12 Awesome Free Blogging Platforms To Start a New Blog

Are you not having enough money to start a self-hosted Blog?
Are struggling to find the best free blogging platforms for you?

You have many ideas in your mind and wants to share with the audience and do not know how to share them.

If you are struggling to write and find a free blogging platform for yourself.

Then I think you have dropped to the right place because I will be sharing with you a number of free blogging platforms where you can actually blog for free.

Although It has become a lot difficult to get a good amount of traffic but free is always not bad, you always have some pros and cons of everything and likewise free blogging platforms also have some pros and cons and before actually sharing with you the platforms, I would like to share some advantages and disadvantages of the free blogging platforms.

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Some of the Advantages of a free blog:

  • One of the Best Advantage of having a free blog is that you need not spend a single dollar on it. You need not buy any hosting or domain name.
  • You can share your blog with anyone on the internet.
  • There is no need for HTML, CSS, JavaScript or any other programming language to learn. You can easily create your blog with just a few clicks or with the drag and drop features.
  • You can select the design from free templates provided by the free blogging platform.
  • In almost every free blogging platform, you can find tutorials for creating a blog if not, then in some cases you can take the help of Google.
  • Another advantage that I like the most from some these platforms is that you can move to the self-hosted blogging platform by taking the backup of all your data or content. WordPress and BlogSpot have this functionality with some other free blogging platforms

Some of the Disadvantage of the free Blog:

  • As per SEO, competition is increasing and sometimes it becomes difficult to get traffic to the blog with platforms.
  • Provide limited resources.
  • You won’t be able to customize your blog in all cases, some of the blogs provide paid services to change templates.
  • The free templates provided may don’t match the quality of a well-paid template.
  • Sometimes it becomes difficult to optimize the blog according to the proper SEO guidelines. Which results in very low rank and reputation of the Blog.

Here’s the list of 12 Awesome Free Blogging Platforms:

  1. WordPress.com:

It is one the of the top free used blogging platform. Millions of bloggers start their career of blogging with it and some of them turn into huge bloggers. When I was a newbie in the field of blogging, I also started with WordPress.com but when I had enough money, moved to the Self-hosted WordPress blog.

While using the WordPress.com blogging platform, you need not spend any amount of money on it. But if you will go for a self-hosted blog on WordPess then for sure have to spend some money on Domain and web hosting. I have written a post that how you can get the cheapest web hosting at Godaddy.

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  1. Blogger.com:

It is almost as popular as WordPress.com and is also one of the best and oldest free blogging platforms. To access blogger you need to have an account at Google.com because blogger.com is owned by the Google and is also considered as one of the best services of Google.

If you have a knowledge of HTML and CSS, then you can also have the option to customize your template. There you will be getting a number of templates among which you can choose one to blog easily. I have many friends who use Blogger.com and are making enough money.

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  1. Livejournal:

Livejournal is one of the platforms where you can blog for free. The blog created here can act more like a newspaper. Like blogger and WordPress no templates are provided here. The blog created on the Livejournal can be easily connected with the social Media like Twitter, Google+, Facebook and some other social networks, which can be considered good for the visibility.

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You can join some of the communities or make your own to develop more business. The main thing is that you can write about here on anything you want and you will be surely getting traffic with the efforts you make.

  1. Weebly:

Weebly is not completely free platform but there are many of its features which you can use for free. It is not only limited to a blog but you can create an online store of yours to sell the stuff you want to sell.

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Weebly is famous for its drag and drop features which they provide while making the website or blog or store. There are also tons of templates available which you can use easily. I have personally used it to create some of the free blogs for my friends and believe me there is no other free blogging platform which will be as easy as it is.

More importantly, you get some extra features here like the Responsive design, Easy SEO optimization, Templates with latest HTML’s. Although it’s almost free but also offers some special features which start from $5 USD.

  1. Tumblr:

Sometimes I get confused about the Tumblr that is it a platform for blogging a social network to share our content. But it is a micro-blogging platform like twitter where you write as well curate the existing content (that means you can share the link from your self-hosted blog too). Most of the times I have seen on this free blogging platform, people share content with more pics than text.

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Tumblr is known for its fast services like just after creating the content can you start your blogging. The best thing which attracts towards this platform is the tutorials provided by the Tumblr and many bloggers which make this platform easy to use.

  1. Wix:

best free blogging platformsYou can say that Wix is one of the Best Free blogging platforms which I ever used. But Wix will not only help you to create blogs but you can create websites on Business, online store, Music, Photography, Portfolio and event and much more. You can see the below screenshot to get a better look, but if you want to experience their services then visit them.

