Today, I thought I would share what I know about how to start a lifestyle blog and, more specifically, start a Lifestyle blog using WordPress.
There is a lot to starting a lifestyle blog- But let me tell you, it’s worth it! Lifestyle blogging is so much fun!
As I mentioned, lifestyle blogging can be fun, rewarding, and profitable!
But! I’m going to shoot straight with you; there is a learning curve! There is a lot to learn; it can be easy to get frustrated.
Be patient with yourself. Take it one step at a time.
What is a lifestyle blog?
So what is a lifestyle blog, you ask?
A lifestyle blog is best defined as digital content focused on the blog author’s everyday life and interests.
A lifestyle blogger creates blog content inspired and curated by their interests and daily activities.
In lifestyle blogging, you can write and share almost every category under the sun, including wellness and beauty, home + garden, food, fitness, home decor, career, parenting, etc.
How to Start a Lifestyle Blog:
1. Choose a Lifestyle Blog Niche.
A blog niche is a specific topic or topic you’ll write about on your blog.
I suggest you pick a topic for your lifestyle blog that you are passionate about so you won’t get bored writing about it.
This might mean that you have a few subjects that you write about that are related.
Think about your interests & hobbies and your obsessions!
Are you a dog lover? A cook, perhaps? Are you a beauty or style buff? An artist?
Maybe you are a wanderlust, so a travel blog would be perfect. Are you a stay-at-home mom? Then what about a mommy blog?!
What can you help your readers with? What problems can you solve? How can you inspire them?
The possibilities are endless!
Once you’ve decided on the topic of your blog, it’s time to brainstorm a name.
2. Choose a name: How to Name a Lifestyle Blog
Choosing a blog name for a lifestyle blog can be super tricky!
Your blog name is one of the most important steps when starting a blog. I know that I have struggled with this step.
The blog name and domain are what people see first, setting the tone for what people think about your blog.
Think about your blog, who your target audience will be, and your writing style.
How to Name a Lifestyle Blog:
- Use a name generator
- Have a good old fashion brainstorming session with your tribe.
- Reach for the Thesaurus.
- Research other blogs like the one you want to write for inspiration.
- Use Abbreviations or Acronyms.
- Consider another language.
- Think about using your name or part of your name.
Once you think you’ve got it nailed down – it’s time to purchase your domain. Yay!
3. Purchase a Domain name for your lifestyle blog.
Now that you’ve decided on a name for your lifestyle blog, you need to purchase a domain.
A domain is your blog address on the internet. There are several places you can go to purchase a domain.
I buy mine at BlueHost, where I host my blogs. (It makes things easy to keep it all under one roof!)
When searching for your domain name, you might find that the .com is taken.
Not to worry! There are so tons of domain extensions these days.
4. Set up Web Hosting
Now that you’ve got your domain, web hosting is next on the list.
Web hosting is essentially a parking place for your lifestyle blog.
Think of it this way -If your domain is your car, your hosting account is your garage.
If you’ve registered your domain with BlueHost, I suggest using them for hosting.
BlueHost is a great place to start hosting your lifestyle blog. I had my blog on BlueHost for years with no problems.
Bluehost is super affordable, has excellent customer service, and has a ton of online tutorials.
Once you’ve got more blog content and traffic, you may want to consider changing Hosting companies.
I recently switched to Big Scoots and love them.
5. Install WordPress
Installing WordPress is as simple as a few easy clicks. Bluehost makes it easy. Just take your time and follow the instructions, and you will be off to the races in no time!
6. Purchase a Premium WordPress Theme for Your lifestyle blog
So here’s the thing, you will see free themes available through WordPress that you can use to get started.
You can update your blog to a premium theme once you’ve established your blog.
BUT! I highly recommend purchasing a premium theme if you can afford it.
You can get a nice WordPress theme with tons of bells & whistles for $30-100, which is well worth the cost.
