What to do if you want to start your own blog

The cost of starting a blog can range from $0 to upwards of $1000 depending on you decide to start your blog. If you choose to host your blog on a free platform and use the URL they provide for free (for ex: someblog.blogspot.com, someblog.wordpress.com etc.), and you write all your own content, then it won’t cost you a dime.

What to do if you want to start your own blogThere are disadvantages to starting the free way, but it is a good way to start if you are not sure if you want to blog to begin with.

On the other hand, if you choose to get a custom website with custom graphics, have your content written by someone else and pay for expensive ad campaigns, you can easily end up spending several thousands of dollars.

This will be more expensive of course, but if you know that you want to blog, it is the best way to start.

Since the focus here is on making money and not spending tons of money, we recommend:

  • Getting your own domain name. The going rate for a domain name through sites like 1and1  is usually less than $10 per year. So there really is no compelling reason to start with the free version now and then go through the pain of transitioning to the paid version later.
  • Going with paid hosting. Hosting fees are fairly low too. A company like Bluehost charges you anywhere from $4/month to $10/month depending on what specials they are currently running. The reason I suggest this is, if you go with free hosting, you are tied to their blogging platform. If you make it big, you will eventually want to switch to a more flexible, better supported platform like Wordpress. You might as well start out with Wordpress and your own hosting. Michelle at Making Sense of Cents even has a great article that shows you the exact steps for easily starting a WordPress blog on Bluehost.
  • Sticking with the free template. There are a ton of them available out there and they look quite decent. If your site makes it big, you can switch to a custom site design and logo quite easily later, when you can afford to spend on it. Besides, even if you did pay for all this now, depending on the direction your blog success takes you may be very tempted to remodel in the future, anyway.

 

Many people start with free Blogger or free WordPress and later end of regretting that choice and changing. However, some are happy that they did that. It all depends on you and what you want to do!

How much money have you spent on your blog?

 

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Comments

  1. Great tips for starting your own blog. It’s especially important in the marketing/advertising/PR industry to start your own blog and showcase your writing talents.

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