VAMPING UP YOUR BLOG ON A BUDGET


Now, I don't know about you, but I love to save my $$$, as much as I love to splurge. And there's nothing better than getting great results without splashing out on your life savings. Who's with me?



Blogging is one of those things where it's so easy to be tempted to spend a lil' more than what is fair on your bank balance, so let me be your guardian angel *waves*, and show you budget-friendly ways to spice up your blog.


TEMPLATES

Template-wise, Etsy is where it's at, since Blogger and Wordpress default templates don't quite cut it for me. I snagged mine over there for only a fiver (how good is that?), and it's perfect for my needs. There are literally hundreds out there; QuinnCreatives, Syncboost and KayBrighton have some of my faves for Blogger, and aiwsolutions and ScrapStudioES have great affordable options for Wordpress. Just remember to check if it is Blogger or Wordpress made and make sure it's mobile responsive!






HEADER

A new header is an instant refresh to your blog. I personally made my own, using PicMonkey, which I swear by - it's really easy to use and is ideal for all my wants and needs. Thinking fonts, GoogleFonts have a myriad of options to scroll through at your own leisure, as do free font websites such as dafont.com and fontsquirrel.com. Alternatively, if you want to go a step further, many other bloggers and Etsy designers design them for you for a small cost.


DOMAIN

A self-hosted domain adds such a professional edge to your blog, I think. It may seem scary at first to take the leap, but Tilly's post here breaks it down for you - it's especially helpful for you Wordpress users. I opted for GoDaddy.com when I went self-hosted since it seemed like the best choice and a few YouTube tutorials later, girlabroad.co.uk was up and running. For the first year, you pay £5 and in the following years you pay £12 - only £1 monthly - how good is that? A self-hosted domain isn't essential, but it really is worth investing in, if you want to take your blog somewhere.

Will you be vamping up your blog anytime soon?
Alice x

26 comments

  1. Loved this post I agree with everything you said, it's defo harder with no job! Thanks for the mention xx

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  2. I refreshed my blog design a few weeks ago and it has made such a big difference. I usually download free templates and then edit some of the HTML so it's to my liking. It's much more cost effective and allows me to personalise it. I'm yet to buy my own domain but I really believe that it does help to make your blog into more of a 'business' and more professional so I'll have to invest soon.

    Dalal
    monochromedaisies.blogspot.com

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    1. I love your blog design! I'm way too intimidated by HTML haha!

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  3. Thanks for this. I def need an update...

    Mel | www.thegossipdarling.com

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  4. Loved this post, so helpful as I've just switched to Blogger so that I can make it professional. Also I love the photo! Xx

    http://simplllyme.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1

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  5. Ooh loved this! Definitely need to buy a template from etsy soon so this has spurred me on!!

    Meg
    Www.meowameg.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. There are so many templates and styles out there I never know which one to pick and I still haven't took the splurge to purchase one either! Picmonkey is a life saver I use it for everything!
    Charlotte / Charlotte's Picks

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    1. Yes, you really are spoilt for choice aren't you?

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  7. Love this post! I'm a new-ish blogger so a lot of the technical stuff scares me :)

    Rachael xx.
    theteacozykitchen.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. Currently I'm relatively happy with my blog but if all goes well and I get even more into it then I will certainly take these tips on board :) xx

    http://daisyypetals.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Your blog is great, especially the photos! Thanks for reading <3

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  9. loved this post! i take blogging as my passion and it will (hopefully) always be, thought i think it would be great if i earn money through the thing i love but i have no idea on how to!! lol. xx

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    1. I can definitely do a post about earning money through blogging if you'd like!

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  10. Ah I need a new blog template, I will have to look at the sites you suggested! Lovely post☺ Leonie x
    https://prettyrainclouds.blogspot.com

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  11. I've heard about GO Daddy but I was told it was a site for business....guess that person was wrong.Great tips-thanks so much for sharing and I shall definitely check out these sites (I'm considering giving my blog a new look, CONSIDERING it).
    Ps: Do you by any chance have a SnapChat account? If so, give me your name and I'll add you.

    #sweetreats xx www.bakingboutiquebirds.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I don't have a Snapchat account, but you could follow my Instagram as I post regularly on Instagram stories over there! ❤

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  12. Love this post, I really want to get a new template but they are so so so expensive. I'll have to see whats available on etsy!

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    1. I would really recommend Etsy, they have amazing affordable ones!

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