How To Start A Blog (Some Frequently Asked Questions)

How To Start A Blog (Some Frequently Asked Questions)

How to start a blog?

What shall I do to scale it fastly?

How can I make money blogging?

I have been asked these questions many times. New bloggers have a long list of queries which they want to be answered.

We have compiled answers of all those frequently asked questions over here. Let’s have a look.

 

 

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1- What Is A Blog?

A blog is a regularly updated website, run by an individual or group, primarily consisting of the written text in an informal, conversational style.

If statistics are anything to go by, in the United States alone, 42.23% of people from the ages of 18 to 49 read blogs.

You can find a blog for any topic you want. For bloggers, it’s a great avenue to increase their subscriber base, connect with new people, and make money online.

 

2- Why Should You Start A Blog?

There are so many reasons to start a blog.

One of the most prominent reasons is to influence and inspire online readers. If you have in-depth knowledge in your field of work and have decent writing chops, then you truly can help others.

If you know how to monetize your blog, you can even make a decent passive income.

 

Blogging can provide you with the perfect platform to:

– Develop yourself personally
– Improve your writing
– Build new relationships and network in your field
– Share your knowledge with your audience
– Make a lot of money

 

3- How Much Does It Cost To Start A Blog?

When you start a blog, you have the option of using a free or paid blogging platform. Both have their pros and cons.

If you’re a novice and want to try your hand at blogging without paying upfront, WordPress.com and Blogger are excellent free platforms that let you do just that.

However, there are always restrictions with a free tool. For example, you won’t have access to better themes, restriction on advertisements, and more.

On the other hand, if you’re a seasoned campaigner or a novice confident enough about blogging, you could opt for paid platforms.

Website builders like Squarespace and Wix provide excellent paid plans that help you customize your site the way you want without restrictions.

Moreover, such platforms allow you to optimize your site for search engines, add advanced features like an online store, drag-and-drop editors, and more.

 

Here are some of the essential expenses:

– Domain name: It may cost you around $10 per month
– Hosting: Shared hosting cost typically costs $3 – $10 per month. Then there are more advanced options like VPS hosting, dedicated hosting, etc.

– Optional expenses include a premium WordPress theme (costing between $30 – $60), marketing tools, additional plugins, and more.

Final Calculations:
– If you are considering blogging as a hobby, then it should be free.
– If you aren’t that serious and don’t mind minimal features, then it may cost you about $50-$60 per year.
Now, if you’re planning to invest in additional features to scale up your blog, then it may cost over $400 per year.

 

4- How Do I Get Readers To My Blog?

To get readers to your blog, you have to provide value to your readers.

Here are some steps that’ll help get you there:

  • Master SEO – this can’t be understated
  • Create catchy headlines – your headline is the first thing someone reads. Help them figure out the benefits by enumerating them.

The ideal clickable headline is: Odd number + superlative + target keyword + year

  • Publish blog posts consistently as it makes your readers take you more seriously
  • Use call-to-action (CTA) buttons and opt-in forms to make your readers act
  • Offer incentives to current readers like product discounts and insider knowledge
  • Share your posts on social media Implementing all the steps mentioned above can help you get some initial traction to your blog.

5- How Do I Start a Successful Blog?

There are more than 600 million blogs in the US alone. But 95% of them aren’t successful. Many factors set apart successful bloggers from non-successful ones.

Some of the critical factors in starting and running a successful blog are:

  1. Understanding market viability and audience revenue potential
  2. Being well versed in digital marketing – you need to have a firm grasp on SEO, keyword research, affiliate marketing, email marketing strategies, etc.
  3. Being great at self-promotion
  4. Offering value-based content
  5. Providing content consistently
  6. Creating a schedule and sticking to it
  7. Engaging subscribers proactively and solving their pain points

6- Do Bloggers Get Paid?

Yes, they do. Bloggers can get paid exceptionally well. Others make nothing from their blogs.

Breaking it down, bloggers mostly get paid through:
– Advertisements
– Affiliate marketing
– Online courses
– Sponsored posts
– Selling products
– Consulting

However, if your blog posts don’t offer much value, it’s difficult to create an income.

If you’re looking at blogging as a full-time job, it probably won’t make you a millionaire overnight. However, in a year,  your blog can replace your 9 to 5 job.

 

7- How Do Bloggers Get Paid?

Bloggers can get paid via advertisements, affiliate commissions, course or e-commerce sales, and more. The most common metric on how much you get paid in affiliate marketing is EPC (earnings per click).

Another metric is CPM (cost per 1000 impressions). For every 1,000 clicks on the ad, you get paid a fixed amount.

Apart from this, you can also sell products based on your expertise. For example, if you run a travel blog, you could sell brochures on the best tourist destinations. Or if you run a food blog, you could sell e-recipes of your best dishes.

Offer something that is valued by a segment of your audience and bring paid subscriptions to enlist them. The amount could be as low as $5 per month per person. But if you can create the value to attract large volumes, you can start to make a decent income.

 

8- How To Start A Blog For Free In 2020?

Starting a blog doesn’t have to cost much. You can start a blog with minimal investment and sometimes even for free.

When you start a blog, you need to decide whether you want to self-host it or use a fully-hosted platform. Usually, using a fully-hosted platform costs a small monthly fee. But getting a free platform is easy. Most beginners opt for free, self-hosted platforms, such as WordPress.com and Blogger.

Here’s a list of some of the best blogging platforms (both free and paid). If you’re serious about blogging, I recommend you go with a paid option.

When you use a free platform, you’ll have to abide by the platform restrictions and will rarely make money. With almost unlimited revenue potential, you should pay to host your blog.

 

9- How To Start A Blog About Food in 2020?

Food and recipes are one of the most popular things people search for. Since everything is readily available these days, food connoisseurs are willing to try out and experiment with different cuisines and flavours.

Now’s as good a time as any to start your food blog.

Here are some steps to do just that:

– Choose your web hosting company.
– Select a perfect name for your blog that is relevant to your niche.
– Choose the perfect theme for your food blog. The right theme can attract viewers instantly and help you increase your subscriber base.
– Perform keyword research and choose a sub-niche in the food space.
– Start posting and learn how to write recipes in an SEO-friendly manner.
– Get backlinks and guest posts from other food blogs.
– To sustain your blog, you might also want to find out ways to monetize it. Third-party advertisements, affiliate marketing, and selling exclusive recipes are some ways to do that.

 

9- How To Start A Blog About Travel in 2020?

Travelling is something that most people are passionate about. If you are too, you can start your travel blogging journey and make money from your recommendations.

There are a lot of travel affiliate programs that pay when you recommend anything like hotels, Airbnbs, travel gear, travel insurance, booking.com etc.

 

Here’s how to get started now with a travel blog:

 

– The first step is to determine the sub-niche of your blog. There are plenty of options, including solo travelling, luxury travelling, budget travelling, family travel, and more.

– The second step is to decide on a name that’ll be an instant hit with your target audience.
– Set up web hosting.
– Get the perfect theme for your travel blog.
– Perform keyword research and choose a sub-niche in the travel space.
– Publish travel articles based on your expertise, and format them for SEO.
– Obtain backlinks and guest posts from other travel blogs.

 

11- How To Start A Blog About Fashion In 2020?

If you’re interested in the latest styles, starting a fashion blog and tapping into that interest is a great idea.

However, it is a saturated space, which is why you have to make extra efforts to start and grow your fashion blog.

Here’s how you can start your fashion blog:

– Think about what type of fashion you want to talk about in your blog. Fashion can be a broad term, so it’s essential to select a style or niche. For example, do you want to blog about high-fashion or street fashion? Vintage or Gothic?
– Get the perfect domain name that will hit off instantly with the audience.
– Choose your hosting provider.
– Select the theme that best suits your style and the fashion you want to talk about.
– Create content consistently. Never miss out on blogging.
– Promote it heavily, especially on social media platforms like Instagram.
– Since it’s fashion, you want to give it the maximum exposure you can. Monetize it through social media, podcasts, and advertisements. You need all the attention you can get.

 

12- How To Start A Blog About Beauty in 2020?

If you have a passion for beauty products and the latest trends, starting a beauty blog could be for you. This type of blog is best paired with a YouTube channel and Instagram account.

Here’s how you can start a beauty blog:
– Think about what you want to talk about in your beauty blog. Oily vs. dry skin? Fair vs. dark complexion? The list is endless, and it’s up to you to decide your focus area.
– Pick your blog’s name. When it comes to beauty, a catchy, memorable name can attract the right audience.

– Again, choose a hosting plan and install a beauty blog theme.
– Do keyword research on the how-to keywords that people are looking for.
– Schedule your articles and make sure to embed YouTube tutorials into your posts.
– Advertise on social media and via email newsletters.
– You can also provide video tutorials and share beauty tips to increase your subscriber base.

 

14- What Is WordPress?

WordPress is the simplest way to make web pages and makes up over 30% of the Internet.

WordPress helps you create, publish, and share webpages. It’s also one of the most user-friendly platforms to host blogs. And you only have to pay for the domain name and web hosting.

It is a feature-rich CMS (content management system) that allows bloggers to create, edit, and publish content. It features a dashboard where you can edit posts, media, pages, comments, plugins, themes, users, website settings, and more.

 

15- Should I Use WordPress.Com Or WordPress.Org?

WordPress.com and WordPress.org are two very different platforms.

WordPress.com offers an end-to-end solution to start a simple website for free. You need to sign up, and you are all set to build your website.

WordPress.org is an open-source website platform that can be leveraged only through a paid hosting account.

Here are some key differences between the two platforms to help you make a more informed decision:

1. Cost:

WordPress.org: It is entirely free to test but to make the website visible and published, you need to buy website hosting and a domain name.
WordPress.com: You can start a free blog with a WordPress name. To have a custom domain name, you will have to pay at least $4 per month.

2. Setup:

WordPress.org: Setting up a blog or website on WordPress.org requires some level of technical expertise that includes buying hosting and domain name followed by their integration with the website.
WordPress.com: WordPress.com guides the user in a step-by-step process to make the setup hassle-free.

