HOW TO START A BLOG WITH NO OR LITTLE BUDGET

1.24.2018

HOW TO START A BLOG WITH NO OR LITTLE BUDGET

If you have been following this blog from the start you must have observed the changes that have been happening from the very first day we started this blog till now. This blog has grown from very few visitor to a good number of visitors and i am happy for this change and growth.
But when we first started this blog, we kept trying things out. we wondered why our blog had refused to grow? we asked questions like... Why do we put in so much work and get little results? what is it that we are not doing right? we asked ourselves several questions and then finally came to the realization that maybe it is because of how we laid the foundation of the blog!

As you all know www.duocharms.com was duocharms.blogspot.com until a few days ago and many of my readers kept asking us why we have chosen to rebrand our blog and make such big doing changes ... but all that we answered was that duocharms.com started roughly and needed a new start...

So we decided, to document all of our successes and things that we did that we think can make a huge difference in your blog as well just like it worked for us.

You might be asking yourself questions like ....

CAN I REALLY START A BLOG WITH NO/LITTLE BUDGET?

Yes! you can have a self-hosted blog that is all yours with no or little budget, you don't have to empty out your bank account to get your blog running. This days you can easily start your blog even without having to pay a dime!

Well we can understand, because we have been in those kind of situations before where it looked like 10 dollars was a whole lot to spare. but then we encouraged ourselves and refused to be discouraged by the small numbers which we were getting as the results.

IS IT DIFFICULT TO START A BLOG?

No! starting a blog is not difficult!
Infact your blog can be up and running in 30-1 hour!

Hard to believe right? but it is true,anyone can start a blog and starting it has now been made easy. Starting a blog is no longer how it used to be in the past where you need to know all of the codes and do all of those crazy stuffs, in this modern times it takes a blink of an eye to get yourself a blog that you own!

But you will be needing a few things to get you started.........
  • A laptop,tablet or a phone 
  • A domain name 
  • A web host 
You probably thinking, I have no(1) but how do I get two(2) and three(3)? first of all......

WHAT IS A DOMAIN NAME:

Not having a domain name is like not having your business registered. Let us break it down a little for you:

  • Our Blog with a Domain: www.duocharms.com
  • Our Blog without a Domain : https://duocharms.blogspot.com|wordpress.com
Now tell me which of the above url looks professional,clean and slick?
You don't want your domain looking like the second one because that is so unprofessional. If you are going for starting your blog with no budget am afraid that type of ugly looking url will be yours.

We recently changed from having that ugly "https://duocharms.blogspot.com" to this professional looking "www.duocharms.com" and it cost me very little ,it is affordable and even if you are poor and don't have money ,there is only one advice I have for you

"MANAGE WHAT YOU HAVE AND TRY TO MAKE WHAT YOU HAVE LOOK PROFESSIONAL AND ORGANIZED"

WHY YOU SHOULD GET YOURSELF A DOMAIN:

The reasons why you should get yourself a domain is countless and we cant stress over this issue but we have made it easier for you to understand the important need of having a domain in two point:
Display of professionalism:

Again? yes ! we'll keep telling you again and again and again
You cannot make enough money to get you out of poverty with an ugly looking and unprofessional looking blog! you just cant!

If you want to get out of poverty and you want people to see your blog as a business and not as some high school girl diary, you need to make it professional.

91% of Bloggers making thousands of dollar from their blog have their blog looking professional and standard! Google it yourself and check. Most of them are earning every single month in a year from their blog and the reason is because from the start they gave their blog that professional look.

They did not spend 500$ or 1000$ in getting a professional domain name most of them probably got their domain name from BLUEHOST for less than 10$.

We got our domain and hosted it with Bluehost and we have not had any regrets making that decision.

CREDIBILITY:

One thing every blogger hopes and pray for is for their readers to find them credible to work with.

If your readers don't find you or your business credible they won't listen to you or buy something from you.

The way around presenting your blog to your reader as "credible" is professionalism and what points that out to your audience is how appealing your blog appears to them.

We'll be honest, as you know this blog is all about transparency. If you honestly don't have money and you are desperate to start your own blog, you can start your blog on a free hosted site like blogger but with a domain! When you have enough money to host you can move on to hosting your site,"But" there is so many disadvantages to self-hosting afterwards!

Sit back, this post is a long one but it is very informative and helpful so don't go anywhere else! you just got started!
If you are ready to start your blog then you must be having a name for your blog, it is only right that we put you through choosing a domain name

CHOOSING YOUR DOMAIN NAME.