Picking a theme is super fun- it can also be a bit overwhelming since there are thousands and thousands of them available.
The Best WordPress Themes Out there (In my humble opinion)
I purchased both of my blog themes at Restored 316.
They’ve got a wide selection of gorgeous and customizable website themes that will help to elevate your brand instantly!
Take a minute to browse the selection of beautiful website templates! Here’s the link to the template that I’m curently using for this blog.
These themes are built using the Kadence framework, a fantastic foundation for any blog and considered one of the best WordPress frameworks.
Since using the Kadence framework, my site speed and performance have improved significantly.
More WordPress Theme Resources:
- Creative Market-Creative Market has thousands of graphics, blog templates, stock photos, and fonts at great prices.
- ThemeForest.net– I have purchased two WordPress Themes from Themeforest and love them both! I highly recommend checking them out!
- Themisle – Another great WordPress theme resource. They also have a wide selection of WordPress plugins and resources.
7. Install & Customize your WordPress Theme
Installing your theme is easy.
There is a bit of a learning curve, but stay calm and follow the instructions with the WordPress theme you purchased. You’ve got this.
Once you’ve installed the theme, you must ensure you have installed all the necessary plugins to help the theme run properly.
8. Install Demo Content
Once the theme and plugins are up and running-hopefully, you took my advice and purchased a theme with demo content.
If so, follow the instructions and install.
Installing demo content will help push you in the right direction for customization.
Demo content is your friend, my friend!
Alright, alright, alright! Now you’re cooking with gas!
9. Add Pages to Your Lifestyle Blog!
Once you’ve got your domain and hosting and have installed your lifestyle blog, it’s time to create the first pages for your lifestyle blog.
The first pages you will need are an About page and a Contact page.
Adding pages to your blog is pretty straightforward. And remember- you can always go back and fancy these pages later.
Get the basics out of the way.
Your theme should include a contact page you can edit and make your own.
Add a short bio about yourself or your brand on the contact page and include a photograph.
Most themes include a contact form within the contact page which makes it nice and straightforward.
Just add a little verbiage before the form, and then follow the theme’s instructions on setting up your email form.
Don’t forget to test it to make sure it’s working correctly.
10. Decide on Lifestyle Blog Categories
Before you go any further, it’s a good idea to decide on lifestyle blog categories and the overall structure of your lifestyle blog.
A blog category is a topic on a blog.
Your category list is like the table of contents for your blog. Lifestyle blogs have a wider range of topics than niche blogs.
Examples of Lifestyle Blog Categories:
- Health & Fitness
- Home Decor
- Marriage & Dating
11. Write your first blog post!
Ok! There is a ton- I mean a TON of information about writing a good blog post.
If you need a little help writing your first blog post, here are a few excellent resources to check out.
- How to write a blog post in 2021: the ultimate guide
- How to. Write a good blog post-12 expert tips!
- Here’s how to write a blog post like a pro!
And last but not least- Hit that publish button on your blog post! YAY!
If you’ve made it this far, you will have a successful lifestyle blog! But don’t stop there!
Here are a few more things you should cross off your to-do list as soon as possible.
A blog to-do List:
- Secure social media names on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.
- Install Plugins for SEO (Search engine optimization) and Social Sharing. I use RankMath and Grow.
- Add Google Analytics to your blog. (not gonna lie-it’s a bit of a pain, but it’s got to be done!).
This is a very helpful article that gives step-by-step instructions on how to install Google analytics to your lifestyle blog.
- Sign up for affiliate programs so that you can start making some money! I suggest starting with Amazon and LTK.
- Create a list of blog post topics and start a content calendar to stay organized.
- Learn about Keyword Research and SEO
How to Start a Lifestyle Blog using WordPress
I hope you found this helpful. I know from experience that starting a lifestyle blog can feel like a daunting task, but if you follow the steps, your blog will be up and running in no time!!
Are you thinking about starting a lifestyle blog?
Let me know in the comments below.