BLOGGING ON A BUDGET – TIPS & ADVICE
Blogging, whilst it can be done completely freely, can easily become an expensive hobby or endeavour. However, it needn’t be (especially if you have a tight budget like me). Here are my tips for blogging on a budget.
- use natural daylight for lighting
- create lightboxes using cardboard boxes and white sheets or paper and a lamp
- create softboxes using a pillowcase, tinfoil and a lamp with a shade
- use free apps for photo editing (e.g. snapseed)
- use free websites for photo editing and creating graphics (e.g. canva)
- create your own planner like I did to keep on track with your blog schedule
- use your phone to take pictures if you don’t have a camera
- use objects from around your house for flatlay props (e.g. ribbon, candles, magazines, coloured card, makeup, etc)
- use white paper or a white desk for a clean background for photos
- blog about everything you already have – review makeup you own, talk about past experiences, teach people things you know, etc
- wordpress is free to use unless you upgrade…
- make the most out of free samples, offers, discounts and free trials
- sign up to affiliate marketing schemes like Awin
- sign up to product review sites that will send you free stuff in return for a review
- use mailchimp to create an email newsletter (free for up to 2000 email addresses)
- create an action plan for your blog with clear goals so you can decide what things to invest in (such as a domain)
- use stock images from free sites like pixabay, flickr and unsplash
- use fiverr if you aren’t ‘graphically talented’ and want to outsource logos
- sell your services, create an ebook or create products to sell on your blog
- use free ways to promote your blog – SEO, facebook, twitter, bloglovin’ (and other social media)
- don’t sink too much money into your blog immediately – make sure you’re going to continue with it for the foreseeable future!
What other free or inexpensive tips do you have for new bloggers?