Blogging could be really challenging, not to mention expensive, especially if you are like me who treats blogging as a business and not just a hobby. I made so many spending mistakes in the past that’s why I decided to write this article in which I’ll share with you the many ways you didn’t know you can do to save money as a blogger.
Before I begin, I would like to let you know that I’m a firm believer in investing in myself, particularly in my knowledge, because I know that it will help me become successful someday.
So if you think that this post will be all about FREE stuff, then you are entirely wrong. While I will be sharing some free resources with you, my aim in this post is to guide you in investing in the right tools and resources that will help you save money (and time) in the long run.
Now if this is something that resonates with you, let’s dive right in!
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WAYS TO SAVE MONEY AS A BLOGGER
#1. INVEST IN A GOOD LAPTOP
I don’t know about you, but I’ve had so many bad experiences with low-cost laptops in the past (e.g. losing all my work and freezing in the middle of a client presentation on multiple occasions *yikes*).
I was so frugal that I felt that I was saving money by buying a budget laptop when in reality, it was costing me more.
So I finally gave in to peer pressure and bought myself a MacBook Air. I’ve never looked back since.
I never had to worry about maintenance or its lifespan. I had mine for almost 5 years until I recently upgraded to a MacBook Pro for my Graphic Design studies. Until now, my MacBook Air works perfectly fine.
That’s why whenever I see people on Facebook groups asking what’s the best laptop for blogging, I always recommend MacBook which is hands down the best investment one could ever make.
Although it costs more than the average laptop, it will definitely help you save money as a blogger in the long term, not to mention you will never have to experience pulling your hair out every time you lose that blog draft you’ve worked so hard for.
(Note: I am not against other brands. I’m simply sharing what works well for me.)
#2. GET AN EXCELLENT WEB HOST AND CHOOSE A LONG-TERM PLAN
As a busy blogger, the last thing you would want is to be with a web host that does not satisfy your blogging needs and then going through the hassle of transferring to another host which may charge you for the migration service.
The only thing I regret is not getting a longer subscription which is the 36-month plan. The thing is, once the initial term is over, I will have to pay the regular price per month which is twice what I’m currently paying.
Aside from Siteground, you may check out Bluehost which is also recommended by professional bloggers. It is a cheaper option and if you choose their 36-month plan, you only have to pay $3.95/month, unlike their 12-month plan with which you have to pay $5.95/month.
#3. DO YOUR RESEARCH BEFORE PURCHASING A THEME
I’m all for saving money and I understand that you might opt for a free theme and that’s okay. I’ve been there.
Do take note though, that by getting a free theme, it may be difficult to get support if something goes wrong, not to mention there may be features you need but will not get with a free theme.
But if you do decide to buy a premium theme, which I highly recommend, make sure to do your research.
I wasted a lot of money buying themes in the past that were either not compatible with Elementor or did not suit my blogging needs.
For my current blog, I actually had to go through the long process of restructuring it with a new theme THREE TIMES and I hated myself for not doing my research and investing in a good theme in the first place.
So much of my time went to waste just because I was too lazy to search for better options.
Basically, what I’m trying to say is, if you have basic requirements for your blog, then a free theme may be a good option.
But if you’re like me who prefers special features and lifetime support, then do yourself a favor and buy yourself a nice premium theme from the very beginning (after careful research).
This will help you save a lot of time so you could focus on actually generating income from your blog.
Here are my other recommended websites where you can find the best AFFORDABLE premium themes:
- Creative Market
- Theme Forest by Envato Market
- Coded Creative
- Elegant Themes
- Beautiful Dawn Designs
- 17th Avenue Designs
#4. BUY COURSES/EBOOKS IN BULK
If you want to be a successful blogger, you have to learn from the experts.
And trust me, they don’t just give away all their precious knowledge for free.
Yes, it could be pretty expensive especially if you are just starting.
But like I said in the beginning, I love investing in my personal development so one thing I do to save money as a blogger while getting all the knowledge I need is to purchase courses and ebooks in bulk.
The first ebook bundle I purchased was the Business Bundle by Stray Curls.
For less than $100USD, I got 3 ebooks, 1 planner, 1 workbook, plus 6 bonuses!
There’s so much valuable information inside that I’m able to use to improve my blog so I must say it’s a good investment.
My second bundle purchase was the Genius Blogger’s Toolkit from Ultimate Bundles and that’s when I officially became a bundle addict.
