You can invest money in your blog if you want to, but you don’t have to. I think it’s much better to spend as little as possible when you just start out and see if it’s going to stick. If you start making a bit of cash through blogging, it’s probably time to start investing a bit of money into improving your blog but until then, let’s talk about some great tools that are out there for free.
Blogger and free themes.
I used Blogger for the first few years and it’s a great first step into the blogging world. You can get a free blog. The negative is that you’ll have to use the blogspot URL (http://yoursite.blogspot.com) rather than your own – so you can’t build up your own DA. On the plus side, you can buy a URL for a few pounds and add it to your Blogger account.
Note: Not having your own URL might reduce your chances of working with brands as most prefer you to have your own domain and a DA. It’s worth seeing how much your desired URL will cost!
I didn’t realise you could change your theme for a long time. For free. There are many websites that give you free Blogger themes – just Google and play around with some!
Your phone camera.
You don’t need a fancy camera for blogging. I mean, just look at this photos of Whitby I took with my iPhone X. All you need to do is learn a bit about composition or how to perfect flat lays and you can get a great set of pictures for your blog.
The photos in the Whitby post were edited with VSCO cam – a cool app that lets you edit photos. I do all my Instagram photos with this app, too.
The free version is great, you can apply a selection of filters and use editing tools to get the look you want. Brightness, contrast and clarity are my favourite editing tools on there.
Once you’ve edited the photos you’ve taken with your phone, download them to your camera roll and airdrop them to your computer or email them to yourself.
Look around your house, you might be surprised with what props you have already that you can use in photos.
- scarves or other cloth
- pens and notebooks
- magazines and books
Buffer free version.
I pay for Buffer, but you can get a free version that lets you schedule 10 Tweets at a time. You can download the app to your phone and reschedule things when your queue gets empty. This makes it a great free option that you can use and just log into the app once a day to rebuffer your Tweets.
What are your favourite free blogging tools?