There are many different reasons why one would start a free blog. There are also many different places you can set up your free blog, each with it’s own benefits and downfalls. Over the next few days I will help you pick out the blog service that will be right for you, as well as help you get started on your way to making money with them.
The two major blogging platforms are Google’s Blogger and WordPress. Each service will allow you a few different services that will cater to different bloggers, and different blogs in general. The follow guides will be based on completely my opinion. Having used both extensively for free blogs, you can trust that I know what you are looking for.
WordPress has been around for about five years now. It was developed by a team of coders, and now owned by it’s creator. It has not been sold to any large industry like Google, Yahoo, or Microsoft. It has more freedom because it’s creation was purely for bloggers, versus the various Yahoo, Google, and Microsoft blogging services who were only looking for financial gains. With this comes many features that can help you create an award winning blog.
There are several features I like about this blog. The autopost has got to be the biggest. I can schedule a post to automatically be posted at whatever time, day, month, and year of my choosing. That way I don’t have to worry about upsetting my audience while out of town. I can simply write some posts ahead of time and enjoy my vacation. The provided themes seem to be of a lot better quality than those of Blogger. They have a stats system implemented into your blog so you can discover how many people view your blog each day, what posts get the most views, what the most popular search engine terms used to find your blog are, what links they clicked on your blog, and much much more.
Then there would be the top dog Google’s blogging service called Blogger. Blogger contains a few things that you may like especially for a free blogging service. You can find certain themes online that are made with CSS to update your blog. They allow you to change the layout without paying monthly fees. Their widget system is a lot better. Not only do they have more, and better widgets, but customizing them into the layout is much easier as you can get a visual while doing it. The last big point is you can sell advertisements on your blog. They are Google Adsense capable, and also will allow things like Entrecard, Yahoo Ad’s, Project Wonderful ads, and any other ad service you can find out there. You could also sell 125×125 ads on the side.
So which should you choose? It all comes down to the purpose for your blog. There are many things to consider. Both blogging services are great, however I personally have a favorite. Once again, the below suggestions are simply my opinion.
- Interested in auto-posting
- Dislike Google Analytics updating stats daily, WordPress does every new visit
- Wish to move their blog to their own domain eventually (you would want to use WordPress for your own domain instead of Blogger for many reasons)
- You have no interest in putting up ads
- You don’t wish to spam your readers with ads in order to get a reader base
- Your only way of monetizing is with affiliate links in your posts and you could also secretly sell links in the blogroll
- Want their free blog to be able to make a lot of money (not a sure thing, you need to put effort in to get money out)
- Interested in ad services like Entrecard both for traffic and advertising
- Have no plans of moving to their own domain in the future
- Willing to use Google Analytics
So there you have it. The big differences between the blogging services, as well as which free blogging service you should use when starting your blog. I hope this has helped you, if you have any questions about which you should use feel free to ask in a comment.