For an investment of less than $100USD, I was able to get a collection of 93 ebooks, courses, and workbooks which covered everything I needed to know about blogging. It’s been three months and I still haven’t finished the whole thing!
It’s only available for a few days each year but I’ll post it in The Blog Shop once it’s on again.
In the meantime, you can find more course bundles in my shop which you can check out through the button below.
#5. SEARCH FOR FREE RESOURCES ONLINE
Investing is crucial in the blogging business, but if you can find FREE resources that can help you save money as a blogger, then why not take advantage of them?
I also have tons of amazing tools in my FREE resource library which you can sign up for below.
#6. JOIN REFERRAL PROGRAMS
Are you aware that you can actually earn credits by simply referring your friends to a product you love?
That way, you can save and earn money as a blogger while enjoying the perks of a specific product/program.
Here are some good referral programs you should join:
- TAILWIND – Get a $15 credit when you refer someone who upgrades to a Plus Plan.
- CONVERTKIT – Unlock 100 more subscribers for every friend you refer.
- CASH REWARDS – Earn $10 when you refer someone who makes a transaction worth $20.
- CANVA – Receive 1 Canva Credit for every friend you refer which you can save and use to buy premium elements for your next creative project.
- APPSUMO – Get $10 once your referral makes their first purchase.
- FIVERR – Earn up to $100 for every friend who signs up and makes their first purchase.
- SWAGBUCKS – Get 300 SB Bonus when your referral earns 300SB within their first 30 days. You’ll also get 10% of their SB earnings for life.
#7. BE ACTIVE ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Did you know that social media is the best place where you can advertise your blog for FREE?
Well, I’m sure you’re already aware of that. But the real question is… are you taking advantage of it?
One great way to utilize this is to join Facebook Groups. Personally, I’m a member of 30+ groups on Facebook and they really help me gain blog traffic and grow my other social media accounts.
I even got my first affiliate sale through a Facebook group and it costed me zero dollars!
If you’re not sure which ones to join, I’ve compiled a list of 70+ Facebook groups that you can get if you sign up for my newsletter here.
You can also try growing your own Facebook Group just like Sasha from Everyday She’s Sparkling.
Finally, you can take advantage of your Instagram and Twitter accounts.
Savvy Social School has some great social media courses which are a bit costly but could be a good investment especially if you would like to focus on social media marketing for your blog.
#8. BE ACTIVE ON PINTEREST
One thing you should know about Pinterest is that it’s not a social network. It’s a search engine.
It’s also an effective way to drive traffic to your blog without spending a single cent.
If you’re not sure how to get started with Pinterest, I recommend you take this FREE Pinterest Challenge by Cate Rosales that will teach you how to boost your traffic by optimizing your account.
You might also be interested in taking these premium but affordable Pinterest courses:
#9. PURCHASE A LEGAL TEMPLATE BUNDLE
You might be wondering, “Why do I have to buy legal templates when there are so many free templates online?” or “How is this going to save me money as a blogger?”.
Well, let me tell you this… You can skip buying premium themes or blogging tools but NEVER EVER skip getting yourself a proper legal template.
Ask a lawyer. With professionally-drafted legal templates, you can save yourself from potentially getting sued not to mention spare you from tons of legal fees.
These will also give you confidence that you cannot get from free legal templates.
Luckily, you can buy them all in one bundle which will cost you less than if you buy them individually.
Here are some great options:
- LEGAL BUNDLE VALUE PACK by Lucrezia Iapichino from Blogging for New Bloggers
- LEGAL BUNDLE by Amira from A Self Guru
- WEBSITE LEGAL POLICY BUNDLE by Entrepreneur Legal Corner
- WEBSITE LEGAL PACKAGE by Legal123
Still not sure whether to invest in legal templates? Take this free legal course now!
#10. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF LIFETIME DEALS
Finally, have you ever wondered what it’s like to use a program/software without having to pay for it every month just like the old times?
Taking advantage of lifetime deals is definitely a great way to save money as a blogger because you only have to pay for it once, therefore taking away the burden of paying for a monthly subscription forever.
Here are some awesome lifetime deals I found from AppSumo that you can get for as low as $49 each:
- CRELLO (design software)
- SENDFOX (email marketing software)
- BOOST (email marketing software)
- RELAYTHAT (design software)
Surely, there are many other ways to save money as a blogger but those are my favorites. How about you? What do you do to save money and which products do you invest on as a blogger? Let me know below and please don’t forget to share. 🙂