Best alternatives to Blogger (Blogspot)

by mihgasper

What are best free alternatives to Google's Blogger with indexed and 'dofollow' links? Here is a list of best free blogging sites similar to Blogspot.

Blogger, today more known as Blogspot, is one of many properties owned by Google. Everybody with an active Google account (registered Gmail service for instance) can start blogging right away and can open many blogs with only one account. Even more - we can create blogs with multiple users, integrate Adsense, generate traffic and build a real business with no upfront costs in a relatively short amount of time.

But like other Google properties, it can be abandoned in virtually no-time. Their clumsy transition from HTTP to HTTPS standard (enforced by Google, by the way) is just one of dozens of examples of Google's handling of its own 'family'. We have recently seen how Google Plus, a powerful, yet too late born alternative to Facebook and Twitter died despite hundreds of millions of dollars invested in the project. We have seen numerous great blogging platforms (Blog.com, Posterous.com) being shut down in last years and we'll definitely see more.

It's also a well-known fact we should not carry all the eggs in one basket, so it's logic to have one blog on Blogger and open another in a different environment if we need two or more blogs for whatever reason. This is where the alternatives come handy. This post is all about alternatives. It will shortly introduce several options with their main pros and cons for unskilled users. There will also be a few examples where you can see how the result looks.

1. WordPress

This is undoubtedly the best free blogging platform on the planet. It's a bit more complicated than Blogger and you need a free account before you start. A free account can be opened with any major e-mail account. (This, by the way, is true for all other alternatives on this list.) WordPress offers many more options, including ones which are accessible only after payment (premium themes for instance), but you can create a very good blog with their free service.

 

This blog is a good example with close to one thousand unique visitors per day:

 

Which one is better?

WordPress beats Blogger hands down, any time, any place
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2. Joomla!

Joomla! is a major CMS system, similar to WordPress and Drupal (this one doesn't offer free blogging services, sorry), very robust and maybe a little bit more complicated than WordPress.

Its free blogging service is solid, yet inferior to the ones offered by Wordpress and Blogger. Well, maybe inferior is not the right word - Joomla! is extremely powerful and offers even more options than Blogger.  But their system is not always user-friendly and can be too complicated for the beginner. Their transition from HTTP to HTTPS standard wasn't perfect either.

I still recommend it as a supporting blog where you can test a few things unsuitable for 'the real thing', maybe learn a few new tricks and meet some interesting people.

This is one such blog:

https://goodstuffonly.joomla.com/

Unfortunately, some time ago Joomla changed the rules, all their free blogging services were moved to CloudAccess, where you needed anther account and the free option worked only if you logged at least once per 30 days.

You guessed it. I missed to log in once and my account, together with the blog, was gone forever.

3. Hatena

Hatena is a huge community in Japan, and blogging is only one of many services offered for free. Most of the commands are easily translated if you can't read Japan. It's a pretty user-friendly system, with a few drawbacks which should not be a deal-breaker, and excellent indexation (this means search engines like Hatena and your posts will be visible to the whole world soon after their publishing).

With one account you can open more than one blog and you are not limited to Hatenablog subdomain only.

Here are two examples with the same service, the same user interface, the same account, yet different web addresses and even different IPs:

https://yesterdaysdream.hatenablog.com/

https://yesterdaysdream.hatenadiary.com/

4. Ameblo

Ameba is another powerful community in Japan with a lovely mixture of blogging, social media and content sharing. Originally made as a competing platform to Twitter it became a standalone service with its own identity.¸

Its special characteristic is the ability to create posts built directly on the main domain (ameblo.jp), not on a new subdomain (xyz.ameblo.jp) like most of other blogging services, where indexation of new blogs and building their authority and traffic usually take more time.

Ameba acts like a social and blogging platform with an integrated messaging system. It's very popular among gamers and has its own currency system and many virtual or real items/products which can be bought with virtual or real money.

