my own photographs as customized headers.

    However, I run a small business and eventually decided it would be smart to move the blog over to my website. I ran into all the issues you mentioned in your post:

    – how to get my increasing numbers of readers to follow me over
    – how to get the deed done, considering my tekkie skills are limited
    – whether or not to consider advertising (I plan to do this quite soon)
    – the frustration of going from a “turn key” application where I could do most of what I wanted at will to now relying on some limited technical support (can ya tell I’m not a patient person? grin)

    So thank you for the in-depth treatment of this subject. I plan to post a link to this article somewhere (my ezine, blogpost, etc.) and definitely will send it on to my clients who are in the process of starting their blogs!


  6. Veronica says: 11/26/2007 at 7:06 pm

    thanks so much for this post. it just about covered all my questions concerning blogging. :)

  7. some blogging tips available on my site. my own experience.
    experience is always right

  8. Lots of great info. I started out at wordpress.com and found out that I liked blogging so much that I decided to take a stab at making money while doing it. The wordpress.com free hosting does not allow any advertising what so ever, if they find any they close your blog without any notice, so I looked else where for my next blog host. It is now at blogger/blogspot and I love the freedom. I can do what I want with it without fear of big hosting company watching my every move.

    A word of wisdom to all that will listen – if you plan on puting any advertising on your blog even if it is a link to your own website, read the TOS of the blog host BEFORE you sign up with them. It will save you some grief later.

  9. Great info. Out of all the sites/blogs reviewed I chose wordpress. It was the easiest to use by far and had more options than moveable type, typepad, and blogger. Hope this helps future bloggers.

  10. For a commercial project (or at least if I hope it to bring some profit one day) I would and have chosen a snad alone platform using WordPress.

    However, I juts recently thought that if I die it will die too (unpaid domain and hosting). So I plan to use a Blogger for my personal blog that I am going to start soon. At least it may stay longer…

  11. thanks so much for this post. it just about covered all my questions concerning blogging. :)

  12. This is a great post. I enjoyed the read!

    I also love wordpress … please visit my blog and leave your comments. I plan on having TONS of interesting blogging info on here. I look forward to seeing you there.

  13. Fantastic elaboration, you’ve just brought my knowledge to the next level. Thanks.

  14. That’s quite a comprehensive guide, thanks.
    I started recently on blogspot just to test the waters. It serves my purpose, although my blog looks like crap in my opinion.

    Once I get over my aversion for design, I will get my own hosting and do a proper design job.

  15. i have a website and i wanna have a plog platform… but i don`t know how to have it!

  16. I have been using blogger.com. It has been working out great. WidgetBucks and Google Adsense are both reviewing my application and hopefully I will start making a little income off of what just used to be a hobby!

  17. Blogger.com does work great considering that you don’t have to pay a dime.

  18. I agree with Airsoft Maniac in that blogger does much more than you expect from a free bloghosting website.

  19. Lots of great info. I started out at wordpress.com and found out that I liked blogging so much that I decided to take a stab at making money while doing it.

  20. BLOGGER.COM is great for the low price; FREE!

  21. After a year with blogger.com I am leaning towards buying my own domain and starting from scratch. Although blogger was great I think I have found a niche that could actually be pursuitable by readers. WidgetBucks is paying great through #of clicks.

  22. Does anyone out there have any tips on how I would intergrate Adsense further into my website or other tips to make surfers stay around a little longer?

  23. I used bluehost with built in wordpress w/ my own domain. This made it setup much easier, and yet I have a name that people can remember, and I can use any template I want with out problems. I love having full control of my blog.


  24. WordPress offers free domain mapping redirection, which saves you the inconvenience in traffic when you switch domains. (i.e., All links to a post are automatically redirected to your new domain.)

  25. Thank you. I quite accidentally stumbled on this blog. I’m definitely going to regularly visit here now though. This article has been very helpful. Answered many questions. Just to add, there’s this new blog platform called tumblr (which i use), and its a different FORM of blogging itself. That is the main page, albeit the only page on my blog now, but i plan to use that as a secondary scrapbook of sorts, and expand into a wordpress.org installation for my original content.

  26. It has to be wordpress any time of the day :D

  27. If you have questions about the moderation policies here, please read this post. Short version: treat other posters with respect.

  28. Thanks for sharing! I’m sure this is the best article about choosing right blog platform.
    I think stand alone blogs rule.

  29. I chose Joomla 1.5 for my blog. It’s a new release and there’s not many plugins available yet. Joomla has many possibilities, but also some limitations.

    I still can’t find some kind of plugin that automaticly pings other sites when I update and search engine friendly url’s are still not possible…

    If my little blog project crashes because of my CMS, I hope it’ s soon… don’t keep me waiting

    Either way, I like this blog a lot.

  30. What about squarespace?

    Is there anything wrong with that platform? Because I’ve been using WordPress and am sick of not being able to change anything like the layout by myself, even though i paid for the domain and extra CSS.

    Any way, i’ve been looking at Squares Space and was wondering what you think about it??

