Whenever I read posts about starting a blog in 2021, I am always met with all of the roles and responsibilities that come with running a website. Very rarely do I see people discussing how much it actually costs to run a blog. Money talks can be uncomfortable for some, so if you aren’t interested or don’t want to hear about money, I’d suggest clicking off this post. Because I am about to give you a real insight into really how much it costs to run a blog. And believe me, it isn’t cheap!
When I first started my blogging journey I did a free plan. Had a WordPress domain and didn’t even think that this website would cost me any of my own money. Honestly, I wish I knew the real cost of running a website. It might have put me off even starting if only I knew.
Now of course, this is just how much it cost me. Every blogger will have different answers to this, because we all do things differently. I think it’s important to share these kinds of things with the new bloggers in our community. It can really help to set expectations. And remember that starting a blog in 2021 is different for everyone.
HOW MUCH MY BLOG COSTS ME EVERY MONTH
So let’s start by breaking it down. How much does my blog cost me each month?
THE BLOG ITSELF
When I first started blogging I just had a free plan, which is great for new bloggers. It can take a while to learn the ropes and figure out what you want to do with your site. So honestly, a free plan is the best idea in my opinion. Once I realised I wanted to take my blog to the next level, I decided to purchase the Business plan that WordPress offers. This plan meant that I could start having ads on my site, installing plug-ins and also install custom themes. Which overall sounds like such a great idea doesn’t it?!
Well, if you are a WordPress user then you know their plans don’t come cheap. My annual cost for my Business plan is £240. Which when you divide that by 12 months, it works out at £20 a month. Unfortunately though, WordPress doesn’t offer a monthly payment plan. Its annual only. So right off the bat, it costs me £20 a month for my plan but £240 upfront.
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THE DESIGN OF THE BLOG
Thankfully I was able to create my own blog logo, so that didn’t cost me a dime. But the software I use to create my infographics and my logos comes at a cost. Alot of you are familiar with Canva and thats the software I use. I pay £10 a month for the premium plan which gives me access to extra tools on the platform.
Another expense is the theme I use. I found the theme I have currently on Etsy and it cost £34. I installed it myself so that didn’t cost me anything.
Rounded up, thats £10 a month for Canva, and about £3 a month for the theme.
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If you’re wanting to get as much traffic to your site as possible, one thing I would suggest investing in is email marketing. Which again, comes at a price depending on what platform you choose to use. I use a website called Flodesk and honestly its amazing. It has so many amazing templates to use! It makes your email marketing look so professional without all of the work.
Thankfully, when I signed up I did it through someones affiliate link. Which meant I got a 30 day free trial and pay 50% less each month. It costs me £16 a month for this service.
If you’re interested in signing up, click my link here and get 50% off like I did!
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SO, HOW MUCH DOES IT COST ME EACH MONTH?
Rounding up all of the figures. Monthly my blog costs me: £59 and yearly I pay £708.
When you divide my annual cost into monthly, it’s actually not too much money. I guess it feels like alot sometimes because of paying the annual fee for my business plan.
Did you realise the price of starting a blog in 2021? Were my figures more or less than you thought?
Of course this is just monetary value. This doesn’t include my time and the resources I use to create my content. Which if I put a price on that, it would add up to alot more! This is why you should always support bloggers when they do sponsored posts. They are trying to keep their blogs running for you.
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