How to start a lifestyle blog and make money?

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How to start a lifestyle blog and make money?

Yes you’re interested in starting a blog; do you have all the basics? Here is a step by step guide to starting a life style blog that will help you make money

So let’s look at what a blogger does

  • Content creation
  • Content promotion
  • Content monetization
  • Video editing
  • Image editing

In the world there are over 153 million blogs on the internet,

So

What is a lifestyle blog?

 A lifestyle blog is a blog that is focused on a certain life style niches an individual is interested in

Lifestyle blogs cover a wide range of topics and these topics may include:

  • Health
  • Personal finance
  • Blogging
  • Wellness
  • Fitness
  • Travel
  • Meditation
  • Home décor
  • Yoga
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Recipes

Etc

Reasons for starting a lifestyle blog

  • To document your journey
  • To make money
  • Build an audience
  • Follow your passion

Questions to ask youself before starting a lifestyle blog

  • Why are you starting a lifestyle blog?
  • What has compelled you to starting a blog?
  • What are your skills?
  • What problems are you solving?
  • Why should people read your blog?
  • What is the purpose of your blog?
  • What is your niche?
  • What is your passion?
  • What is your target audience?
  • How are you going to monetize your content?

Having answers to the above questions will help you start a lifestyle blog that will become profitable to you in a long run

How to start a lifestyle blog?

To start a life style blog you need the following

  1. Domain name
  2. Web hosting

Now let’s look at the basic steps to take while starting a blog

  1. Decide on your lifestyle niches

What is a niche?

A niche is a specific topic or area where your blog will be focused, in order for you to choose your niche you need to create content about topics your passionate about,

What should you consider while choosing your niche?

  • Passion

Are you willing to create lots of content without burning out? Do you have interest in creating content even when you’re not earning anything?

If yes, no go to another step

  • Audience

Is there an audience of people interested in your content? What are your audience problems? What are they searching online? What is the competition?

  • Monetization

Is there any way you can make money from your content? How do you plan to make money from it?

If your niche meets all the above niche consideration criteria, it is a good niche but if you cannot monetize your blog

That is a bad niche

We are blogging as a business not a hobby, we are in a business to make money not to pass time

Remember content creation takes time and efforts

You should be committed to stay with your blog for a long time

  • Domain name and web hosting

How do you want your lifestyle blog to be called? So a domain name is the name of your website

When naming your lifestyle blog you should consider the following:

  • Memorable
  • Precise
  • Short
  • Show what your blog is about

Someone should be able to know what your blog is about by looking at your domain or business name

Once you have chosen your business domain name, go to the next step

  • Get web hosting

Web hosting refers to purchasing a server space where your content will be stored and latter retrieved to your audience whenever they search fir it

What is the best web host for beginners?

Bluehost is the best web hosting provider for beginners

Why?

Bluehost will offer you with a free domain name registration for one year,  24/7 customer support,  fast loading speed,

How do you purchase hosting from Bluehost?

  • Go to bluehost.com and click on get started,
  • Choose your hosting plan, I recommend you start with the basic plan which is cheap and pay upfront for 3 threes, this is when you will get the highest discount, it will cost you $2.95/month

Fill in your account details, location, email, password, and complete transaction

Once your transaction is complete, go to the next step

  • Install WordPress

Bluehost offers you with a one click wordpress installation, click on the wordpress icon so as to get installed

Why choose wordpress?

WordPress powers over 37% of all websites in the world and it is easy to customize, it doesn’t require any tech skills to get started

Once wordpress is installed and complete

It is time to login into your wordpress website

Go to

Yourdomainname.com/login or yourdomainname.com/wp-admin

A screen will appear where you need to fill your email address and the password you used to open up an account with bluehost

  • Customize your site

Website customization involves changing your wordpress settings, installing new themes, plugins and changing the style and look of your website

Install a theme

A theme determines the outlook of your site, you need to install a theme that is responsive to both mobile and desktop versions

Your theme should be light and fast loading

What themes should you choose from?

