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by Elembis (own work) [public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

by Elembis (own work) [public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

How Much Is Blogging Going To Cost?

So you want to start a blog, but have no idea what to budget? Prior to the birth of YouTube in 2006 and decent image hosting, you had to pay to host your blog if you wanted to share video and large images, and that could run your hosting costs up into the thousands if you found popularity.
These days, videos are embedded from Vimeo and YouTube. Both free and paid platforms let you upload images. That means that the cost of good blogging is much less than it used to be! What you can expect to pay will vary depending on the tools you prefer, the amount of control you want to have, and your level of technical expertise. Here's a brief overview of the costs, pros, and cons of the top three free and paid blogging platforms.