If you’ve been blogging for a while, you may have considered some blog investments. When I first started blogging I didn’t want to pay for any services I used (think IFFT, free bit,ly accounts, Tailwind accounts, and more).

Now that I’ve been blogging for almost two years I took the plunge and decided to pay for some stuff that I think is totally worth it. Here are 7 blogging investments to make.

7  blog investments to make 1. WordPress .ORG/ someone to install it for me
I’ve been on Blogger, I tried Squarespace, went back to Blogger then finally decided on WordPress. Although it’s an extra expense, I would totally recommend getting someone to install it. I seriously didn’t want to deal with installing it and it did take a while (my impatience was shown on Snapchat and Instastories) but I seriously can’t suggest it more.

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2. My theme
There are A LOT of different and free themes out there, but buying one makes a difference. Don’t just get the first one you see/the first website you land on, ask for recs, check out Etsy, google WordPress themes, whatever- just do your research and make sure it’s the one for you (customizable, mobile friendly, easy to navigate etc.). Here’s where I got mine.

3. Boardbooster
My Pinterest schedueler was Tailwind (not the paid service) and I was getting good engagement, but when I decided to try out Boardbooster (100 pins) I was HOOKED. I currently have the $10.00 subscription (1,000 pins/month) and I love it.

4. Photoshop/Illustrator
I’ve said time and time again that Photoshop + my computer = no bueno, but I have used it at school and it really is amazing. As for illustrator, I’m still learning about all the neat stuff I can do (which is just the tip of the iceberg), but as an amateur graphic designer I’M IN LOVE.

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5. A DSLR
Okay, your phone is a pretty great tool to use when you’re on the go, but having a DSLR is suuuuuch an essential. Especially if you’re planning on taking fashion shots, product photos or even scenery/building pictures. Bonus get one that’s wifi enabled and get some tools like a tripod and remote.

6. Stock photo subscription
I haven’t plunged into this just yet, but there are SOOOO MANY awesome sites that have a subscription plan. I’m thinking of going with Haute Chocolate, Styled Stock Society or SC Stockshop– but there are literally so many other ones that I can’t decide.

7. A good computer
This is a give-in. I got my MacBook Pro for school like 5 years ago and it is seriously my baby. I love it and it hasn’t given me any problems in that time. My friend has gone through 6 laptops in 4 years- not Macs (just saying). I’m so biased, and they cost a pretty penny- but if you’d rather spend a bigger sum on a computer that will last a while than several hundreds on several different ones, invest in a Mac.

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What blog investments have you made/are thinking about making?

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Author: Alix Maza

Alix is a college student, Step Up Magazine contributor, wannabe author, blogger and a super girly-girl who loves dogs and is entirely too dependent on coffee.

  • Jeni

    A DSLR. Sigh – this is very much on my wish list. I absolutely agree with you on everything from the theme to Tailwind, etc. I just haven’t made the DSLR happen yet. Maybe the Easter bunny will bring me one 🙂

    This is a great post though – I think it is so important to treat your business as a business from teh start!

    • I really need to update my DSLR! They just have to be so dang expensive haha.

  • Sarah Crosley

    Some of the best investments I have made are automation tools. These save me tons of time and allow me to be “present” online even if I take a day off.

    • I’ve been thinking of email automation!

  • Brittnee Miller

    I’ve been hearing so many good things about BoardBooster, I need to look into it. Great post, very helpful!

    • Boardbooster is freaking incredible.

  • I love this post! I’m currently in the process of creating a new blog using WordPress and these are all helpful things that I’ll be looking into!

  • My husband got me a new laptop for photo editing and blogging on and it was the best investment that we have made so far. I am always using it and I run it hard when I’m editing.

    • Don’t I know it! I would seriously be lost without mine.

  • I’ve been thinking about switching to mac. Thank you for the tips!

    • My mom has an iBook, I have a MacBook Pro and dad has an iMac-safe to say we’re a mac family. 🙂

  • Rebecca Moran

    I love my WordPress page. And my template. And my Macbook. 🙂

  • I agree with all of these! So worth it!

  • Adriana

    All of these are worth every penny! You have to make investments to see a return! 🙂

  • When I first started blogging I tried not to pay for anything. I slowly realized that if I wanted my blog to be decent, that I needed to make the proper investments. I am so happy I did. These are all great investments!

  • Emily Alimusa

    I am such a Mac person! I can’t imagine life without one. I seriously need to look into board booster, my pinning game is SLACKING. Also, play around with InDesign, it is amazing! There are also hundreds of amazing tutorials on lynda.com for Adobe Creative Cloud. I think you may have to pay for them but check through your school. Mine has a subscription that makes them free but I have learned so much!

