We’re familiar with the big bag of money bloggers and YouTubers receive at the end of each month, how well they share their passion and monetize off of different platforms. But few talk about the start-up costs of having a blog in the first place. In the following, I’ll introduce you to the main start-up costs of a blog so that you have a better idea of what it takes to get started.

First, a web hosting service. Bluehost, for example, is an excellent one. Second, a theme. Well, there are free themes out there in the market. But if you fancy some advanced features or a more beautiful design for your blog, it is a good idea to look for some paid options. Third, plugins. Again, there are both free and paid options. Some popular WordPress SEO plugins include Yoast SEO and Ahrefs. Fourth, analytics. It is important to find one, if not a few analytics tools for your blog because it is always nice to keep track of your progress and see if there is any drastic change in performance. Fifth, email marketing. For certain tools, as soon as your traffic hits a certain number, you need to upgrade to a paid package. Finally, SEO tools. Use them wisely and keep tabs on the latest SEO news updates and Search Algorithm news articles – I’m sure it’ll make a difference.