What you answer is what people will remember you as, so when choosing a domain name you have to be careful and you have to be wise about what name you answer or what name you give your business.

If you choose a wrong name, you will get stuck with it and you can do nothing about it and if you have to change it its going to cost you more so, here's a few tips that we have put up for you if you're confused about how to go about it. 
  • Keep it short and simple. 
  • Avoid hyphens,doubled-letter,any symbol at all 
  • Easy to remember and understand 
  • Make it easy to pronounce and spell 
  • Stick with the ".COM" 
This five simple tips are the major rules for choosing a good domain name for your blog or business.

If you have a domain name in your head that you want to use, be sure to check if it is following the rules we listed above before letting me walk you the rest of the step to having your own blog.

Once you have a name that you want to use, you will want to make sure that the name is not taken, if it is taken you need to find another name, you don't have to change the name completely, you just have to look for a way around it.

This is how you can check if your domain has been taken...

Sign up through this link to Bluehost (if you sign up through this link you get a free domain)

Now search your domain name to see if it has been taken

If your name if available the next thing you will want to decide is if you want to go for a Free-hosted site or a self-hosted site.


WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE SELF-HOSTED AND FREE-HOSTED

We know its hard to understand this things since you might just be a newbie, it took most of us(bloggers) time to fully understand this things to, so don't worry we'll break it down a little so you can understand.

SELF-HOSTED
  • You own your content
  • Customization to your own style taste
  • It is for bloggers who want to make money
  • Allows you to monetize your site the way you want
  • You own have your own domain
  • Your blog is backed up and safe
  • You have a professional looking site


FREE-HOSTED

  • You do not own your contents i.e wordpress or bloggers can chose to remove any content that doesn't abide to their policy
  • you can only do very little or no customizing of your own
  • It is for hobby bloggers
  • you cant moneitize your site(remember money must be made but you cant)
  • You get to own a shitty domain url like this: https://duocharms.blogspot.com
  • If anything happens you loose your site,your money your everything
  • If your url looks shitty, your blog has got to look the same way except you buy a premium theme.

The list goes on and on........

If you want to still go ahead with this then you can start by using Blogger or free wordpress.com

Now that we have shared with you the differences have told you the difference am guessing that you have finally decided on getting your blog self-hosted!

We are almost done so hang on!

Now if you are truly convinced that starting your blog with a domain and web hosting is the absolute thing to do keep reading! we'll put you through the step by on how to get your domain and web hosting for your blog!

FIRST OF ALL......

Go to Bluehost if you havent signed up sign up here

once you are there click on GET STARTED NOW!!




Choose a package that you want

This is where you will need to spend a little. "i thought you said we starting a blog with no budget?" well yes i said so but remember i also said "NO OR LOW BUDGET" to get the best you need to spend a little . The most Beautiful things are expensive,and to get the best you will need to pay for it.





But don't worry it isn't so expensive,you can afford it if poor me can!

Sign in for a domain name

If you haven't already added added your domain name to your cart in the beginning ,Now is the time to do it!




You can add your domain name, don't forget the rules we talked about earlier, on choosing a good domain name. Try to keep it short, simple and easy to remember.(use image)
Add your personal information

Here you will be asked certain information like your billing address etc you need to fill out that information.


Add your payment information

Add whatever payment option is good for you here>>>>



Create your password while doing that, remember to choose something you can remember...

ITS OVER! you now have your blog hosted and with a domain name. it's just like hitting two birds with one stone ! you can now that putting out blog contents that can shake walls wooh!!

IS THAT ALL?

Yes! but there is one tiny details that cant be left out!

BONUS TIP:

FIND YOURSELF A LOVELY THEME OR TEMPLATE.

A theme or a template is basically just how your blog looks like, how it appears to other people. your blog needs to look good and even if you don't have money to buy a theme or template there is a lot of other free themes/template that you can go for. But either ways get a theme/template that looks good and will attract people to your blog.

USE THE SOCIAL MEDIA TO YOUR ADVANTAGE

we keep telling people that this cannot be left out, nobody will read your blog or like it if you don't use the social media. It is your friend so work with it

GROW YOUR EMAIL-LIST FROM DAY ONE.

Every one wants to blog and make money,but the real income will only start coming in when you start building your email list .

Now you have the bonus tip,and your blog! we would like to know about your blog and how it looks like, leave a comment of your blog url ... and we'll definitely drop by and say hi!


