Why are bloggers leaving Blogspot to join WordPress? These two platforms compete with each other because they are most often used. But over time, Blogspot began to be replaced by the presence of several other blog platforms such as WordPress, which are much better in performance and functionality.
Many shortcomings of Blogspot that make it difficult for users. Nowadays, people rarely use Blogspot for several reasons and switch to using other platforms that are more compatible.
For that reason, we summarize some of the reasons people switch from Blogspot. Check out the following article to check why are bloggers leaving Blogspot.
Why Bloggers are Leaving Blogspot To Other Platforms?
Here are the 10+ reasons that’s why bloggers are leaving Blogspot:
- Simple appearance and limited customization,
- Less professional,
- A lot of spam due to lack of plugins,
- Less optimal SEO and Backlinks,
- Not making money,
- Forgetting ownership of content,
- Little image storage,
- There are no comment controls,
- Limited characters, and pages,
- The Blogspot application via mobile is not proper,
- And most importantly, there have been no significant upgrades to the Blogspot service for several years.
Simple Display and Limited Customization
Blogspot is user friendly and suitable for beginners. Therefore, the tool options offered by Blogspot are less compared to other blog platforms. Therefore, users are not free to explore creating content on Blogspot. Blogspot, by default, only provides a set of templates that are very simple and limited to use.
Blogspot users can still change colors but cannot create a unique layout that is customized as desired. If you do not know the language of HTML, CSS, or are not a web developer, you will find it challenging to adjust Blogspot’s appearance.
Several non-official Blogspot templates can be used, but the quality is low with limited customization. This makes Blogspot look very simple and similar to other Blogspot blogs that have no striking uniqueness. Once again, this feature fails to meet the needs of those who want to build the brand or identity as the blog owner.
Less Professional and Considered Amateur
The Blogspot platform provides free services compared to several other platforms such as WordPress. Because this platform is free, Blogspot is associated with amateur blogs. This platform allows not to attract the target market that we need because of the domain name.
The domain name of Blogspot is by default the name of site.blogspot. Subdomain (for example, Blog.blogspot.com). This looks less professional. Instead, a company that wants to establish its brand as a serious competitor buys your custom domain and website hosting. Blogspot is also considered amateur because, as explained in the first point that it looks straightforward and similar to other users.
Blogspot will be less competitive if you are looking to use a blog to promote a brand because a business blog must be unique and different from its competitors to attract attention.
SEO and Backlinks Are Less Optimal
Although Blogspot has been acquired by Google, Blogspot does not rank well on search pages. Google ranks it based on several factors, such as content quality, domain authority, and optimized SEO. One that affects SEO is a backlink.
Backlinks are a very influential source of traffic for blogs. Not only directing visitors to your blog but also as a key to Google’s assessment of your blog.
Read about the basics of SEO here.
But because the blog domain name is almost similar, which is by default used. Blogspot.com makes it difficult for visitors to distinguish each blog name. Finally, bloggers are increasingly skeptical about linking backlinks. Also, Blogspot did a significant update in 2011, the Blogspot Dynamic View.
Comments are hidden by Google Spider, making it less likely to detect a lot of content in Blogspot comments; that may include keywords though these comments can increase traffic to the blog.
Forgotten Content Ownership
Blog content has sentimental and monetary value. This is personal to the individual or company that manages the blog. Perhaps the most important consideration when managing a blog is control over its content. Each user must have signed the rules or terms when signing up. This means we must follow the rules of Blogspot if we want to have a blog.
Indeed, the content that you post on Blogspot is content that was created by you, but it is not yours. That’s because your content is on Blogspot, which is automatically also on Google.
Google has the right to shut down your content by removing your content that is considered out of the line (breaking) instantly. Or, Blogspot will turn off your access to the blog at any time. And, if you have this, the user can not do anything to restore the content that has been lost.
Unlike WordPress, which can determine when you want to maintain your content at any time or decide to share with third parties.
Also Read: Blog Definition And History – The Origin And The Basics
Cannot Make Money
Some people use blogs as a medium to make money. Blogs are considered to be a platform that promotes a product or service; but different from Blogspot because this one platform is stringent rules.
