8 Reasons Why self hosted wordpress blog is better than blogspot blog This post is for those users who are still hosting their blog on free hostinglike wordpress.com or blogspot.com. To make it clear I started my blogging career from BlogSpot and then I moved to wordpress self hosted blog. I love BlogSpot and I will highly advice all the newbie’s who doesn’t have any prior experience with blogging, they should start from BlogSpot or wordpress.com. I will suggest register yourself for wordpress.com because it’s free and soon you will get familiar with wordpress dashboard. If you are familiar with wordpress dashboard and looking forward to move to wordpress, you should have a look at my previous post on Step by step guide to install self hosted wordpress blog. Why Wordpress or any other self hosted blog is better than free blog ? Control over your blog : This is one of the reason why I support self hosted blog. Blogspot is owned by Google and there are chances that they can delete your blogspot account without any intimation. Even if you use custom domain feature (Using your own domain name ), chances are high that if spammers use feature Flag as spam• and report your blog as spam. Google might remove your blog. This happens to many of the blogger. Winner : Self hosted blog Also read : Tips to select great domain name Search engine optimization : Doesn’t matter where your blog is hosted , traffic is the first and last thing any blogger will look for. Search engine optimization in simple words means Optimizing your blog for search engines and getting traffic from search engine”. The kind of search engine optimization wordpress provide with lots of plugin, blogspot can’t beat that. Here are few posts which will help you to optimize your wordpress blog for search engine optimization List of SEO strategies which I used to make my wordpress blog search engine friendly All in one SEO plugin for SEO Wordpress categories to help you with SEO ALT-Tag image plugin for wordpress to receive traffic from wordpress Robots.txt technique for wordpress and self hosted blog to avoid post duplication issue. Plugins and support : Though blogspot has a vast audience and many users are die hard fan of BlogSpot. When I was on BlogSpot I spent lots of time editing my theme to show related posts and such features. Wordpress makes your life easy using simple plugins for everything you need. Reputation : This can be consider as human tendency or perception, that most of the people doesn’t see BlogSpot with great eye. One of the simple reason is it’s free and people use for Black hat SEO, spamming and for affiliate landing pages. When talking about self hosted blog, people thing that the person has paid for the service and he is serious about his project and work. Theme and templates : It will be wrong to say that blogspot doesn’t have quality theme after I wrote about comfy magazine , but then the kind of support , themes and plugin wordpress has, it make it unbeatable. Adsense : Adsense is life line for any blogger who is looking forward to make money from his blog. Initially adsense used to be the best way to get your adsense account approved, but later on it’s becoming tough to get your adsense account with blogspot. Though you can use this trick .co.co domain trick to get your blogspot adsense approved. With wordpress and your own domain email address, getting your blog approved is very easy. Another advantage of self hosted blog. If you are a adsense user, you should consider checking out following posts on adsense : Tip to increase your adsense revenue Improve adsense revenue with RSS adsense unit Maximum number of adsense unit on a single page How I earned $345 with adsense in a day Reselling your blog : Google strictly doesn’t allow reselling of BlogSpot blogs, but the case is different here with self hosted blog. You can always resell your self hosted blog. Probably that’s why many of my friends believed me when I announced that shoutmeloud sold for 8000$ to socialtechinclusive Social media websites : Those who are active on social media and bookmarking sites like Digg, Stumble upon and reddit. I’m sure you are aware of the fact none of them love blogspot blogs. Though if you use custom domain, that will work. If you have some experience with Buzz! Yahoo, you will notice that most of post submitted from blogspor is instantly deleted. I’m sure many of you might not share the same opinion here. Feel free to give us your own insight on self hosted wordpress blog vs BlogSpot blog? Do check out my earlier article on How to Install self hosted wordpress blog?