Check this blog:

https://ameblo.jp/vintageart/

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5. Eklablog

France has several free blogging services of high quality as well. Two were already presented in Top 10 free blogging sites on Wizzley, but I decided to test this one (sorry, for some reason I can't make it clickable, so I used  URL shortener):

http://mythology.eklablog.com/

Eklablog offers a very user-friendly platform without any unnecessary functions which may be too distractive for beginners (like at WordPress). You can write text and add images without the hassle.

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6. Over-Blog

This is another free blogging service from France. Believe it or not, it's even easier to use than Eklablog. Its user interface is simple: you pick building blocks with text, images and other kinds of content. All of them together create a specific post.

 

Look how great it is:

 

http://almostuseful.over-blog.com/

 

In its premium version Over-blog offers a revenue sharing option as well!

Well, I have to update this info: over-blog changed its policy and all outgoing links on free services became noffollowed, so I decided to move to another service.

7. Unblog.fr

France is a large country and it should be no surprise to find one more free alternative to Google's Blogger. The platform looks like a bit simplified WordPress with all the major editing functions yet still very easy to use. While I initially created this blog for testing purposes, I decided to continue creating content and maybe build an authoritative blog in a very specific niche - nostalgy:

http://nostalgicstuff.unblog.fr

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8. Substack

This is pretty old and well-established service with straight to the point blogging options. The speciality of Substack is their very aggressive approach to subscription of readers which can stay free users or became premium members with access to premium content (if blogger offers any).

Substck is very popular among bloggers who like to comment different stuff and are generally more wordy and less personal than bloggers in most other blogging environment.

Me and my friend decided to create and experiment and opened a simple blog, based on graphics:

 

https://thefairytales.substack.com/

 

We'll see, if traffic comes and decide what to do next only after a few months.

9. Blog.hu

I bet you didn't expect a blogging platform from Hungary on the list. It's not the biggest country in the world yet it has at least one great free blogging platform which I cordially recommend. Even if you don't understand a word of the Hungarian language, you'll understand the basics and publish your first post in no time. I decided to create a blog about everything related to the past and you can see my first posts here:

 

http://past-tense.blog.hu

 

This blog worked fine for a few months but one day it was simply deleted. Without any warning or explanation, so my work was futile. Well, not exactly - I had a backup and moved on. There's plenty more fish in the sea, right?

 

 

This is far from being a complete list of free alternatives to Blogspot, Google's blogging service, but I hope I offered enough options to inspire you for creating more useful content and multiplying your audience. I promise I'll add one or two more interesting blogging alternatives in the foreseeable future.

Updated: 06/23/2023, mihgasper
 
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DerdriuMarriner on 12/09/2023

Thank you for the link to the WordPress blogging platform.

The top beautiful places always can be found among my favorite interests. In particular, I like the beginning information relating to Adrian and Marianne Stokes, about whom I've read in Tolovaj's wizzlies.

mihgasper on 12/05/2023

I think there was an idea to add some kind of 'like' button in the search results but this never became a reality. Anyway, we all experience more of less 'personificated' results.

DerdriuMarriner on 12/04/2023

The second paragraph to your introduction reminds us that "We have recently seen how Google Plus, a powerful, yet too late born alternative to Facebook and Twitter died despite hundreds of millions of dollars invested in the project."

Were there any Google Plus-specific attributes that were abandoned or that, with death, were recycled into other Google offerings?

mihgasper on 06/17/2023

Hi, DerdriuMarriner! It depends from case to case. Local language is always welcome but others are sometimes frowned upon. I had problems with some blogging sites in France and Hungary, so it's best to check their Terms of Service (which frequently change) and have a good backup to move your content, for any reason it's blocked.

DerdriuMarriner on 12/21/2022

It's interesting that there are sustainable free blogs connected with other countries, such as France, Hungary and Japan.

Would the above-mentioned blogs in particular, and free, other-country blogs in general, let any language be used in the published articles?

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