How To Make A Blog For Free
Choosing The Right Platform For Your Blog
When you are starting a blog, it's important to understand the end result you want to reach. With that in mind you can choose the right free blogging platform before diving in.
First, you must understand the difference between a paid and a free blog.
A paid blog of course is more expensive, but the reason why most people choose to go with a paid blog is because it is completely customizable. A free blog usually has a certain look about it and it looks like other blogs on a particular platform. For example if you look at Hubpages, you will soon realize that they all have a similar format.
On the other hand, many people choose a free blog because websites like Hubpages, Squidoo, and Blogger get a lot of traffic to them. It is hard to get traffic to a brand new paid blog because you will have to start from scratch. A free blog already has so many things set in place for readers to start reading your articles right away.
There are a number of different free blogging platforms out there; some of the bigger ones are Hubpages, Squidoo, and Blogger. All of these blogging platforms have different rules so you need to choose the one which fits your needs.
What Are Your Intentions For Your Blog
People start writing blogs for many different reasons. Here is a list of reasons which can help you pinpoint your own reasons for starting a free blog:
- To use it as a diary
- To share your expertise with others
- To post your pictures
- To use it for your business
- To start a home business
- To sell affiliate products
Knowing the end result for your blog will help you pin point which blogging platform you should choose. In some cases you may even want to use more than one blogging platform to post your blogs to (but lets start slow at first).
What is your reason for starting a blog?
Starting A Free Blog With Hubpages
Hubpages has a great platform to start a brand new blog. Sharing your expertise with Hubpages is very easy. It offers modules (picture, text, videos, etc) which you can easily add to your blog.
You can write long text, add images and videos to explain the subject matter you would like to share with your readers.
Hubpages only allows a limited amount of outgoing links to other pages (max of 2 to the same domain). This means that if you want to advertise another website or affiliate links, Hubpages may not be the best choice.
Another reason why you may not want to use Hubpages is if you are an affiliate of Clickbank or of you want to send your readers to a squeeze page. Hubpages may disable your blogs and all of your work will be done for nothing.
If you are interested in earning an income with Hubpages, it shares compensation which comes from Adsense. You can turn Adsense off if you don't want to have any ads showing on your pages, but if you leave them on, then over a period of time you can get a good chunk of money coming in as a residual income.
You can also easily add Amazon products to your Hubpages and earn from Amazon Affiliate program.
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How To Make A Blog For Free on Blogger
Blogger is also a great option for a free blog. It is probably the most lenient out of the three. You can add a lot of outgoing links and earn from your personal affiliate accounts.
Unlike Hubpages and Squidoo, Blogger does not have predetermined modules where you can paste your content. You may need to know some HTML to use Blogger to it's full potential. Although this can be scary if you have never worked with HTML, it is not that hard to learn the basic HTML you would need to use as a new blogger.
Blogger also allows some adult content, but it has to be marked as "mature" if you do choose to promote some type of an adult website, images, or products.
The creation of a Blogger account is easy and it is done through Google since Google owns Blogger.
Making Sure Readers Can Find Your Free Blog
What's great about all three of the options is that they all rank very high in Google and with proper research your free blogs can even reach the first page of Google (where most organic traffic comes from).
Creating a free blog on one of these platforms can also give your personal paid website a boost when linking from a Hubpages, Squidoo, or Blogger to your website. Many people start with a free blog and their grow their business to a personal paid blog.