Weighing your options about starting a blog, what about becoming a lifestyle blogger?
I’ll give you a reason why you must start a lifestyle blog in this article and also steps to creating one.
That tells that people find it appealing, informative, and above all, worthy to spend their viable time reading through blog posts on the quest of finding value.
The fact is that with people by your side, you can achieve a lot, and this includes having fun, exerting influence, building your expertise, selling your business, being engaged, helping others out, satisfying your passion cravings, and more.
This list will end with me emphasizing the benefits of having a blog.
By having you come to this blog post, I’m sure you’ve got a decent background about blogging and some reasons to have one.
So, I’ll go straight to discussing becoming a lifestyle blogger and why you need to start a lifestyle blog.
What is a Lifestyle Blog?
Simply stated, a lifestyle blog is inspired by and revolves around a blogger’s daily life, interests, and expertise.
The blog inspires others to live happy and fulfilling lives.
With this narrow definition of a lifestyle blog, I believe I’ve tipped you with some of the potentials a lifestyle blog offers, but to be more explicit about it, below are some of the advantages of managing a lifestyle blog.
Benefits of Starting a Lifestyle Blog
– Share your knowledge and creative skills.
– Connect with new and like-minded individuals.
– Become an authority and influence.
– Create or promote your brand.
– Build your portfolio of expertise.
– Generate income.
– Share your thoughts and life.
– Document your life-long journey.
– Become someone many people can count on.
The list of the advantages of starting a lifestyle blog goes on and on until it reaches that point you believe there is no other suitable niche than that of lifestyle.
I can’t say a lifestyle blog is the best or otherwise.
Still, while it gives you the benefits of sharing your life-long journey with a community of like minds and those who are willing to drive inspiration and build confidence, other niches also have their respective benefits.
I’ve spoken earlier in this blog about starting a finance blog, starting a travel blog, and more.
If, however, you make up your mind to blog about lifestyle for your specific reasons, I have a tip for you:
It helps if you remember that whatever is worth doing is worth doing well.
To help you do things well, I’ve crafted a road map that will help you create a solid foundation for your blog.
Therefore, below is a step-by-step method on starting a lifestyle blog and not just any type, but that which will open to you a greater possibility for success.
Let’s get started with the steps to becoming a lifestyle blogger without further ado.
Step 1. Establish Your Why
If you want to find success in anything you do, you must have a purpose or direction for which you are heading to.
As an aspiring lifestyle blogger who has made up her mind to get started, make sure you back your decision up with a reason.
I believe some of the advantages of a lifestyle blog which I discussed in this article earlier, are enough for your purpose.
Once you establish your reason for starting a lifestyle blog, you must also set up your goals based on that.
Being goal-oriented will help you know if your effort brings results or you need to checkmate your strategy.
In summary, having a purpose will help you find a direction for your blog, help you build a solid fail-proof strategy, and serve as a metric for measuring your success.
Step 2. Find a Suitable Lifestyle Blog Niche
Now that you decide to blog about lifestyle, backed up with a vital purpose, you must do next to identify what kind of topics you want to blog about.
Isn’t lifestyle already a niche?
Good question, and yes, having a lifestyle blog means you have a niche blog.
However, I must remind you that I promised earlier to teach you how to start a lifestyle blog, not just anyone, but that will bring you success.
Well, nowadays, regardless of the niche you choose to blog on, except for a breakthrough, your potential for success and how hard you need to work before seeing results is determined by the competitors you’ll be struggling for traffic with.
There are already many people who blog about lifestyles out there that are already successful, decades before you start yours, so you need to find people suitable reasons why people should choose to read yours, over others’.
Because of this, you need to set yourself apart or stand out by focusing on a specific area and building your authority on that.
While your personality could set you apart from other blogs, your target audiences are also contributing factors, and below are some of the lifestyle sub-niches you may want to cover.
Popular Lifestyle Blogs Sub-Niches
– Family or parenting
– Beauty or fashion
– Food & nutrition
The list of suitable and popular lifestyle blog niches goes on and on until you find which you are comfortable starting a lifestyle blog.
It is also important to note that having found a sub-niche to start a lifestyle blog on, you can also narrow down your scope for better potential by focusing on specific age groups, occupations, locations, conditions, and other factors.
That will provide you with better quality viewers, most of which will stick to your content because your blog is a rare gem to them.
Step 3. Choose a Suitable Domain Name
There are thousands of domain name providers to buy your domain names.
Some outstanding domain name providers that offer world-class domain names to sites include Namecheap, Freenom, and Bluehost.
Your domain name speaks to your target audience a lot about what you blog about.
Because of this, choosing a suitable domain name is vital.
While you can some domain name extensions for free, they aren’t ideal for someone looking for long-term success, so I always suggest you go for a domain name that showcases professionalism and dedication for your blog.
