Contributing Author and Janice Wald
Are you familiar with Blogspot software?
If you want to blog for free, you might consider getting a Blogspot domain.
This post will review WordPress software and Blogspot software.
By the time you’re done reading this post, you’ll know the similarities and differences between WordPress and Blogspot tools.
A contributing author will discuss WordPress tools and I will review Blogspot software.
Let’s get started.
Tools and Resources for the Successful WordPress Blogger
If you love blogging and spend much of your time working on your site, your brand, and your content, shouldn’t you be able to make some money from it?
Many bloggers and influencers are able to supplement their income via ads and endorsements, sponsorships and more. But if you don’t have the right tools and resources, you might find that the income is sparse.
With just a little know-how, you can turn your blog into a successful money-making venture, while doing less work. Sound too good to be true? Trust us, it’s not.
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Below are a few tools and resources to help you fine–tune your blog into something that can make you money.
Data and Analytics
This is something you should totally be paying attention to.
Data and analytics are more than just how many people read your last blog post (though that’s part of it).
Analyzing the data from your visitors can help you determine a whole bunch of helpful information: What phrases, terms, and topics engage with your visitors the most, what they click on the most often, which particular demographics respond to you well, how many ads they click on and which ones, and so much more.
This information will help you make better decisions going forward about which ads you choose, what topics you write about, and even what colors you use in your marketing.
There are plenty of apps and software out there that can collect and even analyze this data for you, so you can concentrate on your busy life. All sorts of different ones exist, including a social media report template, analytics apps for your website, and more.
You have a lot to say, which is why you have a blog, right? But on occasion, you may find yourself too busy or unable to crank out as many blog posts as you need to, or perhaps you want to tackle a tough subject but don’t feel that you have enough information.
In these cases, many bloggers hire content writers to help them research and/or write for them. Through various career sites, you can find a freelancer who is well-versed in writing content and consult with them about your particular needs. It’s a great resource to have on-hand for those times when you just can’t do it all.
Graphics and Design
Let’s face it, not all of us are rockstar graphic designers or photographers. But you want your blog to look good. Many bloggers choose to hire freelance designers to help them with logos, brand design, templates and more, but if you don’t have the cash, what to do?
There are a number of apps and software with the small business person in mind, like Canva and others, that have many simple drag-and-drop features, allowing you to design everything from logos to banners and everything in between.
The main app is free, with pay-upgrades, and it’s super easy to use. Best of all, everything looks amazing. Use this to design professional-looking graphics for your every need.
Email and Newsletter Apps
Most bloggers have a newsletter, and you want to entice your visitors to sign up as soon as they visit your page.
But sometimes it can be a hassle to actually write, schedule and send out that newsletter on time, especially if you’re concentrating on the actual blog itself.
With email apps like MailChimp and others, you can schedule these posts ahead of time, using convenient ready-made templates and other tools built right in. The app will compile your list of subscribers, schedule the newsletter and make sure it’s sent so you can worry about other things.
Your blog is your voice made real to the world, and you want to have top-notch grammar and a readable style at all times. Using software to help you polish that writing is a great idea, with many versions on the market that are either free or super cheap, such as Grammarly, Scrivener and more. Use it just to check your grammar and spelling, or for more advanced needs, and it will never steer you wrong. You’ll be writing like a pro in no time flat.
These are just a few of the cheap and sometimes free tools and resources you can utilize to make your blog a true work of art. Fine-tune those writing and design skills, make the most of your marketing, analyze that data, make some extra money, and see your blog take off into the stratosphere with these tips.
There are many Content Management Systems where you can blog.
Three of them are WordPress, Tumblr, and Blogger.
Blogger is Google’s Content Management System (CMS) and Blogspot is the name of the free domain that Google offers.
Therefore, instead of your URL ending in wordpress.com, your URL would end in blogspot.com.
The Blogspot software is in many cases the same as the software you use in WordPress.
For example, both WordPress and Blogspot software contain the following:
- a choice of themes
- the ability to add images such as photos and video
- a choice of typing in Visual or Code editor
- a central dashboard
There are differences in WordPress software and Blogspot software as well as similarities.
The differences between WordPress and Blogspot software:
Names: The names of the tools are different. For example, if you are a WordPress blogger, you are familiar with Widgets. If you are a Blogger blogger, you are familiar with Gadgets which is what Widgets are called when part of Blogspot software.
Truth be told: All Blogspot software is free including themes. However, you need to pay for many tools and services when you’re a WordPress blogger.
Social sharing: Social sharing is easier with WordPress.
Advertising: Since Blogger is Google’s CMS, advertising is easy when you use Google Adwords.
Wrapping Up: WordPress and Blogspot Software
This post discussed WordPress tools and resources and compared WordPress and Blogspot software.
Fun fact about me: I have blogged at both Blogger and WordPress. Therefore, I can make a comparison based on my experience.
I prefer WordPress.
I look forward to your views in the comments section: Are you familiar with Blogspot software? What is your opinion? If not, are you happy with WordPress and the software available to you?
I’ve heard it said there are too many choices when it comes to WordPress software. Do you agree?
Readers, please share so bloggers looking for a free blog maker discover Blogger and Google’s Blogspot software.
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