A free blog is a blog that is free to use and without any restrictions. However, they do not offer any hosting services.
Free blog platforms have two primary functions: hosting a blogger’s blog and providing a blogging environment. WordPress is one of the best free blog platforms for both hosting and blogging. It’s also an open-source project. So you may wonder why people use free blogs? Well, there are some basic reasons such as:
First, free platforms are just that – free. You don’t have to pay anything to set up your blog or to maintain it. This can be a big draw for people who don’t want to spend any money on their blogs. Second, free platforms tend to be easy to use. You don’t need to be a tech expert to create a blog on a free platform. Just about anyone can do it. Third, free platforms offer a lot of flexibility. You can customize your blog to make it look and feel the way you want. You’re not limited by a set template or design.
However, in my opinion, having your own web hosting server is always preferable to using a shared hosting service, despite the fact that both have advantages and disadvantages.
Allow me to provide you with two straightforward and compelling arguments for why you should never use a blog service provider:
Reason # 1: Limited Resources
It’s difficult to maintain control over the look and functionality of your messages when you post content to a remotely hosted blog. For the most part, this is because a remotely hosted blog is built to support tens of thousands of bloggers.
It can only afford to provide the bare minimum for a site with this much activity. The more features that a blog has, the more resources it will use, and the greater the risk of a major server crash will be because of this. For example, if 100,000 bloggers all decide to offer a low-graphic poll to their readers, the bandwidth consumption will be enormous. A well-read blog already consumes a lot of bandwidth.
These days, having limited resources isn’t an issue if you’re using a self-hosted WordPress blog. Your blog web hosting allows you to use as many plugins and widgets as you want without worrying about your blog going down or timeouts happening. As a matter of fact, your hosted blog should use no more bandwidth than your hosted website.
Reason 2: You Don’t Own Your Blog
There are a lot of factors to consider when deciding whether to start a blog, but one of the most important is whether you’re willing to put in the work. A blog is a significant time commitment, and if you’re not prepared to invest that time, you’re likely to end up with a blog that’s inactive and neglected. But even if you are willing to put in the time, there’s another important consideration: you don’t own the free blog, so you should not use them.
When you use a free blogging platform like WordPress.com or Blogger, you agree to the terms and conditions set by that company. And those terms and conditions usually include a clause that says the company can terminate your account anytime for any reason. That means that all the time and effort you’ve put into your blog could disappear in an instant, and there’s nothing you can do about it.
I’ve seen this happen to many bloggers who’ve had their accounts suspended or deleted without warning. And it’s not just the free platforms: even major blogging networks like Tumblr have been known to delete blogs without any explanation. So if you’re going to start a blog, make sure you’re doing it on your own domain and hosting. Yes, it will cost you a few dollars per month, but it’s worth it for the peace of mind of knowing that you’re in control of your own content.
There are a lot of great free blog platforms out there, but if you’re serious about blogging, you need to be serious about owning your own platform. Don’t let someone else control your content; take control of your blog today.
Reason 3: Limited Monetizing Opportunities
If we tried, we wouldn’t be able to count the number of people who want to make money from their blogs. Everybody and their mother wants to make money from a blog, but many (free) remotely hosted blogs don’t allow it. For example, direct advertising like Google AdSense and affiliate links is not permitted on blogs hosted by WordPress.com.
Limited resources could play a factor in this restriction; however, since most monetized campaigns call upon the resources of a 3rd party, this restraint is mostly censorship. Third-party ad blockers typically do so in order to promote their own services or, at the very least, to increase the number of people who sign up for their free blog accounts.
It’s up to you what kind of advertising programme you’d like to use on your own blog. Your conscience (or visitor stats) is your only constraint, and the only policies you must follow are those of your 3rd-party ad providers. You’re free to do whatever you want. This gives you access to well-known programmes like Google AdSense, Chitika, Text Link Ads, and many others.
Reason 4: Long-Term Control of Content
One of the most underrated benefits of having your blog hosted is having complete control over the content in the long run. Although some free blog providers, such as BlogSpot, are unquestionably on their way out of business, some of the smaller ones may still be around in the future. When this occurs, it may be difficult (if not impossible) for you to transfer your content to another free service provider. In the case of BlogSpot or WordPress.com (free versions), you may decide to migrate your content to a self-hosted WordPress.com blog in two or three years.
Unfortunately, any search engine rankings you achieve and the free traffic that comes with them will be forfeited in the process. So even if you think you’re saving a buck or two today, you’ll always come out on the losing end if you choose not to host your own blog in the long run. Web hosting for blogs is relatively inexpensive these days, with most plans costing less than $5 per month (some plans are as low as $1 per month).
As a result, there isn’t any compelling reason not to take your blog to a higher level. The low cost is insignificant when weighed against your numerous benefits, such as flexibility and professionalism.