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Blogging on WordPress

To blog on Blogger or WordPress? That is a question many bloggers to-be ask themselves, and even old bloggers still ask that question every now and again. So I decided to write a post telling you why I decided to go for WordPress, and why I will choose this platform again.

I started Fashion and Style Police on WordPress.com in 2012, and it has been the best blogging decision I ever made. I carried out an extensive research for weeks before deciding on which platform to blog on (yes it was that big a deal and I wanted to get it right first time), and I finally settled on blogging on WordPress. I believe blogging on a WordPress platform is better than on any other platform, and I will tell you why.

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I read a lot of blogs on various platforms, and I compared them to blogs on WordPress, and the difference was clear. As far as I as know, no blog is as pretty as a WordPress blog, because the platform enables you – the blogger, to design as you wish.When it comes to many things, first impression is very important, so I wanted to make sure, my blog looked like how I wanted it to be described – simple, pretty and slick, and easy to read.

Here are the features that made me decide on setting up a blog on WordPress.

 

Themes

There is an abundance of themes both free and premium on WordPress, so you are sure to find a couple to suit your blog. I was spoilt for choice back in 2012, and I still am. I settled for a premium theme, that cost me £99, because the theme ticked al my boxes, and I am glad I did.

I love the professional look of blogs on WordPress. I find them so cool, with a great layout. I can always tell a blogger hosted blog from a WordPress hosted blog, just by looking at it. WordPress blogs are always prettier, with a slick layout. Blogs on Blogger are stuck with very few themes, so they look basic and amateur. There isn’t much you can do with the layout as you cannot modify the themes. This is the reason why most Blogger blogs look the same.

 

User Friendly Dashboard

The WordPress platform has a very user-friendly dashboard. You won’t need a dummies guide, as every feature/category is laid out, and easy to navigate.

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Plugins Galore

If you decide to go self-hosted (WordPress.org), you will find there is an abundance of plugins for almost everything you need, which is great.

 

Support

Customer service and support means a lot to me, so I had to make sure my platform provide will be available to assist if and when necessary. While I was deciding on which platform to settle for, I did some research on the level of support each platform provided, and found out the level of support Blogger provided was limited, unlike WordPress, so I went for WordPress and they are yet to fail me.

In the early days, while I was trying to sort out my WordAds, and I didn’t really know what I was doing, I got the support I needed within 24 hours, which was fantastic. There is also an active community support system, that usually provides most of the answers to many questions, so I don’t have to send an email to support.

 

Pretty Ads

This still balls down to appearance but then again appearance is very important to me. I find ads on Blogger/Blogspot very crowded and tacky. They usually look all over the place, unlike ads on blogs on WordPress.

 

So these are the main reasons why I choose WordPress over Blogger and other platforms. Do you blog on WordPress? Which do you prefer? Share your thoughts in the comment section please.

You can also read more blogging tips, and how I make money blogging in my new book – How to Cash In as a Blogger, available now on Amazon.

Thanks for reading.

 

 

 

 

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How Bloggers Make Money

Most people have no idea how bloggers make money. I kind of understand where they are coming from though. I mean, who will think you could make money by uploading pictures of yourself on the internet? Or by publishing your ramblings on your blog? Who cares I hear you say. Well many people DO care. Bloggers provide information and entertainment; you watch movies and read books for this and bloggers now provide them for free and they are available to you. Brands all over the world want to reach the followers; the readers, that is where the money is.

However, Blogging is not a get rich scheme. It is HARD WORK and your passion will keep you going. I have been blogging for over two years now and it gets harder each and every day because your followers increase and you need to think outside the box everyday and learn how to draw in more followers and keep them following the blog. That is the hard bit. For you to go pro, that is blog full-time and make money off your blog, you need to have the right content for your followers or else they will unfollow you.

This post is going to break it down it all down in English, without any blogger jargon, how bloggers make money from my OWN experience as a fashion and beauty blogger. I won’t be discussing exact figures as I am not comfortable doing that but I will give you a good idea with every example. ‘How Bloggers Make Money’ is a very deep subject, I have so much to write, so I am going to break it down into various parts and publish them separately.

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GOOGLE ADSENCE

Google Adsence is a pay-per-click, contextual advertising platform. It is a very popular method of blog monetization and most bloggers, especially bloggers on Blogspot use it. In other words, Google Adsense could be those ads you see on blogs, under each posts, side bars, footers, headers and so on. It is a pay-per-click advert, so you making money from this method will depend on the amount of people who click on the ads. I personally don’t  use it so I can’t speak on how profitable it is but I thought I should mention as it is a very popular way bloggers make money.

WORD ADS

I use Word Ads and it is quite similar to Goodle Adsence but this is a WordPress advertising platform. This is a pay per view advertising platform, so your readers don’t have to click on the ads for you to make money. They just need to see it. The only issue I have with it is I don’t understand how it works. WordPress takes blog visits from the US and some other countries and disregards the rest. So if you have most of your blog traffic coming from the outside the countries WordPress acknowleges then you are screwed and Word Ads may not be best for you.

Also some themes do not enable all the ads to show. I just discovered that and changed to the Elemin premium theme, but I am sure you can also find free themes to do the work. I just wanted something clean and different.This can be enabled on your blog, although you will need to get an approval from WordPress before the ads start showing, and your blog traffic is usually taken into consideration before Word Ads are approved. New blogs with little or no views may struggle to get Word Ads approved.

I have had Word Ads since December 2012 on Fashion and Style Police and I am yet to get rich on it, lol. In the early days, I had little or no traffic as anyone would expect so I was receiving a few cents here and there. Now my traffic has picked up and I attract quite a few hundreds of people every day from all over the world, I am starting to see my Word Ads earnings increase significantly. I am making quite a small fortune on Word Ads now, and with the new Elemin premium theme and extra ad spaces, I should receive a lot more fingers crossed.

Do you use Google Adsence or Word Ads? What are your thoughts? Sound off in the comment section. Thanks for reading.

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