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3 Must Know Tips For Bloggers On a Budget

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Since being in the blogosphere, I have learned quite a few things. One of those things, is that the more research you make, the more you start to realize that blogging will eventually call for some $$ spending.


Let me paint a picture of the typical new blogger. Pinterest, Pinterest, Pinterest. You read absolutely every blog article you can find on Pinterest. Although I am extremely grateful for all of the great information found in these articles, I want to be entirely real with my readers and admit that it can very intimidating. Here’s why…


The more information you get, the more you realize that if you want to take blogging and turn it into a serious business, it will cost you some  investing. From going self-hosted, to high quality images, to the design of your website. It quickly adds up!


In fact, I was the person that took all that advice, and invested. I went self-hosted within my first month of blogging, spent way more than I should have designing my website, and I now own a professional camera for my blog pictures.


I personally believe that the best way to learn, is through trial and error. And well, I have made some costly mistakes, as well as some great investments.


I want to let new bloggers know, do not get discouraged. It is entirely possible to create a beautiful blog on a budget. In this post, I am disclosing my 3 must know tips for bloggers on a budget.


I will share with you my affordable camera equipment, website design alternatives, and my best advice on going self-hosted and if I think it is a blogging must.



Photo Quality



Okay, it’s time to be real. We have all stalked some bloggers page and wondered if they hired a photographer, or if they have some expensive photo editing subscription. How do they get such flawless images each time?


Truth is, the quality of your images is one of the most important features of your blog. It can make your page appear professional, even if you’ve only been blogging for a week.


We all know that Olympus Pen camera that every blogger seems to lust over. Although it is a beautiful camera, that takes beautiful high-quality images, it is not a must-have.


I have never been a believer of great iPhone image quality, until I purchased the iPhone 8 Plus. If you are in need for an upgrade, do not even think twice about it. The quality of the most recent iPhone’s are perfect for bloggers on a budget.


Personally, I prefer using my iPhone for flatlays, as well as photos for Instagram. You have instant access to the images and can quickly upload them onto socials, and edit on photo-editing apps.


Recently, I was fortunate enough to have been gifted a professional camera from my husband. Although iPhone’s are sufficient photo quality, I truly wanted a DSLR for outfit shoots. Some images of which you can find in one of my most recent posts or click on this link here.


I have decided to include this camera because it is under the $500 range and (I believe) to be the perfect camera for beginning bloggers who want to invest in high-quality images on a budget. I will link my all of my camera equipment, including my lens, in the images below.





Website Design



The website design is one of the most important factors for any blog. You want it to be representative of you, of your brand. Yet at the same time you want it to look clean, professional, and be easy to navigate.


To be quite honest, when I first began my blogging journey, I had no idea how I wanted my page to look. I knew all of those things I mentioned above, but was not quite sure what look said “this is me”. And as I stated earlier, the best way to learn is through trial and error.


In the beginning stages of my blog, I played around with a variety of website templates. I was simply determined to find one that spoke to me. I know, that sounds a little silly, but I just cannot express the importance of a website that is representative of YOU.


The design of your page, is the first thing readers notice when entering your blog.


The mistake I made was investing in templates too quickly. I thought the only way to have a beautiful website, was to purchase a fancy template. Except, I would quickly get bored of a certain theme, or it just didn’t feel it was “me”.


I later discovered there are other alternatives to purchasing one single theme. I am talking about Pixelgrade. If you have never heard of them, they are a little different than your typical template website.


Pixelgrade offers a subscription to various website designs for WordPress users. Meaning, you not only have access to professional themes, but you don’t need to settle for just one. Pixelgrade allows you to switch themes as many times as you like.


This is perfect for any blogger who hasn’t quite found that template that feels as if it was made for you. I recommend them for all bloggers because if you are anything like me, you don’t want to spend $50+ on a template, only to later change your mind.


How much?


Now here is why this is perfect for my my fellow bloggers on a budget. Pixelgrade offers a 14-day free trial and their subscription is only  $9.95/a month. This will grant you access to professional templates, that you are free to switch up as much as you like.


You can sign up for their 14-day free trial using this link here.







I constantly see people on Twitter asking the million dollar question, is it worth the $$ to go self-hosted? Is it worth the investment? Is it the only way to possibly make money from your blog??


I asked myself these exact same questions not too long ago, before I took the plunge.


Here’s the thing, if you’re expecting magic to happen as soon as you make the switch- that’s not going to happen. If the sole reason you want to make the switch is to monetize your blog (make money), then I would not recommend the switch.


Some of my favorite bloggers who’s full-time job is blogging, still use free website hosts such as or Blogger. So, guys and gals, if you are on a budget please do not feel the you HAVE to make the investment.


The reason I made the switch was because I wanted to know I had complete ownership of my blog- and of all my content. I simply despised the idea that my content could be revoked from me, or that one day Blogger could shut down. Yes, I was on Blogger.


Although that wasn’t likely to happen -I mean you never know- I had the money to invest at the time, and I wanted complete ownership. Not to mention, I wanted the ability to design my website however I want, without any restrictions.


So there you have it, without over-complicating, the truth is self-hosting is NOT a must. If it is not in the budget, please don’t feel that your blog is any less than, and remember there are successful bloggers who still use free website hosts.


