So, you want to launch a blog but you don’t have time and you don’t have any money.
Don’t worry – I got you.
What if I told you that you could have a blog designed and launched in less than half an hour? And, it wouldn’t cost you anything?
Well, then you’d be out of excuses and the only thing keeping you from blogging would be your writing skills and bright ideas.
(Incidentally, I can help you there as well, just check out my FREE ebook up for grabs here, “How To Blog Like An Entrepreneur”.)
But, how and where can you get your blog started when you have no time, little to no technical know-how, and limited funds?
Here are 3 reputable and easy blogging platforms you can consider when launching your aspiring career as a new blogger.
I’m always amazed at how many people use LinkedIn without leveraging its built-in blog function.
Usually, because they don’t even know it exists.
I’ll admit, the hype surrounding LinkedIn’s blog platform is somewhat underwhelming. They could seriously do with promoting it more.
LinkedIn is one of the largest and oldest social media platforms thriving right now, so even if you’re not that active on social media, chances are, you have had some exposure to LinkedIn and are somewhat familiar with it.
If you’ve got a pretty decent handle on LinkedIn and have some connections, making use of its built-in blog function will be easy and you’ve already got the beginnings of an audience in place.
If you have a LinkedIn account, you will already have the ability to use the blog feature – you don’t have to sign up for anything, activate anything, or upgrade your account – you can do this with a regular FREE LinkedIn account, which you can get here, if haven’t already got one.
At the top of your feed, under the prompt that says “Start a Post”, you will see another prompt that says “Write an article”. Click on that.
You will then be taken to what looks like a basic word processor, where you can write, edit, and publish your article. You can include videos and photos, hyperlinks, and a variety of headlines and formatting features.
When you publish, your connections will get notified and see your article as a post in your feed. They will have the opportunity to like, share, and comment on your article, just as they would on any blog.
Medium appeared on the scene in 2012 and was created by the founders of Twitter.
Much like Twitter, it has a very streamlined interface. You can’t get too distracted when you’re creating on Medium – think about it as a long-form Twitter platform.
Once you publish on Medium, it is very easy to share your work on social media.
Medium comes with its own community of writers, where everyone has a blog to share. So, it’s not only a place to publish your own content, but a place to consume content as well.
Medium can curate articles for you, based on your own personal interests.
Even if you’re not a web designer, you’ve likely heard about WordPress.
WordPress is a powerful website and blogging management system – it’s so widely used, it claims it “powers 34% of the Internet”.
WordPress is incredibly easy to use, considering how effective it is. You don’t need to know how to code or any HTML to get started on WordPress.
You can start for free, use one of the many templates up for grabs, and start creating pages and posts right away.
The nice thing about using WordPress to launch your blog is that you have the flexibility to turn your blog into a full-fledged website down the road, should you decide to do so.
And, if you’d like to upgrade, search engine optimize, and customize by adding plug-, you can always do so later.
I recommend WordPress for new bloggers who think big, have aspirations of growing in the future, but don’t have the means just yet.
If your excuses for not launching a blog are it’s too technical, it’s too expensive, or it’s too time-consuming… stop right there. What if I told you that you could launch a blog in under an hour, for free, with little to no technical expertise? Check out these 3 blogging platforms to get started: LinkedIn, Medium, and WordPress.
If you’re ready to take your business blog to the next level, check out my FREE eBook, “How To Blog Like An Entrepreneur” here…