How Much Does It Cost To Build Your Own Website?
Today I want to take time and answer this question because I have been asked many times how much does it cost to build your own website? The truth is, depending on the kind of website you are building money wise it doesn’t cost much. Let’s take a look, if you register a.com domain, that will cost you roughly $15 a year, then the hosting for a simple website the hosting range anywhere between $4 to $29 per month.
But what does all this mean?
Before we go any further, let me explain to you what a domain is and what web hosting is, a domain is like your own space on the internet, for example, my letsworkinpjs.com is my own space which means if someone else tries to find the same exact domain, they will not be able to find it because I own it.
Which means, when you purchase your own domain, you own it as long as you continue to renew the registration every year, and now Let’s talk about hosting, what is web hosting? hosting is where your website lives if you have a domain but no hosting, no one will be able to find your website.
You need web hosting in order for people to find you on the internet, the good thing is that hosting is not costly, as we have mentioned, it could be anywhere between $4 to $29 a month, Blue Host is charging $3.95 per month, I think that is quite reasonable, so for domain and hosting, you are not really going to spend much money.
Yet you have an opportunity to make lots of money with your own website
depending on the reasons why you want to build your own website, if you intend to make money with your website, for example, if you want to enter into affiliate marketing or even multi-level marketing, you need your own domain and a self-hosted website.
But if you just want to have a blog, where you share your ideas with the world, then you can have a free website where you don’t own the domain and you don’t have it hosted, you can join platforms like Wix, Weebly, Blogger, Tumblr or even wordpress.com.
Those are platforms where you can create a free blog, and you can share your content with the world, the only problem with using a free blog site, is that you are not in control of your blog and you can’t install plugins for Let’s say SEO and you will find difficulties if you decide to promote a product for a commission.
Basically, it will be difficult to monetize your blog if you are using a free blog site especially if you want to depend on free traffic, but if you have money to spend on paid traffic, then you will get traffic. But that doesn’t even make sense, why pay money to get traffic and yet not get your own self hosted website?
If you can’t tell, I am not very fond of the idea of building an online business on a shaky foundation, because Let’s be honest, by building your business on a free blog site, you are not in control and anything can happen, what if you wake up tomorrow and your content is deleted or you get blocked from accessing your blog?
It was just yesterday I was reading about a blogger who had her Pinterest account deactivated, luckily she had her own self hosted blog and other social media pages, although there was a happy ending and she was able to get her Pinterest account back after a while, she was losing money because she had affiliate pins that she was promoting on Pinterest and she had subscriptions like Tailwind which she got purposely for Pinterest.
Are you seeing where I am going with this?
If you are going to spend money, on Let’s say ads or paid traffic, why not bring that traffic to your own website and help grow your own business, where you have control and you are not worried that someone will block your links or delete your content? I think the best way to start an online business whether you are starting a website to promote your own products or other people’s products, is to have your own website.
But If You Must Have A Free Website, I Have A Solution
If for whatever reason you just want a free website, I have a better solution for you, rather than creating a blog on those platforms we mentioned above, I suggest you create a starter account with Wealthy Affiliate and I will explain why I prefer this method.
With a free account in Wealthy Affiliate you will get two siterubix websites, and as long as you continue to work on the websites, no one is going to take your content down, the free websites are hosted within Wealthy Affiliate for free, and the next benefit is that with your started account you will be able to get 10 free lessons that will help you learn a few things if you are just starting out.
Once you fill your sites with content, then later you can purchase domains and move your sites to your own domains, the fact is, being in Wealthy Affiliate gives you many opportunities to make money online, and you can even make money as a stater member.
What Is This Wealthy Affiliate Thing, And What Is All The Noise About
I was reading an article just recently where someone mentioned that there is a lot of noise on the internet about Wealthy Affiliate and he was wondering what the noise was all about, he went on to state that he will check it out and report back to his readers whether it was worth their time.
I did leave him a comment and told him to check it out for himself and see, Anyway, Let’s look deeper into this platform that I am recommending to you, if you have a couple of minutes, I highly recommend you read my full review of Wealthy Affiliate Click Here.
But I will just give you the feel of the platform and then you can decide if it’s worth your time, as you will see in my review, the membership if you decide to go premium will cost you $19 the first month and then it’s gonna cost you $49 per month and no up sales, once you upgrade, that is it, unlike other programs where you have to keep upgrading to get more services, at Wealthy affiliate everything is open for you.
