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How To Start A Blog On A Budget (Step-By-Step) – For Less Than $50

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I want to share with you, step by step, how to start a blog on a budget.

If you’ve ever been interested in starting a blog or website, you’ve probably noticed by now that there are some money costs involved.

Although I’ve talked in the past about creating a free website, you’re going to need to upgrade to a fully self-hosted blog if you’re truly serious about monetising and blogging for business.

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I’ll Be Sharing The Exact Steps I Used To Start A New Blog

Aside from this blog, I also have another niche blog, which I was able to start with less than $50.

At the time I wasn’t earning much, as I was only working part-time and on a low wage. But I knew I wanted to create a blog for my new niche. Despite this, I was successfully able to find a way to start a blog on a budget.

So, all the steps I share in this post will be the same steps and tools I personally used to start the new blog.

Some of the tools I list are ones that I have also used on this blog.

(Therefore, I will only recommend things I have used myself, or I feel will be an appropriate alternative to my suggestions).

Alright…let’s break down what you’ll be learning in this guide!

Step 1: Picking A Niche & Knowing What To Blog About (FREE)

Step 2: Choosing Hosting And Domain ($43.06)

Step 3: Installing WordPress (FREE)

Step 4: Creating A Logo ($0-$15)

Step 5: Choosing A Theme (FREE)

Step 6: Building An Email List (FREE)

Bonus: Additional FREE Tools To Build Your Blog + Biz

Step 1: Picking A Niche & Knowing What To Blog About (FREE)

Before you go ahead creating and a setting up a blog, you should have some idea of what you want to blog about. If you do, then you can go straight onto step 2.

However, if you’re not too sure, then it’s worth figuring this out before continuing.

Here’s a few tips you can use to help you decide what your blog should be about.

What are your hobbies?

Your blog can be focused on the things that you find most enjoyable. If you enjoy a topic, then you’re likely to enjoy blogging about it. I’d encourage you to think of something you know a lot about, and gets you talking non stop.

What things do you have problems with?

When you’ve got a problem you probably search online to find solutions to it. Therefore, this can be a great way to narrow down a niche. You can help others find solutions to problems that you face also. E.g:

  • Health
  • Family and Relationships
  • Money
  • Employment
  • Cooking
  • Anxiety
  • etc

Do you have any fears?

Blogging about your fears could lead to a potential niche idea. What things are you afraid of that you’d like to overcome? You could talk about how you’ve personally overcome your fears, or your journey to overcoming those fears. Some examples could include:

  • Fears of Public Speaking
  • Fear of Failure
  • Fear of Driving
  • etc

What have you purchased recently that you needed to research a lot?

Another potential niche idea is to take a look at what you’ve purchased recently, and see if you can use that to help you think of niche ideas.

It could be anything from a new phone, or a tablet device, to a new book or home appliance.

I purchased a Foldable Guest Bed from Amazon last year, and I remember doing a lot of research to figure out which bed I should go for. Although there was some content online, there was definitely room for a lot more. So that could easily be a niche idea.

Other Popular Niche Topic Ideas

  • Weight loss
  • Travel
  • Fashion and Beauty
  • Games
  • Technology
  • Online Marketing

I hope these tips have given you some ideas to think about if you’re stuck on niche ideas.

The main thing is to make sure you pick a niche you are really interested in, feel you could talk a lot about, and believe would be helpful to other people.

Step 2: Choosing Hosting & Domain ($43.06)

Now that you know what your blog is going to be about, it’s time go ahead and start creating it.

The hosting provider we’re going to be using is iPage. They offer one of the most affordable hosting plans online, and it comes with a FREE domain name. This is the hosting provider I used and I definitely recommend it for anyone looking to blog on a budget.

Start by heading over to the iPage website 

You’ll see straight away that they’re offering plans from $1.99 a month (or it may say £1.50 if you’re in the UK). This is the plan we’ll be choosing.

Click the “Sign Up Now” button and proceed to choose your domain name.

As you begin entering your domain name, select “Check Availability” to see whether it’s available or not.

Quick Tips For Choosing A Domain Name

There are 2 types of domain names you may want to consider before deciding which name to pick.

1. Keyword Based Domain Name:

A Keyword-Based Domain name is one that has a term or phase specific to your niche. For example, if your blog is about the best tech for college students, then you may want to have the keywords “tech for college students” in the domain name. So your website would be techforcollegestudents.com.

