Blogging is the wide frame exercise for those who believes in information and rich content rather than promotional activities stuffed through SEO based keywords in order to rank their webpage in the search engines. This merely looks exciting for short run but for the long run it might cause penalty to the leading search engines and gives adverse effects to your efforts made. This article will focus on the blogging platforms available for the enthusiast bloggers since we have already understood the meaning and importance of domain name for any blog or website.
A huge number of blogging platforms available for free that can be used. Many people don’t even know them at all. This made me write about the collection of leading blogging platforms and give a brief about them to the newbies or those who has been blogging for years but not aware of it. All these platforms are easy to use and absolutely free for everyone. Due to the recent Google’s Penguin Update, most of the websites provide advanced services for professional bloggers in order to obtain rich content. All that a new blogger wants in the blogging platform is, it should be hassle-free, easy to maintain and should be FREE or at very low cost.
If you are a newbie in to the blogging world then you can choose any of them for your personal blog. Among the provided list the most used blogging platforms are Blogger, WordPress, Tumblr, TypePad and LiveJournal. Because these are well known and most stable blogging platforms till now and they have too much modifications and widgets available on the internet, they are widely used and popular all over. Let’s have a look at these blogging platforms one by one.
It’s hard to find someone who’s not aware of Blogger.com as it is pretty much popular in blogging world. As a newbie one will find Blogger.com very easy to use. Blogger.com is owned by Google and is much reliable compared to other blogging platforms. The user interface is really easy to understand. Another great thing about Blogger.com is that you can create new blogs within a few seconds right from the Blogger.com’s dashboard. You will also have the option to purchase custom domain for as low as 10 USD. Learn to Create a New Blogger Account.
WordPress is another industry leading blogging platform. It is also used by a large number of bloggers. Same like Blogger.com, WordPress is the blogging platform of choice for most professionals who want to make money with their blog. WordPress blogs can be hosted on your own domain if you pay for it or there is a free version. I think if you have your own domain paying for WordPress is the way to go. WordPress has many great themes that you can use such as the themes available at Theme Forrest. Another huge advantage of wordpress is all the plugins available to make your blog hum. Here, you can purchase advance plan and have your own customed domain too.
Tumblr might be the most underrated and underused of the blogging platforms. It is a micro blogging platform that gives you more room than twitter but is not designed for long posts. Tumblr posts can go viral due to the Reblog feature. If you post a cool video or image and others like it they are likely to reblog the video or image on their blog. Unlike twitter which has a follower limit Tumblr allows you to follow as many people as you want. You can also like someones post just by hitting the heart button. If you follow those on tumblr who are funny and interesting tumblr can be very entertaining. If you don’t like internet memes don’t go on tumblr. Internet memes are born on tumblr and thrive there.
TypePad Micro is another free blog-publishing service. The interface is easy to use, and you can import/export content from many other blogging platforms. However, in terms of add-ons and themes offered, TypePad Micro won’t satisfy even the most basic blogger. The cheapest paid plan starts at $8.95 per month which comes with additional themes, custom domain mapping, as well as technical support. In an age where almost all blogging services are offering numerous features in their free versions, TypePad Micro seems to be lagging behind.
Twitter is a great micro blogging platform. I love it the most for networking as you can get to know new people by chatting with them in 140 characters or less. Using twitter you can find and comment on blogger blogs, wordpress blogs, and any kind of blog really. Using a simple twitter search should do the trick.
Posterous is another great free blogging platform. It’s really easy to setup and maintain. Posterous makes it easy to add video, pictures, links and more. It is pretty similar to blogger in terms of positives and negatives.
Another very easy and powerful free Blogging platform. Once it was popular among blogging platforms, but now Blogger.com and WordPress.com are more popular. But still if you need to have a simple and easy to use blog then you can also go for it. LiveJournal (often abbreviated as LJ) offers blogging with a touch of social networking to it. You can participate in polls, create networks and interact with other LJ users alongside your blog.
Weebly offers more than just blogging — it’s a fully featured website builder! Weebly’s blog manager features a drag-and-drop interface, support for image galleries, slideshows, video/audio, maps, etc. Additionally, you can opt for their Designer Platform that lets you build websites for your client, thereby effectively using Weebly as a content management system.
Jux is an innovative service that lets you easily share content online. Conventionally speaking, it’s not a blogging service like the ones previously mentioned, however, it has a lot of the same functionalities. Rather, Jux lets you create your own micro-blogging site for sharing your content. By default, Jux templates don’t have the native sidebars and other widgets that are common to most blogs. Instead, Jux provides a clean (and beautiful) approach to blogging. Simply create an account, and then start sharing your content. Jux does seem amazing and has excellent support for mobile devices, it may not be everyone’s cup of tea.
Enjoy any one of these blogging platform and re-establish yourself with the blogging skills. Happy Blogging !!