There are both free and premium themes

If you have no money to invest in a theme, I recommend that you use Astra theme since it has both free and premium version

If you have money to invest you can purchase good themes from:

  • Elegant themes
  • Studiopress
  • Mythemeshop
  • Studiopress

A theme can cost you from $10-$100/month depending on where your purchase it and the duration

If you getting started Astra theme is better, you can upgrade to premium themes latter when you have started making money from your blog

To install a theme, go to appearance>themes>add theme>search for Astra

Why Astra?

Astra themes comes with of 150 starter templates which you can choose from

You don’t need to start from scratch; you can adjust these templates to your wish

Install a plugin

Plugins add functionalities to your wordpress website, the best themes to install include:

  • Yoast-best SEO plugin
  • Wordfence-best security plugin
  • Akismet-best anti spam plugin
  • WP Rocket-speed optimization plugin

Etc

  • Create the most relevant pages

What pages do you need on your lifestyle website?

  • About-tells more about you and your company
  • Home-where your visitors land when they type in your domain name
  • Contact- shows how your audience can contact you
  • Services-shows what services you offer to your audience
  • Disclaimer-discloses the relationship between you and the products your promoting
  • Privacy policy-shows what data you collect and why?
  • Terms of service-shows all things your audience should follow
  • Blog –displays all your relevant posts
  • Create your content

What type of content should you create?

Create content that solves your audience problems, what problems does your audience need answers to you? Create content that meets the search intent of your audience

What type of posts work well?

  • How to post
  • Best of
  • Numbered or list posts
  • Tutorials
  • Case studies
  • Videos
  • Promote content to bring in traffic

How should you promote your lifestyle blog posts?

There are many ways to bring traffic to your website and they include:

  • Paid traffic
  • Organic traffic
  • Social media traffic
  • Direct traffic
  • Referral traffic

I have a complete guide that will walk you through a step by step guide towards getting traffic check it here

  • Monetize your content

How do make money from your lifestyle blog?

The following are the ways to make money from your lifestyle blog and they include:

  • Ad advertising
  • Affiliate marketing
  • Sponsorships
  • Courses
  • Ebooks
  • Memberships
  • Donation
  • Etc

I have written a complete guide to making money from a blog, check it where you will learn about all the above in details

 Starting a lifestyle blog FAQ

  1. How to start a lifestyle blog in 9 steps? How do I start a lifestyle blog and make money?

These are the steps in starting a blog

  1. Choose your lifestyle niche
  2. Choose your domain name and web hosting
  3. Install WordPress
  4. Install a theme
  5. Install plugins
  6. Create the most relevant pages, logo
  7. Create content
  8. Promote content
  9. Monetize your content
  10. How much money does a lifestyle blogger make?

Your earnings will depend on a number of factors such as country of origin of your audience, content niche you’re in, how much time you invest in etc

Lifestyle bloggers earn from $0-$100,000/year

  • Do lifestyle bloggers make money?

Yes they do, I have a list of lifestyle bloggers earning over $20,000/month from their blog

  • What should be in a lifestyle blog?

Lifestyle bloggers focus on one niche while others blog about multiple niches

These niches may range from personal finance, blogging, health, meditation, fitness etc

  • How to start a lifestyle blogger on instagram?

Instagram is a social networking platform not a blogging platforms, it is where people show case their images and get following

To start a blog

You need a domain name and web hosting and then follow all the above steps

  • Choose your miche
  • Domain name and web hosting
  • Install wordpress
  • Install theme
  • Install plugins
  • Create relevant pages
  • Create content
  • Promote your content
  • Monetize the content
  • How to grow a lifestyle blog?

To grow your lifestyle blog do the following:

  • Create educative and engaging content
  • Do keyword research
  • Promote your content on social media
  • Perform SEO
  • What is the best lifestyle blogging platform?
  • WordPress because it is  easy to learn and customize, it does not require any tech skills

So is there anything we have left out about starting a lifestyle blog? Share your opinion with us in the comments below