Blog Tyrant is Giving $500 and Free Hosting to Help Two New Bloggers Start a Blog

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Diploma-01UPDATE: Thank you for all your emails. I have chosen two winners (Janey and Sherri) and am in the process of replying to all the emails. I wish I could have picked more!

Have you ever wanted to start a blog but just can’t find the money to make it happen? Well, hopefully today’s post helps.

It seems like every few days I get an email from someone who has a really great idea for a blog but, for one reason or another, can’t get the initial funds needed for things like decent blog hosting, WordPress design and maybe some marketing.

The readership of this website has been so good to me over the years and every now and then I like to do a nice little “thanks!” to help someone kick-start their career online.

Let’s check out the details.

NOTE: This post contains an affiliate link which means that I earn a commission at no cost to you (in fact it’ll save you money!) if you purchase through one of my links. Thanks for your support.

What are you giving away?

Okay, so I’m going to pick two winners.

Each person is going to get a free domain name and the hosting plan “Plus” for one year with my partners over at BlueHost.

You’ll also get $500 USD cash from me to help with all the little things that you might like to do when you first launch a blog and want to make a splash.

How do I enter?

The point of this post is to help out a couple of people who might otherwise not be able to get their projects off the ground. With that in mind, I don’t really want to be giving away these prizes to people with full time jobs and a great financial safety net.

A lot of this site’s readers are, for example, stay-at-home single parents who have absolutely no extra cash to put towards such things.

Or, they are people from countries where the currency is so weak that it is almost impossible to by useful tools and products when they are all sold in US dollars. A simple SEO program might cost them three months wages!

Mostly, however, there are a lot of people on free hosting who want to move to a more professional setup.

To enter just share this post on Twitter or Facebook, and then send me an email (tyrant at blogtyrant dot com) with the subject “Give Away” telling me what your blog idea is about and a little bit about your situation. Don’t make it too personal and please keep it short as I expect hundreds of emails!

I’ll read them all and pick two new bloggers by Saturday the 16th of April! (Please read update at the top).

How to make money during the early stages of blogging

This post is actually a little introduction/teaser to a bigger article that I’ve got coming up soon on the topic of how to make money to pay the bills while you’re working the early stages of blogging. I really feel like that’s a subject that a lot of new bloggers would like some help with.

If you have any questions about today’s post or something you want me to address in that future article please drop a comment and let me know.


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  • chris

    Thanks for doing this for your readers! You’re awesome!

    1. Ramsay

      Nah it’s nothing at all. You guys are the best!

    2. Sheri

      Hi everyone! It’s Sheri, one of the winners of the contest. I just wanted to say thank you Ramsey for this opportunity. You’ve really made a difference and I hope that one day I will be able to give the same opportunity to my readers. And I welcome any advice that any of you may have and I look forward blogging with you all in the future!!!

  • Edward Costa

    Haha, I got the email about 20 minutes after I signed up for a year at BlueHost (which I wouldn’t have done without your advice). Imagine the look on my face when I read the subject line of that email…

    But since I could afford the year, barely but I did it, then this isn’t really for me anyways. I think this is an awesome way to show appreciation to your readers. Keep the great stuff coming!

    1. Ramsay

      I’m glad you signed up – it’s the best way to get started.

      And I also really appreciate you saying that it’s not for you as you could afford it. I was really hoping people would understand what the giveaway was about.

      Thanks for sharing and let us know how your new blog goes!

  • Raza

    I’d say do a lot of guest posts with a byline to your squeeze page is the best way to start making money from a brand new blog.

    Posting comments on other blogs and in forums is a great way too.

    It’s time consuming, but it doesn’t require money.

    1. Ramsay

      Thanks Raza.

    2. Cy6er Nauti1us

      You’re absolutely right, Raza bhai, according to even ProBlogger.

      Guess, I should be doing that too.

      Only problem is that I don’t know what to blog about?

  • Paul

    Great idea Ramsay!

