Q: Why is WordPress recommended over Blogger? I find Blogger so easy, and WordPress seems so complex. Plus, I am told WordPress will not take AdSense, so I am curious… why is it recommended?
A: I am not sure if this is in response to a recommendation I made in the past. If so, the version of WordPress I would have recommended is the one you download and install on your host.
I would not encourage anybody to build an affiliate site on either Blogger.com or WordPress.com. You just don’t have the same level of control, and I haven’t read the Terms of Service on either recently, but you may be limited on the extent and type of advertising.
If you have a tough time installing WordPress yourself, there are many hosts, such as LivingDot, where they will do the installation for you for free.
As far as WordPress being more complex than Blogger, there is a learning curve with WordPress and Blogger is very basic, but that’s part of the point – you can do so much more with WordPress, and you are constrained with what you can do with Blogger.
With WordPress, you can pick the Theme that best works for your project – this is the layout of the blog, and it’s really easy to switch it up. Literally the click of a mouse to do it.
I would encourage you to pick up one of the books out there that help to build a WordPress site, such as WordPress for Business Bloggers or WordPress for Dummies.
Once you get used to it, WordPress is really easy to use, and you’ll find it to be an incredibly flexible and efficient platform.