Blogging sites and platforms


There is a number of popular free blogging platform which has their own domain name and provides you with more customization options. Some, like WordPress, also offer blogs you can pay for. Free blogging platforms have easy-to-use design templates, as well as the option to add extra features simply by dragging and dropping.

If you're new to blogging, you're better off starting with a free blog. Gain some experience writing regularly and promoting your blog before you decide to pay for it. If you're semi-professional, or the blog is a club or group that wants extra features and has a bit of money to put towards it, a paid blog might be right for you.


Free blogging sites

  • Blogger.com (run by Google)
  • WordPress.com (also has paid blogs)
  • Tumblr.com
  • LiveJournal.com



Blogger.com Review


Very easy to set up your blog, and it's incredible.
This is a great site to share your experiences with others. Great for beginner bloggers. This site is very easy to use. It has different groups that post on various subjects. It is a great place to share and connect.


If you want to start your own blog but are not a computer wiz, this is the place for you. It walks you through every step and gets you up in running within minutes, all at no charge. Very nice!


One of the best blogging platform This Blogspot Review is about Blogger (or blogger.com) which is well-known and one of the most popular blogger platform. Blogspot is used for creating free blogs and websites too and is owned by mighty Google Inc. Like all other Google products, blog spot is a nice service and has its own pros and cons (that you’ll realize after a few months or maybe years of blogging). Now, here I am going to tell you in details Why




Not to Choose Google Blogger Platform.


Blogger is known for its simplicity and ease of use. Most popular among newbie bloggers, Blogspot has all features that a newbie wants.


Hello Vijesh,
Thank you for leaving a valuable response. Actually, this article will be soon a part of complete web development guide and sometimes we like to create viral/unique title Vijesh I do advice the same what you do but The ultimate choice should be self-hosted WordPress blog, as with wordpress.com you can’t earn and with Blogspot, com you can’t do add SEO meta tags, nor you are really the owner of your blog.
I hope everything with is clear when master article.the main tutorial will be published. Thanks for dropping by…




The Seductive Lure of WordPress.com


Hi, Jamie,
I think choosing a correct blogging platform is a very important step for every newbie blogger, this is where they decided how far they are willing to go.
Choosing a right platform makes things easier for them and more manageable, choosing the wrong one ruins everything and puts you on the ground in the last.
I always prefer self-hosted WordPress (even if it costs a little) over blogger as it provides the complete control over my blogs.


The easiest way to get your own WordPress blog – hands down – is to create one for free over at WordPress.com.
And at first, it seems like a no-brainer.
Firstly, you’re getting WordPress from the guys who originally created WordPress. That’s got to be good, right?
Secondly, they handle all behind-the-scenes technical stuff you really don’t want to have to worry about yourself. Which is a huge relief?
And thirdly, it’s free! (Did I mention it’s free?)
But while it’s an undeniably sweet deal for some, shall we say, less serious bloggers, there are a few things you should know before choosing to host your universe-denting blog at WordPress.com.
from what I can see WordPress is NOT user-friendly as compared to the ease of use of Blogger… for an example.. go to the WordPress Blog and try to sign in.. have to jump thru hoops.. same to try to find any of the options .. a nightmare. I have both WordPress and Blogger for a long while .. Blogger is my primary and I import all from Blogger into my WordPress basically as a ‘backup’.. same to try to find the Import option in WordPress .. jumping thru more hoops to try to find the Tools OPTION and Import.. so how can anyone say WordPress is better than Blogger .. Blogger may not give you the extended options but Blogger is a lot more ‘user-friendly’




Using the One Click Migration Tool


Yes, WordPress offers a simple one-click tool that lets you move all of your posts and comments from Blogger to the new WordPress blog, but it leaves a few things out:


  • If you currently have a readership following, none of these readers will know about your new website. In fact, you might end up losing them all if you plan on making the move.
  • Since the one-click migration doesn’t make any changes to your old site, any links that lead people to your old site are useless. So, if you had a guest post on a credible blog then people who click-through will end up at your old site.
  • Since the permalinks change when you make the move from Blogger to WordPress.org you lose all the SEO juice you had before. Why? If you added some nice keywords and worked on improving your SEO for some of your posts and pages the search engines will simply start over with the new site, thinking it is brand new and not transferred. Parents need to know that that this online hangout is hip and creative but too raunchy for tykes. The microblogging site and app showcase a range of user-generated content including product ads, pornographic images, depictions of drug use, and plenty of offensive languages. Though the keyword search does block terms such as "porn," "f--k," and "sex," curious kids could stumble upon race, and even raunchy, images and writings. (There's really everything under the sun here -- positive and negative.) The terms of service specify that Tumblr should not be used by children under 13, but the app stores rate it as mature and for 17 and older. Note that posts are public by default and there's only one privacy setting which is only available on the website -- not the app: Users can turn off the option to let others find their blog through an email address.

