Welcome to DontWantABoss.com and today we’ll be talking about the best free blogging websites! My name is Martina and my goal is to build up a legit resource on how to quit your job and start working for yourself.
I remember the day I decided to start a blog back in 2015 like it was yesterday.
I did it for 2 reasons: #1 because I wanted to make money and get out of student debt once and for all (I also had a dream of one day owning a horse sanctuary) and #2: because I wanted to create an online community for horse lovers.
My goal was to get my blog as successful as possible as fast as possible for as little money as possible (I was in a lot of debt). I kept looking for resources that gave me timelines and would fall for clickbait such as “How to make 5k a month by your 2nd-month blogging for $0”, etc.
Of course, one of the first things I figured out was where to actually set up my website and how to build one. I did it all wrong! I used Hostgator and a domain provider I don’t even remember now.
What I do remember is having to pay an extra $100 a month when I realized I needed an e-mail with my domain to show affiliate companies that I was legitimate.
It was a nightmare.
I’ve included in this post everything I wish I knew about finding the best free blogging websites to start off with. I’ve listed them in the order of my least favourite to my most favourite.
Tumblr is basically a social media platform centered around little blog posts. It’s old but it’s still popular and a lot of people still use it.
I would NOT recommend it for starting a legit blog – you can definitely use it to supplement your blog though.
I had 2 Tumblr accounts in the past and ended up closing shop on both of them because I found that Tumblr is extremely niche (only very specific niches do well) and if you want to make money from your blog, it is not the right place to be.
Medium is relatively new. It was launched by Evan Williams in August 2012 and it’s been gaining popularity. It’s an online publishing platform owned by A Medium Corporation.
Medium articles have been going viral on Facebook and other places online – I think I’ve read at least 3 or 4 viral articles on COVID-19 alone in the last few months.
It’s 100% free to have a medium account and hosting is included. You just get on there and write.
Once again, I would not really recommend it to build a business on because you’ll have a hard time monetizing (legit affiliate programs won’t approve you and you can’t monetize with advertising).
Wix is headquartered in Tel Aviv and was launched in 2006 so it’s also been around for a while. I don’t know about you but I see at least 5-6 ads a week about Wix and how amazing it is so the company has not slowed down at all in terms of promotional material.
The website builder is based on Adobe Flash and its claim to fame is how easy it is to build a nice-looking website on it.
Of course, you can get the same functionality with WordPress if you add Elementor (a website builder platform).
I personally don’t like Wix – I think it looks really pretty but when it comes to SEO and actually ranking in Google I don’t trust it.
The classic. WordPress has been around since the beginning of blogging (almost). WordPress offers both hosting and a website builder based on PHP. It was founded in 2003 and it’s the mother of all blogging platforms.
WordPress is also multifunctional so if you want to sell anything, you can install a plugin like Sell Media (for printables) or WooCommerce (for everything else). It’s got the state of the art SEO plugins and thousands of other apps.
If you’re looking for gorgeous themes, there are thousands of free (and lots more paid themes) build specifically for WordPress.
The problem with going against the grain and choosing a site builder like Wix is the same as having an iPhone but then a PC computer – you just make life harder for yourself. The majority of the online world is using WordPress and in this case, going against the grain makes it more difficult for you down the line as you’re building your business.
#1: Site Rubix (WordPress + Hosting)
Site Rubix is my #1 recommendation. It’s what I use for my 3 online businesses and what I have used since 2016 after I flailed around a lot in my 1st year online trying to figure out what I was doing.
I found Site Rubix after getting into a really messy situation with Hostgator where I had to pay a ton of money for my own e-mail domains. Over $100 a month! I knew there had to be a better way.
Site Rubix was founded by Kyle and Carson in 2005. It’s almost as old as WordPress itself. It hosts WordPress blogs for free for you.
When I first started with Site Rubix, I just wanted to start completely fresh. So I started an art blog. If you choose to set up your website with them for free, you’ll get a domain that looks like this:
As you can see below, building a website with Site Rubix is super easy and intuitive:
It’s a fully functional WordPress blog BUT since it’s free, it will be a subdomain of Site Rubix until you decide to buy it (usually domains cost $10-15 per year). Mine cost $15 per year.
Since it’s a legit WordPress site, you get all gorgeous WordPress themes:
The best part about it is that when you choose to upgrade to your very own website, you can migrate it to your own domain with a legit 1 click.
So when I started my new website, I literally worked on building out the whole thing (for free!), and then when I was ready to actually monetize it and needed to get accepted by affiliate programs and ad networks, ONLY THEN did I actually pay for it. I saved myself a few months of the domain and hosting that way and you can do the same.
Also, you have unlimited domain emails 100% included with Siterubix. Common e-mails that you’ll use as a blogger are:
You can easily integrate these with your g-mail account or the g-mail account of your future VA!
Build yours now in 5 minutes for free:
Best Free Blogging Websites are Great for Starting Out
Free websites are great for starting out if you can easily convert them to your own website when you’re ready.
It’s very difficult to monetize blogs that aren’t your own. You won’t get approved for the best affiliate programs or ad networks if you don’t actually own your own domain.
This applies to making money online in general. It won’t work for you unless you actually treat it like a business – a legitimate business. You need to invest money to make money (not a lot mind you but you need to invest a little bit).
Like I was saying above, when I started I followed every single piece of free advice I could get my hands on and worked as hard as I could for 6 months. At that time, when my horse blog didn’t take off (it since has!) I decided to start a new art blog. I started and failed at 2 blogs in 6 months after working my a** off… What was I doing wrong?
It turns out I was doing sooo much wrong actually – I didn’t have a clue what I was doing – but the no. 1 thing I would say is that I wasn’t actually blogging all that much.
I was spending so much time trying to get my SEO perfect, build up my social media, find the best affiliate products to sell or create my own product to sell that I totally forgot having a blog is first and foremost about blogging.
The way I actually learned to focus on blogging, write blog posts that are engaging AND profitable, do the bare minimum SEO while actually getting results, and build my online income in a real and sustainable way was through the online community built by the same creators of Site Rubix, Kyle, and Carson.
For free, you can check out Wealthy Affiliate University and see if it’s for you. I was skeptical at first because I felt like I’d been there, done that with online courses. That is until I made my first dollar online following their exact strategies. And then got my first $500 cheque from Amazon!
Honestly, I don’t think I ever would have been able to keep myself organized enough to make it online had I not found them and some of the amazing mentors I’ve met inside. If you want to learn more:
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