RELATED: SIGN UP FOR MY 5 DAYS EMAIL-COURSE ON HOW TO GROW YOUR BLOG!
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HOW YOU CAN GET IT RIGHT WITH YOUR BLOG



               HOW YOU CAN GET IT RIGHT WITH YOUR BLOG.



you may be thinking about starting a new blog or maybe you already have one and you need some extra tip on how you can get things right with your blog then you have just landed in the right place. 

If you dont have a blog but happen to see this post its totally fine because i put together a very detailed post on HOW TO START A BLOG WITH NO OR LITTLE BUDGET

Blogging is not easy and if you want to be a good blogger then you will need to put one or two things together ,get it right with yourself and your blog. 


In this post here and here (meet me and about here) i talked a little about my struggle in Nigeria before moving to India and how it was hard for me to be a blogger and how my first blog got completely ruined and ended in total disaster! i wrote a blog post about the mistakes i made starting out.

Learn from my mistakes,and how to avoid mistakes that i made while starting out my first blog post in 2014!

So, when i started blogging again i realised a few things that i didnt know when i was starting the first one. I realised that so many things were wrong with the first blog because of how i started it.

Now, i want you guys to know something, what i want you all to know is this : "How you start something determines how it is gonna end" OK ... Don't get me wrong here, it is true that how you start something determines how you end but if you make some little positive changes along the way,you may not have such a bad ending.

ill break it down using an example of life,if you started off as a bad child stealing,fighting doing all of those stupid things the possibility that your end will be great is no or very little except while growing you changed. 

But lets assume that there is this one child who kept fighting and stealing till he is 14,18,22,31 etc There is a 99% to 100% chance that he gets caught,prisoned or even worse die!

So am sure you get it now, in the blogging world where there are lots of people finding space to breathe you also need to struggle for air as well and if your blog doesnt have it right the you have failed!


HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN DO TO GET YOUR BLOG RIGHT:


There are only three (3) ways you can get it right with your blog and those are 

1: Be defined
2: Start 
3: Continue.

sounds crazy right? but hold on! am still getting to the sweeter part of it all.

1: Be defined: 


Some of you be thing thinking be defined about what? 

In life and in the blogging world you need to be defined about everything you want.

Now if you already have a blog may may want to sit yourself down and think about everything again. you may need to make your blog defined if it is not. find out what it is you really want to do,Do your readers connect with you? Are they always supportive of what you do? if they are then you are getting it right with your blog.

But what if your readers are not doing any of those? Then you will need to fix this .............(continue reading)

If you dont have a blog you need to know a few things.......

If you want to blog about pet,stick to it. if you wanna blog about fashion or beauty you need to make everything defined. ask your self a few questions, What is my blog going to be about? do i have passion about it? what is the goal? how am i going to achieve them? who am i going to be reaching out to with the messages i put out there?

If you cant seem to find yourself or you are still not sure what you want to do with your life i suggest you read this(favours inspiration talk) to get inspired!

Now when you have the answer to all those questions, then you are now definite about what you want! you can now move over to the next point.....

That is........

2: Start......


Now like i said how you start matters, and it is very important as well so you need to pay attention ....(i know that you are).

I know what you thinking, How do you know what am thinking? (that is what you are thinking about lol) ok that was uhmm...... supposed to be funny. Am serious i know what you thinking, you probably thinking that now i have now made my purpose and blog defined, how do i start?

you will need to start 

1: Your blog.
2: Building an audience.
3: Getting engagement
4: Selling your ideas
5: Start making money.

So you see, i did not leave out number 1,2,3,4 to get to number 5! i started from number 1,2,3,4 to get to 5!

you cant make money from your blog without taking those four steps! it is impossible and never possible to make money from your blog without those 4 important step.

Now lets start with.......


  •  Starting your blog:

I am not going to tell you to choose WordPress over Blogger or vice versa because i honestly dont get what the whole WordPress is better than Blogger is all about. 

RELATED: HOW TO START A BLOG OF YOUR OWN WITH NO MONEY

If you are starting out,and you are not so rich like me well then blogger is right for you to start with for now. if you have loads of money to spend in hosting and getting a plan on wordpress then goodluck to you as well!

But for me it doesn't matter where you are,or what platform you are using to start your blog all that matters is your Hardwork.

