Over the period of last one decade, the blogging platform has seen a massive boom in it. A decade back, people rarely knew about blogging. But now, almost everyone is aware and into blogging. It’s quite rare to find folks who don’t know about blogging.
And to give you a rough idea about the number of blogs present in the internet—more than 180 Million Blogs are out there ranging from various niches and topics from technology to sport to food and so on. Moreover, about 3 Million additional blogs get made every month. This surely indicates the power of blogging. Blogging is surely the next big thing everybody is trying to get into.
Over 75% internet users use blogs, and they prefer buying a product only after they have had read some reviews from different blogs. You can leverage a significant amount of power and money from your blog. But the main question is—which blogging platform should you go for, especially when you have got dozens of options to choose from?
So to cut off your wonders and confusion, here we are with 15 free blogging sites you should look into.
Our list couldn’t start without the great WordPress as our free blogging site. To give you an idea about its popularity, it has powers about 20% of all the internet websites and has been downloaded more than 50 Million times!
WordPress offers two types of hosting—first is the WordPress.com, which is hosted on WordPress’s servers. In terms of flexibility and functionality.it doesn’t offer much. Though it provides you with a certain set of themes to get started with off.
The second one is WordPress.org. This one is a self-hosted, meaning you can customize the website, according to your needs. There are tens of thousands of amazing plugins and beautiful looking themes to transform tour website to what you want. You can easily transform your website into an e-commerce website with the help of few plugins and themes.
It has got a vast range of customization options, which might prove both a pro and con.
Blogger is Google’s entry to blogging world. The best part about a blogger, and which might be the selling point is that it’s simple and easy to use. Unlike WordPress, it doesn’t offer any complications, you can easily get started by signing in with the help of Gmail account.
Many of the new bloggers and niche bloggers prefer this platform. Niche bloggers prefer this platform as they have excellent servers which rarely goes down and can handle a large number of traffic easily.
Unless you have been living under a cave, it’s much likely that you might have heard of Medium. Co-founded by Twitter founders—Ev Williams and Biz Stone. This is touted as one of the next big blogging platforms. One of the innovative features it has got is that it allows you to look into other’s articles and edit them. It’s like combining the power of Facebook and blogging platform together.
One of the good parts about the website is that it has got a very big audience that is enough to expose you and your articles to thousands of people instantly. It has got some frustrating features like it has got read-only apps for the platform, and that only for iPhone users. The way it looks to other’s posts is another frustrating part too.
Many of you might be well-aware with Tumblr. Many of the folks from younger generation uses Tumblr more than any other platform. The reason? It well-integrates social media and blogging into one. Best of both the worlds. The popularity of Tumblr leads to a buyout of Tumblr by Yahoo at $1.1 Billion Dollars.
Unlike medium, users can quickly upload content and photos and even change the theme directly from their mobile apps. Also, they have got an app for almost every platform to increase their reach.
You might wonder how this traditional question and answer app can feature on this list. Firstly, they have added a feature back in 2012 which helps you to create personal blogs. Now, this won’t give you the perfect blogging feel but due to a large user base Quora has got, you can easily get a good amount of traffic from them.
Personalization of your posts is quite less, and Quota is mostly used as secondary blogs to support their main blogs.
Now, not many of you might have heard of it. But it is one of the new players and is on blogging scene from last year.
The best part about it is the design. It is clean, neat and elegant. It gives you a premium classy-feeling when you move around the theme. Using it is like using a to-do-list app or something, you can easily jot down your ideas, form the content and publish it.
For unknown reasons, they haven’t included the comment system—which is gain both a pro and con at the same time.
#7. Facebook Notes
Facebook stepped into the blogging platform with the help of Facebook notes. Unlike other platforms, it won’t give you the perfect blogging experience but it allows you to do almost every basic thing every other blog allows like write content with features like bold, italicize, underline, attach images and much more.
It is only advised that you go for this platform only if you have a good fan-following, without it, it might prove as in vain. Other than that, it gets more than 1 Billion hits per month. You can drive a friggin’ good number of traffic from Facebook.
It is like the Evernote, only with the ability to post it as a blog post. It actually acts as an add-on to Evernote and allows you to write posts from the app. Along with that, it supports custom domains, is well-integrated with the commenting system Disqus and even supports Google Analytics to track your visitors and readers. It also gives you a set of themes to choose from but allows quite a limited customization.
This service is still in beta, and you can expect more amazing features to come.
#9. Google +
While many of us consider Google+ as a competitor to Facebook and Twitter, Google says that it is more than a social media platform.
Google didn’t exactly defined what they meant. But you may find top writers and bloggers posting posts as if it’s a blogging platform. And they have been generating traffic too with it. Google Plus isn’t dead yet, it still gets a large amount of traffic. Why not leverage that?
It doesn’t give you a perfect blogging experience, but you can still use the platform to write blog posts.
TypePad has been on the blogging scenario from a pretty long time. It’s been in for about 12 years, started in 2003. It is used by some of the top-bloggers like that of Seth Godin.
It isn’t as powerful as WordPress but still offers a variety of features. Plans start from $8.95 per month which offers various templates to choose from, unlimited data storage and free customer service.
Compared to all other services, TypePad is relatively easy to use and you rarely found any queries or questions popping up into your mind.
Unlike the other platforms, Ghost is the only one which was crowdfunded in Kickstarter and managed to get over $300k. It brings a new and fresh look to the face of blogging; and has been getting lot of appraisals for its blogging approach. Just download the software and install it on your web server and you are good to go.
Plans start from $5 per month which is sufficient for blogs getting 10k visits per month. It is quite complicated too, you might find it hard to setup and install it on your server.
Just like Medium and Subvtle, SETT is a community-focused blogging platform. It claims that will help you get 98% more comments than before and help you increase engagement with your readers.
Actually, the site’s main objective is engagement. And for that, it allows you to read and comment on other’s blogs, it also allows a room for the bloggers to decide on a certain topic. It’s still in its early days, so lots of basic features are still yet to come.
It comes from the team which had developed Posterous, which got acquired by Twitter and finally got shut down by Twitter.
Basic plans start from $5 per month and gives you the same light-weight blogging like of Posterous. You can easily post content with multimedia like images and videos. They have even publicly declared that this won’t go down like Posterous which left lot of users disappointed.
It is still in its developing phase and lacks some critical core features.
It is the blogging platform which is popularly used by the business users. With the help of SS, you can even build e-commerce website, thanks to its wide variety of features available.
Unlike the others, it even offers a 14-day trial period to help you get through the platform. And after that plans start from $8 per month which gives you lot of amazing features which includes full support and cloud-based hosting.
I would advise you to use this blogging platform, only if you are running some type of business.
Just like Facebook, even LinkedIn offers you the ability to blog. This feature launched back in 2012, but it was only an invite-based only, and have signed many top leaders like Barack Obama.
But in 2014, they opened the platform for all of its users. Now anyone can create a blog on LinkedIn easily. Just like Facebook, it hasn’t got much of customization options, but if you have good number of connections, you can drive good amount of traffic to your blog.
These are some of the top free blogging websites which you can use to build a blog. Now it’s your turn to give any website a try and start your online career.