The council of the Socialist Party in Funchal, within the scope of the ‘Pelo Funchal’ initiative, visited, this Saturday, the Ecological Park of Funchal, giving an account of all the reforestation work done by the Funchal municipality, after the 2016 fires, also highlighting the recovery and creation of walking and mountain biking routes.
The Ecological Park of Funchal has more than 280 thousand trees planted, a “fundamental” intervention in the rehabilitation of the various burnt areas and which comes to recover the entire area affected by the fires that occurred in the summer of 2016.
Paulo Bruno Ferreira, president of the council, highlighted the “excellent work” that has been done in the Ecological Park, in favour of the safety of the populations and sustainability.
One of the other interventions highlighted by Paulo Bruno Ferreira, who was accompanied by other members of the council and the respective Section of Monte, where the recovery and creation of walking and mountain biking routes, which emerged as part of a policy to boost the Ecological Park. Paulo Bruno Ferreira also recalled that these routes are a strong tourist attraction for all Madeirans and all those who visit us and who can now enjoy them safely.
The “Pelo Funchal” initiative started this week and will cover the ten parishes in the municipality, with the aim of meeting the needs of its residents and fostering a close relationship with citizens.
Coming up with the best blog layout and design functionality can be a difficult process with the sheer number of possibilities out there today.
To help you land on the right blog layout (that’ll attract and retain more readers), we’re going to break down the most crucial blog layout best practices and highlight 12 of the most impressive blog layout examples from real-life websites, blogs and publications—so that you can take inspiration from the best when designing your own blog layout.
By now, you’ve probably already started a blog of your own. You’re here for some inspiration (and advice) on coming up with the best possible blog layout that’ll create a great experience for your readers. And while writing great content and driving in traffic are two of the top considerations for bloggers, one aspect you may not have put as much thought into (yet) is the overall design and layout of your blog.
Those who’ve already started blogging probably chose a WordPress theme at the beginning and allowed the general format of that theme determine your blog’s layout… which is understandable (and what I did for several years here on my blog). Choosing a great theme is one way to make sure that your blog looks great, but it shouldn’t be the only factor in determining your blog layout.
Whether you’re just starting a blog—or thinking about redesigning your site, I’m going to show you several of the best blog layout examples, in addition to essential blog layout best practices you should follow in designing your blog.
12 Blog Layout Examples (and Best Practices to Follow) in 2020
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Why Does Your Blog Layout Matter?
Why do so many stress about their blog layout and design? Why does it really matter what your blog looks like—or how it’s designed?
Well for one, people are very visual in nature. Without giving it much thought, the vast majority of your readers are going to instantly make judgements about your blog the second they land on it.
If your blog layout looks unprofessional, outdated, confusing, or unappealing—there’s a good chance they’re going to question your credibility (or simply leave).
Here are three crucial reasons why you should care about your blog layout and overall site design.
High Bounce Rate: A high bounce rate is when readers come to your blog and leave very quickly. They don’t spend any real time on your blog, and they don’t click any of your internal links. While a high bounce rate is not solely dependent on your blog layout, it’s definitely a factor. Have you ever come across a blog post that looked like it was from the early 90s? Did you trust the content? Have you opened a blog post only to discover the text was almost impossible to read and there was an overwhelming amount of ads and popups? What do you do with these sites? Chances are, you press the back button and try to find a better source. You may even wonder why Google ranked that site well in the first place. This is why your blog layout matters. You want your blog to be welcoming to your visitors.
Low Rate of Return Readers: Let’s say someone clicks a link to your blog post. Your article has good content and answers their questions. However, they felt that your blog was poorly designed and difficult to actually consume information on. They probably won’t be returning to your blog in the future. That’s a problem, because you want returning visitors. People who come back to your blog will begin to feel a loyalty to you and your content. This loyal group of followers is more likely to promote your blog content to their networks—and sign up for your email newsletter. This is the most engaged group of people that you can hope to have as a blogger.
Trouble Navigating Your Blog: Your blog layout should be easy to navigate. Your visitors won’t spend a lot of time decoding your website, just to find out who you are or what your site is all about. They should be able to easily locate important links and develop a basic understanding of what your blog has to offer with very little effort.
Now that we’ve defined three compelling reasons why you should create a very thoughtful blog layout, let’s dive in and break down which blog layout elements are most important.
10 Blog Layout Best Practices (to Retain More Readers) in 2020
Though you’ll want your own blog to have a unique look within your niche, there are definitely some common best practices that all great blog layouts and designs share in common.
Here are ten best practices you can use in creating a winning blog layout today.
1. Fonts You Can Read
Choosing the right fonts to use across your blog sounds relatively simple, but it’s very important to your overall blog layout.
Your font choices shouldn’t detract from your content—and needs to be easy to read for your viewers.
What Font Size Should You Use?
Font sizes that are too small will be difficult to read
Medium to larger font sizes are preferable for online reading
This is even more important for people who have a hard time seeing smaller fonts
Generally, you want to have your body text font size set at a minimum of 16px.
You may be using a font that’s naturally a little bit bigger, and therefore you don’t need to go larger than 16px. Use your best judgment on this decision (based on who your readers are), but don’t be afraid to solicit some feedback from real people in making this decision.
Which Fonts Should You Use?
I recommend sticking to relatively basic fonts, at least for the body text (which people will be reading most). Simple fonts aren’t as visually exciting as some, but utilizing a simple font will be infinitely better for your readers—and will encourage them to keep progressing through your content, rather than turn around and run for the hills.
A good rule of thumb, is to avoid any font that feels like a novelty. Try to choose fonts that are easy to read and will age well. Clean, simple and legible is the goal. Here are some examples of fonts that’d work well for just about any smart blog layout.
Arial is a very dependable font that won’t steer you wrong. There’s nothing that really stands out about this font, but that can be an advantage when it comes to legibility in your blog layout.
EB Garamond is another simple and easy to read font that I’ve used many times.
Josefin Slab is a slightly more stylized alternative to Arial, but still retains an easy-to-read touch. My blog’s body text now uses a custom font these days, but it’s most similar to Josefin Slab.
Georgia is one of the most widely used fonts for bloggers.
Helvetica Neue has been around since the early 1980s and comes in almost 100 different styles.
If you go with one of these five font types for your body text, you’ll be in great shape (and your readers will thank you for it).
Which Fonts Should You Avoid?
Now, to make sure you don’t choose a font that’ll scare your readers, let’s look at a few examples of fonts you should not use in your blog layout.
Zapfino might look cool, but it would be very difficult to read as a primary font.
Papyrus is another font that gets a bad rep. Like Comic Sans, this font was a shooting star. It was popular for a time, but would not be considered a credible blog font today.
While you don’t need to choose one of the three fonts I recommended above for use in your blog layout, I highly recommend trying to pick a font that’s legible both for desktop readers and mobile device users—because if readers can’t actually read your blog posts, they’ll be gone in no time.
2. Organize Your Blog Layout for Easier Access
If you’ve already spent some time writing useful blog content, then you may have realized it can be hard to keep everything organized within an individual article (which is why I always start with a blog post outline), let alone from the macro perspective of your blog as a whole.
From the broader organizational standpoint, you may have written blog posts in a variety of different categories—and you need a way to separate them. Another issue, is that if you’ve written some really great posts in the past, they’re now naturally sitting at the bottom of your blog feed… where nobody will ever find them.
Someone visiting your blog for the first time today, may not know the easiest way to navigate through your posts. And that’s a shame, because you don’t want readers to miss out on finding your best content.
There are a lot of different ways to organize your blog content, but I’m going to give you a few ideas to help you start the process now. You can mix and match to find the best solution for your blog.
Tip #1: Pick a Defined Niche For Your Blog
One of the first things I recommend to both new and experienced bloggers alike, is to try and follow a somewhat narrow niche for your blog. That doesn’t mean that you have to write about the same thing every day, but there should be an overarching theme that you’re covering on your blog. An umbrella under which everything nicely sits within.
Sometimes bloggers want to write about what’s on their mind that day. And this can work in small doses—or if you’re running a more personal story that you don’t intend on ever monetizing. But for those who are hoping to make money blogging in a consistent manner, it’s a good idea to pick a clear focus that your blog can eventually become known for. Why?
For one, it’s a lot easier to rank your content in Google search results when your blog has a clear direction
Another reason to pick a defined niche, is so you can present a clear, consistent message to your blog readers
A niche also makes it easier for people to search your site.
If your site tries to cover too many topics at ones, it’s difficult to create a blog layout that connects all the main themes of your content together in any cohesive manner. Your visitors won’t know what to expect, and you’ll struggle to come up with a feasible way to direct them where they want to be.
Here’s an example of a blogger that’s chosen a very clear niche for her content. Strength and Sunshine is a blog that shares recipes and information about vegan, gluten and allergy-free foods (her description sits right in underneath the logo).
Every link in the top menu of her blog layout, is related to this specific diet—and her readers can expect that every recipe shared (and every blog post written) will have something to do with gluten-free and allergy-friendly cooking.
Tip #2: Use a “Start Here” Link
Many bloggers like to use a link in their main navigation menu titled something like “Start Here.” It’s often similar to an about page, but it goes into greater detail and usually offers clear instructions about what readers should do next. It’s a good way to introduce new visitors to your blog and share what your content is all about.
Here’s a list of a few things you should consider adding to your “Start Here” page:
An introduction about the blogger (or blog)
Glossary of common terms used on the blog
Links to your best and most popular content
Shopping links if your blog sells digital or physical products
Call to action like signing up for your blog’s newsletter
Now, let’s look at a great example of this in action. Clean Mama is a blogger who teaches people how to keep their homes clean (and is a very clever blog name idea, too).
She has a “Start Here” section on her blog that does a good job of identifying some of her blog’s most central ideas.
First, she welcomes her readers and explains three ways her blog is going to help them right off the bat:
She’ll help you make your house ready for guests
She’ll help you find some grace even in the things you have to do every day
She’ll help you not feel so overwhelmed by your house chores
That’s expanded upon in a little mini-manifesto right here:
The next section she includes, elaborates on the idea of feeling overwhelmed—and affirms that she has solutions to help. Anyone reading this far will likely be pretty hooked into her methodologies.
She then goes on to explain some of her strategies for keeping your house clean without spending hours doing it (offering up tons of free value to new readers).
Finally, she includes some helpful links (and clear next steps for visitors), like a shopping link and a round-up of her best cleaning tips.
Using a “Start Here” page can be a very useful tool for organizing your content and easily directing your readers where you want them to go.
Tip #3: Create a Learning Center
If you’ve already created a decent amount of content, a learning center—or detailed resource page like my “Everything about blogging” page—is another way to keep your content organized.
A learning center is a collection of categories arranged in one section (or drop-down menu). The idea is for readers to be able to quickly find answers to common questions on your blog. Learning centers are often arranged by media types like videos, blog posts and podcasts, as well as by general topics.
Smart Passive Income is a blog run by personal finance blogger, Pat Flynn, for aspiring online entrepreneurs. They use a very well-designed drop-down menu featuring a learning center for easier access to common topics they cover on the blog. Some of the topics they list include:
All of these topics fit under the umbrella of online entrepreneurship, but each one is a bit more specific. You may have landed on their blog to learn more about affiliate marketing, and they’ve made it easier for you to access that information.
If you click on the affiliate marketing menu item, it navigates you to a curated landing page that breaks down all of their top resources on the subject:
Here you’re able to find a variety of helpful information about affiliate marketing, including how to go about finding and joining the best affiliate programs for bloggers. Here, they link to their best guides to affiliate marketing, courses they’ve created, additional articles, tools and podcast episodes related to subject. All of this is put on one single page for easy access to readers.
A learning center is best suited for a blog that already offers a lot of information, but wants to provide quick, easy access to specific categories that readers are already coming to your site for. And in that context, it really adds a lot of value to your blog layout in terms of creating a more reader-friendly experience.
3. Design Your Blog Posts to be Easily Scannable
Like it or not, writing for the Internet is very different than most other styles of writing.
It’s very different when compared to verbose academic writing or published books. When people read on the Internet, they (most often) want blog posts that are easy to scan and quickly digest the key points they’re searching for answers about.
That’s not to say people are unwilling to read long blog posts. Most people will read long-form articles from start to finish if they’re highly engaged in the subject matter. However, many people want to scan headlines to first determine if they want to read the article (or think they’ll be able to find answers to specific questions they have)—and often extend that scanning practice into how they read the content too.
Use bullet points or numbers to break up long sections of text
Let’s use this blog post right here as an example. Suppose I have a reader who came to my blog, looking for a very specific answer. Maybe they wanted to know what size font that I would recommend for their blog layout.
My headers should make it very easy for that reader to scan the blog post, in order to find the answer quickly—plus there’s a navigational table of content running along the right side of this article (when viewing on desktop).
For long blog posts, you can make it even easier by including a table of contents at the beginning of your blog post layouts—as I’ve done at the top here (and have a more stylized version for my guide about starting a blog too).
Navigation is more important, the longer your blog content gets—so if you’re creating long-form content (like I do here on my blog), then you’ll want to go out of your way to make sure readers can quickly jump around throughout an article to more easily find what they’re looking for.
4. Utilize High-Quality Images (or Graphics)
Another mark of a great blog layout and design, is the use of high-quality images and graphics.
If you’ve visited a site that has low-resolution images, or poorly made graphics, you know this can be a turn-off (or can lead you not to trust the site).
If you’re not already convinced of the benefit to using quality images on your blog, here are some blogging statistics that might persuade you:
When people hear information, they generally remember 10% of the information when asked three days later. If an image is paired with the same information, people are able to retain 65% of the information after three days.
Just 3% of bloggers add 10+ images per article, but they are 2.5x more likely to report “strong results” than the average blogger. This statistic is a little harder to decode, but it’s essentially saying that bloggers who post 10+ images per post see better results than those who include fewer images. It may not be natural to fit 10 images into a short blog post, but it’s suggesting that more images make your overall blog layout more appealing.
This isn’t to say that high quality text (written content) is meaningless… because that’s far from true. Blogging is still largely about what it’s always been—and that’s still primarily the written word, because search engines like Google still “read” content through text.
What these statistics do mean however, is that your images matter as well—and high-quality images & graphics will make your blog layout that much more appealing, more shareable and more memorable to your readers.
Let’s look at the famous blog Humans of New York. The stories that HONY shares are compelling both because of the written text and the visual images. One without the other would not have the same lasting impact.
Think of your images and graphics as an integral part of the story that you’re telling. The higher the quality, the better impression they’ll make on your blog readers.
5. Consider Page Load Time
Load time is another very important consideration when it comes to your overall blog layout.
As we just talked about, including visuals in your blog layout is extremely important. However, if your images, clunky WordPress plugins or other slow-loading content are clogging up your load time, then that’s a potentially big problem.
The truth is we’re pretty impatient—people won’t wait very long for a page to load. They may think your site isn’t working properly, or they may just not care enough to wait more than a couple of seconds. Here are some statistics that show the real need for fast page load times:
53% of your visitors will leave your site if it takes more than 3 seconds to load
A one-second page response delay reduces conversion by 7%
Websites with a 1-3 second load time have a much lower bounce rate probability than those with a longer load time
So how do you make sure that your pages are loading quickly? Here are some easy ways to help optimize your load time.
Test Your Page Load Speed
The first step in determining which changes need to be made with your blog layout, is discovering what your current load speed is. You can use a free testing tool like Google’s PageSpeed Insights to gather these figures:
After running a test with the Google PageSpeed Insights tool, you’ll get a list of actionable suggestions on where you can trim down your page load speed.
Plugins are extremely useful tools that help you do more with your blog—and there are many plugins I couldn’t live without. The downside of (some) plugins though, is that they can contribute to slower load times if they inject a lot of code into your site, in order to perform the additional functionality you want.
One way to combat this, is to get rid of plugins that are redundant or no longer useful to the core functions of your blog. You may have installed several plugins that do the same job without realizing it, too. If there are plugins that no longer help grow your blog or better monetize your content, then take some time to consider which plugins you can get by without.
Choose a Faster Hosting Plan
Your blog’s hosting plan can make a big difference when it comes to the load time of your pages and posts. It may be tempting to pick from the absolute cheapest hosting plans when you’re just getting started on a tight budget—and that’s ok for a little while—but they often aren’t the best choice as your blog grows in time. You’ll want to upgrade.
You can learn a lot more about hosting from my guide to shared hosting, but when it comes to hosting recommendations, my top three are:
All three of these recommendations perform well on independent speed tests, but Dreamhost usually tests the fastest in terms of average page load speed (and they’re the most budget-friendly too). Each of these hosting companies offer affordable plans for bloggers, packed with a lot of features so you can’t go wrong when signing up with one—and I’ve used all three over the years.
Choose a More Minimalist Blog Layout (or WordPress Theme)
One of the reasons I keep my own blog layout and design so simple, is to reduce the page load time it takes for readers to load my content.
You may not want to keep things quite as minimalist as I do here, but you can help your blog layout a lot in terms of load speed by choosing a WordPress theme that won’t slow your site down much.
The three WordPress themes I recommend that run very quickly and have only a light amount of code loading in their default settings include:
GeneratePress Pro WordPress Theme: I use a customized version of this ultra fast, lightweight theme here on my blog today (it’s what I redesigned my website with) and they offer a free version to start with.
Astra WordPress Theme: This great (also free) theme is just about as minimalist and quick as GeneratePress, and also has a Pro version you can eventually upgrade to once you need additional functionality.
Elementor Page Builder: If you want a WordPress theme with a visual page builder (which I used for many years), the only one worth considering today—from a page load speed perspective—is Elementor and their Hello Theme which pairs very nicely with it.
Installing the Best WordPress Performance Plugins
Even after choosing a lightweight WordPress theme to power your blog, you can get a lot of extra speed and optimization gains out of installing the right performance plugins. Unfortunately, you’ll have to buy a performance plugin for your blog, as there just aren’t any truly beneficial free options out there (that don’t have drawbacks outweighing their benefits).
I use both of these performance plugins on my blog today, and they’re all you’ll need:
Perfmatters($24.95/year): This is by far my favorite performance plugin, because it’s been built specifically with the overarching goal of being as lightweight, fast and intuitive as possible. To that end, they’ve done an excellent job. After installing it here on my blog and using their default configurations, I saw an immediate speed boost in my page load times—and there’s a lot you can tinker with to get more gains . Plus, they offer a 30 day money back guarantee in the event you decide the plugin isn’t impacting your speed as much as you’d hoped for.
WP Rocket($49/year): As a nice complement to Perfmatters, WP Rocket comes into play as a great caching tool (which creates much faster load times) and does a fantastic job of optimizing and reducing the weight of the HTML, CSS and JS files your blog loads each time a reader hits a page. WP Rocket also offers a no questions asked money back guarantee—just be sure to reach out within 14 days of your purchase if things aren’t going according to plan and they’ll refund you.
There are a lot more things you can do to slim down your blog layout’s page load time (the subject for a later date), but putting these simple best practices and tools into place—is a great foundation.
6. Include Compelling CTAs (Calls to Action)
You’ve probably heard it before, but if you’re not totally familiar with the term, let me take a moment to explain what a call to action really is.
See this big header and form near the top of my homepage? That’s a call to action—and it’s asking readers to join my email list (if they’re interested in learning how to start a blog and grow a side business):
Suppose you’ve started a blog about protecting marine life. We’ll imagine you’ve written a stellar blog post about the beauty of whales, their importance in the ecosystem and the dangers they face today.
As people read that blog post, what do you want them to do? What action are you hoping they’ll take next?
Here are some potential actions you’ll likely hope your reader will take:
Donate money to save the whales
Sign up for your newsletter
Go to other important articles on your blog for further reading
So how do you drive more readers toward an intended outcome with your blog layout? To help direct people, you need to frequently employ what’s known as a “Call to Action.” If you haven’t included a call to action within your blog post yet, many people will read it, leave your page and give it very little thought later.
