Top Six Free blogging platforms: Start making Online Money in 2019

Free Blogging Resources

Do you want to start blogging in 2019 ? Here is a list of  blogging platforms to help you in almost every step of the way.  

Pro Tip :  WordPress is the ideal choice if you want to grow your blog into a money making enterprise. If you are looking to create your own website , read this free WordPress Guide.  


Blogger.com


Founded in 1999 by Evan Williams (co-founder of Twitter and Medium), Blogger is one of the easiest service to create beautiful and unique blogs.


Note that Blogger is an excellent solution if you are looking to set-up a personal blog, but it’s a poor choice for professional use. 


Benefits

  • Reliable and secure. All blogs are hosted on Google’s servers.
  • Free for life
  • Simple to use with a largely self-explanatory and minimalist interface
  • It’s all about blogging. Google handles all the technical, security and SEO issues.

Limitations

  • You have less control and fewer design options.
  • This becomes a real challenge when you want to customise your blog as per the needs of your audience. 
  • You cannot upload more than 1GB of images.
  • Google allows a maximum of 100 blogs for each account.

WordPress


WordPress is the most popular blogging platform, powering 50 % -60 % of the entire web.

Also, 14.7% of the top 100 websites in the world run on WordPress. 


To start blogging for free visit wordpress.com and create your blog.

WordPress provides a premium and powerful free version making it most suitable for those who plan to grow their blog into a business. 


  Benefits

  • A huge collection of Free and premium themes
  • 45,000 + plugins allow for easy customization
  • Open-source
  • You can use a custom domain for your website/blog
  • High security
  • Mobile responsive

Limitations 

  • The free version has limited monetisation potential (You cannot use Google ad words on wordpress.com)
  • Requires frequent updates.
  • The maintenance process can be hectic if you lack coding knowledge.
  • Can be costly because WordPress relies on themes and plugins for customisation. Some are free, but the paid versions of these tools are always superior. 

Quora

Like Yahoo answers, Quora was initially created as a Question and Answer platform.

Today, Quora also provides a blogging feature.


Blogging on Quora comes in really handy if you have a large number of followers. 


Benefits

  • Very easy to setup and use.
  • Comes in handy if you have a huge Quora following
  • Allows for monetisation through affiliate marketing.

Limitations

  • Limited customisation options
  • No option to use a custom domain
  • No widgets

Medium


Medium is a free to use blogging platform developed by Twitter’s Co-founder Evan Williams.

Williams says that Medium is a “social publishing platform that is open to all and home to a diverse array of stories, ideas, and perspectives.” 


It is most suitable for bloggers who want to reach a new audience. Casual bloggers can also leverage Medium’s 90+ million monthly visitors to establish themselves. 


Benefits 

  • Easy to use with a minimalistic design.
  • Readers can see the estimated reading time for each post
  • Source of DA-do follow backlinks

Limitations

  • Limited customisation and formatting options
  • Does not support Google Adsense
  • You cannot use SEO to optimise your post’s reach

LinkedIn Pulse


LinkedIn is the largest professional network available. 


Articles created on LinkedIn Pulse are displayed to your connections making the platform suitable for lead generation

You can also use LinkedIn for content syndication and brand promotion.


Benefits of blogging on LinkedIn Pulse

  • LinkedIn boasts of 500 + million monthly users, meaning that you can drive traffic to your blog.
  • Simple to use. To publish content all you need is a LinkedIn account.
  • Offers the opportunity to expand your network

Limitations

  • No customisation whatsoever
  • You cannot monetise your posts.
  • You can’t do SEO
  • No custom domain name

Tumblr

David Karp’s Tumblr is typically a micro-blogging platform. This means that the platform allows users to blog in a short-form.

But you can also blog long-form content. 

Tumblr is great for brands that regularly promote products on social media.  


 Benefits of Blogging on Tumblr.com

  • Supports Google Adsense
  • You can easily get a custom domain at no extra cost
  • Bloggers can easily create content via email, on mobile and desktop devices.
  • Supports multiple post format (Video, text, audio)
  • Integrates with Google analytics thus providing better audience insight.

 Limitations 

  • Complicated interface may confuse beginners 
  • Customization and Design limitations. Tumblr has limited themes collection.  
  • Does not support affiliate marketing