2. Brandable Domain Name:

If you’re having trouble finding a keyword specific domain name, you may want to consider something that can be brandable. I’ve come across many blogs and brands that don’t have a specific keyword in their domain name. For example:

– Google.com- Amazon.com- eBay.com- Facebook.com

Some bloggers just use their name as the domain, so that could also be an option too.

It’s also important to think about a name that you can use across different social media accounts in order to keep the brand going on all platforms.

Next, fill out the registration form and purchase hosting.

Once you’ve decided on a domain name and checked it’s availability, you can begin filling out the registration form and purchasing your new domain and hosting package.

iPage even has an option to pay via Paypal. 

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There are 3 main plans you can choose from.

12 months ($2.99/month)

This plan allows you to purchase 12 months of hosting for $2.99. If you purchase this with no extras, it’ll cost you only $43.06 in total.

Less than $50 for 1 year

24 months ($2.49/month)

With this option, the total comes to $71.71.

36 months ($1.99/month – best option if you have the funds)

This option comes to less than $90 and you can host for 3 years. This is the option I would personally recommend if you have the budget to do so.

Less than $90 for 3 years

You may want to consider purchasing the Domain Privacy for an extra $9.99/year, if you have the budget for it, but there’s no obligation to do this.

When I purchased my blog I went for the 12-month plan (which was $1.99/month at the time) with no extras. However, if you can afford the 36-month plan then it’ll be much more cost-effective in the long run. 

Alternatives:

For Hosting + FREE Domain Plans:

  • Bluehost – $2.65/month (billed for 36 months)
  • Hostgator – $3.95/month (billed for 36 months)
  • GoDaddy – $3.99/month (billed for 36 months)
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For Domain Only:

  • Namecheap –  $10.69/year
  • GoDaddy – $12.99/year (or £0.99/year for 2 years)
  • SiteDomains – $13.99/year (includes FREE Privacy protect and SSL certificate)

For Hosting Only:

  • Namecheap – $9.88 for 1 year, then $38.88/year to renew (can host up to 3 sites)
  • Siteground – £2.75/month (billed for 12, 24 or 36 months)

Step 3: Installing WordPress (FREE)

Great, your hosting and domain are finally set up! There’ll be a few videos to get you started, then it’s time to install WordPress.

WordPress will be accessible from the Control Panel.

Now you can proceed to install WordPress by following the prompts.

Here are 5 reasons why I recommend WordPress:

  1. Easy to install and set-up: WordPress it pretty easy to set up, and there are multiple videos online and on youtube if you need further assistance
  2. You don’t need any prior knowledge of HTML or coding: When I first set up my blog, my knowledge of HTML was almost non-existent, but I was still able to successfully install WordPress with no hassle. Even now, I don’t need much code knowledge to write content and get my site looking professional. If you do ever want to learn a bit of coding, there are free resources online (e.g. Codecademy)
  3. There are 1,000s of website templates to choose from: Wordpress gives you so many theme options that you’re bound to find a theme that suits your needs. If you don’t like one, you can always change to another quite easily.
  4. Plugin options: There are also a number of plugin options available. So you can add plugins to further improve your blog design and functionality.
  5. Lots of help and support: Since WordPress is so widely used by bloggers, the internet is full of guides and tutorials to help you.

Step 4: Creating A Logo ($0-$15)

I personally used free methods to create logos for both of my websites, but there’s also the option to pay for a logo if you’d prefer to have a professional create it.

If you’re on a tight budget and you’ve got a creative flair, you could definitely consider creating your own free logo. The tools I used were:

Canva

Let’s start with Canva.

Canva is a photo editing tool that allows you to create eye-catching images, banner ads, ebooks and presentation slides. It’s a great tool for people who are new to photo editing and looking for a way to create visual content that stands out.

It’s completely FREE to join, but there is also a paid version if you wish to upgrade. I personally think the free option suits most bloggers perfectly.

Below is an example of a logo made using Canva. It’s just something I made quickly to give you an idea of a simple logo using Canva only.

Example of a logo using Canva

Note: When you’re ready to download your logo, be sure to tick the checkbox that says “Transparent Background” (see image below)

LogoMakr

LogoMakr is another free tool which is specific to making logos. You can choose from a number of icons to fit your blog’s niche, and you can add text and shapes to make it unique.

