Is It Time to Move From Blogger to WordPress?

Over the last week in blogland, something has gone very wrong.  Our longtime friend, Blogger, has failed us.  Comments have been lost and people have been unable to access their blogs. It has all been quite chaotic.  We’re calling it the Great Blog Debacle of 2011.

Lucky for us, Sharon Hujik, a self-taught computer geek and graphic designer, got in touch with us regarding an eBook she wrote entitled, How to Move from Blogger to WordPress.  Sharon has helped hundreds of bloggers to make this move, and, if you’re ready, she’s here to help you answer the question, WordPress or Blogspot?, and showing you pitfalls to avoid when moving from Blogger to WordPress.

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Switching To WordPress From Blogger

In my opinion, Blogger is a GREAT place to start your blog.  It’s super user-friendly and you can get up and running quickly with no financial costs.

However, WordPress offers some significant advantages for a blog owner, especially as her blog grows.  Eventually there comes a time when you should think about “graduating” to a self-hosted WordPress blog (the one where you need to purchase your domain and hosting).

Below is a list of five reasons why a move from Blogger to WordPress is a smart move:

1) Self-Hosted WordPress is widely perceived as more professional than Blogger.

Since everyone knows that Blogger is “freebie blogging” companies or clients often see a Blogger blog as less serious or committed.  A self-hosted WordPress blog demonstrates a higher level of investment, which is often interpreted as commitment or legitimacy.

2) WordPress allows functionality that Blogger does not.

With Blogger you are using Google’s free hosting.  Since they are offering you a free service, Google puts a lot of constraints around what can and cannot be done on their servers.  On a self-hosted WordPress blog those constraints are lifted.  You could set up a store-front, configure a landing page, create a social network, or run a forum all from your very own WordPress installation.

3) On self-hosted WordPress YOU own your site.

Every week I am contacted by bloggers whose blogs have been marked as SPAM by Google’s robots.  Sometimes they get their blog back in a few hours.  One blogger lost her blog for four weeks (shudder)!  Even more frustrating is that when Blogger flags your blog, there is no person to contact and no easy recourse.  You just fill out a form and wait for a reply.  If you are blogging on a self-hosted WordPress blog this could not happen – you own your content on a server that you control.  If there is a problem, you simply contact your hosting company to address it.

4) You can optimize your blog for the search engines (SEO).

If you are serious about having your blog rank high with search engines, you should strongly consider a WordPress blog.  With WordPress you can actively manage the SEO value of posts, pages and images, and you can install sitemap plugins to help Google read your content.  This can translate to higher search results and more traffic (visitors to your site).

5) The support from the WordPress community is fast and vibrant.

If you have every tried to get a question answered on the Blogger forums you know how painful it is to get help.  Queries will go unanswered for weeks, months, years?  My experience has been the exact opposite with WordPress.  Since many professional web designers use WordPress for their clients, the information available is incredibly rich and useful.  There is honestly no comparison.

Deciding on Blogger or WordPress

In light of this information, it might be helpful to consider a few questions to help you reach a decision about whether to move to from Blogger to WordPress:

  • Is your blog more than a hobby?
  • Does your blog generate income?
  • Do you aspire to have your blog earn money through a membership community, selling a product, or working with affiliates?
  • Are you hoping that your blog will grow larger and impact a broader audience?
  • Have you been feeling nervous that Blogger might shut down your blog?

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If you answered NO to these questions? Then it probably means that Blogger is the right fit for your blog and you should stay with Blogger. It might still be the best solution to meet your blogging needs.

If you answered YES to any of these questions, then moving from Blogger to WordPress {self-hosted} should be a strong consideration.  Fortunately, How to Move from Blogger to WordPress will walk you through the entire process from choosing a hosting company, importing your content, and redirecting your domain name.

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About the Author

blogger to wordpress We first met Sharon at the Bloggy Boot Camp in Baltimore last year where she was hounded with questions about WordPress and how to make the move! A graduate of Dartmouth College, she worked for 15 years in corporate sales and marketing before discovering the allure of the Internet. She currently lives in Upstate New York with her husband and toddler son (another new addition should be arriving this year via adoption!). You can find her on Twitter @SharonHujik or through her blog, Good, True & Beautiful.

About Francesca

One of two behind The SITS Girls and Bloggy Boot Camp. Believer that this community is a movement, and not just a website. Currently on a quest for unending free WiFi & stronger caffeine. I'd love to get to know you better: Find me on Twitter @FranBanducci and on Google+.

Comments

  1. Hello there, I am new to running a blog and websites in general and was curious about how you got the “www” included in your domain name?
    I see your web address, “http://www.thesitsgirls.com/blogging/blogger-to-wordpress-is-it-time-for-you-to-change/” has the www and my web address looks like, “http://mydomain.com”.
    Do you know the simplest way I can alter this?

    I’m using WordPress. Regards
    Luisa recently posted..Luisa

  2. One of the comments here made me laugh. The themes provided through wordpress are not all “dog ugly”, they are highly customisable, unlike Blogger – and more fool the person who pays $500 for something they don’t even like. That’s not the fault of WordPress.

    I have been using WP for YEARS on a personally hosted site. For those of you using Blogger, yes, it IS a big learning curve but I personally found WP far more intuitive than Blogger. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not a lot of work to maintain a site that runs WP as it’s all pretty much done for you. The installation is literally five minutes and you’re just uploading a file and then going to a page and answering questions – it does the background coding for you during that process.

    If you don’t like to code posts up in HTML you can use the Visual editor and it works JUST LIKE Blogger, ie, highlight text, add effect (such as links, italics or bold, etc) by clicking a button. You don’t even have to know much about designing. Just find a layout that suits your purpose and change the pictures – this is how I redesigned most of my blogs over the years and I know very little about WordPress blog design, regardless of how long I’ve been using it.

    I don’t prescribe to the notion that WP is more professional than Blogger as I think there are some truly successful blogs out there which are hosted through Blogger but when it comes to maintaining your content, upgrading your look, setting up your blog how you want it without limitations, WordPress wins.
    Ren recently posted..High Five for Friday

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