Let me start off by saying that you DON’T have to spend any money to have a blog that you are happy with and is successful. But, if you want to take it to the next level and one day monetize your blog, then eventually you’ll have to put a little money into your blog.
I’ve rounded up 5 INEXPENSIVE blog investments that are worth every penny and will help grow your blog in the long run!
One of the first investments I made toward my blog, was purchasing my domain name. When I purchased my name, I didn’t know if I would eventually want to monetize or not, but it was such an inexpensive purchase that I was okay with spending the money. It was a very simple and easy process, I used GoDaddy and did not have any issues. This one change may not seem like much, but it gives a more professional vibe.
I’ll be honest, I don’t have a fancy editing software, like Photoshop. It’s something that I’m not looking to invest in quite yet. One reason being, I would have NO idea how to use it and I don’t want to spend hours trying to learn. I decided to upgrade from regular PicMonkey, to the PicMonkey Royale Program. It has so many more features, over 1,000 extra overlays, premium fonts, and no ads…making the editing process faster! I went with the annual membership…$33 a year…seriously a steal!
Rebranding and buying a new template was a seriously a huge improvement for my blog. I immediately noticed more traffic and an increase in followers too. I’ve purchased a few templates on Etsy from Lovely Paris Designs. Maria is the absolute BEST! She was extremely helpful, still is to this day, and has such beautiful work. You can find really inexpensive templates and she will work with you to switch a few things up too. So if you’re in the market for a new template or social icons/headers, definitely check out her Etsy page…you will fall in love with her work — just going thru her page makes me want to revamp my site again! LOL!
Before getting serious about blogging, I had no idea that there were hundreds of blogging courses being offered! And to be honest, I don’t have the time, nor the money to spend on a course that I may or may not like. So when I was introduced to Blog Boss Babe, I immediately knew it was perfect for me. It’s a monthly membership and you get SO much interaction with the mentors…it’s amazing! Last month we had our first blog challenge and guess what…I was runner up! I was thrilled when Helene emailed me and said she was in love with my work and had given me second place! Blog Boss Babe has been one of the best investments I’ve made toward my blog.
It may sound a little silly to PAY to advertise your work, but it’s worth it! If you have a Facebook Page for your blog, then you have probably seen notifications about “sponsoring” one of your most popular posts. I’ve done it a couple of times and have seen a HUGE increase in traffic to my blog and to my Facebook Page as well. You can also do the same thing on Pinterest, which will help drive EVEN MORE traffic and audience to your blog.
*Bonus | Pitching Course
If you are in ANY way serious about blogging, then I highly recommend a pitching course! Not just any pitching course though — because trust me, there are plenty of them out there but non like Erica’s BossPitch! Now, I made this a bonus because it’s not cheap, but trust me when I say that you WILL make the money back! You do have to put in the work though, but Erica is SO good at giving you the rundown AND here Facebook group (which is included if you purchase the course) is hands down amazing! Even AFTER you finish the course, you still get that 1-on-1 interaction with her and all of the other BP ladies. Trust me, it’s SO worth it! I would buy it all over again. Try BossPitch NOW!
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Hi there! I’m Lily, the girl behind Beauty With Lily. I am a real estate agent, nurse, wife, crazy dog mom — to our cute little pup, Charlie — blogger, beauty enthusiast, makeup connoisseur, and your everyday twenty-something southern gal. You'll usually catch me with an iced coffee in tow, an arm full of makeup swatches or behind my computer working (or shopping!) I hope this little space helps you feel beautiful, find your next clothing piece to buy or a place you come to after a long day. I hope you stay awhile. xo - Lily
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