The Complete Guide To Lifestyle Blogging
In this post I’m going to be showing you Lifestyle Blogging Tips on How To Start a Lifestyle Blog. Whether your a newbie at technology, have no experience at blog starting, or even if your a pro. This lifestyle blogging for beginners guide will be perfect for you. The great thing about this tutorial is it is extremely easy to follow along with even if you have no experience in starting and setting up a lifestyle blog.
By following the steps in this article, you will have your lifestyle blog set up in no time at all. At the end of this article, you will have your lifestyle blog successfully started and on your way towards earning money from your blog. I’m going to be providing you with a bunch of helpful resources that will help you in your lifestyle blog starting journey. If you have any questions regarding anything in this article, please feel free to contact me on any of my social media channels.
What Is a Lifestyle Blog?
A lifestyle blog is where you write about all of the different things going on in your life. The best thing about a lifestyle blog is that you can focus on one area or topic (for example, fashion) or you can make it more general and write about multiple topics.
The best way to start would be to focus on one topic and then expand over time. This is one of the biggest advantages of a lifestyle blog. If you have a very niche based blog you may eventually get bored of writing about the same topic.
Lifestyle bloggers are also very bog social influencers too. Especially across the big social channels such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. One of the best platforms for generating traffic to your lifestyle blog is Pinterest. There are multiple different strategies you can use with Pinterest, as well as Tailwind which is by far the best tool for Pinterest traffic.
These topics won’t be covered in this post but you can check the rest of the site for posts on generating traffic to your blog.
Why You Should Start A Lifestyle Blog?
There are a number of reasons why you would want to start blogging. One of the obvious reasons why most people start a blog is money. You can earn money in various different ways using your blog and a lot of it too!
The thing with blogging is it can take a while to earn any kind of decent money. It’s far from easy or a get rich quick scheme. This is the number one reason why so many people fail, because they quite before they see any results.
If you stay consistent and never give up, blogging is a great way of earning passive income. Yes you have to put the work in at the start, but once you reach a certain level, you could not touch your blog for years and still be earning passive income from it. So put the work in now and reap the rewards in the future!
Another great reason to start a lifestyle blog is for the lifestyle freedom. You can work on your terms when you want, with no boss telling you what to do. You can sit at home in your pj’s and spend quality time with your family whilst earning life changing income.
Lifestyle Blogging Topic Ideas
Below you will find a number of different topics you can write about on your lifestyle blog. You can write about multiple different topics or you can pick just one and then expand upon it in the future.
- Health & Fitness
- Hobbies (think visual: Photography, Woodworking, Crafts)
- Home Decor
- Self Care
Tips For Lifestyle Blogging Success
Here’s a list of tips to help you out to become successful at lifestyle blogging.
- Write about the things you love in life and what you are passionate about. If you write about the things that excite you, you’ll find that your blog posts will be great and other people will love the content too.
- Consistency is the key to success! Post once a day, once a week or whatever your schedule allows,but be consistent.
- Be ethical. Don’t plagiarize other peoples content and images.
- A beautiful blog. Over time, fine-tune your blog and make it look professional and aesthetically pleasing to look at. A great looking blog with great navigation will keep visitors coming back. Also, most importantly, make sure your blog is optimized for mobile. Most people access the internet via their mobile these days, so it has to look great on mobile.
- Be active on social media. Share you blog posts and content across asa many social platforms as possible. Also make sure to respond to all comments and really interact with your audience.
How To Setup Your Lifestyle Blog
Step 1: Hosting And Domain
The first step I’m going to cover is how to choose hosting and register your own domain name for free. To have a blog you have to have hosting and a domain name. Bluehost is where we will be getting your hosting. Bluehost powers over 2 million websites worldwide and over 850,000 blogs around the world. They are also recommended by WordPress themselves since 2005.
There are also other great hosting companies out there. Another two good examples are
- HostGator: www.hostgator.com
2. Siteground: www.siteground.co.uk
BlueHost instantly install WordPress for you which makes starting a blog that much easier. They provide 24/7 support via chat, email, and phone. And they have a 30-day money back guarantee. If for any reason you are unhappy you can cancel and get a refund no questions asked within the first 30 days.
You’ll see the get started now button on the page. Click the button. This is where you can select your hosting plan. You’ll see four different options. You’ll see a Basic plan, Plus plan, Choice Plus plan and Pro. I recommend going with the basic plan, and then you can always scale up whenever you’d like. If you have more than one website, then you’d want to choose either the plus plan or choice plus plan.
I’m going to use the basic plan for this tutorial as this is most common. Go ahead and hit the select button on whichever plan you would like to use. We are now brought to a domain page where we can choose the domain name that we want completely free.
