The average newbie now has "too many" options to choose from, and the battle for blogging supremacy is hotter than ever.

1) Ease of Set-up And Use

Yes, it’s much easier to set-up a blog with Blogspot.com and get your own Bloggger account. You can be done in 10 minutes flat. Once you're set-up you can start posting immediately. If you want to add a designer's touch to your blog, there are also tons of blogger templates available for free.

Installing Wordpress however can be a major headache if you don't know what you're doing. Blogging at the Free Wordpress.com has a lot of limitations.

If you're going to host it on your own account, you'll need to download the installation files, upload them to your server, set-up a database, and run the configuration script.

Self-hosting Wordpress :

However, if you know which hosting account to get, you can choose one with Cpanel included. With Cpanel, you can do a one-click installation, upgrade and removal of your Wordpress platform. There are tons of different hosting plans to choose from, so get one that fits your needs.

2) Money-Making Potential

There's no doubt that it's easier to get started with Google Adsense if you have a Blogger account. In fact you can now apply for Adsense from within a Blogger account. Not entirely surprising considering the fact that both are owned by the same company.

With the free wordpress.com, adsense is a No - No ! ;-(

Self-hosting Wordpress :

It can get tricky. The default installation is not enough. You'll need a couple of plugins and even a better theme to really maximize the Adsense potential. However, this seems to be getting easier and there's even "Adsense revenue sharing" plugins around that allow you to share ad revenue with other contributors and writers for your blog.

When you start using Wordpress to build your Adsense websites, you’ll soon discover what I mean. It’s something you need to experience for yourself. I can tell you one thing though – when you go Wordpress, you don’t go back.

See ya in Part 2 ...

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