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5 Best Blog Platforms for writers in 2024

Hongbeom
HongbeomApr 29, 2024Monetization·Research·Comparison
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Hey there! I'm Hongbeom, the founder of BlogPro. As a Notion nerd, I've been building the ultimate blogging tool that lets you effortlessly publish, grow, and monetize your Notion content. I've tried all the blogging platforms while building my own tool. In this guide, I'll show you the best ones that let you own your brand, focus on writing, and monetize your way.

I'll also tell you which platforms to avoid, like the ones that are outdated, or not meant for serious blogging.

Read this guide if you

  1. Want to grow your personal brand
  1. Are a solo writer or small team
  1. Will invest in premium blogging tools

Must-haves for my recommendation:

  1. Simple and enjoyable blogging experience
  1. Purpose-built for blogging
  1. Monetization options, such as built-in support for Google Ads

Don’t use these

  1. WordPress: Bloated, needs too many plugins
  1. Medium: No brand ownership, limited monetization
  1. Blogger: Outdated, inactive project
  1. Wix/Squarespace: Built for e-commerce, not blogging
  1. Drupal: Requires technical expertise
  1. HubSpot: Bloated, better for marketers big teams
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Avoid platforms that aren’t solely designed for bloggers

Top 5 Blogging Tools for writers

Overview

PlatformPricing ($/month)Best ForKey Features
Ghost$11 - 249Newsletter writers & BloggersPaid membership, subscriptions, Many Integrations
BlogPro$15 - 30Notion usersNotion integration, clean design, powerful SEO features
WriteAs$10Bigger teamsCollaboration, privacy, multi-language
Substack10% of each transactionNewsletter writersPaid membership, subscriptions, Many Integrations. Huge writier’s network
Hashnode$7Bloggers with technical background
  1. Ghost—Best overall newsletter & blog builder
    • Pros:
      • Built-in membership & subscriptions
      • Customizable themes, easy editor
      • Hundreds of integrations
      • Scalable as your site grows
    • Cons:
      • Pricier than other platforms
      • Limited customer support
  1. BlogPro—Best for Notion users
    • Pros:
      • Turn Notion database to blog
      • Minimal maintenance
      • Clean, minimalist design
      • Conversion-optimized layout
    • Cons:
      • New platform, smaller user base
      • Limited theme options
  1. Substack—Best for newsletter writers
    1. Pros:
      • Free to get started
      • Simple and intuitive user interface
      • Large existing reader base to tap into
      • Clean, minimalist design
      • Conversion-optimized layout
    • Cons:
      • Limited customization options
  1. WriteAs—Best for privacy conscious writers
    • Pros:
      • Private by default (no IP logging)
      • Built-in add-ons (newsletter, publication)
        • submit.as: enables you to collect submissions, review them, and publish them directly to an online publication.
        • snap.as: does just one thing: put your photos on the internet
        • remark.as: comments for your blog
    • Cons:
      • Limited theme options
      • Lack of CTA customization
  1. Hashnode—Best alternative to Ghost
    • Pros:
      • More affordable than Ghost
      • Built-in developer community for tech bloggers
      • Clean, modern, and responsive design
      • Built-in newsletter feature and RSS feed
      • Automatic GitHub backup for your posts
    • Cons:
      • Less customization compared to Ghost
      • Ghost offers a sleeker, more polished design than Hashnode

Honorable Mentions

  1. Posthaven: a simple blogging platform used by Sam Altman. But lacks monetization options
  1. Inblog: amazing blog builder for businesses. Lacks monetization options.
  1. Feather: another Notion to Blog solutions. Not much updates.