Blogging platforms are great for bloggers to quickly and seamlessly post and manage their content. This is great for personal bloggers who do everything as an individual, rather than a team of writers and marketing professionals. Of course, blogging platforms are a great help to teams as well, because they provide ways to keep the business organized and running seamlessly even though there are lots of hands in the pot. We’ve compiled a list of my top five best blog platforms to make money on.
The saying goes “you have to spend money to make money”, and that applies to blogging as well. You have to invest in yourself and in your business to start making money off of your blog posts. When looking for a platform, there are many checkpoints to assess before completely diving in, but we are going to go over the platforms themselves today.
Our Top 5
WordPress has two different platforms. WordPress.org is the original WordPress where there are endless avenues of customization and growth due to it being a self-hosted blog site. WordPress.com is much more affordable, but you won’t have access to all of the plugins and further customization. To make money from your blog, WordPress.org will be your best bet because you can make it your own and have it fully curated for your business as you have your own domain and hosting plan. Prices can vary, but overall it is very affordable for what you are investing to have a platform like WordPress house your business.
Owned by Google, Blogger is great for bloggers who aren’t ready to invest in a higher-end platform, but still want to test the waters and make some money. Since it is owned by Google, it is easily integrated with Google Analytics and Paypal, as well as many others. With Blogger being a free platform, you are getting what you pay for. It is limited with the customization and you will typically have a domain name that is not personal. You can buy your own domain name and link it if that’s something that is more important to you.
Wix is another incredibly popular blogging and website platform because of its ease of use. The drag-and-drop function makes it seamless to create a website from scratch without having to figure out how to code if you don’t have any previous experience. The pros to Wix are its user-friendly design and the ability to get started quickly since there is less of a learning curve than on other sites. There is a free plan with Wix, but to have more bells and whistles, plans start at around $18 for the year. The downfall of Wix will come later due to the customization and growth obstacles. Though it is a great beginner site, you may not be able to achieve as much growth as you would with other platforms.
A great option for large websites, Squarespace can support up to 1000 pages and has a functional app. Plans start at about $12 a month. You’ll have everything you need to run a successful blog where you have the opportunity to support ads. Their dashboard has a bit of a learning curve. But it still doesn’t require any coding knowledge and is very user-friendly once you get used to it. Notably great for small businesses, Squarespace would be a good option to make money from your blog.
With the drag-and-drop option, Weebly is very similar to Wix. Weebly is more limited in its customization. It also has an editor which takes any pressure off of the owner. All of the plans are very affordable, starting at only $6 and topping out at $26. They also have a function to keep your progress if you decide to change themes within the platform.
Whether you are trying to make money from your blog as a side hustle or a full-time job, these platforms will give you all the tools you need to be successful. Now that you know all the differences between them, you can choose the best one for your blogging business. Then, start making money to support yourself and your business!
Adeline is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she majored in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations and Journalism. Currently living in Charlotte, she enjoys reading, volleyball, and strolling through her favorite farmers markets with her Goldendoodle Theo.