Free Blog Site: Thoughts.com
Thoughts.com is a free blog site that can help in your link building and community building efforts. Here is what they offer:
“Create a Free Blog or personal online journal at http://www.thoughts.com/. Upload photos, videos, podcasts, chat in the forums and bookmark the latest news. Thoughts.com allows you to decide for each blog post if you want it to be public, private, or only viewable by your friends and family. Free unlimited bandwidth.”
Why Do “Remote Blogging?”
Every free blog site has a community to tap into that you might not be reaching otherwise. A good tactic is to keep a few “remote” blogs like this and supply good information on your topics that is original or semi-original to attract members of each site’s community.
Maintaining remote blogs also aids in search engine love and link building. I recommend to all my clients that they should spend time putting together good resource posts for these sites that have value in and of themselves so that the pre-branding begins before visitors even land on your main site.
This is also a good practice to maintain good standing in blog communities like Thoughts.com. Too many people regurgitate old, duplicate content on these sites and it has a detrimental effect on your branding and basically only serves to waste bandwidth and generate exactly zero traffic back to your main site.