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After I attended Bloggy Boot Camp in Charlotte last May I made the decision to switch to WordPress. The SITS Girls really talked it up and after doing my own research I decided to bite the bullet and do it. So why did I switch? Here are my reasons…
- First of all I switched to WordPress.ORG not WordPress.COM…Wordpress.COM is just like being on the Blogger platform except you can’t do any sponsored posts so DON’T do that (so it’s actually worse!! YIKES!!). WordPress.ORG is self-hosted so you own your content. That is huge. At any moment in time Google can shut down your Blogger blog and you will lose everything. Not cool Google.
- SEO…search engine optimization. You just can’t beat the the plugins WordPress has in order to optimize your SEO and get your posts out there for more people to find and read. My personal favorite is the YOAST plugin. If you want to monetize your blog then you really need to get your posts out there and this is the way to go.
- WordPress is seen as more professional than Blogger. I’m not saying that to “diss” anyone who still uses Blogger but it’s true. I LOVED Blogger and it was a great starting point for me but when I was ready to get “serious” I made the switch.
Those are my BIG reasons. I have a couple smaller ones like the fact that I reeeeally love the stats you get from the JetPack plugin. You can see where people are coming from, what they are clicking, who referred them, etc. It’s amazing. I also love all of the plugins and that you can customize your site without the constraints that Google/Blogger puts on you.
I haven’t found that it’s more expensive, yet. I hired Blogelina to make the switch for me and she included a year of hosting. So I guess I will find out in July how much that costs…LOL!
Here are some great resources to look into that I have used or definitely would. Please keep in mind that this is NOT a sponsored post these are just companies that I have loved.
- Blogelina This is who I used to switch me from Blogger to WordPress. She has a wait list but is very good.
- Blogger-to-Wordpress DIY This is a post from The SITS Girls on how to make the switch yourself. If you are brave then I say go for it!
- GoDaddy This is who hosts my site and I have never had a problem. They are super quick to email and answer any questions you have.
The only issue I have with WordPress is that the format is off on all of my old posts (pre-WP). If you have any suggestions on how to fix that I would LOVE to know!
Are you thinking about switching to WordPress??
If you have any questions please let me know!!