Sunday, 8 January 2017

Why I’m saying BLOGGER is the best blogging platform?

There are many articles written about BLOGGER and its shortcoming as a best blogging platform comparing with others. There is no question of popularity and usage of other platforms in the blogging World, but I feel no reason to downgrade BLOGGER platform in any way.

To get more clarity on choosing the best blogging platform, it is must to understand the type of bloggers. The bloggers can be broadly classified into Personal, Professional, and Business bloggers. Those writing about personal stuff, it could be anything and everything based on his / her own opinion and experience. The Professional bloggers falls into the same category, but they write on the subjects based on their knowledge, skills, experience to make money and they live by blogging to some extent. Business bloggers are the one who write about business they own or for others, this could be product reviews, promotional content, offers from their business.

As long as the blogger belongs to Personal Blogger category, they have to do cost effective way of blogging. All they want a medium to communicate their thoughts to the World and the medium should be reliable and secure. I feel the Professional bloggers also consider the inexpensive way of blogging unless otherwise they are making huge amount of money in blogging. All they need the template for the blog to publish the post, custom domain, option to place the widgets for Affiliate links, Adsense, Banner ads and providing links for their social media for subscription. I don’t think anything else required as claimed by most of the articles written in many blogs on the Internet in support of self hosting sites. If you read through these blogs, I’m sure you can find a link pointing towards a self hosting site with a share of affiliation. They claim that you can host a website less than $5 per month, but the catch is it’s applicable only for the first year and subsequent renewal charges will be high. They may increase the charges year on year, you don’t have a choice. I think I may end up with minimum $100 per year if I opted for self hosting irrespective of the offer on the first year subscription.

On the other hand, I’m using BLOGGER just for $10 per year for my custom domain, hosting is absolutely free and enjoying all the benefits as a Personal blogger and Professional blogger to some extent. I don’t think I need to switch to self hosting sites for my blog unless I’m seeing real visible impact in near future. I would like to list down the 8 key reasons why I’m saying BLOGGER is the best blogging platform for me.
  1. Google owns BLOGGER, I can use many of its built-in features like Analytics, Adsense and can connect all my accounts easily for tracking. All I need a Google account, it’s simple.
  2. It has robust security systems provided by Google, I no need to spend additional money on separate security plug-ins for protection.
  3. BLOGGER is almost live all the time, not much downtime reported for maintenance or for any other major issues.
  4. There are plenty of theme templates available and I can customize the appearance with my limited technical skills.
  5. I no need to worry about bandwidth, it has unlimited bandwidth and can get as much as traffic to my blog. I can keep adding images to my post without looking at storage space, there is no limitation.
  6. It has option to take back-ups anytime, many times without any restrictions.
  7. It is cheap, blog with blogspot extension is absolutely free, and I have opted for custom domain for USD 10 per year and the hosting is free. Good deal, isn’t it?
  8. I feel the BLOGGER dashboard is simple, easy to navigate and control.
There are many arguments against BLOGGER on the Internet, but again if I look at the blogging category where I belong to there is nothing to worry. I’m listing down 3 key points against BLOGGER claimed by the self hosting promotional blogs.
  1. It doesn’t look professional – As I mentioned earlier, if you go for custom domain and customize the template it looks professional, nothing can pull down BLOGGER in this front.
  2. SEO disadvantage – This is the one all self hosting blogs highlight as a major drawback, but there is no valid proof that blog hosted in BLOGGER has SEO disadvantage.
  3. Google will shut down BLOGGER at anytime – Again, this is an assumption used as a key selling point against BLOGGER. I’m wondering, if Google having millions of blogs in BLOGGER platform and promoting Adsense through these blogs why they are going to stop that revenue?
I would like to conclude that as long as you are comfortable and meeting your blogging objective, nothing wrong continuing with BLOGGER platform as its’ cost effective. The blogging objective could be your self-satisfaction, revenue numbers or simply sharing your thoughts. If you come across any self hosting promotional blogs, read through the lines for any affiliation link to ensure there is no bias in the article and take your decision weighing pros and cons considering above points.

