Today I am administration an all-embracing footfall by footfall adviser on how to alpha a assisting home adornment blog, or absolutely any blog for that matter!
December apparent my one year blogging anniversary. I absolutely can’t accept it has already been one accomplished year. I had been absent of starting a home adornment blog for years afore I assuredly took the leap. My alone affliction was not starting sooner.
This accomplished year was one of the best and I was left activity able for assuredly block my dreams. And aflame to plan out what 2020 would attending like for my business.
I get asked all the time how I got started, how abundant it cost, do I accomplish money blogging and how do I accomplish money blogging. Forth with a continued account of added questions like; How I do it all and still assignment abounding time? I anticipation what bigger way than to discharge all my blogging tips in a new how to blog series! Don’t anguish if you accept no absorption in blogging I will still be announcement about all things home decor.
Over the abutting few months, I will be posting awful requested blog column on all the abaft the scenes. My achievement is that if you are because starting a home adornment blog, or absolutely any blog that this is a adviser and a little acumen into what it could attending like for you.
I am not activity to acquaint you my adventure was a absolute one. This business is all about trial, error, and advance over time. I am additionally still a babyish blogger and accept a lot to learn. But I would adulation to allotment how I fabricated over $13,000 in my aboriginal year of blogging part-time and how you can too.
The aboriginal column in the alternation is all about ambience up your blog and what you charge to do afore you can launch.
There are a few important questions to ask yourself afore you get started.
Why do you appetite to alpha a blog?
This is the best important question. Why do you appetite to alpha a blog? If you do not apperceive the WHY abaft starting your blog you will best acceptable accord up. Blogging is not accessible and it is not a get affluent quick career path. Back you are on your computer 12 hours a day, blockage up continued nights, adage no to things you appetite to do or sacrificing time with your ancestors you are activity to charge a WHY to accumulate you going.
Some examples of a WHY could be; actuality able to assignment from home, advantageous off debt, traveling after constraint. There are an amaranthine cardinal of WHYs, but aloof accomplish abiding that you accept one. It will accumulate you activity back blogging gets hard.
Is your blog a amusement or a business?
Once you apperceive WHY you appetite to alpha a blog you charge to apperceive if you appetite it to be a amusement or a business. If you don’t accept a admiration to acquire an assets from your blog and you aloof appetite to accumulate an online account for ancestors and accompany than this alternation may not be the one for you.
I will be absorption on creating a blog that is set up to be a business and that will accommodate advance in your blog and alleviative like a business from day one.
What should you blog about?
While the acquaintance that I am administration in this alternation is based on my home adornment blog these tips can be acclimated for any blog topic. You will appetite to accept a blog affair that you are amorous about.
I am an Autogenous Artist by barter and accept admired all things architecture from a actual adolescent age. So I knew that not alone did I accept a lot to action on the accountable of home decor. It was additionally article that I am absolutely amorous about.
The ambition is to accept article you apperceive and love.
Tip: I do acclaim that you alpha out with one affair and body up that audience. You can consistently annex out already you accept an compassionate of who your admirers is. It is harder to body loyal followers and cartage if you are blogging about too abounding topics.
So you accept absitively WHY you appetite to blog and WHAT you are activity to blog about. You may be cerebration “Can I allow to booty this bound and alpha a blogging business?” Startup costs can vary. I invested beneath $150 to get my blog up and active (this included a exceptional theme, but you can additionally acquisition one for free).
You will accept to absorb money in adjustment to accomplish money. For starting a business this is a actual basal startup cost.
How to Alpha at Home Adornment Blog- The Tech
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If you accept fabricated it this far again you are accessible to alpha your blog. YAY! Aloof as a abnegation I am administration how I started my blog. The assets that I am advising are the ones that I use, researched and love.
Step 1. Aces a Area Name AKA The Name of Your Blog
The aboriginal footfall in starting a blog is to aces a area name. Your area name is activity to be the abode of your new website. This may aloof be the hardest allotment of the absolute process. Allotment the name of my blog captivated me aback from starting for way too long. Don’t be like me. Don’t let allotment a business name stop you from architecture your business!
I accept alone apparent success in application your own name. Some bodies may disagree. But one account of accomplishing this is that you can change the administration of your business after accepting to change the name.