    Having just launched my own blog, I know all too well about the costs of starting a blog; there are a lot of ‘hidden’ costs that seem to sneak up on you. A free domain name, a year’s worth of free hosting and $500 in cash will definitely help out the winners.

    1. Ramsay

      Thanks Paul – I hope so.

  • John

    I hope I’m qualify for this… and so many thanks, Ramsay!

    1. Ramsay

      Look forward to reading your email.

  • Effrosyni Moschoudi

    That’s so noble of you, Ramsay, to give something back to your readers! I have aspirations for a blog on a new subject but have one self-hosted blog already (a book blog). In this sense, I am not a new blogger. Do I qualify to apply? No problem if I don’t. Just thought I’d save you one extra email if there’s no point! Thank you 🙂

    1. Ramsay

      I think this time we’ll just keep it for people who haven’t got started yet.

  • Nimi Popat

    Wow.. This is such a wonderful gesture for the readers… 🙂

    1. Ramsay


  • Zimbrul

    Is Bluehost this expensive nowadays?

    1. Ramsay

      It’s $3.49 a month.

  • Darius Gaynor

    Hope I can one day give back to readers like this! Good luck to the winners!

    1. Ramsay


  • Umesh Singh

    This is awesome Ramsay!

    There are may person who wants to start their own blog but somehow could not do it.

    I think they have very good opportunity to start their blogging career.

    1. Ramsay

      I hope so!

  • Silvia

    Hi Ramsay, I am a loyal follower, You are doing something very thoughtful. My situation doesn’t fit on that, but I will wait anxiously for your next post, how make money on the early stages of blogging.

    1. Ramsay

      Hope it helps!

  • Jen

    Love this idea, tweeted it out for others to learn about it. I am looking forward to your next post as I already have my blog set up, thanks to you and your awesome instructions/encouragement.

    Have fun picking!

    1. Ramsay

      Thanks Jen!

  • Pam | The Creative Stretch

    So awesome of you to do this, Ramsay! Can’t wait for that big post coming up. 😀

    1. Ramsay

      Hope it’s a good one!

  • sarfraz khan

    You are awesome Ramsay. Helping others to make their career, what can be better than this 🙂

    1. Ramsay

      Let’s hope it actually works!

  • Sicco

    That’s an amazing give away and takes some courage to do!
    So there you have it… A good blogger probably needs some courage too!
    Thanks Ramsay.

    1. Ramsay


  • Obi Ugo

    so thoughtful of you it is to bring up such a magnificent idea to help people. I hope to be one of your lucky winners though.

    Thanks for this

    1. Ramsay

      Make sure you email me!

      1. Obi Ugo

        I’ve done that already.

        I look forward to hearing from you soon

  • Margaret

    Yes, very kind gesture. I can afford to try, so I won’t be entering. BUT, I also am anxiously awaiting your advice on making money in the early stages. I am on a fixed income and have a huge outstanding sudent loan. Thanks for your help on BlogTyrant!

    1. Ramsay

      It seems like a few people are really interested in this topic. I’ll try to make it as good as I can.

  • Vishal Ostwal

    You’re an angel, Ramsay!

    Loved this initiative. (Hope that someone deserving and dedicated gets it.)

    As for the upcoming post, I ALWAYS WANTED TO HEAR ABOUT THAT SUBJECT FROM YOU. About starting small and then slowly growing to earn a few pennies first, and then beyond that.

    (This reminds me of John Saddington’s 1$ milestone idea. He’s great too.)

    Will be waiting for the post.


    1. Ramsay

      Okay, a few people seem really excited about this post!

      1. Vishal Ostwal

        Actually, more than a few.

        Hope you publish a giant! (Expectations are rather high)

  • Dennis

    I’m no expert, but I think the best way to make money with a blog in the early stages would be Adsense, but it likely would not be enough to pay the bills, and while you would be starting a list, in the early stages it might be a chore for it to pay for it’s self. So I’d go with an exit pop that had an email submit for a freebie and try to get some CPA returns.
    Besides, if you bring traffic to your blog why would you want to send it away with Adsense. So I’d think email capture in the header, footer, and side bar and an exit pop for an email freebie.

