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This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights. The opinions expressed within are my own and should not be attributed to any other Individual, Company or the one I work for. I just happen to be a classic techie who is passionate about getting things to work as they should do (and are sometimes advertised and marketed as being able to?) and when I can I drop notes here to help others falling in to the same traps that I have fallen in to. If this has helped then please pass it on - if you feel that I have commented in error or disagree then please feel free to discuss with me either publically or privately? Cheers, Dave
Thin Clients, VDI and Linux integration from the front lines.... Raw and sometimes unedited notes based on my experiences with VMware, Thin Clients, Linux etc.

I have now been blogging since June 2005 and back around the middle of the year I started realising that my original blog at geekswithblogs.net/wallabyfan had got to the point where it was attracting 8,000 - 10,000 hits a month, I also started reading reports that advertising via web was really taking off and that it was possible to earn something of an income from either a Blog or a Web Site, and so from that I started looking at possibilities.

Don't get me wrong, geekswithblogs.net is a really good and a great place to get started, but the thing is that they are in control and there is no real avenue to add your own advertising if that's the way you want to go.  

Which blogging software to use?

So the first thing I did was to research whether to build on WordPress or MovableType ? so you probably find the following links useful:
http://www.millennialgrowth.com/2007/08/10/new-to-blogging-heres-what-ive-learned
http://mashable.com/2007/08/15/movable-type-wordpress
http://mashable.com/2007/08/16/wordpress-god300-tools-for-running-your-wordpress-blog

Great Chart – comparing Blogging Software
http://asymptomatic.net/blogbreakdown.htm

Great links comparing Blog platforms
http://sachistudio.com/2007/03/17/comparing-blog-platforms

WordPress Admin Demo (see what it looks like from the Admin's perspective)
http://www.opensourcecms.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2143

WordPress and MovableType User Demo's
http://demos.vortexhost.com/wordpress/
http://www.movabletype.com/blog/2007/07/mt4-time-to-give-it-a-try.html
http://www.movabletype4.org
http://www.webpronews.com/expertarticles/2006/03/10/best-movabletype-plugins
http://www.staggernation.com/mtplugins/BigPAPI

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So that's the choice of blogging tool taken care of, so as far as a Hosting company went, after it was all said and done I found the deal at www.onyxservers.com too good to pass up...

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So by copying some of the more popular articles from my old blog by using Windows Live Writer (best blogging tool by a long way) I was able to quickly have a base to start with and now after only 2 months I'm starting to see the traffic already reach 3 - 4,000 a month. After that you need to start looking at making the links work? but that's a story for another article?  ;-))

Posted on Sunday, November 25, 2007 1:20 PM | Back to top


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I moved from Blogger to Wordpress, and I really enjoy wordpress. Here's how I did it, including how I got all my links moved for SEO. Hope it can help!

http://www.aaronlerch.com/blog/2007/08/23/breaking-up-moving-blog-engines/
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