As much as I highly recommend hosting your own blog with web hosting, your own domain name, and using WordPress, I get it.

Sometimes you just want to test out this whole blogging thing without putting any money down.

That said, there are lots of options to choose from that don’t require more than simply creating an account.

Honestly, it’s not a bad idea if you just want an easy place to write.

So today, I’m going to give you my number 1 recommendation for starting a free blog and how to get the best results possible while using it.

The Best Site To Create A Free Blog

As of August 2018, the best place to start a blog at no cost is Medium.

It’s a clean and easy writing experience with a built in audience.

Hell, I’d say it’s smart to use even if you have your own blog already to get more exposure.

But if you’re starting from scratch and just want a place to write, set up an account with Medium and you can get to writing in minutes.

I’ve spent a good amount of time reading Medium articles and most users make this costly mistake.

Build An Email List From Day 1

Very few Medium users are building an email list from their content.

If you really don’t want to spend any money, you can set up a free email marketing account with Mailchimp and start building your email list pretty easily.

I recommend using a tool called Upscribe to integrate your Mailchimp email list directly into Medium.

Otherwise, you’ll have to create a form and link to it in every post.

The Upscribe tool puts a form right in your post so visitors can easily sign up to your list.

Do this from day 1 and you’ll be ahead of most bloggers on Medium right away.

Don’t Make This Newbie Mistake

Even with a solid platform like Medium and building your email list with Mailchimp and Upscribe, you’re still not 100% secure.

(there really is no such thing as security)

Medium can terminate your account if they don’t like your content.

Mailchimp can ban you for violating their wordy and confusing terms of service.

Upscribe could be gone tomorrow if Medium shuts down.

With all that said, you should be backing up your content, backing up your email list, and building up social media platforms to attract new visitors.

And again, I highly recommend hosting your content on your own self-hosted WordPress blog.

It’s just so much more secure.

To learn how to grow your audience with a free or self-hosted blog, sign up for my free 7 day email course here:

http://gabejohansson.com/subscribe/

Talk soon,
-Gabe