Speaking from experience, I know how hosting costs scared me getting started. And not to mention the necessity of adding the Yoast SEO Premium Plugin for WordPress. The two most important factors of having a profitable blog. I soon realized that “Basic” or “Shared” hosting however effective. It is advised to rather try the more advanced hosting options. But to afford all that is another story all together because it is expensive. And if you live in South Africa, with the exchange rate (around 15:1). Looking at the exchanged amounts in Rand (ZAR) is an instant remedy to constipation!
Hosting (VPS Hosting in Blue Host) and the Yoast Premium Plugin can set you back around $330 (for one year). Which in South African Rand (ZAR) is around R5,000-00. So you have two options to prepare for this kind of financial input.
Option one would be to determine exactly how much you would need for the first year ($330). And then save until you have enough, even if it does feel like 100 years. The trick is to not use the savings toward the end of the month crunch. Which is often a lot easier said than done. But if you really want something bad enough you’ll find a way. Because if you want something you never had, you have to do things you never done. Simple as that.
The second option is to earn the needed cash through paid online jobs with sites like Upwork, Guru and Freelancer. Mostly writing and social media jobs. But, like with surveys you have to qualify in order to be successful and earn a little on the side.
There are several online opportunities to earn from $5 - $60 per project or job. But much like with saving the money, it will take a bit of time. My most recent discoveries are two sites called UserTesting(dot)com and EnrollApp(dot)com. User Testing is more the review kind of jobs where you will need a microphone. Because they require you to talk and comment while you visit and review websites and view videos.
Basically the most important factors to eventually have a profitable blog is time and patience. Tiny objective steps in the right direction. It does however start with your own blog. Which is why the first step must be to prepare for the capital needed to start the right way. Having your own blog is the one thing all super successful affiliate marketers have in common. Along with their own digital products and unique content.