3. Themes:

WordPress.org: It offers excellent customization options through more than 7,500 free themes. Users also get to choose thousands of premium themes.
WordPress.com: It comes with limited customization options. Free and personal plans offer over 150 themes, and other premium plans offer over 200 paid themes.

4. Plugins:

WordPress.org: You get access to more than 55,000 plugins along with thousands of other third-party plugins.
WordPress.com: It allows the installation of plugins in only business or e-commerce plans. These plans cost $25 and $45 per month and offer more than 50,000 plugins.
Now, it’s up to you to decide which platform aligns the best with your requirements.

 

YOU’VE STARTED YOUR FIRST BLOG.

 

As you can see, learning how to start a blog is pretty easy, but you need to consider your options carefully.

Turning your blog into a profitable money-making business requires a smarter approach, SEO mastery, consistency, and hard work.

I have covered pretty much everything you need to know how to start your blog. I will continue to update this post over time with the latest blogging techniques.

Now, it’s your turn. Why not start a blog today?

Start a blog now with Bluehost and get 63% off your hosting plan ($2.95/month).
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P.S: Do you know I could help you grow your blog personally? Yeah, that’s right. I offer special WordPress services to help your set up your website create content and monetize it.

I can put you on the path of financial freedom in 3 short months, only if you are willing to put in work and have a lot of patience.

If you will work with me, I will make sure that your goals and expectations are met in the best possible way. Find out more information here.

 

Disclaimer: This article contains affiliate links that I receive a small commission for at no cost to you. You can read my full affiliate disclosure in my privacy policy in the footer.

Author’s Bio:

Umama Batool Qazi is a contributing columnist @Socialnomics, blogger @UBQ Digital Marketing, content creator and a Pinterest geek. She helps her clients achieve online success by creating valuable content and planning their Pinterest strategy.

To connect feel free to drop her a message at Twitter @DigitalUbq or email at [email protected]

How To Write Your First Blog Post (That People Would Love To Read)

How To Write Your First Blog Post (That People Would Love To Read)

How to write your first blog post is one of the first questions that comes to the mind of any blogger after completing the blog framework.

Yes! it’s time to create your content. 

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 What Is A Blog Post?

A blog post is the main form of content that is essential for any blog.

The first Site Guide defines a blog post as

The blog post is an entry (article) that you write on a blog. It can include content in the form of text, photos, infographics, or videos.

Value Of Keyword Research In Blog Writing.

 If you have missed our blog post about how to perform keyword research for your blog. You can do so here. We have covered everything about keyword research and SEO in this article.

Each blog post should focus on one main target keyword.

The target keyword should be included in:

  • The blog’s permanent URL.
  • The title of your post.
  • In the first paragraph.
  • In your H2 headings.
  • Within the content, 5-8 times, depending on the post’s length.
  • In your meta description.

Once you have a list of the top 5-10 keywords (topics) you want to cover, it’s a good idea to start writing.

Also, in addition to text, blog posts that have audio, video, photos, and other types of visual content, along with textual content, perform the best.

According to statistics, global internet traffic from videos will make up 82% of all consumer internet traffic by 2021.

 

Important Tips On Content Writing.

 

Before you start typing, here are a few more rules to keep in mind when writing a blog post, which will hopefully make the reader’s experience more enjoyable.

  • Always Provide Value to your readers. Write with a clear beginning, middle, and end structure. Even the most mundane of topics can be made interesting if you understand story arcs and hero’s journeys.
  • Present your blog content attractively and make it easily accessible to the readers. Make sure both textual and visual content in the blog are high-quality. Graphics and images also break up a page and encourage the readers to scroll down.
  • Never make your content commercially focused as it irritates readers. Blogs loaded with too much advertising looks unattractive to most people.
  • Format your headings correctly with H2 and H3 tags, and use bulleted lists and images to break up long lines of text. No paragraph should be longer than three sentences.
  • Double-check for typos and grammatical errors – Grammarly is the best tool out there for this. Grammatical errors can make you look unprofessional in both your reader’s eyes – and in Google’s eyes.

Can You Ask Someone Else To Write Posts For You?

Absolutely YES. 

People think that it is unethical. As far as you are paying the writer well, it is completely fine.

You can find many freelancers at Fiverr, Upwork and Problogger who can write content for you. You have to choose and vet out a writer by your self.

Or outsource this task to full-service content creation companies. These companies have screened pools of writers and will connect you with the right individual.

You can find all of your answers in our detailed post about top content writing services. We have covered over 25 content writing companies, their packages, turnaround times and contact details.

Also, you will learn how to test and vet out the right freelancer for your blog.

Read the post here.

 

Write Your First Blog Post.

Here’s how to write your first blog post on WordPress:

Click on “Posts” in the left sidebar from your WordPress dashboard.
Now, select the “Add New” button:

How to add a new post on WordPress

Next, you will head to the editor, where you can start writing your first blog post.

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While crafting your blog post, make sure to keep the above tips in mind.

The WordPress Editor works a lot like Microsoft Word and lets you do the following:

  • Align text left, centre, and right.
  • Make text bold or italic.
  • Highlight text and add links to them. You should also go to your link settings and make any external links open in a new tab – that will keep readers on your blog.
  • Add and align images. On most blogs, images should be JPEGs no longer than 800 pixels wide. Any wider and your image file size will slow down your loading times.
  • Add categories and tags to posts.
  • When you click Save Draft, your blog post will be saved, but not yet published.
  • When you click Publish, your blog post will officially be published and appear on your blog archive page.

Make sure to download and install the Yoast SEO plugin too. This allows you to punch in your target keyword and get recommendations on what to do for SEO.

In Yoast, there are four important sections to add:

  • SEO Title
  • Slug
  • Meta Description
  • Focus Keyword

Yoast SEO will help you access real-time feedback on how your blog post might perform in terms of organic traffic for a particular keyword.

Try to achieve as many green signals as possible. Once you hit 80% green light, it means you’re good to go, and your blog is likely to perform better when it comes to SEO.

You can even “Preview” your blog before publishing it.
If you are happy with the way your blog post has turned out, then go ahead and publish it.

You created your first blog post! Or did you?

When you’re ready, go ahead and get started with Bluehost. Use my link below and get started for just $2.95/month (63% off your hosting plan)

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How To Get People To Read Your Blog?

Now that your post is live, it’s time to tell everyone about it!

  • Share your link on all your social media channels. I recommend opening accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram – YouTube if you are making videos – and Pinterest using your blog’s name and logo. The sooner the better, since you want to get as many eyes on your post as possible.
  • Submit your blog’s URL to Google and Bing. This is to ensure that your post gets listed on their search pages. Now don’t freak out if it doesn’t happen right away. Getting a post indexed, especially in the beginning, can take months.
  • Ask your friends and family to help. Whether you’re asking them to share your post on their Facebook page – or tell their coworkers about it, your friends and family are there to support you. This isn’t the time to be shy! So don’t be afraid to ask. Let the whole world know you have published an amazing post!
  • Use Tailwind to share your post on Pinterest. About a third of my traffic comes from Pinterest. Most bloggers will tell you the same thing and this is why: Pinterest is the third-largest search engine on the web next to Google and YouTube!

Sharing Your Blog Through Pinterest.

The best part about Pinterest is you don’t need to have thousands of followers to get loads of traffic. There are plenty of Pinterest users with less than 5,000 followers who make a living either selling products, or from the traffic, they get from their pins.

And this is why:

  • A pin is 100 times more spreadable than a tweet or a Facebook share.
  • Traffic never completely stops coming in, because your images are constantly being shared. Compare this to the shelf life of a tweet (25 minutes) and a Facebook post (less than 2 hours) and it’s easy to see why everyone should consider adding Pinterest to their marketing campaign.

But in order to get a good flow of traffic, you must be pinning consistently. Since this can take hours to accomplish, I recommend using Tailwind.

 

Why I Love Tailwind?

 

Tailwind is a Pinterest marketing tool that schedules pins to go out at certain times during the day so you can get traffic all around the clock. It can also schedule pins weeks ahead of time, freeing you up from having to be physically active on Pinterest every day.

Tailwind also analyzes your board’s performance and gives you the most optimal times to pin (to get more clicks and shares).

Most bloggers (including myself) use this tool because it’s a time saver and is very easy to set up.

 

Let’s Wrap It  Up.

 

Well, that’s it for How to Write Your First Blog Post (and Get People to Read It). If you have any questions or would like to share your own helpful tips, leave a comment at the bottom or send me an email through the contact page.

You don’t need a lot of money to start blogging, there are plenty of affordable options such as Bluehost, which offers hosting and a free domain name for as little as $2.95/month

(This offer is only available to readers of my blog, the discount is automatically applied through the link).

You can check out this post I’ve written about setting up a WordPress blog for more information.

P.S: Do you know I could help you grow your blog personally? Yeah, that’s right. I offer special WordPress services to help your set up your website, create content and monetize it.

I can put you on the path of financial freedom in 3 short months, only if you are willing to put in work and have a lot of patience.

If you will work with me, I will make sure that your goals and expectations are met in the best possible way. Find out more information here.

Disclaimer: This article contains affiliate links that I receive a small commission for at no cost to you. You can read my full affiliate disclosure in my privacy policy in the footer.

Author’s Bio:

Umama Batool Qazi is a contributing columnist @Socialnomics, blogger @UBQ Digital Marketing, content creator and a Pinterest geek. She helps her clients achieve online success by creating valuable content and planning their Pinterest strategy.

To connect feel free to drop her a message at Twitter @DigitalUbq or email at [email protected]

How To Do Keyword Research For Your Next Blog Post

How To Do Keyword Research For Your Next Blog Post

Keyword research is a vital step when you are thinking about how to start a blog and thinking about the niche.

It helps you discover words users enter into search engines to find content, products, and services in your niche.

You can then use those words and phrases into your blog posts and website content to get more search traffic. 

 

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Why Is Keyword Research Necessary?

 

Many beginners assume that they have a clear idea of what their users are looking for. However, you don’t need to make educated guesses when there are powerful tools available that can help you make data-driven decisions.

People search Google 63,000 times every second. That’s 3.8 million searches per minute, 228 million searches per hour, and 5.6 billion searches per day. Plus, organic traffic can be more valuable than social media traffic because people make high-intent searches online. There are plenty of opportunities out there – you just have to know how to find them.

