How To Grow Your Blog Without Spending Money

how to grow your blog without spending money

If you want to grow your blog without spending money let me tell you that there is nothing wrong with you and you are not alone. Maybe you’re just testing the waters if blogging is really your thing and you don’t want to commit a penny, that is okay sweetie I understand where you’re coming from – because I was there too.

How To Grow Your Blog Without Spending Money

Within a year of blogging there are A LOT of things that I tried to push this blog to grow and some helped some just wasted my time. Today, I’ll share with you what worked for me personally and I hope that it will work on you too!

1. Ask yourself what GROW means to you.

Okay so before you freak out, let me tell you that this is the most important thing so we will start on this one. You have to be ABSOLUTELY clear on your goals as a blogger or biz owner. You should never ever compare yourself to the bigger bloggers because I can guarantee your failures if you do that. (Errrgh… I once did, trust me!) What I can suggest is you focus on one specific thing at a time and go further once you see a result.

i.e: You want to grow your blog’s traffic in one month. Define what’s your target traffic to consider as growth. It could be monthly, quarterly or yearly. Say last month you got 5,000 page views a good growth meter for next month would be 10,000 page views. Set this as main goal and work your butts off to get it!

Tip: If traffic is your target growth, do not look at your stats every minute of the day – that will not help you. Check your stats before the day ends to see what posts are working and which ones are not.

Related: 72 Proven Ways To Drive Traffic To A New Blog

2. Choose a SOCIAL platform that you enjoy

It’s easy to get caught up in social media these days. When I started blogging, I remember I was losing sleep over Instagram because I cannot make it work for me. I got depressed over Facebook because when people like my page some will unlike it the next day.

Then I found myself totally stressed out for weeks until I found Pinterest and Twitter. I gave myself ample time to learn how these two social platform works and how it can benefit my blog and my audience in general. And so far, it’s doing pretty good.

3. Reach Out

The blogging community is huge. Whatever you write about there will always be another blogger that can relate to you and will be willing to help you out. Take advantage of Facebook Groups and Pinterest Boards to widen your horizon and reach out to other bloggers.

By joining these groups, you can also generate a decent amount of traffic since there are promo days in these groups where you can share your work.

4. Guest Post or Collaborate

In relation to item #3, once you joined a blogging group based on your chosen interest you can check other blogs if they accept guest posts. I personally haven’t done this before but in this blog, I’ve already featured a lot of guest posters in this blog and I loved them!

So you might be thinking why the heck would I waste my precious time writing for other blogs where in fact I can write in my own blog? Well, because you need to make friends and take advantage of the bigger audience that other blog’s already established.

Oh and if their audience is the same with your target audience its a perfect opportunity for you to make friends with other lovely people online!

5. Free Goodies

You might be thinking that in order for your blog to really grow you gonna need to spend money for tools/ software etc. What I can suggest is to take advantage of “Free Trials”. There are a lot out there some of the tools I’ve signed up for trial versions are: Tailwind, Board Booster, Hootsuite and Buffer.

The trial services are limited however, it will give you the perfect opportunity to see if the tool suits your business/blogging goals well. If you’re not keen to this tools well, no problem! There are bazillion other tools that you can use and they are ultimately free.

Related: Top Free Tools Every Blogger Should Use

6. Link Ups

This is something that I haven’t tried personally but I included it in this list because I’ve read a lot of good feedback to people who join link ups. If you want to join any link ups, you can Google “Day of the Week Link Up” and see if there are any active link ups that relates to your post. Google link ups that interests you and align to your blog’s topic.

If you leave your link, be sure to visit other blogs and leave awesome comments on their posts! You might stumble upon a good blogger friend! One of the must-see link ups is the Five Minute Friday hosted by Lisa Jo. Yes – I know what you’re thinking, I got interested to join when I saw a lot of bloggers loved it so see you there?


It’s super important that you encourage other bloggers and visit new blogs. Also, don’t forget to respond to people who leave comments to your blog – I have difficulty in this since I work full time but I make sure that within a week I’ll respond to as many as possible. Use your favorite social media to network and make friends, I personally like Twitter and almost all of my blogger friends are active on that platform.

8. Don’t focus on money

When you finally hit your goals in numbers (I mean page views and engaged readers) it’s the time to get start monetizing. But, do not focus on making money because your readers and new visitors will suffer from it and as a result, they will leave your site and never come back. Ensure that when you monetize it’s not something that will sound salesly but something that your readers will appreciate as you recommend products to them.


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  • Milton Coyne

    these are truly useful and I will definitely keep them all in mind! I recently learned how to utilize social media and how they can be very beneficial in promoting my blog without costing me a thing (except for the time and effort though)….even though I have been into blogging for less than ten years now, i am still new in this kind of thing and I am still learning.. this post helped me a lot to make me more effective!

    • Aww… that is awesome Milton! Sooooo happy you liked it! Let me know if you need more tips 🙂

  • Carola

    Growing your blog takes so much time. I spend more time on that than on writing haha. But it helps a lot. These are nice tips. I agree, networking makes a big difference!

    • YES! I looooove chatting to fellow bloggers too! Thank you for reaching out! <3 Happy you liked the article 😀

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  • karyl henry

    Thank you so much for this! I work full time as well, and I find it really easy to get frustrated when I’m not seeing growth I “think” I should. I really need to look more into collaboration/guest posting.

    • I totally feel you! Hey, speaking of Guest Posting why not try to submit to this blog? 🙂

  • Berlin Domingo

    I appreciate and like your tips. This is so helpful for bloggers like me who is just starting. I have seen a number of bloggers giving away something on their anniversary. Perhaps I might do so on my birthday. Again, thanks for the share

    • Thank you Berlin for your sweet words! I’m so happy you liked and yes doing giveaways are great! Try ’em on and let me know how it goes 🙂

  • As I am a novice blogger myself, I honestly is still on a testing water on this new adventure I’m in. I am in need of a comprehensive and easy to understand tips. This is a good reference. Thank you mate!


