Top 6 Best Blogging Platform for making money in 2020

Best blogging platforms in 2020 - Usama Younus

I’m going to break down the best blogging platform out there for you to launch your first blog.

What’s going on everybody?

Usama Younus here

So, let’s Identify what’s the best blogging platform for you

It may be your first blog.

Maybe it’s your second third or even a fourth blog you know a lot of times we start these blogs and they don’t necessarily jive.

As you’re now interested to start a blog Right?

If you want complete detail about how to start a blog you can read my recent article How to make money from blogging in 2020?

So, go check out that article also

So, you can understand a step by step procedure to start a successful blog

And start making money from your blog.

So, I know there’s a ton of these different blog hosting sites out on the internet

both paid and free

But really when it comes down to the absolute best there’re only a few

And I’ve got six of them here that I’m going to review for you.

Purpose of the article

So, the first thing we’re going to do is

I’m going to dive into Best Blogging Platforms individually.

Then I’ll go over what I believe to be the top pros and cons for each one

And then last, we’ll go over their pricing structure.

If they do have one because again some of these are free.

Top 6 Best Blogging Platform for making money in 2020 - USAMA YOUNUS

Top 6 Best Blogging Platform for making money in 2020 – USAMA YOUNUS

But you definitely want to stick around to the end

Because I’m going to answer the question that everybody loves to ask me.

All the time people ask me this stuff it’s

“What should I go with a paid blogging platform or with a free one?”

And if you want to move your blog into a specific direction

Which I think every single one of you needs to be doing then

I’ve got the answer for you.

So, stick around to the end because I’ll answer that.

Alright now that we got that out of the way

let’s jump right into our first one

WordPress

Number one and my absolute favorite Best Blogging Platform to use is WordPress

Pros and cons of WordPress - USAMA YOUNUS

Pros and cons of WordPress – USAMA YOUNUS

Specifically, because WordPress requires self-hosting,

I recommend Site Ground as your hosting company

I’ll tell you why here in a minute.

But you know WordPress is probably the single most powerful way to get your blog up on the internet today?

And you should have to host WordPress on a self-hosted platform

That’s the reason I use the hosting service has the best performance

Good hosting should have 99.9% server uptime

For all the websites that anybody starts.

so I’ll discuss about hosting also in this article.

 Coming back to WordPress

I can’t even tell you the last time I didn’t use WordPress for my site

it’s got unlimited customizations

And have tons of themes and plugins that you can use.

Really it’s no wonder that some of the top websites on the internet use WordPress today

Sites like San Francisco Examiner also use WordPress.

I think even the White House uses WordPress on their list of sites as well and there’s a ton more.

Everybody that I’ve ever sent to WordPress

I have not had one person come back and tell me that they regretted it

That’s how powerful WordPress is.

And if you’re looking at starting your first blog,

I really recommend that you just start with WordPress right off the bat.

but I’m going to give you a ton of other options as well.

Pros and Cons of WordPress

Pros

Okay so let’s get into some of the pros of WordPress first

  1. It’s fast and optimized.

Especially when you can install certain plugins with it

It’s going to give you fast loading page times

Which obviously Google and Bing being loved.

  1. Customizable

So, the other thing that got tons of different themes and plugins to use.

You can pretty much customize everything you want

I mean from different sidebars to newsletters and opt-ins

and being able to have plugins to do e-commerce

whatever you end up getting into it doesn’t just have to stay with blogging which is so nice.

it’s so convenient and cool

  1. Search engines love WordPress


The third Pro is Google and bing loved WordPress again 

As you can install plug-ins like Yoast SEO.

These Plugins allow you to have complete optimization of your website

Which is really going to help in the search engines

  1. Up to Date

Then the other Pro is that

It’s continual being developed and updated on an ongoing basis

So, WordPress is always being updated

I have automatic updates for I think all my sites.

So, anytime a new version of WordPress launches

My stuff automatically updates and I’m good to go.

Cons

  1. You must Learn WordPress

The one con to WordPress is that

It does take some learning and getting used to

But really when you look at it is that a con

I mean everything in life takes time, right?

You have to sit down put in the time learn the platform then you’ll be ready to go.

And one that’s the thing once you invest the time and learn you’re going to be good.

And start any type of blog any type of website

That you want that you can creatively think up really.

  1. Has No Hosting

Now as far as pricing WordPress is free

Since it’s open-source but you’re going to have to host it on a self-hosted platform.

