There is that thing that you love doing.
The exciting fact about passion is that nobody pushes you to do what you love. You will go all miles to do it with all your heart not because you will gain something in turn, but just because it makes you happy.
But the issue is:
Do you love writing?
Does lifestyle have a special place in your heart?
If yes, then there is an exciting opportunity for you.
You can educate the world through blogging. Since you will be doing what you love with a passion, it might turn out to be a lucrative journey.
Despite the fact that starting a lifestyle blog is an excellent idea, it is a broad niche. You might have to narrow it down by focusing on a specific field under lifestyle.
To choose a niche, you need to check your interests and expertise keenly.
What do you love doing? Is it fashion or cooking? Based on your interest and expertise, come up with a niche that you like and share your new knowledge with your audience.
Steps to Starting a Blog
Starting out can be a bit daunting, but that doesn’t mean that it is difficult. If you want to get a clear picture of your blog, check what other lifestyle bloggers are doing on their lifestyle blogs.
This will help you try to create something better and stand out.
Buying a domain with Namecheap
When purchasing a domain, you need to decide on the domain name of your blog. The domain name should be short so that your readers can easily remember it.
It should not have a complicated spelling so that you can quickly promote it to your target audience. It should also be relevant to your blog’s message and be” brandable,” but don’t use other companies brand names.
How should you register it with name cheap?
- Visit the Namecheap home page.
- Enter the domain name of your choice and check whether it is available by clicking search. You will see more suggestions for possible domain names.
- If your domain name is available, click the basket icon and add the domain name of your choice to the shopping cart.
- You can then confirm the order when ready.
- The final step will be making the payments using a credit card or PayPal.
Buying a hosting package at Siteground
Just like domains, many sites offer hosting plans such as Godaddy and Hostgator among others. However, after analyzing them clearly, Siteground seems to be the best. With their 24-hour support system, you don’t have to be worried in case of any technical problems while buying the hosting plan. You also get a free SSL certificate.
How can you buy a hosting plan on Site ground?
Siteground has three hosting plans.
There is the startup plan which suits 10,000 visits per month. The Grow big plan suits 25,000 visits per month. The third option suits 100,000 monthly visits.
With a start-up plan $3.95, you can get packages such as a free website builder, SSH Access 24/7 customer support, free daily backup, unlimited email accounts and DB’s, free Cloudflare CDN and C panel. This is good for those just starting out.
The Grow big plan is the best for bloggers. It secures your site with its 30 days backup copies as it stores your data remotely. It also has a 3-level catching system for your WordPress site. Siteground is effective. This is the package that I use.
How can you buy this hosting plan?
- Register on Siteground
- Log in
- Get a hosting account
- Enter your domain
- Choose your plan
- On purchase information, select the location where you would like to get users from and period. If you would want a US audience, choose the S. data center
- Fill in your payment information and click pay ( Use a credit card. You cannot use a debit card.)
- After completing the payment, you will get a notification alerting you that your purchase was successful.
- It will take a few hours for you to be able to access your domain.
The advantage of purchasing a hosting plan on Siteground is that you can get a discount of up to 45% if you are buying on this site for the first time. If you would like to enjoy this discount, purchase a hosting that lasts 2-3 years.
Installing a theme and launching your blog
A theme determines how your website’s layout is going to appear. It decides how the content in your site is going to be displayed.
How can you install a WordPress theme?
There are free themes, and there are those that you will need to purchase. If you are going to use a free WordPress theme, you can use the search functionality.
- Login to WordPress
- Go to Appearance – Themes
- Select the Add New button on top. You will see popular WordPress themes, featured WordPress themes and latest word press themes on the next screen. You can search for specific themes that fit your lifestyle blog.
- Click the image after seeing the theme that pleases you. It will show you the create and details button. Click install.
- WordPress will install it and show you a success message and a link to preview it.
Alternatively, if you purchased a theme (I recommend you do this), you can upload it from the WordPress admin. Premium themes have good code, more functionality, support, and a nice user interface.
- Download the zip file of the theme that you purchased.
- Go to your WordPress admin and click appearance- themes
- Click Add New on top
- You will be directed to choose the zip file that you had downloaded.
- Choose the file and click install now.
- If the installation is successful, you get a success message with a link of activating the theme.
How To Launch Your Blog
Launching your blog is crucial as it helps you build your blogs network before you start working. It helps you start with an audience that is going to read your work. It helps you earn from your blog very first.
In preparation to launch your blog, you will need to research, design foundations, create content and have your launch strategy.
In researching, you will need to know your audience, fellow bloggers and find out the type of content that performs well in your niche.
To connect with other bloggers and your audience, ensure that you interact with them on social media groups.
To get more readers, you need to create high-quality content. Since you are going to deal with lifestyle, check something that other lifestyle bloggers have done and try to do better than them.
Your content should be readable and have attractive visuals. You will need to write at least five posts before launching your blog. Remember to write an about us page too so that readers can know what your website talks about.
Finally, you can create a giveaway so that your readers can subscribe to your mailing list and get it. This will help them to follow you and get all your emails whenever you need to reach to them. You might need to create a landing page to help you drive traffic to your blog.
Lifestyle blogging is an exciting niche. Whether you are obsessed with fashion or health, you can choose a niche under lifestyle that you have expertise or passion. Always keep your followers updated any time you create a new post.
If you have any questions on how to start a blog, let me know through the comments and I will help you as best as I can.