  31. My strategy is using free blogger first..when you has established probably you might consider to host it somewhere with your own domain.
    Wordpress is good in term of google search rather than blogspot but wordpress not support for ads, I mean for free wordpress hosting.

  32. One of the things I like about using wordpress is that my posts are indexable on Google in 10 minutes. http://www.speechrep.com Having a “professional blog” adds a lot of value for the person who is positioning themselves as an expert and a thought leader like Darren. Great post thank you.

  33. tumblr.com is great.

  34. Thanks Darren

    This is a topic I have been wondering about for a while now,you summed it up superbly and comprehensively!

    Great work

  35. I was using Blogger before. Now blogging comfortably with WordPress.

  36. I really enjoyed your page.
    It’s vonderful.

  37. I want to learn somebody can help me ?

  38. Since you are going to be working hard towards making your blog popular, trust me, once it does get popular, you will yearn to get away from a generic name and try to find a hosting site for yourself. The next problem will be trying to shift the blogging platform. Moving from blogger to wordpress is easy, but the other way around is almost impossible.

    Blogger hosting is good, but no where as configurable as a wordpress blog – especially with folks writing their own plugins and sharing with the rest of the world.

  39. Yahoo offers webhosting as well as domain names. Has anyone experience of Yahoo’s services? Are they suitable if you eventually want to make money through advertising on the blog?

    I am new to blogging.

  40. Hi Darren,

    On the cons of free hosted blogging, I don’t think design limitations and being less configurable is a big turn off these days.

    For example, I have 5 free hosted blogs on blogspot but I have 4 of them with their own domain names. I use a WP-theme converted Blogger template which makes my blogs look like wordpress on the front-end but the back-end is totally blogger. I chose this because I’m more comfortable with blogger’s back-end. When I started blogging, I didn’t know much about html. Even now, I couldn’t say I understand everything about HTML. But I learned and with a little patience, I’m able to tweak, twist and turn my blogs like I’m using WP.

    There are tons of blogger designs and WP-theme converted blogger templates blogspot users can download instead of using the old generics. I, for one, don;t use and dread those generic designs.

    As for the free hosting, I’ve been on the free blogger hosting for about 9 months now and I haven’t experienced the so-called problem of not having total control of the blog so I’m sticking with what I have.

    There are lots of work arounds out there to overcome the so called limitations of free hosted blogs. It only takes a little patience and searching.

    Here’s my blogs to show you the blog designs I have:

    Feel free to delete the links after reading this. Thanks.

  41. While the amount of add-ons and plugins are somewhat slim, it’s ease of use and overall features win in the end.

  42. Lots of good input about what the best blog platform but one thing people are not talking about is ease of use. WordPress is a bit too complicated and blogger is pretty limited. check out http://www.moguling.com

  43. I am using wordpress for my financial blog
    Just wish I knew more about it so I could make my front page and blog layout awesome.
    Yours is pretty cool
    Thanks for all the tips. I went for a hosted blog (where I pay for hosting) because it allowed me more freedom than the free ones…and freedom is really what I wanted.
    I want to provide the best blog possible, not a second rate blog.

  44. This is a great article Darren. I will place a link to it in a future article. One of the things I would want to have some security about is whether a hosted platform has any long term staying power. Some have gone out of business since I started blogging in 2003. A well established blog host platform should be on the list.

    On a personal level I’ve blogged on hosted platforms beginning in 2003 until I found Blogger.com worked best for me. I wanted to learn HTML and have some control over the look and feel. But it was mostly for learning HTML and no other host allowed such freedom.

    I secured my domain name in February and am having my son create and design my website in the near future. But I am going to keep my blog and start fresh with the new website under the same name as the blog.

    Blogger.com gave me the time I needed to find my field of interest and experiment with numerous things and kept the traffic coming while I was finding my way. My blog is nine months old this month. I gave myself a year to experiment and learn etc.

    One of the unique advantages of Blogger.com is being able to experiment and learn about SEO using your blog to see what works. The greatest benefit by far is access to your code to learn HTML. I think it helps a lot to learn as much as you can.

    One of the things I am most concerned with as far as having my own site are things like bandwith, hosting costs along with the other expenses involved with a stand alone. In January 2008 I added AdSense and wish I had done it when I started my blog in July 2007. I waited around six months. Wish I hadn’t.

    But I do have PR3 now and in January I had PR0. Increased Page rank ups the quality of the ads a bit and traffic. I’m still learning and having fun doing it. Great research article, thanks Darren.

  45. blogger.com is the best free platform for “youngest bloggers” !

  46. The first thing every blogging beginner should know is to have his own website name or Domain name. It is heartbreaking to see so many good blogs using blogspot subdomains and losing flexibility to monetize their blogs. That was the best advice I got from Darren.

  47. Great source for beginners….

    Thank you problogger team….

  48. To me, stand alone blogs rule. There is no way that remote hosted blogs can ever be able to complete. All the serious bloggers are using stand alone platforms. Many people who use wordpress.com or blogspot.com end up using wordpress.org. It is better to start standalone now that start changing in the future.

  49. i really like wordpress compared to blogspot. wordpress is simple yet more user friendly.

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