This post is for those of you who want to write articles but do not have a blog. Some of you might not know how to set up a website but you just want a platform to write and share your thoughts.
In our previous articles, we have discussed how you can start a website and start blogging in Nepal. But you might not have the time or interest in starting your own blog.
We get it. Not everyone is good with the “techy” stuff. Setting up a blog requires you to learn some basic tech skills.
Don’t worry. There are many websites where you can sign up, write articles, and share them. You can do it all for free.
A Writer’s Job Is To Write
Before we share the free websites, you need to understand why you should write on these free websites.
If you are a writer, your job is to write. It is not to make a website or work on designs. Most bloggers in Nepal say that they want to write articles but they do not know how to start a blog.
If you want to write, you do not need a blog. You just need a platform where you can write.
Social media is one of those platforms. You can write a post on Facebook for free and share your thoughts with the world.
Twitter allows you to do the same (but it is limited to only 280 characters). Linkedin allows you to write and publish unlimited articles.
You can write on Instagram as well (in your post captions), although it is a visual platform.
Again, you do not need a blog if you want to write.
The Benefits of Writing And Sharing For Free
Why write articles on these free websites? There are several reasons. New bloggers, listen carefully.
You will learn how to write articles. If you have not written an article before, writing on a free website is a perfect way to learn.
# Saving Money
You will save money. Starting your own blog requires you to pay for a domain name and web hosting. On these free platforms, you can write unlimited articles and share them with the world.
# Building a Network
You can build a network. If you are actively publishing articles on different platforms, people on those platforms are going to notice your work. You will be able to build a strong network from this.
But if you start your own blog, it can be difficult for people to notice you from the start. These websites also have a lot of traffic, which will be good in terms of SEO (Search Engine Optimization).
6 Websites To Write Articles For Free In Nepal
Below are the 6 websites where you can write articles for free in Nepal. You can write on any (or all) of these websites and share your work with others online.
- The Bloggers Club
LinkedIn is a popular social networking site. Unlike other social networking services, LinkedIn is rather a business and employment-oriented service.
Employers can post jobs and recruit employees. And, employees can find jobs and apply for them. Users can also create and post their CVs on LinkedIn.
Writing articles on LinkedIn is very easy. You can post pictures, status, and links, just like other social networking sites. But, LinkedIn provides a separate section to post articles.
To start writing articles on LinkedIn, first, you need to sign up and create your profile. Then, you will see a “Write Article” section in your profile.
Click on the “Write Article” button and it will redirect you to a post editor. This is where you write your article. You can add images, links, videos, and embed codes to your article.
Once you are done with writing the article, click on “Publish” and voila, you can share it with your LinkedIn network and anyone you prefer.
Medium is one of the most popular online publishing platforms used by millions of readers and writers all around the world.
With its recent update, you can create your own blog on Medium—along with the personal URL of your blog. Medium also allows users to create publications of their own. It means that if you have a business or a company, you can write content for it in Medium.
Writing articles on Medium is similar to that on LinkedIn. You need to sign up and create an account. Once you are logged in, click on your profile and select “Write a story”.
On Medium, articles are called stories.
Then you will see a post editor where you can start writing your article. Publish and share it after you are done writing.
Medium also allows you to follow other writers so that you can read their work. However, you need to sign up for a paid-version to read other writers’ work on Medium.
But you do not need to pay to write. You can write as many stories as you like and share them with others.
Medium also pays writers based on the number of claps (which is similar to “likes” on other social platforms). Unfortunately, the Medium Partner Program is not available in Nepal.
The Bloggers Club is a Nepali platform where writers can write and share articles for free. You can also follow and read the work of other bloggers of Nepal.
It is just like Medium. You need to create an account, go to “New Article” and start writing. Other users can view it, appreciate it (similar to “likes”), and share it.
The benefit of writing on Bloggers Club is that it also pays the writers. Based on your article views, they give you points. When you collect enough points, they will pay you accordingly. Later, you can withdraw your money and transfer it to your account.
You need a minimum of Rs. 500 to make the withdrawal.
WordPress is one of the most popular blogging platforms in the world. You can start a free blog on WordPress. To do so, go to wordpress.com (not wordpress.org), create an account, and create your blogging site.
The free WordPress platform is a good way to learn how WordPress works. Later, when you start your own blog with this platform, it will be easier for you to use it.
You will have the idea of themes, plugins, posts, and pages. WordPress also pays you to write on its platform. But you need to upgrade to be eligible to earn money.
WordPress is not only useful to write articles but also to work with content management systems (CMS).
An alternative to WordPress is Blogger.
Blogger is another popular blogging platform. It is owned by Google. To start a blog in blogger, all you need is a Google account.
There are many bloggers who are using blogger.com as a platform for their blogs. They are also making money from this platform.
Blogger is also a content management system. You can not only write articles but work with designs and other tools. It helps you to build an entire website for your blog, just like WordPress.
Along with writing articles, if you are also interested in learning how to build a website, you need to sign up for Blogger or WordPress.
Quora is a popular question-and-answer platform. It is not the first place you should go to write articles.
Quora can help you get a lot of traffic to your blog. You can get a lot of exposure using Quora.
How to write articles on Quora?
There are two ways to do so. The first is to search for any relevant topic that you want to write about. You will find many questions that people have been asking about. Write a post as an answer to their questions. But make sure that your answer is genuine. Later, you can turn that answer into a blog post on other platforms.
Second, you can create quora spaces. These are like communities where readers/writers with similar interests hang out. You can follow relevant spaces on quora and share your articles there.
Which Platform To Choose?
Yes. Write everywhere. Don’t limit yourself to a single platform. Share your work in as many places as you can. There are many benefits of doing so.
You can re-sharing your work on LinkedIn, Medium, Quora, and the Bloggers Club. Doing so will give you more exposure.
But if you are want to work on a CMS platform, choose WordPress and Blogger. (In the case of a CMS platform, it is better to choose one of them rather than both. You can switch later if you want.)
When To Start A Professional Blog?
In this article, we have shared the benefits of writing for free. But when should you start a professional blog?
Once you are familiar with the writing process and you know how to work with CMS (like WordPress and Blogger), you can start a personal blog.
But, like we said, if you just want to write, you do not need a blog. A blog is necessary when you want more exposure to your work. That can be done through WordPress and Blogger platforms as well.
If your interest is to write, just do it. The fact that you do not know how to build a website should not stop you from writing.
The six websites we mentioned in this article are only a few among many.
Once you have created enough content on these free platforms, it will be easier for you to start a blog. You can simply put the articles on your blog. Then, you will have a nice portfolio of work.
The main purpose of this article was to inspire the bloggers and writers of Nepal to write more. It is not necessary to have a personal blog to write articles. Not everyone will know how to build a website for a blog.
If you are one of those writers, do not stop yourself from writing. With these six platforms, you can write and share your work for free. You can also explore other platforms like Wix and Weebly.
Use Medium, LinkedIn, Bloggers Club, and Quora to write. Learn how to build a website with WordPress or Blogger.
Later, combine the two and you will be ready to start your own blog.