So as said in the previous article ‘Start a Blog’, there are two types of blog platform: Free Hosted Blog & Self Hosted Blog. So in this article, you will read how to start a blog for free. I have listed some of the Best Blogging Platforms to start your blogging journey.
There are plenty of sites which provides you the opportunity to start a blog for free, some are well known whereas some still seeking the attention of the people.
So you must have heard about some of the Best Blogging Platforms like WordPress.com, Blogspot.com, Wix.com, Weebly.com? Well, we will now be reading about all these platforms briefly.
So before getting started let me tell you, Though these are best blogging platforms where you can share your knowledge but, wisely telling, if you have made a decided to make a living of out it, then you can’t earn money online from these platforms. These platforms are purely suitable to share and earn respect from the people and cannot be made as a money blog.
Before going into the list, I really appreciate you to start getting into your Blogging journey, it will be very helpful for you and people who can now easily get information online.
As a beginner, you might want your blog to be user-friendly and easy to set up, you may want your blog to be read by millions of people which will help your blog grow.
And by growing the value of the blog, you might also want to grab this opportunity and convert it into a money site. Well, these best blogging platforms will surely help you achieve your dream if you work harder, dedicating your focus, and keep self-motivated will surely help you to dive to your destiny. Let’s Begin.
Started in 2003, WordPress powers 30% of websites all over the internet with its user-friendly design and unique features.
With WordPress.com, you can create your own free blog site and select your template, add some necessary pages and you’re done.
WordPress help you to get blog index quick on search engines. With advancement in technology, WordPress remains No.1 Blogging platform on the Internet. WordPress.com is free of cost, but if you want to use features, you will have to upgrade it to premium plans.
WordPress gives you access to set up your own custom domain if purchased or else your site URL will look something like this: www.example.wordpress.com
The only thing the blogger provides us is the good exposure and visibility in Search engine. Being a Google product, Blogger is given priority to rank high on the Search engine if optimized properly.
Also, with the help of Google Adsense integration, Blogger helps you to earn money online by displaying ads. But to get this feature, your blog needs to be valuable and reputed. If there is no traffic in your blog, then you won’t be able to enable Adsense.
Creating a site in blogger is as simple and similar to WordPress.com. You just need to sign into Google account and create your site. Your blog URL will look something like this: www.example.blogspot.com
You can also add your custom own domain but you will need to purchase which cost nearly around $10/year. But if you’re a beginner, and don’t want to invest, you may proceed with free Blogspot site.
While browsing Youtube, you must have seen ads showing at the beginning, well you must now be knowing what those ads are HAHA!. Wix is an online platform to host websites. With Wix, you can create your business websites and promote via third-party apps.
Wix was founded in 2008 and around millions of websites is been hosted on this platform.
With Wix, you can easily create your website by using Drag and drop option. It has many unique features like building an E-Commerce store, Adding Payment option, making a professional website and much more.
Cons of Wix are:
- You cannot change the template once chosen
- Limited E-commerce options which have to be upgraded to the paid plan.
- It keeps on showing Ads which is very annoying.
Wix is free of cost where your website URL will look something like this:- www.example.com/wix.com.
You can also add your own custom own domain name, and the plans start from $8.50 onwards.
Weebly is similar to Wix, where you can create your blog/business website with free drag & drop option. There isn’t much difference between Wix and Weebly.
With being, fully hosted website platform, Weebly can be used to create beautiful websites. Weebly also has the same Pros and cons similar to Wix and to use their premium plans, you will need to pay some fee, which starts from $5 where you can use limited features and if you want to unlock all the features you should end up paying $25/month.
Your Weebly blog URL looks something like this www.example.weebly.com
You must have heard about this website? Well if not, Medium is an online journal platform which allows users to share stories and publish the blog post.
Unlike other Blogging platforms, Medium is entirely different. It works like a social networking site. You can’t create your own personal website and own it. Like you can say Medium is a kind of article sharing website. Where you don’t need to have your Blog URL, just Sign up, Write stories and share.
Medium receives millions of users every month, so if you have quality and valuable content, there is a chance to get your post viral and featured on the internet.
Medium also provides you to earn money by joining Medium Partner. Just Sign up and wait for approval. Once approved, start earning money.
Tumblr is entirely different from other blogging platforms. It’s a type of micro-blogging platform where you create your own site and write short content.
With Tumblr, you can add Gif’s, Links, Images, Videos without describing in detail. Tumblr helps you to create your own site profile which looks like this:- www.example.tumblr.com
Tumblr also provides you to input your own custom domain name which you have to purchase and also get advantages of some third party apps.
Some Pros & Cons Of Free Hosted Blogging Platforms:
- Free of cost
- User-friendly design
- High Domain authority
- No investment needed
- Write unlimited blog posts
- Limited Features
- Cannot convert into money site
- No control on the blog
- You won’t have access to your own domain name.
If you’re a beginner in the blogging field, then you won’t think of investing initially buying the domain name and hosting to create a blog/website. You aim to learn and explore what is a blog and how blogging can be done right? Well, here in this article, I have hand-picked best blogging platforms where you can create your own blog for free and start your blogging journey. The list of websites where you can create blogs is WordPress.com, Blogger, Medium, Wix, Tumblr, Weebly. Even there are plenty of sites where you can create blogs like Stumbleupon, ghost, Joomla, Zoho-sites, but according to me, these are the websites which have more authority than any other. Hope to see your blogging journey.
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