Few people love to start blogging without investing a single rupee and others scare to invest few money with confidence to get it back in a couple of months.
Tell me, what is your thoughts in the comment box about investing money in blogging.
If you ask me, what I did when I start blogging? Then I did start with the free one but soon after I invested a few bucks and today I am making more than $1000 every month from blogging.
Wait, the proof is waiting ahead in this guide.
But why I asked you to choose between free and paid blogging is because of blogging platforms.
If you want to start a blog then you need a content management tool that we call “CMS” and in this list, there are two popular platforms.
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What is a Blogger?
Blogger is a Google own content management platform which was started back in the year 2003.
If you are willing to start a blog with Blogger then what you need is just an email id and rest will be given free by Google.
But it has some advantages and disadvantages, so let me drop all of them one by one.
Advantages of Blogger CMS
● Blogger security is in control of Google which means you won’t worry about website hacking.
● You will get Free unlimited hosting to handle millions of traffic every day.
● You will get a free sub-domain with extension ended by ”.blogspot.com”.
● Inbuilt analytics to track daily visitors and much more.
Disadvantages of Blogger CMS
● Blogger is owned by Google, which means you are not the owner of the blog.
● You have to follow Google guidelines, if not then your blog will be deleted immediately.
● You will have no option to add additional plugins with Blogger to scale or automate your blog.
If you have the vision to turn your blog into a million-dollar business then probably this free platform would not be the best choice to start your blog.
Then the second best choice would be WordPress,so what is WordPress and how to start a blog with WordPress will be the focus of this guide.
What is WordPress and Its Type? WordPress is the most popular free content management tool, was started back in the year 2003.
As per the stats, more than 60% of bloggers are using WordPress to manage their blogs and it is well known as self-hosted blogging platform.
This means you are the owner of the blog and you can scale this as you want using the additional services available in the market.
WordPress is a free CMS owned by a non-profit organization WordPress foundation and they offer two most popular platform.
But we are focused around WordPress.org as WordPress.com is similar to a blogger with limited freedom under the free plan and you need to pay extra to use the pro features.
WordPress.org will be like your own house, where you can manage your blog by investing just a few bucks ideally $20-50/year. If you are keen to learn the differences in between Blogger.com vs Blogger.org, then I recommend exploring the detailed guide.
Let me highlight the long list of advantages and disadvantages of WordPress.
Advantages of WordPress
● WordPress is self-hosted blogging platform and you will be the owner of the blog.
● You will have full freedom to use the best plugins to automate your blogging process.
● In WordPress, you have an option to customize your theme as your requirement.
● WordPress has millions of community and videos on a public platform to solve your problem.
● WordPress is free to use and you won’t need to pay any charges.
Disadvantages of WordPress
● WordPress is a self-hosted platform, which means you have to buy web hosting.
● You will have to buy a domain name and you won’t get any free domain like blogger.
● The security and performance of WordPress should be managed by you.
Well, it seems WordPress also has disadvantages but the reality is everything is easy to manage with just $30-50/year investment or maybe max $100/year.
You can manage security, backup and performance using free plugins and you are good to go.
So no worries, the later guide will give you all the list of plugins which will manage everything you want for free.
I love WordPress and almost every blogger willing to use the same, what about you?
If you make up your mind to start a blog with WordPress then this guide is to master you in the art of Blogging, now you have to choose which platform you would like to start?
Start with WordPress as it is ruling the market and the most favored choice.
Bonus Tips :
According to W3Techs close to 62% of the CMS (Blogs) are using WordPress which is 35% of the total website or internet market shares.
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