Free and Self-Hosted Blog Platforms

Decades ago independent business owners and aspiring authors had to build a good, solid reputation by word of mouth only. This was difficult, especially for those who resided in small communities. For most, it took years before they finally got their first big break. In today’s technologically advanced world, it is possible for anyone to build a huge network in a short period of time. The latest invention of blogs has revolutionized the marketing industry.

What is a Blog?

A blog is a derivative from the word, weblog. It is just like a website, only it features entries that are listed in reverse chronological order. It needs to be updated on a regular basis, and it can include photos of products.

Blogs are very easy to set up and maintain, much easier than a full service website in fact. They are also inexpensive. Free blog hosting platforms provides you the opportunity to write your passions before a potential large audience of readers. If you are serious about making money, then you would do best to use a self-hosted blog platform.

Free Blog Hosting Sites

Free hosting sites are great for stories and or personal thoughts on life.

Owned by search engine giant, Google, is the most popular blog hosting site. It is free to use, easy to set up and maintain. Blogger also offers several options, making it possible for you to customize your blog according to its intended theme. is another free hosting blog platform that is fast becoming widely popular. The great thing about Livejournal is that it offers hundreds of different layouts and multimedia options. If you want to add advanced features to your blog, you can upgrade to a paid membership. LiveJournal even has its own community and internet radio show designed for bloggers and to help bloggers promote their blogs

Other free hosting sites are, and Out of all these free blog hosting platforms, WordPress and LiveJournal offer the greatest variety in blog design layouts and themes. WordPress even offers an all in one SEO package, a feature that is designed to help your blog rank higher in major search engines.

Self-Hosted Blog Platforms

If you’re serious about making money from your blog, or if you want to create a business blog, setting up a self-hosted blog platform would be the best way to go. There is something about that ‘.com’ that gives a blog a professional look and appeal.

With a self-hosted blog, you get to choose your own domain name and you have full control over the creativity and design of your blog. Self-hosted blog platforms are also inexpensive to create and maintain. Some highly reputable self-hosted platforms are Movable, and

Before you decide to set up a blog, you should browse through different blog platforms and choose the platform that best suits your needs.

Deanna Proach is a guest blogger for SEO Doctor, an SEO Consultant based in the UK.


  1. says

    I use WordPress (not the .com site, the free blogging software) on my own domain with my own web hosting. It costs less than $100 a year (about $6 a month for hosting than then $12 a year for domain name registration), and you can do just about everything with WordPress, thanks to all the free plug-ins. You can add static pages, forums, and even stores to your site if you want to sell your books/ebooks directly (all of which would be tough to do if you went with Blogger or one of the free blog sites.) Of course, YMMV. :)
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  2. says

    I’d have to vouch for WordPress — either their free, paid or self-hosted services. It is an amazing platform that is always improving. It is easily the most advanced and elegant blogging platform that is out there (which is why it is also the most popular).

    One of WordPress’ biggest appeals is that it can easily be customized to give it radically different looks. Even their free service offers many ‘themes’ at a click of a button.

    I would definitely check out WordPress and take the time to learn its basics. You can find videos on Youtube to help you learn the ropes.
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  3. says

    I agree–I love WordPress, too. One caution about using It is not for commercial sites. If you place advertising, affiliate links, buy links or other commercial content, your blog can be shut down without warning. There is no such limitation when using the WordPress software on your own hosting account.