WordPress vs. Blogger - Choose the Best CMS for Yourself

The Best CMS for Blogging - WordPress or Blogger?

The second most important part an SEO or a normal person does after buying a domain is choosing the perfect content management system. Many people have asked us which one to choose WordPress or Blogger? The answer to it comes down to what you will do with the site, is it just for posting random posts, a download site or a tutorial hub?

There are many conspiracy theories that people thing both of these platforms behave differently in search engines as WordPress has better SEO and blogger is bad at it. Today we will do a comparison between these two platforms and will decide which one is best and for which person. Often many people and friends as me which one is Best for SEO? The answer is they both are for the following reasons that will be discussed below.

I have been personally using Blogger famously known as BlogSpot for about 2 years and never complained about. However it does lack some features but all that matters is what are you using it for? At the moment the blog you are reading this article on is hosted at Google running on BlogSpot and I have had no issues what so ever. At the end of the day all that matters is you having great content and good backlinks pointing to your domain, right? 

WordPress is a platform that can be used for anything, yes you heard me right you can use it to create an e-commerce store, portfolio site, a blog, a forum and the list goes on. But you can use Google's CMS for blogging only as you cannot install something on it, it's already hosted but it is limited to what you can do with it. 

I would recommend you to choose Blogger.com because you do not need to pay for hosting if you are a startup as it will save you lots of money and server costs.

Let's get started with the comparison now:

Who is Blogger for? Advantages and Disadvantages

If you are just starting your first blog and have no other type of online presence or website than this is the best platform to choose as it costs nothing to setup and there is official support forums from Google that can help you if any problems occur. Below are listed the benefits of using this CMS as your first platform:
  1. There are no hosting costs, you do not need to worry about server uptime and maintenance.
  2. It is secure as a bunker, it is hosted in a secure cloud where you don't need to worry about any vulnerabilities or issues of getting hacked.
  3. No limit for how many posts you can publish.
  4. It allows you to change the URL-structure of a blog post.
  5. Thousands of free templates available to add on your blog. Read this article to learn how to add custom templates to blogger: How to upload a custom template on BlogSpot.
  6. Integrates really well with the RSS FeedBurner.
  7. You can use your Gmail account to get started with which is awesome.
  8. Comes with a free domain name which is followed by blogspot.com.
  9. You can also put HTTPS security to your blog for free: Follow this tutorial to learn how to do that for your own blog: Add HTTPS Certificate in Blogger.
  10. There are SEO settings available which means you can put 301 redirects, add Meta descriptions and also put mark up on your posts with schema.org.
  11. You can also label your posts with specific topics which you can create: Here is an article which you can read to improve those labels: Optimize Labels into Tags.
  12. It also has mobile-friendly templates for mobile devices.
  13. You can add as many authors as you like for your site and can choose what positions to give them from author to administrator.
  14. Two-step verification can also be enabled to add an extra level of security again a great benefit.
Now enough with the Pros let's talk about some of the disadvantages and drawbacks:
  1. You do not own your blog, Google does.
  2. It can be deleted any time only if you post something that breaks the terms of Google.
  3. Only limited to 20 pages per blog, not posts.
  4. You cannot install any other plugins on it.
  5. You only get 20 GB of free storage for your images after that you will have to move somewhere else.
  6. It does not get updated quite often.
  7. Risk of losing traffic if moving on a different CMS as it needs lots of professional skills to do that and many techniques need to be done the right way.
  8. There is fear that Google may shut this service down because we have not seen any useful updates from them from a long period of time apart from upgrading the sitemaps
  9. The number of labels (categories) you can have on one blog is limited to 5000 only.
10) Last question that needs to be answered is? Does it perform poorly in searches when compared to WordPress self-hosted?

The answer to this is NO, why? Because always remember that it is not the CMS that helps you rank it's the content you write and the sites that link to you (backlinks) that help you reach the page #1 of Google. There are all the settings that you need from Meta descriptions from adding a keywords template there are all the resources you need just make sure your content is optimized and is unique

I personally will rate this CMS 9 / 10 because it has worked for me and will work for you as well and a living example is the blog opened in front of you. 

