Budget getting in the way of starting a blog?
It is totally understandable if you’re on a blogging budget. Everyone doesn’t start with the same amount of money when starting their blog. I emptied my account which was under $50 at the time to start my blog. Do not feel like that is what you have to do to start a blog. Everyone’s journey is different. Go with what you can afford. The most successful bloggers started on a budget so do not feel embarrassed.
I’m back on a budget because of my high-risk pregnancy. I will be giving birth in the next couple of weeks so I’m in preparation while on maternity leave.The most successful bloggers started their blog on a budget Click To Tweet
Sticking to a budget will help in the future when earning affiliate marketing income so think of it as a good thing. Nothing is out of reach to help start and launch your dream blog. You can always go back and do weekly or monthly upgrades when you have the money. Nothing stays the same. Your blog will always change when it comes to different promotion strategies, what direction you want the blog to go in and what audience you plan to reach. Everyone goes through it. You and your blog will develop and grow over time in the right direction. I have put together a resource tool guide that caters to whatever budget you may have. I hope this is helpful!Nothing is out of your reach Click To Tweet
Start Your Blog on A Budget Resource Guide
Hostgator – plans as low as $3.95. Use the code: 1Cent to get your first month for literally .1 cent.
Bluehost – plans as low as $3.95
Siteground – plans as low as $3.95
Shareaholic – social share buttons to help your audience share on social media
ClickToTweet – install tweet boxes in content to make it easier for your audience to tweet your content or certain quotes on Twitter
FMTC Affiliate Disclosure – when displaying affiliate links in your content, there needs to be a disclosure in your post so your audience knows. This plugin will automatically insert a disclosure under your blog title.
Yoast SEO – search engine optimization plugin to help content discovery on Google
Google Analytics – displays blog statistics such as blog views, what sites the views came from, viewer demographics, all the information you need
Grammarly – chrome plugin to correct grammatical errors
Askimet – spam blocking software
WordPress Themes – free 1-click installs provided with WordPress self-hosting
PrettyLinks – cloaks and shortens URLs (free and paid plans)
Contact 7 Form – basic contact form
UpdraftPlus, Vaultpress – website content backup
*These plugins can be installed using the Plugins option in the WordPress toolbar on the left
Blogging Tools (free and paid plans)
Tailwind, BoardBooster, Viraltag, Hootsuite, Buffer – apps to schedule pinned images on Pinterest and all social medias
Canva, PicMonkey – Pinterest design site for customizing pins and blog graphics
Convertkit – The BEST email marketing tool to help keep your emailing tasks easier
TinyPng – optimizes Pinterest images (free)
Linktr.ee – helps link blog content on Instagram (free)
Bit.ly – link shortener. I combine this with Linktr.ee to make my Instagram links clickable
Ivorymix – $10 monthly membership
Color U Bold – $10 monthly membership
Boss Latina – $12 monthly membership
Creative Market – marketplace for discounted stock photos
IMPORTANT: It is better to go with a paid stock photo membership to avoid any kind of copyright and other legal issues with free photos. Start out with free until you can afford a $10 monthly subscription. I used free stock photos for two weeks then I discovered Ivorymix, Color U Bold’s and Boss Latina. Sign up for their newsletter and get free monthly stock photos on top of the membership. EASY WIN!
These are the exact tools I use or have used to start and grow my blog. I will be updating this list as I progress throughout the year. I really do hope this resource guide helps you launch your blog and works within your monthly budget.
Are there any programs I might have missed that needs to be added to the list? Which programs, products, and services do you use to help stay within your budget? Let me know! Don’t forget to share this with your fellow bloggers or with someone you know who wants to start a blog, but is on a budget as well.
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