Every website has a different set of costs, however, the majority of websites only cost around $40+ a year when they are first created. This includes the domain renewal cost (yearly) and the hosting renewal cost (also yearly).
There are more inexpensive options like free hosting, but these are generally not preferred for businesses due to lackluster performance.
After a site is established the website owner(s) may wish to expand to meet the demand or needs of their website. The costs can then grow or shrink depending on the success of the venture.
Generally, the rest of the costs are a gradient.
Depending on the traffic for a particular website, hosting costs can go upward to hundreds of dollars. But many website owners don’t face this kind of cost, and if they do, their website is highly monetized, so a $250 hosting bill is easily covered by the advertising or product sales.
Expansion, security and marketing costs
Other costs that may occur during typical ownership and management of a website are:
- SSL licenses
- Credit Card services for secured online purchases with popular payment cards like VISA.
- Content creation: ordering graphics, video, articles and more to keep the site current.
- Marketing: ad words campaigns, advert placement on websites, print marketing and more.
- Link building campaigns: guest blogging, commenting, features and reviews by bloggers.
- And many more!
The true costs vary so much we will not list them here, but rest assured you may find more inexpensive deals if you shop around and wait.
- If building a new website without an established offline brand, marketing and link building costs may be higher the first year.
- SSL licenses and Credit Card Payment services are key to a shopping website, so if you are thinking of creating a shopping website take into consideration the types of trustworthy security and encryption services that will need to be accounted into a website budget.
- Maintaining a website regularly with the motion of daily life can be a struggle. That’s why content creation costs can go up due to a lack of time on the owner’s part. Some owners update once a week with an article costing $5, others spend $100 a week.
- Without marketing and link building, many businesses online would not succeed. Every website owner should consider their budget for promoting their website via paid ads, free authoritative directories and hiring professional, green link building Search Engine Optimization assistants on trustworthy services sites.
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