Want to know how much it cost to start a blog in India? I have got you covered!
When you want to get started with blogging no matter where you are from, there are a few costs that you cannot avoid.
The case is different if you want to create a personal blog just to share your daily routine and updates with no intention of monetizing it – you can start a free one like andrea101.wordpress.com or andrea101.blogspot.com.
But if you want to consider it as a serious business and make money blogging, you need to invest. Don’t let this discourage from getting started. Starting a blog is the cheapest business that I know of so far.
There are so many costs and things that confuse you before you even get started. So I’ve compiled the types of investments you can do for your blog business in the beginning and also in the long run.
How much does it cost to start a WordPress blog in India?
Let’s run through the costs of starting and building a self-hosted blog. First, I’m going to talk about the expenses that you cannot avoid to start a blog.
1. Domain name (Free)
You can also call it as a domain URL or web address of your blog. For example, www.nettyfeed.com.
Usually, a regular domain name would cost you between Rs.800 to Rs.1,300 for a year depending on from where you buy it.
You can register a domain name for FREE of cost for the first year when you buy a hosting from HostPapa.
After an year, you will have to renew the domain name to avoid the loss.
While registering the domain, you can skip additional add-ons like “Domain Privacy”, “SSL certificate”, etc – Uncheck them all and continue registering the domain name ONLY.
2. Web Hosting (Paid)
You pay to your landlord for renting a home. Similarly you pay to the hosting to keep your blog on the Internet and make it accessible for the readers.
I have been using and recommending HostPapa hosting for a long time for my blogs including this one. It is newbie-friendly and offer the best value to your money.
There’s a shared web hosting at HostPapa that comes only at Rs.99/month and I want to recommend you as it is the best deal for beginners to get started.
It cost you Rs. 99 a month, which means Rs.3564 per whole 3 years.
3. WordPress.org (FREE – Content Management System)
WordPress.org is totally free to use.
I have always been recommending WordPress.org platform for both bloggers and business websites. In fact, 37.5% of all websites on the Internet are built on WordPress and 90% of bloggers use it for their blogging purposes.
Here is what do you get with it:
- Thousands of free themes and plugins to design and optimize your blog performance
- Highly secured
- A massive community base where you can ask your questions and receive help in no time
- SEO friendly to publish your content and rank on search engines
Let me tell you – You just need a domain and WordPress hosting to get started with a brand new blog and eventually make money.
Below are some optional investments you may consider along with the time and experience to make your blogging life easier.
1. Theme (Free & Paid)
As I mentioned, there are tons of free themes to get started. Once you’ve published 10 to 15 articles, consider developing your blog with a premium WordPress theme.
Premium themes give you more room to customize your blog, design it with great blocks and sections that eventually help you monetize your blog in a better way.
I recommend Astra Pro theme which change the entire structure of your blog to better when you combine it with Elementor plugin, tons of website designs that you can import and customize, secured, SEO-friendly and definitely one of the top 5 WordPress themes in the current market.
The cost of Astra Pro theme is $41 and you will receive the updates and support for one year. If you want to get the lifetime updates and technical support, the cost is $249 – one time deal.
2. SEMrush (Free & Paid)
SEMrush is an SEO tool that help you with keyword research, technical SEO audit, backlink building opportunities, competitor analysis and so on.
You can use this link to get a 7-day pro free trial account.
The free account come with some limitations which can be lifted off with the pro account that cost you $99 per month.
Want to know more about the tool? Check out SEMrush review!
3. Email List building (Free & Paid)
Building an email list might not sound you important as a beginner but it is must for the long run.
You must grow your email list along with the time by offering constant value to your readers. It is your money-making channel and a great way to drive traffic to your blog.
I strongly recommend investing for a great email tool like MailerLite.
You can even get started with a free plan that let you send 12,000 emails/month for 1000 subscribers. If you grow more than that in future, I’m sure you can invest.
Here’s what you can do with MailerLite:
- Target and set automated emails to your new subscribers
- Create exit popups to collect emails
- Create surveys and collect feedbacks
- Email marketing
- Create landing pages to collect email IDs
4. Social media sharing plugin (Free & Paid)
Did you see the social share buttons on my blog?
It was created using SocialSnap.
Social Snap comes with free and paid versions. As a fact, paid one can do a lot better than a free one.
The premium version cost you $27.30.
You can check out the Social Snap review to learn more about it before you invest.
FAQs about costs related to starting a blog
#1. I don’t know about setting a blog and designing it. How much does it cost to hire a freelancer for that?
If you say you don’t know in blogging, you will never succeed. Blogging is all about researching, learning and implementing. Everything is on the Internet, no one is going to spoon feed you.
In fact, I have created step-by-step guide on how to start a blog in 2020 to help just beginners like you.
If you still want to someone do it for you, I will do it. I charge $100 to set you up with a brand new blog that includes domain, hosting and designing your blog with a free theme and essential plugins.
#2. How much does the renewal cost me for domain, hosting, themes & tools?
For domain, it cost you 10 to $15 a year. Check out the registration and renewal prices here.
For hosting, it would cost you depending on the plan or new host you want to choose.
Pro Tip: Always go with HostPapa’s 3 year plan at one shot to save a world of money.
#3. What if I don’t renew my theme?
Astra WordPress theme gives you the flexibility to use their theme for a lifetime. So you can continue using the theme and customizing it anytime you want without renewing it. However, if you want to get new updates and premium support, renewal is must.
Conclusion on Costs related to starting a blog in india
What to say!!
You just need decent money (less than $100) to start a blog, grow and create a side hustle or eventually a main income source for yourself.
I don’t want to sound like a daddy, but yes, passion and commitment are two important fuels that keep you running and reach your goals. Good luck to you 🙂
Mudassir is the founder and author of BloggingExplained.com, the only blog you may want to follow to learn to blog and grow in blogging industry. He has already helped dozens of newbies to get started with blogging. If you too want to start a blog and put your thoughts into action, he is the right friend to connect. You can catch up Mudassir on Twitter @BloggerMudassir.