There are only 3 things you need to do>>>>>>>>

Get yourself a custom domain,A lovely attractive theme or template, and your Hardwork.
Hardwork pays........ blogger or wordpress ,with this 3 things and your hardwork you will get good result.

you can get yourself a custom domain here or here it is cheap and affordable .. i dont lie trust me you can afford it! 

if you want to get a self-hosted blog i recommend that you use Bluehost its good for all the right reasons.


  •  Building an audience:

Its not easy getting audience it is one of the toughest things about blogging. you can blog for all you want and nobody reads what you blog about or even knows about you or your passion.

So to avoid all of that you need to build an online presense, you need to use social media! "DO NOT" underestimate the power of social media. 

RELATED: 10 MOST POWERFUL SOCIAL MEDIA I USE TO GROW MY BLOG

Some people think that when you write a post you just hit the publish button and the audiece will rush straight in to read your post.If you used to think like that just stop it. Because magic doesnt happen that way. 

you will need to build your audience and one of the greatest ways to build your audience is to use the social media.

social media is powerful and it is the way most bloggers and buisness people use out there to get their customers,because your audience are potential customer/clients.

RELATED: HOW TO USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO BUILD AN AUDIENCE

  • Getting engagement: 

Once you getting an A+ in building an audience you will start to see engagement,but if this engagement is not coming, you will need to put in extra work! start by your readers to comment what they think about something in the comment section on your blog....or you ask your social media followers to check out a blog post you wrote and drop a comment etc

just think of various ways to get your followers to engage with your blog post .

RELATED:  TOP 50 BLOG IDEAS THAT INCREASES YOUR ENGAGEMENT.

There are many ays to get your audience and followers to engage with you,you need to think of a way to get them,read and get ideas ,Be creative.

Come up with something that will draw the attention of your reader to get them to engage with your post. Eample: You can do giveaway,create a poll ask questions etc

You need to start small if you are a blogger who is just starting out,you can start by asking your friends to join in or tell you what they think about a post that you wrote ,get their honest opinion that way you will be able to improve and work o yourself.


  • Selling your ideas:

Everybody has something inside of them! 

something that they want the world to know about,something that can change a persons life. But is it okay to give away all that good stuff for free? if everything is free then everything in this world will be free. even the facebook you use isnt free if it was you would be using facebook without having to buy data .

if you have ideas that are wonderful you can gift some free to people who are loyal reader they will spread some good words about your work/blog to people(dont be stingy)
if you are creative and like to make and produce your stuff and get people to buy what you make. you can create you online store here and start selling. 

Click here to Start your free e-course on where to make money from selling your ideas sent straight to your mail! it is a 5 days course so dont miss out on it!.


  •  Start making money from your blog:

OK! Here comes the most intresting part of it all.

When people say bloggers are only after the money, i just laugh because somehow they are right.

you dont expect to walk into a very good coffee shop,that is just so beautiful and the interior blows your mind and you get a cup of coffee and dont pay for it ......even if the coffee is free you will still need to pay indirectly for something else to cover the cost........may not make sense to be but just try to get the point!


LIFE AND EVERYTHING AROUND IT IS ALL ABOUT THE MONEY TO SURVIVE.

I dont blame people when they say it is for the money,i feel it is because they dont understand what it really means to be a blogger and to earn from being a blogger just to survive.

you can make money from your blog but please just dont be all about the money! you will only end up fraustrated and your readers will see you as fraud! trying to make money off them.

You can ask them to help you by putting a "donate to me or buy me a coffee" etc. or you can write a book,etc ........just dont see everything to be about money!


I want you all to know that it doesn't matter how long you have been doing the same thing all over and over again and you dont see result,what matters is that you should not ever quit. 

And  if you have been blogging and seeing results dont be happy with your present situation,you need to keep pushing till you get to a place where you can be doing nothing but having millions rolling in your account!


3: CONTINUE

I know of many people who started their blog,but never saw it to the end. they gave up along the way maybe because it wasn't going well as the expected.

And if you check this people,you will realize that this people probably only blogged for few months before giving up!

If you start a business or something you need to keep up with it,if you tried and its not working then you need to go over again and check from the roots,there maybe a reason why or there must be something you should be doing but you are not. 

Once you check starting from the root, and you start to do things the right way you will start seeing unbelievable result

its the same thing i did for this blog you are seeing right here! If it worked for me it will work for you too!
Just when you are about to quit,that is when something good is about to happen

well, i had fun writting this blog post, i hope you had fun reading it as well!
Tell me what you think about this post in the comment section! i want to connect with you .
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