Properly using keyword research as a part of your content strategy can help you achieve the following:

  • Find the popular keywords your users are looking for.
  • Find content ideas that are easy to rank for and have decent search volume.
  • Find out what your competitors are doing and then beat them to it with a better content strategy.
  • Get more search traffic and grow your audience with each new article.

What Are Some Best Keyword Research Tools?

A piece of good news is that there are SEO tools to understand all of this search data.

Some best keyword research tools are as follows:

1- SEM Rush

2- Ahrefs

3- Moz Keyword Explorer

4- Google Keyword Planner

5- SpyFu

With tools like SEMRush and Ahrefs, you can view individual keyword metrics, including: 

  • Monthly search volume: how many times a keyword is searched for in a given month
  • Keyword difficulty: on a scale from 0 to 100, how difficult is it to rank for that keyword based on the competition
  • The average cost per click (CPC): this is how much the keyword is worth if you were to create a PPC ad for it and pay for the click. It’s a good indicator of the keyword’s value.

What Do You Look For Through A Keyword Research Tool?

 

  • What are people exactly searching about on search engines?
  • What terms they are using?
  • How many times that word has been searched per month?
  • What is the competition level/ difficulty score of that keyword?
  • What blogs/ websites are already ranking for that keyword?
  • What are their domain authorities?

You want to find keywords with high volume and low competition. 

Here’s how I rate these competitive metrics. 

Monthly Search Volume:

  • 0-1,000: Low
  • 1,000-5,000: Low/Medium
  • 5,000-20,000: Medium
  • 20,000-100,000: High
  • 100,000+: Very High

Keyword Difficulty:

  • 0-20: Low
  • 21-50: Medium
  • 51-75: High
  • 76+: Very High

What Are The Types Of Keywords?

 

On my site, there are two main types of keywords I target when it comes to SEO:

First are super high-volume/high competition and medium volume, low competition. Such words are called Revenue Drivers.

How to find this type of keyword for your blog?

Use a tool like Ahrefs and filter the results. Set the monthly search volume filter to a minimum of 1,000 and the keyword difficulty filter to a maximum of 10.

What these keywords are good for?

These keywords should make up the bulk of your posts and be the main revenue-drivers for your blog. The key is to find a good amount of long-tail keywords with medium volume and low competition in your niche.

If these keywords are preceded by terms like “how to” and “best,” you’re well on your way to finding a profitable niche and solving a pain point.

The second types of keywords that I target are super high-volume terms that aren’t as easy to monetize but can bring in a lot of traffic.

How to find this type of keyword for your blog?

Use a tool like Ahrefs and filter the results. Set the monthly search volume filter to a minimum of 20,000 and the Keyword Difficulty filter to a maximum of 75. 

What these keywords are good for?

These keywords should make up 5-10 pillar blog posts that you put a lot of time and effort into. While these high volume keywords won’t generate immediate revenue, they bring in a ton of traffic to your blog and can increase the size of your email list. 

How Do I Track The Performance Of My Keyword Research?

 

First, you need to sign up for Google Search Console. It provides you insights into how Google views your website. You will also be able to see keywords you rank for, and average position in search results.

Google Search Console: UBQ Digital Marketing

 

You will also need Google Analytics to track the performance of your content.

 

Let’s Wrap it up:

A blog needs a mix of both super high-volume/high competition and medium volume, low competition keywords.

We hope this article helped you learn how to do keyword research for your WordPress blog.

You may also want to see our step by step guide on how to start a blog for beginners.

Now, it’s your turn. Why not start a blog today?

Start a blog now with Bluehost and get 63% off your hosting plan ($2.95/month).
Try Bluehost.

 

P.S: Do you know I could help you grow your blog personally? Yeah, that’s right. I offer special WordPress services to help your set up your website, create content and monetize it.

I can put you on the path of financial freedom in 3 short months, only if you are willing to put in work and have a lot of patience.

If you will work with me, I will make sure that your goals and expectations are met in the best possible way. Find out more information here.

Disclaimer: This article contains affiliate links that I receive a small commission for at no cost to you. You can read my full affiliate disclosure in my privacy policy in the footer.

Author’s Bio:

Umama Batool Qazi is a contributing columnist @Socialnomics, blogger @UBQ Digital Marketing, content creator and a Pinterest geek. She helps her clients achieve online success by creating valuable content and planning their Pinterest strategy.

To connect feel free to drop her a message at Twitter @DigitalUbq or email at [email protected]

 

Best Word Press Plugins For Your Site (Most Are Free)

Best Word Press Plugins For Your Site (Most Are Free)

Are you looking for the best WordPress plugins to take your business to the next level in 2020?

There are over 55,000+ WordPress plugins that you can choose from. This makes it extremely overwhelming for new users to find the right plugin for their website.

We are often asked by readers for the best WordPress plugin suggestions for SEO, social media, backups, speed, etc.

Having the right set of WordPress plugins and tools can help you grow your online business.

In this article, we have shared our expert pick of the must-have WordPress plugins for blogs in 2020.

 

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Since WordPress is open-source, you can customize your site in an endless amount of ways.

And this starts with WordPress plugins.

Plugins are a set of tools that integrate with your website and extend its functionality and feature set.

WordPress offers thousands of plugins with different functions, including everything from email marketing and calendar integration to opt-in forms and SEO tools.

However, it’s not recommended to install hundreds of plugins on your blog as they tend to slow down your site and can conflict with each other during updates. So what plugins should bloggers use?

Below is the list of plugins which I use for my blog.

1) ELEMENTOR PRO

 

Elementor Pro is the best WordPress WYSIWYG landing page builder, and it’s the tool I used to create my home page and a few other pages. They have a free version of Elementor, but the Pro version takes it to the next level with much better templates. I have built this blog using a free version.

You can get started with the paid version of Elementor Pro for just $49/year.

 

2) MONSTER INSIGHTS

Monster Insights is the best way to install Google Analytics. With a click of a button, you can see all your important Google Analytics stats right on your WordPress dashboard, so you can make data-driven decisions to grow your traffic and sales.

 

3) MASH SHARE

Mash share is social media share buttons. It’s a free Social Media Plugin, for social media sharing and optimization of your valuable content.

 

4) INSTALL HEADER AND FOOTER

Sometimes you are asked to add codes in header or footer section of your website, for example, Facebook pixel, Pinterest codes to claim your website, Bing etc.

In such cases, Insert Header and Footer plugin allow inserting custom codes inside the head tag and above body tag.

It supports custom HTML, JavaScript and CSS code. This plugin uses the latest WordPress code editor so you can past or type bugs free custom code.

No need to edit theme files for custom code.

 

5) ASSET CLEANUP: PAGE SPEED BOOSTER

This plugin allows you to remove certain elements of code that aren’t necessary to load on every page.

For example, my e-commerce HTML and CSS files were loading on every blog post even though I only needed them on two pages.

With this tool, you can easily select which pieces of code to keep and which to remove based on pages, posts, and other types of content.

 

6) BIGCOMMERCE FOR WORDPRESS

This is the e-commerce tool that I use to sell my digital products. I tested WooCommerce first, but it installed four plugins, slowed down my site, and had an ugly checkout experience.

BigCommerce for WordPress launched in December 2018 and runs via an API – so you handle all of your content in WordPress and your backend e-commerce in BigCommerce. 

7) CLASSIC EDITOR

I’m not a huge fan of the new Gutenberg editor and find the Classic Editor much easier to use and more error-free.

8) EASY TABLE OF CONTENTS

This plugin allows you to easily add a Table of Contents into any page or post. The plugin will appear underneath your pages/posts, and you can select if every H2, H3, or any other header should be automatically added to the Table of Contents.

Tables of Contents are important for a few reasons: they keep users engaged with the page (by clicking around) and help with user experience.

I often have a Table of Contents at the top of my new posts going to each section, then a “Back to Top” link at the bottom of each section so that users can easily go back to the Table of Contents. 

9) EXTENDED WIDGET OPTIONS

Widgets are areas on your WordPress site that aren’t directly pages or posts. For example, sidebars, footers, and homepage sections can be considered widgets. Extended Widget Options allows you to expand the functionality of your widgets to make them more useful.

For example, I use this tool to make some of my sidebar banners sticky so that they scroll down the page with the reader. 

10) GDPR COOKIE CONSENT

This is a plugin that can make you GDPR compliant and make sure that you provide a popup highlighting how you use cookies to readers in the EU. 

11) MAMMOTH.DOCX CONVERTER

I use this plugin to convert Google Docs into WordPress posts automatically. Since I get a lot of my initial first drafts written for me, I download them as a .docx file and insert them into my posts/pages with this plugin.

The Mammoth .docx Converter will appear underneath your posts/pages, and it’s as simple as uploading your file and clicking “Insert into Editor.”

One small detail is that you’ll want to make sure your document’s images have both names and alt text before uploading into WordPress. 

12) OPTIN MONSTER

OptinMonster is hands down the best email opt-in plugin on the market. With the ability to create exit intent, modal popups, in-content opt-ins, and more, they are the reason that my email list is growing by about 60-75 users/day.

You can get started with OptinMonster for just $19/month.

 

13) SHORTPIXEL IMAGE OPTIMIZER

ShortPixel compresses all of your images so that they are smaller files and your pages load faster. I’ve tested lots of different image compression plugins, and ShortPixel has been the best.

 

14) THIRSTY AFFILIATES

This is one of my favourite affiliate marketing plugins. ThirstyAffiliates takes your random affiliate links (full of random numbers, letter strings, etc.) and cleans them up so that they look nice. For example, which one looks nicer:

A: https://www.leadpages.pxf.io/0aOVE
B: https://www.ubqdigitalmarketing.com/recommends/leadpages

The second one is more clickable, leads to higher conversion rates, and can’t be stolen by malicious hackers.

15) WP LAST MODIFIED INFO

One factor in search engine rankings is recency of content – especially if you’re in niches with new information coming out. This plugin allows you to easily show the date on every page/post so that search engines understand when it was last modified. For example, with WordPress, it’s easy to show a date, but it will typically show the Publish Date, not the last time you edited it.

