Welcome to my Weekly FAQ Session
This week’s question is: What Were Your Blogging Startup Costs?
Here I will feature questions asked by readers, social media connections and others who simply message me on Facebook Messenger to ask questions. Rather than spending hours upon hours answering emails and explaining each question to one person at a time, I am hosting a weekly FAQ Session so that we can all learn together.
Coming soon: we have another advancement on this FAQ session coming by end of 2016, keep your eyes peeled!
What Were Your Blogging Startup Costs?
Initially I had no major startup costs, aside from purchasing a domain name because I used the free blogging platform of Blogger. Initially this blog was named Writings of a WAHM which switched over to Happily Blended at some point in the last 8 years. In December 2008 I was simply trying to see if I could promote my direct sales company products, while writing on a blog.
My first start up cost spent was in the beginning of 2009 for the domain name purchase for under $20 annually.
I currently see a deal with Namecheap where you can purchase domain names for under $1, you really should check out what your domain name costs through this company. They are my new go to these days.
Once I decided that blogging was my way to make money online, I moved onto investing a bit more cash into the business. One thing I am learning about business is in order to make money online you have to invest money. One tip I have for anyone who is thinking about making money online with a blog is to be smart about where you invest and start turning a profit before you dump all of your savings into a hosting account.
Blogging Startup Costs Will Be Returned
Learning to make money online with a blog isn’t as difficult as many make it seem. Sure you will have to be certain you are serious about this business venture, work hard and remain dedicated to reaching your goals. In all honestly it took me a good few years before I earned enough money to feel good about making money online with my blog alone. Current year to date I have surpassed the $17,000 I earned at a job outside of the home, in just six months making money online, I topped that total in 2016 alone! I honestly know anyone can do this if they use their skill-set properly and remain focused on the end goal. I am living proof that the few bucks I invested eight years ago have most certainly come back to me ten fold.
How to Safely Spend on Blogging Startup Costs
The best way to safely spend money on blogging startup costs is to really determine what your goal is for making money online. I highly advise you do this correctly the first time around.
- Step One – purchase a domain (www.yourdomainhere.com) for pennies on the dollar.
- Step Two – purchase a hosting account so that you have a place for your domain to go live.
- Step Three – setup the WordPress blog within your Cpanel area to make your blog come to life.
- Step Four – start writing content that you publish at least three times per week, if not more.
- Optional Step – contact me to setup your WordPress blog for a one-time low cost rate.
Once you have established the low startup costs that honestly shouldn’t be more than about $100, depending upon how you setup the hosting account billing options, you should be well on your way to making money online while spending minimal on blogging startup costs.
There you have it, a little bit about what my blogging startup costs were and how you can easily invest a small portion of cash towards making money online with blogging on your own!
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17 thoughts on “What Were Your Blogging Startup Costs?”
Great, great post. Startup costs for a blog can vary depending on how much you sink into design, hosting, etc., but it’s always good to have an idea of what you’re looking at going into it.
The great thing about starting a blog is that it doesn’t cost too terribly much depending on the route you go. And then depending on how committed you are, it can really pay off!
I love the idea of the FAQ post. This is a great question for anyone who wants to start blogging to find the answer to!
This is very helpful especially for those who wants to start blogging but have tight budget. It is very important that you know what you are doing. This will be a great start for new bloggers!
What an informative post for people looking to dive into the blogging world. It is important to always remember that you have to spend money to make money.
I’ve always wondered how much it would cost to start a blog. I wouldn’t want to start one though, with the business I have now.
I literally get people almost daily asking me these types of questions! And I never know where to send them to get all the answers in one place. I am bookmarking your blog post so I know where to send them for some answers to some of their blogger 101 FAQs!
This is really helpful info. It’s just good to know the startup costs pay off. It can be scary investing in something new.
Really, I just pay for my domain and that’s about it. After a few years I did pay less than $50 to have someone revamp the look. I agree, it takes money to make money, but don’t spend a lot until you know you want to invest the time that it takes to make your blog work as well.
This is very informative, a friend of mine is asking about this. I will share with her so she can start blogging.
I don’t even want to think about what I’ve spent on my blog. lol. Probably way too much, but it seems to pay for itself after awhile. You just have to stick with it.
I’ve spent so much money on my blog since I started it in 2007, lol. But the returns are great so no regrets for me. I love blogging and if you take it as a business like I do, then you have to know what you’re spending on and if the expense is worth it or not.
I would hate to think of the amount I have spent all in all but my first spend out was £10 for a domain name and that did me for the first yearish I think,
there are so many costs, people think blogging is so easy. no way!
I have been able to be frugal with my Blog. The money I do have to spend I am able to get back in other ways. It is important to keep track of your expenses.
These are such great tips and it is great to see how much you have made in just 6 months time. It’s encouraging to others that they can do it too.
Congrats to 8 years of blogging. I am halfway on your level but I am making money doing it as well. Although i have larger financial goals I know this is my career that is going to continue to return to me ten-fold as well.