Best Hosting for WordPress

I recommend Site Ground and BlueHost

I’m going to get into Site Ground right now

I’ve used a ton of hosts over my time of building websites

some of those hosts are really good some of them I still use today.

But without a doubt, Site Ground must be my absolute favorite

And probably the number one reason why to choose site Ground is

Because WordPress recommends Site Ground as their favorite hosting,

it makes it so streamline and easy

You have one-click WordPress installation here

It’s really simple to set up they’ve got a great

30-day money-back guarantee for all of our shared hosting plans and 14 days money-back guarantee for cloud hosting plans.

And you’re going to get a free SSL certificate

If you’re not sure what an SSL certificate is?

It’s just that little green padlock up in the Turner corner of the browser

by the domain name that Google seems to love so much.

out alright number two on our list here is Squarespace

Squarespace

Second Best Blogging Platform to use is Squarespace

Pros and cons of squarespace - USAMA YOUNUS

Pros and cons of Squarespace – USAMA YOUNUS

Squarespace was founded in 2003

And it’s quickly become what I like to consider one of the big three blogging platforms

They’ve got their own built-in drag-and-drop page builder.

you can think of Squarespace

Like an all-in-one solution,

You know it is a lot more limited and not as flexible compared to WordPress

But it really is great for those bloggers who just want to have some fun

And test the waters with different services

They do offer a short free trial so you can get on that too.

Pros and Cons of Squarespace

Pros

  1. Managed

All security and updates are managed by Squarespace

So, you do not have to worry about manually updating things

It’s all built-in and Squarespace does it for you.

  1. Support

And number two a cool thing is they got a dedicated tech support team

so, if you do run into any issues

You can hit up their tech support team and get that resolved

Cons

  1. Limitations

In Squarespace, you’re not going to get a ton of plugins

And there are some templates but not a ton of stuff like WordPress offers.

Again, I mentioned it’s not as flexible as WordPress.

So, if you need to start an eCommerce store with a blog

Then it’s going to be a little bit more difficult

And not as a streamline.

Pricing

As far as pricing goes, Squarespace has two primary part pricing plans

The first one is their personal plan which runs at $12 a month if billed annually

and then they’ve got a business plan which is $18 a month if you sign up annually

Also, they have two commerce plans

Definitely for e-commerce usage and their prices are $26 and $40 respectively.

Squarespace is a great platform it’s really popular in the photography community.

PLAN TERM PAYMENTS COST DOMAIN TOTAL SAVINGS
Personal Monthly 12 $16.00 $20 $212  
Personal Annual 1 $144.00 Free $144 46%
Business Monthly 12 $26.00 $20 $332  
Business Annual 1 $216.00 Free $216 53%

Pricing Table source 

So, if you know if you’re drawn towards that check it out

Wix

Third Best Blogging Platform to use is Wix

Pros and cons of wix.com - USAMA YOUNUS

Pros and cons of wix.com – USAMA YOUNUS

Wix has a few hundred templates the ability to integrate shopping carts

And to build your own e-commerce platform.

That’s a reason Wix came into my top 3 blog posting platforms

Its versatility does have some downsides

But it’s a great solution for the newbies

And even those who have been blogging for a while

And thinking of taking blogging maybe to the next level

Or a little bit more serious, they’ve also got a 14-day free trial.

So, you can try one of their premium plans

And really get in them to learn the platform and see if it’s for you

Pros and Cons of Wix

Pros

  1. Customizable

one of the biggest pros like I mentioned was that they have over

500 templates to choose from

That’s a huge amount you got a lot of templates there.

  1. Versatile

The other cool thing is you’ve got the ability to integrate email newsletters

And to build E-commerce websites

so, as I mentioned you can start with a blog with Wix

And then if you begin selling stuff you can have your own e-commerce platform

  1. Video Tutorials

On top of that,

They have video tutorials as well

To help you through the whole creation process,

So, you’re not left stranded wondering what to do.

Cons

  1. Design Limitations

Once you choose a template and design you’re stuck with it

This can be frustrating

Because if you do change it

You have to start all over and this is a really sucky thing

And I don’t know why they do this.

  1. Contain Ads

The cheapest paid plan will keep Wix ads on your websites,

You’re still going to have the little branded Wix logo on your website

It’s annoying

Pricing

let’s get into their pricing

Free

They do have a free option,

But it includes a ton of Wix ads all over the site

number two they’ve got a “connect custom domain” option

So, if you have your own domain name

And if you want to just connect that to your Wix site

That’s five dollars a month if paid annually

I believe that one does keep some ads on your site which again sucks

Combo

The second option that they have is their combo plan

And the combo plan is $11 a month and that gets rid of all ads

On your Wix website so if you want to get rid of all ads

You have to go for the combo plan.

