Intro, Part 1 and Part 2 if you missed them). You can join me whether you're a blogger or a reader and whether you could use a little encouragement or want to share a little encouragement!
If you have a blog, it's going to come up. Money. Should I spend money on my blog? How much should I spend on my blog? What's the best value for my buck? Will spending money on my blog help it grow?
Spending money on a blog is not necessarily a bad thing! First, if your blog makes an income then it's easy to justify some spending as it will pay for itself. But what about blogs that don't make money - like ministry blogs, family blogs, or hobby blogs? Hobbies do cost money. It's not unusual to spend money to do the things you love to do. If your hobby/creative outlet is crocheting then you'll be buying yarn, crochet hooks, patterns and more. If your hobby/creative outlet is scrapbooking then you'll be buying books, stickers, pens, accessories and more. Ministries and families cost money too! So I do think it's OK to spend some money on a blog as long as you're being reasonable with your budget and doing it with your family's support. But you can have a blog - and a great blog - without spending any money at all! They're all over the blogosphere!
How much money you should or shouldn't spend on your blog is something you have to determine. I have spent very little money on my blog. I get so close to paying for a fabulous new and organized blog design, but then when I see the price and realize I could get a cool new steam mop for my house instead, I back away - LOL! If you want to spend money on your blog (domain, design, move to Wordpress, link-up system, giveaway item, etc.) because you know it will improve it, it will make you happy, and you have the income for it - that might be money well spent. If you want to spend money on your blog just because "everybody else" is doing it, you feel pressured, and you think you won't be a successful blogger unless you do it - it might be better for you to reconsider.
What blog improvements are the best to spend some money on? What's the best value? Again, that all depends on your blog since each blog is unique. I think domain names are a good buy as you can get them very inexpensively (small annual fee) and people can find your blog a little easier. However, I've seen so many successful bloggers who still use "blogspot" or "wordpress" in their web addresses that I'm not totally convinced buying a domain name is absolutely necessary. Somebody told me once that I should definitely buy my domain name because "they" would take me more seriously. Hmmm...not the best thing to say to a slightly rebellious gal - who are "they" and why do I care what "they" think and what if I don't want to be taken more seriously??!! LOL!
I like the idea of spending a few dollars on a blog design if you really can't handle doing some designing yourself and you can find a very reasonable price. But there are so many great free designs available that it is not required to spend a penny! I know my design could use some freshening up - but at the moment it's completely free. My template and background are standard Blogger designs (you can customize the colors) and I designed my header using a simple photo collage in Picnik. While you don't have to spend money on your blog design, you should definitely put some effort into it - it does have some effect on readers and whether they will return (note - not all readers have the same tastes so you'll never make everyone happy with your design choices!).
Spending money on your blog will not necessarily bring great growth and lots of new connections. Sometimes it seems that way as we hop from blog to blog or see people talking on FB and Twitter about the latest and greatest things they've done with their blogs. But can spending the money on your blog really buy you love? Not always and not always the lasting kind of love you want! You could spend money on items to give away on your blog (though you can even do that for free by helping promote your favorite business) and gain new followers, but will they stick around? You could spend money on a fancy new design and then discover that many of your readers preferred the old one. You could spend lots of money, follow all great advice, do everything "right" and still not experience blog growth because it's not God's vision for you at this time.
If you are truly trying to make your blog the best it can be, it starts with you, not your money. Blog growth starts with writing good content, showing your personality in a sincere way, and making the effort to connect with your audience. Focus on that first and then decide if you really need to spend money on your blog.
Have you spent money on your blog? What has been the best value for you? What expense(s) have you regretted? Have you ever felt pressured to spend money on your blog in order to be "successful?"
I have stopped by some of your blogs and they're wonderful! Don't feel pressured to make changes if it's not in your heart to do so! Blog on friends!!
**I would love for us to be able to encourage each other! I'm going to list the blogs of all the bloggers who have commented on the Encouraging Bloggers series so far. Please take a few moments to find a new one, stop by and share some encouragement! If you need a little bloggy encouragement and would like your blog added to the list, just leave me a comment and let me know.**
Have a terrific day friends!
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