Tuesday, July 25, 2017

10 Top Reasons to Build a WordPress Blog

imagesThere are blogs and then THERE ARE BLOGS. And, contrary to popular belief, all blogs were not created equal.

There are certain blogging platforms that just stand head and shoulders above the rest in all categories.

If you’re going to go through the time and trouble to build a blog, you really want one that is going to stand out among all the rest in the sea of seemingly endless blogs on the Internet.

~~Enter WordPress.org~~

Why is WordPress.org the greatest blog you can ever build? Well let me count the ways that it is superior to all other blogs out there, bar none:

No. 1 – WordPress.org is absolutely free. Yes, free. You do have to pay for hosting, but most have that with their websites anyhow. And hosting nowadays is cheap and it’s well worth it to host this great blog.

No. 2 – You have total control of what your blog looks like and what your posts talk about. Nobody dictates what you can say or do. If you want a pink blog with big purple polka dots, so be it. You have the power and NOBODY can ever take it away from you.

No. 3 – WordPress provides free templates (I’m going to say hundreds of thousands of them). It will make your head spin to look at them all. There are also paid versions of the templates for very little money. I recommend StudioPress for this. They’re very inexpensive and very easy to work with. They also configure to all computers automatically, which is nice. You have exactly two seconds to make a good impression on the Internet. That’s how long it takes someone to click off your page if they don’t like it. Look professional and you will be ahead of the game.

No. 4 – WordPress has a built-in blogroll feature. The easiest way to tell you what this is would be to just give you the definition, according to Wikipedia.

A list of blogs on a blog (usually placed in the sidebar of a blog) that reads as a list of recommendations by the blogger of other blogs.

No. 5 – They’re very active in WordPress development features. New stuff comes out all the time.

No. 6 – There are thousands of plugins for WordPress.org and they’re all free. You can customize your blog to fit your exact specifications. You don’t have to conform to what someone else likes.

No. 7 – WordPress is plug and play. It has a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) screen. You can highlight a line and make it a clickable link with the push of a key. It’s great for a novice and the learning curve is relatively painless.

No. 8 – SEO (Search Engine Optimization) can be enhanced by a number of available plugins. Search engines love WordPress.org. If you even get 1/2 good at developing a keyword strategy for your blog posting, Google will gobble you up and push you up in the rankings like daffodils in the spring!

No. 9 – You can leverage your social media and social bookmarking sites through WordPress.org. Also content syndication is really easy in the WordPress community. Using features like Comment Luv and Recent Comments makes sharing your blog on other WordPress user’s blogs a snap. You can use the WordPress photo gallery plugin to share photos too.

No. 10 – Lots and lots of support. WordPress.org is becoming more and more popular as the days go by. To keep up with the demand of many new users coming on board every day, many sites are popping up to support questions that are raised.

So, now that you know the 10 advantages of WordPress.org, are you ready to start your own?

Come join the party, you’ll have a blast!!

Comments

37 Responses to “10 Top Reasons to Build a WordPress Blog”
  1. Glenn says:

    WordPress is really great Debbie. It really is made for both the newbie and advanced blogger. Obviously google absolutely loves it which doesn’t stink either.

    Great break down here of some key points. Thanks Deb!

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  2. Debbie says:

    I know Glenn, that’s what I LOVE about it. You can be a pro or a novice and get the job done! WordPress is the best, but the caveat here is that it must be a .org, not a .net. .Net is different. Always use WordPress.org.

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  3. Hey Debbie, Your Blog looks really great, Thanks for sharing :-)

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  4. John Chatman says:

    Debbie,
    These are some wonderful points as to why you should choose a WordPress blog over any other type of blog. I especially like reason #3 since there are so many marketers I see building their blogs only to ultimately not have any real control over them.

    Your blog is without a doubt the NUMBER ONE business property you could ever own…. BAR NONE. It is the central hub for all of your marketing & networking activities. It is what sets you apart from the masses and gives you the unique flavor that will draw others to you.

    Bottom line here is that if you are going to be in business then why not just do it right the first time and go with a WordPress blog?

    To Our Massive Success,

    John

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  5. Hi Debbie,

    I think your blog looks great and you continue to post useful content. I have to admit, I used Blogger before WordPress and there is no comparison. The options are endless with WordPress and the fact that your site is 100% yours makes all the difference when you are trying to brand yourself.

    Thank you for sharing.
    .-= Kellie Stewart´s last blog ..Thought For The Day: Courageous or Cowardice =-.

