Affordable Ideas for Overhauling Your Blog

Posted on 05/08/2014

There are more than 181 million blogs around the world. According to Nielsen data that's up from 36 million in 2006. The majority of bloggers are women, well-educated and parents. If you're one of the millions vying for attention online why not try freshening up your piece of the world wide web? Overhaul your blog without spending a fortune using these tips and tricks.

Free Blog Templates
There are thousands of free blog templates available for use online. Check out a large library of Blogger templates at Download your favorite free template or pay about $30 to remove footer credits and receive lifetime support.

Create a Design Competition
Get designers from around the world to compete for your business at Fill out a design brief, set your price and designers will compete to win your design contest. Over the course of a week you'll have a chance to provide feedback. Once you pick your favorite you'll hand over the money, sign a copyright agreement and receive your new website, logo or illustration.

Ready-Made Packages
Squarespace is a good option for bloggers that need extra guidance and support. With free customer service available 24 hours a day there is always someone ready to help you troubleshoot. Each account comes with hosting, simple customization tools and a free domain of your choice. Packages start at $8 a month, billed annually and there's also a free 14 day trial.

Professional Logo Design
Not everyone is born with design skills so leave your logo to the pros. The starter package with comes with three unique logo design concepts from two designers for $39. The package also comes with free revisions.

Cheap Blog Templates
You may have shopped Etsy for handmade coffee mugs or affordable art prints, but the site also has a good selection of blog templates for as little as $20. Some sellers will customize colors and fonts for you for a nominal fee. You'll also find cute blog add-ons like social media buttons or post signatures for as little as $5.

Find Stunning Free Photos
Great photography can give your blog a high quality look, but photos are expensive-- unless you know where to look. Getty Images now allows people to embed stock photos for free, which includes attribution to the original creator and a link to Getty's site. Find stunning free photos for your blog on websites like, a repository for public domain photos that do not require attribution. With great photography your blog will shine.

By Alison Storm

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