Below is an image of another logo I created, this time using LogoMakr. It’s just to show how simple it can be.

Example of a logo using LogoMakr (Fashion graphic by darius_dan from Flaticon is licensed under CC BY 3.0. Created on LogoMakr.com

The difference with LogoMakr is that you need to credit the logo somewhere on your blog. There are a few ways you can do this such as, creating a page titled “Credits” where you list any credits you need to add, and then putting a link to that page in the sidebar.

Or you can have a footer link which says something like “logo created on LogoMakr.com”, along with any other credits that need to be added, then link it to the website.

There’s also the option to purchase your new logo for $19. No credits will be required and the logo will be of higher quality. This is a good option if you’re looking to have your logo printed on clothing (e.g. t-shirts) or business cards, and/or if you wish to create large banners & signs.

Fiverr

If you’d prefer to have your logo made by a professional, you may want to consider hiring a logo designer from Fiverr. Logo designs start from just $5 (£3.92). I would encourage to do a bit of research and look for sellers with a high rating and good seller feedback.

You may be lucky and find a gig for $5 that includes everything you need, but it’s likely you may be spending more for gig extras worth getting (see example below).

3 Things to consider when creating a logo:

  1. Choosing a colour scheme – It’s important to know your colour scheme before creating your logo so that the colours you choose run throughout your brand. If you’re not sure what colour scheme to go for, there are online tools that allow you to generate different colour schemes. I personally use Coolors.co (it’s FREE). Also, this blog post on colour psychology was super helpful to me too.
  2. Style – What style are you going for? Minimalist, feminine, bold? These are things you might want to consider when choosing what fonts and colours to use, or even what logo designer to go for. On Fiverr there are some sellers that cater to specific styles.
  3. Sometimes simplicity is key – You don’t need to make your logo too complicated. Sometimes the most simple logos are the most effective. Just think of the Apple logo as an example.

Step 5: Choosing A Theme (FREE)

The next step for your blog is to choose a theme. You can also choose a theme before creating a logo if you wish.

As this guide is focused on how to start a blog on a budget, the best option is to go for a FREE WordPress theme.

It’s really easy to set up a theme.

Head over to your WordPress dashboard, hover over “Appearance”, and then click “Themes”.

You’ll be able to search for themes by “popular”, “featured” or “all”. You can even type in a keyword and see what themes pop up.

The screenshots below shows just a handful of the themes that are available.

When I started, I was using the Nirvana theme, but I remember it took me ages to find a theme I liked for free, so if you’re looking for some inspiration, check out this article by Colorlib, where they list 50+ Beautiful and Free responsive Themes 2017.

Paid/Premium themes ($19+)

I see quite a lot of bloggers, including myself, talk about getting a premium WordPress theme for your blog. However, you may be wondering what the differences are and whether it’s actually worth making the purchase.

  • Support & Updates: With premium themes, you get access to theme support and regular theme updates. This means your theme is regularly revised to be compatible with the latest WordPress updates.
  • SEO (Search Engine Optimisation): Many premium themes offer in-built SEO options and clean code for faster loading
  • Higher Quality, Better Security and Advanced Functionality: The quality for premium themes is much higher and there’s a lot more option for customisation. So you can make your website really look your own.

There’s no obligation to purchase a theme for your blog when you’re starting on a budget. There are many bloggers that are successful just using free WordPress themes.

However, if you’re looking for more customisation, quality and support, then it’s worth upgrading to an affordable premium theme when you have the funds to do so.

Below are a few premium theme providers I suggest. Some I have personally used and others I recommend as alternatives.

MyThemeShop

The theme for PreciousNewStart.com was initially purchased from MyThemeShop.

Not only do they offer FREE themes, which you can download, they also offer very affordable themes, and you can even benefit from discounts if you sign up for their newsletter.

I was able to purchase the theme I was using previously for only $19 during a promotional period. Then I was provided with a $10 voucher, which meant I was able to purchase a second theme for only $9!

The themes I purchased from MyThemeShop were:

So if you’re able to wait, I’d encourage you to hold off buying a theme until they’re doing a special promotion. This way you can get your favourite theme at a discount. You can find this out by subscribing to their newsletter.  Generally, their themes cost $47-$69, then $19/year for continued updates and support, and to be part of the membership. You can cancel the yearly fee at any point and still keep the downloaded theme.