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  6. hi Debbie, I am glad I came across your blog (through Twitter) and I totally agree that WordPress is the way to go. I actually have a team of web designers working for me and I am totally shifting away from static HTML sites, even for local businesses. The advantages of WordPress are just too great to ignore! Thanks for sharing your insights here.

    peace, Kevin Doherty
    .-= Kevin Doherty´s last blog ..Online Article Marketing–My Absolute Favorite Free Internet Marketing Strategy =-.

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  7. Debbie says:

    Thanks everyone for all your comments. The more I learn about WordPress, the better I love it. It’s so versatile and user friendly.

    Anyone have any great tips to share, please comment them here.

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  8. Kat Krug says:

    Great information, Deb. Thanks. Nice breakdown of what wordpress offers and the importance of “owning” your own blog.
    .-= Kat Krug´s last blog ..An Unexpected Visit =-.

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  9. Amanda says:

    Hey Debbie!
    Thanks for reminding us of all the reasons why WORDPRESS ROCKS!! :) Your blog is looking great and thank you for sharing so much amazing content!
    .-= Amanda´s last blog ..The Times They Are Changin…ARE YOU? =-.

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  10. Ken Pickard says:

    Debbie,

    These are some powerful tips about WordPress.org. I also love that this product that is so versatile levels the playing field. After you get some good training of course Your blog is really looking great and I can tell you are having a great time putting it to good use.

    Keep the great information flowing. You are a shinning light the world needs.

    Ken Pickard
    The Network Dad
    .-= Ken Pickard´s last blog ..Tribe Syndication The Accountability Factor =-.

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  11. Thanks for the great post Debbie.

    Having a blog is essential to marketing online. It is your central hub for all your marketing and networking business , and in my humble opinion WordPress is the best blogging platform around.

    Love reading your blog….look forward to reading more soon.

    Merry Christmas !!

    Liam
    .-= Liam McCauley´s last blog ..Home Based Business – Separating the Successes from the Failures =-.

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  12. Matthew says:

    Great post Debbie, WordPress is the easiest way to set up a website and get your self established online. Thanks for sharing it.
    .-= Matthew´s last blog ..How To Build A Business, Not Just A Blog… =-.

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    Debbie Reply:

    Thanks Matthew, and by the way, I downloaded the Book you have referened in your last blog post here and it’s amazing. It really tells you how to now just have a blog, but really have a business.

    Click on Matthew’s last blog post above for a free download!

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  13. I absolutely LOVE using WordPress.org for my website! Everyone should have one! :)

    Thanks for the great post, Debbie!

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  14. Excellent Debbie…as much as it seems to be a no-brainer…I meet so many people who have never even heard of WordPress.org. It is a great service to get the word out…keep it up!

    Blessings!
    .-= Bruce Backman´s last blog ..Did You Sleep Enough Last Night? =-.

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    Debbie Reply:

    I agree. I’ve come across come really big name marketers who are using Blogger or something like that. WordPress is just so much better!

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  15. Kathy Jodrey says:

    Hey Debbie!

    This is such important information for anyone looking for a blogging platform. I’ve been building blogs for other online marketers, and one of the things I’m seeing over and over is people who have existing blogs that are not functional. After investing all the time and expense of creating their blogs they learn after the fact that they really need a WordPress blog – and are faced with the need to re-invest to create a site that will work for them.

    I know your post specifies that wordpress.org is the platform to use, but I think it deserves extra emphasis. Visitors may be confused by the fact that there is a wordpress.org and a wordpress.com. WordPress.org is definitely the one they want :-)

    Your blog’s looking awesome. I love this Lifestyle theme!
    .-= Kathy Jodrey´s last blog ..Abundance of Money AND Religion: Can They Co-Exist? =-.

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  16. Paul says:

    Great article. I had a WordPress blog before, but definitely need to get one going for my current site.

    Thanks for lighting the fire under me!

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  17. WordPress is great! I dont know what I would do without my wordpress blog. I love the plug ins and customization. Everybody should have a wordpress blog!
    .-= Julianna Brower´s last blog .. =-.

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  18. Bill Cowan says:

    Hey, it’s just the way to go!
    .-= Bill Cowan´s last blog ..Second Chance =-.

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  19. Clifton says:

    I always enjoy seeing fellow Bloggers who love WordPress as much as I do. Thanks for sharing and spreading the great news about WordPress Debbie!

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  20. Glyna Humm says:

    Debbie – Great reasons for building a blog and you are an excellent example of what to do! Your blog is wonderful!
    .-= Glyna Humm´s last blog ..A Game Changer For Your Home Business! =-.

