Are you looking forward to reaching out to the world through Microblogging Platforms in 2019?
So you may have different objectives. It could be for either spreading the awareness or expressing your opinions. It could be to promote a brand or earn money through microblogging platforms.
You may have some or no knowledge about how to start a blog. Let me guide you through. In this post, I’ll try to help you figure out what is Blogging and what are the microblogging platforms you can use to get started. If you have any queries apart from what is discussed here, feel free to comment, and I’ll reach out to you.
First, let’s try to understand what blogging is:
What is Blogging
Blogging is when you write about a particular topic, situation, or an event online for people to read about it. You put across your views and opinions through a medium. People across the globe can access that piece of information if they are connected to the internet.
Some people write as a hobby or to spread a message. On the other hand, some people write as professional bloggers to make money. First, you need to decide on that part. You need to make up your mind regarding whether you want to make money as a blogger or express your thoughts and reach out to the people across the globe.
There are many microblogging platforms available where you can start your blog. Some of them are free, but many of them charge as well. Depending on your objective, you can select a platform on which you can start your blog.
If you want to take it as a hobby and not as a professional or to make money, you can try starting with the free microblogging platforms available. However, if you want to make money through blogging, I would suggest going for a paid platform.
5 Most Popular Microblogging Platforms
Blogging on WordPress
The most commonly used platform is WordPress. It comes with both the variants. You can use the paid version as well as the free one. The free version comes with certain limitations. You can not make money through the paid version as they don’t let you run ads on.
Even regarding having your custom domain you can not add your address. E.g., www.jinconnect.com.This is my web address which I was able to add only after using WordPress.org (Paid) instead of WordPress.com (Free). If not a paid one my website URL would have been something like ‘jinconnet.wordpress.com.’
Using WordPress.org, you can extend the functionality of your website. There are so many features you can add to your site to make it look and perform better. WordPress.com will not have many options to choose from. Being a beginner, if you want to experiment, you can start with WordPress.com, and once you understand how it works, you can change to WordPress.org.
You can download their app as well in case you are mostly available on your smartphone. You can check some of the trending website design ideas on the link here.
Blogging on Blogger
Blogger is very easy to use a blogging platform for beginners. Blogger is free to use. Google owns blogger which increases the reliability of this platform. To get started all you need is a Google account. It has a user-friendly interface. You can post on your Blogger website either from a computer or your smartphone. They too have an app for their users.
You can use the blog address given by Blogger as it is or if you have a pre-purchased Domain name, you can use that too. You can earn money through blogger as well, but there are specific eligibility criteria for that. Your age to qualify for the monetization programme should be above 18. The blog should be active for at least a period of six months.
Click on this link here to check the Eligibility to participate in AdSense to make money using Blogger. They have given inbuilt options on the main menu. We can check comments, stats, Layout, Theme, and settings.
So using one Google account, we can create 100 blogs. That is great. You can go with a blogger if you are planning to build multiple blogs without spending anything.
Blogging on WIX
If you are someone who is more focused on designing, then this is the platform for you. You may want much customization concerning appearance. Wix has a smooth drag and drop interface. You don’t need to know to code.
Wix offers a lot when it comes to manual customization. However, it has a limited number of apps which can be integrated with the website to add-on the features. Even if you aren’t good at designing, you can use the available templates. They have a pre-made template for almost everything.
They had free and paid both the options. In the free account, your site will come with pre-determined URL with limited customization options. The site will show the ads by WIX every time anybody browses.
To get rid of such limitations and ads, you will have to upgrade your account to a premium account. They have many plans you can choose from depending on your preference. From time to time they come up with offers for the existing customers.
Blogging on Tumblr
Tumblr is somewhat different compared to other blogging platforms. It’s a system with features such as reblogging, following other bloggers, and much more. Tumblr is founded in the year 2007 by David Karp. Using this platform is free.
You can add a custom domain if you are having one. It has a minimal set of features. You can share short content like Videos, Text, Photo, Quote, Link, and Audio. You can not add more features if you wish to.
We have the option of customization only when it comes to themes. There are many free and paid themes available we can choose. You can interact with others when you go to their blogs, or they come down to your blog.
Blogging on Medium
Medium is more of an article sharing platform. You can find articles organized in different categories. We can share and read posts in the form of stories and series. It gives us an option where we can customize our interests, and the home will showcase favorite posts related to our customized interests.
There is no complicated process involved to get started. It does not require us to know to code. We can not customize this Platform as it is pre-designed. Medium is meant only to share content without the involvement of ads. Therefore, you can not monetize a Medium blog.
If that is what you need then Medium is the platform for you. I mean if you don’t want to make money blogging but want to reach out to the world or meet people with similar interests. So many people don’t prefer to use Medium because of the lack of customization and monetization.