Why You Should Start a Free Blog Now (Infographic)

A Surprise Topic

Today I want to discuss why you should start a free blog.

Regular readers may be surprised to find me writing about free blogging platforms because I use a Managed WordPress Hosting service and that's far from free. But to me, it's well worth the price I pay and I wouldn't be without it.

However, as I get to know my readers and my subscriber list better, it becomes obvious to me that the vast majority of them don't even have a blog. So why is this?

  • You may have stumbled on this post as a hobbyist. So if you're NOT looking to earn money online – you just maybe want a blog to write about your hobby. In that case free blog hosting is a no-brainer – just check out the list below!
  • For those who do want to start an online business, I guess some might be put off by fears that blogging is “hard”. If that's you, there's affordable training available, or you can do like I and many others did and learn by trial and error. Anything is better than just doing nothing. To be honest, I find blogging easier than Facebook, so if you've mastered Facebook, blogging should be a piece of cake!
  • But I suspect the biggest drawback for newbie entrepreneurs is they people don't want to spend any money to start their online business. I also felt that like for a long time.

So if buying hosting and a domain is really what's holding you back from starting a blog, the many free blogging platforms available (see blog hosting comparison chart below) will be your solution.

If it's any reason other than those above, please let me know in the comments below, or by contacting me privately, and I'll try to address your concerns.

Introducing Matt

MattBannerFree blog hosting isn't an area I researched in depth myself, so I'm really excited to introduce you to today's expert guest author Matt Banner. Matt has produced the amazing infographic below, that will save you hours of research if you choose to start a free blog.

Matt Banner is a seasoned blogger and entrepreneur with a decade of experience in the online world of blogging, SEO, and marketing. You can find him online @BlastYourBlog

Over to you Matt…

Why You Should Start a Free Blog

In today’s online world, there are blogs for everything, but more importantly, a blog can act as a business that brings you steady and passive income. Of course, any business comes with its share of risks, but today’s free blogging sites allow you to create an entire website for free that allows you to start a career.

Today I’ll show you some of the top reasons why this is the way most people are starting to make money when they finally quit their jobs and work for themselves. After that I’ll show you an infographic that compares all of today’s top platforms for you to choose from.

Go Into Business For Yourself With a Free Blog (Infographic)

Blogging represents a low-risk business venture that allows you to start building a brand for yourself that you can use to promote a business, product, or service. Beyond this major reason, why else should you start a blog?

Here are some great reasons:

  • Blogs represent a great way of making money that doesn’t require tons of traffic.
  • You have the opportunity to work from home, doing something you love.
  • Being your own boss is as good as it sounds.
  • Speak your mind, gain followers, be yourself and succeed.
  • Help enrich people’s lives and grow stronger as a writer too.

These are just some of the reasons why countless people are starting blogs. Since there are so many platforms, take a look at the infographic below to see which one is right for you and your blog’s needs.

Let us know which one you picked in the comments!

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Your Comments Please

Hopefully Matt has given anyone who wants to start a free blog enough information to make an informed choice in the infographic above.

If you still have any questions or concerns, please ask away in the comments below and I'm sure Matt will be happy to help.

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Donna Merrill - June 28, 2016

Hi Matt,

Nice to see you here on Joy’s place. When the question arises Free or Paid…many choose the paid version. But what if someone doesn’t have enough of money, or is starting a hobby blog, or even wants to see if blogging is something they want to do at all? The free version is a good start for them.

I had given this advice to my own daughter when she thought she may have time to start a side business. She created a beautiful Wix site, did a few blog posts then decided she wanted to work for someone. Because of that blog and the content she put in there, it became a good part of her resume. She got a higher paying job in her field because of that blog.

Noting ventured, nothing gained!


    Joy - June 30, 2016

    Hi Donna,

    I’ve been very pleased to have Matt here with this wonderful Infographic.

    There are very few people on my subscriber list who actually have a blog yet, and I suspect it’s because of shortage of money, so I’m hoping that this article will show them how they can overcome that hurdle and actually get started on something.

    If, as in the case of your daughter, they then decide it’s not for them, at least they have given it a try AND – as you point out – added another skill to their resume. That may in itself open up new opportunities. Congratulations to your daughter for trying out blogging on Wix, then capitalising on her new skill back in the employment market.

