Now that I’m officially a full time mother I don’t have an income. I haven’t not had an income for 7 years now so it’s pretty weird. Since I haven’t had an income I’ve been trying to change the way I do things to coincide with having no personal income, and blogging is no exception.
Blogging can be a very expensive hobby, but it doesn’t have to be. There are plenty of ways out there to blog without having to spend a penny.
So to start off with you need your own blog. I use Blogger to host my blog. It doesn’t cost a penny to join and it’s super easy to use. I’ve heard some people say they feel quite limited when using blogger, but so far I’ve been pretty pleased with it as it does exactly what I want it to do. Their choice of templates are rather lacking, so here comes the next recommendation; gooyaabitemplates.
I’ve very recently just heard about gooyaabitemplates, as in a few days ago, but they have plenty of templates to choose from for Blogger – I’ve recently just started using a template from this website. Once you’ve chosen which template you want all you need to do is download it and then install the ‘.xml’ file onto your blog. If you’re not sure how here’s a tutorial.
If you want your own custom domain for your blog this does cost, but not a lot! Check out GoDaddy and see what domains are available and how much they cost – they start from as little as 99p!
The best bit about blogging; creating your content. This can obviously be about whatever you want, but if you’re wanting to write a review, you’ll obviously need something to talk about. I used to love buying new products and then review them, but that was too expensive. Thinking about it though, who could review a product better than someone who has been using it for some time? To save money, review a product that you already own! I love reading reviews of products that have been out for some while – These products get easily forgotten! You can review almost anything; make up, a book, a children’s toy, a game, DVD, a candle etc, the possibilities are endless!
Something that makes blog posts stand out is photographs. You don’t need a super fancy camera to take good photos. When I’m taking photos for a review I often use the camera on my phone! If I’m writing a post on something where I haven’t got any photos to go with it I use Pexels. I love this website so much, most of the photos are free to use and no attribution is required – Always check the license of the photo before using it, otherwise you could get in trouble!
If you don’t own a laptop or computer you can still be a blogger! I occasionally log into my blogger account on my phone and do a few bits and bobs. It’s hard to write blog posts from a phone, but you could either ask a friend or family member if you could borrow their computer or laptop, or you can pop down to your local library which will have computers you’re able to use. Always remember to log out of all of your accounts if you’re using a computer that isn’t yours!
Guess where this photo is from?! Yep, you guessed it, Pexels!
PROMOTING YOUR BLOG
So you’ve worked super hard on your blog and creating content, so of course you want people to visit and read your posts! Social media is perfect for this, and as you probably already know, they don’t cost you a penny. I find the best social media platforms for a blog are Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest – Just did some cheeky plug ins for my social media accounts there, please forgive me!! All you need to do is do your thing, share the hell out of your posts, use the appropriate hash tags and then you’re on your way!
Of course there will be times when you can’t just sit in front of your computer/phone screen and post about your awesome blog. Sometimes you’ll be too busy at work, school, being a parent or seeing family and friends etc. Buffer is the best app I’ve found where you can schedule your social media updates. Buffer is free if you only connect a couple of your social media accounts, if you want to schedule from more accounts it starts to get pricey. I mainly use Buffer for Twitter as that’s my favourite platform.
This next app isn’t really for promoting content, but I like to have it so I can monitor who follows me and who I follow; Crowdfire. Of course, it’s free, but can get pricey if you link lots of social media accounts to it. I just find it to be a very handy app as I can keep track of followers and any spammy accounts. It’s not really necessary but I like using it.
The important thing to remember is to set your budget and not be ashamed by it. As you can see you can blog and not spend a penny. It’s completely up to you how much you set your budget at. There is no shame spending a lot, and no shame in spending absolutely nothing. At the end of the day it’s your blog and you do whatever you want on it. I personally love using these free ways of blogging, especially now that I don’t personally have an income!
Have you got any tips of blogging on a budget? I’d love to know them if you have!