How To Start a Blog for Free on WordPress com

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We have shared many WordPress tutorials in the past like how to get started with a professional WordPress blog.

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Technically speaking, a self-hosted WordPress blog is the “professional” side of WordPress blogging as you have total control over your website, on the other hand, WordPress.com is good for starting a free blog where you just need to start a blog. The biggest limitation of WordPress.com blogging platform is you can’t monetize with popular ad platform like AdSense & many others. I have covered this in-depth over here.

But for a beginner, it’s always wise to start a blog on WordPress.com or BlogSpot without spending a dime (ie it’s free).

The WordPress team just announced a new portal for those who wish to learn WordPress and start their first WordPress.com blog.

This is really helpful for beginners who wish to know how to sign up and start writing their first blog post.

I’m sure many of you who have not started blogging yet will welcome this new portal from the WordPress team.

Step by step guide to create a free blog on WordPres.com:

To get started, click on this link & click on get started.

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On the next page select the kind of website you want to start on WordPress.com.

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For the sake of this tutorial, I’m selecting “Start with a blog”. Do remember, many options like online store & few others would require you to get a paid subscription. In that case, you are better of by creating your blog on self-hosted WordPress by following this guide.

Next step for you is to select the theme you want to use. You can always change your theme at a later stage as well.

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Next step is to pick the name for your blog. By default WordPress offers .WordPress domain name which is free. However, you can also select a custom domain name like yourname.blog, yourname.org to make your blog sound professional. For using a custom domain name, you need to upgrade to WordPress.com premium plan. Since we are creating a free WordPress blog, let’s stick to WordPress.com domain name.

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Click on select & on the next page you will be given option to select from various WordPress.com plans including free plan.

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Select free & on the next page you need to create a WordPress.com account to finish creating your free blog. After this, everything is easy & your free blog will be up & running in no time.

What do you think about this new official portal from WordPress? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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A Blogger, Author and a speaker! Harsh Agrawal is recognized as a leader in digital marketing and FinTech space. Fountainhead of ShoutMeLoud, and a Speaker at ASW, Hero Mindmine, Inorbit, IBM, India blockchain summit. Also, an award-winning blogger.

17 thoughts on “How To Start a Blog for Free on WordPress com”

  1. Yeah thats a nice move from Photo Matt and team to promote blogging with wp.
    Hey harshhhhh…. did u notice? this was your 1500th post… Hurray!… kudoss to you… 2 Yearrs=730 days 1500 articles for sml alone.. on average 20.54 per day.. just wondering if u r using d same keyboard.. 🙂

    1. Thanks for letting me know about this Sree, I almost forget about it.. I believe I have written more than 2500 Posts so far on different blogs. Lolz no I have changed my keyboard so many times so far.. Thanks for Dell warranty 😉

  2. learn wordpress is a good site that helps newbie to leran wordpress, eventhough you also count my blog because it also offers samething as compared to learn wordpress dot com blog

      1. I know, WordPress has more advantages over Blogger. But, as part-time blogger, I am comfortable with Blogger. I prefer Blogger for some reasons. They are,
        1. No web hosting fee.
        2. No need to purchase a Domain name. (But, I recently bought one for my blog)
        3. No downtime

        Some people say, Blogger is not SEO friendly. But, we can overcome it with some technics.

        1. Sajitha I agree with your point but again one of the biggest disadvantage of BlogSpot blog is control. Google still holds the control of your log and it can delete it at any point of time.. That’s one of the biggest drawback ..

  3. Suraj @Smartfatblogger

    Word press is only best, but yet still blog spot drives people because you can earn from a totally free service. To earn from word press, you need a separate investment, but its really worth I know.

    So, there can’t be a real good comparison between these two popular blogging service. Both are good in their own ways!

  4. Previously i used blogspot but few months back i started blogging on wordpress platform.Best cms in the blogging industry….

  5. Hi Harsh,

    Great Post and nicely written. Thanks for sharing!. Im looking for a php script to display futured article with tumbnail in my blog, if you know or passed by please let me know. Im fedup of those plugins and decided no more plugins in my blog.

    Thanks in advance!

  6. Hi Harsh,
    First of all, many thanks for explaining all these in detail. For a newbie like me, it is indeed very helpful. But it is so much information to process, I am getting a bit confused (you know, a good student always have some questions to ask 😉 ) although my question may seem a bit silly, but i have to ask.
    If i am understanding this correct,
    1) starting with WordPress.com is free. To do that i need to visit WordPress.com and follow the steps and whoo! I am done! No web hosting needed.
    2) If i need a self-hosted blog (i.e. WordPress.org) then I need to first buy web hosting and domain name (say, from Bluehost). Then install WordPress and get going as you have explained. Of course, it is paid.

    Am I getting this right?

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