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The best thing which I like on Wix is free space up to 500MB with a bandwidth of 1GB.

  1. Jimdo:

Using the Jimdo platform you can create a website with a capacity of 500MB storage. The templates provided by it are all responsive, supported by all the mobile devices. Yoy can also get an additional mobile app for your Android and IOS mobile.

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Here you can either create a blog or online store or you can create both. It also provides some Pro features starting from $6.50 USD per month.

If you are having a little knowledge about HTLM and CSS then you can edit the free templates provided by it.

  1. Website Builder:

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Website Builder is a platform where you can create a free blog or website. When you will reach their homepage, you will get a website designed and published  with a few clicks just after signing up.

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You can see the above image which says that how easy is the working of the Website Builder. You will be getting SEO tools for free here with a business email and e-commerce integration.

  1. IMcreator:

imcrator

This website builder uses readymade stripes and Polydoms to help you to create a website or blog. A non-developer could easily build a website with Google friendly templates.

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You can check above image for the kind of services they claim. A simple drag and drop website which will be responsive. It also keeps the web standards with good SEO. Ready-made designs are available and some of the more features.

  1. Yola:

You can say that Yola is one of the best of all platforms. It provides the free features including to create a blog or create three websites with the same account for free. You use up to 1GB of its capacity to create and publish content for free here.

yola

For the pro users, it provides an extra sub-domain and some extra features in it. If you are interested in getting the pro features then check their pricing features and I am sure that you will be attracted towards it. Because if you are not satisfied with their services in a month then they give 30-day money back guarantee. I have taken a screenshot for the same, you the check below.

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  1. Webs:

webs

When I was a beginner and was working in an SEO company I have a very good experience of using this website for making websites and blog for free with drag and drop features. And believe that it really works very well. They provide a free package which includes a blog or website with 40MB of space. Although, they provide very less space but the features provided by them are amazing. I always find fun making websites with drag and drop features.

  1. Webnode:

By using this tool you can create a website in a matter of minutes. They provide a number of tools to create a website or blog with a better presence. It also provides an option to create your own online store within seconds.

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The designs provided by them are also good and responsive. For the free users, it allows 100MB of space and 1GB bandwidth.

Finally, What I want to say:

Although, I will always prefer a self-hosted blog but if you are a newbie and wants to run your blog for free or wants to create a website for free then using these free blogging platforms will be a good help.

Even though these platforms claim that they are SEO friendly but there will always be something missing. But I must say that these platforms are a real help and anyone who doesn’t even know how to write a single code of program would make a free website using them in a matter of minutes if the photos and content are provided to them.

And at the End, I would love to hear your experience with these platforms if you have used any of them and if you have used any other free blogging platform, then please let me know through your comments so that I can make this post more helpful.

Robin Khokhar

Robin Khokhar

I do web development and SEO. But when I get time, I do write and share tips and tricks about marketing and technology.

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45 thoughts on “12 Awesome Free Blogging Platforms To Start a New Blog

    1. Hi Asif,
      Well according to me, I will prefer blogger.com instead of choosing WordPress.com. But although both are good and used by millions of people due to their amazing features of blogging.

  1. Hey Robin, this is ajay again here, i think you missed out HPage, as it wont give space for free to make it somewhat challenging for owners, you should have atleast considered it in your listing, and also i’ve one doubt among all these platforms most of the persons prefer wordpress apart from blogger, being in blogger platform i’m unable to find it out, can you elaborate the major advantage that wordpress is having over blogger??

    Regards,
    Ajay Kumar
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    1. Hi Ajay,
      In my next update, I will surely add H page to the list. I would say that blogger.com and wordPress.com are almost equal, I have used both but for sure the are not much good as comparative to a self-hosted blog.

    1. Hi Joseph,
      As the WAPKA, the site is banned in India I was not able to access it. As a result I didn’t share it in my post but thanks a lot for mentioning it and making my post more valuable.

  2. I agree with your list. As a side note, somebody who is new to blogging and would like to earn money from it – Blogger is the best for getting adsense approved.

  3. Hi Robin,

    I am so happy you put this together. There are many people who do want to give blogging a chance, but won’t because of the expense. This is a good way for a new person to start. I’ve never done it myself because I went the self hosted and paid way from the start. But my daughter had a WIX blog to start with. She had marketed it around a bit to get a job and it worked very well.

    These free versions are great so everyone can have a chance to be in the blogging community. Thanks so much and I will share.

    -Donna

    1. Hi Donna,
      yes, it’s a good way to start a blog without any expenditure. And obviously, Wix is one of the oldest and best way to start a blog. And thanks for the kind words.

