If you’re new to blogging, I recommend Google Blogger! Even as a blog newbie, I set up a new blog and published a sample post in minutes with Google Blogger and all for free!
Your blog website produced by Blogger will generally perform well out of the box and as you’d expect the search engine optimisation (SEO) is good! There’s a range of template styles built into Blogger itself and there are many sources of templates/gadgets on the web, e.g. at bloggerplugins.
You can even use your own external CSS file hosted on Google drive!
A couple of things to keep in mind with Blogger that I became aware of:
- you grant Google a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license to the content that you publish on Blogger
- you can easily enable the Google Adsense gadget for advertising revenue, but adding other types of ads and affiliate offers is not so easy
However, this is a completely free service so if you are not a technical user, but just want to start blogging to get a feel for it then I thoroughly recommend Google Blogger.
The main competitors for Google Blogger are:
- Tumblr – another free blogging platform, but with more of a social/community feel.
- WordPress – if you want to do something more than blog, e.g. a website to advertise your business, then checkout my upcoming post on WordPress is not just a blog hosting platform, it is a full content management system!
If you change your mind, you can always export your blog and import it somewhere else, though you’ll need to redirect your old links to your new site so there are admittedly some complications with this.
However, just the act of putting your first blog posts together will help to crystallize your thoughts and help you focus on what you really want to write about – so try Blogger now!