BLOGTIPS: GROW YOUR BLOG WITHOUT INVESTING MONEY

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The biggest fear I think every entrepreneur has when starting out with a new project is being afraid to invest a lot of money. The same goes for blogging as a lot of people think it takes a lot of money and investment to do it right. Just to be clear, starting your own blog is very time consuming (but SUPER fun so who cares about time?) but doesn’t necessarily needs a big money investment. If you have the means to invest in it, great, if not here are a couple of tips to reach the same thing without spending too much:

1. Buy a second hand camera and lens: Content is king as they like to say so this is the one thing where you have to spend some money. When I started my blog I purchased a second hand lens and camera which I payed a total of 100 euro for, which is not too bad. I would suggest purchasing a lens with a aperture like 1.4 or 1.8 to get the results most bloggers are looking for. It’s also good to see if you can borrow maybe a family member’s camera the first weeks so you get a feel of what type of camera and lens you’re interested in.

2. Use the web: It costs a lot of money to hire companies to make logo’s and do your webdesign. I say use the web, there are SO many websites that will tell you everything you need to know and trust me it isn’t that hard to do some of these things yourself. Especially installing and using WordPress themes (check out Themeforest) isn’t as hard as it looks.

3. Link swaps: Again, when it comes to getting in all that traffic it isn’t necessary to spend money on ads. I wrote a big article on how to grow your blog in the first year of blogging but another thing that’s always good to do is to connect with other bloggers who are just starting out and to do some links swaps so you can help each grow traffic. Don’t be shy, everyone likes to stick together at some point!

4. Borrow clothing: When you’re a fashion blogger you will most likely need clothing to shoot your pictures. To make things a little more exciting you probably want to invest in more clothing so you can have more variation in content. As this will also cost a lot of money try to look around you and see if you can borrow clothes from friends or family. Maybe your mum has something very cool vintage in her closet that you can use for your pictures!

I hope these tips helped a little bit guys and any additions are always more than welcome! About what should I write next Wednesday blogtips article?

  • I’ve been loving your blogtips series! Keep it up!

    http://dorigamii.blogspot.com

  • Love these tips! Especially about getting a used camera in the beginning. It is definitely a huge cost for bloggers! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    http://www.skinnybelle.com/

  • Such great tips lovely thank you, I wish I had a secondhand camera rather than using my phone might have helped my blog get off to good form straight away xx

  • thank you, it was really helpful

  • Liz

    such great tips!

    http://hashtagliz.com

  • Ahh wat een goede tips weer! Dit ga ik onthouden! Vooral lenzen kopen bij een tweedehands winkel! Dat is echt super slim! Liefs

  • This was so helpful, I can’t tell you how much I’m loving these posts you’ve been doing. πŸ™‚

  • The second hand camera is a very good idea! I have been struggling with my photography but really can’t afford buying a top-notch camera at the moment!

    Liefs,
    Yara

  • I’m doing a lot of fashion posts in my blog now and the idea about borrowing clothes is really good. I have been getting clothes from charity stores, so spending very little on them, which has been helpful.

  • Ik wil een goede camera kopen, maar ik heb niet het geld om zo’n heel dure te kopen. Een paar dingen tweedehands kopen, zou dan wel handig zijn! πŸ™‚

  • Always so helpfull with your tips !! πŸ™‚

    http://www.thefashionpanda.be
    http://www.thefashionpanda.be

  • Handige tips! x

  • Thanks for the tips! You have an amazing blog <3

    http://www.kinikunormal.blogspot.com/

  • Love the last tip! To be honest I’ve never think of that!!!

    X, Marky
    http://www.mypinkboudoir.eu

  • Thank you for sharing these tips. I procrastinated in starting a blog because of how daunting the expenses seemed. However, I’m a complete novice when it comes to photography, so I’m wondering if I can get away with a point and shoot until I get comfortable.

  • Hi! I love your blogging tips every week! Thank you so so much! I’m new to the blogging world! Anyone want to be my friend and we can help each other out? πŸ™‚ xx

    http://lilliemysel.blogspot.com

  • Hi! I love your blogging tips every week! They have helped a great deal! I’m new to the blogging world! Anyone want to be friends and help each other out? xx

    http://lilliemysel.blogspot.com

  • Hi! I love reading your blogging tips every week! They have helped me a great deal! Thank you! I’m new to the blogging world! Is anyone else new & would like to be friends and help each other out? xx

    http://lilliemysel.blogspot.com

  • Great tips! Thank you πŸ™‚ Lilly xx http://alittlelilly.blogspot.nl

  • Love these tips! I recently just started a blog and will definitely keep these in mind!

