Blogger vs. LiveJournal

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Blogger
Score 7.1 out of 10
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Blogger is a blog-publishing service that allows private or multi-user blogs with time-stamped entries. It was created by Pyra Labs, which was bought by Google in 2003. Generally, the blogs are hosted by Google at a subdomain of blogspot.com.N/A
LiveJournal
Score 10.0 out of 10
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is a social network owned by SUP Media where Internet users can keep a blog, journal or diary - a wide variety of political pundits also use the service for political commentary.N/A
Pricing
BloggerLiveJournal
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
BloggerLiveJournal
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Best Alternatives
BloggerLiveJournal
Small Businesses
Medium
Medium
Score 9.4 out of 10
Medium
Medium
Score 9.4 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Medium
Medium
Score 9.4 out of 10
Medium
Medium
Score 9.4 out of 10
Enterprises
Quora Blogs
Quora Blogs
Score 8.6 out of 10
Quora Blogs
Quora Blogs
Score 8.6 out of 10
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User Ratings
BloggerLiveJournal
Likelihood to Recommend
8.6
(16 ratings)
3.5
(5 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
7.0
(3 ratings)
6.2
(5 ratings)
Usability
7.0
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
1.0
(5 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
BloggerLiveJournal
Likelihood to Recommend
Google
It's well-suited for helping you reinforce SEO for another site. It's OK for creating a real quick blog if you or a client needs something fast that does not demand a great visual design or a lot of visual content. If you want to create a super sharp-looking blog with a lot of visual content, WordPress will outperform Blogger by about 16 zillion to 1. Like, it's not even at all close. I would never use Blogger as my company's website. That would almost automatically consign your site to a very lonely existence.
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LiveJournal
I feel it's better for personal blogging than for business.
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Pros
Google
  • It's very easy to start using
  • It's perfect if I want to write articles easily and share it
  • Easy to connect to AdSense and make money out of it
  • Can connect domain name easily
  • Can be customized easily if I know HTML and CSS only too
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LiveJournal
  • The friends list feature aggregates content posted by the users and communities you follow, so you don't have to visit each individual journal.
  • The privacy settings are easy to use and understand. Posts can be set as public, friends-only, private, or you can create a custom privacy filter that enables access only by certain users you have approved.
  • LiveJournal offers a wide variety of journal styles and customization options, with the most options available to paid subscribers.
  • Communities enable users to make online friends and connections who share similar interests. Users may comment on posts and initiate conversations with original authors and other commenters.
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Cons
Google
  • Blogger is not set up as well for all social media platforms.
  • The Google+ social media platform was a flop and because of that, it can be harder to gain traction on Blogger as it was created to pair with Google+.
  • Although the site is completely free the domain requires a purchase if you want to have it not say blogger in your URL.
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LiveJournal
  • LiveJournal is a bit clunky. Posting is easy, but formatting a post can be a bit difficult, especially if the user doesn't have much HTML expertise.
  • The search function is practically unusable. When searching for a community to join or check out, it is difficult to wade through the list of results. Often times, the results that come back are not related to the topic a user is searching for.
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Likelihood to Renew
Google
I love the additional income and how great my blogs have turned out. It's given me ideas for others to build their blogs and has attained new clients for me. I make money using AdSense, how little or how much I want to make is up to me promoting my Blog.
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LiveJournal
As long as I have friends using it, I will use it. But I can't predict how long that will be the case.
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Usability
Google
Blogger has a simple layout with descriptive instructions when you first sign up. It can be intimidating at first but is easy to learn through simple navigation and a little trial and error
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LiveJournal
No answers on this topic
Support Rating
Google
Google doesn't support anything that's free. Anything. Seriously, when was the last time you saw a help number for a free Google app where you could pick up a phone and get a credible voice on the other end. Unless you're actually paying Google for a service you don't exist.
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LiveJournal
No answers on this topic
Implementation Rating
Google
Have a plan written out for yourself, you can always make changes as you go. It's more difficult to build a Blog if one doesn't even know what the Blog is going to be about. It's best to plan what your Blog is going to be about and what your audience is going to be and what you want to accomplish before you start building.
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LiveJournal
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Alternatives Considered
Google
I've selected Blogger due to its simple user interface and open source feature. I can make my pages within a few minutes and add them to my website quickly, unlike other software, Iike Wix or WordPress, which is more advanced and requires pre-learning to make efficient use of them. With Blogger, I can start my blog building directly without any prior knowledge and coding.
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LiveJournal
LiveJournal does not hold a candle to any of these alternatives in my opinion. The above options allow for more flexibility with their free suites, and provide more professional results with less work. We actually do not use the LiveJournal much anymore because these other alternatives work far better. We used it only as an additive to what the other products bring us
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Return on Investment
Google
  • Before using Blogger, we were sending out information to agents via email and they would either delete them or just not find them. Now since we keep all the information in one place, it has cut down repetitive questions and has given our agents a voice as to what is working for them and what is not.
  • We don't have any hard numbers, but we have heard back from our agents that the blog posts help them and not have to rely on contacting support stuff as often to find answers to simple questions.
  • The only negative impact felt so far is with a few select agents leaving negative feedback to blog due to personal issues they have with policies within the company.
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LiveJournal
  • I do not use this for business purposes anymore, as mentioned.
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