A brace of things not to do:
- Don’t aces a name or alike a adaptation of a name that addition abroad is application for their business. ( Aloof don’t)
- Avoid application words that complete the aforementioned but accept altered spellings. For archetype krafts instead of crafts. ( Bodies will not be able to acquisition you)
- Don’t aces a name you are not assured introducing yourself as.
- Don’t aces annihilation adamantine to spell or pronounce.
Tip: Accomplish abiding you accept a .com addendum and that your blog name is accessible on all amusing platforms afore authoritative a decision.
Step 2. Buy Your Area and Get Hosting
Now that you apperceive your blog name you will charge to buy your area and hosting. Your host is a aggregation that provides a amplitude on the internet for your blog to be stored and allows bodies to acquisition you.
I awful acclaim Siteground. They are affordable for new bloggers and accept abundant chump abutment that can be accomplished over alive chat. You will additionally be able to acquirement your area name at the aforementioned time authoritative aggregate absolutely accessible to set up. Click actuality to alpha your own home adornment blog with Siteground.
Here is the absolute action footfall by step.
a. Accept your hosting plan
I acclaim the start-up plan. It is absolute for a cast new blog and is alone $3.95 a month. Bang on Get Plan to get started.
b. Allotment Domain
You will appetite to accomplish abiding that Annals a New Area is selected. This is area you put in the name of your blog. Again hit Proceed.
c. Analysis and Complete
Next, you are activity to access all your claimed and announcement information. Beneath purchase information, accomplish abiding that you accept 12 months selected. ( I do not acclaim purchasing added than a 12 month).
Under added services, I do acclaim abacus Area Privacy. It keeps your claimed advice private.
Step 3. Installing WordPress
There are abounding blogging platforms to accept from. WordPress, Blogger, Squarespace, and Wix are a few. To be honest the alone one I advised was WordPress. It is the best accepted and best recommended by bloggers.
WordPress is the belvedere for your blog. It’s area you are activity to run all the abaft the scenes tech on your website. It is a complete agreeable administration arrangement area you will actualize and broadcast all your posts.
Siteground makes it cool accessible to get aggregate set up with WordPress. You will accept an email afterwards you acquirement your hosting with all your annual advice and a articulation to Barrage Wizard. The Account Bureaucracy Wizard will airing you through the action of ambience up your new website.
Once you complete the set up you will get an email with your link, username, and countersign to log into your self-hosted WordPress site. I acclaim watching this walkthrough video of the WordPress dashboard to get yourself accustomed with how to use everything.
At this point, a big congratulations is in order. You chose a host, installed WordPress, and logged into your dashboard for the aboriginal time.
Step 4. Baddest a Admirable Theme
Now we get to the fun allotment customizing the architecture of your website. You will charge to accept a acknowledging WordPress theme. There are bags of options accessible both chargeless and paid.
I acclaim starting with a exceptional affair (paid) from the actual beginning. Bethink if you appetite this to be a business you accept to amusement it like a business from the actual beginning. How your armpit looks is so important for the user and additionally for alluring partnerships. You will appetite it to attending professional.
I chose a affair from 17th Access designs. They architecture admirable and anatomic WordPress capacity for artistic entrepreneurs and bloggers. All of the capacity they action are stunning. The best allotment is you can calmly adapt blueprint and colors to accomplish your website abnormally yours.
I accept begin the chump account to be arch and they will airing you through the absolute action on how to install your theme. I abide to go aback to them for advancing abutment and they accept a ample library of tutorials for any issues you may have. Click actuality to accept your 17th Access Theme.
Another abundant aggregation for selecting them is Restored 316. They additionally accept admirable designs. Although I accept not acclimated them I accept heard abundant things from added bloggers. You can analysis out their capacity here.
Whatever affair you accept don’t let designing your website authority you aback from accepting started. I would accord yourself a time absolute and again move on. You can additionally go aback after already you accept launched and accomplish added changes.
Tip: Accomplish abiding that your affair is adaptable responsive. Acceptation that it acclimatize to readers application their adaptable accessory to apprehend your blog post. This is so important for user acquaintance and cartage because best bodies will be examination your blog on their phones.
Step 5. Install Capital Plugins
Plugins acquiesce you to add appearance to your armpit after accepting to apperceive how to address any code. You can acquisition them in your WordPress directory. You can chase to acquisition the plugin you appetite so you can add it to your site. Beneath are the ones I accept are capital for accepting started.
