I have seen one thing common in many bloggers, not many bloggers are much aware about the types of blogs which a blogger can have. Read on this blog post of mine to know about the different types of blogs a blogger can have.
Recently I realized that there are many bloggers who are blogging, quite well too, but they don’t have much knowledge about other types of blogging platforms. They are used to working on a platform, quite comfortable working on it, but don’t even know how to change it to some other types which can give them some benefits.
My idea of writing this blog post is not to tell you that you don’t know something, but it is an effort to let you know everything about blogging. Hope these blogging tips can be beneficial for you. Please do share your opinion about this blog post in the form of comments from the below form.
Why do you blog? Don’t know how many times I did asked the same question to you all.
Honestly I created a blog post mentioning top 10 reasons to start blogging and also mentioned some of the reasons at this blog post of mine: 10 Common Blogging Mistakes to Avoid by Bloggers! But still there was something which was inside my heart and I never shared with you all.
To be very frank the main reasons why I do blog is because I want to share whatever little knowledge I do have. Honestly many bloggers are there whose passion is blogging, and they all want to let their audience know about how knowledgeable they are about what they are doing.
So one thing which we all will support is that blogging is the future of the world of web. Undoubtedly it is becoming popular day by day and it is something which is giving pleasure to us as well.
Different Types of Blogs a Blogger Can Have!
Let us come back to our original discussion of how many types of blogging platforms are there, and how many are useful for us?
Honestly there are so many blogging platforms available in the world of web, but in this blog post I am going to discuss only two blogging platforms and those are Blogger and WordPress. You can also try tumblr, but since I have not used it much so I am not going to let you know about it.
Blogger is one of the most popular blogging platforms available in the world of web. The moment Blogger was being acquired by Google; it has further increased its popularity. You know such sites with a domain name of sitename.blogspot.com or sitename.blogspot.in or any other such BlogSpot extension.
To be very frank, creating and managing a blogger or BlogSpot blog is the easiest way to manage it. It is free as well.
WordPress being the number one blogging platform also provides the easiest and convenient ways of blogging. They do provide free blogging options also, but then they do have one more option, which is actually the best one, but then applying that will require some expenses.
I will let you know the details over here only. Fist let us go one by one:
As I said that it is being provided by Blogger and for free. Honestly it is the most convenient way to create and manage blog, simply register on blogger.com with your Google account and you can choose a blog name and URL and you are done. You can post anything over there and users will be able to access your blog quite easily.
The problem associated with BlogSpot blog is that normally people don’t consider these blogs as serious one. The reason being as the platform is free, many users created many blogs which actually has no sense and thus BlogSpot received the images of free and cheap blogs.
To be very frank, this is the reason why Google now almost display no BlogSpot blog in search results. If some blogger’s blog get any chance to be displayed on search results, their position remains too low. To be very frank, for any competitive keywords search on Google you won’t typically get any BlogSpot link.
Thus, if you are doing it casually, it is okay to have a blogger blog, but then if you are a bit serious about blogging and showing your talent to the entire world, then you should select some other options.
Which types of options?
Well, there are two simple options available with such situation in which you want to upgrade yourself from BlogSpot blog. If you are serious about blogging then either you should have a domain name of yours, or you can switch to self hosted WordPress blog.
To be very frank, having self hosted WP blog is far better than any other options available, but you can still manage with having a blog with your own domain name, and the back end will still remain the same with Blogger. No one will be able to know which back end program you are using, I mean not general users can be able trace from your URL. Obviously experienced people can still track it.
I guess I helped a few friends of mine to migrate from free BlogSpot domain names to their own customized domain name blogs. You can read this blog post of mine on How to Move BlogSpot Blog to Your Own Domain Name to move your Blogger blog to customized domain name of yours. One latest example of the same is the blog of my friend Shwetabh Mathur.
A few days back one of my blogger friends Maniparna Sengupta Majumder commented on one of my blog and her comment was:
“WP sites are more user friendly ? I think so… please discuss about this sometime in one of your posts…”
Maniparna Sengupta Majumder
To be very frank, if you compare Blogger and WordPress, it is undoubtedly true that WP sites have many more features than the Blogger one. I guess I have written a blog post on why to choose WordPress as your blogging platform; which can come handy for this topic. Maniparna, please do check the same and do share your opinion about it over here.
So as we were discussing about types of blogs, WordPress actually provides us two or rather three options to blog. As like Blogger, it also provides a free option, through which you can register on wordpress.com and make your free blog which will have the domain name like yourblogname.wordpress.com
Along with it, WordPress also provides you an option in which you can have your own domain name and you can get rid of the wordpress.com extension and manage the blog from the same platform, though they usually charge around $18 for it for a year.
In the third option with WordPress is the option of self hosted WordPress blog. This is the best possible options available in the world of web. Though it might cost you but then it is always the best as the returns which you will get through it is incomparable with anything.
You can check this blog post of mine to know how you can create a blog within minutes: How to Make a Blog in Minutes!
One of the most common issues which anyone will realize while upgrading their blog is that “I had invested so much time and works on my free blog, upgrading it won’t affect the ranking of my blog?”
Not only this many bloggers think, I might lose my blog if I upgrade my BlogSpot blog to self customized domain or to self hosted WordPress blog.
Honestly it is not at all true. As far as losing the ranking is concerned, to be very frank, you might get a bit down on the day one of upgrading your blog, but very soon you can get back all your rankings, not even that you are suppose to get upgraded ranking as well, as you will get the benefits of your own domain name.
Second you won’t lose anything while upgrading your blog. Ask Pankaj Kumar, Shwetabh Mathur, Rekha Mishra, Anita or Shweta Dave about it and they can better tell you about their experiences. They all have so many doubts about the blog upgrade, but then they did it quite well and like it too.
So those were some of my tips about different types of blogs a blogger can have, to be very frank, I always oppose people using free blogs, just because people don’t value their hard work, and if I suggest someone to have their own domain name at least, it is because I want to let world recognize their work by their name.
To be very frank no one really remember your blogspot domain name, some of my very closed friends are still having those sub-domains, but honestly all the time I had to look for some links to open their site, I don’t even able to remember their domain names after spending so much time on reading their blog.
Though on the other hand those who still don’t want to upgrade their blog, then this blog post of mine might come handy for you: How to Become a Power Blogger While Using Free Blogs! And those who want to upgrade with a domain name can read this blog post of mine: Importance of Domain Name in the World of Blogging! It will help you to understand what things you should take care of before purchasing a domain name.
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