Unlimited

And then they do have an unlimited which is $14 a month

Overall Wix is a cool platform

I mean they’ve got a lot of different stuff

They’ve really grown over the years

I use them a long time ago when they first were getting popular

It’s a cool platform definitely get in there and see if it’s for you.

Wix plans Monthly Yearly Key Feature
Free $0 $0 It’s free
Combo $17/month $13/month No adverts and use of your own domain
Unlimited $22/month $17/month Good for larger projects: no bandwidth limits and a generous 10GB storage
Business Basic $28/month $23/month You can sell online and get business apps like Wix Hotels or Wix Bookings

Pricing table source

Tumblr

Fourth Best Blogging Platform to use is Tumblr

Pros and cons of Tumblr -USAMA YOUNUS

Pros and cons of Tumblr -USAMA YOUNUS

Number four on my list is Tumblr

And Tumblr has over 500 million monthly users

Which are a really good amount

It’s considered the Internet’s top microblogging website.

Now you might have caught me saying something their microblogging Right?

that’s right

It’s not like traditional blog most of the Tumblr sites are microblogging

So, what that means is that you are going to get short posts.

Maybe quotes, and a lot of its just images.

So, if that fits the niche that you’re going into

Then you know maybe Tumblr is more for you.

Pros and Cons of Tumblr

Pros

  1. Simple

Simplicity you can literally be up and posting an image or quotes or short little things of text within minutes

  1. Has own audience

The platform caters to a millennial audience who obviously likes to digest content quickly

they want to see things like images with text just getting content as quickly as possible.

Cons

  1. Can’t Host is on your own server

You can’t have a self-hosted blog okay so you’re not going to be able to have

something like WordPress or Wix or square space

Where you can have your own self-hosted platform. which really sucks.

  1. Very limited

I know I mentioned this it’s very limited and only for a niche type of blogger.

Pricing

As far as pricing goes Tumblr’s free so

Even if you don’t want to use Tumblr as your primary source

You can use Tumblr as a secondary content generation strategy.

Where you’ve got a blog maybe through Wix, Squarespace or WordPress

Then you’ve got a Tumblr as well which can generate traffic and push it to your blog

As Tumblr is totally free

start putting some stuff up and getting some traffic to going to your website.

Weebly

Fifth Best Blogging Platform to use is Weebly

Pros and cons of Weebly -USAMA YOUNUS

Pros and cons of Weebly -USAMA YOUNUS

Weebly was created in 2006

And it’s quickly become a popular platform

It is definitely the best blogging platform for the beginners

For building full-fledged websites eCommerce stores as well as blogs.

It’s still smaller than Wix and Squarespace and even WordPress.

But it’s still a contender

It’s worth looking at as I’ve built a few websites on Weebly.

It has a good interface and a good platform

It has its own drag and drops page builder

And a ton of different themes and customizations.

Pros and Cons of Weebly

Pros

  1. Installs SSL certificate

Installs and maintains SSL across your website

SSL is huge right now and so having a platform

that can manage it for you that is cool

  1. Unlimited Bandwidth

They’ve got no bandwidth or storage caps on their paid plans.

So, you don’t have to worry about any type of bandwidth limits,

Or uploading too many images or videos

Or too many users coming on your site you don’t have to worry about any of that.

They remove all their ads with their lowest tiered pricing

So, if you’re paying you’re not going to have ads on their website

or on your website.

Cons

  1. Limitations

you’re unable to scale and grow with your blog if you’re Weebly User.

Because you’re not going to be able to add things like email marketing and newsletters

You know if you are moving your blog in a certain direction,

You eventually want to have that stuff to be able to communicate on a more personal level

Through email with your audience.

And on Weebly, you simply can’t do this

  1. No CMS

Really has no content management system

Except for being able to move pages around within the Builder.

I do remember that it was frustrating and annoying

So, if you’re looking for a content management system

That’s really structured like WordPress.

