You can blog for free but also you can get carried away with things you think you need and it can become very expensive. If you get in to blogging and really enjoy it then investing in some equipment might be beneficial to you however a good blog does not need extra stuff yo make it good.
If you are starting out then I would recommend that you spend nothing, apart from time, to your blog. Especially if this is your first blog as you may not like blogging and wasting money is not good for anyone.
So here are a few tips on how to blog with basically no money.
First use free blog sites, I love WordPress and I have also used Blogger. These sites will ask for money to use special features; you don’t need any of them straight away. The free templates are good and storage space is vast and lets be honest you can live with wordpress.com being at the end of your blog.
If you want these features then by all means purchase the premium package but starting out you don’t need it.
As I am doing this post specifically about beauty blogging so we need to move on to photos. First off use what cameras you have available; if you happen to have an SLR then use that if you have an iPone use that. I use a Panasonic DMC-TZ40 and this is a compact camera and is really good but just to bring a comparison of a shot by my camera and my iPhone 5c:
Obviously the one on the right is has a better quality than the one on the left but there is nothing wrong with the one on the left this is good for starting up your blog. So at the very beginning use your phone or whatever camera you have to hand.
Whist we are still on the topic of photos lets talk editing. You don’t need photoshop for a bit of cropping and light retouching I used https://pixlr.com for computer editing before buying Photoshop. This is a really simple package that can do lots of different things. If you use your phone to take photos download an app and edit from your phone. I like the Photoshop app that is free and this does all the basics of photo editing; Rookie Cam is also a good one that is free as well.
Now just taking an clear photo is not enough you also need it to be visually interesting and have some sort of background. I personally like having a clean white background with no lines for this I use a sheet of wrapping paper that is attached to the wall with blue tack then then hangs down to the floor. Very high tech I know.
Otherwise look around your house for nice things, cool wood grain nice pieces of fabric. Some of these things can be very cheaply bought but find a nice table or throw pillow or old jumper to shoot on instead of going out and buying anything.
Keeping costs down a bit about reviewing products. Start by reviewing things that you already have. When I started blogging I used to buy loads of newly released products so I could keep my blog as topical as possible. This was stupid of me. Yes, try new products but don’t spend loads of money to simply review something. Review what you already have and work from there.
Next use advertisement that is already free, make sure that you link your blog with your social media accounts. If you don’t have Twitter, a Facebook page, Tumblr etc, get it. Use hashtags to promote your work and don’t forget about retweet twitter feeds such as @, and @, to get free publicity to your blog. I might do more about using social media to gain views later but that covers the basics.
But most of all just write something interesting; good blogs don’t really need any fancy photos or editing equipment it is all to do with content. So stop reading this and how write something but most of all just enjoy it.