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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?...

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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 want to share them 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 more 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 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 Advantages 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 the 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 of 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 Disadvantages of the free Blog:

  • As per SEO, competition is increasing, and sometimes it becomes difficult to get traffic to the blog with the free blogging 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 a very low rank and a bad reputation for the Blog.

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

  1. WordPress.com:

It is one of the top free-used blogging platforms. Millions of bloggers start their career 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. You can host your self-hosted blog using Shared Hosting as well, do check out a detailed comparison between Dedicated Server vs Shared Hosting.

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 WordPress 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. And surely there are many reasons to use self-hosted WordPress.

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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 a blogger, you need to have an account at Google.com because blogger.com is owned by Google and is also considered 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 from 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 Livejournal can be easily connected to the Social Media sites like Twitter, Google+, Facebook, and some other social networks, which can be considered good for 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 surely get traffic with the efforts you make.

  1. Weebly:

Weebly is not a completely free platform, but there are many of its features that 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 that you can use easily. I have personally used it to create some free blogs for my friends and believe me there is no other free blogging platform that will be as easy as it is.

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

  1. Tumblr:

Sometimes I get confused about Tumblr that is it a platform for blogging or a social network to share our content? But it is a micro-blogging platform like Twitter where you write as well as curate the existing content (that means you can share the link from your self-hosted blog too). Most of the time 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 just after creating the content you can start your blogging. The best thing which attracts me to this platform is the tutorials provided by 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 I ever used. But Wix will not only help you to create blogs, but you can create websites for businesses, online stores, 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 I like about Wix is the free space of up to 500MB with a bandwidth of 1GB. You can also check a post “Wix vs. MotoCMS;” a comparison between MotoCMS and Wix.

  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 and supported by all mobile devices. You 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 an online store, or you can create both. It also provides some Pro features starting from $6.50 USD per month.

If you have a little knowledge of HTML 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 how easy is the working of the Website Builder is. You will be getting SEO tools for free here with a business email and e-commerce integration.

  1. IMcreator:

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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 the above image for the kind of services they claim. A simple drag-and-drop website that 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 free features including creating a blog or creating three websites with the same account for free. You use up to 1GB of its capacity to create and publish content for free here.

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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 to it. Because if you are not satisfied with their services in a month, then they give a 30-day money-back guarantee. I have taken a screenshot of the same, you can check it below.

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  1. Webs:

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

webnode

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

  1. Edublogs:

It is a free well-paid WordPress Blogging Platform. It provides 1GB of free storage to run your Free blogging website for free. Many of the newcomers choose this platform because if want to move to their self-hosted WordPress website then It will be a lot easier for them.

Edublog

You can not only use for blogging but also you can use it for creating a professional WordPress website for your community as well as for business.

Finally, What I want to say:

Although, I will always prefer a self-hosted blog, 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 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 about 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.

Written by Robin Khokhar
Robin Khokhar is an SEO specialist who mostly writes on SEO. Thus sharing tips and tricks related to SEO, WordPress, blogging, and digital marketing, and related topics.
       
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57 Replies to “12 Awesome Free Blogging Platforms To Start a New Blog”

  1. Hi Robin, Thank you for the list. I was struggling to find sites like these as I want to start my blog. And hopefully, I will one day start my blog on a personal hosting plan. 🙂

  2. Thank you so much for writing this article and I will surely read all the blogs from now on. Thank you so much for caring about your content and your readers.

  3. Thank you for this list. I use both blogger and WP for my blogging needs. I like blogger for its simplicity – I don’t have to use all these plugins.

  4. Well, Blogger platform is really awesome. I am using Blogger & getting much more traffic without paying single Penny. Thanks admin for sharing awesome post.

  5. this is a very informative and knowledgeable article, thanks for sharing free blogging platforms information with us

  6. What an awesome wellspring of data. Blogging is an intense instrument, and everybody ought to exploit it regardless of the possibility that you need to begin with a free stage.

    Much obliged to you for sharing!

  7. Hi Robin,
    Great list shared.
    Of course Blogger dot com and WordPress are on the top of this list.
    I am sure many bloggers who initially started their blogging journey by using one of these two.
    I started my journey with Google’s Blogger dot com, it is one of the easiest one to start and any layman can create a blog of their own thru this platform. I am sure many bloggers will join with me in this opinion.
    This is indeed a great share as many in this list are unknown to me. Thanks Robin for telling about this.
    I am so glad to say that I mentioned this post in my latest post at #philipscom.
    Here is the link: http://www.pvariel.com/how-to-make-a-blog-of-your-own/
    Keep sharing.
    Have a great week ahead.
    Best.
    Philip

    1. Hi Philip sir,
      Thanks for the mention and the post that you shared is also good. I have read that I believe that it will be helpful to the newbies.
      Thanks for being here.

  8. 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.

    1. Hi Tola,
      Welcome to my blog. As, i have already replied to your comment on the Enstine’s blog. So, here I would only thanks you for sharing your feedback with me.

  9. free blogs really help when you have no money and as said if you are able to do well also then can earn some money with them

  10. 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.”

    1. Hi Stephanie,
      I would personally prefer self-hosted WordPress site because these free blogging platforms have some limitation but are good for the beginners.

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

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