As you’ve landed here searching “how to use blogger“, I guess you already know what blogging is?
So, I will just skip the blah-blah stuff, and let’s just show you how to be a blogger and how you can get started with blogging right away for FREE.
Oh wait, before we go any further, I would like to suggest something.
Think of blogging as a business. And, just like any business, you will have to make some investment up front, and if you stay consistent with blogging I can guarantee you’ll recover that investment along with some serious profits within a year.
If you’re convinced then follow this guide instead: How to Start A Blog and Make Money
And if you’re not convinced or not sure if you are ready to invest any money yet, then, follow the steps below to learn how you can create a blog for free.
Just so you know, there are so many blogging platforms out there. And I know for a starter it is going to be very confusing while picking the right one.
So, today I will show you how to create a blog using these 5 best of the best free blogging platforms. And the best thing is all the platforms have an app, which means you can blog anytime from anywhere just using your smartphone as well.
But I would suggest Blogger.com over all of the other free platforms. As it is a Google product, it helps you get your Adsense approval quickly. And also comparatively you get more features with blogger than any of the others. And it is beginner friendly.
So, you just go ahead and start your blog already.
How to Start a Blog for Free?
In this guide, I have covered:
- How to start a blog on Blogger.com
- How to start a blog on WordPress.com
- How to start a blog on Tumblr.com
- How to start a blog on Medium.com
- How to start a blog on Quora.com
Let’s dive in and understand how you can make your own blog on each platform.
How to Use Blogger to Start a Blog for FREE:
Blogger is a free blogging platform introduced by Google. It is good for any niche. You just need to signup for an account and you’re good to go.
How to use Blogger to set up a free blog:
- Go to blogger.com
- Click “Create Your Blog”
- Sign up with your Gmail ID.
- “Confirm Your Profile” and “Continue to Blogger”
- Click on “Create New Blog”
- Give your blog a name and pick a sub-domain and a theme you like
- Once all filled up, click on “Create blog!”
- Google will ask if you like to buy a custom domain, you can skip it by clicking “no thanks”
- Create your first post, publish it.
Although, blogger.com has an inbuilt feature, using which you can connect a custom domain to your existing subdomain.blogger.com blog without having to buy a hosting plan (which I suppose, as you’re just starting up, you might not have the budget or intention to invest in right away).
So, if you want your blog to have a unique domain name instead of the yourblog.blogger.com, and not ready to invest in a hosting plan right now, then just go buy a domain name from GoDaddy.com, Namecheap.com or anywhere you like and host it on blogger.com for FREE.
If you buy from namecheap.com I will get a small commission as I am part of their affiliate program. But if you’re a first time customer, I would recommend you get a domain name from Godaddy.com (I am not an affiliate there) and you can get one for as low as Rs.149/-.
Having said about the FREE option, I still recommend you to go for a self-hosted WordPress blog if you can afford and if you’re serious about making money through blogging.
Anyways, follow the steps below to host your blogger.com blog on a custom domain for FREE.
How to use Blogger with a custom domain?
Step 1: Login to blogger.com
Step 2: Go to Settings
Step 3: Navigate to Publishing (Blog Address)
Step 4: Click on “Set up a third-party URL for your blog”
Step 5: Inside “Third-party domain settings” enter your domain name and click “Save”.
Step 6: Now blogger will ask you to add two CNAME record on your domain registrar’s website to verify the domain; Copy them.
Step 7: Log in to your domain registrar’s website on a different tab and locate the DNS settings of your domain.
Step 8: Inside, you’ll see a button that says, “ADD” or “Add Records”. Click it and select the Type as “CNAME” and add the details (both) accordingly and click on Save (refer to the image below if you’re on Godaddy).
Step 9: Head back to blogger.com and click on Save.
Voila! that’s it.. your blog is all set.
If you don’t want to go with blogger (or the Google blog) you can use any of the other free options that I have shared below:
How to Create a Blog on WordPress for FREE:
Just like blogger.com, wordpress.com is also another awesome platform to start a free site.
It is a product by a company name Automattic, the same company behind some more cool tools like WordPress.org, Jetpack or Gravatar; there’s a few more I am not taking the names here.
WordPress.org is more famous than the free version wordpress.com.
Just like Blogger.com, you need to sign up for a free account on wordpress.com and start blogging right away.
Here are the steps to start a free WordPress blog:
Step 1. Go to wordpress.com
Step 2. Click on “Get Started”
Step 3. Pick a unique username and then select the first option that says “Free”
WordPress also has a custom domain mapping option, but unlike blogger, you will have to pay for the hosting.
