The number online free blogging platforms available today have exploded.
It seems they keep growing, which is a good thing because that indicates that blogging is here to stay.
At least I hope it is.
Blogging is a way to communicate, to express the uniqueness you bring to the world, and allows you to share what you have learned with others who want to learn too.
Some blogs are entertaining, others inspiring. Whatever your reason to want to blog – there is a plethora of platforms to choose from.
The big CON for all free blogging sites is – you don’t own them and they can (and have) quickly disappear.
Best Free Blogging Sites
To actually point out ONE specific free blogging platform and say “That’s the BEST one” is difficult because BEST would imply it has everything you need. What you need is solely dependent on your purpose. Instead of listing the BEST, I have chosen to list the more popular and describe their assets.
Top 5 Free Blog Sites
Free blogging platform with paid upgrades available. The good news about starting out using a free blogging platform and then wanting to go to a paid version – ie move to your own hosting so you can add more power to your site – you can do this fairly easily if you start on WordPress then move to WordPress.
2. Comes with 3 GB storage.
*tip* If you want to save on space, host your images on Flickr or similar.
3. Really easy to learn how to change colours, install themes, and use widgets. Lots of “how to” free videos and forums available. Simple to write and post.
4. Being hosted on the WordPress.com server provides reliability.
5. Sites are responsive so they look good on mobile devices.
1. They show ads on your site. You cannot have ad scripts on your site.
2. Restrictions for selling off your site. You can be banned if you violate their TOS which states in part that third party advertising like AdSense isn’t allowed, as well as promoting gaming, adult content, and MLM’s isn’t allowed either. Too many affiliate links vs content can get you banned as a spammer too.
3. You are restricted to customization that is provided through he dashboard. You cannot modify the .css or other files.
4. You are limited on the type and number of plugin’s.
5. To upgrade to customize the cost is $30/year. Not a bad deal unless you want to use plugins and then the cost to upgrade is $5000 a MONTH. In this case it is cheaper to move than to pay the rent!
6. If you need more than 3GB of space you have to pay for it.
7. You cannot install 3rd party analytics software. They do have their own but its not very revealing.
8. To install third party advertising you must upgrade and split the revenue with them.
9. THEY CAN DELETE YOUR SITE AT ANYTIME THEY WANT TO
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This free blogging platform is part of the Google network which, if you choose to tie in all their resources, can be more beneficial to you than using WordPress.com.
Blogspot.com is the domain that hosts your blog and all you need to get started is to have a gmail account.
1. Multiple users and login times are registered.
3. Simple features and design meaning very little to learn to get started.
4. Easily add Google Analytics.
5. Simple theme customization.
6. Ability to use html
7. If you buy the domain, you can host on Blogger for free.
8. Comes with 1G free space on Picasa
1. Simple designs – of course this could also be a “pro” depending on how you look at it. Simple means limited.
Combining microblogging with a social network. Simply ties in Twitter and Facebook feeds for reblogging and content curating.
1. Easy to use from mobile. Excellent for mobile image uploading.
2. Autoblogging ability.
3. Choose domain
4. Install Google Analytics
5. Hs its own community that is quite active.
6. Ability to customize the theme.
1. Not a fully functional blog but can still be used for that purpose with its limitations.
2. Young folks and artists are among the top users. This is only a con if you are looking to network for business.
3. Doesn’t allow for simple following like Twitter an Facebook. You have to “discover” someone first.
4. As a microblog you cannot post long posts.
Unlike Wix, Weebly has a blogging function. Using the same simple drag and drop to add images or other features.
1. Simple to design and attractive.
1. Violating their TOS can result in a deleted site.
2. 50% of ad revenue goes to Weebly
3. Very basic features. Simple is good but limiting.
Known mostly as a Q&A guide and forum it is quickly expanding its function and market. Now with a free blog feature business’s are tying in their social, business, and marketing efforts.
1. Big community with good search and discover features.
2. Ties in as a feed to Facebook and Twitter.
3. Viral potential.
4. Link back to main site for traffic and SEO.
1. Not much customization available.
2. New and rapidly changing including their TOS.
Most Popular Free Blogs
They seem to ebb and flow in popularity but the two that would be most likely to remain steadfast would be Blogger and WordPress.
Blogger will allow you to tie in ALL that is powerful with Google.
Although Quora is new and not fancy, as a supplement to your online marketing efforts – it is worth taking a good hard look.