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In this post I will outline how to start a blog for free. Since the 2000s there has been a massive revolution for blogging. Now there are more platforms where you can start a blog for free. I will outline the most popular platforms you can use to get started your free blog right away!
I don’t have to tell you again that why you should blog. Blogging is a way of sharing your expertise & building an audience.
Yet the most popular blogging platform of the internet. BlogKori originally started on this free forever platform. Google owns blogger and you will have free web hosting and a free sub domain in this platform.
To start blogging on blogger, go to blogger.com and sign up for a free account. Choose your blog url and start blogging!
When you start a free blog your blog address will be something like: yourblog.blogspot.com
Blogger has lots of features built in like template designer, widgets, custom pages and many more. With blogger you can put adsense on your blog automatically (since adsense is a part of google)
Some say that google gives an extra boost to blogspot blogs with adsense ads on it.
Here are the pros of blogging in blogger platform:
- Unlimited disk space & bandwidth
- Custom domain feature
- Adsense & other ads support
- The google advantage
Don’t forget the cons:
- Your blog can be deleted without notice
- Lots of spam blogs on the network
- Very hard to get a good sub domain
Blogspot is ideal for text based blog content. Follow the rules and you won’t be in trouble. Did you know you can design your own theme in blogspot –read this article!
More on this here: Start a blog using Blogger/Blogspot platfom
WordPress (the free version) is the #2 recommendation if you want to have a cleaner and better platform for blogging. You will need to sign up for a wordpress ID to start your blog. WordPress urls are yourname.wordpress.com
Without any doubt wordpress is the top notch, high quality community. When you write an article you will get visitors from the wordpress community automatically.
The pros of wordpress.com platform
- Much cleaner & spam free platform
- Lots of themes & templates to choose from
- Built in options for form, share & poll
- Compatibility for mobile, iphone & ipad devices
WordPress has most of the advanced features blocked behind a paid subscription. So this means any of the better functionality that you can get in the paid plan, is not available in the free version.
- No custom domain name
- Ads in your blog
- Can’t use your own ads/adsense
- No plugins
- No custom design
- Limited space & bandwidth
For starter I would recommend you to go ahead and start blogging under wordpress platform for a better experience.
Blogging + photo blogging + micro blogging = tumblr.
This is a cool web 2.0 blog platform where most users are photographers and travelers. This is mainly a photo blogging platform.
Go to tumblr.com and start your first blog. Your blog url will be yourname.tumblr.com
Rather than old fashioned text posts, this platform features on other mediums like photo, video & audio.
The users can follow a blog and reblog/share the post from their blog.
Let’s see the pros of blogging on tumblr
- Rich media blogging, text, image, video, audio & 3 more
- Almost unlimited amount of disk space
- Lots of free designs
- Custom domain option
And the cons
- Not mainly a blogging platform
- The community are not serious bloggers
- Lack of plugins & customization
If you like to blog for a hobby and want to post lots of rich content, then tumblr is the platform for free blogging.
More on this here: Start your hobby blog in Tumblr
Above 3 blogging platforms are free to register and easy to start a blog.
Okay, I started a blog, now what?
Start writing new posts on your blog and start rocking the world!