By giving search engines an easy way to pull the Modified Date, you will see this date appear in your search results, and may see a rankings boost.

 

16) WP ROCKET

WP Rocket is an all-in-one site speed plugin that can do everything from minifying HMTL, CSS, and JavaScript, integrate with your CDN, reduce database bloat, and more. I’ve tried other speed plugins like Autoptimize and had some issues with it. WP Rocket is the best, in my opinion.

You can get started with WP Rocket for $49/year.

 

17) YOAST SEO

Yoast SEO doesn’t need an introduction. If you’re not using it, then you’re missing out on a lot of great free features. I use Yoast to manage my sitemap, robots.txt, page titles/meta descriptions, and other add-ons.

 

Let’s Wrap It Up:

 

These were the best WordPress plugins that every website needs in my view. As stated above, these plugins provide the basic features, improve the site SEO, optimize speed, harden security and help to market your content and products in a better way.

Did I miss any plugin that you think is essential too? I would appreciate if you suggest me any.

 

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25+ Top Blogs, Articles & Content Writing Services

25+ Top Blogs, Articles & Content Writing Services

When you look up the internet for content writing services, you are bombarded with lots of options from freelancing platforms to pay as you go content writing services to fully managed content service providers.

You usually come up with two options either hire a freelancer or outsource to some content writing services or agencies.

I have seen a lot of people struggle with the content creation for their websites. They look here and there for the writers, get scammed, lose their money, and don’t get up to the mark writings.

Main image: Best Content Writing Services

 

Content is the king as it builds authority, trust and awareness about your brand, brings traffic to your website, grows your email list and improve conversions. But it takes a lot of time and brains to craft a good quality piece of writing which people would like to read.

That’s why outsourcing content creation is the best option if you have some budget as it will free up a lot of your time and you will be able to focus on other important matters of your business.

The purpose of writing this article is to provide you with the details of some famous freelancing platforms and top-notch affordable content writing services.

I have covered how you can test and vet out a writer from a pool of freelancers in FAQ section so that you can have a person or agency who understands your writing style and can act as a long term team member.

Some of these companies provide managed services that means they will create and publish content on your behalfs like Writer Access, Express Writers and Verblio.

 

Freelance Writers Or Content Writing Agency: What To Choose?

 

Both options have their pros and cons. That depends on your choice, need and circumstances. Usually, there are five factors which influence your choice.

1- Budget: Individual freelancers charge less than full-service agencies and you can negotiate the price with them but you have to vet out writer on your own. On the other hand, agencies have screened pool of writers and they automatically connect you with the best content creator as per your need.

2- Time: Freelance writers have faster turnaround times as compared to agencies as agencies have to follow a protocol from placing an order to allotting you to a writer to content delivery. Though some content creation services promise you to deliver content in as low as 24 hrs after order confirmation.

3- Long Term Partnership: Content creation companies are better than freelancers as they have established online presences in the form of websites and social media profiles with proper contact details. Freelance writers are independent and may get vanished suddenly for one reason or other, costing you time and money.

 

Content Creation Services: Freelancing Platforms:

 

Some famous freelancing platforms are Fiverr, Upwork and Problogger. These sites have thousands of freelancers with detailed profiles. There are two ways to find a writer over there.

You are required to place a job posting about the content you want to be created. Interested writers will send you proposals and then you can pick the one you like.

Or you can directly contact the writer based on their profiles and their published work and can ask them to work for you.

Payments are made after the order is received through the respective platforms. These platforms cut a small amount of commission as service charges.

 

1- Fiverr

Fiverr logo: Content writing services

 

Fiverr is one of the largest platforms with thousands of freelancers, where you can post a Buyer Request for free or communicate with the freelancer on your own after reviewing their portfolio and rating.

Any freelancer can apply to buyer request for free so it is difficult to control the quality of job requests you receive on your posting as every freelancer is free to apply.

Fiverr provides you insights about freelancers previous performance with other clients through parameters like “Completed orders”, “Orders in queue” and “Ratings”.

There is one caveat that the highest-rated freelancers at Fiverr are usually very busy. They have multiple orders in the queue and can be expensive as well. The order turnaround time might be longer as they are occupied.

So you can give a chance to new freelancer by testing them out. How to test and vet out a writer? We have discussed this in detail at the end of this article.

Pricing: Prices are fixed, there are no hourly rates. The freelancer will charge you according to the price mentioned on his gig.

Website: www.fiverr.com

 

2- Upwork

content writing services : Upwork logo

 

Upwork is another big pool of freelancers. It free to post a job but freelancers are required to buy a currency called “Connects” to apply for a job posting.

The quality of job proposals received on any job request is higher than Fiverr as the candidate who is applying for the job is paying to send you a proposal whether he gets hired or not.

You can search the freelancer according to your need and can invite them for interview directly to your job posting.

Services: Virtually every type of content creator can be found at Upwork.

Pricing: Pricing has to be mentioned in the job posting. It can be either fixed or hourly rates. Applicants can also bid on the job posting about the pricing in their job proposals.

Website: www.upwork.com 

3- Problogger:

 

Problogger logo: content creation services

 

Run by renowned blogger Darren Rowse, since 2004, ProBlogger has been the home for bloggers wanting to create and grow their blogs, and then go professional to make money blogging.

They have got over 8,000 posts with blogging advices, tips, and in-depth tutorials alongside the latest blogging trends.

Problogger charges $70 to post a job. So the jobs posted are legit and not a scam.

Any blogger can make their account and apply to the job posting.

Website: www.problogger.com

 

Content Writing Services: Full-Service Agencies:

 

These services have thousands of prescreened writers. This removes the burden of testing and vetting out writers your self thus saving time but can cost you a bit more money.

I have briefly described the services, pricing plans and contact details of content creation agencies working for customers around the globe producing almost any piece of content you can think of.

 

4- Content Cucumber

Content cucumbers logo: content writing services

 

One of the best and highly recommended content writing service.

Content Cucumber is recommended by us as you can get as much content as you want to be written every month for one monthly flat fee. They offer an excellent one on one customer support and have a friendly website user interface.

Services: The most common requests they receive are for blogs and email newsletters. Though they can provide any content on demand.

Pricing: They have a single monthly subscription of $490. You can get as much content as you want in this subscription fee.

 

content cucumbers pricing plan: content writing services

Contact

Phone number: 317-629-0389

Website: www.contentcucumber.com

5- Scripted

Scripted logo: content writing services

Scripted is a content writing service as well as a freelancing platform. Where you can request any piece of content, select your own writers and pay only for the content you love.

Scripted is a marketplace for writers, and they will connect you directly with your writer to execute your vision.

This company has been trusted by many renowned companies like LinkedIn, Event Brite, Loreal etc.

Services:

The list of content they offer at Scripted is as follows

  • Blog posts
  • Press releases
  • Webpages
  • Product descriptions
  • Newsletter
  • Video scripts
  • Social media posts
  • Content tune-ups
  • Custom projects

Pricing: Scripted has four pricing plans.

Their basic plan starts from $149 per month and the plan for enterprise and agencies can cost around $2500 per month. All plans come with a 30-day free trial.

Contact:

Phone number:1 (866) 501-3116

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.scripted.com

6- Textbroker

 

Text broker logo

 

Whether you need captivating blog posts, straightforward product descriptions or snappy advertising copy, Text Broker’s online platform has thousands of reliable, verified US authors who write articles that are optimized for search engines.

Over 80,000 satisfied clients worldwide with 10 million custom orders processed, they are trusted by companies like eBay, Yoast, Searchmetrics etc.

Scripted has qualified native speakers and writers in 36 languages. They also have an amazing blog about content marketing.

Services: They provide writing services on any topic from technical blog posts to social media content to product descriptions.

Pricing:

There is no monthly fee at Textbroker. You determine the quality and length of your article and only pay for what you order. You can sign up for Free.

Contact:

Phone: (702) 534-3832

E-mail: [email protected]

Website:www.textbroker.com

 

7- Iwriter 

 

Iwriter logo: content writing services

 

Based in US Iwriter has over 1,13,000 screened freelance writers in their pool with 7,890,780 articles written to date.

Services:

They can write any type of custom content, include articles, articles rewrites, blog posts, product descriptions etc

Pricing:

Iwriter has four plans. Standard, Premium, Elite and Elite plus. You are charged per word. For every 150 words, you can be charged from $1.40 to $13 depending upon the plan you have chosen. No monthly payments. Pay as you go.

Contact:

You can contact Iwriter through their Contact Us page

Website: www.iwriter.com

 

8- Constant Content

 

Constant content logo: content writing services

 Constant Content has 100,000 expert writers with 50,000 businesses served. They hand-edit every new piece of content they write.

One unique thing about them is that they have a ready-made pool of over 100K articles from where you can directly purchase any post you like and don’t have to wait at all to get your article written.

Constant content is trusted by Uber, Sears, Walgreens etc

Services: Constant content will draft any content for you. There most requested content includes product and category pages, blog post and e-books.

Pricing: Already written articles range anywhere from $10 and onwards. Constant content does not have any pricing packages. Pay as you go.

Contact: Constant Content can be contacted through their Contact Us page

Website: www.constant-content.com 

9- Writer Access

 

Writer Access Logo: content writing services

Writer access has a pool of 16000 screened freelancers. It has been trusted by 39,000 brands and 1000 plus agencies.

Some famous brands include 3M, Microsoft, Samsonite.

Writer Access possesses an AI-powered search which helps you find writers with the exact tone and style you need, to better connect with your audience and boost traffic and revenue.

Services: Any type of content. You can request a demo as well.

Pricing: It has 14 days of free trial for all packages. You need to buy a monthly membership and you have to pay for the content separately. Membership ranges from $39 per month for the basic plan to $99 per month for the premium plan.

Contact: Writer Access can be contacted through their Contact Us page.

Website: www.writeraccess.com

 

10- Crowd Content

Crowd Content logo: content writing services

 

Crowd Content promises a fast turn around i.e. to complete most of your orders within 24 hours. It is trusted by over 6000 clients including WordPress, 3M, Home advisor.

It has a pool of 5000+ US-based writers and over 100 million words have been written till date.