I found the general review to be very misleading for parents. I absolutely love Tumblr myself, and I'm not saying it's a bad site, but it's definitely a site that can be customized to be incredibly inappropriate. Users can follow blogs entirely dedicated to porn, drugs, and gory imagery if they want to. As much as I wholeheartedly support the site as a whole, things that some parents would consider shocking are extremely easy to find for users. On another note, users are extremely interactive with one another and consider Tumblr as a sort of secret society where outsiders are not welcome. I would not recommend the site for younger children, mostly because if other users find out that they are young, they will become incredibly malicious and will attack the young user through the sites "ask box" feature. Many a young teen and preteen have been mercilessly slaughtered by the unaccepting Tumblr community.



WordPress offers two separate but similar products: WordPress.com and WordPress.org. The first option provides free hosting and presents users with hundreds of customizable themes, along with an enormous bounty of plugins and widgets users can add or remove as needed. For only $13 a year, users can also upgrade to a custom domain name if they don’t want “.wordpress.com” in the URL. However, although the former options bask in simplicity, the latter provides an entirely new level of customization and control if users are willing to host their blog and perform the necessary administrative work to maintain the domain. Either way, both WordPress.com, and WordPress.org are absolutely free, and users can even opt for the $99 upgrade package if they’re in need of additional features. It’s not as robust as the $300 business packages designed for eCommerce, but it does provide email support and 13GB of storage space while mixing advertisements in the process.


After analyzing millions of blogs, billions of posts, and zillions of notes, Tumblr started rolling out their 2014 Year in Review. A showcase of the best stuff on the Internet, standout categories include top plumbing websites, salon and spa websites, car dealership websites, Most Viral Blogs (Taylor Swift), Net Art, 3D Printing, Musicians to Watch (A$AP Rocky), Dating Blogs (Breakup Notes), memes and more. Be sure to follow Tumblr’s Year in Review for a daily dose of creativity, humor, humanity, fandom and sharing.




Cons Of Free Blogging Platforms


  1. The biggest con of a free Blog is that you are not the owner of your blog, but just its contents. The subdomain and hosting server belong to the Blogging platform and if you happen to violate their Terms and Conditions, they can delete your blog without any prior intimation and all your hard work will be lost.
  2. Since you are not the owner of the blog. you cannot legally sell it.
  3. Most free blogging platforms will provide you with limited customization options.
  4. Free blogging platforms usually do not rank high on search engines. This is because they are not SEO optimized. Also, Google gives them lesser importance as they are widely used by spammers.
  5. Most of the free blogging platforms restrict the use of Google Adsense and other Ad programs.
  6. In the past, several blogging platforms have decided to discontinue operations leaving their users with no options. So you are always at a risk of losing your hard work.



Common Myths About Blog Commenting


Myth 1: Commenting on blogs which give out Do-Follow links will help your SEO
Fact 1: Excessive commenting on blogs which give out do follow links will rather be considered spam.
Myth 2: Commenting on High Authority Blogs within your Niche is not Spamming.
Fact 2: Commenting on any Blogs is spamming if you go overboard.
Myth 3: By writing useful Blog comments you can get lots of traffic to your Blog.
Fact 3: Blog Commenting gets you negligible traffic no matter how useful your comment is. If you really have the talent to write useful comments, why not use it to write a great Content for your own Blog that people would like to link to?
Myth 4: Getting backlinks with Keywords in Anchor Text from CommentLuv Enabled Blogs helps you to pass on the Link Juice and is good for SEO.
Fact 4: There are higher chances of Google Penalizing you if you get backlinks from Comments with Keywords in Anchor Text To prove my point, let us see what Matt Cutts has to say about Blog Commenting This is a very important step. If you do not complete it correctly, your Blogspot domain will not redirect to your new Domain and you will lose all the traffic and rankings. To pass on the link juice we have to redirect your Blogspot domain to new domain using 301 redirects. This tells the search engine that your post has permanently moved to a new place. To achieve this, we will use Blogger 301 Redirect Plugin. This plugin will help you do the following


  • Redirect all your visitors to the correct post at the new domain.
  • Add a rel=canonical tag to your Blogger Blog, The Canonical Tag informs the search engine that your new post is the original and the same should be indexed.
  • In case of any 404 errors, redirect your users to Home Page
  • Redirect your Blogger Post Feeds to WordPress Feeds
  • Redirect Blogger Comments Feeds to WordPress Feeds
  • Redirect Blogger Archives to WordPress

TO get started, first download the plugin from WordPress Repository and activate it. After activation, you will find the plugin under Settings. Opening the plugin will present you with the following page