So, if you’re planning to have a custom domain then go with blogger.com or tumblr.com (which we will be talking about next)
Step 4. WordPress will ask you to pick a paid package, don’t fall for that, instead, scroll down and click on “Start with Free”
Step 5. Sign up with your Gmail id and click “Continue”
Step 6. You’re almost ready to blog. Just confirm your email ID and customize the site as per your liking.
Step 7. Start publishing content on your new blog and start blogging.
How to Create a Blog on Tumblr for FREE:
Tumblr is founded by David Karp in February 2007. It is available in 18 languages.
Tumblr is more of a social media site then a blogging platform. That being said, Tumblr is perfect for microblogging. In other words, it is for those who like to create short-form of contents.
For example; it is best for you if you like to share photos, small videos, write poems, small stories, quotes or anything that doesn’t take much time to consume.
So, if you think it’s the perfect match, then let’s learn how you can get started with it.
Here are the steps to start a free blog on Tumblr:
- Go to tumblr.com
- Click on “Get Started”
- Sign up with your Gmail id and create a username for your blog (you can change it later)
- Enter your age, agree to the “Terms of Service” by checking the box and click “Next”.
- Verify yourself as human by using the captcha, and click “Almost Done”
- Pick at least 5 interesting topics you would like to follow and click “Next”.
- Verify your email id, customize the look and feel and start posting.
Like I mentioned above, Tumblr also has an option to map a custom domain to your blog.
This is how to do it? (Godaddy is my domain registrar)
How to set up a custom domain on tumblr.com?
In case the video is not showing, here is the direct youtube link: https://youtu.be/ZmLdYuJUS84
How to Start a Blog on Medium for FREE:
Medium.com is a community of bloggers. Although, some of the bloggers I follow use it as their secondary blog.
Medium is a very good choice for a newbie as you don’t need to worry much about customizing anything; you just need to log in and start blogging.
Moreover, medium.com gives you the opportunity to connect with other bloggers and your readers. As it also works so much like a social media platform you can quickly create a good readership.
So, just clap, share, comment and connect with the people that matter. And once you have a good readership you can start a self-hosted blog and redirect your audience to your main blog (that’s what most of the pro bloggers do).
Okay! let’s show you how you can get started with Medium.com
Steps to start a free blog on Medium:
- Head over to medium.com
- Find the “Get started” button at the top
- You have two options to join medium, either with your Facebook account or your Gmail account. Use whatever works for you.
- Next, Dive in and pick all the topics that you would like to show up on your page.
- Once your page is set, go to your profile and write a short bio.
- Click on your picture at the right top, select “New story” and start writing your first blog.
How to Start a Blog on Quora for FREE:
Quora.com is not exactly a blogging platform; it’s more of a platform where people come either to ask questions or to answer questions.
But interestingly Quora does have an option to start a blog. So, what the hell? Instead of answering what is being asked, you can just pour out your heart just the way you like whoever needs it, they will come crawling in. No obligations at all. 😉
Quora says “We want to connect the people who have the knowledge to the people who need it.”
Which is exactly what blogging is all about; coming out of the shell and sharing your knowledge and experiences with the people who would benefit from it.
So, if you feel anything like Quora then it might be the perfect place to start your blog. And compared to the other platforms above, getting noticed on Quora is very easy. You just need to sit down and give insightful answers to the questions being asked.
Already feeling for Quora? then be on it. 🙂
Steps to start a free blog on Quora:
- Go to quora.com
- Sign up with your Facebook, Google plus or by simply using your email id
- Pick a few interests, which you’d like to read about.
- Pick a few interests, which you’d like to write about.
- Select your languages; by default, Quora is in English but you can pick other regional languages that are available.
- Next, Quora will ask if you’d like to connect your account to Facebook so that you can find your FB friends that are also in Quora. If you don’t want to connect just click “Not now”.
- Once your profile is ready, confirm your email id and now you can create your blog. Just follow the screenshots below:
That’s it! you now have all the information you need to make your free blog on any of the platforms we have discussed today. So just go ahead and start it.
Over to You:
Check out each platform and decide which one will work best for you. In fact, if you like, sign up for all of them, that’s even better.
You can buy a domain name and map it to your Blogger or Tumblr blog and make it your primary blog and signup for the other platforms as well and make them your secondary blogs.
This way you can reach more people and the best part is you don’t need to create separate content for these other blogs.
First, publish your contents on your primary blog and then copy that same content and publish it on the other platforms as well.
Just leave a link back to your main content page on your primary blog for the search engines to decide its original source. It’s totally legal.
Hope I have learned How to Use Blogger and the other free blogging platforms
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