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 we have been making ever since starting this blog. This blog has grown from very few visitor to a good number of visitors and we are extremely happy for this change and growth.
However our journey throughout hasn’t been a bed of roses. Before starting our blog, we had tried many things businesses but none of them seemed to have been working for us. After many months of research we finally decided to start our blog, to document all of our successes and failures this decision years later this turned out to be one of the best decision we ever made.
If you are one of those wondering how we were able to create a profitable business through blogging with little to no budget I suggest you keep reading! we uncover some of the truanting questions a lot of beginners ask themselves before out.
CAN I REALLY START A BLOG WITH NO/LITTLE BUDGET?
Yes! you can start a free-hosted blog that is all yours with no budget at all but it is always better to start of with a budget [does not have to be a lot] for anything you expect to get results from. you don’t need to empty out your bank account to get your blog running. This days it is not uncommon to start a start blog even without having to pay a dime!
We totally relate to this, because we were beginners too a few years ago and we have been placed in situations where it looked like having to pay for a anything above ten dollars was a lot to spare. However, the reason for starting our blog always remained our source of encouragement and we refused to be discouraged by the small numbers which we were getting in the earlier days of starting out.
You might be asking yourself questions like ….
IS IT DIFFICULT TO START A BLOG?
No! Starting a blog is not difficult! In fact your blog could be up and running in less than 1 hour! Hard to believe right? but it is true! Anyone can start a blog and starting it has now been made easy.
In the past it was much harder to create a site, it required a lot of technical skills but thanks to google Starting a blog is no longer how it used to be because now it takes very little time to get yourself a blog that you own!
In order to do so, you will be needing a few things to get you started………
- A laptop,tablet or a phone
- A domain name
- A web host
WHAT IS A DOMAIN NAME?
Having a domain name is crucial because it forms the very foundation for your blog. 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 it is unprofessional. However if you are going for start out with no budget am afraid that type of ugly looking url will be yours.
Making money from a from a free-hosted site by converting your readers to clients is not impossible, but if you need your blog to look professional to your audience it is better to get yourself a domain name.
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 importance of having a domain in two point:
Display of professionalism:
Again? yes ! we’ll keep telling you 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 see.
They probably never spent 500$ or 1000$ in getting a professional domain name. Am sure that most of them probably got their domain name from BLUEHOST for less than 10$ like every one else. We got our domain and hosted it with Bluehost too just like them.
Every blogger hopes that 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.
one of the ways to present your blog to your audience as “credible” is by making your blog appealing 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! Although you should remember that there are so many disadvantages to this.
CHOOSING YOUR DOMAIN NAME.
What you answer is what people will remember you as, so when choosing a domain name you have to be wise about what name you answer or what name you give your business. choosing the wrong name will be bad for your brand. Trust me you dont want to go through the hassle of name changing and rebranding because it would cost you more. So here’s a few tips that we have come up with for you, in case 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 you want to use that you have already picked out, be sure to check if it is following the rules we listed above. You need to do this first before you continue with the next steps ahead.
Once you have a name that you want to use, you need to make sure that the name is not taken. If it is taken, 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.
- 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
- 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 monetize your site(remember money must be made but you cant)
- You get to own a domain URL like this: https://duocharms.blogspot.com
- If anything happens you loose your site, your money your everything
- more complex website customization options. that is; except you buy a premium theme.
The list goes on and on……..
HOW TO GET YOURSELF A SELF-HOSTED BLOG.
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!
For web-hosting services we recommend using Bluehost. Another really good web-hosting service you can try is the Site-ground. These are my two personal favorite.
SIGN UP FOR WEB HOSTING SERVICE.
- Go to Bluehost if you haven’t 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. Like we said getting a domain and hosting is one of the most crucial investment you might ever need to get your business started so the budget we were talking about earlier on was for this. The web-hosting services provided offers protection for your site.
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 so! 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.
You would also be asked to Add your personal information like your billing address, name and account details for payment.
Create your password while doing that, remember to choose something you can remember… Once this is finished you now have yourself a domain name and a self hosted one at that!
Now that we have covered the basics that is crucial to starting a blog, you will have to index your site by connecting your hosting server to your blog. if you face any issues concerning this their customer support is great you an always reach out to them. For beginners i highly recommend you can always check out some of my favorite blog sites that always help me out
We honestly can not tell you guys how much we learned through these site. Just from reading their SEO trips, online media marketing strategies to help grow your blog.
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. Every blog needs to look good and even if you don’t have money to buy a theme or template there are a lot of other free themes/template that you can go for. Regardless get a theme/template that looks good and will attract people to your blog.
USE THE SOCIAL MEDIA TO YOUR ADVANTAGE
Social media marketing approaches has become one of the biggest strategies used by bloggers now to grow their business. No matter how good your post is nobody would be able to read them if you don’t promote. Make social media online world your friend and it will be good to you. it’s that simple.
You can easily use social media to row your business and make money faster these day. We recommend these 10 powerful social media app you can use to scale and grow your business.
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!
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