It’s not that readers don’t care about whales, it’s that they weren’t given anything tangible to do next. You’ve alerted them to a problem, but you haven’t offered them any solutions.
It’s your job to make it super simple to help whales. Your first step as a blogger, is to expose an issue and the next is to offer really easy solutions to help with that problem.
Here’s how you can include CTAs that help further your cause:
Solution 1: Donate to organizations that help whales. Include links to several organizations that you support. Showing people exactly which organizations you recommend cuts down on their research time. They don’t have to spend additional time searching for reputable places to donate when you’ve presented them with organizations right on your page.
Solution 2: Join your email list. Tell your blog’s visitors that they can learn more about helping sea creatures by signing up for your email newsletter. The more they hear about sea animals, the more likely they will want to help—plus, you can give more clear directions on how to support the right organizations over email too.
Solution 3: Include links to other blog posts you’ve written. Another way you can use a CTA, is to include links to other blog posts you’ve written. Maybe one of the things you mentioned in your article about whales is the danger of plastic pollution. You can include a link to another article you’ve written about how to reduce plastic waste.
Now let’s look at a real-life example. The Wilderness Society is an organization that strives to protect public wildernesses in the United States. Check out this large call to action (to read a message from their president) right on the homepage:
Here’s how they’ve included CTAs within their top-level menu that’s loaded across all the pages on their site:
At the top of their pages within their menu, they include several ways to get involved with the protection of wild lands:
These links are easy to access and answer the most fundamental questions behind their mission. The “join” and “donate” buttons are easy to identify and understand.
They also include CTAs directly within their blog posts. In the middle of one blog post, they included a link to an article with more information on a similar, closely related topic.
At the end of the article, they include links to additional articles related to caring for wild lands, followed by an easy way to sign up for their newsletter:
Each one of these CTAs helps further their goals—and makes it much easier for readers to actually do something with the information they’re reading.
7. The Fine Line Between Creative and Cluttered
Not every blog layout or design needs to be as minimalist as mine. Here, we’re going to review a few alternative blog layouts that are very diverse in their design decisions—illustrating that you can be extremely creative without forfeiting ease of use and functionality.
However, it should be known that there’s a very fine line between creativity and chaos. If your blog readers can’t find your content easily (or feel instantly overwhelmed by the amount of things that are going on with your blog layout), then your site isn’t functioning at its highest potential.
Here are a few specific elements that can distract your readers from consuming your content:
Too Many Ads
Having well-placed advertisements on your blog can be a great way to increase your blog revenue. On the other hand, a blog that’s lit up with ads blinking in the header, footer, sidebar and in the middle of your content—can be extremely distracting. I can tell you that I’ve personally left many blogs without reading a word of content for this exact reason, and it’s a major reason why I removed ads from my own blog this year.
People are coming to your blog primarily to solve a problem they have, by searching for answers in your content. If there are too many ads muddling up your articles, you run the risk of looking like a spam site that’s hiding answers from readers for just long enough to get some extra ad impressions, instead of being a genuinely useful, reputable source of information.
A Messy Sidebar
There are certainly pros and cons when it comes to using your blog sidebar. Some people recommend not having one at all, while others say that it can be very helpful for navigation and tastefully promoting your blog content.
I tend to fall on the side of not utilizing much of a sidebar (aside from a table of contents with particularly lengthy articles), and I intentionally left it out of my new blog’s recent redesign. If you do choose to include a sidebar though, try to keep it as clean, simple and useful as possible.
Try to include only the most vital information that you want readers to know about and take action on. For everything else, put it in the footer.
No Use of Negative Space
Earlier, we talked about about the ways in which I thoughtfully utilize white space on my blog layout. Some bloggers feel the need to have text or images covering every inch of real estate on their blogs. My advice is not to be afraid of leaving some comfortable spacing throughout your blog layout, as it can often be more calming to readers than a design that’s jam-packed with elements.
Negative space also allows people to more easily locate important information on your blog. It gives you an opportunity to highlight the most essential features (or articles) on your blog.
What a Clean Blog Layout Looks Like
Now let’s look at a few real examples of blog layouts that have done an amazing job designing a look that’s unique, yet also very clean and easy to use.
Maptia is a travel and storytelling blog with a mission to help people learn more about the world and grow in empathy for people in other places and cultures. Here’s a look at their blog layout directly on the homepage:
At the top of their pages, they have a few key links followed by a visually interesting and well-designed header with three additional CTAs that are all relevant to their target readers.
Below that they have a featured story. Notice all the negative space around these items? I’d also point out their use of easy to read font and large high-quality images.
If you can’t tell, I really love their blog layout, especially for the travel blogging and storytelling niche.
Here’s another beautiful, creative and simple blog layout example from a travel blog called Rojo Cangrejo. At the top of their blog, there’s a huge sliding image with links. Even though the whole top of the page is covered, the text is still easy to read (the white text on the large image is easy to see too):
If you scroll down, you can see that they use a great deal of white space, too.
They continue with the use of negative space for additional story links toward the bottom of their pages too, which makes for a very nice and cohesive experience for readers.
Both of these blog layouts are unique to themselves, but they do a fantastic job of keeping their content accessible and very visually appealing at the same time—which is no easy feat.
8. Encourage Engagement
Engagement is king when it comes to Internet content. This is true both on social media and with blogging. As you can see across my blog here, I have many articles that have several hundred comments (and a few with over 1,000+ comments like my roundup of the best business ideas to pursue this year):
There are tons of guides about achieving greater engagement in order to better promote your blog, but in this post we’re examining this from a blog layout perspective. What can you do to encourage engagement as part of your own blog layout?
Here are a few ideas for ways to make your audience feel like they’re interacting with your content (and a part of the journey with you).
Show the Comment Count at the Top of Your Blog Post Layout
One of the best types of engagement for bloggers, is when readers comment on your blog posts. This is a perfect window into the thoughts your visitors are having, and an easy way to build a relationship with many of them. Plus, it helps establish more trust from readers who can also read your genuine replies in the comments section.
A great way to help readers become more interested in commenting, is by showcasing a comment count at the beginning of your blog posts. The more comments people have left, the more others will want to read the comments and potentially submit one themselves. I use this method on my own blog which you can see here on a recent blog income report:
Display a “Like” Button on Your Post
Another way to increase engagement on your blog posts, is to display a like button—whether or not it’s actually connected to a social media platform like Facebook.
This is very reminiscent of social media, and it gives people a quick way to show that they like what you’ve written.
Include Social Media Share Buttons
Make it easy for your visitors to share your content by including social media share buttons. I like to use the Click to Tweet link generator, so readers can lift specific quotes straight from my blog posts and share them right on their Twitter profiles (a social network where I discover and connect with lots of my readers).
Ask Readers if the Content You’re Sharing Has Helped Them
A common way to increase engagement with your readers, is by asking questions directly in your blog posts. Asking simple questions or opening an opportunity for them to ask questions is a great way to create conversations with more of your readers.
You can take this one step further and make it an integral part of your blog layout, too. A lot of online help centers include a button at the bottom of their content, asking if an article was helpful.
Here’s an example from a Google tutorial:
If you choose the no response, they’ll prompt you to say what wasn’t helpful about the experience:
If you’re creating blog posts specifically designed to help people with a specific task, or answer a clear question, this could be a very savvy way to get immediate feedback on your content.
Ultimately, it starts a conversation that allows your readers to tell you if something is helpful or not. Those that take the time to give you an answer will show you what may be lacking from your tutorial—and you’ll (hopefully) receive some praise there too.
9. Brand Your Blog Layout
Your marketing 101 class will tell you that branding is a crucial part of creating lasting, long-term success. And it’s true, branding can help set you apart from the competition and makes you more recognizable to your customers (and prospects) across many mediums and metrics.
As you’re designing your own blog layout, look for opportunities to brand your site as being somehow unique. Your entire blog should be cohesive, and each page (or post) should match the look and feel of rest of your blog. For example, you wouldn’t want your homepage to be bland and then other pages to be in vibrant technicolor. Stick to a theme that makes sense for you.
Now, let’s go through some of the ways that you can use branding to make your blog layout that much better.
Define Your Message (and Personality)
You have a distinct personality and so should your blog.
What parts of you do you want to come out in your blog layout?
Are you attracted to bright colors or monochromatic themes?
Are you a photographer that wants to use a lot of images in your design?
Maybe you’re a designer that could use your blog layout as an opportunity to showcase your graphics?
If you’re a writer, take your layout as a way to highlight your style and tone.
Think about what parts of you need to be included as a core feature of your blog layout, and carry that idea throughout your site’s design.
Choose Your Branding Colors
Color is a very tangible way to brand your blog and choose a specific mood for the site. For my blog, I use a few specific shades of blue here. This color scheme is carried throughout my blog and in the graphics that I use for my blog post header images, too.
There are a lot of theories about the use of color and how people interact with it, but I chose to lean on shares of blue largely out of personal preference for the color—and the very cool, calm, relatable sense that I feel it conveys to my readers.
Some people ascribe feelings to when they view certain colors.
Some colors may put people at ease, while others may make them uncomfortable.
You can even look up color charts to determine what kind of vibe you want your blog’s brand to exhibit. For example, green is often associated with growth and prosperity, while red is sometimes linked to energy and passion.
More than the color you choose, the way you implement it, is what matters most. Choose colors that complement each other and try to maintain a consistent color scheme throughout your blog layout, as not to confuse your regular readers. This will help you develop your branding strategy and become much more memorable over the long-haul.
Ignyte is a marketing firm based out of San Diego, California. While the core function of their website is to drive new business, they also have a blog component to their site. They use a shade of purple in a very unique way throughout their website. The results are pretty visually captivating:
Though it’s an unusual choice on the surface, their use of purple for text and images is memorable and visually appealing.
Design a Captivating Logo for Your Blog
Logos are a part of our daily life without us even really noticing it. See mine in the top left corner of my blog menu?
Without looking it up, try to think of the logo for Nike. Now think about Apple products, Coca Cola and Disney. We all roughly know what these logos look like, and can imagine them instantly in our minds. Nike can brand a black t-shirt with nothing more than a tiny swoosh and just about everyone who sees that shirt will know who made it.
You see the golden arches and you’re already craving french fries and a burger.
That’s why a logo is so helpful as a part of your branding strategy. You can place your logo across your content and over time, readers will automatically identify it as yours.
Choose a Typography
We already discussed the importance of legible fonts for your blog, but once you’ve chosen your typography, use it consistently throughout your blog layout.
This is another way to ensure that you’re creating a brand and personality to your blog. There’s also the strategy of pairing fonts that work well together. If you use different fonts for your navigation menu, you want them to look good with the typography within the body text of your blog posts.
For an introduction to pairing fonts, you can check out Google’s font page. Every time you select a font, it shows you all the styles the font comes in—as well as the fonts it pairs best with. This is what it looks like:
Some of your branding strategies will be influenced by the audience you’re trying to reach.
And since this is such a big part of your blog layout, I’ve dedicated my entire next best practice to making your blog layout specifically designed to appeal well to your target audience.
10. Make Your Blog Layout Relate to Your Audience
My final best practice for designing a winning blog layout, is to make layout decisions with your audience in mind—because what appeals to one group of people, may not be as relatable to another.
Now, let’s run through a couple of layout examples that show how you’d make design decisions based on the distinctly different audiences you want to attract.
The Blog Layout of a Fashion Site
The best way to explain the difference in layout structures, is to show you real-life examples. Let’s look at a fashion blog first, which is a space that’s intensely visual. While the style and feel of your text is important, the primary reason most people visit fashion blogs is to see fashion. That’s why it makes sense that fashion blogs are very image-dominant.
Not Jess Fashion is a fashion blog created by NYC digital influencer Jessica Wang. Her blog layout consists of a lot of full-size images and shop-able posts. Her writing is still an important aspect of her blogging, but the images are what really tell the story.
Here’s one of her recent blog posts, featuring a large right-aligned image and clear “shop the post” links next to the image, and near the top of her article.
In her individual blog posts, she continues the trend of captivating, high-quality images intermixed with shorter areas of text.
For example, in her blog post How to Celebrate International Women’s Day she includes stunning photos of her daughters to express the story of what it means to celebrate women and to help raise awareness of a global water shortage problem. This combination of features works very well for the types of readers Jessica wants to reach.
Now that we’ve talked about a fashion blog, how does it compare to another blog niche?
Let’s look at a dramatically different example to really showcase how diverse your blog layout can be—depending on the audience you want to attract (and retain).
The Blog Layout of a Finance Site
Veering far away from fashion, let’s look at another popular blogging niche: finance and business. This time we’ll explore the distinguished publication, Forbes. Like the fashion blog we highlighted above, Forbes often leans heavily on using large high-quality images at the tops of their feature stories—giving it a very magazine-esque look.
In addition to high quality images, they also regularly include graphs (like this one about the increase of daily users on Zoom this year):
One major difference between the fashion blog and this article on Forbes, is that this piece has much longer blocks of text. The images are also front loaded, with heavier image use at the beginning of the article and fewer as you really dig into the core of the story.
In both examples though, the text is centered on the page—but in Forbes, the text blocks are a bit more narrow. It looks more like a print magazine, and is a format I follow in some ways here on my own blog layout.
You can also notice a big difference in color schemes. Where Not Jess Fashion tends to use bright pastels and creams, Forbes generally uses a darker color scheme with a few pops of bold colors when they want something to be emphasized.
Which Blog Layout Style Should You Use?
If you’re brand new to blogging, you may not be totally familiar with the likes and dislikes of your audience. You may not even know who your ideal audience is yet (and that’s ok).
A good way to figure this out, is to check out other blogs within your niche. Look through a dozen or so sites in your niche and notice what stands out about their blogs.
Do they have an exciting color scheme?
Do you love their graphics or imagery?
Do they have an exceptionally user-friendly navigation menu?
Does their blog layout feel bold or conservative?
To help jump-start your research, we’re going to dive into twelve blog layout examples below here now—showcasing several of my favorite blogs that have remarkable designs and clever layouts to give you some real inspiration. We’re going to walk through some very diverse blog layouts and styles that’ll show you it’s possible to tailor your blog to any audience.
Remember though… this is not a one-size-fits-all recommendation, because there are many different ways to create a successful blog layout, based on variables like who your audience is and any design statements you personally want to make.
12 Blog Layout Examples to Learn From When Designing Your Blog
Now that we’ve laid down the best practices for designing a winning blog layout, let’s see them in action by looking at some of the best blog layouts on the Internet.
1. The Intercept: Bold Blog Layout
The Interceptis an online news source that provides investigations and analyses of topics like politics, war, national security, technology and the environment.
From a design standpoint, there are a lot of things you can learn from them. Their font choices are large, bold and easy to read. They also keep their blog layout very clean and take advantage of negative space to make their featured stories pop clearly.
The top menu is broken down into the top news stories that they cover, and if you scroll down you’ll see large high-quality images that entice readers to keep reading.
2. Detailed: Conversion-Optimized, Minimalist Blog Layout
Detailed is an SEO insights blog, operated by famed SEO Glen Allsop, where he also offers SEO consulting & courses. What’s so special about the blog layout of Detailed?
We’ll start with their homepage. From the very top, Detailed is ready to grow their email list with a clear call to action above the fold. They’ve made it a top priority by placing it at the beginning of their page. Quick aside—if you haven’t already started doing so, I highly recommend ramping up your email marketing plan for your blog.
The next thing that Detailed does very well, is to establish their authority. They have positive reviews from a number of well-known publications and brands that they highlight clearly. People will recognize these brands and instantly begin to trust Detailed as a source of information about SEO. If Bloomberg and Forbes are offering their endorsement, this must be something good.
Now take look at the blog layout they’ve used on their blog feed page:
Once again, they’ve placed an email opt-in form at the very top of the page—also making it more enticing by including the names “Amazon” “IBM” and “Cisco” as subscribers on his list.
Scrolling down, we can analyze the design of their blog post. Detailed’s blog layout is very minimalist with a lot of white space around their images and text. On the sidebar, they show the companies who’ve endorsed them, as well as a ticker showing how many email subscribers they have—and how many people follow them on Facebook and Twitter. All great social proof.
Detailed does two things very well. The first is building trust with their readers and potential readers. They focus on showing visitors what makes them special and exactly what they offer. The second, is making their content interesting and engaging enough to entice readers to keep going.
Here are a few of the elements they use to make you want to continue reading their content:
Comments counter (encourages engagement)
An interesting snippet of text that leads into the blog post
A very clear “View Post” call to action button
Detailed’s blog layout is simple but very effective at converting their readers—and directing people to where they want to go.
3. Ahrefs: Visually Appealing and Easily Navigated Blog Layout
Ahrefs is one of the top blogging tools that I can recommend to bloggers—and I use for all of my keyword research, competitor analysis, monitoring backlinks and for quick on-page SEO feedback.
In addition to their premium features, Ahrefs also has a very robust (free) library of blog content that provides helpful insights into SEO and digital marketing. We’ve already covered blog layout design points like minimalism and utilization of white space, so I’ll shift my focus a little with what makes the Ahrefs blog layout so appealing to me.
One thing that noticeably stands out about the Ahrefs blog layout, is its color scheme. They chose three main (complementary) colors for their design: blue, white, with small pops of a light orange. This color pattern is repeated in various forms throughout their website, in their logo and other visual elements.
Here’s a snapshot of the Ahrefs blog homepage:
You can see that they’ve alternated between their core colors of white and blue throughout their blog homepage. The top of the page has a blue graphic with white writing, while the blog posts feature blue headlines on a page of plan white with a little orange accent.
Their blog layout design is simple, but also very easy to navigate. At a glance, you can discover all of the information you’re seeking to find (and easily navigate right to it).
4. The New York Times: Organized Chaos Blog Layout
The New York Times has taken a great strategy in crafting their blog layout, by blending its print image with its digital one. As you can see, their site looks very similar to their print newspaper. Ordinarily, this blog layout may look way too overcrowded to a new visitor. However, most people who land here will already be familiar with this layout from the newspaper’s physical form. That makes this blog layout much easier to decode—and gives you a higher level of appreciation for the decision to lead with this design choice.
Another positive aspect about this style, is it allows you to see a lot of interesting content all at once. Some people will look at this front page and go directly to one of the top links—for example if they visited the NYT to look at real estate, they’ll head straight there. Others will be instantly drawn to the map of the United States and click into that story.
Despite the fact that there are a lot of things happening on this page, it’s still very organized with distinct sections and high-quality images.
5. Medium: Minimalist Publication-Style Blog Layout
Medium is one of the top free blogging platforms on the market, and they allow you to post new content (or repost content from an existing blog). It can be a great tool for promoting your existing blog content and getting more exposure with a new audience—but can also be used as a stand-alone blogging platform if you’re on a budget.
Something that instantly stands out about Medium’s blog layout, is its use of typography. They use large and easy to read fonts throughout the platform.
Unlike The New York Times, the overall design of Medium is very clean, easy to navigate and free from unnecessary clutter.
6. Adobe Create: Artistic and Creative Blog Layout
Many of the blog layouts I’ve highlighted so far have been a little more traditional & minimalist—but if you lean more creative, you’ll like the Adobe Create blog.
Adobe has given people the ability to express their creativity with innovative tools like Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom, Audition and many more. Adobe Create is an accompanying blog dedicated to artists and creatives. Their blog shares inspiration and how-tos for photography, graphic design, illustration, UX and video. So what’s interesting about Adobe Create’s blog layout?
One element that stands out about this blog, is the artistic imagery that leads the way. Each section of the Adobe Create blog starts with a striking image:
This artistic flair continues as you scroll down the page. It’s clear that the featured images for each of their blog posts are chosen to be interesting, unique and beautiful.
This blog layout by Adobe relies very heavily on images to entertain their readers and encourage them to click through to read stories—much more than headlines traditionally do.
