5 things to Spend Money on as a Blogger

This is a guest post by Vivek of CollegeFallOut. I would like to thank him for embracing my blog with his guest post. If you also want to guest post at Bloggers Ethics, please use the contact form.

If you are a blogger who has just started up or someone who is looking to reinvest his/her blogging income, this post will come in handy for you because it tells you where to put in your money so that you can get a good return of investment. After all blogging is a business for most of us reading this and like in business, if we put in money, we need to be able to extract more than what we put in. In a field like blogging, the entry barrier is extremely low and you won’t find a better platform to express one’s thoughts and opinions, which is precisely why spending a little money might be a good idea to differentiate yourself from the sea of bloggers the internet today has to offer.

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Here are 5 places where a blogger should invest money:

Buy a premium theme

This is one of the best places that a blogger can invest his money. I took my time before I went ahead and purchased a premium theme, but till date, I feel it has been one of my best investments as long as my blogging career is concerned. I regret not having brought one earlier.

There are many awesome premium themes that can be brought, such as Thesis, WooThemes, Genesis etc. They are all powerful frameworks which offer amazing flexibility and features to a blogger. Once you go premium, trust me, you will never feel like using a free theme again (Its personal experience!).

Spend on an A-class writer

Although I myself write all posts on my main blog, because I strongly believe in the message that was conveyed in Tushar’s earlier post: Why Big Bloggers Need to write own Post. I may not be a big blogger, but I love writing, it is a passion for me. So the content on my main blog is all written by me whereas for my other micro-blogs, I have hired a freelancer – who I pay on a per article basis. Since as a working professional, I sometimes do not find time for writing content as much as I would like.

Spend on a good host

It pains me to see when a self-hosted blog is run on cheap and unreliable servers. A good web hosting is a pre-requisite before your blog goes to the next level. If you try to be miserly with your web hosting you risk affecting your SEO due to increased downtime and moreover, cheap servers are house to many malwares. Another risk is that, you might be sharing your hosting with undesired websites that Google has blacklisted and indirectly it will affect you.

So make it a point to spend money on good web hosts such as Bluehost, 1and1 etc.

Attend Blog meet ups/ Conferences

This is another place where you can invest money as a blogger. There are regular workshops held on WordPress, blogging and SEO by the big names of our industry. Attending  technology and blogging conferences be very advantageous because apart from all the new things that one can learn, it also offers a great chance for a person to network with other people. The tickets to these conferences might be costly but it is worth the investment. Besides, there are many free one’s that keep happening as well. All it takes is a Google search.

Spending money on knowledge is usually the best type of investment as you can yield returns from it for life.

Invest in Branding

I am not a very good designer, so I paid a freelancer online to create a logo for my blog. Similarly, I have also paid internet marketers to help me comment on various Dofollow and Commentluv enabled blogs, although I have only recently started implementing this – it is showing good signs. Moreover, you can hire a talented designer to design your blog beautifully such that it is just unique for you. Thereby you can ensure that you brand your blog well and generate more traffic than others in your niche.

Spending money on your blog is a smart thing to do. Especially, if you want to scale up from a small-sized blog to a big fish, then you really must consider this. Let me know your view on this below.

Author Bio: My name is Vivek Krishnan. I have been blogging since 2009, my main interests are entrepreneurship and start-ups. I blog at Collegefallout and DoStartup.

About Lee Ka Hoong

Lee is the founder of Bloggers Ethics, he writes about blogging tips that lead you to be a successful blogger who has ethic. He also shows you how to blog and how to make money blogging.

Comments

  1. Paul Salmon says:

    While I usually create my own themes, if you wish to use a theme developed by someone else, I highly recommend going with a premium theme. While a free theme may look tempting, a premium theme is well written, and the support factor is second to none, especially if the theme needs to changed because of a WordPress upgrade.

    • Free theme looked tempting to me as a visitor, but then, after I used premium theme for some time. I could not help but get hooked on to premium. Free has never been an option for me since then.

  2. Hi Vivek,

    I’m curious how much do you spend on each post or per hour for your freelancer to write posts for you?

    I’m interested in starting to do this for my niche blogs, but need to plan the financials out first and find a reliable place to get writers.

    • Hi Jamie,

      I usually pay a freelancer a minimum of $2 up to $4 for a 500 word article. And the place where I find good and professional freelancers are at online classifieds such as Quikr or Craigslist.

      Hope this was helpful.

  3. Zeeshan says:

    First thing on which i have invested is a good webhost. Now i would like to buy premium theme for my blog.

  4. Samuel says:

    A pretty good article.

    Buying a premium theme should be a must at the beginning. All beginners must know this.

    If you want to hire some writers, doing that has to be used sparingly. If you write for your own, then you have a greater chance of success because people know its really you.

  5. I think I just have spend money on a Good Domain and a Good Host.
    Quite Innovative share.

  6. Okto says:

    Great post,I enjoy to read your post.

    First thing in my blogging experience is spend on accountable web host. That was the basic thing you should consider before regret it in the long run.

  7. Premium membership in some bloggers community sites also help to get involved in professional blogging Network.

  8. Michelle says:

    When I saw theheading I thought “Wow, only 5?” But when I read on I realised that there are really 5 very important things to spend on. I totally agree with every one of them. Thank you for the tips Tushar. There were really helpful : )

  9. Fahad says:

    I am also thinking of moving to premium theme. Which one would you suggest?

    Genesis or Thesis

  10. Leonard Evenson says:

    Interesting ideas! I agree with most of them, but I do things a bit differently. The thing I spend money on is traffic generation and SEO that I solve by outsourcing the tasks to freelance online assistants. The thing I didn’t spend money on and is necessary to have in this situation is the employee monitoring software I use with my e-staff in order not to lose money on them because the were slacking off or simply running off with their payment without doing all their work. I’m glad I found a free solution to this problem, because without a way to monitor your online workers, it is a very risky endeavor. I even solved my design needs this way, and when I upgrade my websites I’m sure I’ll get the coding done by outsourcing the task, too.

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