Services:

  • Article Writing
  • Blog Posts
  • Copy Editing Services
  • Copywriting
  • eBooks
  • Facebook Posts
  • Ghostwriting
  • Local SEO City Pages
  • Metadata
  • Newsletters
  • Press Releases
  • Product Descriptions
  • Review Writing
  • SEO Content
  • Technical Writing
  • Tweets
  • Website Content
  • White Papers

Pricing: It has a pricing calculator where you can enter the type of content you want, the level of quality of writing (it has 4 levels) and the word count and it will calculate the cost for you.

A basic 1000 words post can cost you from $22 to $120 depending upon the quality level.

 

Crowd content: pricing calculator

Contact:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 1-888-983-3103

Website:www.crowdcontent.com

 

11- Article Writing Company

 

Article Writing Company Logo: content writing services

 

Article writing company is trusted by over 2500 companies including Shopify, Get Response, Oberlo, Crazy Egg, LegalZoom, Wishpond etc

Services: They can create anything for you from blog posts to email sequences to web copy to the product description and social media content.

Pricing: It has a built-in pricing calculator. A basic 1000 word article will cost you $100 at a minimum.

 

Article Writing company pricing page

Contact:

Email: [email protected]

Phone number:1.888.325.8570

Website: www.article-writing.co

 

12- Zerys

 

Content creation service: Zerys logo

 

According to Zerys it is

A simple, powerful, award-winning content planning and production platform.

It allows you to plan your content, find top writing talent, and create custom, optimized blogs, white papers, and ebooks your readers will want to click, read, and share!”

You can schedule a free consultation as well.

Services: All type of content on demand.

Pricing: Zerys also has a pricing calculator that helps you calculate your rates and decide.

 

Zerys pricing calculator

Contact: Zerys can be contacted through the Contact Us form.

Website: www.zerys.com

 

13- Verblio

Verblio logo

 

Verblio has over 3000 + US-based writers which are vetted through the rigorous testing process. They have diverse professional backgrounds to serve a variety of niches.

They can handle a large amount of content in a short amount of time. If you want 100 pieces of content per month they can handle it as well.

They will provide you with a free onboarding tour about their platform and how it works.

Services: Verblio is selective in its services. 

WHAT THEY DO.

  • Blog Posts
  • Newsletters
  • Press Releases
  • Website Content
  • White Papers
  • Video
  • Ebooks
  • Pillar Content
  • Content Clusters
  • Revamp Your Content
  • Product Category Pages
  • Product Descriptions

WHAT THEY DON’T DO.

  • Social Media
  • Case Studies
  • Email Campaigns
  • HR Manuals
  • Jumbotron Text
  • Term Papers

Pricing: Verblio has a very elaborate pricing page. Other than the text posts you can add videos and original photographs for an extra small fee.

A 1000 word blog post will cost $119 minimum.

Verblio pricing calculator

Contact: Verblio can be contacted by their Contact Us page

Website: www.verblio.com

 

14-Content Writers

 

Content writer logo

 

Content Writers is another trusted name. Their clients include Legal Zoom, Expedia, Adobe, CNET, Forbes.

Services: Any type of content. They offer custom options for agencies, publishers, enterprises and e-commerce.

Pricing: They provide both self-service and managed services. For the price of content, you have to communicate with their team here.

Contact:

Email:[email protected]

Phone Number:212-235-1103, 800-891-0553

Website: www.contentwriters.com

 

15- Content Scribblers

 

Content scribblers logo

 

Content Scribblers aims at providing professional and affordable content writing services on a global level.

Offering a unique blend of technical, creative and qualified content writers, we guarantee customer satisfaction through our professional writing services.

Services: They provide all kind of custom writing services.

Some unique services by Content Scribblers include,

  • Memo writing,
  • Screenwriting,
  • Wikipedia writing,
  • Resumes and cover letters.

Pricing: You have to fill an order form to get the pricing quote.

Contact:

Customer Support: +1 (585) 800 9856, [email protected]

Admin Support: [email protected]

Website: www.contentscribblers.com

 

16- Godot – Cheapest Content Writing Service

Godot Media - Content Writing Services

Godot has satisfied over 10,000 plus clients and is trusted by big brands AES International, ING, Slidely etc

Services: They provide services like article, blog, copywriting, ebook, Social media, SEO, content marketing and product description

Pricing: Cheapest of the blog writing service I have found where you can get a professionally written 1000 word blog post in $13.

Contact: Godot media can be contacted through their Contact Us page.

Website: www.godotmedia.com

 

17- Express Writers

Express Writers logo

Express Writers has been founded in 2011, their near-decade presence in the industry has been sustained and grown through content.

Express Writers is tough on writers. Its team of expert writers are individually matched up to your projects by your content manager, and quality standards are upheld at all times.

Express writer has served 5000 plus clients till date.

They are trusted by big clients like BuzzSumo and Marketing Labs

Services: All kind of content on demand

Pricing: We have added the pricing table from Express writers. Click the image to go straight to the pricing page

 

Express Writers Pricing Calculator

Contact: Express writers can be contacted through their Contact Us page. They provide both email and chat support

Website: www.expresswriters.com

 

18- Contently

Contently logo

Contently has been trusted by big brands like Marriot, Google, Dell and Walmart. They will provide all services from planning your content strategy to writing and editing content for you.

They even provide account management services.

Contently has an excellent blog which is worth reading both for the content strategist and the freelancers and has some very good resources in the form of ebooks.

 

Contently satisfied customers statistics

Services: A full-suite of content strategy services to help you get buy-in, align your teams, and discover what your audience wants at every stage of the customer journey.

Pricing: They do not have any pricing page. You have to request a content consultation through their contact us page.

Contact: Contently can be reached at Contact Us page

Website: www.contently.com

 

19- Writology

Writology

 

Writology.com is a platform combining a freelance writing marketplace and a professional writing service.

Before making this service available in 2010, they had over a decade of experience providing custom writing services in almost any field imaginable.

They have created a platform that would allow every customer to find what he or she is looking for. With them you have an opportunity to choose the most suitable writer or editor for your project based on the factors that are most important to you, be it experience in a particular field of knowledge, the price per page, urgency, or everything altogether. 

Services: Writology provides 

  • SEO Writing
  • Corporate communication
  • Public relations
  • Journalistic Writing
  • Ghostwriting
  • Corporate history
  • Book report
  • Children’s books
  • Articles Writing
  • Business Memo
  • Newspaper articles
  • Novel writing
  • Business writing
  • Business news
  • Nonfictional prose
  • Periodic publications
  • Book review
  • Publishing houses
  • Club newsletters
  • Daily newspapers
  • Rewriting

Pricing: You have to place an order to request a quote.

Writology pricing calculator

Contact:

Phone: +1 (888) 296-4616

Email: [email protected]

You can also reach through the Contact Form or request a callback.

Website: www.writology.com

 

20-Thrive Agency

Thrive agency logo

Thrive is a full-service digital marketing agency. They have been providing a wide range of services to clients of all industries since 2005.

Services: Their digital marketing services include consulting and management options for a variety of online marketing tactics including search engine optimization (SEO), pay-per-click (PPC) ads, Amazon store optimization, copywriting conversion rate optimization (CRO), and more.

They also offer expert web design and development services for both eCommerce and B2B companies.

Pricing: For a pricing quote contact Thrive Agency through the form on their Contact page.

Contact: Thrive agency can be contacted through their Contact Us form.

Website: www.thriveagency.com

 

21- Media Shower

media shower logo: content writing services

Media Shower offers its content writing services to big names like Intuit, Mint and TMPLR. They even offer to write a free article for you.

Services: All kind of content to bring traffic to your website and increase conversions.

Pricing: Media shower has a monthly subscription model with three marketing plans. Basic, Plus and Pro.

Media shower pricing package: content writing services

Contact: Media shower can be contacted through their Contact Us page

Phone number: +1-617-564-3443

Website: www.mediashower.com

 

22- Copy Press

Copy press logo: content writing services

CopyPress is your turnkey solution for generating, promoting, and scaling content tied to your marketing initiatives. Agencies, enterprise and mid-market companies all count on CopyPress to produce high-quality, targeted content for their brands.

Services: They provide content writing, content promotion and custom designing services.

They can write blog posts, resource articles, product descriptions, ebooks and white papers to designing infographics, illustrations and videos.

You can book a free strategy call with them.

Pricing: To get a quote for your desired piece of content. You have to fill an order form.

Contact: Copy Press can be contacted through their Contact Us page.

Website: www.copypress.com

 

23- Articlez– Academic Content Writing Services

 

Articlez logo: content writing services

 

At Articlez, you can experience the highest quality content that their team of American writers deliver to Over 20,000 Businesses and Individuals Every Month.

Articlez provides help in academic writing as well.

Services:

At Articlez you can hire a writer to…

  • Write your ebook.
  • Create highly detailed content for your blog or website.
  • Write college level elite content.
  • Write a press release for your business.
  • Write content for general-purpose article marketing.
  • Create a custom project just for you.

Pricing: The pricing page is as follows.

 

Articlez pricing packages: content writing services

Contact: Article can be contacted through their contact us form.

Website: www.articlez.com

 

24- SEO Article Writing PROS

 

 

SEO Article writing pros logo: content writing services

 

Today, we need custom content to succeed online. We need articles, blog posts, landing pages, social media posts, and more!

The team of SEO Article Writing PROS team of Professional Content Writers & Copywriters can complete any custom writing project based on your specific needs.

They provide content for virtually every niche market and business type around!

Services:

  • Articles
  • Blog posts
  • Press releases
  • Website contents
  • Ebooks and e-reports
  • Social media posts

Pricing: To get a free pricing quote, enter your details in order from here. They will get back to you soon.

Contact: You can email them through a contact form

Phone number: 1-888-715-1458

Website: www.seoarticlewritingpros.com

 

25- Hire Writers.Com

Hire writers logo: content writing services

Content writing company promises to provide you with your desired piece of content in as little as 3 hours.

You only pay for an article if you are totally satisfied with it. They have pre-screened thousands of writers to ensure you get the highest quality results within hours.

Services: Any type of custom content can be written. Hire writers also provide data entry and transcription services as well.