WordPress or Blogger? Pros and Cons Compared

Who is WordPress self-hosted for? Advantages and Disadvantages

One big thing that confuses many people is that WordPress.com and WordPress.org are the same they are NOT. They are both different platforms and have different capabilities than each other. This is a platform for someone that already has an online presence and can afford to pay the monthly server hosting costs and can deal with some server downtime. Also it is something that I would not recommend jumping into without doing any research and learning about the platform and how it works because it also works with databases and many plugins.

Let's start below with some of the benefits of WP:
  1. You can create anything you want with it, be it a forum, e-commerce store or a wiki.
  2. There are many plugins that can automate many processes such as email subscriptions.
  3. You own your site, no one else can delete it or control it.
  4. You can customize anything that you want from HTML to the core files of WordPress because it is open source.
  5. There is no limit of how many pages or posts you can have its unlimited but you will need storage to store them as well as the site grow with time.
  6. Updates are rolled out many times a year and new features are always added.
  7. It is responsive from the beginning as it can adjust screen widths automatically.
  8. You can install an antivirus or security software to keep it secure from viruses and malware.
  9. There are many themes to choose from ranging from premium to free templates.
  10. There is a dedicated community from where you can receive help if you are stuck anywhere.
  11. It has the feature of making automatic backups where in Blogger you have to do them manually.
  12. There is no storage limit for your photos but it depends on how much you buy from your hosting provider.
  13. It powers more than 20% of the whole internet in the world, which means it is trusted a lot by many people and big brand names.
  14. There is a plugin that you will need to download to enable two-factor authentication which is not enabled by default.
Let's talk about some of the flaws and disadvantages now:

  1. There is a risk of getting hacked as the plugins can be vulnerable or the WordPress files itself. There were many cases in past where major problems were discovered that left over 80% of sites vulnerable to hackers.
  2. There are hosting costs that grow as your traffic increases whereas Blogger is totally free to use.
  3. You always need to install the latest updates to stay safe from bugs and issues.
  4. Your theme can get your site down because it can be a way of hackers to come into your server which you need to make sure is also updated at all times to stay safe from such problems.
  5. WordPress is also known to be slower because it depends on your hosting plan whether it is shared or dedicated.
  6. If the database gets corrupted or you get a virus in it, it's a nightmare to backup which can hurt your rankings if you lose data from posts that are already indexed and published.
  7. No free domain provided with the self-hosted version.
  8. You will need to deal with downtime if the server is in maintenance or updating.
  9. Knowledge of HTML and CSS is required in some places if your blog is graphic heavy.
  10. It is not ready to work straight after you hit install, there are a lot of settings that need to be carefully configured for example permalinks, themes, connecting a domain and linking a database that needs to be highly protected in order to stay safe.
  11. By default WP is not SEO friendly, you will to install a plugin manually, popular one is (Yoast SEO).
I rate WP 10 / 10 as a CMS because of its customization features which if you know a little bit of PHP can do wonders for you. But the biggest benefit that the Google's blogging platform has that it costs absolutely nothing to run.

Who Wins?

Wordpress or BlogSpot: Who Wins the CMS comparison?

As you can see above in the comparison both of these platforms have great features and both work good in their own way. At the end of day it comes down to what you are going to use it for? I'd suggest you to go with Blogger as a starting point and once you start making some money with the first blog you can transfer it to WordPress and are sure that you can afford the monthly hosting subscriptions and have got enough knowledge in the area. Hopefully now you will be better at making a decision while choosing a platform to start with.

But if you are looking to make an e-commerce store with BlogSpot it will not work and I would recommend WP. Please let me know your preferred content management system (CMS) / Blogging platform and point out to me if something is missing that needs being put up there.

