Whether you are just getting started or are looking for ways to reduce blogging expenses, blogging on a budget is a big deal. Blogging often seems like a cheap and easy way to make money, that is until you get caught up in all the money-suckers that can quickly drain your bank accounts and send you into the red. But it doesn’t have to be that way; you can maintain a blog without breaking the bank, or even sacrificing any of your extras. Below are the basic items you need for blogging on a budget.
Have you ever been contacting by a company representative, and when you looked at their email, the handle was the generic gmail.com or the like? When this happens, you instantly feel a bit suspicious about the legitimacy of the company, or at least the person contacting you. Even if you know they are legit, it takes away from their sense of professionalism.
Well, the same holds true for your domain name. Get rid of that .blogspot or .wordpress and give your blog a sense of legitimacy and professionalism. This is the most important thing you can do for your blog, and it doesn’t cost much; you can get your own domain name for as little as $10 a year.
There are plenty of budget website hosting companies out there, but not too many of them offer quality services. This is vital when it comes to blogging success. If your blog takes too long to load or is often down, you will never build a following and those who do give you a chance will soon enough walk away. Just like a brick-and-mortar business, your blog must be dependable if it is to be successful. You can find decent hosting services for as little as $5 a month, but budget more around $15 and do your research before you commit.
Believe it or not, that is all you must have: your own domain and a quality host. Now, there are plenty of extras that can make things easier on you, and if there are things you cannot do yourself, like create quality graphics or design a theme, you will end up wanting to add them to your budget as well. But if you are going bare basics, this is it!