Blogging is not as easy and cheap as some may think, especially in the space of DIY blogging. The DIY blogger is a rare thing, because not only are they writing content, they are actually telling a story and giving actionable tips for their audience to rinse and repeat, whether it’s cooking recipes or art and crafts.
Another aspect of DIY blogging is that costs rack up fast. For example, you need to buy all the material needed to do the DIY project, material to show off the finished product, cameras, lighting equipment, Adobe Photoshop, and the list goes on.
In order to keep costs low and save where you can as a DIY blogger, you’ll need to be thrifty. The following four savings-minded tips can be a good start for your DIY blogger savings plan for maximum profits.
1. Inventory Your DIY Blogger Props
Pretty much all DIY bloggers have a room or closet filled with weird stuff they use as props for photo shoots and YouTube videos. This is normal. What else is normal is the lack of organization that comes with having a room full of weird junk!
If you don’t know you have it, you may be buying it over and over for no reason, wasting money. This makes staying organized important for savings. Instead of just tossing everything into a room or closet, inventory your props in order to know what you have, and what you can use for your next blog post.
2. If You Don’t Have It, Don’t Buy It
The store is not your friend! DIY blogging profits will quickly disappear if you don’t get into a thrifty mindset. This means avoiding the store and asking around. Chances are your friends, family, and even coworkers have the goods you need. This can add up to big time savings.
Let’s say you have an editorial calendar of what you want to write about next month. Pull up that trusty excel sheet of inventoried props, run down the list picking out what you need, and then making a new list of what you’ll need to find. Find, not buy! Then ask around. You will be surprised what junk everyone has packed away somewhere.
3. If You Have To Buy, Know Where The Deals Are
Sometimes you will be in the unique situation where you absolutely need to buy material for your next DIY blog. This is fine, because there are a lot of crazy cheap stores you can maximize savings at. One being the Dollar Store, and any variation of business name equaling to a single USD.
The Dollar Store is the DIY blogger savings sanctuary. You can pretty much find anything and everything for a DIY blog at a Dollar Store, unless you are doing construction of some kind or metal working. From colorful paper to glue, it’s worth checking out for savings.
4. Don’t Overspend When At The Store
Whether it is a thrift store or the Walgreens across the street, keep your budget in mind. In fact, every single DIY blog should be budgeted. This may seem like overkill, but trust that saving money will generate more future DIY blogs.
For instance, you can take the marketing campaign approach and have an ROI metric in place for each blog post. You probably already have an average amount of traffic in mind per blog over a one month period, so make that your ROI per cost of each project.
You can even maximize your traffic if you want to spend a bit more on DIY blogger material by employing simple blogger tactics. To get your content and awesome images to as many people as possible, utilize a content delivery network, or CDN for WordPress.
CDN platforms, like Cloudflare let you reach your audience and maximize profits. “Cloudflare is an immensely popular CDN solution for WordPress. Not only does it have over 120 data centers, but it’s also one of the few CDN providers that offer a free plan,” according to DreamHost.
In Conclusion . . .
Beginning a DIY blogger savings plan to maximize your profits as a blogger is a must. The above tips can serve as a great starting point, but they are just the tip of the iceberg.
There are plenty of ways to save as an online blogger, but even more when doing DIY projects to deliver content to your audience. Remember, organize the stuff you already have, ask around before buying, and if you need to buy material, make it as thrifty of a shopping experience as possible.