The 5 Best Free Blogging Websites For Beginners
September 16, 2013
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In the early days of blogging, publishing content online was a lot more difficult than it is today. From purchasing domain names to paying for design, a blog required time and constant attention. Fortunately, times have changed—free and convenient blogging is the current trend. With the help of easy-to-use online services, you can quickly create your own blog and utilize SEO to increase its visibility. Here are the five best free blogging websites for beginners.
WordPress.com is one of the most popular free blogging websites. Although a more robust version is available for a modest fee, even a free WordPress account offers many features in a platform that is quite simple to use. And it comes with tons of extras: SEO help, themes, traffic stats and much more.
Some of the most popular—and revenue-producing—blogs on the Internet use WordPress, such as CNN, People magazine and Flickr. With its solid reputation for consumer satisfaction, it's easy to see why WordPress is the most widely used of all the free blogging sites out there.
Blogger is powered by Google, which should be incentive enough to attract even a casual Internet user. One of Blogger's most attractive features is that it can seamlessly integrate with your Google account. But it's also very simple to use, making it a great tool for beginners, and it offers a variety of customizable template designs so you can make your blog truly unique. And Blogger won't charge you to create a custom domain name, even if you have more than one blog. That alone makes Blogger the perfect choice for a beginning blogger.
This service lauched in 2003 and shares Movable Type technology from the development of Six Apart Ltd. While geared to nontechnical bloggers, it offers users the ability to blog from a mobile device, organize a photo album and maintain and manage multiple authors. For bloggers who want something that is high on the ease-of-use list, Typepad is one of the best free blogging sites out there.
Livejournal.com is an oldie but goodie. This virtual community allows users to keep a free blog and insert images and video, and it runs on an open source platform. This means that users can easily manipulate the look and feel of their journal domains with some easy Graphic User Interface toggling or even editing code manually if they choose. Multiple authors, enhanced security features and archive downloading are all things that make users devoted fans on the LiveJournal domain.
Another popular blog with lots of features, Tumblr is actually best suited to microblogging (the dissemination of small pieces of information). But Tumblr also offers audio blogging, free domains, and a variety of themes generally geared toward younger users. While not suitable for a professional blog, it's a great service for promising new bloggers. Users have the ability to actively follow other users (and many celebs) or simply choose to keep their Tumblr page private or blocked from the public.
Do you use a free blogging website? What do you think of it? Let us know in the comments below.
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