Top 5 Free Plagiarism Checking Tools of 2016

Top 5 Plagiarism Checking Tools of 2016

Plagiarism is a big problem when it comes for students, teachers, bloggers and copywriters. It not only destroys a piece of work but it deletes its uniqueness as well. Below I will show you the Top 5 Best Free Plagiarism tools of the year 2016. It is very essential and important to use plagiarism tools for checking the uniqueness of a article, web page, site, blog or essay. 

We all need to check for plagiarism before hitting the publish button on the blog post. There are many problems that can occur if you don't check for plagiarism before publishing a post one such example is Google giving you a penalty for copy and pasting someone else hard work. So this is why you need to check for such problems with your content before making it live. Below we will discuss about some of these tools that are available for no extra cost and are free of charge to use.

1. Grammarly

It has over 250 features for checking grammar on web pages via its browser extensions, available for both Firefox and Google Chrome. 
  • Contextual spelling checker is embedded that allows for in-depth word and spell check for your documents and content
  • Improves vocabulary by 200% with its complex grammar checking algorithms.

2. Copyscape

This is where premium plagiarism checkers come in place and one of the best one as well. It has been proven to be the best duplicate content checker out there.
  • Add a banner to your site so visitors know that you are protected
  • Gives you notification alerts when other websites copy your content without permission or giving credits
  • Also allows you to check whole websites for plagiarism and see what parts or posts of a site / blog are mostly copy written.

3. PlagScan

One of the most flexible plagiarism tools out there with great accuracy, limitations and giving you anonymous access without the needed of an account.
  • There is also a trial version and a premium version as well, both of them have different advantages over each other.
  • It is available for different categories including Education, personal use and business use
  • Scans for sources and references that have been given on a page.

4. Plag Tracker

This is a tricky one with some mixed reviews as there are users on various sites saying it is good and some are saying that it misses sentences sometimes while checking documents or content.
  • Has a database with lots of university level content to scan against
  • Creates a professional report of the plagiarized documents / content
  • Gives suggestions and tips to avoid plagiarism.

5. Small SEO Tools Checker

This is the best one in the market and the one this is FREE. It scans your content / document / essay or homework against the internet to see for faults and copied sentences or work.
  • It can scan your work against other different samples that you upload
  • Offers lots of other web services
  • Has a maximum 1000 word limit per scan

Which one do you use?

Let me know if I have missed any good checkers here but hopefully I have covered the Top and best 5 Plagiarism checker tools of 2016. Until then stay tuned for more!

The Correct Way To SEO Optimize Your Images For Google

The Correct Way To SEO Optimize Your Images For Google

Images are an important factor to your overall ranking because they mean a lot to search engines and Google. SEO optimizing your images is not a hard process and there are only a few steps to complete, Image SEO counts both even if its on-page or off-page because it leads to search engines understanding what the image is about. Images have their own properties of SEO which including Title Text and ALT Text that are a small description of what the image is about and if they both are missing you will not get anywhere near the first page of Google results because of bad search engine optimization. Image SEO optimization is very important and a vital part of your site if you are using pictures, photos on there because people also search for famous photos and pictures and then you start ranking well. 

Reason for SEO Optimizing Images

Image SEO is as important as your post title seo because it affects your site load speed and as we all know site speed is a ranking factor, we don't want that to be affected, do we? By proper and correct Search engine optimization of your image your images will start showing up in SERP and more traffic to your site will start to increase dramatically. Good images also improve bounce rate of your article or content. Another great feature of having your own images is that if other sites share your content they will give you a backlink by crediting your work.

Choosing the Right Images for SEO 

Image format and the image size are both very important because these two factors have an effect on your page loading speed. There are two different formats of versions which you can use that are little in size and are portable with the web, they are JPEG and PNG. An idle size of image to use in article should not be bigger than 100 kilobytes. You can compress your images that you use from this website, TinyPNG

Adding 'ALT' Attribute of your Image 

This is the most important factor of an image if you do not have it the search engines will not be able to recognize what your image is about. Below is an example of how would you add an ALT attribute to your image. 