Pricing: They have a detailed pricing table at their pricing page. Below is a glimpse of it.

Hire writers pricing package: content writing services

Contact: Send Hire Writers.Com an email through the contact form.

Website: www.hirewriters.com

 

26- Contenfy

 

Contenfy logo: content writing services

 

Contenfy helps you Increase your website traffic, attract and convert your target audience through high-quality blog content.

Their authors have been featured in Entrepreneur, Forbes, Kissmetrics, Wired and entrepreneur.

Pricing: Contefy has three plans from $59 per month to $399 per month. Further details about pricing can be found here.

Services: They only support blog posts at the moment

Contact: No contact page

Website: www.contenfy.com

 

Content Writing Services: FAQs

 

What is a content writer?

A content writer is someone who writes a piece of text whether it be an article, blog post, newspaper article, social media posts, ad copy etc for others as a job and get paid for it.

 

What does a content writer do?

The content writer performs research on the topic given, craft the initial draft according to the client’s need, makes the revisions if necessary and send the article for final publication.

 

How to choose vet out the best content writer or an agency for your self?

This is a huge challenge at first. My recommendations are as follows.

Freelancer or a content creation company, whatever you go for, do your due research. Initially, you have to give a couple of freelancers or companies a try to find out which one’s writing styles resonate with you the most and then stick with them. 

When it comes to outsourcing to a freelancer: 

1- Ask for a portfolio. It is good if they have been published earlier that adds authority to their skills but I believe you should give new freelancers a try as well. Give them a topic and ask to write in a given time period then evaluate their skills, creativity and styles.

2- Provide preliminary research for each project. It’s best to provide the writer with some initial outline of the article. It will help the writer understand your format and writing style. You can direct the writer to some reading resources as well.

For my blog posts, I perform keyword research and SERP analysis myself and provide my writers with a Google Docs document in the following or similar format. 

The title of blog

Minimum Word Count of the Article: 

Focus Keyphrase:

Main H2 Headings: 

FAQs: 

Also, don’t micromanage writers. Give them some space to show their creativity. You can always ask for revisions of the first draft.

Always Compensate Even If You Don’t Hire A Writer: 

This is crucial. Always compensate writers for test samples to their usual charges. In the case of PRO writers, you don’t need them to write a test. They must have a portfolio of published articles somewhere else. Those must be enough to evaluate their writing styles. 

If you are trying out a complete newbie, it is ok to ask for a writing test but always pay the writer for that even if you don’t like it and don’t want to work with them.

You will not ask a plumber to fix your toilet to see if they are good at it. Same goes with the writer.

Professional writers make living by writing. Never ask them to write for free to prove their capabilities.

How to do content writing?

To perform content writing you should select your niche first. The niche should be of your interest as it is difficult to write on something you don’t like. Secondly, you should be well versed on the subject and try to keep yourself updated.

 

How to be a good writer?

Some people have a natural talent for writing well. If you are one of those writers, congratulations. If not then don’t worry, we are in the same league. To be a good writer you have to continuously read a lot on the subject you want to write on. Reading widens your horizons, improves your vocabulary and gives you more ideas by unlocking new doors of thinking to you. As a result, you become a good writer.

 

How to write an article or a blog post?

As a freelance writer, you might be given a topic by your client to write for. Writing any article begins with the keyword research. I have covered this topic in every detail in my blogging guide for beginners. Head over to it to learn more about keyword research.

The keyword research tool that I recommend is SEM Rush. They have got a 14-day free trial.

Each blog post should focus on one main target keyword which should be included in:

  • The blog’s permanent URL.
  • The title of your post.
  • In the first paragraph.
  • In your H2 headings.
  • Within the content, 5-8 times, depending on the post’s length.
  • In your meta description (optional).

Once you have a list of the top 5-10 keywords (topics) you want to cover, it’s a good idea to start writing.

Also, in addition to text, blog posts that have audio, video, photos, and other types of visual content, along with textual content, perform the best.

 

How to start freelance writing?

To be a freelance writer, there are several freelancing platforms, like, Fiverr, Upwork, flex jobs, Iwriter, Contenfy, Textmaster etc. You may run a google search and can find many freelancing platforms. I have written an article on how you can work remotely as a freelancer.

Give this piece of content a thorough reading and you will get to know how you can get started as a freelance writer and get the job you have dreamed of.

 

How to get unique articles for free? 

You can easily get unique articles for free by allowing guest posting on your website. You can also have contributing columnist for your site who can regularly contribute to your blog or site and in return, they can have one or two do-follow links to their businesses.

 

Grammarly: Is this Grammar checker worth it?

Grammarly is the best grammar checking tool out there. Grammarly’s AI-powered applications help people communicate more effectively. Millions of users rely on Grammarly every day to make their messages, documents, and social media posts clear, mistake-free, and impactful

Grammarly’s sophisticated AI not only corrects your grammatical mistakes but also makes your writing more understandable and helps you make the right impression on the reader based on your audience and goals. In addition, Grammarly is able to check the tone of your correspondence, provide synonym suggestions to make your text more readable and precise, and even check your documents for plagiarism. With Grammarly, you can rest assured that your writing is always held to the highest standard.

Grammarly has a Free and two Paid Plans. Paid plans start from $11.66 per month. Grammarly supports teams of up to 149 members. Start using Grammarly for free.

 

Let’s Wrap It Up:

 

I was scared to ask somebody else to write for me as I always thought how can anybody understand my side of the story and craft it the way I wanted.

But as soon as I found and teamed up with the right content creators, not only I got the content written my way but also my web traffic increased, improving my monthly revenue three folds in two short months.

Content Cucumber is recommended as you can get as much content as you want to be written every month for one monthly flat fee. They offer an excellent one on one customer support and have a friendly website user interface.

I have done my part of the research about top content writing services for my readers in this article. Over to you now.

Think, Research, Plan, Outsource and Grow.

Umama Batool Qazi is a contributing columnist @Socialnomics, blogger @UBQ Digital Marketing, content creator and a Pinterest geek. She helps her clients achieve online success by creating valuable content and planning their Pinterest strategy.

To connect feel free to drop her a message at Twitter @DigitalUbq or email at [email protected]

15 Best Blogging Platforms & Sites 2020 – Both Free and Paid

15 Best Blogging Platforms & Sites 2020 – Both Free and Paid

Before getting to know what are some best blogging platforms and sites, it is important to understand the need for blogging. There are many good reasons to create a blog.

You may want to practice your writing, create a following, establish your brand or use blogging as a marketing tool to increase site traffic. It’s also a great way to connect with like-minded people.

How do you choose the site to build your blog on?

There’s a wide choice of blogging platforms. The more choices there are, the harder it is to make up your mind.

To help you choose the best blogging platform for yourself, we will first talk about what to look for in a blogging solution. After that, we’ll examine the pros and cons of the 15 best blog sites.

Ready? Let’s get started…

 

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HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST BLOGGING PLATFORM OR WEBSITE?

 

For making a decision, it helps to know what you are looking for. As they say – if you don’t know where you are going, every way is the right way. Below are some categories to judge the candidates by:

 

  • COSTS – An indispensable consideration. It’s not only important that your blogging platform of choice fits within your budget but what you also get for your money. A free offer is worth nothing if it doesn’t do what you need.
  • BEGINNER- FRIENDLINESS– Beginners need a blogging solution that is easy to set up, manage, and doesn’t need coding skills to run. They also have to be able to find support when they run into trouble.
  • FEATURES AND EXTENDABILITY– Over time, your needs and requirements for your site will change. You might want to modify or overhaul the design, add features, or make other drastic changes. A good blogging platform needs to be able to accommodate that.
  • MAINTENANCE – How much hands-on work does your blogging solution need? Does it take care of most of the activities and features for you, or do you have to do everything by hand? This will have a serious impact on your workflow.
  • MONETIZATION OPTIONS – Many people start a blog or website to eventually earn money. If that is your objective as well, you better choose a platform that enables you to do that in a way that works for you.

The weighing of the factors above will be different depending on your skills, goals, and requirements. Keep them in mind while we compare the best blogging platforms out there.

 

BEST BLOGGING PLATFORMS AND SITES- BOTH PAID AND FREE


1– WORDPRESS.ORG- BEST FOR SELF HOSTED BLOGS

 

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Among the best blog sites, the self-hosted version of WordPress is, by far the most popular blogging platform in the world. WordPress powers over 90 percent of all the blogs on the Internet. It’s often confused with its close cousin WordPress.com. We will cover the latter as well.

WordPress.org self-hosted version is perfect for all kinds of blogs, but mostly for those who are serious about blogging:

  • Personal blogs
  • Business blogs
  • Online businesses
  • Bloggers who want full control over their site

PROS:

Very flexible – WordPress gives you full control over every aspect of your site

  • Highly extendable – you can add almost any functionality through plugins ( The WordPress directory has over 55,000).
  • Thousands of mobile-friendly themes allow you to switch the design of your blog at the touch of a button
  • The platform is search engine friendly and works well with social media
  • You will have full ownership of your content
  • Its large community means lots of support options

CONS:

You need to have a web hosting and a domain name.

The first step to start a high-end blog is to sign up for web hosting with Bluehost.

You can get started with them for just $2.95/month (63% off) and start your blogging empire.

 

Get Started with Bluehost

SETUP AND PRICING:

WordPress is an open-source blogging platform which means it’s free to use. However, to set it up, you’ll need a domain name ($10/year) and web hosting ($4/mo). Also, you may want to spend money on paid plugins and themes that add more flexibility to your blog.

2- WORDPRESS.COM: BEST FOR FREE BLOGS

 

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WordPress.com is a blog site hosting service by Automattic. You can get a free blog with basic features. For advanced functionality, you need to opt for one of their paid plans. It can be a great starting point for blogging.

If you ever decide to have more control over your site, it’s relatively easy to move from WordPress.com to WordPress.org.

PERFECT FOR

  • Small hobby blogs
  • For people who want to test waters with blogging

It’s a good option for small blogs or hobby blogs that are not actively maintained.