    1. Ramsay

      I’m not a big fan of Adsense. I’ll write about that in my next post.

  • Blake Powell

    Hey Ramsay,

    Thanks so much for doing this – what a cool and kind gesture! I love how you acknowledged that sometimes the drive to be a full-time blogger just isn’t enough, especially when you can’t afford the tools of the trade fo various reasons. I think many of us take these things for granted that anyone could do it, but sometimes that’s not the case. So for you to take time and give someone else the opportunity to have a shot is amazing to see.

    Although I’d love to sign up, I just can’t justify it – I already have a PLUS hosting package and a couple domain names and a premium theme, so right now I’m doing okay (even with the horrid exchange rate for CAD to USD right now ;)), but I’ve tweeted this out and hope other people see it that are in more need of it than I am and jump on the opportunity to enroll in your challenge.

    Thanks so much – you rock!

    1. Ramsay

      Thanks so much man. Really appreciate the generosity.

  • Orono

    I hope I will be the lucky one.

    1. Ramsay

      Make sure you send the email!

  • Dee

    I’m all about people earning money, but I don’t have the patience for, “but wait there’s more.”

    I did sign up under Blog Tyrant and while it’s nice to have the host, you can start a blog for less. And honestly, I didn’t find all that much help with the pdf I received and I still haven’t launched that website. It was very confusing with adding word press with blue host, and I tried to email to the Blog Tyrant but never got any responses but I know you’re busy.

    Good luck to you, but I just am an A to B person and need directness.

    1. Ramsay

      Hi Dee.

      I reply to every email that I get so it’s possible it got lost. Please feel free to try re-sending it again.

      I’m sorry you’ve not enjoyed the Blog Tyrant experience so far. I always work hard to make it as useful as possible so I’d be happy to take on your feedback.

  • Aiva the Flutist

    It’s great! I already have a blog, so I think I don’t qualify for this giveaway. I’m still at the beginnings, working on quality content and music files, trying out new things and options.
    I have to admit it has been quite difficult step for me to finally push the Publish button. I am professional flutist, and the blog obviously is about flute, just in a bit funny cartoon way. I was soooo nervous about “what will my colleagues say about me?” … (and sometimes I still am) but I guess, that’s how it feels at the beginning.
    Good luck to all!

    1. Ramsay

      Yeah that is so natural. I still get it even after 10 years! I think it means you care and that you can probably relax because the material you’re creating is going to be excellent.

  • Heather Bloomer

    Hi, Ramsay!

    I have been following your blog for a while and I love your writing and style. Plus you seem like a nice guy 🙂 This is a generous gift you are giving someone. I just wanted to say, you rock!

    1. Ramsay

      Thank you. Really appreciate it.

  • Cindy Lybbert

    This is fantastic. Thank you,

    Cindy Lybbert

    1. Ramsay

      No, thank you!

  • Erin

    Areas I’d love you to cover in your future article.
    Quick background from me, I’ve been lifestyle blogging for 10 years, ready to take to the next level. Larger audience and an income.

    Q1- how do I get audience to buy through my affiliate links? (I do have them, no clicks)
    Q2- Is email list building really as important as ‘they’ say for growing a business?
    Q3- Once I’ve identified my product, what is the most efficient and effective way to go about promoting it?

    1. Ramsay

      Great questions! I’ll make sure those issues are addressed.

  • Ian

    Hi Ramsay,

    Well done.
    I am about to start blogging from my website. I don’t need the money but I do need support and ways and means of doing it.

    I already am hosted but probably need to move and am concerned about how to do that and not to be left stranded with no one to rescue me when needed.

    If you remember I met your at a Meetup and I live around the corner in St Georges. Can you help me find someone who can support me in my journey?

    My IT and host guy has no idea about blogging and promoting. I have found a graphic designer to improve my website and a Facebook marketer.