Elegant Themes 

Although I haven’t used elegant themes personally, I know a lot of bloggers that use this platform. It’s a good option if you’re looking for an alternative to MyThemeShop.   A very popular theme on this site is the Divi Theme. It’s multipurpose, therefore you can create just about any type of website. It also comes with a few other features, such as Divi Leads Tool and the Divi Drag & Drop Page Builder.  There are currently 2 price plans available with Elegant Themes.

  • $89/year for unlimited access to Themes and Plugins + more
  • $249 one time – lifetime fee for unlimited access to Themes and Plugins + more

Thrive Themes 

When I decided to redesign my new niche blog, I purchased the Thrive Themes membership and installed one of their themes on my site.  I personally chose Thrive Themes because I liked that they were conversion focused, and I felt their themes stood out and had very clean designs. I also liked that the full membership included quality plugins and their own training platform.

Now this blog is running on the Focus Blog theme from Thrive Themes.

Thrive Themes costs $49 for individual themes, however, the full membership offers the best value for money as you get access to all themes along with some of the industries best plugins for marketing and conversions.  A full Thrive Theme membership costs $19/month (billed annually).  This option may not be the most affordable, so only suitable if you have the funds to upgrade to this platform. But it can be worth considering when you have more funds available.

StudioPress StudioPress is quite similar to Thrive Themes in regards to pricing, so it may not be the first option for you if you’re on a budget.

However, if you do decide you want a premium theme, there are many themes to choose from here, with the most popular theme among bloggers being the Genesis Framework.

It doesn’t cost too much, offers a good amount of customisation features and has dedicated plugins.

Individual theme prices start from $59.95.

If you choose to purchase their membership plan, prices start from $24/month (billed yearly).

Step 6: Building An Email List (FREE)

As the saying goes “The money is in the list”.  Having a mailing list is the perfect way to retain your readers and keep in contact with them.

You can share your latest blog post, promote our latest product or just keep them up to date with what’s happening with your blog.

It’s quite easy to get all this set up for free, and it’s only recently that I invested financially into building and growing my email list.

There are 2 steps to building your list and retain readers. Firstly you need to have a tool which allows you to collect emails, then you need another tool in order to send out emails to your subscribers.

1. Collecting Emails

MailMunch

MailMunch is a FREE plugin tool I’ve used in order to collect subscribers on my blog.

It’s really simple to use and very easy to install on WordPress. Once completed, you can begin setting up your opt-in box.

You can set your opt-in to show as a pop-up, on the bottom of a post or in the side bar.

Opt-in Incentive:

The best way to get email subscribers is to create an opt-in incentive. Something that makes them want to join your list.

However, when you’re first starting out, you may not have much to offer, but that shouldn’t stop you from creating an opt-in form.

You can begin by encouraging your readers to sign up to stay up to date with the latest blog posts + tips.

Then, later on, you can work on creating your opt-in incentive.

Sending Out Emails:

Now that you’ve created your opt-in form, you need a way to send messages to your readers.

Luckily, Mailmunch has a feature that allows you to send your readers a welcome email and an autoresponder series.

[alert-announce]An autoresponder is a message that is set to go out automatically. A sequence of messages can be set out to your subscribers in intervals starting from the day your subscriber opts into your list.[/alert-announce]

You can also integrate your MailMunch forms with an Email Service Provider (discussed further below).

Sumo

Sumo is quite similar to Mailmunch and I’m aware of a lot of bloggers that use this tool. Therefore, you can consider this plugin if you’re looking for an alternative.

Sumo offers some more features compared to MailMunch, however, this could be overwhelming if you’re new to blogging/making websites.

It’s worth trying out each one to decide which plugin works best for you.

You can easily work with the FREE version, but you can also purchase the paid version from $29/month if you wish to upgrade. The screenshot below shows how you can edit your opt-in form on the left, and you can see the edits, in real time, on the right.

Currently, there doesn’t appear to be an option to add an autoresponder series with Sumo, and in order to integrate with an email service, you would need to upgrade your Sumo account.

Overall, MailMunch offers an easy way for you to add an autoresponder series, however, if you want to really effectively communicate with your readers then I recommend an email marketing service.

2. Email Service Providers

MailChimp

MailChimp offers a FREE forever plan for up to 2000 subscribers and 12,000 emails per month. This is one of my recommended options for anyone starting out on a budget, and this was the first one I used when I started blogging.