    Thanks for the tips!!

    travelingthroughtulips.com

    • I have been using InDesign since high school and I love it! I’ll be checking out that site for sure. 🙂

  • Hannah Stark

    A DSLR is a must for bloggers! Its a big investment but super worth it because brands/people love high quality pictures:)

    xoxo, Hannah
    http://www.ohwhatasighttosee.com

    • Man they are expensive, but sooooo worth it!

  • Selina Ryan

    I’m in this boat at the moment, where I am new and don’t yet want to commit to anything yet. I have a few things already on this list.

    • Yeah- don’t do it until you’re ready!

  • I agree with all your points. I did wordpress.org by myself and it’s not that difficult – in case you wanna save a few bucks 🙂 I just bought photoshop and lightroom and i’m still learning how to use it!
    if you’re interested in checking out my blog or instagram here are the links.
    http://www.kenziekashmiri.com
    http://www.instagram.com/kenziekashmiri

    • Nice! I’m really not patient and know I’d mess up the WP download somehow haha.

  • I love both Haute Chocolate and Styled Stock Society. Such great subscriptions.

  • Wife Sense

    I have all of these except Photoshop/Illustrator – but my MacBook Pro does all the photo editing I need. Love my MacBook!

  • Jackie Bruchez

    Great tips! I haven’t tried board booster but will now!

    • I’m sure you won’t regret it!

  • Love all of these! I’ve been toying around with the idea of starting to pay for blogging tools and this was such a nice list to read over. I’m definitely going to look into the paid boardbooster plan. Luckily I have a new computer and a DSLR, so I’m all set there 🙂

    • Those are pretty essential! Boardbooster is totally worth it!

  • Anna Hubbard

    Was reading through all of these and said YES to every single one! A DSLR is a MUST HAVE!
    -Anna | http://www.fivefootandfabulous.com

  • i’ve recently found boardbooster and yay, it’s like a pinterest godsend (:

  • Boardbooster is so WORTH IT! I’m looking at stock photo subscriptions too and I’m considering Haute Chocolate! Haven’t quite done it yet either though lol

    • Haha I don’t know why I haven’t decided yet, I love her stuff!

  • These are all such great investments! I just got Boardbooster and love it!

    • It took me a while to get used to it, but it really is a time saver!

  • Greta Hollar

    Tailwind, photoshop, and a good camera are my picks! Also props for flat lays are a good investment.

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

    • Yes! Great props are always a good idea.

  • All important investments for sure! Couldn’t agree more!

  • Aarika Chilson

    Thanks for all the helpful tips. I have never heard of Boardbooster, and I am thrilled to check it out. Investing in a quality laptop or desktop is definitely key. I am in love with my Surface Pro (Windows); one of the best investments ever! Keep on being fabulous!

  • Agreed on all of these. I have a iMac and a Macbook Air for traveling and they’re some of the best investments I’ve made for my business and blog.

  • Christina

    Investing with smart purchases for the blog is the best thing you can do!

  • Rachel @ My Urban Oven

    Agreed on all of them! I would also add needing a good mailing service, I prefer Mail Chimp. Good luck blogging!

    • I’m on MailChimp also! I heard ConvertKit is good too.

  • Shobika Santhalingam

    I definitely agree with you! I need to invest in a DSLR and a better laptop! I definitely need to try out tailwind as well.

    • If you’re gonna pay, I’d go with Boardbooster! It offers a lot more.

  • Victoria Stacey

    I agree with all of these! I haven’t tried boardbooster yet, but I’ve heard it’s amazing!

  • Ash Neverson

    These are such good points, im currently saving up to get a DSLR by this month end, what camera do you suggest i buy?

    Ash | http://www.theashtreejournal.com

    • I’ve heard the Canon Rebel is good!

  • Kelly

    Hi Alix! What are the benefits of wordpress.com vs .org? Also, which DSLR camera do you use/suggest? I’m a new blogger and just started a little over a month ago. I’m trying to decide on what parts of blogging are worth the investment so this is helpful! Thanks!

    – Kelly
    http://www.AboveAverageAdulting.com

    • WordPress .org is more customizable and has a lot of features! I think the Canon Rebel series is good! Glad this helped.

  • Ashley Mason

    These are all great investments! I love my DSLR!

  • Marie Ernst

    LOL I need to invest in a good computer! Mine drives me crazy more often than not, which is insane since it is the most important thing for us bloggers!

    • Lol my cousin just asked me what kind of laptop to get next.

  • Megan Campbell

    I haven’t been blogging very long, so I’m a little overwhelmed at this list, but it all sounds like great advice and I cant wait to check some of it out. I definitely agree with you about having a Mac. I got mine a year ago and absolutely love it.