If you want to start a profitable blog, that means you want to start a business.
Successful businesses take investment.
Though you can start a blog for as little as $2.95 a month, there are costs along the way that can add up.
However, there are many ways you can save money when starting a blog, without sacrificing quality of work.
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Here are 10 ways to save money when starting a blog.
1. Start your blog with a plan
I know so many people who go into blogging and just wing it with no plan or strategy at all.
Back when I started blogging, there weren't courses, books, or podcasts on creating a successful blog.
Things are a lot different now.
You can save so much time by learning from 1 teacher who has had major success blogging.
You save so much time (which is money) because every minute you spend on your blog is with strategy.
Blog With A Full-Time Job is not for you if you're just starting a hobby blog or want to become an influencer.
This course is real and it's hard work. You get a 12-month plan that requires your full commitment.
You can read my full review of Blog With A Full-Time Job here: How To Build A Profitable Blog While Working Full-Time
Bluehost is a web host provider, which is a must for profitable blogs.
You may think you can just register a domain name, but you need to do more than that. In order to get your website active on the internet, you need to host a website. Web hosting is in charge of providing space on a web server to store your website files.
With Bluehost, you can start a blog for $2.95 a month. You also get free domain registration, free SSL certificate included, and 1 click WordPress install.
To set up your blog with Bluehost, check out my set up a step by step tutorial here.
Bluehost also has 24/7 customer support if you have any issues.
My second website runs on Bluehost and I've always had a great experience with them. (And if you're wondering, Fitnancials runs on BigScoots because of my large traffic, thus different hosting is needed).
3. Choose a theme
Instead of hiring a custom web designer that costs thousands of dollars, you can opt for a website theme instead. 🙂
As of this writing, my blog uses a beautiful $75 theme, but I'm currently working with a blog designer to create a customized website because I'm ready for something unique with special functionality.
4. Pinterest templates
Creating Pinterest pins are a must for any blogger, but what's more important is making sure they're beautiful and attention-grabbing.
Creative Market isn't just great for website themes, but Pinterest templates, too. Many of the Pinterest graphics you see on my blog are from templates that I've bought on Canva.
I'm not a graphic designer and I'm terrible at making pins, which is why I love using templates. They're a huge time saver.
5. Create a product
Creating and launching a product is one of the scariest things I've ever done.
It's really intimidating and induces a ton of fear to create something and put something out there.
Six Figure Blogger was such a game changer for creating and launching my product and ended up saving me a ton of money.
I learned e v e r y t h i n g to create a product and have a successful launch.
You learn SO much (just check out the class curriculum here), including creating an eBook, creating a course, and other digital products from scratch.
You also learn how to create a high-converting sales page and how to get visitors to your sales page, among many other things.
I saved so much time because I learned how to create a profitable product from people who knew exactly what they were doing.
I basically had a business coach from step 1 to finish because of Six Figure Blogger.
Related: My first product: Making Sense of Sponsored Posts 🙂
6. Landing pages
A landing page is also known as a lead capture page that has one sole purpose – capturing a reader into a campaign-specific webpage that directs them to complete a call to action or marketing goal.
Landing pages are a huge deal in the online world because you can capture a reader and turn them into a potential customer.
I use LeadPages, but before Leadpages, I went the cheaper route and used BluChic Landing Pages, but ended up with a lot of tech problems using the landing page. I tried to make it work for awhile, but for some reason I kept having tech issues, therefore I recommend Leadpages.
LeadPages is expensive ($400 for 2 years) but it's worth it to me since the functionality and tech is easy and has never given me problems. Plus, it helps convert readers into customers.
7. Stock photography
Stock photography is a must for any website.
With stock photos, you can create beautiful Pinterest pins, break up lots of text in blog posts, and a lot more.
I've used Ivory Mix for years and highly recommend it – it's so affordable compared to other stock photography websites.
Currently, a stock photo membership on Ivory Mix is less than $50 for 3 months.
When I used to shop online for stock photos, the average cost was $20 per photo.
With Ivory Mix, you get a library of over 3,000 photos.
The membership also includes 100+ new photos monthly, 30+ social media quote graphics (perfect for Instagram!), and works out at about $14 a month.
8. Hire on Fiverr
If you want a custom logo, graphic design, or other freelance work done on your website, check out Fiverr.
I found one of my logo designers on Fiverr for an affordable price and got an awesome logo in under 3 days.
There are times when you're going to want to hire out because someone can do something better than you, in half the time.
Do you suck at Pinterest or social media graphics? There are tons of freelancers on Fiverr who specialize in Pinterest graphics.
9. Start a side hustle
A profitable blog is a business, which means there will be business expenses.
When I first started my blog (and when my blog wasn't making much money), I paid for business expenses by working side hustles.
Having a side hustle (even if you have a full-time job) can add just a little bit extra money that makes starting a business easier.
10. Listen to podcasts
Podcasts are awesome because you can listen to them virtually anywhere.
Whether you're in your car, getting ready for work, or waiting for class to start, you can listen to podcasts and learn something new.
There are so many amazing podcasts out there, but to give you an idea of the best blogging podcasts, here are a few.
- Online Marketing Made Easy with Amy Porterfield
- The Goal Digger Podcast by Jenna Kutcher
- Smart Passive Income by Pat Flynn
- ProBlogger Podcast with Darren Rowse
I recommend choosing one teacher (podcast) and focusing on that one only.
It can easily become overwhelming by learning from a bunch of different teachers at once. I would know. 🙂
What have you done to save money when starting your blog?
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