24 comments:

Valerie-Jael said...

You have shown lots of good examples why it's good to have a Blogger blog. Blogger does sometime have minor faulty - don't we all? But, on the whole, I am happy with Blogger, and that I can blog without paying for it. Valerie

JoJo said...

I've been on Blogger since 2006 and except for the fact that you can't block spam commenters, I haven't had many complaints. I don't like Word Press at all.

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

You make some good points. I've been happy with Blogger - haven't really even looked elsewhere.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, knock on wood I have not had any problems with blogger. I am happy with the easy navigation and will continue with my blogs on Blogger. I do not advertise and blog mostly for fun. BTW< thanks for your visit and comment over the past year. Wishing you all the best in 2017, happy New Year!

Tom said...

...nothing is perfect, including Blogger...it works for me!

Decor To Adore said...

I so agree with all the wonderful points you made here. I continue to be with blogger even 8 years later for many of the same reasons.

Debbie said...

you have shared lots of good information here. i have used blogger for at least 6 years and have been fairly happy. i have experienced a few glitches, but i have no long term complaints and i don't need/want my blog to look professional!! i don't pay anything for the service!!

Julia said...

My only complaint with Blogger is the constant changes. Like many older folk user, I'm not very techy and just as I get used to navigating their new updates they change things again. Several of my older followers have given up blogging because of the constant changes...
Julia

doodles n daydreams said...

I can't see any reason to change from blogger, I'm happy with it, it does what I want.

DDiana

reana claire said...

Hi, I am very happy with my blogger domain too.. paying $10 yearly is a good rate. However, may I ask whether this deal is still on for recent opened blogspots? My friend has created a blog a year ago and she could not change her blogspot to dot com in blogger. Can you please advise how to change to dot com in blogger and paying the rate of $10? Thank you.
You can reach me at reanact@gmail.cocm

Best,
Claire

messymimi said...

As much as i fuss when things go wrong on Blogger, it's the same as i fuss at any other technology. Meaning it works just fine for what i need, most of the time.

The Yum List said...

You know what... I used blogger for many years but recently changed - kind of due to pressure from my peers to make my site look more professional - but you know what - because blogger is connected to Google - I still gets a lot of traffic to the old site. I think it's a good platform, and unless you have a very specific reason, no need to change.

Things and Thoughts said...

Blogger also works for me! Thank you for your kind visit and I wish you a happy New Year !
Olympia

Rose World said...

Thanks for sharing this. Now I am thinking of changing mine. Been in blogspot since the 1st day.

Christine said...

You make excellent points in this well thought out post.

Christine Rains said...

Great post! I've used Blogger for years and I love it. It's easy to design, post, and manage. I have no fears Google will shut it down.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I like the Blogger platform and have been using it since 2007 without any problems. It's nice to have a choice, if others wish to go to other platforms, but I'll stick with blogger. Thank for your comment and visit to my blog--hope to see you again!

Linda said...

Such a wonderful post, and thank you so much for sharing. I love Blogger and I like its interface and find it easy to blog with...

DMS said...

I like Blogger and use it. It does have some glitches, but I think it is easy to use and overall it has been good to me. :)

~Jess

Lux G. said...

I may be bias but yes I totally agree. Glad I chose Blogger.

Stephanie Faris said...

I've been with Blogger since the late 00s. I started out on MySpace as a blogger and I realized that platform was unstable (to say the least) and started backing my blogs up there. So when I left MySpace, I just naturally gravitated toward Blogger. I only use WordPress to post news on my author website, which is hosted on WordPress because it's FREE!

Connie said...

You make many great points in favor of Blogger, and I agree with what you have to say. I have been using blogger for close to ten years and have been happy with it. Thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog. Happy New Year!

Sami said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I have to agree, I've been using Blogger for almost 6 years and I'm quite happy.

Iris Flavia said...

I´m with blogger now for nearly 11 years and happy with it.

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