    Life With Kendal

  • I love these tips! SO helpful for a new blogger. I think swapping links is really helpful, I can find new blogs I like and help each other out. Anyone what to look at mine?

    Charley
    http://www.pixipicks.blogspot.co.uk

  • I loved your post … Maybe it will help me to reach more followers on my website … Hope it ! Bye

    • I loved your post … Maybe it will help me to reach more followers on my website …
      Lots of love

  • Kim

    Ik lees jouw tips altijd met veel interesse, heel leerrijk altijd. Good job!

  • Yes, a good camera and lenses are a must and they don’t have to be expensive at all…

    http://fashionabejita.blogspot.com.es/

  • Your website is such an inspiration for new bloggers like myself. Thank you for your awesome posts!

    http://www.trendyvee.com/

  • em
  • such an inprirational post !
    thanks doll
    http://www.ellesdiaries.com

  • An article that really might come in handy. Started just a week ago and i can really use all the tips and tops from experienced bloggers like you.

  • I always look forward to reading your tips! I am trying to make my blog look better more and more everyday. I find it hard because I am not super technical, and I don’t always have all the resources to do so. I am constantly googling new things like “how to add a Pin It button on pictures”, “how to design a logo”, etc. I love the idea of borrowing clothes from family and friends! I take things from my mom’s closet all of the time!
    Thank you for all of these tips!
    ~~Megan~~
    http://www.poshprime.com

  • Wednesday is officially my favourite day of the week β™₯

  • Ah, this is great advice! Thank you!

  • This article was great. I would love if you post a blogtip article about setting a blogging schedule to build traffic for a new blog and how to maximize social media sites without seeming needy.

  • Hiya! I just recently started following you and I am loving everything you post. I especially appreciate posts like this as I’m just started out with my first “proper” blog and I’ll take all the advice I can get.

    Sarah x

  • Hiya! I just recently started following you and I am loving everything you post. I especially appreciate posts like this as I’m just started out with my first β€œproper” blog and I’ll take all the advice I can get.

    Sarah x
    http://www.sarahbanks.us

  • This is great advice thank you. I am new to the blogging scene and would appreciate any help to grow http://thedelver.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Thankyou for the helpful tips!

  • Thanks so much for the tips. I will really keep them in mind. I, myself have only been blogging for five months so I find these tips really helpful. I’d love my blog to grow and for more people to see and read my ideas.

    http://fishnetsxd.blogspot.ie

  • These are such great tips! x

    Blog | Marjorie

  • I just discovered your blog thanks to the Bloglovin top weeks for this week: 8 Beds to dream away in and other inspiring stories. I started my blog few months ago and hearing from you these blogs tips are really helpful at the stage I’m now. Thank you for sharing.
    XOXO from Italy | peoniesncream.com | Instagram: @peoniesncream

  • Thanks for the tips. I definitely always use the web to get good knowledge with almost everything technical, especially since I just started back on WordPress. And for the camera tip, hmmm I’m now thinking of getting a second hand lens for my entry-level canon. Yey!

    Thank you! πŸ™‚
    mommyroseblog.wordpress.com

  • Thanks for these tips, they’re really helpful. Thanks for sharing.

    http://www.emmalouiselong.com

  • Your blogging tips are the best! Thank you so much!!

  • Great tips! Can’t wait for next Blogtips post, they’re my favourite! πŸ™‚

    http://www.fashionpartyblog.com/

  • I’ve been blogging since 2005 but never had much readership. Hoping your blog tips will help me develop more following. Thanks for what you do.

  • This is super helpful. I love your blog, it’s darling! Thank you for your positivity and amazing tips. I’m inspired by you! Can’t wait to come back for more and start following you!

    XO,
    Ashley
    http://www.ashleyfrederickson.blogspot.com

  • Love this article!!

  • This was actually a really nice article! Loved the borrow clothes tip! Thank you!

    http://www.coffeebreakandchocolatecake.com

  • I did that lol, but the most important thing is being real with share your own experiences!

    Herdiana Surachman
    DELUXSHONIST | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVIN | GOOGLE +

  • Everything you need to know about growing your blog and designing can be find online! It is better to do all that you can do yourself, instead of hiring someone else to do it.

  • Thanks for your informative blogger series. I’ve just launched http://chroniclesofchic.com – and could use all the help I can get πŸ™‚ Keep up the great work.

  • Susan

    Thanks so much for posting this! I’ve just started my blog and your friendly advice is just what I needed to read to keep going. And, it’s nice to meet a fellow travel blogger!

    – Susan, http://www.perfectplacesblog.com