Friends in this post, I am going to tell you how to start a lifestyle blog within a few minutes, so let’s start.
In 2020, the concept of remote work has gained more popularity than we could have ever imagined. Remote work statistics indicate that freelancers will make up about 43% of the US workforce in 2020. 60% of employees said that they would quit their current job if offered the same salary for a remote position.
When interviewed, 45% of remote workers said they were getting more sleep time, 44% said they had a more positive attitude toward their job, and 82% reported lower stress levels when compared to office workers. As the concept of remote work is gaining more popularity, various industries are now adopting foreign policies to improve and maximize the efficiency of their business.
75% of companies worldwide have already adopted flexible working policies. One such activity that is effectively functioning with remote workers today is blogging.
In this article, you will find tips on how to start a lifestyle blog remotely and what you need to do to make your blog a success.
What Is a Lifestyle Blog?
If you are just starting out as a new blogger, you probably have more questions than answers. Questions like, how do I start my blog? What can I write about? How can I monetize my blog? Is blogging profitable? Well, we are here to let you know that the road to becoming a highly paid blogger is not an easy one. However, in the long run, it is worth the effort, especially if you are passionately writing about something.
A lifestyle blog is a blog that talks about everything lifestyle from your perspective as a blogger. You can choose to stick to one area, such as travel, health, diet, depending on your expertise. You can also choose to focus on a myriad of subjects related to lifestyle and write about them.
If you have expertise in specific areas like healthy eating habits, productive morning routines, or family matters, then you might want to consider starting a lifestyle blog. Lifestyle blogs can either be niche-specific or generalized. Niche-specific lifestyle blogs would typically pick one area of interest and focus on creating content around the said area of interest.
Take, for example, the WordPress blog known as Katiedidwhat that is run by Katie Michelle, who is a stay at home mom of two kids. In the lifestyle blogging niche, Katie’s blog rakes in around $20,000 a month.
Love for her family and writing have led her to start a lifestyle blog that talks about events happening in her family, parental advice, pregnancy, and so much more. Katie’s blog can be considered a niche-specific lifestyle blog that focuses mainly on parents and family.
A generalized lifestyle blog would typically cover a wide range of topics like family, travelling, exercising, relationship, and many others, on the same blog.
Now that you understand what a lifestyle blog is, and you have identified the area of lifestyle you wish to blog about, let us proceed to set up your blog in a few simple steps.
Setting Up Your Blog in a Few Steps
Step 1: Choose Your Niche
Creating a niche for yourself is an essential factor that will help you connect with the right audience. After deciding to be a lifestyle blogger, what area of lifestyle are you interested in? Is it yoga? Relationship? Morning motivation? Pregnancy? Kids? Options are endless.
Selecting a niche helps you create content that resonates with your target audience. That way, you give people a reason to come back to your blog.
Tips on What to Consider Before Selecting Your Niche
What Area of Lifestyle Interests You the Most?
Blogging will only be sustainable in the long run if you love what you do. You do not necessarily have to be an expert, but it has to be a niche that interests you and one that you are ready to learn about.
If you start a blog on topics that do not interest you, you will lose steam in the long run, as writing will not be fun due to a consistent lack of ideas. Also, your audience will pick up on those negative vibes.
Do You Have Skills in Specific Areas of the Lifestyle Niche?
If you have special skills like yoga, nutrition, fashion, then you might want to consider starting a blog in that particular niche. One advantage of starting a blog in your area of expertise is that it makes content creation easier and unique, thereby placing you as an authority in that niche. Plus, your audience can easily pick up on the positive vibes that your content exudes.
When you continuously dish out relevant and unique content on your blog, it is only a matter of time before word of mouth spreads, and you attract more visitors to your blog.
Are There Others Who Are Interested in Your Niche?
A simple search can help you answer this question. Any niche can be profitable if you put the right things in place. Things like your visibility strategy, how to attract your audience, on what social media platforms are they spending most of their time, etc. Keeping all that in check will ensure that you are producing the right content for the right audience.
Step 2: Pick a Blogging Platform
In this category, we will not go through other free or paid platforms because WordPress is your best bet. Currently, WordPress is the most popular content management system (CMS), powering more than 50% of websites on the internet. So, until a worthy competitor emerges, we will stick to WordPress.
Several features make WordPress the best blogging platform, especially for beginners. It is free, has a massive selection of quality themes you can use to design your website, it is easy to use, and offers a wide array of plugins to help you optimize your blog for profit-making.
Although WordPress provides a variety of freebies to kickstart your blogging career, there are specific tools that you can only get by paying for them. Those are the kind of tools you will need when you are well on your way to scale up your business.
Also, it is essential to note that you can choose between self-hosted and free WordPress. For the sake of convenience and scalability, you need to opt for the self-hosted WordPress that allows you to customize your blog according to your taste without limitations.
Step 3: Choose a Domain Name and Hosting Platform
For clarity, your domain name needs to be your brand name, so that people do not confuse it for something else—for example, neilpatel.com. However, if you cannot come up with such a name mentioned above, you can always opt for a name that “explains” what you do or what you blog about, e.g., shemeansblogging.com.
The next step is to host it on a server so that people can find you. There is a wide array of hosting companies around the globe that will provide you with a hosting plan that fits your budget. Many will offer you hosting space for as little as $2.95 a month, and if you wish to purchase a yearly plan, there are discounts for that as well. Some popular hosting companies are:
Step 4: Install WordPress and Select a Theme for Your Lifestyle Blog
Now that you have your site on the internet, it is time to customize your website for it to be user-friendly and easy to navigate.
The first step is to install WordPress. You can achieve this in a few easy clicks, as shown below.
Select the “do it yourself” variant and hit the “install” button.
Your third click will be on the “check domain” button.
Your final two clicks will require you to accept the terms and conditions and complete your installation.
After these steps, your WordPress blog will be up and running.
Now that you have WordPress installed on your website, you can log in to your WordPress dashboard using your admin password. That way, you can have access to an array of free themes for your blog.
Step 5: Customize Your Blog and Publish Your First Post
Customizing your blog involves the installation of various plugins that will help you optimize your website. There are plugins for adding forums to your blog, collecting customer emails, optimizing your site for SEO, among other things.
Now that you are pleased with how your blog looks like, it is time to start posting relevant content to attract readers.
You can achieve this by following these steps:
Head to your WordPress dashboard.
On the left-hand side, click the “post” option and click on “new post.”
You can start typing on the blank sheet provided, or you can copy-paste your article from a Word document.
You can also add images if you wish.
When you are done and ready to post, hit the publish button. Your first blog post is now live.
As a remote job, blogging can effectively be done from anywhere. Blogging about things like lifestyle can sometimes get confusing as there is a wide range of options. However, focusing on a specific niche will benefit you more. You can choose to blog about relationships, family, nutrition, yoga, fitness, etc. With the right idea and careful execution, you can easily start a profitable lifestyle blog.