When starting a blog, there are many factors to consider: the cost of hosting, domain registration and SSL, software licenses and updates, and of course the time needed to create a blog and build an audience. But just how expensive is it to start a blog?
According to the 2016 Blogging Survey from BlogHer, the average cost for starting a blog is $3,000. This doesn’t include time spent building an audience or promoting the blog.
However, this price does not include any professional services such as copywriting or social media management.
While $3,000 is certainly not cheap, it is not as expensive as some other options. For example, The Huffington Post charges $10,000 for a custom domain name and $3,500 for a basic hosting plan.
Additionally, some popular blogging platforms (WordPress, Tumblr) cost between $5 and $10 per month to use.
So while starting a blog may not be cheap, it is not as expensive as some other options out there. However, if you want to spend less money on your blog or increase your chances of success, there are ways to do both. For example, using free or low-cost blogging platforms like WordPress or Tumblr can save you money on hosting and software costs.
Additionally, promoting your blog through social media can be free or very inexpensive depending on your goals (i.e., purchasing advertising space on social media networks).