7. The Dowse Art Museum: Non-Traditional Gallery-Style Blog Layout
I wanted to include the Dowse Art Museum here as an example, because their blog layout is so completely different from just about any other site you’ll find yourself on today.
While each blog post does certainly stand out from one another, they’re also placed in specific spots to look more like an art gallery display.
While probably not the best design choice for most bloggers, this is a very fun, unique and creative way to display posts and set them apart from more traditional blogs. And as an added bonus, the museum has gotten a lot of press and attention for their unique blog layout over the years.
8. WePresent: Bold, Image-Heavy Blog Layout
WePresent is a creative blog that showcases art, photography, music with a spotlight on diversity. This blog layout design allows the art to draw in readers, with very little text and has a consistent emphasis on imagery. Their blog homepage begins with one large cover story image and very minimal text:
Below the cover story, it’s followed by a selection of images—with each image leading to a unique story on their blog.
It may seem like a risky move to post images with no explanation and expect people to continue reading. However, for this blog, they’re playing to their audience. They likely attract readers who will be interested in the images for their artistic quality. The effect is a blog layout that looks very much like an art display. It’s aesthetically captivating.
Further down, WePresent begins to introduce snippets of stories, but the taglines are just as interesting as their corresponding images.
WePresent is a great example of not only designing a unique blog layout that you don’t find much of online, but of also creating an experience that appeals to their target audience.
9. The House That Lars Built: Playful and Light Blog Layout
Another creative blog layout with a completely different feel, is The House That Lars Built. This blog covers an array of topics from crafts, interior design, decor and style. The first thing that stands out immediately about this blog layout, is their color scheme. They use pastel colors that feel joyful and light:
The House that Lars Built, takes on the difficult task of including a lot of content without crossing over into an overly cluttered design. It’s a fine line to walk. Each section is visually interesting enough to make them distinct from other elements.
As with WePresent, this blog goes far out of its way to appeal to very particular audience—readers that are seeking bright, happy and uplifting images, artistic ideas and inspiration.
10. Magnum Photos: Photography-First Blog Layout
Magnum Photos is a photography blog with a deep interest in storytelling. As with some of the other creative blogs, Magnum Photos uses photography as the primary blog layout vehicle to drive the story. Magnum Photos uses interesting images and high-quality photography to display their posts.
Many of the stories are also shared from history, so some of the images are in black and white. The use of black and white is a unique way to make images stand out, especially when the eye is accustomed to seeing pictures in color.
11. The New Yorker: Minimalist, Graphic-Driven Publication Blog Layout
The New Yorker is known for using sarcasm and clever writing throughout their publication. This vibe continues with their choice of artwork and even their overall blog layout. They have a real personality that appeals very strongly to their audience.
Like The New York Times, The New Yorker has an online layout that’s reminiscent of the (original) print publication. As you peruse their site, you’ll feel like you’re looking at a physical magazine.
Here’s a sampling of recent stories from The New Yorker. The typography they use for their headings is easy to read, but a little more interesting than your basic Arial.
They also use images that are unusual and sometimes even a little absurd, with the goal of catching the attention of a reader instantly. Why is someone holding a smoking piece of glass that resembles a cell phone?
The New Yorker is able to rely on its history of well-written publications, to entice readers to take a leap even when the snippets and images are ambiguous. They tease out just enough a story to make their readers want to learn more.
12. The Verge: Futuristic, Bold, Tech-Driven Blog Layout
The Verge is a multimedia blog that examines how technology changes the lives of people around the world. They predict which technological advancements are going to affect the average person down the road.
So what stands out about their blog layout? For one thing, their choice of design looks like a technicolor dream straight out of the 1980s. But instead of making the blog appear outdated, it makes visitors nostalgic for the 80s, when technology and the rise of computers started to change the landscape of our culture.
The Verge doesn’t use a lot of negative space on their blog, but the way they use images and large bold fonts, keeps each section distinct and easy to find. The blog posts don’t just blend in with each other. Another thing to point out about this blog layout, is the way they break down sections. In the navigation menu, they list all of their top categories.
Each one has a hover drop-down menu that further breaks categories into more specific subcategories. This functions as a version of a learning center for readers to dive deeper into the subject they care about.
This kind of easy navigation is a staple of blog layout best practices, in terms of delivering a great user-experience for your readers.
My Own (Minimalist) Blog Layout and Design Here at ryrob.com
Since you’re on my blog right now, I want to wrap this guide up by showcasing my own blog layout, since I went through a complete redesign in early 2020.
The primary reason why I decided to redesign my blog layout, was because I’d been using the same theme & overall design format for more than five years. The technology was adding a lot of bloat to the pages on my site, making them load much slower than they needed to, and the visual elements didn’t feel representative of the person I’d become since I started my blog.
This new redesign simplified a lot of things, translated my very bold messaging style into visual elements across my site—and gave me a major performance boost too. So let’s dig into a few of these new layout elements.
Very Simple Design
One thing that stands out about my blog layout is how incredibly simple the design is. In my header menu, there are only a few easy to see links, my logo and a search bar.
I omit a top header image on the blog homepage, and instead focus on my blog posts and featured images as the driving forces. This style of blog could be described as clean and minimalist.
The benefit of a minimalist design, is how easy it is for readers to navigate. Visitors on my blog won’t have to spend a lot of time locating important information about my blog. Everything is visible at a glance and the eye isn’t distracted by a lot of text and images.
Centered Article Collection (in Order of Publication Date)
In my recent website redesign, my blog posts went from a grid-style display, down to a list display. Now, instead of seeing multiple blog posts at once (which can be a little overwhelming), readers see one large featured image and the corresponding blog post at a time. These posts are in order of publication date:
Utilization of White Space
We already covered that my blog layout is intentionally minimalist, but one element of this is the utilization of white space. White space, sometimes called negative space, is the part of your blog layout that doesn’t have any kind of imagery, ads or text represented—nothing else is going on there.
As we talked about earlier, the purpose of negative space is to draw more attention to the key features you want to highlight on your blog.
If you’ve ever seen a blog full of blinking ads, sidebars and cluttered headers & footers, you know what I’m talking about. White space isn’t entirely necessary if the site still manages to look clean and professional. However, that negative space trains the reader’s eyes on where you want them to go.
Font Type and Sizing
Choosing a font size and type is relatively easy. The main thing here is to pick something that’s easy to read. Text that’s too small or hard to decipher will make your bounce rate higher.
And as we talked about earlier, I use a custom font that’s similar to Josefin Slab with a body text font size of 16px.
Enticing Descriptions and “Continue Reading” CTA Button
Whether they use a list or grid style to display your blog posts, most bloggers include a short description of their blog post to be sampled for readers. Your blog visitors are going to decide whether or not to continue reading based on the featured image and the description you’ve provided, so make it good.
Don’t squander this description. Try to write something that’ll entice them to keep reading, and include a “Continue Reading” call to action button:
Pagination at the Bottom
Another way to get people to continue reading your content is to put clear pagination at the bottom of your list of blog posts. This shows readers that you have more content and encourages them to discover more on your site.
This feature also keeps your blog homepage from becoming overloaded with content that runs on a continuous scroll.
Taking Advantage of the Footer
The final thing I’d like to point out about my blog layout, is the footer. The footer of your blog can be used for a variety of key links, pages and calls to action. I take advantage of my footer section both on individual blog posts and on all the pages across my site, to encourage further engagement with my readers.
In my footer section, I include a number of important links and I have them broken down into relevant sections.
I share additional blog posts people might be interested in, some of my most popular posts and my most recent podcast episodes. I also include a section called “Work With Me” that shares links to information about who I am, how to hire me, my best content and my contact information.
And though this is technically above the actual footer of my blog, I take full advantage of the end of each blog post by incorporating a clear, single call to action for my readers to take:
This call to action lives at the bottom of just about every post on my blog—it’s in large text, asks a question and utilizes a unique button that readers can click on. The introduction of these elements makes it easier for people to find more relevant information.
At the bottom of each blog post, I also share some information about myself and my blog (as the author), and I have an easy to locate comment widget.
That’s a wrap on the ways my own blog layout has been intentionally (re)designed earlier this year.
Each section of my blog is carefully thought out and planned to encourage people to stay on my blog and explore all that it has to offer.
The very minimalist style is meant to make it easy to find information—and feel extremely free from distraction when you’re reading one of my long-form guides (like this here).
Your blog layout may not look anything like mine… and that’s totally fine!
Diversity is a strength in the blogging world, so it’s better when our blogs aren’t just copies of each other. Even so, these blog layout and design best practices will make your own blog stand out.
What Are You Going to Do With Your Own Blog Layout?
Now that we’ve covered all of the most crucial blog layout best practices, and have analyzed a ton of blog layout examples, how will you structure the design of your own blog?
Now it’s time for you to take what you’ve learned—and apply it to your own blog layout and overall site design.
How are you going to take these blog layout ideas and tailor them to fit your vision?
What do you like (and dislike) about the blog layout examples you’ve seen here?
Did you find any blog layout mistakes you’ve made, that you’re now ready to fix?
Remember… nobody should ever create a carbon copy clone of another person’s blog layout. That’s a form of plagiarism. But you can still take a lot of inspiration from the blog layouts you’ve seen here in this guide, because they’ve been intentionally designed to attract (and retain) readers over the course of many years.
The Regional Government of Madeira has defined the operating rules for maritime-tourism and tourist entertainment companies and travel agencies, which will only return to normal from September.
A note from the Regional Secretariat for Tourism and Culture published in the Official Journal of the Autonomous Region of Madeira states that, “in the exercise of maritime-tourist activities, the maximum capacity of vessels is conditioned on two parameters: the capacity of up to 60 passengers and with more than 60 passengers “.
For vessels with capacity for up to 60 passengers, occupancy of up to 70% of their capacity is allowed, until the end of next June, 90% during the month of July, and without any capacity restriction, from August onwards. current year.
On the other hand, for vessels with capacity for more than 60 passengers, occupancy is allowed up to 70% of capacity until the end of next July, 90% during August, and without any capacity restriction from September 2020.
These restrictions do not apply, however, to small boats without an engine and jet skis.
In relation to the provision of services by tourist entertainment companies or travel and tourism agencies, related to cultural tourism activities, open air tourism or mere transport within the scope of their own activities, the maximum capacity of the motor vehicles used is conditioned in the following terms: until the end of next June, the occupation is allowed up to 70% of the capacity; during the month of July, the occupation is allowed up to 90% of the capacity; and, finally, from August, motor vehicles can drive with the maximum capacity allowed.
These restrictions, however, do not apply when only members of the same household are transported in the vehicle.
When the activities developed by tourist entertainment companies or travel and tourism agencies are pedestrians, whether in urban, rural or natural surroundings, each tourist information professional cannot accompany more than 25 people.
In all activities, whether in tourist maritime or tourist entertainment, all obligations related to the need to provide hand hygiene products, the use of protective mask by customers (at the entrance of the vessel) and employees, and cleaning and disinfecting the vessel’s interior after each service provision.
Whether you’re looking for the well-paid, best freelance jobs, or to just to get freelance work on the side that can help pad your savings or pay the bills, then you’ve come to the right place.
No matter if it’s more bills than usual coming down the pike, your boss getting progressively worse, or if you’re just tired of your full-time gig, I’ve got your back with these best freelance jobs websites.
One of the most common refrains you’ll hear is that it takes time to build up a freelancing career. You need to invest in yourself, whether it be classes, software, or branding. You need to make connections, you need to start with lower paying work to build up a portfolio and get your name out there.
Yeah, all of that is true. But that doesn’t mean you can’t start now. Like, RIGHT NOW.
Just because it takes time to build up a freelance business doesn’t mean you can’t get going this instant and dive right in. So I compiled this list of freelance job sites that you can get started on right away.
Check out my picks for the best freelance jobs websites, broken down by category:
78 Best Freelance Jobs Websites to Get Remote Freelance Work in 2020
Disclosure:Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links and at no additional cost to you, I may earn a commission. Know that I only recommend products and services I’ve personally used and believe are genuinely helpful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to purchase them. Most of all, I’d never advocate for buying something that you can’t afford or that you’re not ready to implement.
Alright, now let’s get into the list of the best freelance jobs websites!
Up first, the larger freelance job websites that have a little bit of everything.
The Best Websites for General Freelance Jobs
These marketplaces websites have a broad sampling of freelance jobs. Whether you’re a writer, designer, developer, marketer, salesperson, photographer or virtually any other service provider, there are freelance jobs for you on these marketplaces.
This is a very well-curated site for not only freelance jobs, but also remote and otherwise flexible gigs. It’s sorted by the type of freelance job (or otherwise) you may want, and you won’t have to worry about scam postings, because they research the jobs and monitor new gigs pretty thoroughly. As I’m sure you’ve guessed, it’s not free if you want regular access to their freelance jobs, though. Check out their details right here to see if it’s worthwhile for your niche (hint: it probably is 🙂).
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Fiverr gets its name from its site design: every job starts at $5. It sounds low, but you can set up tiers above the base $5 option, which adds up fast! It’s also a great way to get started and build up your portfolio.
Once upon a time, there existed two leading platforms for landing freelance jobs: oDesk and Elance. Eventually, their two kingdoms combined to create one large peaceful marketplace for people to land freelance jobs from clients all over the world. Enter: Upwork. As a result, this freelance jobs site is huge. They have over 12 million freelancers and 5 million clients listing upwards of 3 million freelance jobs each year. Just about every freelancer can find their niche here, but beware: Upwork takes a 20% cut until you build up a regular relationship with a client. It’s very beginner friendly, but be prepared to take lower-priced freelance jobs through sites like Upwork, than you would from the more carefully curated marketplaces that focus on a specific niche.
If you have a great portfolio and feel like you have the experience to start at a higher level, CloudPeeps may be for you. They’re a bit more exclusive, which makes it harder to join but easier to get jobs if you do get accepted. They focus on marketing, social media, and general copywriting. Worth it to check out!
Indeed collects all the jobs on the interwebs and puts them all in one place. They’re easy to search through, and looking specifically for remote jobs is a piece of cake. If you’re open to working at a local company, you can search that too. Best of all, it’s free!
Student or recent grad? Browse this site to see what kind of part time freelance jobs pop up within your degree. These are going to be great beginner jobs that will get you experience and, hopefully, contacts for future work.
This site has a huge variety of projects, some formatted as hourly and some as contests – the only downside is that they only give 8 free applications before you have to pay the membership fee. The project fee is also a little different – pay between $3-5 or 3-5%, whichever is greater (one of the cheaper commission rates).
Guru makes it easy to create a profile that shows off your experience, making it easier to be contacted by potential employers, while also wading through the massive amounts of job postings made every day. They give a decent amount of free applications, rationed by the year, and charge about 9% commission.
Launched originally back in the year 2000, ServiceScale is a global marketplace for freelancers with a range of skills and experience—with an emphasis on graphic design, writing, editing, and translating. To date, they’ve had over 259,000 completed projects with more than 79,000 clients that’ve used the platform.
ServiceScape is a great freelance job website for working with startups and SMBs that are already online outsourcing-friendly. So, if you’ve got the skills and experience, ServiceScape is a great place to spend some time and apply to projects that work for you.
Forget selling your grandma’s dusty couch, Craigslist has a pretty great job posting section too. You don’t get the security of a site that holds the client accountable, so it’s an excellent idea to set up a contract (or meet up in person, if possible), but most people posting are looking for work done as quick as possible. Here’s a hack if you want to look through remote jobs: go to the corresponding Craigslist for major cities and search for remote work that way. You’re welcome.
The Best Websites for Writers to Get Freelance Jobs
You weave word magic, your sentences are sensational, your calls to action make people want to call their mothers to tell them they love them. Turn all that writing wizardry into some cold hard cash with these sites:
Contena tops this section of the best writing freelance jobs because of the sheer volume of well-paid (and high quality) jobs they always have available for writers, editors and content creators of all kinds. What I love most about Contena, is that they feature a mixture of freelance jobs and full-time remote jobs on their platform. Examples of real freelance jobs recently featured on their homepage include a $10,000/mo eBook writing gig for a tech publication, a sports writing position, photography-focused content writing jobs, and seriously thousands of more opportunities across many industries doing freelance jobs for trustworthy companies.
The name isn’t winning any creative awards, but it gets the point across. This site is basically a well-curated job board that’s updated Monday to Friday with the hottest new clients willing to pay you actual money to write things. Sounds too good to be true, right?
This source of writing jobs is excellent for freelancers all over the map, from brand spanking new to very experienced. It’s easy to filter for the type of job you want and the experience you have, and it’s totally free.
This site has been around for years, and you can search for the jobs that are posted and subscribe to a feed based on keywords you like. It’s free to use and apply for jobs, and their layout makes it easy to compare the available projects by the client’s budget – it will even indicate when the budget is low.
Not only can you sign up for their newsletter with writing opportunities, you can actually submit to write for them. They pay well, but you’ll need to come up with a pretty good idea to pitch. If you have a concept you think will work well, it’s definitely worth a shot. While you’re waiting to hear back, you can always check out the opportunities in their newsletter too.
Media Bistro has a nice little variety of categories, which includes writing and editing. Their curated list features everything from book editing to PR content, so you’re sure to find a few things that fit your niche.
21. Paid to Blog.
Calling all bloggers! This site was thought up by a freelance writer who already went through the grind and wanted to come up with a better way. The good news is that they put together an extremely well-curated list of jobs to apply for (sorted by blog niche), and they make writing jobs available for their site as well. The bad news is that it costs $30 a month to subscribe to. If you’re trying to get your freelance career off the ground on your lunch break, it could be more than worth it to invest a little money to save a lot of time.
We couldn’t leave out the technical writers! You can write helpful guides on invoicing, payments, blockchain currency and more. They’re looking for longform and well-researched posts, so it would be tough to break into as a newbie, but if you already have background knowledge in the area, it could definitely be worth your time.
PubLoft is a great place to find solid (well-paid) freelance jobs for reliable clients without actually ever needing to interact with the clients yourself. Their promise is to help freelancers never have to find, sell, or manage another customer again. With rates starting at $150 per post, you can work on your craft and PubLoft will handle the client management side of things. And on top of that, they’ll also help you become a better writer along the way.
Coming as equal parts free portfolio for creative freelancers, online publication with solid freelance advice, and a platform for scoring freelance jobs with hundreds of the most successful brands & startups in the world, Contently is a high-quality agency style platform that (when you’re hand-selected by their account management team after creating a portfolio) connects you directly with clients for very well-paid freelance writing projects. In the past, I’ve taken projects writing long-form blog content for the personal loan startup, SoFi, at between $600 – $1,600 per article depending upon length and scope of the project.
The Best Websites for Designers to Get Freelance Jobs
You get paid to make the world a prettier place, one Helvetica logo at a time.
This site is set up in a bit of a different format than typical freelance sites, but it does work in the design context. Clients publish a contest, and designers submit their work as their application. The client chooses the design they like best, and the designer gets paid. I’m sure you’ve noticed the downside – if you don’t win, you don’t get paid. However, it can be an excellent way to build up your portfolio at the beginning, and if you’ll be doing work anyway, it can be a great resource.
This isn’t a freelance job site per se, but it is something you need to do now. Like, right now right now. These kinds of sites help designers showcase their work, and because the site has a much higher DA than any personal website you’ll put together, your work has a higher chance of showing up early in the search engine based on the keywords you research. It’s a must for designers of any skill level, and something you need to get set up right away.
See above – another way to get people’s attention and get your work in as many places as possible. The other benefit to these sites is that you’ll get feedback from other designers, and potential clients, on your work. Feedback is crucial to improvement, so accept it openly! Also, browse the other designers on the site to get a feel for what kind of projects you like and what you may want to work on in the future.
If you’ve swallowed the start-up pill and your dream is to someday work for a cool, up and coming company, start your path with Angel List. Start-up companies of all kinds search for talent on Angel List, from established to brand new, so you can get a taste of the start-up culture and possibly get your foot in the door for long term employment.
