How to choose a platform for the blog? Free options
This is where it is really easy to get confused on the World Wide Web. In order to alleviate your “suffering” and direct you on the true path, I decided to write this article, where I will try to explain what kind of platform for blogs are, to outline their pros and cons. First of all, you need to decide for yourself why you need a blog and what goal you plan to achieve when using it. If you just want to communicate, join one or another community dedicated to a topic of interest to you, then this is one thing. If you have far-reaching plans and want to use your blog to grow your business, that is, make money using a blog, then this is completely different. There are two ways to create a blog: on a free blog service and on a paid hosting. Let’s look at both options. How to create a blog on a free blog service? This is the easiest and cheapest way. To open a blog here, it is enough to go through a simple registration procedure – and everything, the blog is ready, you can deal with its filling. Below I will give some examples of free blog services with a small description of their capabilities and audience. LiveJournal (LJ) is the most numerous and authoritative blog service not only in Runet, but throughout the world. LiveJournal is a network community, a social network. This is a place to express yourself. The audience is very different – from schoolchildren to well-known, respected people. Among them are such as Dmitry Medvedev, President of Russia, Nick Perumov, science fiction writer, Semak Sergei Bogdanovich, a football player, etc. Perhaps due to the popularity of the service, it is here that your records will begin to be read much earlier than on other platforms. Blogs@Mail.ru – a blog service for blogging within the framework of the portal Mail.ru. Provides blogging opportunities to any user who has received a mailbox in the domains mail.ru, list.ru, bk.ru, inbox.ru. The youngest in terms of audience, designed only to kill time. Finding something useful here is extremely difficult. Diary.ru was originally conceived as a system of online diaries, which remains to this day. The most “vital” and “sincere” service. They say about him: “Daire is the warmest place that can be found on the Web.” The main audience of women is 70%, men, respectively, 30%. The average age is from 16 to 25 years. If you want a heartbreaking life story, then you are here. There are many other, slightly less popular, free blog services. Here are some of them: – LiveInternet; – Ya.ru; – Love Planet; – Blogger.com – Hi! RU; – 24open.ru; – BabyBlog.ru; – Blog ru; – Rambler Planet; – Blogs on Free-lance.ru. You can see the daily updated rating of blog services by clicking on the link blogs.yandex.ru/services. How to create a blog for free, we found out. Now about the pros and cons of free blog services. Pros: No investment required. As you already understood, creating such a blog is very easy and, importantly, for free. Easy blogging. Keeping such a blog is easy. Fill out a small form, click the “Publish” button – and your entry is published. It is possible to insert images, view comments and some more basic functions. Fast blog promotion. Quick indexing in search engines, that is, after the publication of a new entry, it immediately falls into the field of view of search engines. At the initial stage, this is a good help for promoting your blog. But do not forget that there are thousands of bloggers like you! Update without your participation. Software updates happen automatically without your participation. This is the concern of service programmers. Cons: Low functionality. The functionality of your blog is very limited. You get an average “castrated” blog, like everyone else, and you won’t be able to change anything on your own. True, there is one way out – the transition to a paid account. This will partially untie your hands, but, you must admit, this will not be a free blog service! Standard design. You can’t count on the beautiful appearance of your blog. All that can be offered to you is a few simple design options, this will not give your blog solidity. Bulky domain name. When registering, you are given the opportunity to choose a domain name, but, firstly, it will be of the third level, for example www.myblog.livejournal.com. Secondly, in connection with a large number of users of blog services, it will be difficult to find a suitable free name. Lack of rights to your blog. It is extremely difficult to call a blog created on a free blog service your own, since formally your only content is here. Therefore, all your activities are censored by the administration of the service and, if your mutual interests diverge, it may ultimately come to the point that your blog can simply be closed. The presence of extraneous advertising.