Yes, there are ways to save money blogging. There are ways to make money blogging. There are ways to save money blogging while at the same time make money blogging.
Some bloggers will tell you that you need to get off the free Blogger, a Google product and platform, and move to Wordpress.org.
You've heard all this from me before. But if I can reach one blogger who gets swayed as I did and not really understand what they're getting themselves into first, it bears repeating.
Many of you know that I've gone from Blogger to Wordpress and back to Blogger. You know that in moving back to Blogger, I lost 1500 posts due to a technical glitch.
Do I wish I hadn't made that move back. No. I'd do it again.
Yes, I lost 1500 posts. But hey, so what? It didn't slow me down. It didn't take me to my knees. And it didn't stop me from moving forward.
I'm still just as enthused to wake up every morning and devote much of my day to my blog as I was over six years ago.
There have been many pitfalls along the way. And if you read my blog regularly, you know about them.
Taking things to the next level, as many Wordpress bloggers are famous for saying, really should not mean doling out money. How is spending money "moving to the next level." Shouldn't "moving to the next level" mean saving money?
You can make money with Blogger. Many big blogs are still with Blogger. Ever heard of Poppytalk?
"Founded in 2005, Poppytalk is a lifestyle blog dedicated to supporting the beautiful, the decayed and the handmade."
"Started in 2005, Poppytalk writes about design, DIY, handmade and vintage. With over 8 Million Pinterest followers, in June of 2014, Poppytalk was invited by Target to create a limited edition collection of "glamping" products. We have also partnered with eBay, Roots Canada, Martha Stewart Living, Yahoo DIY and Etsy.
Poppytalk has been featured in House and Home Magazine, InStyle Magazine's "Best of the Web", in Canadian Living Magazine's "Best Canadian Blogs" and in was listed No. 7 in Times Online's "50 of the World's Best Design Blogs"and was also featured in an article in House and Home Magazine entitled, "Favourite Design Blogs". Please see press section for more info.
Poppytalk also runs a brick and mortar shop in Vancouver called Poppytalk at 109 East Broadway, Vancouver, B.C."
***I could go on and on telling you about well-known bloggers who have remained at Blogger. They are publishing books. They are known as very influential bloggers. Being on Blogger hasn't slowed them down.
In the year I was on Wordpress, I spent incalculable amounts of time on the phone with my host, trying to get something fixed, when I could have been taking photos or writing content.
When Wordpress had a brute force attack hit, I was one of the blogs that suffered. That was truly a nightmare. Though I didn't move my blog back to Blogger for another six months, my blog was never the same after that breach.
Yes, you are the boss on Wordpress. But you are also the tech engineer, the maintenance guy, the security crew (because everything must be constantly updated to be secure), and the one who goes looking for someone who knows code to help you out of a mess when you can't fulfill these needs.
And, uh, your blog is down during this unfortunate time.
Oh, and somewhere in there, you have to take photos and write blog posts.
So in essence, the frugal blogger's guide to blogging is to blog with as few expenses as possible. You don't have too much to worry about in terms of security because Blogger is owned by Google. And that says a lot.
Yes, there are times when blogs are unceremoniously deleted for no known reason on Blogger. It happens. Sadly. But if you don't pay your hosting bill on Wordpress, your blog disappears there as well. If you're not paying, they're not hosting.
I've been blindsided by a lot of issues and medical stuff in the past three years. Expensive issues. But my love for blogging has not abated. And I continue to keep on keepin' on. And managing to pay the bills.
There are ways to blog for free, and it isn't just on Blogger. You can go to Wordpress.com as well. And there are lots of other platforms to check out.
Put together by Stylecaster, here is a link to the 10 best free or less expensive blogging platforms today.
You don't have to have money to blog. Truly you don't. You just have to carve out time and have a passion for what you love to do.
Content, content, content.
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Many bloggers start out in one niche, and then when they start blogging more to make money, they find they don't have a lot to say. So don't pen yourself into a corner.
Write about other things. Book reviews, daily outings, recipes that your family loves, anything and everything. Just so you continue to write. And to give valuable content to your readers. If you do that, if you build it, they will come.
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I once fell into the trap of feeling like I needed to stroll down the aisles of Marshalls to find something new that I could show on my blog. That worked being married to a doctor. It does not work being on my own.
And really, that gets boring after awhile. With enough money, anyone can walk into a store and buy things. I don't know about you, but I want to see bloggers come up with things on their own using their creativity and little else.
You know what, I had to get rid of so much of that stuff when moving. And you know very well I didn't come out even when I sold those things. I certainly did not see a profit.
So learn to look around you and repurpose what you have. Come up with new things to blog about that don't cost you money.
Frankly I'm a little weary of seeing bloggers show something brand new every week. How many of us could keep up that pace? And please don't do it on a plastic card. That in itself is a deadly trap to fall into.
The new normal in this country is to scale down and minimize. De-McMansion-ize.
I've been chastised for sounding negative about McMansions. So let me say right here and now: If you have the money and can afford a large home along with the upkeep, I have nothing but good wishes for you.
If you'd mentioned living in a small home or tiny home 15 years ago, people would look at you as if you'd grown horns. Although if you go back to the fifties or sixties, a smaller home was the norm. Today, this concept has not only gained ground, but is spreading across the land at a rapid pace.
It is becoming a mantra: Purge, downsize, live in a smaller home, and retire early to live at a leisurely pace. Maybe you want to stop the 9-5 grind and work at home. Maybe you want to downsize so you have less cleaning to do and can spend more time with your friends or hiking or whatever.
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How else do we spend money blogging? Of course we need the equipment: a computer, a camera. I know many people swear by Apple's Macs, but I just can't afford it. So PC's are what I blog on.
If you can afford it, great. If you can't, don't over extend yourself if you don't have to. And when you get a windfall or start making big bucks, then take another look at them.
If you're considered self-employed, as I am, then you pay dearly at tax time. So not only do you have to be frugal, but you have to save money for taxes.
If you're married and your husband makes great wages and you blog, you aren't in such a bind when it comes to money.
So it really boils down to what station you're at in life. That should determine how frugal you must be in terms of blogging.
If you are still struggling, write an ebook, lead online classes, write sponsored posts (many of us must do these things), open at Etsy shop. You don't have to sell "things." You can also sell services as well.
Everyone has something they're knowledgeable about. Couponing, gardening, making crafts. Everyone has a skill they can sell online.
I think being frugal is just the smart thing to do. To me, bigger is not better. Spending more money is not better.
Better is having fewer bills to pay because you're living smaller.
Better is having peace of mind while doing what you love.