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How To Start A Lifestyle Blog: 7 Simple Steps To Follow


It is the digital era indeed. Online influencers and bloggers do not only have the trendiest and coolest job today, they also are financially and emotionally rewarded. How many lifestyle bloggers do you know are living your dream life? They travel, they “experience”, they share and they do what they love. For some lucky ones, they get paid to do what they’re passionate about. How to start a lifestyle blog? That is the million dollar question. Where do you begin?

I’ve gathered some simple and practical tips to start building your own little kingdom on the internet as a lifestyle blogger.

But first, what is a lifestyle blog? A lifestyle blog is where you, the blogger, shares your life to your readers; your interests, your activities and your thoughts. It’s as simple as that.


How to Start a Lifestyle Blog: 

7 Simple Steps to Follow


Find Your Niche

Before you even create an account, think about what your niche will be. Your niche is that one topic your blog will be centered on. Most people (like me) have numerous interests and so their blog niche is wide and varied. This is okay as long as you know how to categorize and can talk about each regularly. But for beginners, the advice would be to stick to a specific topic first.

To find your niche, ask yourself these questions:

  • What is your major interest? 
  • What do you love to do? 
  • What are you most knowledgeable of? 

Knowing and having your own niche is important in blogging because:

  • Your niche will attract your target audience. 
  • You will be considered as an expert on this topic. 

If you haven’t established a following yet, stick to one topic so as not to confuse your readers. A confused reader will unlikely return.


Choose a platform

The experts would advise to choose Wordpress to make your blog look more professional. I have started with Blogger (while it was still Blogspot) and so far, no regrets. For me it is easier to navigate. There are numerous layouts now that are either free or paid that suits your taste and style.

I’ve seen a lot of successful lifestyle bloggers that use Blogger and also Wordpress. Do your research and find out which one works for you.

Get a domain name

In deciding what to name your blog, remember:
  • Choose a catchy name so it’s easy to remember. 
  • Keep it simple. 
  • Make your domain name reflect your blog’s niche so people would know what to expect. This also helps a lot for keyword searching. People who want to read about traveling to Southeast Asia will not likely use the keyword “constellation” in the search bar.
It is tempting to use your name as a domain name but experts suggest against it if you’re not a celebrity. Some use their names and it works just fine. Just put in the work of increasing the traffic to your blog.

Get your own url

Nothing says more “professional”, official and authentic that having your own .com. There are many hosting services to choose from.

Do your own research (yes, research is a big part of blogging), which one is best for you as most of these services offer promos and discounts all the time.

They can also offer other services like customized email address and plugins.

Design your page

Your page is your online home or presence so to speak. It is like welcoming your visitors into your sanctuary and offering them what you know and have.

Design your page to reflect your personality and niche. Make it show your signature. As for me, it’s pink because everyone who knows me knows I love the color. Plus it makes me happy.

You’ll be spending majority of your life on your blog so might as well create one that you’ll be always happy to visit.

Make sure it doesn’t only please you but that it also appeals to readers. Some font colors are too painful and strenuous to the eyes. Some background music or designs are too distracting.

Your reader's experience is important. When they find it hard to focus on the content, they leave and most of the time, they never return.



Research

As mentioned, research is a huge part of blogging. Be diligent in finding answers and tips online to help you with your content. Research also helps you find solutions when you encounter technical issues.

The world is bursting with fake news nowadays. Doing your own research before publishing something to double check the authenticity or credibility of the source will be much appreciated by your visitors.

Write great content

No matter how appealing your domain name is, even when you have the most impressive design in your blog, if you write like a robot, no one would want to follow your blog.

Write contents that are interesting, informative, inspiring, funny or stirring.

Proof-read. Double chekc speling. (See what I did there?)

Give people a reason to hit that Share button, leave a comment and recommend your blog to their friends.

Most importantly (and this is what I strongly suggest,), write honestly and from the heart.

Write for people and not for SEO ranking.

When you do what you love and you love what you do, you hit the sweet spot between profit and passion. That is your purpose.

Keep these tips in mind and don't forget to always bring your patience, perseverance, and positive attitude. Because successful blogging is not just about posting a photo or a frivolous hobby. It involves a lot of hard work and you will encounter some frustrations along the way.

If you believe blogging is your purpose, the best time to start is today. 


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