Once you’ve exceeded 2000 subscribers, paid plans start from only $10 a month.

MadMimi

MadMimi are also FREE for up to 100 subscribers. If you choose to upgrade, prices start from $10 for 500 subscribers.

If you’re looking for an alternative to MailChimp, then I feel MadMimi is an alternative worth considering.

However, if you’d prefer to try out some paid options, then be sure to check out the list below with some providers including FREE trials:

GetResponse

  • 30-day free trial
  • Plans start from $15/month up to 1000 subscribers

This is my current email provider, Since writing this guide I have now moved over Convertkit, however, Getresponse is still one of my top recommended email marketing services for beginners and bloggers/marketers on a budget.

They are affordable and have a range of template options.

Aweber

  • 30-day free trial
  • Plans start from $19/month up to 500 subscribers

Although I don’t use Aweber, I have used them in the past during the free trial and I feel they have a nice, simple user interface and are quite a good alternative.

ConvertKit

  • There is currently no free trial offer
  • Plans start from $29/month for up to 1000 subscribers

I personally haven’t used Convertkit, but I’ve come across many bloggers that use this platform, and it’s increasingly becoming one of the most popular options, alongside Getresponse and Aweber.

I’ve finally gotten round to trying out Convertkit and it’s my recommended email marketing platform for bloggers.

I still feel this option is better suited for bloggers with a bit of experience, and those of you who are not on a budget.

So, now you can see it’s super easy to get started for FREE, and you can begin growing your email list without having to spend a penny.

Bonus: Additional Tools To Build Your Blog + Biz

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Tools

Content Generator Tools

Content generator tools are used to help encourage blog topic ideas when you’re stuck on what to write. They’re great tools that help get your creative juices flowing, and possibly get you to have hundreds of content ideas to blog about.

Below are links to 2 blog posts I wrote listing different FREE blog content generator websites worth sharing:

Blog/Affiliate Marketing Training

I currently use Wealthy Affiliate for Blogging and Affiliate Marketing Training. They are my recommended course for any beginner blogger wishing to monetise their blog with Affiliate Marketing.

Not only do they offer high-quality training, they also offer a number of features within their platform:

Free Membership:

  • 10 Starter Lessons
  • 2 FREE websites (“.siterubix.com” subdomain)
  • Live chat for first 7 days

Paid Membership ($49/month or $359/year):

  • Domain Registration ($13.99)
  • Web Hosting for up to 50 websites
  • Keyword Research Tool
  • Online Community of like-minded bloggers and marketers
  • Full Live Chat Access
  • Weekly Live Webinars
  • Website Feedback and Comments tools
  • Content Writing Platform
  • …and much more

Social Media Tools

I would highly encourage you to set up social media accounts when setting up your website, but don’t feel obligated to be on all social media.

Some of the top platforms include:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • Instagram
  • StumbleUpon

Think about where your audience is likely to spend their time and find information, then focus on those platforms.

For example, food bloggers are more likely to benefit from building their Pinterest account. Fashion bloggers may benefit more from growing their Instagram accounts.

Scheduling tools

Tailwind: Perfect for scheduling Pinterest and Instagram posts (get 1-month FREE trial when signing up through my link)

CoSchedule: Used to schedule new content on WordPress, Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. There’s also a phone app which you can download for Android or Apple. (14-day FREE trial)

Hootsuite: This tool allows you to schedule content on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. There’s a FREE plan, and paid plans start from £16/month with FREE trial options.

Congratulations!

Awesome, if you’ve managed to make it to the end of this guide, then CONGRATS on learning how to start a blog on a budget!

For less than $50 you’re able to:

  • Purchase domain and hosting for 12 months
  • Install WordPress and select a theme
  • Create a logo and set up an opt-in form with an autoresponder series
  • Plus take advantage of FREE tools to help build your blog and business.

So, now that you’ve seen that it’s possible to start a blog on a budget, let’s get crackin’…a precious new venture awaits!

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Wishing you the best on your blog.

If you have any questions regarding this guide or any tools mentioned above, feel free to ask in the section below. 

Stephanie
 

Blogger, Online Marketer and full-time music lover. Thank you for reading my posts! I share my experiences of making money online as well as providing useful tips and advice to those who are interested in starting an online business. I enjoy writing reviews and giving an insight into what has worked for me and what hasn't. If you like what I write here be sure to share my posts with others!