    Those of us who blog every day, sometimes take for granted the skills we have learned, but when I mention my blog to some people they look at me in wonder:-)

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Chery Schmidt - June 29, 2016

Hello Joy! It was nice to meet Matt here today and what an AMAZING inforgraphic he has shared with us.. I loved how he put together the pro’s and con’s for us.. More people need to see this one..
Great Share.
Chery :))

    Joy - June 30, 2016

    Hi Chery,

    This really is an excellent post. I’m rather graphically challenged, so to be able to bring such a quality, and informative, infographic to my readers is a great privilege.

    Sometimes people major on the negatives of having a free website, but Matt has provided a very balanced approach.

    Enjoy that holiday!

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Robin Khokhar - June 29, 2016

Hi Matt,
What an Infographic you have created. It looks like that there is a lot of the effort in it and I liked how it made the topic a lot easier to understand.
Thanks for sharing and keep up the good work.

    Joy - June 30, 2016

    Hi Robin,

    I really appreciate all Matt’s research and efforts to explain the differences between the different blogging platforms. Very happy to welcome him with that infographic as a guest blogger here.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Muhammad Mairaj - June 29, 2016

Hi Joy,

Excellent infographic which includes precious information about best blogging platforms. Matt also specifies the pros and cons, so with the help of this, one can easily select best blogging platform for a better blogging journey.

Thanks for fantastic share 🙂



    Joy - June 30, 2016

    Hi Muhammad,

    This is information I wish I had known when, in my first venture into blogging, I was looking for a free blogging platform. I went for Blogger as my first blogging platform, but it was only well down the road that I realised there were other options.

    In fact Matt’s infographic has introduced me to free hosting options I had no idea about even now.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Edward Thorpe - June 29, 2016

Hi Joy & Matt,

Impressively professional infographic Matt! Plus, it featured a plethora of detailed info quickly, without distractions. Great job.

Joy, your ability to harness quality guest content is inspiring. Have a great week, both of you.

    Joy - June 30, 2016

    Thanks Edward,

    When it comes to graphics in general I really struggle – let alone being able to produce such a professional job as Matt did with the free blogging platforms infographic. (And I get an “easy week” into the bargain!)

    So if there are any potential guest authors with a penchant for infographics – please get in touch!

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Sue Bride - June 29, 2016

This is the best explanation and review of the different blogging platforms I’ve come across. Self hosted WordPress easily wins for business websites doesn’t it.

I’ve tried all of the non-WP options above for people who weren’t keen to try to learn WordPress and none of them were good enough without paying for premium versions. Even then they lack the flexibility of WP.

Even if you pay to get WP installed and set up you can soon save money by not having any other monthly costs apart from hosting (which you can get for around $4 a month.

    Joy - June 30, 2016

    Hi Sue,

    Glad you liked the free blogging infographic, as I know you’re an expert in this field.

    I’ve only tried a few of the services, but I do prefer self-hosted WordPress, which is where I “graduated to” in time. But, as you’ve found with your clients, if I hadn’t started off with a free service and learned about the limitations I would never have got started at all.

    It’s my hope that some of my readers who haven’t yet got going will at least dip a toe in the water with one of these free web hosting services.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Sam Nuku - July 1, 2016

Brilliant infographic! So much info on it. Thanks Joy 🙂 Personally i use wordpress for blogging & site info pages & then clickfunnels to build anything that requires customization.

    Joy - July 2, 2016

    Hi Sam,

    Yes, it packs a lot of info into a small space doesn’t it?

    Like you, I’ve used self-hosted WordPress for a long time now and I use Leadpage Monkey for my squeeze pages.

    But for people who need a free option to get started, I think Matt’s infographic will help them get started.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Shohag - July 22, 2016


Nice infographics. Personally I like to blog on WordPress. free or premium doesn’t matter. If you are on your domain hosting, then WordPress has some awesome features to promote the site onpage. Although I started my blogging career on Blogger.com

    Joy - July 22, 2016

    Hi Shohag,

    I agree that WordPress is great, but I would always recommend someone to use the paid version – see the comparison. It’s not a huge outlay for anyone who is serious about starting an online business.

    Yes, I too started on Blogger – and it was a great start. I would probably never have got going without it. But I soon followed people’s recommendations to move onto paid WordPress.

    Thanks for your visit,

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

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