So, are you a blogger that uses WordPress! Are you on WordPress.com or WordPress.org?
You might be wondering if it is different. Yes, there is a difference, and I am going to explain the difference between them and also teach you how to switch because if you are on WordPress.com, I am sure you are going to switch to WordPress.org after reading this Article.
I will also explain how to keep all of those Google rankings that you have worked so hard to get so you don’t lose them after switching.
If you are searching for ways to make multiple streams of income, including monetizing your blog in many different ways, then read this article (click here).
Monetizing your blog is one of the best ways to create multiple streams of income. I use Blogspot (owned by Google) on my Website, but most bloggers I have come across use WordPress.
It is important to note the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org, and I am here to explain them especially if you want to monetize your blog.
I wrote an article just a few days ago on how to monetize your WordPress blog and I stated that “WordPress bloggers should make sure you are on WordPress.org and not WordPress.com”.
Surprisingly, the number of people who called, emailed, messaged me and commented on the Article wanting to know the difference and how to switch was very high so that is why I decided to write this Article.
Note: If you want to monetize your blog, the one you need to be on is WordPress.org! Make sure you are using WordPress.org
Now, here is the difference, and this is really just a brief overview of the difference between the two.
Before I started blogging, I asked my cousin who is a Professional WordPress blogger, “what is the difference between these two?”, because I was totally confused. He explained that WordPress is an open source platform and then one of the founders of WordPress started WordPress.com.
Let me give you a simple explanation, WordPress is an open source platform that most bloggers use on their blogs. It is very understandable why most people who want to open a blog go to WordPress.com, it is because that is what almost everybody knows.
The problem is, it has its limitations, WordPress.com is a free platform, but it is severely limited, and the biggest limitation is that you cannot put your own Ads or those with an Ad network you might use like Google AdSense or MediaVine if you are on WordPress.com.
They take control of what Ads you get put on your site, they even control what plugins you can use, so it is very limited.
Now it is advisable to use WordPress.com because of its easy, and if you are blogging for just the hobby and you want to put out a blog so your family and friends can read it, but if your goal is to make an income off your blog, then you need to move your blog right away!!
WordPress.org is the open source platform that you will have much more control. What is important to understand is that while the platform WordPress is free, you will need to host your blog, that’s one of the differences:
“WordPress.com is free but they have all the control, WordPress.org is also free but you need to host all of the information within your blog”.
Now the good news is there are lots of hosts out there, many bloggers start with Bluehost because it is reliable, inexpensive (about $4 a month). But before you switch over to WordPress.org, you need to have a host set up, that is why WordPress.org is often referred to as self-hosted because you have to have your own host.
Advantages of hosting your WordPress blog include: Enormous flexibility, there are many themes that you can use on your blog, thousands of plugins that you can use on your blog that you cannot use on WordPress.com, and most importantly, you have the freedom to put your own Ads through whatever network you choose on WordPress.org.
Using self-hosted WordPress requires a little bit more money, and a little bit more maintenance. So that is the overall difference between the two.
The most important point being, if you want to monetize your blog, you need to be on WordPress.org.
Alright, now that you know how important it is to be on WordPress.org, I am going to tell you how you can switch. Yes, you can switch your WordPress.com to WordPress.org.