How much does it cost to set up a blog?

 

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Is blogging just a very expensive hobby, or should you treat it as a business?

So, I’ve been blogging for about three months now, but most of that has been working out how to get the darn site live, hosted, how to link up social media and reading everyone else’s posts about how to make it big.

I’ve no idea if this will ever make any money. The reason I’ve set it up is because I want answers! With three kids under 7, working 9-5 in an office makes me feel like time is slipping away, and while I do WANT to work I want to have more control over my hours.

So I set up this blog to find like-minded people, to see how they did it, to research the best way to go freelance or to have a portfolio career and to have some fun doing it.

People love to ask how much you make blogging. Most people don’t make anything. The probloggers can make a decent salary (though I notice everyone is cagey about what that means – with a few exceptions such as the awesome Melyssa Griffin and  Life as Mum). But what if it’s just a hobby? If you want to have some fun. Aside from your time, how much have you spent so far?

I LOVE the idea of a monthly report on income. Sadly as I’m only just starting out I can only share what I’ve spent so far. The premium hosting was a bit of an extravagance, but the online support (and I really didn’t want any ads on my site) has been invaluable in getting the blog up and running without hours fiddling around and getting frustrated.

Domain name – Panoramaroad.com bought ages ago – £12/year

Domain mapping to free WordPress site – £11/year

Personal email by 123reg – £43/year

Premium hosting on WordPress – £85/yr

New theme – Rosalie – £37 a year

Writing this blog saw me spend £1o credit at Canva

TOTAL = £198

(I also have a one off payment of about £7 for a great blog theme I only realised afterwards I had to be self hosted for…)

There are other things that will come – a one-off subscription to a photo library, possibly self hosting, other plug ins like newsletter sign ups. But at the moment it feels sustainable – like treating yourself to a new pair of shoes, or a night out.

But how much does it actually cost to run a blog year in year out? How much have you spent? Does £200 seem a lot to you? Do let me know which areas you spend money on (and which you don’t) – and are you in profit?

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5 Comments

  1. August 2, 2016 / 8:59 am

    Holy crap! ?

    I pay £25 a year hosting to Penguin Host in the UK to host my blog, and £6 a year for a .co.uk address.

    I didn’t realise hosting on wordpress.com website was so bonkers expensive! ?

    • August 2, 2016 / 11:19 am

      It’s usually a lot cheaper than that (ie free I think) but I decided to upgrade for the support and also to get rid of the ads. You can do it a lot cheaper. Am trying to avoid any other add ons I don’t need!

      • August 2, 2016 / 11:40 am

        I mean more you could go self hosted with no ads for £25 a year as opposed to £96 a year on wordpress (hosting and mapping). Seems awfully high.

  2. August 2, 2016 / 12:16 pm

    You’re right – aim is to go self hosted once I’ve got my head around getting the blog up and running properly 😉 I think perhaps I just like the late night chats with the WP people in the US!

  3. August 8, 2016 / 3:36 pm

    I have to say it does seem a lot to me, but the whole thing is a bit ‘how long is a piece of string?’ isn’t it? Everybody’s answers will be different. I pay £2.99 a month to TSO Hosting to host two blogs. My domain name wasn’t expensive – under £10. I don’t pay anything else for email and just use a gmail address and a free theme.

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