You’re not going to get it with Weebly

Pricing

Starts at $5 a month if you pay annually

They’ve got a pro plan which is $12 a month

A business plan which is $35 a month

And then their performance plan comes in at 46 bucks a month

Weebly Plan Monthly Yearly Key Feature
Free $0 $0 It’s free
Personal $9 $5 Use a proper domain name
Professional  $16 $12 Ad-free, Video player, password-protected pages
Business $29 $25 Pro eCommerce and full access to membership features

Overall Weebly is a good platform I see Weebly more like full-fledged websites for local businesses.

Blogger

Sixth Best Blogging Platform to use is Blogger

Pros snd Cons of Blogger - USAMA YOUNUS

Pros snd Cons of Blogger – USAMA YOUNUS

It has been around since 1999

And it was one of the first blog publishing platforms

Which helped popularize the whole blogging format in general.

If you’re on the Internet you’ve probably heard of the blogger or used it maybe

Even to some capacity, it’s like the grandfather of blogging platforms.

Google bought it out in 2003

They do offer you a limited number of templates on the platform.

But you can add custom template also

They give you the option to connect your own custom domain

through Google’s own servers if you want to do that

It’s completely free.

So, you don’t have to pay anything for it

The next thing is the content management system is done right.

Pros and Cons of Blogger

Pros

  1. Easy

It’s really easy to get in and start your first blog post

  1. Custom Domain

They can link your own custom domain

So, if you do have your own domain you can link it to your blogger account

And have that more personalized feel to your blog

Cons

  1. Limited Design Capability

Very limited in the number of templates you can choose from

And it has boring templates but they’re there

  1. Limited Ownership

Google owns your blog

So, if they shut down so does your blog okay?

it’s free, so I guess it’s not that big of a deal

But if you really built a big audience around that

And then Google decided they’re not going to support blogger anymore

Or take the service away completely you’re screwed and out of luck.

  1. No support

The other thing is it’s there’s almost non-existent support for the platform

unless you’re going on YouTube and watching some tutorials here and there

You’re not going to have a dedicated support team

That going to be able to help you.

Pricing structure

It’s completely free so if you don’t have a blog

And if you want to just write freely and get your thoughts out on paper or on the computer,

I should say then start a blogger

As I mentioned with one of the past platforms

Start a blogger on the side of your website and direct traffic to your main blog

There’s a lot of different ways that you can utilize it.

Conclusion

We got through my top six Best Blogging Platforms both paid and free

I want to get into the final question

That I told you about the beginning of this article

That I always get asked and that is “paid versus free blogging platforms”

Free Versus Paid Best Blogging Platforms

It totally fine if you’re using a free blogging platform

But let me explain if you’re getting into this whole blogging world

Because you want to talk about what you’re eating

Or express your feelings a free platform might be for you

I still recommend going paid because you just never know what your blog could turn into.

But you probably be ok with a free platform

On the other hand, if you’re really focused, you have a passion and a desire

About a certain subject or topic and you even have the slightest interest

In potentially turning your blog into a side income or even a full-time income.

Then you need to get on a paid blog hosting platform right away

I don’t care if it’s WordPress, Wix, Weebly or Squarespace

Get on a paid blog hosting platform

Because most free platforms are not going to let you monetize.

Disadvantages of free blogging platforms

You might build a huge audience on blogger

You’re not going to be able to monetize them.

Yes, I know google gives Adsense approval on blogger but It has limitations.

As Google is controlling your Site and they can deactivate your blog at any time 

what you have to do is you have to then build a blog on a paid platform

Anyway to be able to maybe build a newsletter or build an eCommerce store

If you want to sell your knowledge, courses or products, etc.

So, just start on a paid platform

And the second thing is you want to be in complete control

If Tumblr decided to shut down and you had a blog or a microblog on there

Then you’re out of luck your stuff is gone

You have to be in complete control of your content of everything at all times.

with these free platforms, you’re going to quickly grow out of them

If you continue to blog, you’re going to find the limits of these free platforms.

So, being able to get on a paid platform straightaway is your best bet

And I really hope you guys got some value out of this article

Hope this quick guide to the Best Blogging Platform

Really push you in the right direction

Remember whatever you decide to go with

I’m glad you took the first step into figuring out what platform you want to begin with

for your blogging career

Advice

choose your blogging wisely because it is a headache later changing it

Choose wisely what you decide to go with spend some time thinking about it.

And definitely take action

On whatever you decided because in a year from now

You don’t know where your blog could be

If you are dedicated to it and you put in the work your blog could blow you up.

I hope you have found which platform out of the Best Blogging Platforms is for you

and you’re going to start a successful blog using this.

Best Regards,

Usama Younus.

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