Optimizing Image, ALT Tag for SEO

Naming your Image Correctly

This is a mistake most new developers do when they are uploading images on to their web server or to use them in the article on the site or blog. Images having many benefits as you can seo optimize them in many ways one of them which is the one below.

Wrong way to name images

Wrong Way to Optimize Images for SEO

Correct way to name images

Correct way to name Images for SEO


We have covered above How to Optimize Image SEO in the correct way for your site. Let me know if I missed any tricks in image seo, and how you guys apply these techniques on your sites.

Top 5 Free Blogger Widgets and Plugins of 2015

Top 10 Most Awesome Blogger Widgets and Plugins

Blogger has become a lot more flexible and rich in features over time since it was first launched. Blogger also supports Widgets and Plugins which can be installed onto it which are free of cost to add more features. Blogger also known as BlogSpot has some really popular and awesome widgets that are available to be installed from default but there are some of them that needed to be added manually. BlogSpot Widgets and Plugins vary from different versions, ability and their purpose. Below are shared some of the Top, best and free most trending recommended Widgets and Plugins for Blogger 2015 which have their own advantages and disadvantages among others and have some good reasons to why they should be installed on your blog. These widgets are really easy to be installed and take only seconds to be configured and ready to go. 

Top 5 Best Free Plugins & Widgets of 2015 for Blogger Blogs

Here are some of the popular free widgets of the year 2015 you can use on your BlogSpot blog. The name of Widgets and Plugins I will be writing about are Popular Posts, Recent Posts, Labels, Featured Post and HTML / JavaScript plugin.  

1. Popular Posts 

This widget is really recommended and should be installed on every blog because it shows the visitor what posts are popular of this particular blog / site. It can be easily installed on the Sidebar and is available free in blogger from default it just needs to be added onto your blog. To install this Widget please go to Blogger Homepage > Layout > Select Add a Gadget > Scroll down > Popular Posts. 

Example of Popular Posts Widget in Blog

2. Recent Posts

This is a widget that shows the post you have published recently on your blog in a numbered list and in latest post order which means newest post will be on the top and vice versa. Blogger does not have this widget from default in its gadget list but you can manually install this widget by reading an article on the web. 

3. Labels or Categories 

This widget / plugin shows all the sites labels or categories I.e. Blogging, BlogSpot or SEO Tips which are also known as tags these show a site visitor what topics does your blog cover and can straight away click on a label and it will show him all the posts under the specific category he selected. This plugin can be install by the following steps Blogger Homepage > Layout > Add a Gadget > Labels

Labels Plugin / Widget Preview

4. Featured Post

This is the latest Widget released by Blogger for BlogSpot that can display a unique or particular post on the sidebar as a featured post. This widget makes a post stand out from others and attract more attention. It also shows a snippet or small description and image of the post which was featured. It is available for any type of blog. To install featured post widget on your blog follow this path Blogger Homepage > Layout > Add a Gadget > Featured Post and just select the post you want to feature. 

5. HTML and JavaScript

This is a plugin / widget that allow you to almost add any type of html and JavaScript code to your blog to make it more beautiful or add other plugins such as Facebook like box, Twitter, subscription box and many more. To install this widget please follow Blogger Homepage > Layout > Add a Gadget > HTML & JavaScript. 

That's All

Now you know the Top 5 popular and free blogger widgets and plugins that you might install or will install on your blog to spice it up. Please let me in the comments if I have missed any others. Stay tuned for more!

Top 5 Things To Check Before Applying for Google AdSense

Top 5 Things To Check Before Applying for Google AdSense

Google AdSense is the best and most effective advertising company used by millions of web masters daily. Google AdSense is not an easy step to get approved because your site or blog gets verified by AdSense employees that see if your site or blog meets the requirements. There are lots of factors that Google Adsense compares your website to their requirements before accepting and approving the application, the Top 5 of their requirements are Site traffic, SEO, Site Structure, Contact pages, and has appropriate content. AdSense is so far the best monetization program around and most developers, bloggers and sites prefer Google AdSense because of its features and because it is trustworthy user experience. Sites need to be configured first and have a decent amount of traffic, content, and a user friendly interface before applying for AdSense we will talk about those below. 

