Posted November 15, 2007 10:17 am by with 34 comments

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imageNew data from Nielsen Online shows leaping over SixApart’s TypePad to take second place in the hosted-blog market. Here’s the new top five:

  1. Blogger – 34,104,000 users – up 58% from last year
  2. WordPress – 11,440,000 users – up 444% from last year (wow!)
  3. Six Apart TypePad – 10,601,000 – up 20 % from last year
  4. – 7,107,000 – up 10%
  5. LiveJournal – 3,366,000 – up 27%

imageThe numbers are only for hosted software platforms, so don’t include, MovableType or Drupal.

imageBlogger has a huge lead but I wonder how many of those are active and not spam scraper sites? I remember the days when it seemed LiveJournal was the tool to use for blogging, but I instead went with Blogger. Now I’m a true WordPress convert.

So what platform do you use and what’s your number 1 reason for your choice?

  • WordPress, however I will say its a pain in the ass to get the darn thing SEO friendly, takes a good amount of work. Its real benefit however is the ease in which you can get it up and running.

    I have started using Drupal lately. I find it to be kind of the opposite. Good on the SEO end (automatically blocks alot of the stuff in the robots.txt that you don’t need indexed) but does take a good amount of configuring.

  • WordPress is by far the most powerful and most customizable. There are also many plugins available to expand functionality. I don’t think WordPress going to be just another fad like the others but will be around for a long time to come.

  • I use Blogger, but I host it on my own server, plus I have designed my own template, so that my web site incorporates three Blogger blogs, but it looks like one web site. How I did this is explained at

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  • I’m using WordPress, but hosted on my site. Agreed that it’s not completely seo friendly out of the box, but it is better than some CMSs I’ve come across.

    I like the active development community around it. Chances are if I think of something I’d like WordPress to do someone else has already thought of it and written a plugin I can use.

    I have heard some good things about Drupal and have noticed more sites switching to it in recent months and it’s something I’ll take a look at for myself when the opportunity arises.

  • I use wordpress. Looked over the options and the plugin community is what sold me.

    These are what I use to make things SEO friendly:
    All in One SEO Pack
    Robots Meta

    Should take care of all the basic and intermediate issues you have SEO wise.

  • I’ve become a massive WordPress fan.

    My initial days of blogging were in dasBlog (still running at, having come from the Microsoft camp and wanting a .Net solution, but after a few years of watching other blog grow and develop, I moved to WordPress. It’s been a great way to teach myself PHP and MySQL and my CSS/Javascript skills have come a long way too, as has my appreciation of Open Source software.

    WordPress itself is a magnificent piece of software, but I think one of it’s strengths is the community that has evolved around it: users, theme designers, plugin authors etc.

    It would be interesting to see similar figures for self-hosted blog platforms.

  • I use a stand alone app on my desktop called Vienna. (It’s a mac app)

    Pros: It’s fast. Since everything is on my local computer, I can jump from post to post or feed to feed instantly, no waiting for anything to load.

    Cons: If I go to another computer, i can’t log into my feeds.

  • @Advice Network – not heard of Vienna. I’ll check it out.

    I think WordPress can be SEO friendly with just a few tweaks, plugins and careful robots.txt use.

  • I used to use Blogger but switched to WordPress. Like James, the plugins combined with good word of mouth is what sold me. I am with you in regards to Blogger’s numbers. If you do a blogger or even a blog search with Google you will get a ton of scraper and old blogger sites. How many of the 34 mil do you think are ACTUALLY legit?

  • Andy –

    Perhaps you would consider posting a blog about simple things users can do to optimize a wordpress hosted blog.

    I switched from Blogger to WordPress about two months ago. I couldn’t be happier about the way my new blog looks, however I have noticed a slight drop in organic traffic.

  • @Casieg – maybe 34 – not 34 million, just 34. 😉

  • @Allan – are you on That’s a little tougher than, but I’ll give it some thought. From what I recall, you can still get to the template code – you just have to pay a little extra.

  • I’ve used WordPress for a few years now and have no intentions of using anything else. There’s a ton of support for it and some really great plugins that make life easy. WordPress it is for me.

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  • I’m sure you can guess my answer Andy 😉

    Even though I use Drupal for practically everything, I don’t think Drupal stacks up to WordPress if you just want to run a blog. However, if you’re like Aaron over at or other bloggers who eventually find that they want to build tons of other very dynamic CMS-type functionality – like job postings (classifieds), build custom nodes/content types, control views (content display), and so on, then Drupal or even Joomla is what you’ll need. Not WordPress.

  • when I first started blogging I used a web-based platform…

    after that my first blog ran on a Serendipity script… and I also used another script, but I cannot remember its name at this moment 🙁

    after a period of time I discovered WordPress and since then… it’s my favorite 😀

  • Zen

    WordPress all the way. It has a bunch of useful plug-ins developed by users everywhere. That and it’s fully customizable.

  • @Brian – you, a fan of Drupal? I would have never guessed it. 😉

    @Zen – that’s one of my reasons why I love WordPress. It seems it has the most third-party plugins.

  • WordPress indeed. Such an easy and clean UI, and a fair stat display.

  • I love WordPress so much. Very clean and useful, not to mention open base development allowing artists and programmers alike to develop what we all want and need. I think if Google’s blogger doesn’t loosen up the rigidity of the style to the point of flexibility that WordPress has, it will eventually become #2.

  • WordPress. I haven’t used it as much as I should lately, but I also use some real estate blogs. REW, AR

  • blogger and wordpress,

  • J

    With all the plug ins and ease of configuration for Wrodpress, I still find blogger the obvious choice because of it’s daddy Google.

    Isn’t blogger the most SEO friendly or perhaps Google Search friendly?

  • I’m still choosing. But all my friends use LiveJournal.

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  • what about ning?? I know it’s a social network platform, but it works great as a social blog tool.

  • I am a wordpress addict! It looks good and it’s dead easy to use. The WordPress team constantly create new features for WordPress and update us via their blog… WordPress is a community of people, unlike blogger for instance

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  • WordPress rocks! blogger is waaaay to simple and it doesn’t look that good as wordpress. However the that is added to the domain is not that nice as

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  • what i think, word press is going up, there are many users which are creating accounts in word press, and you will find good themes.

    My site: is on dotnetblogengine. very good for seo, but there is no so much enhancement as in word press blog platform so i personally believe that word press is better then every other.

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