You got art? They want art! If you’re more of a graphic designer or digital illustrator (or even if you’re pretty skilled already on the side), you can put up your masterpieces on Art Wanted. People can browse them by keywords, and there’s always the potential for connecting with clients!
This is another marketplace similar to 99 Designs, with somewhat fewer designers active on the site. They also have contests, but pay out lower amounts. Those are actually both advantages for new designers, as there is less competition from very experienced designers, and you’re more likely to be selected.
If you’re a bit more experienced but need to break into the freelancing world quickly, this setup may be the best for you. On Coroflot, you post your portfolio, and clients post the projects they need. The difference here is that Coroflot is the go-between, setting up connections between the freelancers and clients themselves.
This is another great job board, and it’s a great resource for both developers and designers to utilize. It comes with the time cost of sorting through the postings yourself, but it’s easy to find freelancing jobs with the time commitment you want.
This is solely for designers and “creatives,” – which, translated, encompasses every type of design from general graphic design to logo design. It’s also free for freelancers and very easy to sign up for – no waiting list or invite-code necessary.
Founded by two world-renowned former freelancers, this extremely high-quality freelance community accepts only a very small percentage of applicants who request to join their platform—though the level of projects (and pay) once you’re inside can lead to well into thee six-figures in freelance income if you’re staying busy from the gigs their client companies like Apple, Facebook, Google, and more, continually post for designers, artists, photographers, producers and advertising pros.
The Best Websites for Developers to Get Freelance Jobs
It’s just like in the movies – you smash your fingers on the keyboard at lightning speed, say some techy mumbo-jumbo words and you’ve hacked your way through the employment firewall to land yourself a great gig. Easy.
As a side note, a lot of the sites listed for designers also provide work for developers, and vice versa, as people lump them together sometimes, so check out the list above as well.
Fancy yourself a hired gun that’s got the engineering skills to land top freelance jobs with companies like Tesla, Cisco and Zappos? Gun.io is one of the best freelancing sites to have a presence because of how well they vet both companies that hire freelancers, and the remote developers applying to gigs on the platform. What’s even greater, is that most of the freelance jobs are filled in less than 48 hours—a win for both freelancers and clients.
With a ton of recent press on major publications like TechCrunch, The Wall Street Journal and CNBC, Lorem is quickly on the rise as one of the strongest destinations to land short-term freelance jobs related to designing, building and fixing websites. What makes it appealing to clients, is that there’s no monthly fee in order to list freelance jobs, and most gigs (for quick projects) pay between $25 and $250. The Lorem team does a great job of hand-vetting the freelancers they allow to work on the platform, so you’ll have to apply to become an expert.
If you’re a tech wizard and you’re chomping at the bit, go to Joomlancer first. They have a super fast sign up process, and you can pretty much immediately start bidding on jobs. They do focus on mostly intermediate to advanced software projects, though, so not a great place for beginners.
This site is pretty broad in their “tech” allowances, and looks for all sorts of freelancers, from developers to cybersecurity gurus. This is a great place to start if you have a niche tech specialty, or you have an interest and want to see the possibilities.
Gigster is also tech tech tech. Software designers, web designers, even app developers can find their home on Gigster. They have a screening process, which can make it tough to be accepted, but they use AI to match freelancers with projects, which is just plain cool. If you have some experience, this is the one to check out.
So if you’re reading these and realizing you don’t have quite as much experience as you thought you did, there’s no reason you can’t get started right away – you just need to get started on improving your skills. Talent Cupboard is a great resource for necessities like your digital resume and finding the right clients.
WordPress experts, this is an excellent place to start. Codeable focuses on offering their clients everything from WordPress themes to plugins – and that’s it. They’re literally just a resource for people to find WordPress experts, so your task of finding the right clients just got a lot easier.
This site brings together every type of freelancer needed to make a website great, including programmers, developers, and designers. It’s a pretty easy job board to search through, highlighting budget, skill set required, and deadline.
If you’re an experienced software developer, YouTeam is a great site that’ll pair you up with remote contract work (and even freelance jobs) on-demand. While most engineers on their platform aren’t full-time freelancers, this can be a great place to pick up some long-term projects if you’re already a contractor for another IT consulting firm or software development shop. In order to join the platform, software firms and their developers are first thoroughly vetted and verified, which adds an additional layer of credibility to this platform.
The Best Websites for Photographers to Get Freelance Jobs
You can often be seen with a camera that sports a lens slightly larger than your head, that can probably only be used in one scenario (but it’s totally necessary, you swear). Instead of collecting all the likes on Facebook, collect all the cold hard cash on these sites.
We listed this in the beginning general section, but this applies really well for photographers so we wanted to repeat it here. There are always models looking to build up their portfolio, and will often bring everything to set, just looking for a fellow aspiring talent – you. It can be fun and free, and just what your sparse portfolio needs.
The Creative Loft is actually a great destination for creatives seeking freelance jobs in a variety of categories—ranging from photography to fashion, interior design, event planning, entertainment, music and more. With most of their freelance jobs (especially in the photography section) being listed in the US, the opportunities do skew more towards US-based photographers. That being said, there are dozens of new photography gigs posted daily on the site, so keep a watchful eye out for something that looks like a good fit for you.
Probably another surprise on the list. Did you know that the ice cream machines on a lot of cruise ships operate 24/7? Do we really have to sell you further? This site is the perfect entryway to travel photography – and ice cream, like, all the time.
This is a subset of Creative Jobs Central, a fairly typical freelance photography marketplace. Their premium membership does cost money, but they have over a thousand actively posting companies and they virtually guarantee that you will have jobs available in your area. It also weeds out amateurs and reduces competition, which can be worth it if you have a little extra to spend. It’s free to join and search through what they offer, so explore it before committing.
Are you, perhaps, trying to find photography jobs? Congratulations, you’re their target market. Jokes aside, this is another useful job board to search through all the photography jobs posted, as well as being able to upload your resume so clients can find you.
This one is a bit different, as it’s more of a marketplace for your photos, not for jobs. If you have a backlog of photos that you want to try and make money from, try submitting them here first and see what happens.
These websites get straight to the point, don’t they? This is an aggregate job board of postings from around the web, but the benefit to this one is that it’s curated – they don’t just dump whatever they find into the mix.
The Best Websites for Marketers to Get Freelance Jobs
Seeing companies or start-ups with great ideas and products but no idea how to sell them kills you inside a little bit. You know how to help them – get paid for it. Marketers of all kinds tend to be folded into the big freelance marketplaces, so check all the usual suspects first (Upwork, Guru, etc.). However, there are a few more that speak to some marketing specializations.
This one is great for marketers, as well as SEO folks and software engineers. PPH takes care of just about everything in the process, but only allows for 15 applications before charging. Browsing is free though, so totally worth it to send out some feelers and see if you think it’s worth it.
Remotive is a fairly standard job board that you can search through and has all sorts of categories, including marketing. It’s easy to see when the job has been posted, where it’s located, and what specialty within marketing it falls under. And free!
This is another great company that will make the connections for you. Their clients come to them with gaps they need to fill, and they turn to their group of freelancers to do the job. They mainly focus on marketing, but also dabble in tech and creative jobs too.
The Best Websites for Virtual Assistants to Get Freelance Jobs
Research, data entry, bookkeeping, answering aggravating emails professionally—virtual assistants can have all sorts of specialties that help their bosses not tear their hair out. It’s also a great choice for remote work.
This is another great company that sources people that want to land freelance jobs as virtual assistants. They specialize in the virtual assistant space, so you’re sure to find your fit there if that’s exactly what you’re going after.
This site has all sorts of paid VA tasks, including writing, data entry, and researching. Take a quick assessment test and then you get access to their jobs board. All sorts of companies post on their site, even large ones like PayPal! It’s a great way to get started fast.
This site has the major upside of being able to find quick work quickly – you can literally start completing jobs for them in about an hour. They always have a ton of virtual assistant-type work available. The major downside is that a lot of them are not well-paid, so our advice is either to use this in a pinch, or to really be selective about jobs that are worth your time.
As the name implies, this is a great way to network with other virtual assistants, along with their great job board that you can search through. They have great advice and resources for beginner VA’s as well, so definitely a necessary first stop and I’d recommend also checking out these work from home jobs for more virtual assistant job leads.
If you don’t feel like combing through job boards, this is one of the sites that makes the connections for you. Depending on what your skills are, they’ll match you up with what their clients need. The pay isn’t great for beginners, but they offer training if you’re just starting out, which can be well worth it.
If you’re looking for full-time work, and you just care about working remotely, Zirtual could be a great match for you. They hire freelance VA’s full-time for various specialties, so definitely check their board to see what they have available. They also have benefits for their employees, which is pretty unheard of in the remote/freelance world.
Can we just say this is our favorite name? They’re another site that hires freelancers to provide services for their clients, everything from phone calls to data entry. They parse it out by task, which are worth various dollar amounts, and they even have managerial positions available.
This is another matching service, but this one is a bit more “premium” than the others. If you have some experience, or special skills (like speaking another language), try getting your foot in the door with this site. Their clients are generally higher end, pay more, and the virtual assistants get more regular work.
The Best Websites for Video Editors to Get Freelance Jobs
Anyone can unsteadily hold an iPhone vertically and press record, but not everyone can cut together a polished looking video out of it. If you’re up for the challenge, there are jobs out there for you!
Listed above, this is an equally great option for video editors. They post jobs regularly that you can apply for, and they make it easy to put together a great portfolio so your clients can come to you.
Mandy is dedicated solely to the film and TV production work, for better and worse. The upside is that you don’t have to sort through irrelevant jobs, the downside is you’re competing with a lot of other people like you. Make sure you stand out, write a great application and have a polished portfolio.
This is the type of site where job board meets networking, which can be great for a career like video editing, where word of mouth will get you pretty far (but there are jobs posted to sort through when no one is talking about you yet).
Assemble is a highly curated network of creatives including directors, copywriters, creative directors, photographers, editors, motion artists and more. Because they work with recognizable brands to help them connect with top creative talent, they screen each creative thoroughly to ensure they pass their quality standards before being accepted into their network. You can learn more on their website.
The Best Websites for Salespeople to Get Freelance Jobs
Sure, you can sell ice to an eskimo and a surfboard to a San Diegan, but can you sell yourself?
Chances are, you’ve already heard of ZipRecruiter because of how many companies use their jobs platform to hire full-time talent, but did you know they also regularly post a large number of high-quality freelance jobs with opportunities to do part-time sales for top companies? You can earn anywhere from $500 up to $10,000/mo (with the right company, skill set and experience) as a contractor that’s compensated through a combination of part-time salary and commission on sales.
Red Hat works with higher level clients in general, and employs freelancers and remote workers to help their clients with everything from software development to sales. If you have some experience, or think your skill set is high enough, check them out.
Be a force in sales! Salesforce is known as a leading CRM (customer relationship management) tool for companies of all shapes and sizes. On top of just that though, they have an App Exchange job board where companies that integrate with Salesforce can post about their hiring needs—many of which require freelance or remote salespeople.
Guest blogging is consistently cited as one of the best ways to build high quality backlinks (SEO) and generate more traffic to your blog.
Would you like an uptick in targeted traffic to your blog, higher search engine rankings and a stronger reputation in your niche… for free?
It might sound like a pipe dream (especially if you’ve only recently started your blog), but it’s not. You can accomplish all of these feats surprisingly quickly, and without paying a dime—through guest blogging. Let’s talk about how to guest post.
What is guest blogging?
Guest blogging, also called guest posting, is when you write an article for someone else’s blog with the purpose of growing your brand, gaining exposure to a targeted audience, generating traffic and building natural backlinks for your own blog.
Although there are some exceptions, a guest post will normally be a unique piece of content you’ll have to write—one you haven’t already published on your blog or anywhere else—and you’ll almost always be writing for a blog with a larger audience than your own (which is one of the major benefits of guest blogging).
You don’t have to pay to be a guest blogger, either. If you’re asked to pay, then that’s a sponsored post, not a guest post. In fact, some blogs will even pay you for guest blogging on their site.
So what’s the catch when it comes to guest blogging? Well, there isn’t one—and everybody still benefits.
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Thus, guest blogging is a win for the host blog that’s publishing your guest post, because they get a free piece of content that they don’t have to either write themselves or pay a writer to compile.
You get your name, your words and links to your own blog surfaced prominently to potentially thousands or more readers. We’ll talk more about including links in your guest blog posts later on in this guide, because those are extremely valuable in terms of building your blog’s SEO authority.
Check out this massive spike in traffic I saw to my blog (1,874 readers in one day—far above my average at the time) after my very first guest post was published several years ago:
The readers of the blog you just guest posted for also win, because they get to read a great piece of content that likely presents a new perspective than they’re used to.
Guest blogging is a win-win-win situation, where everyone is better off as a result.
Of all the ways to drive traffic to your blog and build a returning audience over time, guest blogging is by far the highest return investment you can make.
Now, let’s dive into my ultimate guide to guest posting and talk about how to land a guest blog post (for SEO and traffic) this year.
1. Nail your guest blogging prerequisites (first)
Some would-be guest bloggers worry that they need to have a ton of blogging experience or a huge following of their own—before anyone’s going to even consider publishing their posts.
But, that’s simply not true.
If you want to get started with guest blogging today and see your work published on someone else’s blog, there are only two crucial prerequisites:
You need to be able to write well. Be honest with yourself here: if you’re not very fluent in English, or if you struggle a lot with spelling and grammar, you may not yet be at the level where you’re ready to dive into guest blogging. If you do want to go ahead, then it’s worth finding a friend who can help out with a bit of editing, or you might even consider paying a professional editor to help polish your work before pitching a guest post.
You need to choose your host blog wisely. This means picking a realistic blog or publication that already takes guest posts. And I know this might sound obvious, but aiming for the very biggest blog or publication in your niche with your very first try, will only let you down and set the wrong expectations when you’re first getting into guest blogging. With this incremental approach, you can also gain valuable experience before you pitch the blog of your dreams.
You don’t need a huge personal brand to succeed at guest blogging
When I first started guest blogging about four years and began to have my work published on other (much higher authority) blogs, I didn’t yet have a personal brand or reputation at all.
What I did have however, was the ability to write a blog post that could tell a compelling story, draw readers in and also serve to help my host blog’s content goals. Having the growing skill of writing that you’re constantly working to improve—and the willingness to be persistent with your outreach efforts—will go a long way in helping your guest blogging campaigns succeed.
On top of that foundational writing ability, I started with pitching startups I’d either already worked with in some capacity through my day job (as a content marketer at CreativeLive) or companies that would at least be familiar with the brand of my employer.
I leveraged the most advantageous tool at my disposal (working for a globally recognized startup) to network my way into guest blogging opportunities at other similar companies.
You may not be in the same position as I was when I started guest blogging—but challenge yourself to use the tools you’ve got, to your advantage.
2. How to find the perfect blogs to guest post on
If you Google “blogs that accept guest posts,” you’ll find lots and lots of lists.
Spoiler: This isn’t the best way to start guest blogging.
After all, you don’t need 150 random blogs that accept guest posts… you just need one high quality blog to start with, and you can progress from there.
Instead, think about the blogs that you already read that cover the same topic, or a similar one, to what your own blog talks about. These are great blogs to pitch because you’re already very familiar with their style and the types of content that they publish.
When evaluating a blog to pitch for accepting a guest post, you want a site that:
You already have some sort of connection with. Perhaps you’ve commented on the blog before, chatted with the blogger on Twitter or even have a similar blog name to. Starting with some sort of simple connection can make it easier to get your guest post pitch looked at.
Is larger than your own, but not ridiculously huge. Aim for a blog that’s roughly five to ten times the size of your own. If you have 100 email subscribers, aim for a blog with ~1,000. If you’re aiming for blogs (like Forbes) that are more like a thousand or more times the size of your own, that’s a bit too ambitious when you’re brand new to guest blogging.
Is on-topic for you. While you might gain some benefits from writing for a blog about cats when your blog is all about gadgets, there’s not going to be a lot of audience crossover, so you shouldn’t expect to see much of a gain from that time investment.
Has a somewhat similar writing style to yours. It’s fine to modify your style a bit to suit the blog you’re guest posting on, but if you’re normally very “out there” with lots of off-color jokes, and the blog you’re writing for is more conservative, you’ll either find that (a) they reject your post because your style isn’t a good fit or (b) you modify your style to suit them–and readers who click through to your blog come down with a fit of the vapors. Both situations result in a less than desirable outcome.
You’re proud to be associated with. Avoid guest blogging on sites that have been heavily criticized in your niche (unless you want to show your support for them), and avoid blogs that don’t fit with your personal moral or ethical values. If you’re a staunch liberal, for instance, it doesn’t make much sense to write a blog post that’s strongly in favor of a conservative ideology. The content won’t come off as authentic, and you’ll probably regret the decision in the future anyway. Consider your fit from a design perspective too—if the blog you’re considering guest posting on feels old and outdated with their blog layout, but you take a bold and fresh perspective with your ideas, will that really be the right place to publish your work?
Offers a do-follow link. This is usually the case, but look carefully at the guest blogging guidelines to make sure that your bio link (or in-post links) will be “do-follow” rather than “nofollow” (as a nofollow link won’t do anything to help your blog SEO efforts). If there’s nothing stated either way in the guidelines, check out a past guest blog post, scroll to the bio, right-click on it, and select “Inspect” (in Google Chrome) to see the HTML code for that hyperlinked text snippet. If you see the word “nofollow” within the HTML description of the link, then it’s a nofollow link. If it doesn’t explicitly say the word “nofollow,” then you’re good to go.
Inspect a link by right-clicking on the hyperlinked text you want to look at—and clicking the “Inspect” option like so:
This will open up the control panel on the right side (or bottom) of your browser window.
And then you’ll want to take a close look at the highlighted text that describes the nature of the link you’re inspecting.
Again, you’re looking for any mention of the word “nofollow” in the description. So if it’s not mentioned there, then the link is considered “dofollow” which passes SEO benefits to the destination link (i.e. a post you’re promoting on your own blog).
Of course, it’s crucial to first check that your target blog actually accepts guest posts—and if they do, whether or not they allow clickable links back to your own content too.
Look for things like:
Different authors cropping up on the blog (bonus points if something like “guest blogger” or “guest post” is used to introduce their work). This doesn’t necessarily mean the blog will be open to unsolicited guest blogging submissions though, so don’t automatically assume the flood gates are open.
A “guest post guidelines” page. In a moment, we’ll take a look at how to find this page, as many bloggers don’t make it particularly prominent.
A note on the Contact or About page about guest blogging. Some bloggers will put a line here about whether they’re open/closed to guest posts at any given point.
Read the guest blogging guidelines before submitting a pitch.
If a blog says they’re not accepting guest posts, don’t expect them to make an exception for you. However amazing your blog post idea is, you’ll want to spend your valuable time elsewhere.
This is also true if a blog says they only take guest posts by invitation—though in that case, you can potentially contact the blogger (if you have an existing relationship with them) and ask if they’d be willing to look at a blog post outline to get a feel for your style, or go through a mutual connection to get an introduction.
3. Come up with great guest blogging ideas
Many new guest bloggers come up with a ton of clever ideas first, then only afterwards look for the right blogs that those ideas might be a good fit for.
In my experience, that’s not the best way to go about guest blogging.
Instead, you want to come up with ideas that are perfect for each and every target blog you’re going to reach out to… not just ideas that are a halfway decent fit for a hundred different blogs. Think bespoke, not off-the-rack.
To come up with a guest blogging idea that’s going to work perfectly for your prospective site, you’ll want to:
Read lots of recent posts on your target blog. If you’re not a regular reader (or if you used to read the blog but haven’t done so recently), you really need to get up to date with the type of content they’ve published recently. If your target blog often writes about blogging costs and web hosting-related topics, then you could pitch them on a guest post that covers a more niche topic like the best cheap web hosting plans, offering up a review of the top monthly hosting plan options on the market, or exploring the free hosting plans out there—all of which could ladder up to a bigger piece they already have about the overall best web hosting plans for their readers.