There is a distinct advantage to Blogspot’s acquisition with Google; which makes it Google-centric, which can add Google AdSense on Blogspot. This benefits Blogspot users. But, there are some limitations ( restrictions ) against the service and sales of products from the user.
Of course, this again makes it difficult for users and leads to leaving Blogspot.
Low Image Storage
Images are essential factors that can support your blog content; attracting the attention of visitors to increase traffic to your blog.
Articles with excellent writing, images, and other multimedia elements; such as audio and video can attract visitors to read and share. But unfortunately, Blogspot only offers 1GB of storage for images that are very limited for your blog needs. For some people, that capacity is not enough because it is too small.
Blogspot offers a paid option to upgrade to Google Photos. Another way is to use your Google account directly integrated with Google Drive with a capacity of 15GB. If your blog content has a lot of pictures, you should avoid Blogspot and look for alternative blog platforms.
There are No Comment Controls
The presence of comments as a big part of the success or failure of a blog. Also, comments can
- Promote reader involvement,
- Act as a source of topic ideas,
- Generate valuable feedback, and
- Provide positive or negative comments on your posts.
As a result, maintaining control of your comments section is crucial for serious bloggers.
The Blogspot dashboard tab that is used to manage comments is very limited. To reply to a comment, there is a comment option that is determined in the short length of the comment; and, the user is required to go to each post; which makes the user feel complicated because there is no comment management.
Lots of Spam Because of Lack of Plugins
Some people feel annoyed by the spam that has accumulated in the inbox. Also, most blogs that have comments enabled will be familiar with inboxes that are full of spam.
Don’t be surprised if you are a Blogspot user, and your inbox is full of spam. This is because, Blogspot has limited tools and plugins. Blogspot doesn’t have an anti-spam plugin so that you can install. In addition to comments, backlinks can also be spam, which can bother you.
That is different from its competitors, WordPress. WordPress offers users to control spam. Just log in as an administrator on WordPress, click ‘plugin’ and search for ‘Stop Spammer plugin’ then install the plugin; then the blog will be free of spam.
Character and Page Limitations
Of course, a blog has a personal or company profile page to introduce the identity of the blog. The blog also includes information that tells readers who the author is and why they want to share it.
Unfortunately, Blogspot has a disadvantage to this, which is the limitations of character. Moreover, the “about me” section of the profile page has the limitation to 1200 characters. Not only that, but the “info and hobbies” section has also only limit to 2000 characters. Also, not to mention the blog description of a maximum of 500 characters is a drawback of Blogspot; with other competitors who want to convey a lot of details to the reader.
Not only characters limitations, but Blogspot also applies page limitations. Blogspot limits the page size to 1MB. It could be just because 1 picture can use up page capacity though the average content that gets a good ranking on Google is above 1800 words.
To get around the capacity constraints, Blogspot added the option of adding blocked text pages by dividing them between pages. But users can not register more than 100 posts on one page. Users can only create 20 pages on Blogspot. Of course, it is another reason for leaving Blogspot.
Blogspot Via Mobile Application is not Proper
Mobile applications are the best way to keep going blogging wherever and whenever without using a PC or laptop. We can share moments or add content or posts at any time, for example, when traveling.
Blogspot has applications that you can access via mobile phones. But the Blogspot application is arguably worse. The
Blogspot application is considered slow loading. Also, it’s difficult to upload an image that isn’t as simple on a website when opening it via a PC. Many have complained about this and decided for leaving Blogspot.
There Are No Significant Upgrades
Over time, technology has increasingly developed and sophisticated. Also, it made many people improve their products’ service and ability to a higher version to take advantage of existing technological advances.
Considerations for the future become the primary determinant in making decisions; including determining whether you want to continue using Blogspot or switch to others.
The reality is that Blogspot doesn’t have a significant upgrade and fixes existing problems. Also, many bloggers criticize Blogspot for not improving the quality of its systems and services.
Blogspot also doesn’t have a paid option to take advantage of more sophisticated functions like WordPress. Finally, many people who don’t stick with Blogspot and switch to other platforms have better performance.
Also Read: How to Make Money Online with Google AdSense?
Many reasons why people start leaving Blogspot, the iconic orange icon are due to several things. The choice is in the hands of Bloggerconcept friends to determine whether you want to stick with Blogspot; or start switching with other better blog platforms for your blog.
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