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Ibrahim Gold - August 21, 2018

Great, nice to read such a quality content.

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    Stephanie - September 19, 2018

    Thanks, Ibrahim. All the best!

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Ali Jonsson - January 16, 2018

Thank you for the great list and tips! It’s always great to find some advices on how to make things better without pouring money into your website! I’m in the middle of re-branding and now I’m waiting for the logo options from 99designs.com page – which I looove!
Also I wanted to share my great find for email service provider – service called Mailerlite. It has great budget offers and the possibilities are very wide! (I believe it could be equally good as mentioned Convertkit – as far as I have read in the web). And it also has forever free plan (up to 1000 subscribers, unlimited sends)! So I’d encourage to try it out!

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    Stephanie - June 11, 2018

    Hi Ali, thanks for commenting! Thanks for sharing the tools you use and your experiences with them. I always like to hear what others are using.

    I’ve heard of Mailerlite, and have also heard many positive reviews, so I would definitely encourage others to check them out also.

    All the best!

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Rawlings - December 11, 2017

This post is really helpful for me. It helps me knows what to do next. Am hoping to host and have a domain hopefully next year. Because through using facebook my viewers have really grown well.

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    Stephanie - December 27, 2017

    Hi Rawlings. I’m glad to hear the post was very helpful for you. I think going self-hosted is one of the best investments you will make with your blog so that’s good to hear you’ll be getting on board. Let me know if there’s any help you need with choosing your host and domain. You can also find it helpful to take a look at my post on have a self-hosted blog vs a free blog. All the best

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Julie - October 23, 2017

great post! Such a great resource for new bloggers!

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    Stephanie - November 5, 2017

    Thank you Julie! All the best.

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Chevelle - August 26, 2017

Where was this post three months ago? Such a helpful resource for those starting out! Even a couple months in I learned a lot. Thank you so much for sharing!

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    Stephanie - October 5, 2017

    Thanks Chevelle, glad you found it helpful. Hopefully there’s still a few things listed you can use for your blog. All the best!

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Vladimir - August 26, 2017

Very good guide, loads of information for people who want to start a blog on a budget. Thanks Stephanie.

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    Stephanie - October 5, 2017

    Thanks for commenting Vladimir. I really appreciate your feedback.

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Kelly Fordon - August 24, 2017

Squarespace is also a great options for beginning bloggers! The templates let you transition your content and the layout and tools provided are super intuitive!

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    Stephanie - September 30, 2017

    Hi Kelly, thanks for commenting. Although I don’t know too much about squarespace, I’ve heard it’s also good option for beginners too, and most of the steps I talk about in this post can be used with a squarespace site.

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Sincerely, Ann - August 22, 2017

This was actually very helpful. I need to work on a logo for my blog. I know it is something I have to do but I keep putting it off.

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    Stephanie - September 30, 2017

    Thanks. I’m glad you found it helpful. Hopefully the logo tools I shared will allow you to create an awesome logo for your blog!

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Antonia - August 22, 2017

This is such a helpful post! I wish I had read it when I was starting my blog! Thanks for a great post!

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    Stephanie - October 5, 2017

    You’re welcome Antonia. Thanks for commenting and glad you found it helpful!

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Katherine Craig | Kategorized - August 22, 2017

Wow! You have really covered everything here Stephanie! What an amazing resource for someone looking to start a blog! Most people don’t realize that you don’t need a lot of capital to start writing, or have any idea of where to start! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    Stephanie - October 7, 2017

    Thanks for commenting Katherine, and thank you for your feedback!

    All the best!

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Akshay Naik - August 10, 2017

Very Informative Post. Will bookmark this site

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    Stephanie - August 31, 2017

    Thanks Akshay, really appreciate it.

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Nele - August 9, 2017

Very helpful post! I spent way too much money on things when I first started out, luckily it was all worth it in the end, but it would’ve been nice to have some extra cash at some point haha!

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    Stephanie - September 30, 2017

    Thanks Nele, glad you found it helpful.

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Alina Marcu - August 8, 2017

Really helpful article!!!
I am grateful for you sharing this tips with us and I will definitely gonna use them!!!

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    Stephanie - August 31, 2017

    Hi Alina, thanks for commenting. Glad to hear that, I hope you find the tips and resources as useful as I have.

