At one time, those who were interested in getting into writing were advised to begin by trying to get short stories published. Now, anyone who wants to be a social media writer can start blogging and subsequently gain an audience more quickly. To get into blogging, one needs to select from the many blogging platforms.
Wondering where to start? Here are some of the best platforms that are free (or at least inexpensive), and easy to use.
TypePad is a great business blogging platform because it has strong analytics and is very flexible. Blog content is promoted throughout the network, so writers innately get good exposure and end up with lots of traffic. Blogs are easily published via email, mobile, and PCs, and you can also sell products and services. Ads are also available on the blog help bloggers earn additional revenue, and even more when bloggers join the TypePad affiliate program. The one drawback is that it does cost money to join TypePad: from $8.95 to $29.95 per month, with a free 14-day trial period. Some well-known bloggers who use this platform include Geek Week, Paris Hilton, Amazon Associates, and Seth Godin.
This is a wonderful platform for those who want to create a personal blog. With more than 61 million journals and communities, plus over 100,000 posts daily, there is a strong sense of community among LiveJournal users. LiveJournal also offers a free client through the Apple AppStore, and there is a version that can be used with any mobile device. This is a great way for inexperienced writers to get their feet wet. It is not the best choice for business blogging, as posts don’t appear in search engines. Another unique feature is that there is an option to hide posts from certain readers.
Another good free blogging site is Blog.com, where you will find many premium features. This is a platform that is easy to use, and it costs absolutely nothing. There is a community of more than two million bloggers, and more than 100 blogging themes, most free to use. Some of the benefits of using this platform include a free sub-domain, free multi-author blogs, inexpensive premium options, optional privacy settings, search engine optimization, and revenue through ads on your blogs.
Tumblr is a microblogging platform that allows people to create and share more content. Whether you are a professional blogger, a business blogger, or a personal blogger, this platform is ideal. It can be used as a standalone blog, as well as a syndication channel that automatically updates other social media channels. It can also be used on iOS and Android operating systems.
One of the toughest decisions for the beginning blogger is which platform to use. It is a good idea to actually try out a few different platforms to see which one suits you best. Even the paid platforms usually offer free trial periods, which will give you a chance to see if they are the right platforms for your needs. Once you find the right one, then you can start developing your blog, promoting it, and getting your writing noticed.
What are your favorite blogging platforms?