What Is The Cheapest Way To Start A Blog? (It’s Free!)

Many of us desire more from our daily lives. Our jobs are not fulfilling and the future looks gloomy because life happens, and not always in a good way. The freedom we long for may never materialize for us if we maintain our current course.

If your living paycheck to paycheck, those bills are pilling up, or maybe you just hate your job, then you will likely relate to this, and you understand exactly what I’m talking about. You also understand the time is now, and the only way to find what your looking for is to start pursuing it.

The cheapest way to start a blog, is to start it for free. There are options to run a blog without any up front investment, however, this usually means that you will not officially own it and you will be at the mercy of your hosting provider. Regardless, it does not get any cheaper than free, and you can earn revenue with a free blog.

The problem is that it can be overwhelming to choose a direction. There are so many options that could lead to success in abundance, but what do you really need and how much will it cost? Starting an online business is the most cost effective solution, to build wealth for yourself, because of the low barrier to entry.

I was searching for a cheap option myself, not necessarily a blog, but I did want an online business and as it turns out, blogging can be a business. That’s when I found Wealthy Affiliate and started following their training. I will explain more about this platform later in the post and you can check out my review here if you like, but for now, let’s cover how you can start a blog without investing a lot of capital.

I will first explain how you can get started cheap, but if you want to see how to start for free, then feel free to skip to the bottom.


How To Start A Blog If You Only Have A Little Money.

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The cost of running a blog can vary depending on your choice of hosting, the added features, themes, etc., but it doesn’t have to be expensive. As I have already mentioned, this is the lowest barrier to entry career that you can create for yourself.

Let’s go over what you will need to get your blog started and how you can get there without breaking the bank.

  • 1. Domain Name: You will need to decide the name of your new blog website. Try to pick something catchy and memorable. The idea is to be broad enough to not limit what your site is about, but narrow enough to be considered a niche market blog. This is the cheapest aspect of starting a blog as it typically runs between $5 and $15 per year. Stick around to see how you can get two completely free domain names.
  • 2. Hosting: Now that you have a domain name, you are going to need somewhere to host it. Hosting services are also typically cheap and you can expect to pay around $90 a year on average for a basic hosting package. I highly recommend using a hosting service that offers a WordPress website. WordPress is the best platform for beginners and they make it easy to get started without the tech knowledge that used to be mandatory before this day and age.
  • 3. Theme: There are a lot of great, and free, options out there when it comes to WordPress themes. You can change this at any time so try a few until you find one you like. Later, after your blog is earning an income, you can decide to upgrade to a paid theme. Just remember to always back up your website before making major changes like that. Better safe that sorry, right?
  • 4. Produce Quality Content: If you write it, they will come, does not hold true here. If you are not producing quality content for your audience that is related to the topic of your blog, aka your niche, then they will not stick around to read your articles and you will find it hard to monetize without traffic. Make it engaging and informative so you can get your content ranked at the top of the SERPs, or search engine results pages. There are a lot of training resources, both free and paid, that you can utilize to learn these techniques.
  • 5. Get Traffic: You can run ad campaigns or you can have your blog rely purely on SEO. SEO is the preferred method for any long term online business or blog. If you can rank well, then you will get organic search traffic to your content and that is the overall goal of driving your blog to success. Providing that valuable, and engaging content will only increase your odds of ranking well and earning this much-needed traffic.
  • 6. Monetize Your Blog: Now, if you have been doing this right and you have put in the time, then you should be seeing some traffic to your site. The idea now is to offer products to that traffic that are relevant to your blog posts and will be helpful to them. A large majority of bloggers use affiliate marketing as a means to monetize. That’s because you don’t have to own the product or handle it in any way, you simply earn a commission anytime someone buys from you affiliate link. Depending on your blog type, you could be promoting your own products or reselling other products that you have purchased from a wholesaler or vendor. The product or service options are limitless here.
  • 7. Don’t Stop Working On Your Blog: It will take time to earn any income from your blog, and it will take more time to see that income grow and become consistent. The more up to date your content is, the better your odds of keeping your traffic and earning an income from blogging. Just keep going, and keep learning, and you will see success. You never know exactly when that success will happen but consistent effort is the only way find out, and training can help get you there if your new to blogging and online business.

You can often get your domain name from the same company that you intend to have hosting your website, and in some cases, they may require you to host with them if you purchased the domain through them. There are free options available that you never have to pay for but I will discuss those a little later, so stick around to see the completely free option for getting started with your blog.


