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Tips for Blogging on a Budget {Part 1}

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Welcome back to our blog series! In case you missed last week’s lesson, Parrish from Life with the Crust Cut Off and I are writing a new post each week about blogging. Our series is called Blogging 101: Two Girl’s Blog Basics and will last until well, when we run out of things to say! And you all know how I love a good ramble! So, this week’s lesson is all about blogging on a budget. I will talk about all aspects from hosting sites to cameras to where to get cheap props for pictures (part 2). So, stick around, will ya?!

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Where to find the best hosting site for your blog for cheap.

If you are looking into transferring your blog into a self hosted site you will need to purchase hosting from a company. There are many different companies that offer this but be careful! Just because something is cheap doesn’t mean it’s the right choice. I found this out the hard way. The best way to purchase hosting on a budget is by promo codes. I use GoDaddy for my hosting now and have to purchase it annually. It is cheaper if you buy years in advance but I don’t do that, just year to year for me! There are even monthly options available if you’d like. To use a promo code all you will need to do it google it. Just go to google or any other search engine, type in the company name, the month and include promo code. Example: godaddy promo codes august 2013. Type this in and a ton of options will pop up, then at check out just type in different options and see which work (a lot won’t work at all!) and which will give you the most discount and BOOM instant savings! Use the same steps for purchasing your url as well, but they aren’t nearly as expensive as hosting!

Where to purchase a really great camera for less.

I don’t know if you’d noticed lately but my pictures have been quite a lot better, if I do say so myself. And this is largely in part to my new camera. I have been using a Canon Rebel t3 since May around my birthday. We purchased it used off of ebay. Now, don’t go bidding on the first camera you see! It took Jeremy about a month of searching listings until we found the perfect one. Research what to look for in a used camera and go from there. There are certain things you have to really look out for like how many pictures have been taken previously with it. If they don’t list this information either move on to the next one or trying messaging them. There are tons of them on there everyday, so set a price you are willing to spend and stick to it. We found that auctions that end late at night, at odd hours are the easiest to bid on, not many people are up watching/bidding and you can really steal one! We got ours for over 100 off the lowest price we saw new, so I thought that was pretty good!

Where to purchase backgrounds for pictures.

I happen to think this is extremely important to great pictures. And we all know the prettier the picture the more pinworthy they are! Now when I say background for pictures I mean what’s behind that gorgeous necklace you just made or mile high souffle. You might not think about it but I’m looking at what’s behind it… is that your kids favorite toy laying around or dirty dishes? No thanks! This can really be an easy fix and could cost you nada! Try taking pictures outside. This is the perfect lighting as well! What’s better than pretty luscious green trees, foliage or water in the background of photos? Don’t have the prettiest yard? That’s okay, just do some editing magic and blur it out, you will still have the beautiful color but not notice every single little thing.

If you want to get a little more fancy pants then I suggest either purchasing or making a lightbox. I made one but it sucked so I’m not sure if I did it right or not. Trying googling how to make one and try it out for yourself if you dare. The one I got was actually for my birthday as well but it still wasn’t over $40 and has done wonders for my pictures. The best part is now you can customize a background for it. Grab some poster board in any color you’d like, cut to fit, throw a little tape on there and et voila!

Whew, that was a long one. I hope I didn’t bore you too much and can use this information! Stay tuned for the follow-up post for this specially for food bloggers!

Make sure to visit Parrish for her first blogging on a budget post here:

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Last week’s lessons (click the picture):

From Parrish:

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From Me:

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Want even MORE blog advice? Here is my first blog series for beginners:

Blogging Advice for Beginners from a Beginner Part 1

Blogging Advice for Beginners from a Beginner Part 2

 

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28 Wonderful Comments

  1. vanita says:
    August 6, 2013

    Hello Dana! Absolutely awesome post and I’m going to re-share on my Google page, but before I go, I’m intrigued by the message at the end of your post “Unfortunately, due to Google’s updated policies I will have to limit the number of my replies.” May I ask which policy update you’re referring to? I’d like to take a look too. Thanks. Vanita

    • August 6, 2013

      Thanks so much for the share!! Google recently updated how they search for spam on websites and if I reply over and over again a simple Thank you or something similar google can see that as me spamming my own blog which is really scary. You can read more about it here: http://moms-make-money.com/your-blog-comment-is-spam/

  2. August 6, 2013

    Dana: Are you currently using a homemade or purchased light box?

    Thanks for the great tips. Loving this series.

    • August 6, 2013

      I’m using one I bought off of Amazon, they have lots of options!

  3. I love all of these tips Dana! Lighting is my nemesis…it drives me completely crazy!!! I will eventually get it all figured out…I hope ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Michelle says:
    August 7, 2013

    These are great tips and especially the one about watching the backgrounds. I am always thinking about that with my own pictures…outside is always better. My house never seems to be in order with two teens and a tween!

  5. Jessica says:
    August 7, 2013

    I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a series like this before. Very unique and helpful!

  6. Gina says:
    August 8, 2013

    I’m liking these post! Keep it up! Thanks!
    Gina @ Gina’s Craft Corner

  7. August 8, 2013

    Hey! Just stopped by from Thrifty Thursday at LivingWellSpendingLess.com. These are great tips! For patterned backgrounds in your lighting box you can also get fat-quarters from your local fabric shop for pretty cheap and put them in there. Great post!

  8. August 8, 2013

    Great post! Thanks so much for the tips. I used to take blogging a lot more seriously and had my own website, but I’m trying to start up again on a regular basis. I’m definitely going to check out your other articles. And I found you on Katherine’s Corner Blog Hop. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. August 9, 2013

    great tips! I am definitely a budget blogger so need these tips! I totally had not heard of a lightbox and my pictures definitely need a boost so I am on it!Thanks for sharing at the Friday Follow Along!

  10. August 9, 2013

    I know how expensive blogging can get if we let it and these are such GREAT tips! Thank you for linking them up to Thrifty Thursday!

  11. I’m really enjoying your Tips for Bloggers series. Thank you.

    I was lucky and received a decent camera for Christmas a couple of years ago, so the camera thing is covered, however I’m still learning how to use it properly, and only just started learning how to edit my photos. PicMonkey has been a god send, but I know that eventually I’m going to have to upgrade to the Royal version.

    I really like the suggestion of poster/display board as sometimes it can be very bright outside at my place… and sometimes your photos really do need a background.

    Thanks for sharing at The Blog Strut Peacock Style!

  12. LydiaF says:
    August 10, 2013

    I found a great kit on sale on Amazon for my camera (and didn’t think to use my own affiliate link *facepalm*). My photos are definitely much better. For backgrounds I use foam board and scrapbooking paper. It works most of the time. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing your tips on the Get Inspired Weekend Blog Hop. Have a great week!

  13. August 10, 2013

    Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. xo

  14. Thank you so much for joining us and sharing at Best of the Weekend! Pinning to our party board. Enjoy a happy weekend and please join us next Friday ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Maria B says:
    August 11, 2013

    Thanks so much for this information! I’ve been wanting to buy a new camera for sometime now and I never thought of ebay. Believe it or not I’ve never bought or sold something from there but I’m willing to give it a shot if I can find what I’m looking for. I would love for you to share this at the Krafty Inspiration Thursday Link Party over at Krafty Cards etc. http://kraftycardsetc.blogspot.com/2013/08/krafty-inspiration-thursday-link-party-3.html
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Maria

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