Make notes about these posts. What topics have they covered? How long are the posts, roughly? Do their posts tend to be high-level and strategic, or focused on specific tactics? Are the posts aimed at beginners or people with a lot of experience? All of this can help you hone your ideas appropriately.
Look at the categories the blog covers, if these are listed in their navigation. You might want to pay attention to categories that haven’t had many (or any) posts recently. These could be good targets for content that fills a “gap” on the blog. Keep in mind, though, that a lack of recent posts in a particular category could signal that the blog has changed direction.
Brainstorm a list of ideas. Don’t just come up with one or two blog post ideas… aim for at least five. Some of them might not be great: that doesn’t matter. You want to keep going till you get an idea that you think would be a perfect fit for that blog.
Only after you’ve met this criteria will you be ready to implement a guest blogging strategy that actually sees you getting published.
4. Find and follow the guest blogging guidelines
Most blogs that accept guest posts will have clear guidelines that they ask guest bloggers to follow.
Make sure you look for these… and follow them carefully before submitting your articles for consideration.
You’ll most likely find the guest post guidelines:
Linked to from the blog’s About, Contact or Guest Post submission page
Linked to from the sidebar or the footer of the blog
If they’re not in either of those places, search for “guest post guidelines”, “write for us”, “submit a post”, or “guest posting” on the site. To do this site search, you can type the phrase plus site:[nameoftargetblog.com] into Google, e.g. “guest post guidelines site:ryrob.com” and get more accurate results.
Guest post guidelines vary from blog to blog, but most will cover:
The type of content they do/don’t accept. This will often be common sense (e.g. they don’t want plagiarized content or posts you’ve already published somewhere else), but the guidelines may also cover the topics they’re particularly interested in, or topics that they don’t want right now.
Whether they want you to send them an idea and outline, or a full draft. It’s best to stick to what the blog asks for here (though most won’t reject you just because you sent the wrong thing).
Who to send your pitch (or draft) to. This may be an editor, assistant or even a submission form rather than the blog owner.
How to format and send your guest post. Some blogs like a Word document, others will want a Google doc, and a few still ask for raw HTML (though this is becoming increasingly rare). You may be given instructions on how to use headings.
Successful guest blogging requires following instructions
There may also be other instructions (i.e. some blogs will ask you to submit your guest post using a specific form, or to use a specific subject line for your email to them).
Make sure you follow these guidelines, as failing to do so could mean your pitch never even gets seen.
If you’re struggling to find guest post guidelines, or if the guidelines don’t make it clear who to contact, I’ve got some actionable tips in this guide to blogger outreach about tracking down the right person to contact (and finding their email address).
5. Learn how to pitch your guest blog post
Some blogs are happy to be contacted with a full draft of your guest blog post, but many want you to “pitch” the idea first. That’s where smart blogger outreach comes into play.
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Here’s a copy and paste email template you can use for your guest post pitches (and you can grab a couple more outreach email templates above here ☝️):
Subject Line: Guest post for your blog
Hi [First Name],
Would you be interested in a guest post titled [title of suggested post]? I was thinking it’d cover:
[three to five bullet points covering the key points of your post]
If that sounds like it could be a good fit, I’d be happy to send you a full draft to take a look at.
Alternatively, another couple of posts I had in mind are [title of second post] or [title of third post]. Just let me know if either of those sounds like a better fit: I can whip up a quick outline to send over if you’re interested 🙂
I blog at [name of your site] about [topic], and [details of your credentials, if any – e.g. “I’ve been a WordPress developer since 2014”]. If this sounds like a good fit, I’d of course promote my guest post out to my (growing) audience on [social media channel you frequent, or approximate size of your email list].
Let me know what you think,
While this guest blogging pitch is pretty simple and straightforward, there are definitely more nuanced and longer-term relationship building approaches you can take to your outreach as a whole. I highly recommend going through my complete guide to doing smart blogger outreach today.
Always strive for a simple guest blogging pitch email
You don’t need to make your guest post email pitch any more complicated than this. Keep it short, sweet and straight to the point.
The host blogger isn’t going to want to wade through five paragraphs about your own story—however intriguing it is—before you get to the details that are pertinent to them.
Similarly, there’s no point sending an incredibly detailed outline at this stage: if the blogger wants you to go into more detail, they’ll just ask.
6. Write a guest blog post your host can’t resist
No host blog is going to give you a definite “yes” based on a pitch alone.
Even if your guest blogging idea was amazing, they need to see that you can deliver a strong piece of content that’s relevant to their audience, matches their style and accomplishes some sort of strategic content marketing goal for them.
When you submit your draft guest post, it goes without saying that it should be your best work—especially if this guest blogging opportunity is on a site that can really change things for you.
Your guest blog post should be worthy of publishing on your own blog
One way to think about just how you should feel about the quality of your guest post—is to use the bar of making sure it’s up to standards to be a fully ready, top-notch article you’d happily publish on your own blog too.
Yes, you’re calling your guest post submission a “draft” in your pitch, but that’s because you want the host blog to feel free to ask for extensive changes if they feel you haven’t quite hit the mark. From your perspective though, this should be a polished piece of work that’s ready to publish as-is in your mind.
You’ve made your post as valuable as possible to readers. That could mean including examples, adding key blogging tips from the pros, linking to further reading, quoting from industry experts, compiling a free template… doing whatever you can to make your guest post truly useful and helpful. (Don’t go too far: if your host blog normally publishes 800 word posts, you don’t want to send them a 3,000 word monster unless that’s already been cleared).
You’ve made it as valuable as possible to the host blog. That means not just producing a great piece of content, but making sure that it helps your host blog out in some way. Normally, this means linking internally to other pillar content on their blog (aim to link to at least two or three of their posts), but it might also mean mentioning their products or their suggesting they opt-in to emails.
Either way, if you can somehow successfully tie your guest blogging efforts into a clear win for the host blog & their readers, then you’re much more likely to get a pitch accepted.
7. Tastefully include links to your own content
Almost all host blogs will let you write your own bio, where you can at least include one link (often multiple) to wherever you want.
If they don’t allow you to include even a bio link to your own blog in a guest post, then I’d recommend not guest blogging for them as you likely aren’t getting anything in return for creating a solid piece of (free) content for them. Guest blogging needs to be a win-win-win in my opinion.
We’re going to talk more about bios in a moment—but in terms of the body of your guest post itself, you might be wondering whether it’s fine to link to your own content.
Can you link to your own blog within a guest blog post?
The answer is yes, you can usually link to your own content from a guest post when it’s done tastefully and has a clear purpose other than just giving yourself a random link. But, it comes with a bit of nuance.
Most blogs will be happy with you linking a few times to your own content, so long as it’s:
Relevant: Don’t force a link to content that’s only tangentially related to the subject of your guest post. (This is one of the reasons why it’s important to choose a host blog that’s truly on-topic for you, so that there will be natural opportunities to build quality links to your own articles.)
High-quality: If you’re linking to a scrappy post riddled with typos, the host blog is likely to remove the link altogether or replace it with a link to someone else’s resource on the same topic.
Non-competitive: It’s often the case that you’re guest blogging for a site that’ll be somewhat competitive in terms of the topics you both cover. For example, if you include a link to your own guide about how to make money blogging, but the host blog you’re contributing to already has a piece that’s going after this same keyword phrase, they’ll likely remove your link and replace it with a link to their own article. Avoid awkward situations by checking each of your links for competitive pieces on their blog ahead of time.
How many times can you link to your own blog within a guest blog post?
There’s no hard and fast rule about how many links you can include to your own content, but somewhere between 2 and 4 (if your guest blog post is in the 2,000-3,000 word range) is usually about right.
You might also want to make sure you’re including links to other reputable blogs and publications in your niche. If you only link to your own content, it’s going to look rather self-serving (and even if the host blogger leaves all your links intact, it may come across as biased to readers).
Important: A few blogs state in their guidelines that you shouldn’t link to your content at all if you’ll be guest blogging for them—or say that they at least discourage it.
If that’s the case and you’re already committed to guest blogging for this site—and you do want to include a link, flag it to the host blogger (i.e. with a comment in the Google Doc) and make it clear that you’re happy for them to remove the link if necessary.
Most importantly, you don’t want it to look like you’re trying to sneak a link past them.
As I’ve already said though, if you’re in serious doubt about whether you’ll be able to get a link or two from the host blog in question (and that’s the primary goal of your guest blogging campaign), then I’d recommend taking your guest post somewhere else instead of allowing the content go under-utilized.
8. Craft a clever guest blog post bio for yourself
Your bio is the one place where you’re guaranteed a link to virtually anything you want that supports your blog SEO strategies.
Though some blogs still have specific requirements about bio links—for example, you might not be allowed to link directly to your own products, use an affiliate link, or direct readers to a site that’s directly competitive with your host blog.
How to write a successful guest blog post bio
Your guest blogging bio should be relatively brief, but accomplish these four goals:
Include your full name (or your blogging pseudonym)
Be fairly short (around 100 words is common, but check the guest blogging guidelines, as some blogs have strict word limits on bios)
Be written in the third person (“Jane Doe is…” not “I am…”)
Include 1 link back to your blog or website (most commonly your homepage, but not always)
It can be tricky to know what to put in your bio. Guest bloggers often write bios like this:
Dave Smith blogs at DaveSmith.com about tiny homes and financial independence. You can find him on Twitter at @tinyhomesdave. He lives in Troy, Michigan with his wife and three daughters.
While that’s not necessarily bad, it’s also not going to attract a lot of readers to click through and want to learn more. Dave’s wife and daughters aren’t particularly relevant, and this sort of personal detail, while fine for an About page, doesn’t need to take up space in your guest blogging bio.
How to choose the right link to include in your guest blogging bio
Instead of just including a link to your homepage (which is where most guest bloggers stop), try linking to a specific piece of content you’re building links for—and give readers a much stronger call to action.
For instance, here’s a much more compelling guest blogging bio Dave could use:
If you enjoyed this post from Dave Smith, check out Ten Amazing Tiny Homes From Around the World (especially number 7, which has to be seen to be believed). For more about tiny homes, plus Dave’s journey toward financial independence, make sure you’re following him on Twitter at @tinyhomesdave.
Ideally, you’ll want to tailor your guest blogging bio link to a piece of content on your blog that’s (1) highly relevant to the guest blog post you just wrote and (2) a key page you’re wanting to build more quality links to.
So this link would make perfect sense in the example above if Dave was guest posting about tiny homes, but wouldn’t be quite such a good fit if his guest post was about financial independence or something more specific like how to do taxes on your blog income.
9. What to do after your guest blog post goes live
Almost all host blogs will give you an anticipated publication date for your post, so make sure you’re around on that day to share your guest post and answer comments.
If the publish date doesn’t work well for you, just say so—they’ll usually be more than happy to change it.
Once your guest post goes live, there are three key things you need to do in order to make it a success (for everyone):
1. Answer the comments that come in
You’ll normally be encouraged (even expected) to respond to comments on your guest post. It’s worth taking a look at how many comments each post tends to receive on the blog ahead of time, so you know how much time you’re likely to need to set aside for this on the day your post goes live.
When you’re replying to comments, keep in mind that to readers, you’re a representative of the blog. Don’t use salty language (unless that’s 100% okay on the blog in question), don’t get angry or defensive, and contact the host blogger if there are comments that you don’t know how to respond to yourself.
2. Share your guest blog post with your network
Even if your social media following is small, you should still share your guest post with your audience. As well as potentially sending a little bit of traffic to your host blog (which is a nice thing to do), getting your work published on a larger blog will often impress your existing followers.
Where possible, tag the host blog’s account when you share your post—they may end up retweeting you, and at the very least, they’ll be able to see that you made the effort to share your post. Just be sure you’re sharing on the social channels that make the most sense for your blog niche—like Twitter for startup-centric content or Instagram for travel blogging.
3. Thank the host blogger (and pitch your next guest blog post)
A few days after your post goes live, email the host blogger to thank them for letting you be a guest on their blog. Try to make this email very personal—you could mention how nice and welcoming their readers were, or tell them that you got a great boost in traffic to your blog.
This is also a great time to pitch your next guest post if the first one felt like a success. Once you’ve had one guest post go up on a blog (especially if it was well-received and you were easy to work with), it’s almost always easier to land a second one.
You can simply write something like:
I’d love to write for you again! I wondered if you’d be interested in a post on [title/topic]? Happy to send you an outline or a full draft if this sounds like it could be a good fit for you.
If the host blog doesn’t accept much guest blogging, or if you’re not ready to pitch and write another post just yet, you can write something like this:
Thanks so much for having me on [name of blog]! Your readers were so lovely and welcoming, and it was a real thrill to see my post live on your site. I’d love to write for you again—would you be open to another guest post pitch in a couple of months?
Unless something went seriously awry during or after your post was published, then the host blogger is almost certain to say yes.
10. Clever ways to get even more from your guest blogging
When you write your first guest post, simply getting it published is a great achievement.
But once you’ve got a bit of guest blogging experience under your belt, there are a few things you can do to get even more out of each new guest post that goes live.
1. Link to other notable bloggers in your guest posts
One very simple (but often overlooked) way to use your guest posts to your own advantage, is to link to other notable bloggers’ content. If you want to build a relationship with one, or if you just want to help out a blogger you love, this is an incredible way to do so.
That backlink will be really beneficial to them, particularly if you’re writing for quite a large blog. They’re also likely to get at least some referral traffic from the post.
Then, after you’ve reached out to the blogger who’s content you featured in your guest post, you can gauge their responsiveness and even pitch them on having you as a guest blogger—translating into even more high quality links (and traffic) back to your blog.
2. Write several guest blog posts at once
While it takes a lot of work, getting several guest posts (think ten or more) on lots of blogs in your niche all in a short period of time can be an amazing way to get your name and blog out there. Just listen to my interview with blogger Adam Enfroy about how he landed 20+ guest posts during his first month blogging and saw his traffic explode as a result.
If you write one guest post, people will probably forget about you almost as soon as they’ve read it. Once they’ve seen four or five posts from you in a single week though, they’re going to start paying attention—and likely subscribe for your email list if you’re putting out regular content.
Several other prominent bloggers rose to prominence through seriously prolific guest posting, including not only yours truly, but also Leo Babauta from zen habits and Danny Iny from Mirasee.
Getting ten guest posts out there in the span of a week or two is likely to do much more for growing your blog than writing ten posts over the course of ten months.
3. List the top blogs you’ve written for on your own site
Many bloggers have an “as seen on” or similar section on their front page or in another prominent location.
This is a great place to list the blogs or publications you’ve written for–using their logos normally works well. Most blogs will be fine with using their logos for something like this as it also builds their own reputation, though you can always email and double-check if you’re concerned.
Once you’ve gathered a bit of guest blogging experience and have written for some larger blogs, including their names or logos on your site makes it clear to new readers that you’re credible and worth reading.
Troubleshooting: 4 common guest blogging problems solved
As in all blogging endeavors, there will be challenges, hurdles and blogging mistakes made along the way. But, that’s ok. We’re all here to learn and grow.
Hopefully, the host blogger will love your guest post draft immediately after receiving it, and they’ll get straight back to you with a “This is perfect! I’m going to publish it on Monday.”
There’s a fair chance, though, that at some point during your guest blogging journey, you’re going to run into one of the following roadblocks:
Guest blogging problem #1: You don’t get any response to your pitch
Bloggers are busy people—so if you send a pitch and don’t hear anything after a week or so, that’s normal.
If it’s been two weeks or more, though, you might want to check that your pitch was safely received.
You could send an email like this:
Hi [First Name],
Just checking if you got my guest post pitch a couple of weeks ago? Here it is again, just in case it went astray:
Let me know if you think it’d be a good fit,
Try using one of my favorite blogging tools (like Gmail’s Snooze Reminders) that handles automatic email follow up reminders.
You could also try sending the blogger a message on Facebook or Twitter.
Don’t do this publicly, though—it can look pushy and pressuring.
Guest blogging problem #2: You don’t hear back after sending your draft
Sometimes, you might get a positive response to your pitch—only for the blogger to go silent after you send over your draft.
It can take busy bloggers a while to assess your guest post, especially if they’re on the fence about whether or not to take it, or if they’re mulling over potential changes. Don’t be too quick to follow up (but equally, don’t simply wait for several weeks or months, in case it’s slipped their mind).
If you’ve not heard anything after a week or so, I’d recommend sending a follow up like this:
I wondered if you’ve had a chance to take a look at the draft of my guest post? (No worries if not – I know you’re really busy!) If you want any changes, or anything added, just let me know.
If you still don’t get a response, wait one more week and try again.
After that, it’s fair game to take your guest post elsewhere and try to pitch it to other blogs that it’d be a good fit for.
Guest blogging problem #3: The host blogger wants lots of changes to your draft
In some cases, the host blogger might want to publish your post—but with a TON of changes.
Sometimes, the host blogger might make those changes; other times, they might ask you to rework your draft. It’s unusual to be asked to do extensive rewrites for a guest post (the blog will probably simply reject if they feel it needs that much work), but you might well be asked to add sources, change a paragraph or two, include more details and so on.
At this stage, it’s up to you how to respond.
In most cases, it makes sense to simply accept the changes since you’re already invested in this guest blogging adventure—even if that means a bit of extra work for you. Once your post has gotten this far, it’s almost certain to be published if you take the final step of making edits.
If there are specific edits that you want to push back on though, that’s normally okay. If the host blog wants so many changes that you feel your guest post won’t be something you’re happy to have your name on afterward, you can withdraw it altogether.
Guest blogging problem #4: The host blogger removes your links
What if the host blogger takes out all (or most of) the links you included to your own blog?
This probably indicates you’ve gone a bit overboard in linking to your own content, and so long as at least one or two of your links remains in place, it usually makes sense to go ahead with the guest post anyway—as that’s still a meaningful benefit.
However, if you want to push back about a specific link or two you’d like added back in, you should write an email like:
I noticed you took out the link to [page]. I know it’s my own content, but I thought it’d be really useful background material for your readers. Would it be okay for us to include it back into the article?
Be prepared for the answer to be “no,” but as long as the link isn’t directly competitive to a piece of content on your host blog’s site, then I recommend at least trying.
While you can certainly remove your guest post from consideration at this point in the process, doing so will likely harm your chances of ever landing a guest post on that blog in the future. If you’re ok with that, then no sweat—just move on.
Most bloggers will expect you to provide a guest post in return for a bio link (and maybe one more link in the body)—but generally without a guarantee of other links within the post.
Note: It’s normal not to use your own affiliate links in your post (and doing so will likely come across as clueless, presumptuous, or greedy). The host blog may well use affiliate links of their own if you mention specific products/services that have an affiliate program, so you need to be ok with that.
What does your guest blogging strategy look like now?
Guest blogging might be one of the best things you can do for the long-term growth of your blog… but it can also be a ton of fun, too. It’s one of the most successful blog promotion strategies I’ve ever employed—and I write even more about it in a couple of my free blogging books.
It’s a serious thrill to see your guest blog post published on a site you’ve admired and read for years.
Once you’ve got a bit of experience, you can move up to larger blogs.
Imagine having your posts on some of the top blogs in your niche (or even the world’s leading publications).
But let’s bring this guide to guest blogging home now…
Your first step is to find a handful of blogs (ideally, ones you already read) that accept guest posts.
Go and track those down now, formulate a pitch that’ll be a no-brainer for them to accept.
Let’s land your first guest blog post today.
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Now more than ever, the best free blogging sites like WordPress, Wix, Weebly, Ghost, Medium and more are all helping millions of new bloggers to build visually appealing websites without ever having to learn to code.
Because building a blog has gotten so much easier in recent years, here are my picks for the ten best free blogging sites you should use to create your first site and lay the foundation for what’s to come in your blogging journey.