    1. Ramsay

      Hi Ian.

      If you’re looking for ongoing agency type support I really recommend in Prague. I’ve been using them for years and they are very affordable and have wonderful service.

      Hope you’re doing well!

  • Neil McKay

    I don’t meet the criteria of who you’re trying to help, but awesome idea. Looking forward to reading the upcoming post in regard to the last paragraph.

    1. Ramsay

      Thanks Neil.

  • Gwen

    Hi Ramsay,

    I am looking forward to “how to make money to pay the bills while you’re working the early stages of blogging” blog post.

    BTW, thanks for doing this contest. You are awesome!

    1. Ramsay

      Seems like this is going to be a popular one!

  • Lessie Gallien

    This is very kind of you. Two lucky people will certainly benefit from your generosity. Great Job! I’ve been following you for some time and I do appreciate your sharing of very helpful information in your posts. Thanks for all the wonderful advice and tips.

  • JM Kayne

    Very kind of you! 🙂

    God bless!

  • Joseph

    I still have alot to read about blogging.
    Thats why i cant rush to kitstart blogging now even though i am qualified for this package

    Can it be that i am making a mistake about this?
    well,i just wanted to be 15 years experienced more than my mates in blogging.

    Thanks alot Ramsey!

  • Rudy

    Great work Ramsay!

    But what if you could also do a case study as we (your followers) watch your expertise guide the winners from scratch to 20K or more in earnings a year lol.

    Good luck to the winners!

  • Lola

    Heaven bless you,big thanks, really.

  • Lola

    Am really happy you could do this.

  • Marieke

    I have just joined your community and am still in the process of planning a blog before just ‘jumping in’. The information I have worked through on this forum so far has been a huge help. I look forward to the monetizing post – one of my goals for having a blog.

    I am from South Africa and the SA rand/dollar exchange rate is at an all time low. So I would have loved to take you up on the offer, but alas, we are privileged to still be able to pay our bills… I did tweet the offer however.

    Be blessed.


    Ramsey, YOU ROCK!….. My wife needs to hear this good news. But I hope she’s picked.

  • Emir

    Hi Ramsay
    Im Emir from Cuba. I think you are a very generous person and your blog is very interesting.
    I send an email for you. I hope I aply for this prime.
    Anyway I wish a lot of good things for you.
    Thank you so much.

  • ZoeVenice

    Thanks for doing this Ramsay, remain blessed

  • Sharon Powers

    Love this contest for your readers. Very cool!

  • Abhishek Kalra

    Hi Ramsey, You are great. The way you are helping others grow is incredible. You deserve a pat on your back for this. You are really a kind and helpful person.

  • Nneka Eucharia

    Wow! Ramsay, you are the best, I have never seen such a coach this days, so thoughtful of you. You are awesome, you dont really know lives God is using you to change, thanks and God bless you.

  • alqintara

    Simply great.

    More grease to your elbows. Good CSR.

    You are blessed

  • pinkkittymom

    Hi Ramsay! Just sent an email. I am a new subscriber and I want to fill my empty bucket with your advises. I hope I could be one of the winners. More power! Thank you!

  • Damilare

    Wow! May God bless you for this

  • elisa

    I ‘ d like just thank you for the opportunity…i have written an email and I hope to be one of the two winners.I have never won anything…it could be the opportunity to change my life….Anyway thank you

  • Sharon Powers

    Tough decisions take time:) This contest you are running made me wonder if new bloggers should try to entice people by offering giveaways (smaller scale, obviously). For instance, I was wondering if I should run an Amazon giftcard raffle for new subscribers? I feel like I need to motivate people to opt into my newsletter. However, I don’t want it to look spam-like.

  • Shelly-Ann

    Hi Ramsay,

    You are awesome for providing this opportunity, for which you’ll get more blessings.

    Come on already!

    Out with the post. We’re waiting…

  • sam

    i am new in SEO i want to check my content for unique or not. i checked in but that site is not working properly. so please suggest me some other plagiarism-checker site which is save and search… please reply me soon.. waiting for your reply..