Where To Get A Cheap Domain Name And Hosting For Your New Blog.

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A typical domain name will run you somewhere between $5 and $15 per year. The domain will expire every year unless you purchase it for an extended period, so be sure to renew the license annually or your domain will be back up for sale to the next person in line.

Bluehost:

If you do a search for “where to buy a domain name”, you will likely see bluehost at the top of the list. bluehost is a very well-known and respected hosting service. They currently host over two million websites and have a great reputation for quality, speed, and customer satisfaction.

Here’s what you can expect if you use bluehost as your provider.

  • Domain name is free for the first year
  • Easy 1 click WordPress Install (Over 20% of websites are powered by WordPress, so this is a nice option, and it is becoming more common among hosting providers)
  • Free SSL certificate and $49.99 per year for a premium SSL certificates
  • Year round support just a few clicks away, just in case you need any help throughout the process of running your new online business
  • Hosting starts at $3.95 a month for the basic package. You can see all available option in the image below.

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I have not used bluehost myself, but overall it has a great reputation and if I were not happy with my current provider, this would be my top choice for hosting.

Some other reputable hosting companies that you could consider are listed below. Each has its ups and down but I have yet to uncover them, so I will just link to their platforms, and you can check them out at your convenience. I may have articles around these platforms later on if you are interested.

Feel free to let me know in the comments so I can focus on the information you need.

Stick around to find out how I get hosting for my paid domains, absolutely free. I’ll explain how you can gain access to the same platform, that has helped me create this very website you are on right now.


Where To Start A Blog For Free And Make Money.

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I imagine that, if you have found this article, then you are looking to get started online. You want to create a blog on the cheap, and you likely don’t have any, or very little experience with how to make a blog successful.

If this is the case, then you should check out my review on Wealthy Affiliate. This single platform will give you everything you need to start a blog and use affiliate marketing to monetize it. Get trained from start to finish with the easy to follow text and video series training. There really is nothing else like this platform.

They have virtually everything you need in one place and you can become a member for free with absolutely no credit card info. No need to worry about getting a refund if your not satisfied, although I’m sure you will be happy with what they have to offer.

This is how you can get a free domain name and free hosting. Wealthy Affiliate gives you two completely free websites, hosted on their servers with your free membership. The only downside to using a free domain name is that you do not own it, and statistically, they have not been shown to rank as well.

However, considering that so many bloggers quit within their first couple of months, plus the fact that there is proof inside of Wealthy Affiliate that these free domains can rank well. I would say that content is king as usual and you can push your free domain to the top of the search results by providing valuable content to your readers.

If you put in the time and hard work, you can start earning an income online. Plant those seeds and watch them grow. To get an idea about the real time frame involved, check out my article about how long it takes to become a full time blogger.


Do You Think That This Cheap Method, Is Cost Effective Enough For You To Get Started?

I would like to know what you think about this article.

Did I leave something out that you think may be crucial to your understanding the process or how affordable it can be?

Do you consider these options to be affordable enough for you?

And just for fun. What is the first thing you will do, if you create a successful blog with little money and start earning an income online?

I really hope that you have enjoyed this article, and I hope that these options fit the bill for you, as they have for me.

To Your Success,

DarrenThe Affiliate Pathway Logo

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14 thoughts on “What Is The Cheapest Way To Start A Blog? (It’s Free!)”

  1. I found your post very informative! but I am a still a  little confused as to whether I should do it the free way or pay! In the final analysis which do you recommend?

    Do you recommend blogging to handicapped individuals that are looking to earn an income and are not ambulatory? for example someone wheelchair bound.

    Well after reading your post I am encouraged keep up the good work!

    • Thanks for reading and I would be happy to clarify for you.

      If you are just getting started with your blog, and you have little to no experience, then I suggest you start with a free website. The only reason that I suggest this is because so many give up before they see success. If you are not 100% positive that you will enjoy running a blog and you will not give up, then you should stick with the free version until you are. I don’t want anyone to waste their money if they decide blogging is not for them.

      That is where Wealthy Affiliate comes to the rescue. You won’t have to spend a dime to give it a try, plus you will get some free training to boot. Blogging is not for everyone, so try before you buy.

      As I mentioned in the article, you can see success with a free site, but it would be ideal to own your domain. When you have decided to see your blog through to success, then I would suggest getting your own domain name. This ensures that you own it, and even if you change hosting, the domain stays with you. 