    All the best!

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Cassandra Rose - August 7, 2017

I recently created my new blog so this is all very helpful! I’ve been struggling with finding an inexpensive program to create a logo that I own all credits to so I can’t wait to check out logomakr!

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Becky Blacow - August 7, 2017

What a great post! So informative and in-depth! 🙂

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    Stephanie - August 31, 2017

    Thanks Becky!

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inbar - August 1, 2017

very strong and detailed advises, I actually think I would divide it to few posts, I loved it very much, I think it can really help people

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    Stephanie - August 31, 2017

    Thanks for commenting Inbar. I’m glad you found the post strong and detailed.

    All the best!

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camila - July 28, 2017

I love all these tips thank you for sharing!

Xoxo,

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    Stephanie - August 31, 2017

    You’re welcome Camila!

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LaToya C - July 28, 2017

You really broke it down! I had to start my blog on a budget so I can definitely say that you know what you’re talking about. I didn’t know about a lot of these resources! Thanks for sharing!

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    Stephanie - October 7, 2017

    Hi LaToya, thanks for commenting. I think it’s nice to have a resource which breaks down how to really start, and to do it on a budget.

    I felt it was necessary to share other steps such as logo creation, choosing a theme and email marketing etc, to show you can really build your brand without having a lot of capital.

    All the best.

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Leigha - July 27, 2017

Thank you for the post! I’m just starting a blog and this is a great guide to help me get started. Will be coming back to this to go through it more thoroughally

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    Stephanie - October 7, 2017

    Hi Leigha, glad you found this guide helpful. Let me know if you need help with anything when you’re ready to go through it more thoroughly.

    Thanks for commenting.

    All the best!

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Masha - July 27, 2017

Such a detailed post! Thank you for sharing!
-Masha

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    Stephanie - August 31, 2017

    You’re welcome Masha, thanks for commenting!

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Krystal - July 26, 2017

great information! so incredibly helpful

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    Stephanie - July 27, 2017

    Thank you Krystal!

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Taylor - July 25, 2017

Oh my gosh, this is awesome! It’s full of so much useful information I just had to bookmark it for later. I already started my blog, but I will definitely be implementing some of these tips as I go!!

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    Stephanie - October 7, 2017

    Hi Taylor, thanks for commenting. I’m glad you found the information useful, and thanks for bookmarking. Even though you’ve already started your blog, it’s good to see you’ll still be able to implement some of my tips.

    All the best!

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Markelle Wass - July 25, 2017

Really great post, I especially loved all the pictures and screen shots! A great resource for anyone starting out!

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    Stephanie - July 27, 2017

    Hi Markelle, thanks for commenting. I’m really glad you found it a great resource! All the best.

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Miss champagne B - July 25, 2017

So thoughtful and so much information! Some I knew and done I didn’t. Great job!

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    Stephanie - July 27, 2017

    Thank you, really appreciate the comment 🙂

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Josee - July 25, 2017

WOW ! Amazing post! Definitely learnt new things here! Thank you so much for sharing !

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    Stephanie - July 27, 2017

    Thanks for commenting Josee! I’m happy to hear you’ve learn some new things. All the best

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Zerin Hassan - July 20, 2017

This is great going to send it to my friends starting out

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    Stephanie - July 25, 2017

    Hi Zerin, thanks for commenting, and hope your friends find it useful!

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Robert - July 19, 2017

Great post! I just wish I would had found it before I launched my blog, as this would have saved me some cash. Moving forward I think I will use couple suggestions such as logo creation sites. Thanks.

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    Stephanie - October 7, 2017

    Hi Robert, I’m glad to hear you’ll be able to use some of my suggestions. I look forward to checking out your new logo!

    Thanks for commenting!

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R. Alexandria - July 19, 2017

Wish I had read this before starting my blog. Certain sites try to nickel & dime you for everything! Thanks for sharing.

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    Stephanie - September 30, 2017

    You’re welcome. Hopefully there are some sites here you can make use of as you continue to blog. All the best!

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Sima Aykın - July 19, 2017

Hello Stephanie,
I’m glad that I found your blog. I think this post is so informative and useful for begginers. I’ll consider these points too.
Lots of love
Sima x

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    Stephanie - July 27, 2017

    Glad to hear you found the post informative. Thanks for commenting, and all the best!