  4. One of the main drawbacks with using a WordPress.COM blog is that if you want to monetize your blog with affiliate links, you are not allowed to do so; it is against their TOC. You are only permitted to do this when you host WordPress on your own site.

  5. Hello Robin,
    I had no idea that there are s many free blogging sites available, I have the only herd of a few of the ones you mentioned.

    I thin it is a great idea for people starting out to try one of these sites just to et the hang of things.

    Great Share,
    Thnks
    Chry :))

  6. Hello, Robin.
    You post such an excellent list of Free Blogging Platform. Who provide us to the bulid website in free. I think in the list WordPress.com and blogger.com are the best and most powerful tools because maximum people’s recommend theses platforms.

  7. Hi Robin,
    Thanks for writing such useful article!
    These all free blogging platform are awesome as they provide a chance to all the people who are interested in blogging but can not afford expenses.
    I personally like blogger.com and WordPress.com as some of my friends are using them and they have great experience with them. I have not experienced them ever as I started with paid blogging platform from beginning but these free versions are great.
    Thank you for providing in-depth information about these tools.
    Thanks,
    Vikash

    1. Hi Vikas,
      WordPress.com and Blogger.com are really one of the most used Free blogging platforms and many of the newbie bloggers start with them only.
      And thanks for the feedback. happy to help.

  8. Hi Robin,

    I didn’t realise there were so many options for a free blogging platform, so that’s a useful post for when I get asked.

    I started with Blogger and then moved onto self-hosted with WordPress.org because I didn’t want to be restricted for affiliate links etc.

    I’ve tried a few other options – free and not free – but have always come back to WordPress in the end, although I have chosen a paid template and managed WP hosting to improve the load speed from what I was getting with cheap hosting and a free template.

    Nevertheless, for those wanting a free blogging platform but not so concerned about speed, affiliate links etc, this is a very useful post. Thanks.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

  9. Hi robin,
    It was a awesome post, although many of the bloggers use self hosting but i knew that all have first experienced the free platforms, we got to know many platforms through this article that are superb, it will really help the newbies in blogging, thank you for sharing the post.

    1. Hi akshaykattam,
      Yes, You can say that this post is nor the newbies, especially who don’t to spend money or don’t have much money to start their own self-hosted blog.

    1. Hi Enstine,
      I know there is no other better platform than self-hosted WordPress but I thought this post could be helpful to those who don’t have money to buy domain and hosting.

  10. For those thinking of blogging and website building I recommend practicing with a free WordPress.com site. That way when they feel more confident they can start up a self hosted WordPress site. They’ll already know most features.

    I recently lost a potential client that way though. She decided to stick with the free rather than get me to build her a site 🙂

    1. Hi Sue,
      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with us. WordPress.com is good enough but Self-hosted WordPress is far better. But said to hear that you loose a client.

  11. Hi Robin

    The purpose of free blogging platforms is to give newbies a chance to understand the platform. As you shared, there many cool blogging platforms and you did justice to that issue.

    However, newbies should be careful about free blogging platforms especially those who want to taking blogging as a business.

    Thanks for sharing. Take Care

    1. Hi Ikechi,
      You are right are free blogging platforms are good but to reach the next level of blogging they must move to a self-hosted blog.
      Although, thanks for for sharing your valuable feedback.

  12. Hi Robin,
    What a great source of information. Blogging is a very powerful tool, and everyone should take advantage of it even if you have to start with a free platform.
    Thank you for sharing!

  13. Hi Robin, I started off with free blog platforms and it gave me a great place to start because I was able to test the water without any outlay. You are right to say they are also good for people who haven’t got the means to self host, although this is always the better option as you advise.

    Enjoy the journey!

  14. Hello Robin,

    I do believe you will certainly agree with me on the fact that Blogger and Worpdress are the notable among the list since that’s what is widely used. Let me be frank as well, I never knew there were lots of blogging platforms like these aside the notable ones we all know.
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  15. I had my website with Wix for four years…but over the past few months, people have been telling me it’s setting off their virus software. I started being told people wouldn’t link to it in things I was doing to promote my books, so I contacted them. Their response? Basically that yeah, that’s a known problem and I should just tell people to add it to their “safe sites” when that happens. If you have a site that you rely on the general public to visit, that isn’t going to work! So I switched to WordPress–it’s free. Wix charges if you want to add it to your domain and remove the “Wix branding.”

  16. I really commended you for putting these free blogging platforms together.

    I started with blogger…with blogspot.com before i now converted to custom domain using namecheap to host it.

    Its advisable for newbies to with any of these free blogging platforms.

    Nice to meet you via Enstine’s Blog.

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