said 1 year, 2 months ago:
@boxcarmarketing I agree with Kristi as well that your client can get a lot for $500. Like Jim, I offer many services that are easily covered by the $500 budget, which includes the graphic design (banner, background and any “button” or badges). I have also written two books on blogging, the latest, Creative Blogging, which covers how to setup a blog for Blogger, TypePad and WordPress.com, starting from scratch (from thinking about an idea to blog about, to purchasing and setting up a domain, to setting up a store page with paypal buttons, to integration with Facebook and Twitter, SEO and visitor tracking, and more). Each exercise is done step by step for Blogger, TypePad and WordPress.com. So if your client is a reader and likes to learn step by step, then they’ll save lots of money that way and just have to pay for a graphic designer.
And there is sooooo much help available – paid and free and many free tutorials and help you can find on the web and in forums.
Many offer different services that include simply setting up the blog and adding gadgets to doing that plus graphic design, mapping a domain, setting up Google Analytics and other visitor tracking types of tools, as well as SEO tools and services. But I still believe that it can all be done within or around the $500 budget.