So, how do you start a blog? If you’re reading this article, I’m going to assume you have no experience with how to start blogging. Fortunately, I have some awesome news for you – starting a blog has never been easier than it is today. In literally 5 to 10 minutes, you can have a fully customized blog with your own domain name. Oh, and you can do it for FREE. That’s right – these days, other people have created state of the art software programs that allows anyone to build an awesome looking website or blog in minutes… And they aren’t going to charge you a thing. We live in amazing times.

Of course, as you know, “free” always comes with a catch. For some of you, a free blog will be no problem at all. For others, you will need to plan on some minor expenses and will need to consider a few things before starting your blog.

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How Do You Start A Blog For Free?

Starting a free blog is the easiest way to start blogging because there are so many services that allow you to accomplish. Here are 25 different places you can start a free blog (and this doesn’t even scratch the surface). Don’t worry, just scroll below the list and I’ll tell you which ones are the best…

1. wordpress.com
2. bloglines.com
3. weebly.com
4. typepad.com
5. blogger.com
6. livejournal.com
7. tumblr.com
8. squidoo.com
9. tripod.lycos.com
10. blogspot.com
11. scribd.com
12. groups.google.com
13. areavoices.com
14. angelfire.com
13. wikispaces.com
14. bravenet.com
15. my.opera.com
16. multiply.com
17. xanga.com
18. yola.com
19. blogsome.com
20. jimdo.com
21. webs.com
22. ning.com
23. wikidot.com
24. zoho.com
25. angelfire.lycos.com

So, of those 25, which one should you choose? That answer will be different for everyone because all of those services use different web builders. The best thing to do is go through several of them, set up a free account, and just play around. Whatever one you like best, go with it.

With that said, I think Weebly.com is a fantastic place to start. WordPress.com is also an extremely popular platform for newbies and there are tutorials on how to use WordPress all over the place. Blogger.com is actually owned by Google and some people claim Blogger sites perform better in the search engines than other sites. I haven’t seen any substantial evidence for that, but it is a popular claim. So, there are just a few places you can start.

Do I Need To Know Any Computer Code To Start A Blog?

Not at all. Honestly, there are times it would come in handy, but it is not a requirement by any means. I know computer code is a bit intimidating and I would never claim to be a computer code expert myself. I have no interest in spending months or years learning complex coding systems – it’s just not my thing. But I do highly recommend everyone goes through a basic tutorial on HTML. Simply knowing basic HTML will make your life easier and it is literally something you can learn in a weekend.

How Do I Make Money With A Free Blog?

While there are several ways to make money with your blog, you really should decide right now if your blog will simply be as a hobby or as a business. If you want to make money with your blog, even a couple hundred dollars per month, it’s going to take some planning. Sure, some people end up making money with their blog on accident, but for most, money never comes.

If you want to know how to start a blog with the intent to monetize that blog, I very highly recommend you sign up for this insanely awesome online business training program. It’s a pretty thorough course and will take you at least a week to get through, but by the time you are finished, you will have a full fledged business plan, monetization plan, and you will even have a blog live on the web ready for visitors. I can’t get into all of the details here, but my free course covers it all.

What Are The Benefits Of Paid Blogs?

So, if you are able to start a blog for free, why would anyone pay a service to start a blog? Free blogs are great for their purpose, but they are mostly only designed for the hobby blogger. Anyone who wants to have more than the very basic features will need to pay for premium services. Most professional bloggers set up their own web hosting services through sites like HostGator.com or BlueHost.com. Don’t want to learn about web hosting, managing servers, developing your own websites, etc? You can always pay a service to do that for you.

Again, there are many services available for this, but if you’re looking to grow a legitimate money making website, my top recommendation is MySiteSell.com.

So, for those of you wondering how to start a blog, there are the basics. If you really want to get started the right way and with complete video guidance as you start your blog, sign up for this training course.