    • Ram, happy you liked it! Feel free to read more blogging tips under Blogging category of this blog – all of them are catered for newbie bloggers who needs help 🙂

  • Eens

    Very nice post! Such a good read for someone new to the community of blogging.
    Think all of us should stick to our goals too 🙂

  • Ana S

    Very good points here and great tips. The only thing I’d say is that it’s absolutely worth to invest even a tiny bit just to get your own domain and hosting package in order to own your blog and content. Even if you don’t even plan to monetize. It’s not a super expensive investment either. Also I agree that if monetizing comes up that’s great but my priority is always the content and writing about what I love and believe in. My blog is my channel to the world

  • Lester Pioquinto

    Aweseome article, especially for new and upcoming bloggers out there. #8 is extremely on point. If you focus to much on making money, you’ll lose track of the real goal. And that is to give value to your readers. 🙂

    PS: I don’t know if it’s just my computer but it’s a bit hard reading your articles in this layout. I hope you can fix it. 🙂

    • Thank you Lester! Hey what’s the problem with the layout? Are you viewing the article in mobile or desktop? Let me know so I can fix asap! 🙂

  • Those are quite the pieces of advice that any blogger would love to read. It’s always a tough thing for others since they don’t blog full-time. But items 6 & 7 are really on point! It’s also connecting with other people not just merely posting. 🙂

    • Write to connect isn’t it? Thanks for your thoughts Kristine! 🙂

  • Dunja

    I’m still a newbie so these tips are really useful for me. I’m a student and always on a budget so i don’t really have much money to spend on blogging. Plus, I think we should focus more on the blogging itself and creating great content then to lose our minds and bunch of money over traffic, earning etc. 🙂

    • Just enjoy the writing don’t focus much on earnings because that’s when the stress comes in. Remember the reason why you started a blog that will lead you through this blogging journey

  • leonamanutd

    having blogged for a good many years, I just really enjoy writing whatever comes to mind and usually those I wrote from the heart are what gets the most views at the end. Not looking for any exponential growth here, just some appreciation of my writings even from 1 person is enough to make my day

    • Totally agree with you Leona! I also realized that when you write authentic pieces people will be able to relate and appreciate your work! 🙂

  • Martine Cosio De Luna

    Great tips! I would have to agree with all of them, since I’ve done all of them myself, in my six years as a blogger. I am changing direction though, and soon my blog will not be focused on the same strategy anymore. I will be leaning towards niche blogging, so traffic won’t be the main motivator for me, but a loyal following that frequently returns for the content and also my services in social media and branding.

    • Wow Martine! I didn’t know you’re blogging for that long. You came in the perfect timing since I’m currently looking for someone that offers social media + branding services <3

  • Alyssa Tuangco

    Good read! I think you also need to be social to grow your blog. As a shy person that’s why I need to conquer. Thank you for the tips! I will surely bookmark this.

    • Thanks Alyssa! Don’t hesitate to ping me (chat) if I can help you with anything. I’m also an introvert <3

  • Ma Yvette Heart Calimlim

    I agree we don’t need to spend much to make our blog grow, it’s a matter of connecting with fellow bloggers and write a good content 😉

    • Thanks for your thoughts Yvette! <3 I totally agree with the "connecting and writing good content" that is the heart and soul of our blogs 🙂

  • Berlin Domingo

    These are seriously good tips. Thank you for being generous and sharing these with us. I also believe that using the appropriate social media platforms is a great help same with conducting giveaways and the likes.

    • Hi Berlin happy you liked it! Yes I agree with you with the social media thing it does help a lot when you enjoy what platform you are using. Thanks for your thoughts! <3

  • Nilyn EC Matugas

    The only money I spent for my blog is for domain. The rest is help from other bloggers, social media and many more. And since I don’t earn money out of it too, I’d rather just keep it that way. I don’t have that much view, I’m hoping to learn more about seo and writing so boost my views. Nothing beats a great content.

    • It really depends on your end goal why you started a blog in the first place. Thanks for sharing your thoughts <3

      • Nilyn EC Matugas

        You’re welcome! Thanks for the tips! 🙂

  • Michelle Adriano

    I totally agree to you on all of the points you stated above. Blogging can be very overwhelming for beginners. When I was still beginning to blog, I wanted to inmediately dive in to self-hosting my blog site until one blogger friend made me realize to test the waters first. Glad that I listened to him first. I tried to relax and stopped comparing myself to other professional bloggers and start focusing on what my niche is. It made me enjoy blogging even more rather than being stressed out on how I can grow my blog.

    • I couldn’t agree more. When I compare myself to other bloggers “or other people in general” it makes me feel so bad about myself and started to doubt my abilities so yes, no no no to comparison 🙂

  • The decision to spend money to grow a blog is a strategic one. For starters, of course it is better to scrimp and work towards putting up content, learn to write better, and put up better content. In time a work flow is established. Only then should one consider to spend money on growing traffic. For personal blog, it is very rare for anyone to do that. For businesses, spending money on growing traffic is a part of advertising and marketing costs. #AmazingLifeDaily

    • It all boils down to why you started a blog. If you use your blog as the only source of income daaang! Its obvious that you do everything to make something out of it. But if you have a blog for hobby then you may not want to some a penny on it.

  • Sam

    I agree that you don’t need to shell out lots of money to promote your blog. It really is important to know your definition of Grow. Sometimes you can exert so much effort only to yield different results. You have to go back to what satisfies you.