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Top 10 Popular Blogging Sites

Updated on May 1, 2016

Anyone can become a content creator and post their writing, photos, videos and anything else by blogging online. Whether you’re looking for a way to share your thoughts or make some extra money, this list of top 10 blogging sites will help you choose the perfect platform for your purpose.

10. Open Diary

Open Diary is a blogging website that tries to appeal to new members with unlimited upload storage, a set of advanced features and cheap subscription fees. People who are specifically looking for this kind of service may enjoy blogging with Open Diary, but most Internet users will probably look for something more versatile.

9. Blogster

Blogster successfully combines a free blogging service with image hosting. For anyone who always wanted to have them in the same place, this will be the perfect match. For everyone else, Blogster will be just another blog platform with no extraordinary features.

8. LiveJournal

LiveJournal was once an extremely popular blogging platform that doubled as a social networking site. It has largely lost its huge role on the Internet recently, but the community discussion features, theme selection and other familiar features will still welcome anyone who wants to give it a spin.

7. Blog.com

Blog.com is one of the best, most solid blogging services with free unlimited hosting and an increased set of benefits for paid subscriptions. It may not have a lot of extraordinary features, but it does exactly what it says it does and does it well. If you’re looking for a stable platform for your new blog, you won’t go wrong with Blog.com.

6. TypePad

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TypePad is a welcome change in an endless selection of cookie-cutter blogs. Since being online for almost 10 years, it has developed into a very capable and interesting service for new and old bloggers.

5. Weebly

Weebly was once included in the ranks of TIME’s Top 50 Best Websites and is fully deserving of the praise. Unlike many of the simpler blogging sites out there, it offers simplicity and customization in the same package. If you want to host a blog that won’t require a lot of maintenance and will let you publish ads for revenue, Weebly will give you that and more.

4. Tumblr

Tumblr is all the rage right now and attracts new members every day. Labeled as a micro-blogging website, it’s quite different from what you would expect a blog to be like. However, despite and perhaps even thanks to its limitations, it has integrated nicely into the Internet’s social media craze and became one of the top websites online for creating an online presence to share with the world. You too can post text, images, videos and more with your very own tumbleblog.

3. Blogger

Blogger is the original blogging platform. Created and maintained by Google, it has gone through several redesigns to adapt to the changing situation and stay relevant in today’s online environment. It’s the starting site that you would recommend to any aspiring blogger and the perfect place to test your ability to earn ad revenue. With its user-friendly dashboard and versatile themes, Blogger will meet nearly every blogger’s needs.

2. WordPress.com

Not to be confused with the content management system of the same name, WordPress.com is one of the most comprehensive blogging solutions online. It gives you access to a wide set of blogging features without having to pay for it. Although the site offers a paid subscription to improve your blogging experience, it’s best to take the free route until you’re ready to move on to a paid domain and hosting.

1. Your Own Blog

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While blogging sites offer a great way of sharing your thoughts and ideas with the world, there’s no denying that they limit your possibilities compared to running your own blog. They work great for people who just want to get their posts out there in the shortest time possible, but if you need more control, you need to go somewhere else.

Once you’ve grown out of the limited set of features offered by your favorite blogging site, it’s time to purchase a unique domain name and set up a website with paid hosting. In exchange for monthly payments, you will get a greater number of monetization options that can potentially bring even more revenue. You will also have full control over the visual appearance and content of your blog. A unique top-level domain name will even improve your website’s performance in search results.

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      Ravi Singh 13 months ago from India

      I prefer self-hosted for the serious blogger. They give you more control and flexibility. I prefer Wordpress platform as it comes with a lot of plugin.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      I found this hub very informative. I follow lot of writers and sites on WordPress, blogger and Helium and like them very much.

      Thanks for sharing an interesting hub.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      I enjoyed your list. My husband has wordpress but I think that while it has a lot of options, it's overrated. I've tried the free wordpress and you don't get many followers through it. I prefer blogger because it's a huge community, you meet other bloggers and can easily generate followers, and there are new things you can do with it that meet my personal needs. What I don't like about blogger is that lately, when you comment on another blog, if they click your name it does't go back to the blog, but to your Google Plus. I think they should fix it so that you can comment using your blog name and they can click it to go back to your blog. At the same time, you can have a separate facility to share your blog on Google Plus. I wonder if there's a way to complain about this to Google?

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Great work, very much useful, thanks

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Top 10 Popular Blogging Sites great suggestions for blogging and a useful hub to many bloggers

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      Rebecca Furtado 4 years ago from Anderson, Indiana

      Great work. I really learned something. I am excited to try one of these new sites.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Nice, concise top 10 review! I'm definitely bookmarking this for future reference. Hope this goes evergreen for you!

      Aloha!

      ~Joe

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      Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

      Interesting and useful list. I'm aware of some of them and I will definitely check the rest.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Great overview! It's wonderful that bloggers have so many hosting options these days. I have always been a huge fan of Livejournal and am sorry that it's really not the place to be anymore. They have a better interface than any other blogging platform, hands down.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      This is interesting, Andera. I've recently built a website on Weebly. It wasn't very difficult. If I can do it, anyone can. One thing I've noticed lately, tho in the several writing blogs I follow is many of the tutorials for plug-ins are geared towards how to install them on WordPress.

      I paid for a domain name and the Pro version of Weebly, so I have a few more options available to me than the free version offers.. I'll give it a year and see how it does. Most of the sites I follow also recommend WP over Weebly. I'll see how my site fares. I guess after a year I can always move my site to WordPress if need be.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 4 years ago from Norfolk

      A few interesting Hub - definitely something I would like to explore in the days to come. Thank you very much for sharing.

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      Nathan Bernardo 4 years ago from California, United States of America

      Great overview of blogging sites. I agree your own blog offers more freedom and possibilities.

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      wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

      Thanks for this write up. Very informative.

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      Kevin W 4 years ago from Texas

      Very interesting and informative hub Andera, I wasn't aware of a lot of these sites, thanks for the info. Thumbs up on your hub.