The Battle Of Free Blog Platforms
You could be someone who have plans to start a blog but you don’t know what blog platform to use or you could be someone who is just confused about the differences of these platforms. So, on this article, I will discuss about my personal and honest opinions about Blogger, Free WordPress and Tumblr. These are the top 3 blog platforms that are free and fit for newbie bloggers.
Blogger is under Google. If you are fan of the services of Google such as G+, youtube, gmail, then using this platform would be easy for you because you can access it using your Google account. When I started blogging, I used Blogger platform because it was the only blog platform I knew. There are a lot of successful blogs that were using this platform before moving to a paid platform. But many do keep on using this platform after getting audience and great traffic, but they paid for a personalized domain and a customized theme so the blog will look more professional. Another great thing about this platform is that you are freely allowed to monetize your blog.
As a newbie, you will have a very limited choices of free Blogger templates unless you know some coding and designing. Most of the templates are not mobile friendly. Blogger also has a very limited features. When it comes to getting audience, it would take time and you have to have some social media marketing skills to promote you blog posts. If you are a newbie in blogging and it is your first time to use a blogger platform, everything about Blogger will look awesome but not when you have already tried using the other two platforms.
Tumblr is more about microblogging just like Instagram and Twitter. I recommend Tumblr to those who blog about personal life, reflections or those who are into photoblogging. Tumblr is good for fitness, arts, and fashion micro-bloggers. I know some bloggers who gathered a great audience and who even have built a community using Tumblr but later on they moved their blogs because Tumblr has less features, lesser than Blogger. However, when it comes to getting audience it’s way easier to attract traffic on Tumblr. But, Tumblr is not a good platform if you want to build a stable brand, site, community, or you want to earn from blogging. It has a less visibility on search engines too. It has no back up option, so it is risky to host your articles on this blog.
When I decided to upgrade my blogging experience from Blogger platform, I tried Tumblr for few months and moved the blog out from it. I created new Tumblr account to just share my contents not to actually blog on it. I don’t find this platform a good platform for bloggers who are serious with blogging (I hope you know what I mean when i say serious). But still I include this as an option for those newbies because they might find it good and comfortable. Every blogger has different opinions and what is good for me could not be good for others. So, I still recommend this for newbies to try. It could be the platform where they would feel comfortable but not for me.
I moved from Blogger to Tumblr then to WordPress. And, it was the best decision. This is my favorite and my love. But honestly speaking it was a little difficult when I first use it, it was kinda confusing but the admin panel was very professional and comfortable. Everything about this platform is awesome. There are a lot of free themes and it has many widgets. What I love the most about this platform is that there is a community or network of bloggers inside it that’s why until now even I’m already using paid WordPress I still visit my free WordPress reader to read blogs. The blog community is amazing, you could find interesting blogs, and interesting people. It’s easy to be heard on WordPress. Whatever topics you blog about, you would always find a reader on this platform. It has high visibility on search engines too. However, there is a limited customization of themes but it isn’t necessary because there are variety of themes available and they don’t need further customization.
So, obviously I’m recommending free WordPress for newbies and for those who want to move their blog either from Blogger or Tumblr. In case you want to move your blog, there is a migration tool, where you can move your content on Blogger and Tumblr to WordPress.
Again these are only my personal opinions based on my experience.
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