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  21. Rod COOK says:

    Rod Cook: This is awesome!

    I want you on the front page of Google out ranking the Anti MLM jerks that lie. Thanks so much for sharing! I will put up links to your blog.
    Rod Cook MLM Watchdog – MLM is good http://www.mlmwatchdog.com

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  22. Edward says:

    Hey Debbie,

    Thanks for this great post. I am thankful that I have moved over to a wordpress blog from the early days of my blogging on blogger. There is just so much more value that can come from this.

    Make it a great day!
    God Bless,
    -ed
    .-= Edward´s last blog ..Keeping The DREAM Alive – The DREAM Project Update – Week 3 =-.

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  23. Alan Eames says:

    I may be late commenting on this post, but it’s always nice to have independent corroboration. I am getting ready to migrate my blog from .com to .org and it is fabulous to read more articles about the advantages of the switch. I have so many add-ons that I want to use that I can’t wait to start.

    Thanks for a great outline of why to switch.

    All the best,

    Alan
    .-= Alan Eames´s last blog ..Why, Oh Why? =-.

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  24. Jackie Ulmer says:

    SO well said. I recently spent a couple days REALLY digging into WordPress and fell in love with it! The platform is amazing!

    I took my blog from brand new in September to a page one ranking on google in 4 months and it was NOT because I spent a lot of time on SEO! That spoke volumes to me!

    EXPECT Success!

    Jackie Ulmer
    .-= Jackie Ulmer´s last blog ..Getting to the Heart of WHY For Your Prospect =-.

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  25. I agree with you 100%. WordPress is by far the best platform for bloggers. It’s more sophisticated, user-friendly, and innovative.

    Thanks!
    .-= Dewane Mutunga´s last blog ..The New BlackBerry Torch 9800 =-.

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  26. Hi Debbie,

    In my opinion, if you are offering any type of value you should have a self host WordPress blog. This is my network marketing home and the value speak for itself.

    It someone wanted to take that away, how would you feel? Not so happy, right?

    From my experiences, I have besides my home business blog, two other blogs that I have created through WordPress because of the “LOVE” that Google gives WordPress.

    I also have a handful of clients that I use WordPress to build their own websites. Their sites are not perfect but I am able to leverage them using SEO techniques that I am constantly improving.

    As a member of my local Chamber of Commerce, I have been using my attraction network marketing skills to build relationships and the interest of building a website always seems to fall on my lap.

    WordPress is the way to GO!

    This means higher search engine ratings, lower Alexa rankings!!

    Thank you Debbie, glad to network with people like you on the TSA.

    Tommy D.
    .-= Tommy DiPietro | MLM Prospecting Hero´s last blog ..Five Ways To SEO My MLM Sales Strategies for the Home Business Owner WordPress Blog Part 1 =-.

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  27. This is such great advice for newbies. I am so happy I am with WordPress, and I can’t imagine that other people just starting with blogging wouldn’t be. I even learned how to upload it to my web server and I’m able to manage it myself. Great advice, Debbie.
    .-= Leslie Denning´s last blog ..You Can Sing! Lesson 3 =-.

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    Debbie Reply:

    Hey Leslie, you’re right, WordPress is the best platform you can use. I love the simplicity once you get used to how it works, it really just makes sense!

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  28. We are so lucky to have a platform like WordPress. I mean…it’s FREE! The newer versions are so powerful now, you can do so much more, and build the personal brand we all so bad want. Great to read your post as I am a WP believer!

    Regards,
    Mike
    .-= Mike Pedersen´s last blog ..Real Estate Professionals Are You Guilty =-.

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  29. Hey Debbie just wanted to confirm to you that WordPress is incredible. I keep discovering things every day to improve my blog.

    Michael

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    Debbie Reply:

    I know Michael, it’s awesome isn’t it. Love to learn new stuff from it.

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  30. Mark Scuderi says:

    Thanks for the advice! I’ll check out Studio Press

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    Debbie Reply:

    Mark, Studio Press is the best. Very easy to work with. Thanks again, for the comment and for visiting.

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  31. Chris says:

    WordPress is really a great blogging platform. I just brought an entire real estate company on a wordpress enterprise solution platform and they can’t believe how fast they’re indexed and on the first page of google for local search keywords. Of course, we taught seo and keyword research first. WordPress rocks!

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  32. Chris Kavas says:

    Great article! I usually recommend that anyone building a blog for their business pay for the hosting. There have been instances of WordPress.org and other sites deleting blogs with content they dont like.

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