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2 things to pay for when you start a blog
If you want to start a money making blog, spending money when you’re just starting out can be really hard. The good thing is, you really don’t have to spend very much! In fact, there are really only two things to pay for when you start a blog. Sure, there are other things to consider, but these are the most important. The first one is absolutely critical.
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If you don’t pay for anything else, a self-hosted WordPress site is a must! Being self-hosted offers you more opportunities when it comes to ad networks and sponsorship’s, and it also makes your blog look more professional. Fortunately, it isn’t that expensive. I highly recommend using Siteground to host your blog. It’s really, really easy to install WordPress. If you aren’t very technically savvy, you can just request for it to be installed, come back a few hours later, and it’s done!
You can either purchase your domain directly through Siteground. I purchase my domains through GoDaddy, but if I had to start over I would probably do everything through Siteground for the sake of simplicity.
Siteground will also transfer one site for free. This is awesome if you’re moving your website from another hosting service. If you have more than one website, the free to transfer additional websites is very reasonable. If you’re starting fresh, you don’t have to worry about any of this!
Siteground vs. Bluehost
You might be wondering why I am recommending Siteground when so many other bloggers recommend Bluehost. I am going to let you in on a little secret. Bloggers make money when other bloggers sign up for hosting. Bluehost offers a higher commission than most other hosting services. A lot of bloggers who recommend Bluehost aren’t even using the service themselves. If this seems kind of shady, well, it is. I have used Bluehost in the past, and I wasn’t particularly happy with them. I’ve also heard horror stories from others who had massive problems with the service. Because of this, I can’t recommend Bluehost. I personally use Siteground. I’ve never had any downtime
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Pinterest Scheduler or Manual Pinning
When I first wrote this post in 2016, I recommend BoardBooster. I’ve moved on and am no longer using BoardBooster. One thing that you need when you first start a blog is traffic. I believe that the easiest way to get traffic is through Pinterest. I wrote a post all about how to use Pinterest for business. For Pinterest traffic, I recommend either using Tailwind or manual pinning. I learned everything that I know about manual pinning from the book Pinteresting Strategies. I recommend purchasing the book (at the time of this posting, it’s only $32) and signing up for a free trial of Tailwind. Then see which strategy works better for you and your blog. Manual pinning has brought in more traffic for me, but it is more time-consuming.
One more thing to consider
A well-designed theme will make your blog look more professional and make visitors want to check out what you have to offer. A poorly laid out or amateur looking theme just won’t cut it. I don’t think that a paid theme is an essential thing to pay for when starting a blog, but it’s something that you should look into eventually.
Fortunately, there are lots of free themes out there that look great. The only downside to the free themes is that they will display the creator’s information on them. For a fully professional looking site, you may want to purchase a theme so that you don’t have to display this information. I have used themes for ThemeForest in the past and they have many affordable options. I currently use the Genesis Framework and highly recommend it. This is something that can always be added later.
If you’ve already started a blog, did you pay for anything when you were just starting out? I know that when I started my first blog, it was a giant pain to purchase a domain later and we never moved it over to WordPress even though we knew we should have. I hope these two things to pay for when you start a blog help you on your own blogging journey! If you’re looking for freebies for new bloggers, you’ll also want to check out this post! I send the latest tips, sales, and updates out in my weekly newsletter, make sure to sign up so that you don’t miss it!
Other blogging resources that I love:
Google Docs and GSuite:
I love Google Docs, and it’s free! I also use GSuite for my email service among other things. The price of GSuite is well worth it ($5/month.)
I use my own Daily Planner to keep track of things every day. If you’re a planner like I am, you’ll love it! It’s only one page, and there are spots for all the little things like the main goals, menu for the day, to-do list and more.
Social Media Schedulers:
Tailwind is my Pinterest scheduler of choice when I don’t have time to manually pin my content. I also use Buffer for Twitter and occasionally Facebook. Facebook also has a built-in scheduler that is great.
Business ebooks and courses:
I love Facebook Strategies Worth Sharing if you’re looking for basic help with Facebook for business. If you want to dive in deeper, the Page Strategies Course by the Moolah Marketer is a fantastic course to teach you to grow your Facebook and increase your income from your page.
Pinteresting Strategies is the manual pinning book that I mentioned earlier. It’s the best Pinterest book that I’ve read (and I’ve read a few.)
Traffic Transformation by Lena Gott is all about getting traffic to your blog. Traffic is absolutely key if you want to make money from your blog.
If I had to choose one course to recommend, it would be Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. This course will teach you everything you need to know about Affiliate Marketing, even if you’re a brand new blogger.
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