Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Blog Versus Blog

I recently read that WordPress may be preferable to Blogger for search engine optimization (read the comments of this blog here). I'm pretty lost after trying to make sense of this and all the ins and outs of WordPress.com versus WordPress.org, etc. The conclusion I've come to is I'm going to just have to see about setting up a second recipe blog using WordPress (not .com, though, because I want to do my Amazon affiliate thing, and I think I understood correctly that you can't in any way make money off a WordPress.com blog unless you get some sort of approval, and then you only keep 50%). I think the recipe blog is the best choice for this experiment because the blogger recipe blog I set up is still so new. I should get a fairly clear idea of whether this claim about WordPress having better SEO and getting a lot more traffic is true or not. And I figure if I don't just do it myself, I'm never going to understand what people are talking about. However, what may stop me short is cost. I have no idea what it's going to cost--as I mentioned, I'm not going to do this through WordPress.com, the free site, so I'll be checking out Bluehost because so many people seem to think it's the best for hosting WordPress blogs. How hard would it have been for the makers of WordPress to come up with different names for their free blog and the other thing, the WordPress.org thing, which I can't even think of an appropriate label for (that's how confused I am)? Sigh.

Anyway, I'll report back here on my findings. Although it may just be to say I can't even afford to do the experiment!

Where do you have your blog? Are you happy with it? Do you get a lot of traffic? Have you considered switching? Do you have a good understanding of the ins and outs of WordPress?


  1. Hey Sophia,

    I'm using Blogger at present, but I'm seriously considering a switch to Wordpress.org. Blogger will not allow meto post Amazon affiliate links -- Blogger adds code to it automatically which invalidates the link, and while I hate the idea of setting up a new blog and essentially losing the first four months of my blogger blogs this way, I just don't see any other way around this. I tried a Word Press blog a couple of years ago and it was a bit cumbersome to figure out -- blogger was much easier -- but as I said, Blogger doesn't seem to want its users to be able to use the Amazon Affiliate program...

  2. John, you're blowing my mind here. Are you sure about the Amazon affiliate links? I've started a recipe blog where I do links to kitchen tools, etc., and if blogger is invalidating those links, there go my hopes of making a little spending money... Oh dear. I'm definitely going to have to step up my plan to try out Wordpress now!