Pros and Cons of Free Blogger/Blogspot
Gone are the days when blogging was used to be only a hobby or merely a matter of interests of the writers. Today it has become a good earning source. With growing number of bloggers, competition for SEO and ranking is becoming hard. Blogging is not an easy task. Today, when you want to start your own blog in order to earn from it, you have to learn many things about blogging.
Blogger (on blogspot.com) is a nice and free place for starters. You can create a free blog on blogspot.com and start blogging today. Many of the bloggers come with great passion and are soon tired of this boring job. Anyhow, blogging for money and only for money is the thing which makes them feel exhausted as they do not start earning in early few months.
Blogspot.com offers free hosting space, unique subdomain, and a variety of free themes for your new blog. Everything is free. Blogger is a CMS (content management system) that is really simple and cool and is probably designed for beginners. This service is free of cost. All you have to have is a Gmail account. You can create a free blog on Blogspot blog as soon as you have a Gmail account. It is a good place to learn experience and test your skills. Once you learn some technical things, you can jump into professional blogging.
Blogspot is a domain owned by Google. Google allows its users to have a free subdomain on this main domain. For example, a user can have ‘www.mynewblog.blogspot.com”, where “my new blog” is the subdomain name that a user creates. You have seen a lot of blogs with “blogspot.com” main domain. They all are the subdomains of ‘blogspot.com’. A user with a Gmail account has access to create a free blog on this domain. Google has provided a very useful and free blogging platform to its users. This post explains the pros and cons of this free blogging service.
I have read many posts about the comparison of WordPress and Blogger. I have not compared here the two blogging platform. I have just explained the strengths and weaknesses of free Blogger (Blogspot) service.
Advantages of free Blogspot Blog
Let me start with the benefits that a user enjoys with free Blogspot blog. I must say that Blogspot is the most popular and most widely used free blogging platform. It has the following advantages
1. Blogspot is free
Blogspot is free of cost. It’s absolutely free. All you have to have is a Gmail account. Google provides many free and paid services on a single Gmail account. Go and Create your free blog in blogspot.com. Once you create, select a theme from given themes and publish your blog in less than a minute. Google allows almost 30 GB free disc space for Google Drive. You can save your images and files on Google Drive and insert links to those files. There are no bandwidth limitations. No hosting, no paid tools, and plugins. You can change your theme later at any time. Not any website offers such a professional platform free of cost.
2. Blogspot is easy and organized
This is the best place for the beginners to learn the basics of blogging. Blogspot provides the users Blogger CMS that is easy to use. Everything is on your screen. A user can customize the theme of the blog as he/she wants. No technical knowledge is required. User-friendly environment and visual interface are as easy to use as working on MS. Word. Starting up with a free blog on Blogspot is a matter of seconds. One has to choose a subdomain and a theme and one’s blog is online. Bloggers can use various tools like statistics, widget creation, theme customization, HTML editing, layout design, pages and posts settings and configuration, in-build Adsense option, and Goolge+ integration etc. I have used and still using free Blogspot blog. I have learned a lot from this free blogging platform.
3. Blogspot supports variety of themes
Blogspot itself has many free themes but you can upload your own HTML themes files. There are many websites that offer free Blogspot themes. You can choose a theme, download it to your computer and upload your themes to your Blogspot blog. You can customize the theme by editing HTML of the template. Popular websites that offer free themes for Blogspot are:
This website offers free themes for blogger blog. It has a variety of themes. You can choose by category, by style, by topic, by layout, by SEO tools etc. All the themes are free except few ones that are paid. Go and choose themes of your choice from Gooyaabi.com
Along with this, you can as any third-party functionality into HTML of your template. It means you have the full control of your template and themes. You can add and remove any themes feature and part. You have access to the whole HTML code of your template. Many third parties give you HTML code to be inserted into HTML of your blog if you want to run their service on your blog.
Sora templates provide free themes only a backlink in return. It means you cannot remove the credit link of Sora Templates from your theme. But that is of no importance. A link to their website that is placed in the footer section of the themes is hardly noticeable. This is again a very little thing as compared to the theme you get from Sora templates.
4. Blogspot is secured and protected
It is still nice to know that this free of cost blogging service is 100% secured. There are no security issues and spamming on your free blog. As the domain ‘blogspot’ is owned by Google, it is hard for the hackers to break into your admin panel. Google has its own spam filtering that prevents spam comments on your blog. I have listened to praise of security of this free service from many of my friends and clients.
5. Blogspot is SEO ready
Bloggers using free Blogspot need not worry about SEO. Blogspot is owned by Google and that is what makes Blogspot SEO friendly. No experience and technical knowledge are required to optimize your blog for search engines. New posts get indexed immediately. You can check your statistics and analytics right in your dashboard. Everything is perfect for new bloggers. Unlike WordPress, you don’t need to install SEO plugins and struggle too much for SEO. This platform automatically makes your blog mobile friendly and responsive. Your blog comes in search queries made from mobile phones.
