Got your dreams set on starting a blog but worried about how much it's going to cost? There are a lot of things that you can DIY or even put off until a later date, when you're more established. Here are what I consider to be the most important costs involved to create a blog.
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It can be tempting to start throwing money left and right on different features and designs when you start a blog. Trust me, I've been there! But it's a slippery slope and the best thing you can do for yourself is to be very frugal with your blog expenses.
I constantly look for ways to keep my expenses low even though I've been blessed to see growth in my blog income over the past year. Every penny counts!
I personally feel that the only absolutely necessary expenses in starting a blog are your domain and hosting expenses.
I've talked about why it's a bad idea to blog on a free platform (like Blogpost) but let me recap for you: if you blog on a free platform then technically that platform owns your content, not you. But you own your content and can dictate if it should be take down when you pay for your own hosting and domain.
I've used Bluehost since Day 1 of starting my blog, I've been very pleased with the service, and I have no intentions on leaving them. They host all of my sites (I own more than AllisonLindstrom.com) and I've never had any issues that weren't due to human error (...with me being the human...ha!)
Pssst...if you use my Bluehost link for the first time, you'll get a free domain so that's one less expense!
Depending on who you use for your domain and hosting, your total costs should be less than $100/year. Initially, that number may make you take a step back but that's a fabulous deal when you think of how you're potentially starting a business!
That initial investment combined with a lot of hard work on my part has grown into a full-time online business for me. Fun Fact: I make more as a blogger (while being a SAHM!) than I made working full-time, outside of the home. That could be your future path too!
There are a lot of ways that you can save money when starting your blog! Check out the post below to find out which are my favs.