A blog is usually an informative website published on a world wide web (www). Content on the blog can be in the form of information, news, case studies, and so on.
While you can also choose to start your self-hosted website on a content management system like Joomla, WordPress, etc. by purchasing the domain name and hosting, on the internet.
Now you might wonder whether to go for a free blogging platform or to build your blog. Let’s take a look at the pros. and cons. for each one of them.
Free Blogging Platform
Pros: The apparent factor in choosing a free blogging platform would be “Free-of Cost”. That means there are no start-up costs involved and it is free to sign-up, you get a domain (www.example.com) and you are all set to start blogging.
Cons: Free blogging platforms appear to be less professional than a self-hosted blog. Besides, you don’t get to expand the website’s capabilities as the plugin choices and theme selection is very limited.
Self-Hosted Blogging Platform
Pros: You have complete control of your website. That means you can choose free themes and the free plugins for your blog. Also, you can generate revenue from your blog with the help of Affiliate Marketing, Ad Sense, and by promoting your products or services.
Cons: Blogging needs an excellent initial investment regarding money along with the time and the energy you spend on writing blog posts, optimizing those for SEO, creating Facebook pages, and promoting your content online.
Blogging requires a lot of patience. That’s the reason why most of the bloggers often quit blogging after some time.