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Here is a small list of some of the most popular places where you can get a free blog without needing to have your own domain name, hosting or to even understand anything about web design or programming. The focus of these web services is just to give you the ability to quickly and easily make your own personal blog no matter who you are, what you do or where you live. Services such as WordPress, Blogger or LiveJournal and lots more offer you to start sharing your thoughts, ideas, knowledge or even daily life with your current friends and even make some new ones. Some of these services even give you the option to monetize your blog traffic the easy way… bu just writing good articles and not having to worry about anything else than the content you make. The following free services are a good start if you are still new at blogging and are learning how to do different things and than later on you can migrate to a better platform that is hosted on your own site with full control over anything…


1. WordPress

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WordPress is a great piece of free software that you can use to build your own blog or get a free web blog WordPress.com without the need to think about hosting, domain name and even additional features. The WordPress.com’s blogging community is probably not the biggest, but it is quickly growing and you can become a part of it quickly and easily. When you register your blog you are getting a quite well built installation of the WordPress script with some features such as visitor statistics already up and running. You can easily customize the blog to suit almost your every need and even add some paid additional features if the free ones are just not enough for you. You also can fill up to 3GB with your photos so that you have more than enough space to use for any type of blog, even making a personal photo blog with a big image portfolio will be just fine.

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2. Blogger

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Blogger was started by a tiny company in San Francisco called Pyra Labs in August of 1999, but later on was aquired by Google, so now Blogger is a part of Google’s big happy family and you can also become some sort of like that by making a blog there. Blogger also provides a simple way for you to make money with your blog by using Google’s AdSense program. So basically Blogger now only allows you to share your thoughts, photos, and more with your friends and the world in a form of a blog that is very flexible to personalize with themes and gadgets but even to make some money while you are writing just about anything you want and are interested in.

To get a free Blogger blog…


3. LiveJournal

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LiveJournal was one of the first services offering their users to make a blog, journal or diary. At the moment there are more than 20 million journals and communities created since the start of the service in 1999. Did you know that even the Russian president Dmitry Medvedev has opened his own blog on the LiveJournal?
At LiveJournal there are few types of accounts some of wich are free and some are paid and for the paid services you just get more features and options. The Basic account type is a bit limited but is ad free, the Plus type of account is also free by is ad supported and it offers more featres. A Plus account should be ok for you should you decide to create an LJ (LiveJournal) blog, it comes with 1GB of space for uploading your images and it lacks just a few of the paid accounts extended features.

To get a free LiveJournal blog…


And a few more interesting free blog services you should take a look at:

Twitter – some sort of a short or micro blogging platform that is becoming quite popular.
Fotolog – is for making a photo blog for photographers to share their pictures online.
Blogabond – specially designed for making travel blogs with maps of your journeys.
Snapvine – gives you the opportunity for voice blogging instead of using text blogging.
Thumblogger – a specialized free adult blog hosting service, useful for adult webmasters.

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FeedBurner is a web feed management provider offering custom RSS feeds and management tools to bloggers, podcasters, and other web-based content publishers. With the help of FeedBurner” services you can find out how many people have subscribed to your feeds and with what service/program they subscribed with. FeedBurner is a typical Web 2.0 service, providing web service application programming interfaces (APIs) to allow other software to interact with it. Currently FeedBurner is owned by Google and yuo can combine FeedBurner with Google’s AdSense for feeds service in order to make a revenue even from your Blog’s RSS feed.

If you are using a WordPress-powered blog you can easily redirect your posts and or comments feeds to FeedBurner with the help of the .htaccess file and the mod rewrite module. Here is how your .htaccess files should look if you are using a custom permalinks structure for your blog and you should be using that (Admin / Settings / Permalinks) and not the default settings of WordPress:


# BEGIN FeedBurner Redirect

RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} !FeedBurner
RewriteRule ^feed/?.*$ http://feeds2.feedburner.com/yourblogid [R,L]
RewriteRule ^comments/?.*$ http://feeds2.feedburner.com/yourblogcommentsid [R,L]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L]

# END FeedBurner Redirect

Don’t forget to modify yourblogid and yourblogcommentsid to your FeedBurner feed IDs, otherwise the code above won’t work as expected as it will redirect your feeds to somewhere else. Before redirecting the feeds you need to register for FeedBurner and/or add your feeds first in order to be able to use the above code.

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As Google became the most popular and widely used search engine worldwide it is normal that ranking higher in the results returned when searching for something is preferred. But getting to be among the first 10 results for a given keyword or a set of keywords in Google’s results is not an easy task. The factors that determine where should your blog or website be positioned in the results are quite a lot and nobody probably except Google themselves knows them all. This is all done in order to prevent webmasters from cheating, and although that helps in some way a lot of people succeed in tricking the system and ranking higher than others. Cheating is not something that we recommend doing, because it may as well have a reverse effect and you might find yourself in Google’s site blacklist for that. One of the absolutely legal ways to improve the position of your website or blog is to increase it’s PR or Page Rank and this is done by building quality backlinks to your site. How this can be done is a matter of another discussion, but for now lets settle for a more detailed explanation of what is Google’s Page Rank and how it is being measured, along with a links to a website where you can check your current PR….

What is Google Page Rank?
Page Rank relies on the uniquely democratic nature of the web by using its vast link structure as an indicator of an individual page’s value. In essence, Google interprets a link from page A to page B as a vote, by page A, for page B. But, Google looks at more than the sheer volume of votes, or links a page receives; it also analyzes the page that casts the vote. Votes cast by pages that are themselves “important” weigh more heavily and help to make other pages “important”. In other words, a Page Rank results from a “ballot” among all the other pages on the World Wide Web about how important a page is. A hyperlink to a page counts as a vote of support. The Page Rank of a page is defined recursively and depends on the number and PageRank metric of all pages that link to it (“incoming links”). A page that is linked to by many pages with high PageRank receives a high rank itself. If there are no links to a web page there is no support for that page. Google assigns a numeric weighting from 0-10 for each webpage on the Internet; this Page Rank denotes a site’s importance in the eyes of Google. The scale for Page Rank is logarithmic like the Richter Scale and roughly based upon quantity of inbound links as well as importance of the page providing the link.

Check your Blog’s Google Page Rank @ SEjunkie.com


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