Blogging has a long and rich history. Since 1993, people have been creating blogs that interest them, generate income or help promote their main businesses.
You may have a calling deep to blog about a personal passion. Or, you may want to start a niche blog as a side hustle to make money blogging outside of your day job. Whether you want to create a blog for family pictures, for monetization, or to let the world know about your passions—chances are, you don’t want to spend a lot of money to get things started.
While there are a lot of blogging platforms available today, not all of them are free. A free blogging site, however, allows you to experiment without creating a financial strain. It’s an excellent way to get creative and find your voice without spending much of anything aside from your own time up front.
If you want to use a free blogging site to power your blog, I’ve compiled my list of the 10 best free blogging sites you can get started with right away.
10 Best Free Blogging Sites to Build Your Blog for Free in 2020
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Self-Hosted WordPress, also known as WordPress.org, is an open-source platform to build a blog on—and it’s 100% free to use, because the creators of WordPress believe in democratizing publishing and the freedoms that come with open source.
In other words, the people who created and manage WordPress believe that people should have access to a platform where they can publish the things that matter to them—in the way they choose to do it.
Who is a Self-Hosted WordPress Blog for?
One of the top reasons I recommend self-hosted WordPress as the absolute best free blogging site to use, is that it’s an all around great choice for a wide range of bloggers (and different blog budgets too).
Whether you’re an absolute beginner learning what a blog is today—or running a six-figure website, WordPress gives you the best tools to make an incredible site capable of structuring a profitable blog business plan around it. Most importantly, a WordPress-powered blog can grow with you as you develop your style, branding and content over time.
As WordPress.org explains, “Many end users of WordPress are non-technically minded. They don’t know what AJAX is, nor do they care about which version of PHP they are using. The average WordPress user simply wants to be able to write without problems or interruption.”
On the other hand, they go on to say that with the many themes, plugins and access to coding (if you want), those bloggers who are more technically minded also have the freedom to make their own websites however they want.
Whether you’re brand new or a seasoned blogger, WordPress is more than likely your best choice of free blogging sites—hands down.
General Information About Self-Hosted WordPress
WordPress.org (also known as self-hosted WordPress) is an open-source content management system (CMS) created in 2003 with the goal of giving the world a truly free blogging platform. Open-source means software that’s offered freely and can be modified by others. CMS is a software or program that lets you create and manage your digital content.
WordPress is completely free to use, but you will need to sign up for a paid monthly web hosting plan and purchase a domain name in order to use it (i.e. self-hosting).
We’ll go into more detail about web hosting below, but it’s important to note that it’s extremely affordable to run a self-hosted WordPress blog—think $2 to $10/mo.
What is WordPress Hosting?
Hosting refers to a company that stores your website so it can be viewed on the internet. Without it, your blog isn’t actually live and readable to others.
In order for your content to be stored and distributed properly, you need what’s called a server. A web server is connected to the Internet and it receives requests (people wanting to read your blog content) and responds by displaying the pages of your website.
A home computer is not set up for properly hosting your own website (without some serious modifications and expenses). That’s why you need the best web hosting plan from a reliable company to make sure your blog is connected to the Internet.
My personal recommendation for affordable & reliable web hosting is Bluehost. I’ve used them for years and am very happy with their services.
Even if you choose their least expensive plan (around $2.95/mo), you’ll have a lot of great features like a free SSL certificate that makes your website ultra secure, unmetered bandwidth and a free domain name—along with their great 24/7 technical support to answer any questions you’ve got.
They’re also one of three hosting companies specifically recommended by WordPress themselves, and they offer an easy 1-click installation for installing WordPress as the free blogging site to power your blog behind the scenes.
Examples of Websites Created on Self-Hosted WordPress
A Look Inside Self-Hosted WordPress (Free Blogging Site)
If you log into your WordPress account and select “Add a New Post” this is the screen you will see.
There are a few plugins added onto this free example site, including Elementor and Yoast SEO.
In WordPress’ editor, you can add media, change text, add a contact form and many other things.
If you want to add a new page you will go to a screen that looks pretty much identical to the add new blog post screen.
Here you can add different things or you can use the Elementor plugin to use a drag-and-drop interface for easier viewing.
The free version of Elementor gives you a series of “widgets” on the left-hand column that you can use to customize your site.
Pros of Self-Hosted WordPress as a Free Blogging Site
Customization and Flexibility
One of the most appealing features about self-hosted WordPress as a free blogging site, is that it is highly customizable. There are over a thousand themes to choose from and over 55,000 plugins. Many of the themes and plugins are free to use, but there are premium ones that add even more functionality as well.
With WordPress.org, you’re pretty much free to do anything you want with your blog.
Easiest Blogging Site to Monetize on 💸
If you’re planning on monetizing your blog, WordPress.org is a good avenue. You’re allowed to monetize your blog any way you choose. Zero restrictions.
If you also want to use your blog as an eCommerce site, you can use a plugin like WooCommerce to accept payments, display products and manage inventory.
It’s a Free Blogging Site That Grows With You
Unlike many of the other free blogging sites, WordPress can actually grow with you. If you find that you really like blogging and you want to take it to the next level, WordPress can take you there.
Cons of Self-Hosted WordPress as a Free Blogging Site
Hosting Isn’t Free
The WordPress blogging platform is free, but you’ll still have to pay for self-hosting. You’ll also need to pay for a domain name with WordPress.org. This may be a deterrent for you, especially if you’re looking for something that is completely free.
But, chances are as your blog grows you’re probably going to want to find a platform that offers a lot more flexibility than the other free options. Instead of upgrading with a plan like Wix or Weebly, you can find a fairly inexpensive hosting plan and develop a blog that’s exactly what you want.
Higher Learning Curve
WordPress is a good choice, even for newbies, but it does have a higher learning curve than website builders like Wix or Weebly. The interface is not quite as easy to navigate as the “what you see is what you get” (WYSIWYG) website builders.
If you do want to use a drag-and-drop page builder to create your blog, I’d highly recommend Elementor. Here’s what it looks like behind the scenes:
Elementor has an amazing free version that you can use and it allows you to view what your site will look like before you hit publish.
Plus, when this page builder is paired with their Hello Elementor (free) WordPress theme, it’s a lightning fast combination that’ll get your blog off the ground quickly—and set up well for the months and years to come.
One last potential drawback to using self-hosted WordPress as your free blogging platform, is that you’re responsible for managing and maintaining everything on your blog. That includes things ensuring security plugins are safe, backups are happening regularly and updates are going live.
Some of these things may be provided for you through your web hosting plan, especially if you’re using a top hosting company like Dreamhost or Bluehost—but regardless, it does take a little bit more time to maintain than some of the other free blogging sites we’re covering here.
Wix first entered the scene as a free blogging platform in 2006. Since then, it has provided a website platform to a remarkable 150 million people. It is also used in 190 countries around the world.
Wix is a website builder with a drag and drop interface. It’s a (WYSIWYG) software so you know exactly what your blog will look like before you hit the “publish” button.
They have several paid plans, but they also offer a free option.
Who Would Like Wix
Wix is a good choice for someone who wants a really easy way to start their blog for free. If you want to start a blog without having to take care of things like security, backups, hosting and so on, Wix is a good option. Wix takes care of all that for you, even on their free platform plans.
The free version of Wix would not work for someone who is looking to monetize their blog or create a more customized look.
General Information about Wix
Wix was created by three founders who wanted a “platform that empowered anyone to create their own website with no coding or design skills needed.” Hence their continued focus on providing a free blogging site option to new bloggers around the world.
In other words, they wanted to create a really easy way for people to create a blog or website.
With the free version of Wix you get:
Up to 500MG storage
Up to 500MB bandwidth
Examples of Wix Websites
If you want to start a food blog and keep it ultra simple, here’s a good example of how to pull it off on this free blogging site:
And here’s an example of a more portfolio-driven site:
These are examples that Wix highlights as what you can create with their free blogging site tools.
They’re visually very stunning, but they were likely created using Wix’s more premium plans.
A Look Inside Wix
Wix is a true drag-and-drop builder. That means you take features from the left side column and drop them directly on to the page. You can then manipulate text, images, videos, apps, and more just by moving them around.
Then nice thing about Wix is you can really change any element on your pages.
One of the drawbacks of Wix as an editor though, is it does not offer the same flexibility with blogging features as it does on your more static pages.
The blogging interface is fairly basic. There are a limited number of settings for images and text making this far less appealing for a blog site.
Pros of Wix as a Free Blogging Site
Very Easy to Use
It can’t be denied that Wix is really easy to use. With drag-and-drop for the website and the ability to see exactly what you’re getting, it’s super simple for beginners.
Completely Free (if You Stay on the Right Plan)
The free version of Wix is completely free. No need to sign up for hosting or a domain name.
Cons of Wix as a Free Blogging Site
Wix Branding and Advertising
Like WordPress.com, if you use a free Wix site, your site will have Wix branding.
Wix’s name will be in your URL, and there will be Wix advertising on your site.
Little to No Monetization
Because Wix uses their own advertising, they do not allow you to run your own ads on the free version. There’s also no ecommerce option for Wix’s free website.
Limited Blogging Functions
While Wix has very responsive website features that make it easy and intuitive to use, its blogging platform isn’t as strong. It’s still easy to use, but it’s far more restrictive than the regular website pages you can create on Wix.
No Site Migration
If you start your blog and decide that Wix isn’t where you’d like to stay, it’s extremely difficult to migrate away from their free blogging site. They have no easy option for site migration, so you’ll have to be more tech-savvy to transfer your content.
Can’t Change Templates
Wix has a nice selection of beautiful templates, but you’re more or less stuck with one once you’ve chosen it—a fairly common occurrence with free blogging sites like this. This is a big downfall if you have a different vision for your blog in the future, but nothing that can’t be overcome by working with their support team.
Even if you’re new to blogging, you’ve probably heard of WordPress.
I reviewed (self-hosted) WordPress.org first as our #1 pick amongst the best free blogging sites, but now let’s talk about it’s counterpart—WordPress.com
WordPress.com has paid plans, but they also offer a limited free version as well.
Who Would Like WordPress.com
The free version of WordPress.com would work well for someone who wants to test out a blog, but isn’t too concerned with monetizing it or having access to a lot of features—at least for now.
For those who want a simple hobby blog, or for those who just want to see if they enjoy blogging, WordPress.com is an easy option for a sturdy, free blog site.
Another nice benefit of WordPress.com is you do have room to grow with this platform. You can purchase more expensive plans for added benefits. You can also migrate your site easily from WordPress.com to WordPress.org if you would like more flexibility in the future.
General Information About WordPress.com
WordPress.com launched in 2005 as a way to “bring the WordPress experience to an even larger audience,” and has continued to offer their truly free blogging sites as a gateway for new content creators to enter the world of blogging on a budget.
WordPress.com describes themselves as, “a hosted version of the open-source software. Here, you can start a blog or build a website in seconds without any technical knowledge.”
Instead of paying for self-hosting, the hosting plan is part of the WordPress.com experience. This is true even with the free version of WordPress.com.
The free version of WordPress.com includes:
Jetpack Essential Features
Dozens of free themes
Examples of Websites Created on WordPress.com
Here’s a look at some of the themes available for WordPress.com:
A Look Inside WordPress.com
WordPress.com’s interface has some similarities to the self-hosted WordPress.org version, but it’s not identical and doesn’t come with as much functionality.
Once you create a blog on WordPress.com you’ll be taken to this page. You can choose options like “stats,” “design” and “tools.”
WordPress.com does give you access to the admin dashboard that’s used in self-hosted WordPress, but it can be a bit more confusing using both dashboards if you’re not already familiar with WordPress.
Pros of WordPress.com as a Free Blogging Site
If you use the free version of WordPress.com, you can run a blog completely free. You don’t even need to worry about paying for a domain name as your free blogging site will be hosted at a URL like yourblog.wordpress.com.
With WordPress.com, you don’t have to worry about things like site security, updates, or hosting. These things are taken care of for you through WordPress—even on their free platform.
WordPress.com also offers live chat community support and a forum where you can ask questions.
Cons of WordPress.com as a Free Blogging Site
When you use a free WordPress.com account, your web address will include WordPress (like yourblog.wordpress.com), which is fairly common amongst free blogging sites.
While you don’t have to pay for a domain name, it doesn’t look clean and professional to have the WordPress branding. It’s also harder for people to remember your web address than if it was simply yourdomainname.com.
Limitations with Customization
WordPress.com does offer a variety of free themes and plugins that you can use with your blog. But, it doesn’t offer nearly as many as the paid versions of WordPress.com. Neither the free or paid version of WordPress.com offers as much access to plugins and themes as WordPress.org.
Their ads are displayed on your site and you have no control over them nor do you make revenue from them.
There is also no eCommerce option with the free version of WordPress.com.
More Difficult to Use Than Other Website Builders
WordPress.com is not an extremely difficult interface, but it isn’t as easy to use as Wix and Weebly.
The ability to switch between the WordPress.com interface and the WordPress.org admin does give you more flexibility with this free blogging site, but it makes things more complicated for new bloggers.
Weebly is another extremely popular option amongst the best free blogging sites today—largely because it’s easy to use and built especially with eCommerce in mind.
Like Wix from above, this free blogging site also has a drag-and-drop feature, and is centered around a WYSIWYG page builder. It’s very user-friendly to a brand new blogger that wants to test things out using a free platform to get familiar with blogging.
Weebly starts out as a free blog site, but also offers premium plans to unlock more features, get your own blog name and allow more readers to your site.
Who Would Like Weebly?
Weebly is another good choice for a blogger who wants a really easy (free) website builder to work with.
It also has an eCommerce option so you can use it to start a small business and sell physical or digital items right from your blog.
The free version of Weebly would not be a recommended choice as a long term blog that you intend on monetizing.
General Information About Weebly
Weebly was established in 2006, the same year as Wix. Their Free Plan Includes:
These examples are featured on Weebly’s website, but they’re more than likely created with premium plans (rather than just their free blogging site features).
A Look Inside Weebly
If you choose Weebly’s free plan, you’ll get this initial option:
For our free blogging sites roundup here, I’ve decided to choose a website with an online store to fully explore what Weebly has to offer. If you want to run only a content-driven blog, choose “I just need a website.”
Then you can choose from a number of free themes.
Once you pick a theme you can go to the editor.
The sidebar dash is very to ease, but it is not as intuitive or easy to use as the Wix interface. Plus, you also have a lot more customization options with Wix.
If you want to add a blog post, it’s really simple. Plus, there’s more flexibility with Weebly on this side of things, than with Wix. The same drag-and-drop options you have for your website are available with your blog posts.
Because Weebly is focused on eCommerce, you can also add products and categories.
Pros of Weebly as a Free Blogging Site
Weebly’s free version is completely free. No domain or hosting costs. A great way to get started if you want to test things out on a free blogging site with no strings attached.
Easy to Use
Weebly is really easy to use and offers the same quick set up to create posts through their free blogging platform. You can make attractive and interesting blog posts using Weebly’s free plan. The Weebly blog option has more features and customization ability than Wix’s blogging platform.
Change Themes Easily
With Weebly, you can change your themes as often as you like. You’re not locked into a theme forever, which is a nice option if you’d like to change things up after you get your blog off the ground.
There is an option to sell items right from your blog with Weebly. If you’d like to use this as a way to monetize your site, it is possible with Weebly.
Cons of Weebly as a Free Blogging Site
As with WordPress.com and Wix.com, you’ll have to deal with the Weebly branding for the free version. That means your URL will have the Weebly branding and they will run Weebly ads on your site.
Weebly has a more customizable blogging feature, but the platform, in general, is not as easy or intuitive as Wix.
Compared to something like WordPress.org, Weebly has far fewer ways to customize your free blog site. With only a handful of themes and apps, it doesn’t compare to WordPress.com or WordPress.org.
Medium is unlike the other names on this list of free blogging sites, because it’s not really a true website builder.
In fact, while Medium is a free blogging site, it functions slightly more like a community of writers meets social media platform.
That being said, Medium is completely free to share your blog content on, and you can get started right away.
Who Would Like Medium
Medium is a good option for writers looking for exposure through a free blogging site that also has a large built-in community component. It would work well for a hobby blog, or to start finding your voice as a writer.
Another reason people use Medium is to give new life to the content they produced elsewhere. Since Medium has a built-in audience, some people choose to republish blog posts that they have already posted on their primary blog—to help drive traffic back to their blogs.
General Information About Medium
Medium was created to be a social media outlet for people who wanted to write longer posts than the ones you could find on Facebook or Twitter.
When Medium launched in 2012, CEO Ev Williams posted a blog post named, “Welcome to Medium.” In it, he explained the purpose of the platform.
“Medium is a new place on the Internet where people share blog post ideas and stories that are longer than 140 characters and not just for friends. It’s designed for little stories that make your day better and manifestos that change the world…”
“On Medium, you can contribute often or just once in a blue moon, without the commitment of a blog. And either way, you’re publishing into a thriving, pulsing network — not a standalone website, which you alone are responsible for keeping alive.”
So the main appeal of Medium is that it gives you a built-in audience—similar to when you post content on YouTube, Twitter or LinkedIn.
Example of a Blog Post Created on Medium
Here’s a post I wrote for my Medium blog a few years ago, where I sometimes republish content to attract more readers:
There’s no need to show you multiple blog posts on Medium, because apart from different pictures or videos, the blog layouts are essentially all the same.
A Look Inside Medium
When you start your Medium account you’ll be asked to pick topics you’re interested in.
This has more to do with the type of articles that will show up on your feed and less about your own blog.
These are your editing options. Here’s what it looks like with a title and top image.
You can embed videos directly into your blog posts on Medium.
You can also embed social media posts like this one from my Twitter account.
Apart from those features, there’s very little you can do to change the look of your blog post or customize it.
And you can search the Unsplash media gallery to add pictures related to your blog post.
Pros of Medium as a Free Blogging Site
Easy to Learn and Publish
Medium is might be the easiest platform to use. Just sign up and start writing. No need to set up a website or look for hosting. Everything is ready for you to get started immediately.
The blogging interface is also extremely easy and takes no time at all to understand.
Completely Free to Use
Medium is completely free to use. No hidden fees or upgrades needed, making it a truly free blog site.
When you publish on Medium, you’re writing to an audience that already exists. You don’t necessarily have to compete with SEO masters on Google for your content to reach an audience.
Cons of Medium as a Free Blogging Site
Virtually No Customization
Apart from adding images, videos, or embedding social media posts, every post on Medium looks the same. It’s like posting on Facebook—your text and images are different—but every post has basically the same layout and design.
With Medium, there are no themes, apps, or plugins to customize your posts, which does make it one of the most simple free blogging platforms on the market today.
No (Real) Monetization
Medium is not a platform you can use to monetize your blog. There’s no option for ads or eCommerce. It’s explicitly against the rules to, “advertise or promote third-party products, services, or brands through Medium posts, publications, or letters,” but you can still promote your blog content with tactics like blogger outreach.
You can use affiliate links, but you’re not allowed to create content, “primarily to drive traffic to, or increase the search rankings of, an external site, product, or service…Scraping and reposting content from other sources for the primary purpose of generating revenue or other personal gains.”
You Don’t Have a Blog of Your Own
With Medium as your free blog site, you don’t have to take care of the upkeep of a blog which could be a plus for some. On the other hand, you ultimately have no control over the content that you publish.
Let me be clear. With Medium, you’re publishing on someone else’s website. That means they have control over the way things are presented.
They can also change the way they do things at Medium without consulting you or considering your interests… and hell, they can even go out of business one day, taking your free blog right along with it.
Blogger is another solid (yet slightly outdated) option for free blogging sites designed for those who want a free blog to test the waters on.
Purchased by Google back in 2003, with this free blogging site—instead of actually owning your own site, you’re more-or-less renting it from Google.
