Are you mulling over a few of the blogging investments you have on your wish list this spring?
I can’t offer expert advice but I can share my two cents for free!
Here’s my list of 5 affordable blogging investments I’m glad I made.
We’re living in a blogging age where everyone has an opinion about something. There’s a list for just about everything so how do you know who to listen to? That’s easy! You should listen to me. (Just kidding!)
You should listen to Melissa.
The “best $50 I ever spent on blogging” award would have to go Content Brew, a content strategy course I took last year. I’m not just saying that because I’m an affiliate and I get a few bucks when you sign up using my link either. That’s true. I do, but Melissa’s a genius and her marketing strategies are worth a heck of lot more than $50. In the course you’ll find more ideas than you’ll know what to do with for creating fresh blog content!
The course is now self-paced which means you can go back and review, take it again, print new stuff, or whatever you want for as long as you want as long as Melissa is still is business which I’m pretty sure will be a while. She wrote a book and stuff, yo.
Next best dollar spent?
That award goes to Alison of Little Love Media.
Alison offers bloggers an evaluation and strategy report that will blow your blogging mind. Here’s the thing about Alison: She knows everything. It would be annoying if she wasn’t so humble about the crazy amount of brains she’s got inside that pretty little head.
Working with her last summer gave me a fresh perspective on the blog and offered up some strategies I’m still working on putting into place today.
Many of the suggestions she gave me for my writing goals require me to face my fears of rejection. I don’t really like doing that, so I’m still working on the homework.
Fears aside, she provided me with a report of everything she came up with after stalking my blog and social media accounts for a week. The report is like a perfect checklist of my blog vision all laid out for me. I go back and look at those reports when I need some reminders on what I want from this space. It was like paying for the ultimate checklist and I’d do it again. I highly recommend this for anyone that’s in a blog funk or hitting a road block on the journey.
Passionfruit makes selling ads easy. If you’re not familiar with it and you’re thinking about selling ad space, you should check it out. Last summer I spent $50 on an annual membership. I already had a membership when the service was free and sold a couple of ads prior to them changing to a fee. The ads I sold previously totaled $80 so the $50 expense was a no risk investment. The cost of the membership sort of paid for itself in advance.
Since then I have spent zero time trying to actually sell the ads and still somehow managed to sell a few. This year I’ve made a whopping $175 through the sale of ads with little to no effort. I have found that Passionfruit is easy for me and easy for advertisers. Most people end up telling me something like, “Wow. That was easy.” after they purchase an ad spot.
Part of my blog spring cleaning was sprucing up the available ad space I have and making a goal to do a better job of promoting the space.
I want the good fonts! Period. I don’t do Starbucks and I haven’t spent a dime on scrapbooking embellishments in 6 years, so I’m fine with splurging for that monkey crown!
If anything pay for one month at $4.99 and see if you like it. Spend that month making a boat load of images using the premium fonts as much as possible!
I’m not allowed to have a housekeeper so this was the next best thing. I recently wanted to clean things up around the old blog. It’s been two years since I moved to WordPress and there were lots of little irritating things I wanted to have done but don’t have the simple coding knowledge to do them (safely!) myself.
Here’s my take on paying a designer for maintenance: An experienced designer can do what takes me four days and a white screen of death to do in about an hour.
You don’t have to toss your design and start over just to clean things up! Talk to your designer and let her know what you want. You’d be surprised how inexpensive it is to take care of those pesky to-dos you have piled up!
What are some of the blog investments you want to make this year?
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