6. Easy monetization
Blogger has a nice feature that it supports Google Adsense by default. No hard integration efforts. Apart from Google Adsense, you can also monetize your blog by any other ad network. You can place a variety of ads like texts, banners, and images in your free blog. Google actually understands the needs and passion of bloggers. It has given an opportunity to earn money even from free blogs on Blogspot.com. But before you apply for Adsense, make sure you follow the guidelines of Google Adsense. Make sure you have completed a checklist before applying for Google Adsense.
If your Google Adsense has been disapproved or disabled, don’t worry. You can try alternatives to Google Adsense- that are other networks similar to Adsense for monetizing your blog. Or you can use various other monetizing methods for your blog.
7. Blogspot is easily transferable to other users
This simply means if you are the admin of your blog, you can give this access to any other with the Gmail account. That is not easy, yet you can do it easily with two or three steps. If you want to know how you can change the owner of a free Blogspot blog go and read this post.
You can shift from free blog service to your own custom domain. Blogspot allows you to point your existing free blog to your own domain. For example, if you have blog http://mypassion.blogspot.com you can point this blog to your custom domain that you own like http://mypassion.com. Blogspot also has its own affiliates domain registrars. You will find an option of buying your own domain from one of the registrars affiliated with Google. If you purchase a domain from one of the affiliated registrars from your free blogger platform, it is automatically and easily integrated and installed. You can learn how you can point your free Blogspot blog to your own custom domain.
Disadvantages of Free Blogspot Blog
Despite all the merits of free Blogspot blog, there are some demerits too. As this blogging platform offers free blogs with many free tools and services, you may not find other things like I have explained below one by one.
1. Blogspot does not give you the ownership of your blog
Although Blogspot gives you full administrative access and privilege, you are not the owner of your blog- the owner is Google. Everything you write and how much you promote your blog, the benefit goes to Blogspot ranking. As Google is the host, you have no access the hosting databases with administrative privileges. You can only use a dashboard to write, delete, edit your posts and customize the theme, layout, properties, identity, and user interaction of your blog.
You cannot remove extension “blogspot.com” with this free service. For this, you have to purchase your own domain and point your blog to it. Extension “blogspot.com” gives an unprofessional look to the URL of your blog. It does not mean that search engines will ignore this type of URL but the users will. The true sense of ownership comes when you have your own domain and hosting account.
2. Blogspot have less help and support for users
From its side, Blogspot has a low level of user guide and support. Although there are many helpful articles related to issues a user may face with free service, yet it is not enough. There are few help forums available by Google to help the users. There are other nice websites that have written many free articles addressing any type of problems users face with free blog spot service. If you have any issue you can search it on Google.
3. Blogspot has less efficient comment system
For the readers of the free blog on Blogspot, there are two options to sign in to comments: native blogger comment system and Google+ embedded comments. It means if you want to comment with your name and identity, you must be a blogspot user or a Google+ user. Although users can comment anonymously, yet this is a bad thing too: anyone can comment, there are too many irrelevant comments. It is hard to filter the nice and relevant comments. The spamming increases.
If you share your comments on Google+ and you have embedded Google+ comments in your blog, the comments on Google+ will also show below your posts as if users have left the comments right on your blog post. It is nice but the comments on Google+ are actually informal and short. They contain the expressions as “nice”, “Great post”, Good”, etc. They do not add to the worth of your post.
4. Blogspot has no additional plugins
A free blog on Blogspot offers very narrow options for choosing any additional third party plugin. WordPress has a huge variety of plugins for various purposes- Bloggers simply doesn’t have any. Users have to rely on inbuilt plugins. The full control and desire of looking prominent fail with a free blog on Blogspot.
Having a free blog on Blogspot is a nice thing to start your blogging careers. It is both free and easy. So, a blogger can learn many new things and step in his/her professional career. The features that Blogspot lacks are required on an advanced level of blogging. So beginners can fully benefit from free Blogspot service. I am still using free blogs; I am using them for having backlinks to my own websites and blogs. As the SEO of these free blogs is done well, they rank quickly in search engines if you post quality content. Bloggers then use this platform to have more visitors to their own hosted blogs.
For the advanced user, free Blogspot is not the right place. Professional blogging needs many things that Blogger is unable to provide. I still like the blogger for its simple and organized CMS. When I first used WordPress, I got confused and it took me months to handle the things on WordPress. This is how WordPress offers the bulk of options and plugins.
At the end, if you are already using a blogger blog and have experience of blogging, I would recommend you a custom domain for your blog. There are many benefits of the custom domain name for your blog. If you plan to have one, please read the following list of cheapest domain registrants. If you don’t know what to do, simply contact us and we will buy a domain and design a blog for you only in “100/- USDs” within a week.