How much does it cost to run a blog? I’ll give you the low-down of all the costs.
It’s worth noting that my blog is a hobby project that I started over six years ago. While I am lucky enough to be gifted items, I rarely do sponsored posts and I don’t do affiliate links. Everything that I post is an honest review of either something I’ve purchased or been kindly gifted.
Any who, first things first, if you’re using blogger, it’s free. However, if you’re thinking of migrating over to WordPress then here’s all the costs involved.
Hosting my own blog on WordPress is costly. I used to use blogger – which is a great alternative and it’s absolutely free to use. However, WordPress is great for SEO and flexibility for design.
When I decided to migrate from Blogger to WordPress a few years ago, I paid Pipdig to do so. They cost £225 for the full migration and your very own chosen WordPress theme. This included the switch to Siteground for monthly hosting and a domain.
Since then, I still use Siteground for monthly hosting of my WordPress blog.
For a beginner, their StartUp hosting is currently discounted to £5.99 a month, however I pay £11.99 a month. However, there are cheaper hosting websites out there. I’m happy with Siteground as I’ve had nothing but a positive experience with them.
My total annual cost = £143.88
Blogger to WordPress migration = £225
I started out with a domain (.co.uk or .com) as it looks professional. But you don’t always need it.
My domain is with 123Reg. For the first year, you can buy them really cheap, for just 99p. I paid £19.19 in November 2020, which I pay yearly.
My total annual cost = £19.19
I’ve stuck with my theme since I migrated with Pipdig. However there are so many to chose from, ranging from £18-£100. Pipdig do some fab ones from £49 – £59. Underline Designs also do some lovely ones from £18 ($25).
These website themes are super affordable and are easy to set up. They’ll usually come with a step by step guide if you’re clueless about how to set one up.
One off cost = £18-100
A lot of bloggers use Canva, which is free to use. However, some benefit from having a premium account which costs £11.99 a month, in which you can create Instagram stories, use stock images and much more!
Summary of costs
£225 for a blogger to WordPress migration is well worth the money. It then costs me £163.07 per year to run my blog. Which may seem expensive, considering I make barely any money from my blog. HOWEVER, I enjoy what I do and I think that’s the most important aspect. Maybe in the future I’ll consider affiliate marketing and sponsored content. But for now, it’s more of a hobby project.