Why Pay for a Blog When There are So Many Free Blogs?
There are a lot of people who insist on having their own blog on their own domain. Is this really necessary? Not a bit. There are a number of free blogs out there that are simple to use and that will benefit from the web site traffic that already goes to the main site.
This makes it easy to post and easy to bring in web site traffic. For beginners, it is especially helpful to have a free blog that is already set up and ready to go. There is no programming needed and no complicated designing required to have an attractive blog. Just blog and have fun with it!
Blogger.com is one of the simplest and most attractive of the free blogs. There are quite a few design themes to choose from, all of which can be easily chosen and implemented. The site makes it simple to input a blog entry and to edit any entry at any time.
Blogger also has a lot of web site traffic that is directed toward the blogs on the site. This gives even a new blog a chance to be seen as well as calling your attention to interesting blogs.
Blogger makes it incredibly easy to slap AdSense on your free blog and it splits the revenue with the blogger. You are also free to place other ads and to use affiliate links.
WordPress is free when the blog is hosted by WordPress.org. There are an enormous amount of WordPress themes available, but implementing them can be more complicated than with some of the other free blog sites.
There are also a number of WordPress plugins that make the blogs far more customizable. Anyone with a little programming knowledge can drastically change the look of a blog and can even use it for a standard website instead of in blog format.
If you let WordPress host your free blog, you will not be allowed to post ads on your blog. Even Adsense is not allowed on WordPress hosted blogs. If you want to make money from your blog, you can upload the WordPress format to another site.
LiveJournal is an enormous site full of free blogs of every description. It is become a little more complicated to use than blogger, but that's because there is so much to choose from when designing a blog. There is no programming knowledge needed, but it's easy to lose hours looking through all the LiveJournal blog themes and options.
LiveJournal has a social networking component that allows groups between bloggers. There is also a friends list that makes it easy to remember all of your favorite LiveJournal blogs.
The biggest problem with LiveJournal blogs, however, is that they will put ads on your blog and they don't share the revenue from them.
- Write for HubPages
Writing for HubPages is free, lucrative, and you can use it like a free blog if you choose. Many people use it for personal essays, stories and even poetry.