Who Would Like Blogger
Blogger can be a decent option if you’re looking for a free place to start your hobby blog. However, with many more future-proof, modern free blogging sites available on the market today, I wouldn’t personally recommend going with Blogger.
General Information About Blogger
Blogger was originally created by Pyra Labs in 1999, but was later purchased by Google in 2003.
At one time, it was a very popular way to start a blog on a budget. Today, not so much.
While there are multiple options for customization with Blogger, it doesn’t have the sophistication of more modern blogging sites.
Examples of Websites Created on Blogger
A Look Inside Blogger
Here’s an example of some of the themes available with Blogger:
Your blog post editor has a number of customization options, which actually come close to what you’ll get from a better blogging site like WordPress.
There are a handful of fonts you can choose from, and you can load pictures and videos. You can also add HTML code for greater customization.
The website editor can be a bit clunky and difficult to navigate, though…
You also have to “preview” your blog before you can see the changes you’ve made.
Pros of Blogger as a Free Blogging Site
Free to Use
You can create a blog with Blogger and you’ll have no fees. No hosting fees. You can choose to pay for a domain name which will eliminate the branding from blogspot in your URL.
Probably one of the best things about Blogger as a free blog site, is the ability to run AdSense ads on your page. You have a lot more freedom to monetize your site with Blogger than many of the other free blogging sites we’ve discussed.
Cons of Blogger as a Free Blogging Site
No Ownership of Your Site
Unfortunately, with Blogger you don’t actually own your site. That means Google can choose to shut down your site if they want to.
Not as Easy to Use as Other Options
While Blogger is fairly simple to run, it does have a higher learning curve than many of the other options. It also has a smaller payoff once you do learn how to run it.
There are several different things you can change with Blogger, but ultimately it’s not loaded down with customization options.
Not a lot of people are using Blogger as a free blogging site these days, because it isn’t up-to-date with other options like we’ve broken down here already. The interface is not as user-friendly or modern as other blogging platforms.
Ghost was founded in 2013 from a Kickstarter project, with the intention of offering a free blogging site to professional writers. It has some similarities to WordPress, and like WordPress, it has a hosted and self-hosted version.
The self-hosted version is free, but (like with WordPress) does require a domain name and hosting.
Who Would Like Ghost
Ghost would work well for people who are looking for a simple, free blog site that’s specifically geared towards blogging. While WordPress began as a blogging platform, it has evolved into much more than that.
Ghost is still solely focused on blogging—not on general website production or eCommerce.
John O’Nolan, founder of Ghost has shared, “If you want a simple website with eCommerce that you use to run your business, give Squarespace a try. If you want to participate in a social network with sharing and re-posting and lots of cats, maybe Tumblr would be a better fit for you. On the other hand, if you’re looking to develop your own fully-fledged website or application with every imaginable bell and whistle, WordPress might be ideal.”
He continues, “If you want to have a simple but powerful independent publication, something that’s focused on the writing experience and giving you the freedom to be in complete control of your content, then you might find Ghost interesting.”
General Information About Ghost
Ghost exists as a free blogging site, primarily because John O’Nolan wanted to create something like WordPress that was solely for writers, while being more minimalistic and easier to navigate.
Ghost is a non-profit that is still in its infancy and still gaining its footing as a free blogging platform. While I certainly wouldn’t recommend Ghost over WordPress as a free blogging site at this point, I would keep an eye out for what they’re doing.
It also seems that they’re planning on changing the direction of their platform in upcoming months.
“We spent a very long time trying to compete on convenience and simplicity. This was our biggest mistake and the hardest lesson to learn – because user feedback told us that this was what was most important… But it ended up being still not simple enough for the average user, and not powerful or flexible enough for the professional user — the worst of both worlds.
So the biggest takeaway after 5 years is that we have been moving, and will continue to move up market, toward professional users who value power and flexibility over ease of signup. This is where we can win compared to the competition. This is where Ghost comes into its own.”
The hosted version of Ghost has its lowest plan priced at $29 a month, so it obviously doesn’t have a free option.
Ghost is an open-source CMS though, so there is a free self-hosted version available. Signing up for it though, is less straight-forward than WordPress.org.
Hosting Options for Ghost
Not all hosting companies support Ghost as a blogging platform, but here’s a list of great hosts that do:
One cool thing that Ghost offers is an actual way of checking it out before you dive in. It’s called play-with-ghost.com
With it, you can pick a theme, insert the admin info they provide, and actually mess around with the software for free.
Once you’ve selected a theme, it takes you to a testing area where you can choose different options and play around with the features.
The blogging features are very clean and simple.
Here’s a look at some of the elements you can add to your blog post:
An example of what you can create as a blog post:
It’s a fairly simple layout without an abundance of options. It does, however, have a feature called “markdown” which converts content into HTML code.
Pros of Ghost as a Free Blogging Site
Simple and Easy to Use
For those who want a clean space to sit and write—Ghost offers just that.
It’s easy to navigate and isn’t weighed down by a lot of extras. It’s minimalistic setup makes it easy for bloggers to sit down and write.
There’s Room to Grow
Cons of Ghost as a Free Blogging Site
Not the Most Customizable Option
It’s pro is also somewhat its con, as founder John O’Nolan has noted. In their effort to create simplicity, they have missed another group of people who want more flexibility and customization.
Hosting and Domain Name Fees
As with WordPress.org, Ghost offers no completely free blogging site option, because you’ll still be responsible for your monthly hosting plan and getting a domain name.
Harder to Find Hosting Plans
Tumblr is an alternative free blogging site that currently hosts 476 million different blogs, and it was just recently purchased by Automattic (the company behind WordPress). Like Medium though, Tumblr is a mix between a blog and a social media channel.
Who Would Like Tumblr
Tumblr is geared towards a younger generation and trends well with 18-29 year olds. It’s a fun and interesting way to share your content. Tumblr describes itself as a place where you can find just about anything, making it a fascinating blend of free blogging site and built-in community.
It’s a great choice for people who want to produce relatively quick or short content and don’t want to be bogged down by website production or the extra work involved with running your own site.
Tumblr would not be an ideal choice for someone interested in owning their own blog/website. It would also be an unlikely choice for someone starting a business, although you could use Tumblr to funnel traffic to an outside shop like Etsy or eBay.
General Information About Tumblr
Tumblr was created as a free blog platform in 2007 by David Karp. Sometimes Tumblr is referred to as micro-blogging, which is what Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter are. But, Tumblr is more middle of the road between Twitter and WordPress. It’s multi-media and a little different than most other forms of blogging sites out there.
He went on to explain that some people want to create an online identity without learning the process of website building. He said, “It’s a commitment, you need to sit down for an hour and hammer out a post.” He believes that WordPress is the best tool for people who enjoyed writing and wanted to put in the extra time, but it was the wrong tool for those who didn’t.
Tumblr describes their platform this way: “We made it really, really simple for people to make a blog and put whatever they want on it. Stories, photos, GIFs, TV shows, links, quips, dumb jokes, smart jokes, Spotify tracks, mp3s, videos, fashion, art, deep stuff. Tumblr is 476 million different blogs, filled with literally whatever.”
Another compelling part of Tumblr is you can follow people on it. You can build a following through the platform and like Instagram, those people will see your new posts on their dashboard. People can also reblog your content so it gets shared and shared again.
Changes for Tumblr
As of August of 2019, Automattic, owner of WordPress, purchased Tumblr. It’s still unclear what changes might come from this acquisition, but executives from both entities said they’re looking for ways for WordPress.com and Tumblr to share services and functionality.
Tumblr has lost popularity since its original launch, partly due to its more recent ban of adult material, but Automattic may breathe new life into the platform.
Examples of Blog Posts Created on Tumblr
Here’s a fun one from NPR:
And here’s another example of creative Tumblr content:
A Look Inside Tumblr
Tumblr allows you to include things like gifs, audio, and quotes.
It functions as a social media platform as well but it’s very playful in nature.
Here’s what it looks like when you first log in to your account.
You can also add videos, images, and tags.
Pros of Tumblr as a Free Blogging Site
Fun, Creative and Interesting Community
If you want to produce fun and interesting content without being weighed down by website construction, Tumblr is a vibrant place to express your creativity—and one of the most widely used free blogging sites in the world.
Free to Use
Like Medium, you don’t have to pay to post on Tumblr. You’re free to do what you want on the platform without extra fees—it’s a truly 100% free blogging site.
“When you provide Subscriber Content to Tumblr through the Services, you grant Tumblr a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, sublicensable, transferable right and license to use, host, store, cache, reproduce, publish, display (publicly or otherwise), perform (publicly or otherwise), distribute, transmit, modify, adapt (including, without limitation, in order to conform it to the requirements of any networks, devices, services, or media through which the Services are available), and create derivative works of, such Subscriber Content.”
On Tumblr, when people reblog your content, they also have the right to modify it. This may not be the worst thing, but if you want your original content to remain untouched, Tumblr probably isn’t your best choice.
While Tumblr allows you to be very creative with the multimedia content that you share, especially amongst free blogging sites, the outlet itself is very standard. You don’t have the flexibility to extend your features or add custom themes.
Similar to WordPress, Joomla is also an open-source CMS. And like with running a self-hosted WordPress site, you’ll be required to purchase your domain name and hosting plan in order to fully utilize this otherwise free blogging site.
Joomla is the second most popular CMS in the world (behind WordPress) and powers around 58 million websites.
Who Would Like Joomla
Joomla requires a bit more technical knowledge than WordPress and most of our other top free blog sites here today, so it wouldn’t be ideal for someone looking for a very easy (non-technical) platform.
It also has a more advanced user system, so that means if you do have the technical knowledge, there’s more you can do right out of the box.
Another selling point about Joomla is it has multilingual support built into it without adding any additional plugins.
General Information About Joomla
Joomla was originally called Mambo. Mambo was developed in 2000 by an Australian company called Miro. Eventually, the source code was “forked” into what’s now called Joomla.
Joomla was officially launched in 2005, and has had several major updates since.
If you want to increase the capability of Joomla, you can add an extension.
Components are like mini-applications. Most have two parts to them, an administrative side and a site side.
This extension is used for page rendering. A footer or a login would be examples of modules.
Plugins in Joomla refer to a function that triggers an event. This could be something like adding a form to your site, adding shortcuts, or adding an extra authentication method.
A template is the way the website looks. It changes the way the component and the modules will be viewed.
Extra languages are already built into the core Joomla package, but more can be added with an extension.
Hosting with Bluehost
Joomla also requires you to self-host your website, which technically pushes it a little away from being a completely free blogging site. I highly recommend using Bluehost for your Joomla hosting as well. Bluehost currently hosts over 85,000 Joomla sites, and it gives you a 1-click installation option immediately after signing up.
Joomla is a great choice for people searching for a way to translate their website into many different languages.
Customization and Flexibility
Joomla allows you to do many things with your website and blog. You’re not locked into a particular theme or minimal set of features. This level of flexibility gives you the ability to grow your blog.
Good for Monetization
With Joomla, you can monetize your site however you like, even as a free blogging platform which is an attractive feature. You can include ads, use affiliate links, and sell products as you see fit.
Joomla has eCommerce extensions like Eshop and J2Store that you can use to set up shopping carts and add products.
Cons of Joomla as a Free Blogging Site
Requires Moderate Level Tech Skills
If you’re brand new to site building and blogging, Joomla would probably not be the best choice for you. Someone who has some running knowledge of coding would do better with this free blogging site.
Cost for Domain and Hosting
The Joomla CMS is free to use, but you will still have to pay for your domain name and hosting.
Some Compatibility Issues
Some of the plugins with Joomla have compatibility issues. These could be resolved by someone with more extensive coding experience, but is not a reasonable avenue for people with limited coding knowledge.
This frustration is compounded by the fact that many of the plugins are not free, so you’re paying for a plugin that is incompatible with other plugins you’ve installed.
Site and Security Maintenance
Again, with any CMS, the onus is on you to make sure that your site is secure and properly maintained. If you’re looking for a very easy way to maintain your site, you may prefer something like Wix or Weebly who do the background work for you—even on some of their most basic free blog site plans.
Yola is a free blogging site that’s fairly easy to use, with a drag-and-drop feature.
It’s WYSIWYG, straightforward and it doesn’t take long to learn & use.
Who Would Like Yola
I personally wouldn’t consider Yola’s free version as the best free blogging site to go with. While it does give you access to some nice responsive templates, the free version is very limited and doesn’t quite stack up against the other free blogging sites we’ve compared in this list.
The ability to use your Yola site as an eCommerce space is probably one of its more alluring features. Unfortunately, this is not available with the free plan.
Most importantly, you can’t create a blog directly on the Yola site. You can only create a blog by integrating an already existing Tumblr blog.
With these things in mind, I would only recommend the free version of Yola’s a way to play around with website building or to determine whether you’re interested in paying for a higher premium plan.
General Information About Yola
Yola began as a free blogging site in South Africa during 2007. The company is located in Cape Town and currently has over 12 million users.
Yola has around 80 templates — one minor issue with their templates is they are not categorized in any way. So you’ll have to determine if you think the template works for the site you’re trying to create.
The Sitebuilder is available in six languages including English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.
Their goal is, “Making it easy for you to get your business online.”
Yola allows you to choose a template to start with designing your blog. You can even choose a blank template if you’d like to start from scratch.
Here’s what the editor looks like with the chosen template. In order to get started, you can remove the standard pictures and exchange them for your images.
There are a lot of things you can customize on Yola including font, color, alignment etc.
You can drag-and-drop widgets into place, but they do have to land in a predetermined area.
This can be a little restrictive if you have a different vision of what your blog should look like in your mind.
Pros of Yola as a Free Blogging Site
Fairly Simple to Use
Yola has a low learning curve and it doesn’t take a lot of time to start putting together a website.
Free to Start
You can start using Yola right away without paying for anything, but will have to upgrade to remove Yola branding, add multiple pages to your site or sell products online.
Customization and HTML
Yola does offer quite a few customization choices for a free blogging site and you can add coding for additional features. They do explain that your coding may conflict with their Site builder at times, so that’s something to be aware of.
Cons of Yola as a Free Blogging Site
With the free plan, you will have a prominent Yola ad on the footer of your page.
Only Three Pages
If you’re using the free plan with Yola, you are only able to have three pages total.
No In-House Blogging Options
Possibly the biggest problem with Yola is you cannot run a blog straight from the editor. You would instead have to create a blog on Tumblr and integrate it into your Yola site.
Have to Upgrade to Add a Store
Yola does have quite a few attractive eCommerce features, especially for a free blog site, but you’ll have to upgrade to use them. You can’t add a store with the free package.
Which Free Blogging Site is Best For You?
Which free blogging site matches what you’re looking for is ultimately up to you.
If you’re looking for an extremely simple way to start a blog and aren’t concerned about making a profit with your site, something like Wix might be your speed.
If you want something fun and a little unusual with a built-in community, you may want to choose Tumblr.
For the top one-size-fits-all answer to which of these blogging sites are best though… I would only recommend self-hosted WordPress as the way for you to start your blog today—especially if you eventually want to touch the lives of lots of readers or build a business around your blog.
WordPress gives you the greatest potential to grow as a free blogging site (without forcing you to migrate your site soon after you get started). On WordPress.org you can start a simple hobby blog or build a profitable business. And for those who want something easy to start, you don’t need any tech experience at all.
The second batch with 363 bottles of ‘Rum 970 Reserva 6 anos’ was taken today from the Marina of Quinta do Lorde, in Caniçal, after 14 months at the bottom of the sea.
“In order to ascertain the evolution of organoleptic properties, some bottles of this same batch are also currently under scientific analysis to identify which marine organisms have been monitored throughout these 14 months”, says J. Faria & Filhos in a note sent to JM.
It is recalled that the 1st batch, with 242 bottles, was removed on the 15th of November 2019, after 7 and a half months submerged.
Whether you’re searching for the best remote jobs in order to unlock a more flexible schedule void of the daily commute, or to land the kind of remote job that’ll empower you to leave home behind in exchange for traveling the world, then you’re in the right place 😊
Over the past several years, I’ve held multiple different remote jobs working for forward-thinking, fast-growing companies that realized they didn’t need employees shuffling into a physical office every single day.
But, I don’t need to tell you that… if you’re here, then you’re already convinced that finding the best remote jobs is your best next move. And in today’s guide, we’ll be breaking down all of the best remote jobs websites I’ve personally used to land six-figure gigs both working from home full-time and as a freelancer over the years.
One of the most common questions I get from readers considering whether or not a remote job is right for them, is if they can actually still work for a great company and still earn a comparable income. Today, the answer is a resounding YES.
Just a few of the most recognizable brands currently hiring remote positions (today) include companies like Apple, Walt Disney Company, American Express, Cigna, Farmers Insurance, Merck, Adobe, Dell, Pfizer, Intuit, Cisco, MetLife, Wells Fargo, and Verizon… to name just a few of the literally thousands offering remote jobs.
Now, let’s talk about where you can go to find the best remote jobs, quickly apply, and get yourself on the path to finding your remote dream job.
Check out my picks for the best remote jobs websites, broken down by category:
60 Best Remote Jobs Websites to Find Great Remote Jobs in 2020
Disclosure: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links and at no additional cost to you, I may earn a commission. Know that I only recommend products, tools, services and resources I’ve personally used and believe are genuinely helpful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to purchase them. Most of all, I would never advocate for buying something that you can’t afford or that you’re not yet ready to implement.
Alright, now let’s get into this ultimate list of the best remote jobs websites!
The Best General Remote Jobs Websites
Each of these remote jobs websites we’re breaking down here today offer a broad sampling of remote jobs from all over the world. Whether you’re a writer, photographer, designer, engineer, creative, virtual assistant, or practically any kind of service provider, there are remote jobs for you here.
This is a very well-curated site for not only remote jobs, but hits the mark for freelance, part-time, and otherwise flexible gigs. It’s easy to navigate, you won’t see any distracting ads, and you won’t have to worry about any scam postings because they monitor each job for legitimacy.
As you’ve probably guessed, this site is not free for remote jobs seekers, but offers very reasonable rates for the high quality and incredible access they offer. Also, hot tip: if you linger indecisively long enough on their payment screen, you might be offered a discount. Check them out and learn more right here.
The emphasis of this site is definitely for those looking to land contract-based and more gig-style remote jobs, but for those of you who identify with that, SolidGigs is one I can personally vouch very strongly for.
The SolidGigs staff (including my good friend Preston Lee) understand that as a freelancer, time is money, so they’ve made it their mission to help streamline your job hunting. The SG team comb through dozens of freelance job boards and send you the best 1% straight to your inbox every week. In addition, a monthly membership fee grants you access to a huge resource library with courses, interviews, templates, scripts, and other tools, all with the focus of helping you land more freelance jobs, negotiate your rates, pitch high profile clients, and grow your freelance business.
Check out SolidGigs to give it a try today. I couldn’t recommend it more highly… and plus, if you use this link and enter the code “RYROB” at checkout, you’ll get your first month for just $2.
Known as one of the most human job boards amongst remote job candidates and companies alike, the team at Dynamite Jobs checks each remote job listing to make sure it’s 100% remote, open and paid. The site was launched in 2017 by the team behind the Tropical MBA podcast and the Dynamite Circle—with the goal of helping bootstrapping founders grow their remote teams. They now have thousands of happy testimonials from those who’ve either hired or been hired through Dynamite Jobs.
Over 100+ quality remote jobs are added each week to the platform—and searching for the one you want is customizable with the site’s variety of filters and functionality. Remote job candidates can sign up for their free Job Placement Program to receive alerts about the newest jobs in their industry and be connected directly with hiring companies. Even remote companies gain a lot from this platform; they can post their first job on the site for free and the Dynamite Jobs team follows up with every single listing to make sure the hiring process is going well.
