I've been blogging for well over a year now and have been using Typepad quite successfully.
If you are blogging or thinking of blogging, here are David's reasons for using WordPress vs. Typepad, Blogspot, Blogger, etc.:
- It's FREE - Let's just get that one out of the way. You can't beat the price.
- It integrates very easily with your website - According to David, your blog should be the center of your website and all social networking tools should point to your blog because it is the dynamic piece of your site. WP allows you to make your blog look like it is a part of your site and not just an add-on from someplace else.
- Search Engine Optimization - Because your WP blog is part of your site (even having a similar URL like www.dancingelephants.net/blog), whatever you write in your blog that gets noticed by the search engines and drives people to the site. This will increase your search engine rankings for your site. For those of you who aren't into the geeky language of SEO, that simply means more people will see your site at the top of the Google listings.
- It's easy to use - I found the transition to WP very easy. They even have a tool that will convert an old blog from another platform over to WP and bring over all your categories, keywords, etc. I took my Typepad blog into WP in just a few minutes with less than 5 clicks.
If you have any questions about how the process went, please ask and I'll post the answers for all to see.