      I hope this clears that portion up and to answer your next question, Yes.

      Yes, I would recommend blogging for anyone who is handicapped and has a desire to earn a passive income online. One of the beautiful things about owning a blog or online business is that, it is inherently mobile. You can work on it anywhere in the world with internet access and a computer. This is why you may here the phrase,”Laptop Lifestyle”. I think this would be ideal for non ambulatory individuals, just as much as it is for everyone else.

      Hopefully this is a satisfactory answer on both accounts. If not, please do let me know and I will try again.

      To Your Success,

      Darren

  2. Well, I think you covered the whole pathway to creating a successful blog from start to finish. I am at the very early stages of my blog and some of the information I have gleaned from your blog should help me progress. I think one of the most important things you brought up is to consistently blog. It’s also one of the hardest to do, I imagine. I guess it’s like any habit. Set up a schedule and try to maintain it as much as you can. 

    I have a couple of different niche ideas I’d like to explore. We’ll see which one floats to the top! When I start to see some monetary results from my blogging, travel would probably be my way of spending any blogging income. I could also continue the blogging on the road. Win win!

    Wealthy Affiliate seems like a great way to get up to speed quickly and get help from a large community of people with similar goals.

    Thanks for the great roadmap to blogging success!

    • Thank you for reading.

      I’m happy to help in any way I can, and yes, you should consistently post content as much as you can. This will help your site grow, offer more value to your audience, and it shows the search engines that your content is updated regularly. It can be challenging to blog full time, especially if you are still working your day job while building it, but it can be done.

      The most useful tip for achieving consistency would be to plan your articles in advance. Simply take a day, or however long you need, and come up with your next 20 articles. If you have the time, do your competition research, come up with the titles and sub headings, and give yourself at least 1 hour of uninterrupted time to work at it each day possible. You will have to carve time out of your schedule to turn your blog into a full time passive income. There really is no way around this unless you have ample amounts of money to hire a team of writers. Even then, I would still suggest that you produce the majority of your content, or at the very least, monitor and scrutinize every article before it hits your site. Nobody cares about your business like you do and you don’t want someone’s sub-par content ruining your site reputation.

      On another note, it’s great that you already have some niche ideas. That is often one of the biggest challenges for a beginner. There is simply to much to choose from and most people do not feel confident enough with what they know about a specific niche, to share it with the world. However, it is a good idea to focus your efforts. I do not recommend you pursuing more than one blog or niche website at a time, especially if you are struggling to produce sufficient amounts of content for your first. Only pursue those other ideas when you can commit your full attention to them, perhaps after you are earning an income from your previous site.

      Thank again.

      To Your Success,

      Darren

  3. Excellent advice, Darren.

    I know for a fact that I was looking for something quite cheap when I first started. I was familiar with the frighteningly discouraging statistics that face new bloggers – most give up by the 3rd month. That, combined with my own tendency to get fed up quite quickly, I didn’t want to spend too much money on something that might very well be nothing but a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.

    Luckily, I discovered Wealthy Affiliate just when I hit the third month and can honestly say that it was a game-changer. I’ve now been blogging for about 7 months and still enjoying it. 

    Thanks for writing this post. I know quite a few people who are interested in starting but are daunted by the possible costs they might incur.

    • Thank You for reading

      I to was looking for an affordable option when I was getting started. I put in a lot of time doing the research and I’m so glad that I found Wealthy Affiliate, that now I promote it to others so they can change their financial future and earn the lifestyle they desire as well.

      It’s true that most people give up to early and many likely gave up just before they would have seen success. Everyone wants a way to get rich quick, but this is not the answer for that. It takes time, persistence, and constant effort to build out a successful blog and turn into a passive income.

      I am not prone to quitting early, so that was never my problem. I did have an issue with not taking action due to lack of knowledge. Not that I didn’t know what I was talking about, but I wanted to know everything before I got started. Luckily I found WA and they helped me understand, that the information I already have is valuable now, and it will only become more valuable as I keep working and learning. I overcame the paralysis analysis of it all, and I cant believe that I didn’t do it sooner. Either way, here I am today, making my dreams of freedom a reality and helping others find the same path to theirs.

      Thanks again.