PROS:

Super easy to set up – just create an account and follow the installation wizard

  • Hosting is included, so you have less moving parts to deal with.
  • The interface is even more streamlined than self-hosted WordPress.
  • No need to worry about site maintenance, everything is done for you.
  • Built-in stats and community functions.
  • Professional and dedicated support on paid plans.

CONS:

  • The free account is very limited, e.g., your blog is hosted on a subdomain.
  • Narrow customization options, third-party themes, and plugins are only available on Business plans.
  • Limited monetization opportunities, advertising is forbidden for lower plans.
  • You can lose your site if you violate the terms and services of the platform.
  • Ads and branding are present on your site unless you pay to remove them.

SETUP AND PRICING:

Paid WordPress.com plans cost between $4 and $25 per month (billed annually). Each tier increases the amount of storage space, features (including monetization options) and support. With the Business plan, you can install external plugins and themes and connect your site to Google Analytics.

Signing up with WordPress.com and building a limited free blog can be done here – WordPress.com.

 

3- WIX – BEST FOR SMALL WEBSITES

 

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Wix is a website builder. It allows you to put together your web presence via drag and drop and comes with blogging ability that you can add to your site.

PERFECT FOR:

  • Small business owners who need a blog with a website
  • Creative artists who mostly share photos

PROS:

  • Ability to customize your site with templates and third-party apps
  • No coding skills required, you can achieve everything with the graphical interface
  • Quick and easy setup, includes top-notch hosting
  • Lots of design options and everything is built with HTML5
  • Has a feature to automatically design your blog using an artificial intelligence
  • Comes with free stock images

CONS:

  • The free account comes with limited capabilities, traffic, storage and has Wix branding and ads
  • The number of free apps is limited
  • You are unable to change your site template after choosing it
  • The e-commerce capabilities of Wix are limited, even on paid plans
  • The service charges for many things so costs rack up easily
  • You are unable to move your site elsewhere and take your content with you

SETUP AND PRICING:

Wix is subscription-based and offers different packages. They start at $13/month for 2GB of bandwidth and 3GB storage plus the ability to connect a custom domain (which you need to pay yourself). Higher plans add more bandwidth and storage, free domains, apps, the ability to create an online store and remove the ads. The most expensive plan ($39/month) also comes with VIP support.

Visit Wix.com to start a free blog

4– Constant Contact Web Builder– AI-Powered Web Builder – Ideal for new bloggers

 

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Constant Contact’s A.I.-powered website builder is fast. Really fast. Just answer a few questions and the website builder creates a personalized website based on your business or passion-complete with images and suggestions for the best content to include.

It’s easy to edit and add new pages or sections. You can customize your website as much as you want and never worry about ’breaking it’ , because their built-in design protections ensure your site will always look great on any device.

 

PROS:

 

  • Constant Contact has integrated Unsplash directly into their image library. They have over 550,000 free professional-quality images to choose from
  • Fast image load times as they provide with CDN
  • Easy to create and publish an online store within your website, and start driving sales fast.
  • Seamless integrations with Google My Business

SETUP AND PRICING:

 

You can start for free. Their paid plan goes up to $14/ month. Either plan provides you with unlimited storage, basic to advanced analytics, social sharing, contact form management and 24/7 support.

GET STARTED WITH CONSTANT CONTACT

 

5 – GATOR – PAID BLOGGING PLATFORM

 

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Created by the popular hosting company HostGator, Gator is an easy-to-use, drag-and-drop blogging platform and website builder you can use to build any website, including blogs. Gator can even be used to create an online store.

The Gator builder is separate from HostGator’s website hosting. Many bloggers use HostGator hosting with WordPress to start a blog, but Gator provides you with an all-in-one hosting solution and blogging platform, allowing you to control every facet of your site from a single location.

PERFECT FOR…

  • Beginning bloggers
  • First-time website owners
  • Anyone interested in an all-in-one blogging/hosting solution

PROS:

  • User-friendly, drag-and-drop website builder and blogging platform
  • Quick and easy setup with no technical know-how needed
  • The free domain name and SSL certificate included
  • Performance, security, and backups handled by HostGator
  • Adding e-commerce functionality only takes a few clicks

CONS:

  • No free account, but there is a money-back guarantee
  • Limited apps and extensions
  • Can only access e-commerce features with higher-priced plan

SETUP AND PRICING:

There are three different Gator website and blog builder plans. The Starter plan starts at $3.84 a month and includes free hosting, free domain name and SSL certificate, the drag-and-drop builder tool, customizable templates, site analytics, and 24/7 support.

The Premium plan starts at $5.99 a month and includes everything in the Starter plan plus priority support. Lastly, the e-commerce plan starts at $9.22 a month. It includes everything in the other plans but offers e-commerce functionality as well.

Visit GATOR WEBSITE BUILDER

6 – DRUPAL FREE BLOGGING PLATFORM(HOSTING & DOMAIN REQUIRED)

 

Drupal website builder

 

Drupal is a great option for blogs associated with businesses because it is not just a blogging platform, but a complete content management system. This means that along with your blog, web pages and other online content can be created and organized within this platform.

Drupal does not host blogs for users, so bloggers using this platform will have to find their own host someplace else.

Drupal is also not a platform that readily accommodates beginners, so it is better for those upgrading from a free blogging platform rather than for the blogger just starting out.

PROS:

  • Great for building advanced, feature-rich sites
  • Access to tons of free modules and features
  • Custom content types for added flexibility
  • Built-in access control system helps manage user permissions
  • Great taxonomy system for handling tons of data
  • Core multilingual site support

CONS:

  • Not very beginner-friendly and as easy to use like WordPress or Joomla
  • Installation requires technical expertise
  • Need to add modules to get rid of Drupal’s out-of-the-box feel

PRICING:

Drupal is an open-source platform, so it’s completely free.

Perfect for…

  • Developers
  • Designers
  • Editors
  • Anyone with the patience to learn the ropes

7 – JOOMLA– FREE BLOGGING PLATFORM (HOSTING & DOMAIN REQUIRED)

 

joomla website builder

 

If you are looking for a full content management system, Joomla is another great option for bloggers. In terms of the ease of use, Joomla may have more of a learning curve than WordPress but can be much easier to use than Drupal.

Many businesses and large corporations prefer this type of platform because it can give you flexibility with a wide range of content options.

Joomla is an open-source content management system and free to use, however, you will need to buy hosting and a domain name. For many novice bloggers, this can be a high cost unless the blog is attached to an existing business that already generates a profit.

PROS:

  • Very flexible and suitable for creating several types of websites, not just blogs
  • Dozens of professional-looking templates
  • Easy to make design changes
  • Lots of extensions available for more blog features and functionality

CONS:

  • Not beginner-friendly
  • Requires some HTML and CSS coding knowledge
  • Security, performance, and backups are your responsibility

PRICING

Like several other blogging platforms that require a little knowledge and work by their users, Joomla is completely free to download. When building a blog with Joomla, you simply need to pay for a domain and hosting.

Perfect for…

  • Technically advanced users
  • Business websites
  • Large, dynamic blogs
  • Online stores

8– MEDIUM– FREE BLOGGING PLATFORM

 

 

medium blogging platform

 

There are many great platforms out there for starting your own blog. They include sites with customizable HTML and CSS for those with more advanced skills.

Medium.com is a place to share your thoughts and writing with a wide audience. Unlike some of the other blogging platforms, Medium has a built-in audience of over 60 million, which makes it often debatable whether it’s a publisher or a platform.

SIGNING UP
Individuals or businesses can sign up for a Medium account since it’s free. Those individuals or businesses can publish their own posts, add their voice and style to other publications or curate posts or publications.

Publications are collections of posts that are curated by users and Medium itself.

POSTING AND COMMENTING
Readers can comment on other’s posts, recommend posts and follow and share their favourites. The process is like many other blogging platforms except that Medium has a slight twist on the commenting process. Readers can highlight and focus parts of the text and make their comments in the margins.

EMBEDDING
Medium allows third party embedding from other sites around the web. Creators can embed videos from YouTube or Vimeo. They can add content from Twitter, Vine, Instagram and SoundCloud.

TRAFFIC AND VIEWS
On every post, readers get to see how many minutes it would take to read a post. They’ll immediately know whether they have time to read through the story or whether they should bookmark it for later.

Another feature on the front page for viewers to see is how many views it’s gotten on the platform. Recommendations and reads are also available to creators. The dashboard allows creators to see where the traffic originated from too.

BEST PRACTICES TO CREATE POSTS
There is no minimum word count for posts, but Medium suggests that content over 400 words are popular. The headline should be compelling and clickable, but should also stick to the topic of your content. They recommend high-quality photographs for the content as well.

GREAT FOR BEGINNERS
The platform is a terrific starting point for beginners to the blogging world. It’s simple to use and doesn’t require coding knowledge. It’s also used by brands to recycle their content onto another platform to gain further reads and new readers of their content. A highly recommended free blog site for small business owners and freelance professionals.

Perfect for…

  • Professional writers and bloggers
  • Hobby bloggers
  • Anyone looking to improve their brand visibility through great curated content

PROS:

  • Completely focused on blogging and content creation
  • Quick and easy to sign up and get started
  • Excellent user interface
  • Ability to embed content from Twitter, YouTube, and more

CONS:

  • Very few customization options
  • You don’t control your content
  • No site migrations
  • Limited marketing features ad monetization options

PRICING:

Medium is free to use. You can hook your domain up to individual stories, but you’re unable to sync it to user accounts.

 

9– WEEBLY- FREE & PAID BLOGGING PLATFORM

 

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Another best blogging platform that is great for businesses who want to maintain a blog on their website is Weebly. This platform provides a wide range of easy-to-use features, including drag and drop options for those who do not want to learn coding to make simple changes.

Since Weebly can be used for blogging and web building, business owners find this platform a lot easier to use than other platforms where blogs and websites are created separately.

To start with you can sign up to their free plan which will give you some practice writing and constructing blog posts without spending any money.

Expert coding options are also not available on this platform. If you are a blogger who wants to be able to change and customize HTML or CSS on the blog, this website Weebly.com makes it difficult to do so because it focuses its services on those who want to quickly create and update a blog without a lot of hassle.

