The Cost of Running the Beautiful Voyager
I wanted to outline about the 5 areas of hosting I pay for monthly to host this site in order to be transparent about how things work and to help others who are trying to create their own sites.
1.Site Hosting – $18/month
Initially I paid $12/month for my Squarespace site, but I recently upgraded to a “business” plan in order to have more logins for other contributors to log themselves into the site, so I now pay $18/month.
2.Email Hosting – $10
In addition to site costs, I pay $110 a year for “G-Suite” – which is how I get my email address at bevoya.com.
3.Forum Hosting Costs–$18/month
You are reading this right now on the forum. I paid $100 for an initial installation of this discussion forum, and now pay $10/month in server costs.
4.Newsletter Hosting Costs–$8/month
My newsletter service. There are free mail services, but I love the UX and the community of Revue.
5.Medium Publication Subscription – $5/month
I edit a publication on Medium called Invisible Illness. It currently have 25K followers. As a result, a lot of people find Beautiful Voyager through Medium (it’s usually our #1 referrer). I am a paid subscriber to Medium for $5 a month to show support and leadership on that platform.
6.Marketplace Shop Hosting – $59/month
In early June, I launched a new place for readers to buy products or set up their own shops on Bevoya. It’s called a marketplace. As a result, my costs for the Shopify subscription for basic plan = $29/month. In order to use my Shopify plan, I need an app to convert my shop into a marketplace using an app called Multi Vendor Marketplace.The app costs = $30/month
TOTAL OVERALL COSTS: $117/month.
My goal for the marketplace is to make at least $117 each month. Once I achieve that, I’ll use profits to grow the business. When I can, I’ll spend money on targeted advertising on Google Adwords.