So, you want to start a blog in 2020 and you don’t know where to start? Look no further, here are my top 5 free websites you can use to start a blog in 2020!
This is one of the best platforms out there. This platform is for people who want 100% control of their blog and want to eventually make it a serious site. WordPress offers numerous plug-ins
WordPress.org gives you freedom to set up your website however you want and to monetize it however you have to host the site yourself. That means mean you have to purchase hosting from another site like GoDaddy.com or Bluehost.com. The good thing is it doesn’t cost much and you can be up and running for under $70.
WordPress also offers a free site on WordPress.com but you won’t have your own domain name and you’ll be limited in ways that you monetize your site. Like WordPress.org you can upgrade WordPress.com for a fee. This site is hosted by WordPress.com and eventually I will transition to WordPress.org
Wix is great for beginners or people who consider themselves clueless when it comes to website design. The cool thing about Wix is that they have many drag and drop layouts that allow you to customize your site without needing to know any type of code.
The downside of Wix is that it ways to monetize your site is limited with the free version. You can upgrade and host your site through Wix.com and consider montezing your site through premium content, running ads and affiliate marketing.
If you are looking for a well designed blog that doesn’t require a lot of technical knowledge and you’re okay with keeping your site hosted on Wix forever, then this could be an option for you.
Weebly is another drag and drop interface and is great for someone who doesn’t want to learn technical skills. Like Wix, Weebly is 100% free but also offers a paid plan to remove the Weebly branding.
Unlike Wix, Weebly offers several ways to monetize your site for free. You can choose the ecommerce option and start selling physical and digital merchandise. However, Weebly is limited on ways to customize your site and I found that the interface wasn’t as easy to use as Wix.
Although there is a small learning curve with Weebly. This site is a great place to get started on a free blog. It is best for people who want to build a site easily and be able to monetize their site right away. Overall, I would not recommend Weebly as as a long term solution for your blog because unlike WordPress.org there are limited apps and plugins you can use with your Weebly site.
If you know your target audience is between 18-29. Tumblr might be worth a look. Tumblr is a free blogging social media platform that allows you to add multimedia elements to your post with no hassle. This platform allows you to be truly creative and post content easily.
However, Tumblr does not allow for page custom themes so you can’t add custom plugins or design. Also when you choose to use Tumblr you are also granting Tumblr certain rights to your content and when users repost your content they are allowed to modify it. So if you are concerned about keeping your content untouched then Tumblr might not be right for you.
Tumblr allows you to monetize your site by posting affiliate links, ads and digital products. You can also use Tumblr as a way to funnel people to other aspects of your brand such as an Instagram page or a Youtube channel.
Medium is another free platform that is similar to Tumblr as it is not a website builder but a platform that you can use to share your writing. You can think of Medium of a social media platform for writers. The cool thing about Medium is that it already has a built in audience so you won’t be wasting time time trying to drive traffic to your blog.
Medium can be used as a strategy as well to drive traffic to another blog or website. Medium is pretty easy to use so you won’t have a huge learning curve there and you won’t have to pay host your blog through Medium. Unlike Tumblr, on Medium you own all the rights to your content but Medium reserves the right to remove posts for any reason.
Starting a blog on Medium also doesn’t leave a lot of room to monetize your site. You cannot create content with the intent to solely drive traffic to an external site or product but you can use affiliate links. Medium also offers its own platform for writers to get paid for their writing called the Medium Partner Program. The program has a few rules and conditions but can definitely be an option to start a blog in 2020.
I had to give you one more…..
6. IGTV Video
If you have an Instagram account why not consider starting a Vlog using your Instagram account? On IGTV Video, you can record videos that are longer than 60 seconds and upload them to your account. Use hashtags for people to find your videos and build your audience
IGTV is already built into the Instagram platform and a part of your account why not use it and give it a shot? You can use IGTV for monetizing your IG, you can promote product launches, host virtual events and you can co-host a video with someone else!