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I just wanted to if there is any difference between building a custom blog (i.e. blog with purchased domain and host) and building a blog on blogger. I mean with a blog on blogger, you can create posts, pages, add ads etc. and the same thing you can do with a hosted blog with WordPress installation. Then why would someone spend money on creating something that you can create for free?

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The basic answer comes likely down to control. Google has complete control over the Blogger platform, which leaves users at it's mercy.

As a few examples:

  • To comply with European Union rules, they automatically place a "Use of Cookies" notice on the site.
  • Blogger places adult sites behind a warning interstitial.
  • Blogger doesn't allow adult sites with ads.
  • Blogger has a large number of rules regarding content. To be fair, many hosting platforms have similar rules. But with non-blogger sites you can switch hosting if you wish. With Blogger, your stuck with that service to a degree.
  • If Blogger doesn't provide a feature or service, there is no way to add it.
  • If something breaks, there are perhaps more avenues for solving the problem with smaller players than a multinational corporation.
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