1. Have Appropriate and Enough Content

Content is one of the most major parts of your site because it describes and is the image of what your site is about. You need at least 30 published articles/posts on your site with a minimum of 450 words and recommended is 550 or 600 words. Make sure the content is NOT plagiarized and is unique and you have done some internal linking within your site.  Make sure you also add images, headings and subheadings to your posts as well so it gives it a professional look. Please remember that Content is always the King. Below is the content policy for AdSense that has a list of the types of content that it does not allow on sites using AdSense. 

Please Read the Adsense content policyAdsense Content Policy

2. Do Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Search engine optimization of your site is really important because this is what is going to get your site or blog to appear in search engine results pages (SERPS). SEO is also the cause of your sites traffic and visitors because if you do not have good SEO there is a chance that your site may not even appear in Google search results. An example of SEO is gaining good backlinks, submitting your site to webmaster tools and doing a little keyword research. 

3. Make Useful Pages for your Site

This is very important that you have useful pages on your site this means that you need to create pages such as for Privacy Policy, Terms and Conditions, Contact us and more such as Disclaimer. These pages show and prove that your blog or site has some kind of authority and if needed someone can read your policy or even contact your through your site easily.

4. Have an easy to use and friendly interface

Before applying for AdSense make your site is using a friendly design or a responsive theme. Another important thing is that you have to make sure content is clearly able to read on your site and is not easy or hard for the sure to figure out how to navigate through you're site.

5. Have a Custom Domain for your Site

This check-list is not that important but if you are applying with a free domain that there may be less chances if you getting your AdSense application approved. Still as said before it is not that mandatory but you will then need to focus on your other parts of the site more deeply and make sure everything is done right and meets Google's standards and policies.  

That is all folks make sure you tick box this before sending in your application at Google AdSense for Approval. 

Setting Up Admins and Authors in BlogSpot Blogs!

Setting Up Admins and Authors in BlogSpot Blogs!

Authors, Admins and users are the three most important parts of a blog and a site. Authors and Admins are the ones that maintain, create and edit the blog to provide information and improve their services. Learning how to add authors and admins in blogger is vital as your blog grows you may add more authors or admins to share the workload. If you are the main founder / author of the blog you can also invite other users for example a SEO expert or a Web developer to fix some parts of the site you will need to give them access somehow. 

If you are an author of a blog you may not simply give your email and password for the person to maintain your site instead what you can do is make them an 'Admin' or 'Author' which will give them limited permissions on your platform such as edit or publish a post but not deleting it or causing any big damage. It is important that you also have your BlogSpot blogs SEO configured. Adding Authors is an essential part and also has many advantages to your blog and workload management, and can increase your Alexa rank if the site is updated daily or every two days instead of once in a weak.

Adding Authors and Admins in a Blogger Blog

Below will be an explained step-by-step how-to guide on adding users to author and admin level on blogger CMS. This tutorial makes you get your blog more secure in a way that you will not need to hand out your login credentials. 
Step 1: You need to login to blogger and after that navigate to "Settings" option. After opening this menu you will need to navigate down to "Permissions" and below that you will see a hyper link that will say "Blog Authors".

Adding Authors Users Admins to Blog Permissions

Step 2: In this part you will need the email address of the person you want to make an Author or Admin in your BlogSpot blog. After having the email you will need to select +add authors.

Inviting Authors, Admins, Users to Blogger CMS

After you have reached this part you will need to enter the email address in the box as shown above and select "Invite Authors". This will send the person a confirmation email saying to accept or cancel the offer of becoming an Author or Admin on your blog. 

Example of Invitation for Author or Admin

All Done! Now you know how to invite or add authors to your Blogger blog by following the above steps correctly. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are having issues or difficulties in adding someone to your Author or Admin list.