Even for the paid domain name extensions, Top Level Domain (TLD) extensions such as .com, .net, and others are the most suitable, mainly because you blog about lifestyle.
Aside from your domain extension, the name also plays a huge role, and below are some other tips that’ll make you find a suitable name for your lifestyle blog.
– You get higher chances of ranking by incorporating a keyword into your domain name.
– Avoid using symbols in them.
– Take note of spellings, so you don’t make errors.
– Make it easy to be spelled and memorize.
– You can let your audience have an idea about your subject line through your blog name but remain precise.
– Your lifestyle blog can take the form of your name.
When it comes to finding the right domain name, the above are just the tip of the iceberg, so feel free to do your research for a lifestyle-relevant name.
Once you get the right domain name, register it if it hasn’t and move to the next step.
Step 4. Choose a Hosting Platform
Having found a domain name that will suit your lifestyle, the next thing to do is choose a suitable Content Management System (CMS).
A content management system is a piece of software that helps you manage, modify, and create content for a site.
While you can build or start a lifestyle blog without one, you will need to code everything about your website from scratch and isn’t a piece of cake, so I do not recommend you take this route.
Several CMS is suitable for blogging, with WordPress being the most used.
Having selected, for example, WordPress as your go-to content management system, it is time to look for a hosting provider, and from your hosting dashboard, you’ll be able to install the CMS.
Some of the best web hosting providers include Bluehost, SiteGround, Hostgator, WPEngine, and Dreamhost.
With a simple Google search, you can find more web hosting platforms that can be a fit for your needs, but whichever you choose, it is pertinent that you take note of the following:
– Web hosting space and its bandwidth.
– The different hosting plans their pricing and upgrading options.
– Possibility for backups and frequency.
– Security measures in place.
– Customer support and more.
One of the best ways to identify a good web hosting platform is through rating, user reviews, and recommendations by experts.
Once you get a suitable one, link your domain name to the host and install CMS.
Step 5. Design Your Blog
While you can always hire a professional website designer across different freelancing sites, including Freelancer, Upwork, and Fiverr, you can do it yourself with CMS like WordPress and Wix.
You can spare some precious time to search for a suitable theme from the vast array of theme stores on the internet, find a good one, and install it on your site.
Your website theme is an essential segment of your site. While it serves as the framework of your site design, it also carries different possibilities, including the experiences users will have and that of search engines.
I’ve outlined below some of the features you must be looking at when finding a suitable website theme or template.
– A beautiful design rocks, but make sure it doesn’t complicate things on your site.
– A beautiful font also rocks, but be sure it doesn’t make it difficult for readers to read through your content.
I’ve seen some less popular lifestyle blogs with stylish and beautiful fonts, but because I and many others find it hard to read through, we had to leave those beautiful content that may have gone viral behind.
– Mobile-friendliness of your site is a vital factor that affects your search engine ranking and user experience.
I can write an entire blog post on finding the suitable theme for your blog, but I will still miss some crucial points; as a rule of thumb, you must ensure that your theme is SEO-friendly and allows readers to navigate easily.
Step 5. Publish Your Blog
Last but not least step, here is where you get your blog to go live on the world wide web.
But, what use could a site be when there’s no content on it?
Please suggest me a no.
Well, no is the time to check everything and pages on your site to see that everything is working fine, and once this is done, write your first content and publish it.
Followed by writing your second lifestyle content and hit publish.
This is followed by the third, fourth, fifth.., twentieth…..
Then you have a whole stack of content, all for your audience’s consumption.
It seems I’ve been missing something I suppose to tell you right from the point you’re writing your first blog post, but don’t worry; I’ve bundled the missing tips into a list you can find just below.
– Act as if you’re chatting with a friend and sipping up coffee; that’s the beauty of lifestyle blogging.
The idea here is to be engaging and carry readers along.
– Arrange your words in a simple language and not have your readers going over their dictionaries to understand the more important words you’re using.
– Provided you don’t spam, promote your content shamelessly until you get what you want.
– Remember that consistency is critical, so be consistent in your content, and also note that the quality of your content is always more important than the volume.
There are more tips I’d love to share when it comes to jumping into lifestyle blogging with the right foot, but because all will end up within the scope of content marketing, search engine marketing, and related fields, I’ll suggest you read some of my blog posts on that for better insights.
I’m proud to have emphasized in this blog post that you need no regular lifestyle blog, but one with which you will realize a ton of success.
To wrap things up, I’ll stress the need for you to keep doing research, be consistent and have patience.
These three will take you to more incredible miles and make you fit into the line of popular lifestyle blogs one day.
Now to you:
What is that one piece of advice you’ll love to give an aspirant for the growing community of lifestyle bloggers?