PROS:

  • Easy to use with drag-and-drop blog building tool
  • Good selection of mobile apps
  • Strong SEO features
  • Integrates with Google Analytics

CONS:

  • Few integrated features
  • A limited number of third-party integrations
  • Difficult to export sites
  • Free plan features Weebly branding and subdomain

PRICING:

Weebly offers a free account, but it’s limited to 500MB of storage and includes Weebly branding and a subdomain. As far as paid plans go, the initial plan comes with a custom domain and costs just $4 a month.

If you want site statistics, membership options, video backgrounds, and other features, you’ll need to go with one of the higher-tier plans, which costs $8-$25 a month.

If you want to create an online store, Weebly has separate e-commerce plans that cost a little more.

PERFECT FOR…

  • Beginner bloggers with little technical skills
  • Business websites in need of blogging capabilities
  • Portfolio websites

10 – SQUARESPACE – PAID BLOGGING PLATFORM ($12- $40/MONTH)

 

 

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When it comes to customization, Squarespace is a platform that offers a wide variety of options. The best part about customizing your blog on this platform is that you can change everything without knowing how to code.

It is also a platform that lets your expand your services which is a great option if you are using your blog for your business. It also has its own analytics dashboard, so you can see where your website’s traffic is coming from, what pages your visitors are looking at, how they’re engaging with your content and so much more.

The downside to Squarespace for bloggers is that theme and plugin support is not as great as it could be. If you want these options on Squarespace, knowledge of code will be necessary.

 

PROS:

  • Very beginner-friendly and easy to use
  • Hosting and custom domain included
  • Variety of professional design templates to choose from
  • Built-in SSL encryption
  • Ecommerce functionality
  • 24/7 support

CONS:

  • Limited to only using the platform’s features
  • Very few third-party integrations
  • The personal plan allows for a limited number of pages and contributors

PRICING:

Like many other paid blogging platforms, Squarespace operates via the subscription model. You can choose from one of two plans. The Personal plan is $16 a month and the Business plan is $26 a month.

Both plans offer unlimited bandwidth and storage. However, the Business plan also includes several marketing features, the ability to customize designs, and the ability to create an online store.

PERFECT FOR…

  • Professional and hobby bloggers
  • Business owners
  • Ecommerce stores
  • Portfolio websites

11 – TYPEPAD– PAID BLOGGING PLATFORM ($8.95 to $49.95/ MONTH)

 

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Typepad is a blogging platform that provides an easy-to-use interface for beginners and experienced bloggers. The platform provides a wide range of themes to choose from as well as plugins so you can make your blog your own.

A key drawback to using Typepad is that all of the blogs are hosting by them on their server, so you do not have the option to use the platform with your own blog host.

It is also a platform that makes editing code difficult because it is geared towards bloggers who may not be as confident in editing HTML code for example.

PROS:

  • Active dashboard for quick drafting and publishing of content
  • Several social media integrations
  • Google-friendly posting features
  • Supports live audio and video podcasts
  • Unique tip jar and other monetization features
  • Both blog and individual post data analysis

CONS:

  • Free 14-day trial, but Typepad is a paid platform
  • Restrictions on the number of blogs you can create
  • Few integrated widgets

PRICING:

Typepad offers several pricing plans to meet the needs of a variety of users. The Plus plan is $8.95 a month. With it, you get unlimited storage, an array of design templates, domain mapping, and personal support.

The next step up is the Unlimited plan at $14.95 a month. With Unlimited Plan you get everything in the Plus plan as well as fully customizable designs and the ability to publish unlimited blogs. Meanwhile, the Premium plan is $29.95 a month, and it includes all of the above plus priority support. There is also an enterprise plan for $49.95 per month.

A free 14-day trial is available with all of the plans.

 

PERFECT FOR…

  • Professional bloggers
  • Industry influencers
  • Large organizations

 

12 – BLOGGER– FREE BLOGGING PLATFORM

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If there is one platform that is easy for beginners to use, it is Blogger. This is a free blogging platform that is simple to use for anyone just starting out with a blog.

With this platform, a user can just type their content, add photos and publish. Blogger.com also lets users edit HTML and add widgets to blog, which many blogging sites for beginners do not offer. Blogger is a Google service, so users will have to have a Google account and may find the Google-related add-ons redundant or useless for their blog.

It is also one of the blogging platforms that many bloggers grow out of once they learn more about blogging since it does not have any upgrade options.

PROS:

  • Free and easy to use
  • Takes care of hosting, maintenance, and more
  • Several mobile responsive templates to choose from
  • Integrates with Google Drive and other Google products
  • Anti-spam comment feature

CONS:

  • Limited blogging tools
  • Zero integration with third-party apps and services
  • Few design options
  • Ads are displayed on your blog

PRICING

Blogger has been around for what seems like forever, and while it lacks the functionality and design options of WordPress and several other of today’s popular blogging platforms, it costs absolutely nothing to use. In fact, the only expense you’ll have with a Blogger blog is a custom domain, but going this route is completely up to you.

PERFECT FOR…

  • Hobby bloggers
  • Personal blogs

13- TUMBLR.COM – FREE BLOGGING PLATFORM

 

image of tumblr blog

 

Tumblr is a blogging platform that is very popular with younger audiences. Traditionally created for “microblogging”, the platform itself is very simple to use and enables the user to obtain a free website ( although you will never own the content or domain name.

One of the best features of Tumblr is that it is focused on the community of bloggers, so it provides a variety of options for sharing and reblogging content.

The downside to blogging on Tumblr.com is that it does not focus on text content, but photos and GIFs. Visual bloggers will love it, but writers may want to find another platform to use.

The idea of reblogging content may also lack appeal with bloggers, particularly if you are blogging material that you want to have complete control over copyright and other such protections.

PROS:

  • Free and easy to use
  • Includes hosting, but uses a subdomain
  • Integrated sharing and re-blogging social features
  • Several design options
  • Easy to publish images, videos, audio, and other multimedia

CONS:

  • Features are quite limited
  • Backing up your files and content isn’t impossible, but it’s definitely not easy

PRICING:

Like Blogger and several other blogging platforms, Tumblr is completely free to use. There are costs for a custom domain and third-party themes and apps, but these are optional.

PERFECT FOR…

  • Hobby bloggers
  • Personal and micro-blogs

 

14 – GHOST.ORG PAID BLOGGING PLATFORM ($29 – $199/ MONTH)

 

image of ghost.org website

 

Ghost is an open-source and one of the best blogging platform that provides a simple, clean interface that makes it very easy to use. It also provides a live preview of your post while you are writing it, so you can easily correct any writing or coding mistakes as you go along.

This platform can be great for beginners because of its ease of use, but expert bloggers may also prefer it because of its interface compared to other blogging services.

The downside to Ghost is that it can be difficult to install at first but once it is, it can be a great tool for any blogger.

Again for running a blog on Ghost, you will require web hosting – I recommend BlueHost.

PROS:

  • Emphasis on blogging
  • Clean, streamlined, and intuitive interface
  • Built on JavaScript, so it’s super-fast
  • Live blog post previews
  • Built-in social media and SEO capabilities
  • Accelerated Mobile Pages function
  • Zero setup for the hosted version

CONS:

  • Customizing could be easier
  • Limited configuration options
  • Limited number of themes
  • Self-hosted version is difficult to set up

PRICING:

The self-hosted version of Ghost is completely free, but it’s difficult to set up and definitely not for everyone. Fortunately, Ghost offers paid hosted plans as well. As with most paid plans, the more you pay, the more storage, bandwidth, and features you receive.

The Basic plan costs $29 a month, or $19 if you opt for annual billing. With it, you get a blog, SSL encryption, a CDN, and up to 50,000 monthly page views.

For $79 a month, the Standard plan provides up to 500,000 monthly page views, more resources, and priority support. The top-tier Business plan is $199 a month, and with this, you get a whopping one million views per month, subdirectory use, a 99.9 percent uptime guarantee, and more.

 

PERFECT FOR…

  • Bloggers in need of advanced technical solutions
  • Professional bloggers with a growing online presence
  • Serious publishers

15- JEKYLL– BLOG HOSTED BY GITHUB

picture of Jekyll website

 

The latest version of Jekyll (4.0.0.) is a “simple, blog-aware, static site generator.” Content gets created in TXT files, which get placed into folders. Then you build your site via Liquid language templates. Jekyll then merges the content and the template together, and voila, a website is generated that can be uploaded to a server.

For those that need a host, there is integration with Jekyll to host the website for free on GitHub.

While there is a comprehensive ‘quick-start guide’ on the Jekyll website, it hardly offers the simplicity of some competing blogging platforms that can do this all from a web interface.

However, the benefits that Jekyll offers are advanced features, which include options for paginating posts, available plugins, templates, and community-maintained themes. It also supports blog migration from other platforms.

The plus here is that there is no cost to the platform, but the downside is that there is only community support, and the work takes place in the Ruby development environment, so many newbies will be put off.

 

BEST BLOGGING PLATFORMS AND SITES-LET’S WRAP IT UP

When looking for the best blogging platform, you have many candidates to consider. Each comes with its pros and cons.

There are three varieties: self-hosted blogging platforms, hosted blog sites, and site builders that also have blogging capabilities.

Which is the most suitable for you depends on your needs, goals, and preferences. Here on ubqdigitalmarketing.com, we like the self-hosted WordPress. It’s what this site is built on and we have had solid experience with it. It’s powerful, super flexible, and deserves to be among the best blog sites for a reason.

The best way to find the right platform for your needs is to understand whether each platform focuses on beginners or experts, how much it costs to use and how much customization your audience will demand.

Remember that it can be easy to upgrade to a better platform in most cases, so starting with an easy-to-use option is great for anyone just starting out in the blogosphere and wanting to learn how to start a blog.

That’s the end of our guide. If you haven’t decided on a blog platform yet – don’t worry.

You can head right over to all the free platforms, create your accounts and start playing around with their features.

Give it a while and go with the one which suits you the most. 

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Umama Batool Qazi is a full-time Dentist, Blogger and Pinterest marketer having a keen interest in discovering new ways to reach more clients through Pinterest. Join me and other readers here at ubqdigitalmarketing.com to learn about blogging and digital marketing using our recommended resources.