How Much Does It Cost To Start A Blog In 2020?
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It’s an easy question to ask “How much does it cost to start a blog in 2020?”, but it’s a devilishly difficult question to answer.
I could counter with, “As much as you want to spend”. It’s a bit of a cop-out but the truth is what you spend starting your blog will depend on your budget.
The law of diminishing returns definitely applies to blogging. At the end of the day, however much you spend on tools or gizmos, expensive themes or first class hosting, it will be worth diddly-squat, ziltch, nada if you don’t produce content people value.
The Cheapest Way To Start A Blog
This is what most people want to hear. What’s the cheapest way to start a blog or even can you start a blog for free?
The answer is yes, of course.
Now it’s not the best way to make money from a blog, but it’s an excellent way to test out ideas and build up a few followers.
If you’re not in a hurry to start making money, or you want to start really small, going down the FREE route makes perfect sense. Platforms such as Medium or Blogger can be a good place to start if you just want to get a bit of practice blogging to see how people respond.
Can you make money on a FREE blog?
Making money is almost impossible on Medium. It is possible on Blogger. You can sign up for AdSense after 6 months and you can apply to Amazon Associates straightaway.
Blogger does have it’s limitations. The most important one is you don’t own your blog on Blogger. It’s owned by Google. Now that may be okay if you’re just blogging to make money for your local charity. It’s not so good if you’re trying to build a home business.
Having your blog on Blogger also sends out the wrong message when you’re trying to start a business. It’s saying “I’m not really serious”. You’re sending out the wrong message if your trying to sign up to be an affiliate marketer.
I suggest you move your blog from Medium or Blogger to a self hosted WordPress.org site when you’re ready to start making money.
Can you switch from Blogger (or Medium) to WordPress?
Moving your blog from these platforms is a little tricky. You can export your blog from Medium but you will lose all your existing traffic. With Blogger it’s a little better but it’s still a time consuming process setting up redirects for every blog page.
You used to be able to start a free WordPress.com blog but you now have to sign up for one of their annual paid plans.
These plans are expensive and way more limited than the complete freedom you have with a WordPress.org site. If you intend to use your blog to make money, starting off with a self hosted WordPress.org blog is always going to be the best route.
Fortunately, pricing starts at about the price of a cappuccino per month in your favourite coffee house – so for most people it’s affordable.