If you are ready for the transition, I 100% recommend SiteGround. This is the host I chose for my self-hosting endeavor and even as a “newbie” blogger I had no issues whatsoever. Everything went smoothly and quicker than I though it would, and even now I have never had any issues.


Alright my lovelies, there you have my 3 must-know tips for bloggers on a budget. Truth is for any blogger, there is so much information everywhere. I have been there, and I know how intimidating it feels when you first start your blog.


You don’t know where to start, and you don’t know what is worth the money and what is not. Each blogger is at a different stage, so please do not compare your blog to others. There are so many tools out there that help you save money and I hope this post can help you decide what is actually worth it, and help you save some $$.


Thank you for reading and supporting my blog!!




    • Lily Segui
      January 22, 2018 / 6:12 pm

      I’m so happy this was helpful for you!! ??

  1. January 22, 2018 / 7:43 pm

    These are excellent tips! ? I completely agree with everything you said. Photos, website design & self hosting are all brilliant first steps for bloggers. When I first started I was overwhelmed with information but a post like this would have been perfect and straight to the point. Fantastic post ? xx

    Bexa |

    • Lily Segui
      January 22, 2018 / 7:55 pm

      Thank you so much!! This is exactly what I was going for with this post. To keep it simple and to the point 🙂

  2. January 22, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    This was such a nice post, thank you for sharing! I’ve only just started blogging and this post was so helpful. I did find that my iPhone 6S was adequate enough for photos but you are so right about the recent iPhones. I have upgraded to the 8 and the camera quality is insane!

    • Lily Segui
      January 22, 2018 / 10:24 pm

      Thank you Evie!! So happy this post was helpful to you 🙂 & yes the iPhone quality is insane in the latest iPhones & such an affordable alternative for quality blog photos

  3. Huda
    January 23, 2018 / 11:25 am

    Such a great post, thank you for sharing this! I have been wanting to go self hosted for the longest time and I feel the pressure that if I don’t do it soon I will be losing out on a lot of things but at this point of time I don’t have the budget to invest in that. Knowing that it is not a MUST and that it is okay for me to wait until I have the resources to do so makes me feel so much better! xx

    • Lily Segui
      January 23, 2018 / 2:35 pm

      Yayyyy so happy I could be a comfort!! ? & yes, never feel like you have to invest in something if you don’t have the resources. There are so many options out there 🙂

  4. January 25, 2018 / 9:45 pm

    Hello ,

    I saw your tweet about animals and thought I will check your website. I like it!

    I love pets. I have two beautiful thai cats called Tammy(female) and Yommo(male). Yommo is 1 year older than Tommy. He acts like a bigger brother for her. 🙂
    I have even created an Instagram account for them ( ) and probably soon they will have more followers than me (kinda funny).

    I have subscribed to your newsletter. 🙂

    Keep up the good work on your blog.


  5. January 25, 2018 / 10:09 pm

    I’m fairly new to blogging and this is so helpful. Lovely post?

    • Lily Segui
      January 25, 2018 / 10:13 pm

      Thank youuuu!! I’m so glad you found my post helpful! 🙂 Good luck on your new blogging journey ?

  6. January 25, 2018 / 10:21 pm

    I’m on Siteground too!
    Luckily I got it during the Black Friday sales so very relevant to this budget post 😉
    I’d love to know your tips about blog props on a budget! I always worry that I don’t have enough rose gold items aha.
    Loved the post though xxx

    The Frugal Frenchie

    • Lily Segui
      January 25, 2018 / 10:29 pm

      SiteGround is truly the best isn’t it? ? I could do an entire post on blog props but to be completely honest I would just recommend the Target dollar spot girl!!! It’s perfect for little trendy props & it’s super affordable!!

  7. January 28, 2018 / 6:44 pm

    I’m very new to blogging. I’ve always wanted to blog but didn’t know where to start. It’s overwhelming and I’m just wondering if im doing it right. I bought a domain name on google and I’m using blogger. I own a Sony a6000 digital camera and it takes great pictures. When you mention pixelgrade, I would love to give this a try. I feel like I am wasting money buying template, because later on I realize I wasn’t happy with the template. I’m still trying to find myself in blogging. But right now, I love writing about different contents. ?


    • Lily Segui
      January 28, 2018 / 6:55 pm

      Hey Tiana! 🙂 I don’t think there’s any “right” way of blogging, you just kinda have to figure out what works best for you and your readers 🙂 Finding a common ground where you enjoy creating content, & your readers benefit from your posts 🙂 If you’d like to try PixelGrade, I have it linked in my post & you can always start with a free trial & see of it works well for you! Best of luck on your new blogging journey endeavor!! 🙂

  8. October 13, 2018 / 12:46 am

    Hey there this is somewhat of off topic but I was wanting to know if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you
    have to manually code with HTML. I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding skills so I wanted to get guidance from someone with
    experience. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  9. October 14, 2018 / 7:19 am

    Your style is really unique in comparison to other people I’ve read stuff from.

    Many thanks for posting when you’ve got the opportunity, Guess I’ll just book
    mark this page.

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