Of course you can create a blog for free! There are tons of platforms out there offering this. It may seem a little strange to let you build a blog without charging you, but it actually makes a whole lot of sense.
Because they advertise on their site. And on the blog you build. And on every other blog that everyone else builds.
They get paid for those advertisements.
Why does that mean it makes sense to let you create a free blog?
Because your blog will bring even more traffic to the ads that they get paid for, which means they’ll make even more money.
So, if you really want to create a free blog, take a look at any of the options listed here.
Probably the most well-known name in free blogging, people still seem surprised that you can actually create a free blog. Owned by powerhouse Google, this platform is actually set up to allow you to make a little money, too. Implement Google Adsense, and some of that ad revenue can be yours.
Very clean and professional templates for free blogs. If you want more of the options and versatility mentioned on their home page you’ll need to upgrade. They are a pretty big deal in the free blogging space, and definitely worth a look.
Tumblr feels like social media mixed with a blog. Think of it like Facebook on steroids. You can post and add pictures like on Facebook, but without as many limitations. It’s popular, and with good reason.
What? Isn’t WordPress a website builder? Sure. But the basis of their web building platform is… Blogs! You’re looking at a WordPress site right now (just not a free one). It’s part static website, and part blog. WordPress is very versatile, and you can build a free blog on their platform.
As the name suggests, you can build a simple site on this platform. If all you want is a simple blog to tell a story, this could be fine for you and well worth a look. If you have bigger plans, you may want to give this one a pass.
This one is more of a drag-and-drop site builder, but blogging is supported on the platform. Weebly offers some of the nicer-looking themes out of the free options (at least in my opinion).
Like Tumblr, LiveJournal is like a crossbreed of blog and social network. There is a pretty active blogging community here, and interacting with your fellow bloggers is a great way to spread the word about your own blog.
I only recently discovered Svbtle. At first I considered passing it by completely, but changed my mind. After a second look I decided I like their very simple, straight-forward approach to blogging. Instead of focusing on visuals and design, they bring blogs back to their origin: Words!
From the makers of Twitter, Medium is a blogging platform that feels very much like Twitter’s older, more mature sibling. No customization options to speak of, the focus is writing and getting your words heard. So write your post just like on Twitter (only longer) and publish. Very easy.
This is a great option if you want to be able to customize. Yola provides a bunch of customizable templates, flexible layouts, drag-and-drop widgets, and allows you to edit the CSS (if you know how). The drawback is they only provide 2 sites and 3 pages with the free plan.
There are more options out there, but these are the ones that I either have experience with or am at least familiar with. When I get the time to look at others I’ll add those, too.
Or maybe I’ll write a whole new article! There are certainly enough free blogging platforms out there.
So take a look at any of the options on this page to create a blog for free.
Some of them even allow you to make money with your free blog.
Does making money with your blog sound interesting? If that’s your goal, a free blog may not be the best way to go. Take a look at these articles:
- Create A Blog To Make Money
- Online Passive Income – Affiliate Marketing
- Learn Affiliate Marketing With Wealthy Affiliate – Review
If you are interested in making money with a blog you might want to skip the free blog platforms. They are great to share stories and experiences. But if you want to turn your blog into a real business, there are drawbacks to the free platforms. Mainly, the majority of ad networks and affiliate networks won’t accept your website unless it is self hosted. You can learn more about creating a self-hosted blog in Create A Blog To Make Money. I recommend hosting with Wealthy Affiliate to get started. Their prices are excellent, they make getting started very simple, and they will train you every step of the way.
Thanks for reading,