The decision to start a lifestyle blog can be made in an instant, but the perseverance and consistency to maintain it is a completely different story. I know this circle all too well as I’ve started a coupon/deal blog, mommy blog, and now a lifestyle blog and kept with it for a while, but after a while of not seeing any results, I’d just give up. So as the title says, How To Start A Lifestyle Blog, 3rd time’s definitely a charm.
As a beginner, entering the blogging world can be intimidating and overwhelming. But, anyone can start a blog – even you! And once you do, you can write about anything. Suddenly, you have your very own space to write about whatever you want. And, before you know it, others will stumble upon your lifestyle blog and love what you have to say.
All you need is basic computer knowledge (literally just typing and clicking), some great ideas, and motivation to write.
1. What’s Your Niche (Hint: Lifestyle Blog)
What’s a niche? I know, I know. Where did that word come from & what the hell is it? Your niche is just a fancy way of saying “topic”. So your niche is the topic you want to talk about, you’re passionate about, what you love. For example, my blog just so happens to be a lifestyle blog.
Don’t know what your niche is? Ask yourself these questions.
- What do I enjoy talking about? Think of something that excites you. What types of articles are you up late reading about? Saving on Pinterest?
- What do I have experience in? If you have experience, you are qualified to write about it!
- Is this a topic that I can monetize? If you are going to commit a chunk of time writing content for your blog, you’re going to need to monetize to justify your time. Every niche has income potential, but some may take a little bit more creativity than others.
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2. Free Hosting or Self-Hosted?
When given the choice between free and self-hosted, you immediately want to choose the free option. Why? Because you are fully committed yet and don’t want to spend money on something you’re not quite sure about. I can understand that, I mean anybody can understand that, but don’t do it! Free isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
- If you use free hosting, you don’t own your content!
- You have to adhere to your host’s Terms and Conditions.
- There may be restrictions when you want to monetize your blog.
- WordPress.com starts as a free hosting service.
- WordPress.org refers to a very similar software that can be installed to your very own self-hosted WordPress website.
- With WordPress.org software, you have more control over the customization of your blog.
- You also own your content!
If you are serious about blogging, you should make the small investment to start your own self-hosted lifestyle blog. With a self-hosted WordPress blog, you appear more professional, which makes brands want to work you because you are serious about your blog and not just treating it as a hobby. Personally, I love WordPress! It’s easy to setup and easy to navigate.
3. Hosting & Domain?
To start your self-hosted lifestyle blog, you’ll need a domain and hosting. I personally use GoDaddy to host my blog and I also purchased my domain from them. In the past, I’ve used Flywheel and HostGator. I had the best experience with Flywheel as the load times were unmatched. GoDaddy has great support. I can call them at any time day or night if I run into a problem on my blog and they’ll help me fix it.
You can also purchase your domain from them for a minimum of get this…$0.99! You can’t beat that. And no, none of the links in this are affiliate links. I’m just giving my honest opinion on companies I’ve used and are still using so click away.
4. Now What?
Now your lifestyle blog is all set up and ready for you to start building it! But, where do you go from here? Send me the link to your new blog so I can check it out and add it to my list of blogs to read. I want to see what you’ve created! Need a little bit more help with getting your blog off the ground, check out my blogging essentials post.