The Costs of Blogging

You’ve probably been told that starting a blog is cheap. It can be cheap and even as little as $0 dollars per month.

You want to be a serious blogger

There will come a point that you want to migrate off the free train or you just want to start on the right path. What tools do you need? What’s a popular/useful plugin/theme/etc? What about hosting/backups/performance/security?

You want to start or started a blog to make money. We’ve all heard the phrase “you gotta spend money to make money”. Do you know what you should spend your money on?

What Premium Products should you have?

  1. Better hosting – Go with Managed WordPress hosting
    It has security / backups / and performance built in
    Monthly $30 (example WPEngine Cost)
    When you start pulling in some good traffic you don’t want a cheap host
  2. Premium Paid Theme
    I recommend Beaver Builder Theme and Plugin
    Monthly $17 (paid yearly $199 first year)
  3. Lead Capture Plugin
    Optin Monster
    Monthly $30 (for the full set of features)
  4. Link Cloaker
    PrettyLink Pro – Great for Affiliate Marketing
    Monthly $4 ($47 yearly first year)
  5. Custom Forms (might not need at first)
    Ya you could use some freebie like Contact Form 7. But why
    WP Forms or Gravity Forms
    Monthly $17 (paid yearly $199 first year)
  6. Beaver Builder Add-ons
    Another $20 a month

MONTHLY COST = $81 w/o forms $98 with form builder

For most we might talking some significant chunk of change. I’ve only lightly touched on some premium plugins you might want to use.

How to do get around some of this cost?

You could make friends with those who may have those plugins at first. But you don’t want to start asking everyone and their brother and then end up becoming the theme/plugin mooch. I have mooched plenty in my day. But when I “borrow” a plugin I either stop using it after time or if I do I buy my own license.

There may be another option and I wonder who would be interested.

The option is similar to what I am doing when I build a website for customer. Whether it’s a custom site or a Quick and Dirty website. When I deliver something to a client they are usually having me host it for them. But they also get the benefit of all the plugins I used to build their site and can then change their site themselves or still have me change things.

Would you want a package like I laid out above but with even more premium plugins included at 55% less than it would cost you to put it together.

Instead of having me build you a website I could give you the ability to use all the same tools I use and save a SIGNIFICANT amount of money.

Let me know and use the form below:

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Loren Nason

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