How to Choose the Best Blogging Platform for You

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In Brief...

Choosing a blogging platform is something that takes some thought and research. There are several questions you should ask yourself to narrow it down and many platforms to consider; some are free, while some require monthly payments. If you choose a platform that does not work out for you, you can always look at other platforms and make changes. Review the questions below to help you make your decision.

Instructions

  1. Is the blog going to be used to generate revenue? If so, choose a site that charges fees. Most of the free sites do not have revenue generating or sales features. Think about it as an investment; you want your readers to invest, so you will need to spend a bit of money yourself to give them the best experience.
  2. Can you afford to pay for the blog site? If you are not sure you can afford a site now, start out with one of the free ones. They all offer many different features and are easy to use. Starting out with a free site will give you the time to build your blogging skills and start generating interest in your content.
  3. How important is ownership and control of your content? Some platforms (especially the free ones) maintain more control of the content than others. Be sure to research them carefully, ask questions about control, search for bulletin boards where users are talking about the various platforms, and ask about control issues.
  4. What is your commitment level? If you are not sure this is the route you want to take, or if you are just experimenting, it is best to stick to the free sites. If you are completely committed, then looking at the paid sites will give you more features and stability.
  5. Do you want lots of features or are you looking for something super easy? There are some free sites that offer a lot of features, and some are fairly cut-and-paste simple. The paid versions will provide more features, more flexibility, and more options. Do your research, try out more than one platform, start with the free sites, and then determine where you want to go with your blog.

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Author: Janie Sullivan

Janie Sullivan, MBA, MAEd, has been teaching adult learners for over 20 years. She has taught online over 15 years, specializing in writing, communications, and small business applications. Janie directs the Center for Writing Excellence where she offers writing, editing, and formatting services for writers. She has been published in several newspapers and magazines as well as multiple online sites. She teaches communication, business strategy, leadership, and management courses. Janie has published a book "Develop and Deliver an Online Class." This is the third book she has written about writing and teaching online. She also has published a novel and an anthology of short stories.

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