      To Your Success,

      Darren

  4. I honestly did enjoy this article on how to start a free blog. Focusing on wealthy affiliate, I think it’s a really great platform for people who want their sites hosted. I joined for free and after a very short while, I decided that I needed all the training they offered. I still own a blog on blogger though I’ve stopped posting content on it. If I had a successful website and I could earn from it right now, I’d get some tools to help me get the site at a better rank on the search engine. Great post by the way.

    • Thank you,

      Wealthy Affiliate has so much to offer that it’s easy to understand why you chose to upgrade shortly after joining. I upgraded within the first week myself, and I will never turn back. The whole process has been inspiring and fulfilling for me. While I am always learning more, I have already learned so much, that I feel confident with every step I take moving forward. I have WA to thank for it all, and I want others to experience the same.

      The only one cation I would give to anyone who is looking to join, is be prepared to work. This is not a done for you system and you will not get rich quick. Wealthy Affiliate teaches strategies that have stood the test of time, even with all of the search engine updates that have ruined so many blogs and other websites, they teach us how to build our blogs and sites to last.

      It all comes down to the individual though. You will not get anywhere if you refuse to learn, or if you refuse to work. You are the key to your success, you just have to open the doors to Wealthy Affiliate, or any reputable training and get started.

      To Your Success,

      Darren

  5. Thanks for taking time to help people who desires to blog and earn along with it. I joined wealthy affiliate few months ago, for blogging sake and I’ve really made a huge progress. My friends who saw me start had to ask me how I did it; perhaps this article will answer their questions and guide them (so I’m sharing this post right away). Wealthy affiliate is the real deal, free hosting (for multiple websites), and tons of tutorials to help you grow, keyword research tools. What more can one ask for (lol!).

    Awesome writeup Darren.

    Regards

    • Thank You so much for the nice words and for sharing my post. Wealthy Affiliate is indeed a great place to start for any beginner. The step by step training is incredibly easy to follow and it makes the entire process beginner friendly. You no longer have to be a wiz kid to understand the basics and even the complicated aspects are being simplified.

      As to the websites, you are right again, they are the real deal. You get two completely free websites with your free membership. No credit card required. Even more incredible, if you decide to upgrade to premium, you can have 25 free websites and 25 premium websites hosted through Wealthy Affiliate for no extra charge. This is just one of the many great advantages that comes along with choosing WA, and that is why I always recommend others read my Wealthy Affiliate review.

      I do hope that this article answers your friends questions, and thanks again.

      To Your Success,

      Darren

  6. This is a major difference when it comes to starting a business online and starting one offline. It would be nearly impossible to find a business that one can start offline that is as cheap as the amount that can be used to start an online business. A blog can be started with very little money and it is one of many ways to attract people to read what you have to say thereby providing a means to sell products to them. 

    The first website I built I made use of a free website and I always felt that I was never in control of it due to the fact that it was free. 

    But now that I am more experienced I no longer make use of a free website but rather a paid one and I am in complete control over it.

    • Thank you for this input. You are absolutely right. Starting an online business is the cheapest option over any other business model that I am aware of. It doesn’t matter if you are starting a blog, eCommerce store, etc., it does not get any more affordable than this.

      The beauty of having a free website, aside from the cost, is getting the experience online without having to worry about throwing your hard earned money out the window. You can experiment with a free website to see what works and what doesn’t. For those who have the knowledge and produce excellent value for their audience, you can see an income from a free website.

      The only major downside is as you have said. You are not in complete control over what happens with your site because you don’t officially own it.

      Thank again

      To Your Success,

      Darren

  7. Free is always good!  LOL

    I really appreciated how you go through each and every thing you will need to host a blog.  Most would not think of each of these things.  Sadly, however, with most hosting services, each will cost you something and those costs build up.  Also, some hosting companies will give a great deal for the first year and then you will see a dramatic increase in price after the first year.  OUCH!!!

    I love your little “ticklers” throughout on how to get all of this for free.  I found the information useful even though I was wanting to just skip right on down to the bottom.

    Thank you for the excellent advice!

    • Free is absolutely the cheapest option no matter what we are talking about. LOL

      Thanks for reading and I’m glad that you found it helpful. Hosting is just one step of the process, and it’s likely the one that people are most often confused by. I thought it would be helpful to explain that section with a little more detail.

      As far as hosting companies raising the price after the first year, I would have to say that I have been lucky not to experience this, as I have been very happy with my hosting from Wealthy Affiliate. It’s always a good idea to read the fine print when deciding on who will host your blog.

      Thanks again

      To Your Success,

      Darren

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