Remotive’s remote jobs board is fairly standard, in that you can search through all categories, including marketing. It’s easy to see when a job has posted, where it is located, and what speciality it falls under. What makes this site stand out is that it’s a community as well (not unlike SolidGigs). Rodolphe, the creator of Remotive, is a cool dude with tons of applicable experience, and is funneling key information and great advice to his community through email newsletters, interviews, and webinars on a bi-monthly basis with the goal of helping everyone land better remote jobs. Not to mention, it’s free to join!
If your dream is to get in on the ground floor with an exciting, up-and-coming company, Angel List is one of the better remote jobs websites for you. Startup companies of all sorts look for remote talent on AngelList, some established and some brand new. Great features of this remote jobs website include discretion (only the companies you apply to will know that you’re looking for a job) and salary transparency (each remote job posting includes annual salary in the header).
Hubstaff has built a solid reputation for itself pairing quality companies offering remote jobs with great talent. Like LinkedIn, you’ll create a (free) profile, and then have access to the plethora of new remote jobs posted daily. Some gigs (like “Instagram Specialist”) begin as low as a few dollars per hour but span up to the six-figure range, so this remote jobs site is also a great resource for those in need of a quick side hustle.
WWR’s remote jobs board is broken down by category (Customer Support, Product Jobs, Programming, Copywriting, Business Management, etc), is super intuitive, and easy to navigate. It’s good knowing that WWR was one of the first remote jobs boards on the scene, and today still stands as one of the most visited sites for remote work.
Skip the Drive makes your remote jobs search faster through its filtering system. Their remote jobs are broken down by category, and from there you can sort by date, relevance, full or part-time, and by location. Skip The Drive also pools remote jobs from many of the bigger job-listing sites (like CareerBuilder and ZipRecruiter), so searching here can save you a ton of time and provide more options than many others.
By signing up with WN (also free), you’ll get a curated list of remote jobs sent straight to your inbox, either daily or weekly. If you’re not a fan of emails, the site is also color-coded by category and easy to navigate. While their remote jobs categories range from Design to HR to Legal, the highest number of postings are for Development, making this site a great resource for software engineers.
This remote jobs board is conveniently broken down by category, and clearly shows the timestamp of each posting. This remote jobs website has been building its clout as a reliable source for both employers and job seekers, and some of the bigger companies in the tech sector have taken notice. There are also some great resources for remote job seekers, including a great Q&A board frequented by a supportive community with regular content around how to land your dream job.
With each remote job on Jobspresso being hand-picked and reviewed by a scrutinizing staff, it’s a wonder that this remote jobs website is still free, though a quick search through their job boards reveals how they can do it: companies who post their jobs on Jobspresso can pay to have their listings “featured,” and boosted to the top of the remote jobs boards. While this may throw off the “most recent” accuracy of search results, it seems a small inconvenience when you see the high-quality jobs available.
Remote.ok has some exciting features, including live rankings of the top companies offering remote jobs and actively hiring candidates over the last 12 months, statistics about what kinds of remote jobs are trending most today, and of course tons of well-paid remote jobs listings for designers, developers, writers, marketers, salespeople and more.
VV offers some attractive membership packages, which grant access to some incredibly helpful tools. Take for instance the Job Application History feature, which helps you stay on top of which remote jobs you’ve applied for, when you should follow up, and such. VV offers a money-back guarantee, confidently implying that their subscription service is worth it. But if free is more your speed, Virtual Vocations’ vast remote jobs board is still accessible without having to subscribe.
The Muse’s interface is pretty spiffy. By setting the “Location” filter to “Flexible / Remote”, you’ll find remote jobs doing everything from online ESL teaching gigs, to project management positions and sales roles where you’ll get to put your CRM chops to the test. What makes The Muse particularly unique in the remote jobs world, is that they feature access to one-on-one professional coaching, online courses to help you prepare for challenges like negotiating a offers for your remote jobs, and in-depth profiles on the companies that are advertising remote jobs through their website.
CloudPeeps is an excellent option if you have a great portfolio of work already, and are looking to continue expanding your business with more of a freelance focus. To become a “Peep” is a little more exclusive than signing up with a site like Upwork or Fiverr, but it’s easier to find remote jobs once you do get accepted. Their focus is on social media, marketing, and copywriting primarily, but other types of remote jobs also make their way onto the platform. They’re definitely worth checking out.
Outsourcely is an amazing resource for anyone looking for full-time remote jobs. By creating a profile on this remote jobs platform, you’ll be putting yourself in the direct line of sight of companies looking to foster long-term relationships, not just gig-based projects.
Workew is a fairly standard remote jobs board that is easily filtered and navigated to track down exactly what you’re looking for. You’re able to bookmark specific remote jobs that sound appealing as you browse, and can even sign up for Twitter notifications so you’ll be alerted as soon as a new remote jobs hit the market. Best of all, this site is totally free!
With a delightfully simple design, 100 Telecommute Jobs is like the underdog of the remote jobs board world today. The creator’s mission is to make the perks of landing remote work available to everyone (like actually making real money online from your own home), including those who can’t afford the membership fees of other remote jobs sites. Check out the “Job Categories” grid for a monochromatic map of job options.
By now we’ve seen a few aggregated job boards that are fairly comprehensive. What makes Remotees great is if you know that there is a specific company you’d like to view remote jobs for. Head on over to the companies page and you’ll actually be able to see which companies are posting the most remote jobs, which can be a helpful tool as you research your options.
Sick of typing “remote” into search bars, or getting to the end of a tantalizing job description, only to find that it’s not actually a remote job? Fear not, because Remote4Me is on the case! Though especially designed for members of the tech community (with ample remote jobs for developers and engineers), there’s also a robust listing module for non-tech work (like sales, HR, and SEO). This site is an aggregated collection of remote jobs from about 40 other job boards, which could end up saving you tons of time in your search. Did I mention that it’s free? 💪
For a friendlier sort of fare, there’s Mike Desjardins’ RemotelyAwesomeJobs, which aggregates about twenty job boards to bring together their picks for the best remote jobs postings. All remote jobs are collected into one master list (without advanced filtering at the moment), so you’ll have to click on tags near the top and do a little searching to fit your specific needs, but it may be well worth it, as there are plenty of diamond remote jobs in the rough!
If you’re still coming around to the idea that remote jobs are the right choice for you, then a friendly, gentle nudge by way of a bi-weekly email roundup might be just the ticket. Remote Jobs Club is free, and is run by a benevolent guy named Sanj, who just wants to help people find their dream remote jobs!
By creating a (free) account at Werk, you might feel something like a) relief or b) finally understood. The creators of Werk conducted mega research to back their claims that more flexibility in the workplace makes for happier workers (i.e. remote gigs) and created a platform in which remote job seekers could peruse jobs with (gasp!) pre-negotiated flexibility. I know, kind of revolutionary. That’s why Werk more than earns its place on this list, and they feature some of the best (most flexible) remote jobs in a range of different fields & disciplines.
Writing and Editing Remote Jobs Websites
Up next, we’ve got my picks for the best remote jobs sites that have a particular focus on writing, editing, content creation and the like. Here we go!
Contena makes the top of our list of the best writing and editing-focused remote jobs because they empower writers, editors and content marketers to find jobs that allow them to write from anywhere—a dream come true for those with a knack for copywriting. What I like most about Contena, is that they feature both freelance jobsand full-time remote jobs. Examples of real remote roles recently listed on their homepage (right now) include a $6,000/mo marketing writing gig for a mobile app development company, a college sports writing position, photography-related content writing jobs, and literally thousands more spanning every imaginable industry—where you can land good jobs working with reputable, pre-vetted companies.
Textbroker is an amazing site for writers looking to land remote jobs that’ll let them write on their own time. After submitting a short “signup article,” you’ll be rated on a scale of 2-4 stars (have no fear, you can improve your rating over time if you’re not satisfied). From there, you’ll be eligible to take on jobs that are paid per word. Payments are made weekly through the site via PayPal. The more you write, the more you earn and the closer you’ll move toward planting the seeds for a freelance business for yourself along the way!
Writing-focused remote jobs available on ProBlogger will range from full-time copywriting positions, to freelance and contract gigs. The majority of the clients looking for writers through this site are in need of more intermediate/experienced writers, so you should have sample work readily at hand when you apply for one of these remote writing jobs.
The SitePoint Remote jobs board features what I’ve found to be the most well-curated list of remote jobs specifically for developers, designers and other digital professionals (with a heavy emphasis on tech-first roles). What’s more, is that their filtering capabilities allow you to sort the most relevant remote jobs in tech based on factors like posting date, specific programming languages & skills you have, by geographic location and more. A sampling of just a few companies hiring for various different remote jobs in tech from the SitePoint community include Postmates, Automattic, Kinsta, Magellan Health, New Relic, Airtable, CareerFoundry, Khan Academy and many more (in just the last week alone). They also offer a free daily jobs email newsletter that’ll send you the most relevant new roles each day.
Authentic Jobs has some of the biggest companies in the game on their client list, from The New York Times to Apple and Tesla—it’s an incredible resource for all web professionals. As you might expect from a remote jobs board with a focus on developers and creatives, this site is extremely intuitive and easy to use. When searching for remote gigs, all you have to do is hit the toggle switch from “All Jobs” to “Remote.” As my mom would say: Easy as pie.
PowertoFly’s mission is to match talented women with amazing companies that value diversity and inclusion—for great remote jobs. After joining the platform, job seekers will go through a vetting process, and then have access to be matched for a 2-4 week “paid trial” test period to make sure the fit is right for both you and the employer. PTF is one of the most innovate and exciting online spaces for women seeking to expand their network, find opportunities for solid remote gigs, and lean into a digital nomad lifestyle in the tech and digital sectors.
The premise at Hundred5 is that top talent aren’t scouring the remote jobs sites all day, but that they’re scrolling through social media. At the Hundred5HQ job board located on Facebook, you’ll find new remote gigs posted straight to this group’s timeline (which will pop up in your news feed). If you’re interested in a position, you’ll be able to complete a short quiz to apply, rather than submit a résumé.
Stack Overflow packs an amazing one-two punch for web developers seeking remote jobs. First, it’s a huge database of information: its Q&A message board is a treasure trove of information for web development. Secondly, SO features a remote jobs board full of tech opportunities, especially for web developers. Just type “remote” into the search bar and find thousands of remote roles available in seconds.
If you’re a Ruby developer, you need not look any further than this remote jobs board! RubyNow collects remote listings from hundreds of site and hosts them all on this simple and straightforward platform where you can browse through options to find what suits you best.
LJ is dedicated to placing top tech talent at remote jobs working for some of the leading European companies in the game. Their site boasts a highly personal experience, helping each and every job seeker land remote roles that they love. Though most of the remote placements available are Euro-based (Porto, anyone?) mostly for time-zone alignment purposes, there is a section of the site dedicated solely to fully remote placements.
Simply type “remote” into the location search bar over at GitHub and boom: from front-end to full-stack to Ruby, developers can find plenty of remote jobs with exciting companies. If you use Twitter, be sure to follow GH, where they post new remote jobs daily!
Becoming a “Professional Freelancer” on gun.io puts you in the running for some of the most competitive and sought-after software development remote jobs available today, plus they have a great reputation for taking care of their community (ex: gun.io pledges to back up their freelancers 100% during conflict). Be sure that your online profiles (LinkedIn, GitHub, etc) and work portfolios are up to date before applying through their website, because you’ll be linking them all to complete your online application for these remote gigs!
Dice is a fairly standard remote jobs board, but with a specific focus on the technology industry. One great perk about this site: if you’re the type of developer who prefers to telecommute, but likes to know that the company is located nearby, Dice offers a filtering system which allows you to narrow your search for remote roles at companies within 5, 10, 20, or 30 miles from your location.
Dribbble is most commonly known as a community for graphic designers, web designers, illustrators, and creative to showcase and share their work. The user-friendly platform allows clients to easily search through portfolios to find their next hire for both full-time remote gigs and freelance projects. A lesser known component of Dribbble, exists at the top bar of the homepage: select the “Remote” option from the “Jobs” dropdown menu, and you’ll find tons of full-time and freelance remote jobs that can be done from home!
Like the Upworks and Fiverrs of the world, 99designs is an online community in which designers can showcase their work, connect with potential clients, and compete for primarily freelance style gigs (but the occasional remote jobs come from these projects). Design categories range from web page design, to business cards, to total branding overhaul, making this site a great hub for a wide array of designers! Clients can choose from a number of fixed-price packages, taking a great deal of guesswork out of the billing process. Speaking of billing— the convenience that 99designs facilitates doesn’t come without a cost. Keep an eye out for the variety of payout options, and what fees may apply! Another note: 99designs has become increasingly popular in recent years, meaning more clients than ever are using its service. The high traffic of clients has also come to mean high traffic of designers, so be ready to bring your A-game!
NODESK is a fantastic resource for anyone looking to learn more about getting into the digital nomad/remote work game. Not just a remote jobs board, this site features a vast collection of articles and tips written for, by, and about taking on this exciting new lifestyle (hint: you may even find some great deals on travel gear)! The remote jobs board section of the site is no-frills and straightforward, and broken down by categories, including Finance, Marketing, and Operations. Check out the many inspiring links and get excited about the endless possibilities of life with remote work!
MB boasts some of media’s top players as clients (NBC, PBS, and HBO to name a few), and have a crisp, easily-navigable remote jobs board to boot. Here you’ll find remote opportunities in all media categories from marketing to publishing and television. Just type “remote” into the keyword search bar and watch the remote gigs pour in!
Indeed is one of the most robust remote jobs platforms out there right now, packing a healthy dose of marketing-focused gigs up for grabs. This site pulls data from seemingly everywhere on the internet, and culls it all into one searchable database jam-packed with killer remote roles. You’ll find that a huge variety of industries flock to Indeed to post their jobs, so their long list of remote possibilities will always be diverse!
Surely when most folks hear “job board”, they’ll think of Monster. As one of the first and foremost aggregators of jobs on the internet, Monster is still growing and going strong—which includes a burgeoning list of remote jobs now on the platform. You’ll find thousands of remote roles promoted here, in a huge variety of fields. Just be prepared to do some heavy sifting as the sheer number of remote jobs listed on this site can quickly become overwhelming.
Like Indeed, SimplyHired, and ZipRecruiter, this giant marketplace collects remote jobs from all over the internet and brings them together into one convenient, searchable database. Simply type “remote” into the search bar and watch the remote gigs filter in. You’ll have more to comb through here than on a more curated website, but you’ll have instant access to thousands of remote opportunities you can apply to immediately!
A company’s growth involves a whole boatload of moving parts, including not just marketing strategy, but sales teams, design collateral, management, social media experts, and more. GrowthHub understands, and their remote jobs board reflects that reality! Easily navigable, you’ll find the “Remote” filter at the very top of the locations filters and their available remote roles will appear.
Working remotely gives some of us the option to connect and help communities that might otherwise be out of reach. That’s where Idealist steps in. Whether your focus is Education, Health & Medicine, or Community Development, you can scan this remote jobs board and find hundreds of remote opportunities through which you can help better the world.
Don’t let the look of this site fool you: TranslatorsCafe is an active, current, and thriving job board for linguistic and translation-focused remote jobs. Registration is free, and you’ll have immediate access to dozens of translation, interpretation, subtitling, transcription, and voice-over jobs. Seriously, the list goes on and on. If you’re a polyglot in search of language-based remote gigs, this is the site for you.
Are you based in the EU and frustrated that the majority of remote jobs you come across are intended only for folks based in the US, or in US time zones? Check out EuropeRemotely, which has made it their sole purpose to help you streamline your search and land amazing remote jobs.
TravelMassive is a leading site and resource for the travel industry at large. If you have a passion for travel, want to explore the world and pay your way as you go, consider checking out TM for remote jobs that match your style. Though many of the remote opportunities on this site are regionally location specific, searching for “remote” yields all kinds of results, from market management, to development and sales.
Remoters is a great resource for those interested in working with primarily European-based companies. The remote jobs board is broken down into categories, like Software Development, Marketing, and Business Exec & Management. In addition, Remoters offers an informative series of interviews and an event calendar, helping you connect with other like-minded digital nomads to share remote jobs and advice with each other.
Are you passionate about e-sports and gaming? Hitmarker is the remote jobs board for you. Positions are broken down by Level (Junior, Intermediate, and Senior), and by Contract (Full Time, Part Time, Freelance, and Volunteer). The majority of listings on this site are for entry-level and volunteer opportunities, making this site a great gateway to getting your foot in the door with remote gigs in an industry you love!
Don’t think for a second that remote jobs are limited to just the tech industry! Axiom Law contests that the future of law exists remotely, and has created an exciting platform to match talented lawyers with the innovative companies who seek to build modern legal teams through remote employees. To become a member of the Axiom network, you’ll undergo a thorough vetting process through a series of interviews, but before long you can expect to have your first engagement.
If you’re a senior level executive that is considering branching out into consulting, check out Business Talent Group. As a consultant, you’ll experience much greater freedom in your work life with their remote jobs, being able to choose whom you work with, when, and from where. BTG attracts some of the world’s leading organizations, pairs them with independent consultants, project managers, and executives, and helps to facilitate successful new client relationships. BTG even offers insurance discounts to its team of talent, helping to make your transition from corporate to independent as smooth as can be.
The folks at Aprés believe that becoming a parent can make you an even more valuable part of the workforce, so they’ve designed an entire platform to help women reestablish their career and professional life after maternity leave—through remote roles. By only choosing companies that share the same values, women who sign up with Aprés are setting themselves up for success. The site does require payment to access, but with a supportive staff, online courses, and career coaching available, Aprés may just be worth it if you’re serious about finding the right remote jobs to continue your career.
The HIT’s (Human Intelligence Tasks) offered up by Amazon’s Mechanical Turk may not be high-paying, but they sure are a great way to rack up a few extra bucks, and begin honing your time management skills with gig-style remote jobs. Tasks are mostly data-based, and pay as little as $0.01. Your earnings will be transferred to an Amazon Payments account, from which you can then transfer to a bank account.
Freelance-First (Contract Work) Remote Jobs Websites
For a freelancer in today’s marketplace, Upwork is certainly one of the most well-known. When the two leading platforms of freelance work of yesteryear, oDesk and Elance, merged, they created a behemoth of 12 million freelancers and 5 million clients listing upwards of 3 million remote jobs each year. Almost every freelance niche imaginable exists on this site, but be warned: Upwork takes a 20% cut until you build up a regular relationship with a client. So while you won’t earn as much from the remote gigs you may find in a carefully curated marketplace, you will have ample opportunity to develop your chops, if you happen to be a beginner.
Freelancer hosts a huge variety of remote jobs, some formatted as hourly and some as contests. The downside at this site is that they only give eight free applications before you have to pay the membership see. You’ll also notice on this site that the project fee is a little different; you’ll be paying either $3-5 or 3-5%, whichever is greater.
Guru’s site is sleek and intuitive, making it ultra-easy to set up a profile that shows off your freelance experience, and puts you in the running to connect with potential clients for remote jobs they have available. To be a member at Guru does require a fee, but they compensate with a healthy amount of free applications, rationed by the year.
At Freelancermap, you’ll be able to search thousands of IT projects, most of which are contract, but all of which are remote jobs as well! Enjoy this site’s global reach and get excited about jobs in Spain, Sweden, and the UAE!
Fiverr gets its name from its origins—when every job started at $5. It may sound low, but you can now set up a tiered system for projects far above the $5 mark, which can add up super fast! Fiverr provides a great place to develop your portfolio if you’re just getting into the freelance game, especially since all of these gigs are remote jobs you can tackle from anywhere in the world.
While you may not get the security of a site that holds the client accountable, Craigslist is chock-full of remote jobs, including full and part-time remote roles, and even more gig-based remote work. Here’s a hack if you want to look through remote gigs here: go to the corresponding Craigslist for major cities and search for remote work that was posted from there. You’re welcome.
62. What’d I Miss?
Did I miss any of your favorite remote jobs websites? Share with me in the comments below.
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