If you already have a domain name, you’d enter it in over on the right. For the new domain you can select if you want it to be a .com, .net, .org, etc.… .com is the most popular domain extension so I’d recommend going with a .com if you can. Type in a domain of your choice and click the next button.
You are now brought to a create your account page. This is where you will input your information. We have first name, last name. Business name is optional. Put your country address information. Put a phone number and lastly the best email for you as you’ll get emailed a receipt of payment and a copy of your login credentials, etc.
Below that you will see package information. You’ll see account plan. This is where you can select the term for your hosting package. You have 12 months, 24 months, 36 months, and 60 months. As you can see you’ll save money the longer, you purchase your hosting for.
Setup fee is free. Domain registration is free. Let’s Encrypt SSL is free. This SSL feature is a free SSL Certificate which makes your site secure with the green bar and with the https. Domain Privacy is an addon that I highly recommend. It will prevent telemarketers and marketers getting a hold of your personal contact information and bugging you with their services.
The domain privacy will show Bluehost’s information for the site and not yours. Sitelock security find is security for your WordPress website and protects it from hackers. I’d unselect this as there are really good free alternatives. You’ll see Codeguard.
Codeguard creates daily backups and allows you to restore your site with a click of a button in case something happens. There are free alternatives that work just the same. SEO Tools Start you can keep unselected. This addon will submit your site to search engines and provide a report on your site ranking and keyword rankings. Submitting your site to search engines you can do for free. This isn’t necessary to have.
You will be directed to a congratulations page. Click the blue login button to log in to Bluehost. Bluehost is also going to at this time email your dashboard login information to the email address you provided. You will now see pick your Theme. Bluehost has a bunch of awesome free WordPress themes to choose from.
You can select a Theme now if you want too or below the Themes you can click skip this step. If you choose a Theme now, you can always change the theme you pick without any problem at a later date. I’ll be going over this in more detail in the next step below. Once you choose your free Theme or click skip this step you’ll be at the page here stating all done. Click the button that says start building to start building your blog on WordPress.
Step 2: WordPress And Theme
Once you click that and log in you will be at the WordPress dashboard. It will ask you a few questions on this screen. If you don’t need help just click the, you don’t need help option. Once you do that you will see blog posts where you can add new blog posts.
You will see where you can add new pages to your blog. If you want to change your navigation menus, you can do so easily, and if you are going to sell products on your site, you can install Woocommerce to do so.
On the far left, you will see tabs. Hover over them and get to learn them. Posts is where you can add new posts. Pages is where you can add new pages. The media tab is where your images will show that you upload to your blog. Comments is where you can view comments people leave on your blog. Plugins is where you can install plugins for your blog.
Almost any customization or feature that you would want more than likely there is a plugin already made for it. Appearance is where you can change the look of your theme or change your theme to another one or a Premium theme. Select Themes when you hover over appearance. It will showcase free WordPress themes to you can choose from. If you select most popular, it will show you the most popular free WordPress themes.
Hover over a Theme and click install and then click activate to make the Theme your WordPress theme. You should also see “add new theme” on this page. This is where you can add a new theme if you got it from another site or it is a Premium Theme. A great resource I have used for several years and recommend for professional WordPress themes that look like an award-winning design agency for your blog is Themeforest.
You can easily browse WordPress blogging premium themes. Click on them and get a live preview of Themes. In the top left of your WordPress dashboard, you will see “welcome here” or “your site title” towards the top of the page. Click this to view your site.
To login to your WordPress dashboard, you can do so via the Bluehost CPanel or by typing in your domain name with a slashwp-admin.
Another great resource that is helpful and used by over 500,000 users is the drag and drop editor called Elementor page builder.
Elementor page builder makes starting and creating your WordPress blog easy. You can make edits by dragging and dropping. Search Elementor page builder on the plugins page and install and activate it if you’d like to try it out. Elementor has a free and paid version.
Step 3: Publish Your First Post
Congratulations, you have reached it this far and are now ready to publish your first blog post.
Go into your WordPress dashboard. On the left-hand side, you will see a ‘Posts’ option. Hover over this and click on the ‘New Post’ option.
You will need to come up with an eye catching headline / title for your post, and then begin writing out your content inside of the editor. You can also add images to your post here, which is a good idea as it breaks up the text. Too much text in one go can be hard to read. You’ll need some eye catching images to make your post more interesting.
You don’t have to publish your post immediately. If it’s a long post or you don’t have time to finish it, you can save it as a draft and come back to it at any time. When your post is complete, hit the publish button, and you then have your first blog post published for the world to see.
Hope you enjoyed this post on lifestyle blogging. This post is more or an informational post on blogging, if you want a more of an in-depth, technical view on how to start a blog you can view another post I have on this site by Clicking Here.