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There’s a war going on in the blogosphere, and it has nothing to do with bloggers dissing each other on their respective websites. The war is about control of the blogosphere by several great, many good, and tons of terrible blogging platforms. The average newbie now has “too many” options to choose from, and the battle for blogging supremacy is hotter than ever.

                         <p><span style="font-size:78%;">At my website and blogs, I'm always                                asked the question "Is <a href="http://wordpress.org/" title="WordPress" rel="homepage" target="_blank" class="zem_slink">Wordpress</a> better than                                <a href="http://www.blogger.com/" title="Blogger (service)" rel="homepage" target="_blank" class="zem_slink">Blogger</a>?". The answer, of course, is "Yes".                                But to really understand why, it's important to                                look at both blogging platforms side-by-side and                                see which one you really need.<br />                          Here's the comparison scale: </span></p>                             <p><span style="font-size:78%;"><strong>1) Ease of Set-up And Use</strong></span></p>                             <p><span style="font-size:78%;">Yes, it’s much easier to set-up                                a blog with Blogspot.com and get your own Bloggger                                account. You can be done in 10 minutes flat. Once                                you're set-up you can start posting immediately.                                If you want to add a designer's touch to your blog,                                there are also tons of blogger templates available                                for free.<br />                          Installing WordPress however can be a major headache                                if you don't know what you're doing. Since you're                                going to host it on your own account, you'll need                                to download the installation files, upload them                                to your server, set-up a database, and run the configuration                                script. </span></p>                             <p><span style="font-size:78%;">However, if you know which hosting                                account to get, you can choose one with Cpanel included.                                With Cpanel, you can do a one-click installation,                                upgrade and removal of your WordPress platform.                                </span></p>                             <p><span style="font-size:78%;"><strong>2) Customization &amp; Advanced                                Use </strong></span></p>                             <p><span style="font-size:78%;">Blogger doesn’t allow categories.                                You can’t sort your articles into different                                focuses, unless you know how to hack the platform.                                With WordPress, not only can you add categories,                                you can also display each category differently on                                your main page. In fact with the correct plugins                                you can even turn your WordPress into a magazine-like                                portal. </span></p>                             <p><span style="font-size:78%;">Publishing with Blogger can be a                                pain in the ass. It can take forever to post articles,                                especially if you’re making changes to the                                entire website. With WordPress, publishing is much                                faster, although if you load your system with all                                kinds of bells and whistles it can be just as frustrating.                                With a Blogger account, you can get additional features                                like "Shout Boxes" that improve interaction                                on your site. You can also get pretty themes and                                nifty little tools that you can add to the core                                template files. However, that's as far as you can                                go with Blogger. </span></p>                             <p><span style="font-size:78%;">With WordPress however, the sky                                is the limit. As cliche as that may sound, not only                                can you get themes, additional "plugins"                                and advanced tools, you can also extend WordPress                                to far beyond just a blogging platform.<br />                          The talk today is about using WordPress as a complete,                                user-friendly Content Management System or CMS.                                </span></p>                             <p><span style="font-size:78%;"><strong>4) Copyrights and Ownership                                of Content </strong></span></p>                             <p><span style="font-size:78%;">I started with Blogger and I won’t                                say that it’s bad. But after a while I started                                to get frustrated with Blogger, and here’s                                why: Google Owns Your Content<br />                          Google has the authority to shut down your account                                without warning if they don’t like what you’re                                blogging about. You don't have absolute control                                over your own blog. With WordPress, you own the                                domain name and the blog is hosted on your own account.                                You have full control over your content. </span></p>                             <p><span style="font-size:78%;">With the self-hosted version of                                WordPress (not WordPress.com), you're free to write                                about anything you want, and use the software in                                any way you want. Yes, Blogger allows you to publish                                to your own domain, but they still own the database                                that holds your content! Don't forget that!</span></p>                             <p><span style="font-size:78%;"><strong>5) Search Engine Optimization                                and Traffic </strong></span></p>                             <p><span style="font-size:78%;">There's this propaganda that since                                Google owns Blogger, they tend to favor Blogger                                accounts. I won't say that this is illogical, but                                from my experience, there's no such favoritism.                                </span></p>                             <p><span style="font-size:78%;">I've heard as many stories of getting                                indexed fast and ranking high in search engines                                from both WordPress and Blogger users. As long as                                the content is good, the spiders will come. </span></p>                             <p><span style="font-size:78%;">When you post in Blogger, you can                                only “ping” a limited amount of sites,                                whereas with WordPress on your own domain you can                                ping as many blog directories as you want, and start                                getting more traffic.<br />                          As a conclusion, I would say that WordPress is only                                slightly ahead in terms of optimization for search                                engines, and building large amounts of traffic.                                </span></p>                             <p><span style="font-size:78%;"><strong>6) Money-Making Potential                                </strong></span></p>                             <p><span style="font-size:78%;">There's no doubt that it's easier                                to get started with Google Adsense if you have a                                Blogger account. In fact you can now apply for Adsense                                from within a Blogger account. Not entirely surprising                                considering the fact that both are owned by the                                same company. </span></p>                             <p><span style="font-size:78%;">With WordPress, it can get tricky.                                The default installation is not enough. You'll need                                a couple of plugins and even a better theme to really                                maximize the Adsense potential. However, this seems                                to be getting easier and there's even "Adsense                                revenue sharing" plugins around that allow                                you to share ad revenue with other contributors                                and writers for your blog. </span></p>                             <p><span style="font-size:78%;">When you start using WordPress to                                build your Adsense websites, you’ll soon discover                                what I mean. It’s something you need to experience                                for yourself. I can tell you one thing though –                                when you go WordPress, you don’t go back.                                </span></p>                             <p><span style="font-size:78%;"><strong>About the Author </strong><br />                          Gobala Krishnan is the author of WordPress Adsense                                System, the unique beginner's guide to building                                content-rich Adsense websites with WordPress. You                                can download two free chapters of his book at <a href="http://www.easywordpress.com/go.php?offer=lankapo79&amp;pid=02"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">easywordpress.com</span></a></span></p><div id="zemanta-pixie" style="margin: 5px 0pt; width: 100%;"><br /></div>