  • Maggie

    Thanks for doing this – very generous!

  • Lewis LaLanne

    Hey my man,

    I was looking to drop a comment on the Q & A post but I found that the comments were closed down there.

    Nah, I wasn’t looking to get anything from you. What I wanted to do was commend you on the “What’s In It For Me” paragraph from your piece…

    “A Q&A session like this can give me a wonderful insight in to what everyone is struggling with and where I should be aiming my content for the next few months so that beginners and more intermediate bloggers are satisfied.”

    I like how you artfully addressed that question in the mind of the reader. I like how you didn’t try to avoid answering it as I’m big on the idea that respect and clarity comes when everyone is clear on what we all want from a transaction.

    It reminds me of a lesson that was taught to me by a mentor from afar – Joseph Riggio. At one of his workshops he said…

    “I’m doing less and less corporate work than I used to but I’ve spent the past couple of decades working some of the biggest corporation on the planet doing training and 80+% of this training was in the area of sales, or top line revenue generation – business development.

    I would work with these executives who were anywhere from 1-3 positions away from being CEO of these international Fortune 500 companies.

    And when we’d initially meet to talk about working together they’d give me all these bullshit statements about ‘we want to improve our bottom line by 20% blah, blah, blah’.


    At some point in the sales conversation I’d ask them the question of, ‘What are you going to get? If we do this project, how does it help you?’

    They’d start to say, “Well, the company . . .” and I’d cut them off and say, ‘I get that that’s what you’re programmed to say but I know that you’re not going to hire me unless you get what you want out of the project so I need to know what you want out of the project because if I can’t deliver that, you’re going to get pissed off it’s not going to work so why don’t you just tell me now.

    What are you looking for?

    You looking for a promotion? You looking to get make an impact so that you look better than the guy ahead of you?

    Tell me what you’re looking for so that we can understand each other and have all the bullshit out of the way. You want something from me. What is it?”

    I like that approach. And it was cool to come back here and see you having this same kind of direct and empathetic interaction with us.

    As usual, it’s been an honor watching you do your thing. Keep up the good work my man. 🙂

    1. Ramsay

      Dude I always love your essays! It’s nice to see you around here again. Thanks for being fantastic at what you do.

  • Will Edridge

    What a great bloke!

    I usually just lurk and absorb your knowledge but this deserves recognition 🙂

    1. Suma akter

      This a really great opportunity for new bloggers and this is my first time visit in blogtyrant. I found so many useful content and guide in your blog. Thanks for make this awesome blog

  • Kate

    Hi Ramsay, I’ve been lurking on your blog for a while, taking it all in. This–your giveaway–is a great idea for helping someone who deserves the help, while you reap the information you need to help the rest of us more effectively too.

    Just read your 4 Gravatar tips post, and came to this current post to try out my brand spanking new amateur gravatar on you. So, so much to learn. I hope to pay it forward in due course.

  • Mac Parsana

    Hey, Ramsay can you announce the name of Lucky winners.

    1. Ramsay

      Hey Mac. I’ve updated this post and done a FB announcement. More to come as their blogs develop.

  • Razu

    This a really great opportunity for new bloggers and this is my first time visit in blogtyrant. I found so many useful content and guide in your blog. Thanks for make this awesome blog 🙂

  • Sam

    Congrats to the winners! Will we get to see their blogs at some point?

    Also Ramsay, sorry if I’m a pain but did u get my emails? I didn’t get any reply so I was just thinking if it hit a spam filter or something. No problem if you can’t provide the support anymore or you don’t have time.


    1. Ramsay

      Hey Sam. Yep, I’ll be checking back in on them as time goes on.

  • Stephen Walker

    Hi Ramsay,

    Very philanthropic of you. 🙂

    I hope the prize recipients make full use of your generosity and I, like many of your other readers, would love to see the new, finished blogs.

  • Sherly

    Great to know about this.. Thanks man.. !!