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Katie - July 18, 2017

This walk-through is very helpful. I’m on a budget and am worried on spending to much as well. something I did though was I used a logo making website to get an idea of what I wanted as a logo and then created one myself using Word and Photoshop to design it.

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    Stephanie - July 27, 2017

    Hi Katie. That’s great to hear you were able to find a budget friendly way to create a logo for your site. I’ve made logos in the past using Word and Apple Pages, so it’s definitely possible. I’m glad you found my guide helpful too.

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Stoori - July 18, 2017

Very Informative Post.

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    Stephanie - July 18, 2017

    Thank you Stoori

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Heather - July 18, 2017

Stephanie this is an amazing post! I think this is great for someone who wants to start a blog, but is very low on cash and let’s face it many of us got started that way. I think its also ideal for someone who is on the fence about blogging and they want to get their feet wet first without fully committing. Great read and super comprehensive. I will recommend this post to anyone I know that is thinking about blogging!

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    Stephanie - October 7, 2017

    Hi Heather, thank you for commenting, and thank you so much for your feedback. I really appreciate it.

    All the best!

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Don - July 18, 2017

Damn, girl, did you leave anything out! Excellent post! Very detailed! Stephanie, out of the email service providers you wrote about, is there one you like over the others? This is an area I need to get busy on. Maybe the better question is there one that is easier to use? I’m bookmarking your site and will be coming back to see what you have to say. Thanks for this informative post.

All the best to you,
Don

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    Stephanie - October 7, 2017

    Hi Don, thanks for commenting, and really appreciate your feedback!

    In regards to email marketing, I personally use Getresponse, and it’s been very good for me so far.

    However, I’ve recently seen a lot of people moving over to Convertkit for email marketing. It’s become very popular among bloggers, so I have thought about giving it a go. Unfortunately they don’t currently offer a free trial.

    So, overall it depends on personal opinion. I would recommend trying out different providers like Getresponse, Aweber and Mailchip etc, on their free trials, and see which option you feel suits you better.

    Hope that helps.

    I look forward to hearing which option you choose in the end, and why.

    All the best!

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Silvija - July 18, 2017

Thank you for information! really informative and need for me now

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    Stephanie - July 18, 2017

    You’re welcome Silvija. Thank you for commenting. All the best with your blog!

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Janelle Rendon - July 15, 2017

Great info! And love that it is all budget conscious!

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    Stephanie - July 18, 2017

    Thank you Janelle!

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Krissy - July 12, 2017

Very detailed and precise. Im looking to choose a new host and this will def help me in doing that x

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    Stephanie - July 18, 2017

    Thank you Krissy. Glad to hear it was helpful. All the best!

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Ann Yap - July 12, 2017

This blog post will be really helpful to future bloggers especially some might think that blogging is expensive. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts! Keep it up!

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    Stephanie - July 18, 2017

    Hi Ann. Thanks for commenting, and I’m glad you thought it was helpful. All the best!

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Brian - July 11, 2017

Nice guide to creating a blog. I recently posted a similar article on my blog. It is really good to read, as I never realized that I could create a logo on Canva. By the way, I also recommend MyThemeShop. 🙂

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    Stephanie - July 18, 2017

    Hi Brian, thanks for commenting. Glad to hear you learnt something new :). Yea, MyThemeShop have some really great themes! All the best!

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Mary Osadolor - July 8, 2017

Detailed, descriptive and very informative. You were very thourough with this post. Good job.

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    Stephanie - July 18, 2017

    Thank you Mary. I’m glad you found it informative. All the best!

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Anna || Miss Très Anna - July 8, 2017

Love your tips. They helped me a lot. That’s why I nominated you for the ‘Bloggers Recognition Award 2017’ You can find it here: https://misstresanna.wordpress.com/2017/07/08/nomination-for-the-blogger-recognition-award-2017/

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    Stephanie - July 8, 2017

    Thank you very much Anna, and glad to hear it helped you. Thank you for the nomination also, I really appreciate that. All the best!

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Nadalie - July 5, 2017

Hey Stephanie,

WOW, such a through intro to blogging and for $50 or less! SOLD! This post will be super helpful to many bloggers who are just starting out.

Thanks for sharing,

Nadalie

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    Stephanie - July 8, 2017

    Thank you Nadalie, I really appreciate your feedback. All the best!

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