Are you a new blogger out there wondering looking for the best blogging platform to make money on in 2019 and beyond?
Or maybe you’re a little bit more experience and just wanting to explore other options to expand your current blog. Wherever you’re at in your stage of blogging there’s quite a few different options (both paid and free) available to you.
You’re gonna’ wanna’ stick around because I’m about to tell you about each one of these platforms, their pros and cons, and my absolute favorite blog building combo I recommend to any new or existing blogger out there.
Watch my review on the best blog hosting platforms below:
Now listen, if you’re anything like me then you like when these types of post just cut to the chase and show the top platforms, right away… am I right?
So, without further ado: here’s my favorite blogging platforms for making money blogging that you need to check out, if you’re only a little bit interested in jumping into the world of blogging.
#1 WordPress (with BlueHost)
Without a doubt, using the WordPress blogging platform with your own hosting has to be the single most powerful way to get your blog started on the internet today.
With almost unlimited customizability and thousands of themes and plugins, it’s no wonder WordPress is used by some of the top websites in the world today such as the White House, Adobe, San Francisco Examiner, Toyota and a whole heckuva’ lot more.
Let me just put it this way for you:
Everyone I have ever sent to WordPress has absolutely loved it and nobody has ever come back to tell me they regretted their decision!
- Fast and optimized
- Tons of different themes and plugins to use for full customization of your website
- Google and Bing love WordPress websites, which means more search traffic for you
- Continually being developed and updated on an ongoing basis
- Takes some learning and getting used to (but then again, doesn’t anything?)
WordPress is free, but you are going to need to get hosting (BlueHost) which typically runs about $60/year and get your own domain name which is is ABSOLUTELY FREE for the first year with BlueHost.
Was founded in 2003 and has quickly become one of (what I like to call) the “big 3” in the blog and website hosting space. With their own built in drag and drop page builder and editor, you can think of Squarespace like an all one solution. While it is a lot more limited and not as flexible compared to WordPress, it’s great for those bloggers who just want to have some fun and test the waters.
- All security and updates are managed by Squarespace
- Dedicated tech support team
- What you see is what you get.
- It’s very limited and not as flexible as a WordPress setup.
Personal – $12/mo (billed annually)
Business – $18/mo (annually) or $28/mo (month to month)
With a few hundred templates, the ability to integrate shopping carts and build your own ecommerce platform, there’s a reason Wix makes it into my top 3 blog hosting platforms: versatility!
While it has its downsides, Wix is a great solution for both the new and experienced blogger who is thinking of taking blogging a little more serious. Wix also sports a 14-day free trial you can get here (when you upgrade from a free Wix plan to a Premium plan).
- Over 500 templates to choose from
- Ability to integrate email newsletters and build ecommerce websites
- Video tutorials help you through the creation process
- Once you choose a template and design, you’re stuck with it!
- Cheapest paid plan will still keep Wix ads on your website
Free – Includes Wix ads on website
Connect Custom Domain – $5/mo (annually)
Combo – $11/mo (no adverts included on Wix site)
Unlimited – $14/mo (annually)
VIP – $25/mo (annually)
With over 500 million monthly users, Tumblr is considered one of the internet’s top microblogging websites.
While it’s still considered a “blogging” platform (called micro-blogging), everything that users post are either images or very short snippets of content.
Because of this Tumblr is only going to suit a very specific type of blogger who wants to get content out quickly through the use of images or very little written text.
- Simplicity! You can be up and posting images within minutes
- The platform caters to a millennial audience who like to digest content quickly
- You can’t have a self-hosted blog. If Tumblr ever goes down, your site goes with it!
- Very limited and only for a very niche type of blogger
FREE! Tumblr does not have any costs associated with it
Created in 2006, Weebly has become a popular platform for building full fledged websites, eCommerce stores, as well as blogs. While Weebly is smaller than Wix, Squarespace and WordPress, it’s still a contender that’s worth taking a look at. It boasts its’ own drag and drop page builder, as well as many different themes and customizations.
- Installs and maintains SSL across your website
- No bandwidth or storage caps on paid plans
- Removes all ads with their lowest tiered pricing (unlike Wix)
- Unable to scale and grow with your blog by adding email marketing functionality, etc.
- No content management system except for being able to move pages around within the builder
Starter – $8/mo (paid annually)
Pro – $12/mo (annually)
Business – $35/mo (annually)
Performance – $46/mo (annually)
Has been around since 1999 and was one of the first blog publishing platforms which helped popularize the blogging format. Now owned by Google, blogger gives you the option to choose from a limited number of templates, but allows you to have your own custom domain connected to their servers, if you wish.
- Completely free
- Content management done right — easy to start your first post
- Can link your own custom domain
- VERY limited amount of templates to choose from
- Blogger (aka Google) owns control of your blog. If they shut down, so does your blog!
- Almost non-existent support for the platform
Blogger is free
Paid vs Free Blog Hosting: Does It Matter?
The short answer is…YES!
Let me explain:
If you are venturing into the world of blogging to just write freely and release some steam, then a free blogging platform will probably suite you just fine…
…BUT, if on the other hand, you have even the slightest interest in potentially turning your blog into side income or even (dare I say it) a full-time income, then you need to get on a paid blogging platform straight away, and here’s why:
#1) Most free blogging platforms WILL NOT let you monetize.
#2) You want to be in COMPLETE CONTROL of your website at all times (which is why I keep recommending WordPress with BlueHost!). On a free platform, you are out of luck if they decide to shut down or change their terms of service on you.
#3) If you are serious about doing this, you will quickly grow out of a free blogging platform and find its limitations… trust me.
I hope this quick guide to the best blogging platforms gave you some direction and options to choose from.
Whatever you decide to choose, I’m glad you took the first step into figuring out what platform you want to begin your (hopeful) blogging career with.
I’ll leave you with one piece of GOLDEN advice:
Choose your blog host wisely, because once you get on it and start building, it can be a huge headache and process to switch later.
I’d love to hear what blogging platform you ended up choosing, and leave a comment below if you have any questions!