But wait there is more, every week you will get live classes, where you can ask questions and get answers from the Wealthy affiliate Live Coach, his name is Jay and he is a successful Affiliate Marketer who has made serious money online.
But wait there is even more, the owners of the company are there online to answer your questions and to guide you.
What I am I paying for?
Apart from everything I mentioned, like weekly webinars and thousands of pieces of training covering every aspect of making money online including SEO, ( I have seen an SEO training that is costing $250) you will also get a keyword research tool ( that on its own is worth $30 per month)
Web hosting and as a premium member you can host 50 websites 25 domain websites( your own domains like .com .net or .org) and 25 siterubix websites ( these are free websites). The hosting of 50 domains alone would cost you $200. Yet you are getting all these in one package at only $49 per month, and the cost could go even lower if you take the yearly package, you could pay as low as $29 per month
Site support and security 24/7 site monitoring and you will get a community of over 1.8 million members, who will help you with feedback about your websites. And encourage you as you move forward with your business.
And they will also offer engagement so your content can rank high on search engines. The community is built around the idea of giving back which means everyone is sharing tips and strategies that are working, and they will also share the bad so you can avoid mistakes, for example just this morning a member shared with us a plugin that he said was slowing down his website.
And as we all know site speed is everything in this business, so he told us that since he installed that plugin, his site speed has declined a lot and so he decided to get to the root of the problem, and he found that it was the plugin, so he changed the plugin and the issue was resolved.
Another member shared with us an issue he was having with Amazon Associates, and actually I was having the same issue and because of the post on Wealthy Affiliate, that issue was resolved, I hope you can see the benefits of being a part of this large community and I can’t even list everything because I will have to write a 10k word post and I don’t think you will be very happy reading such a long post lol 🙂
Websites are very important these days because the only way to reach people now is by the internet, everyone is on the internet and this means for any business to succeed, you need to have an internet marketing department.
Another reason to have a website is to start your own online business, and as we have seen it’s not difficult to start your own website and it does not cost much, you can even do it for free, you just need to invest time.
I really want to hear from you, do you have a website? how much did it cost you to build it?
if you don’t have a website would you like to build one today?
Tell me in the comment section.
Thank you for your time
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8 comments on “How Much Does It Cost To Build Your Own Website?”
First of all, I just want to say that you have a very nice domain! Very catchy! Good job!
I am actually part of the Wealthy Affiliate community and I have to say that joining WA is the best decision I made. I was able to grow my online business with the help of the WA community and its system.
To all the aspiring online entrepreneurs and marketers, give it a go. It’s not going to be easy, affiliate marketing was never easy. But WA will help you get to where you want to be! For sure! Cheers!
Hahaha, I am happy that you find my domain catchy, it’s nice to see a fellow member, you are so right, being part of a community like Wealthy Affiliate makes things easier because as you mentioned, its not easy business but with people to support you, you will be encouraged to move forward.
Thank you for your comment AJ and I am glad you found Wealthy Affiliate.
What a very nice informative article you have. I would prefer having a hosting platform than going for the free blog sharing platforms that you cannot take control of it. I have been using Wealthy affiliate and so far, so good. No regrets being a Wealthy affiliate user. I am enjoying making my blogs inside WA, with grammar checker and the Jaaxy keyword research tool I have everything I need.
Thank you, Gillian, I am glad you are enjoying your experience within Wealthy Affiliate.
Yes, Wealthy Affiliate is pocket-friendly and offers great quality training and everything you need to succeed in affiliate marketing.
A very good post, Rose. We built a site hosted by WA, with its own domain. The WA community is amazing, whenever you are in trouble, someone is found to help you when you need it. And absolutely everyone is interested in your progress and encourages you. There’s a lot to be said.
Thank you so much, Carm for your comment.
Hi Rose, thanks for your interesting post. I also joined wealthy affiliate as I realised it really was an all in one service (other than paying for web site domains as you mentioned in your post). There are other providers out there that offer a service for a similar price but they only offer the next stage of training for a further fee which is something I would find annoying. With wealthy affiliate you know what’s included from the start.
Yes, James, I hate upsells I really do, I like knowing what I am paying for from the word go, I don’t like surprises of that kind where you think you are all set and then you find out you need to cough up some more money to continue.
I have been there in the past and I hate it.
Thank you so much for your comment James