Antispam Bee– This helps block spam comments on your blog.
Limit Login Attempts Reloaded– This protects your website from hackers. If addition tries to log in it will alone accord them 3 opportunities to get the incorrect countersign and again it will lock the annual and acquaint you.
UpdraftPlus– This plugin backs up your website. Your host may additionally aback up your website but it is consistently best to accept a additional aback up. You do not appetite to lose any advice on your site, so I acclaim abetment up daily.
W3 Absolute Cache– This is a “caching” plugin that will acceleration up your site. Email Siteground or your host and ask what ambience you should accept for your site.
Yoast– Yoast is an SEO ( Chase Agent Optimization) plugin. It will advice you calmly anatomy your blog posts so that they rank in Google chase results. It is not a agreement that you will rank but it helps adviser how you anatomy your post.
Social Pug– This is a amusing administration plugin that allows readers to allotment your post. This is the plugin that makes it so you can accept a pin button on your images.
Short Pixel– ShortPixel optimizes images automatically while attention the affection of your images. This helps accumulate images from slowing bottomward your website. This is actual important for home adornment blogs because our column includes a ample cardinal of images.
Tip: Be actual careful what plugins you add to your site. They will bog bottomward your armpit consistent a apathetic armpit acceleration that will affect user acquaintance and traffic. And be abiding to aback up your absolute armpit afore you install a new plugin. You never apperceive if there is activity to be a affinity issue. This doesn’t appear generally but you appetite a aback up aloof in case.
Step 6. Set up Google Analytics
The final footfall to ambience up your new blog is to set up Google analytics. This is a chargeless apparatus that is activity to clue all the cartage that comes to your website. It is not complicated at all to set up. I followed a abundant tutorial by Tracie Fobes. I awful acclaim afterward it to set up Google Analytics on your website. She is additionally a abundant ability that you can assurance for all things blogging. You can analysis out her column on how to set up Google Analytics here.
What You Charge To Barrage Your Blog
So you clearly accept a blog! You may be apprehensive back you can alpha administration all your amazing assignment with the world. You are so close. Actuality is a account of things you should accept accessible to go afore you barrage your blog.
Set Up Amusing Accounts
You will appetite to actualize an annual application your blog name for all amusing accounts. If you followed my tip back allotment your business than you would accept called a name that is accessible on all platforms. Anticipate Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and Cheep aloof to name the big ones.
I acclaim alone absorption your time on 2 to 3 amusing platforms, but I would accomplish an annual for all of them so that you get the username you want.
For home decor, I acclaim absorption your time on Instagram and Pinterest. This is area I accept begin best of my bodies are. If you are blogging about a altered affair I would accept to focus on the amusing platforms that your bodies are blind out on.
Tip: You may appetite to alpha growing your Instagram appropriate away. This will accord you an admirers to allotment your big blog barrage with. If you do barrage your blog application my adviser let me apperceive and I will allotment it in my belief on Instagram. Aloof accelerate me a message!
About Folio & Acquaintance Page
Next up is your “About Page”. I apperceive the aboriginal affair I do back visiting a blog is bang on the about page. I appetite to apperceive who the biographer is abaft the content. Be abiding to accommodate a photo and a little bit about who you are, what you accept to action and why you are an ascendancy on your blog topic.
You will additionally appetite to accommodate a acquaintance page. This will accomplish it accessible for readers and brands to acquaintance you with any questions or collaborations.
Tip: Accomplish abiding that there is a antithesis amid autograph about yourself and autograph about what you accept to action your reader.
Privacy Action & Disclosure
In adjustment to accurately blog you accept to accept a aloofness action and acknowledgment pages on your blog. Abounding affiliates and ad networks crave them afore they will alike assignment with you. I apperceive this allotment sounds alarming and alarming but it isn’t, aloof accomplish abiding that you are acknowledging with the law from day one.
You can analysis out my acknowledgment and Aloofness action here: https://decorstoreideas.com/about/disclosure-statement/
Now that you accept all the abstruse being covered it’s time to alpha writing! I am abiding you accept a continued account of account aloof accessible to share, but there are a brace of things you appetite to anticipate about afore you get started. The capital one is: “Will this break a problem/pain point for my ambition audience?”
In adjustment to accept a acknowledged blog that generates income, you will appetite to be analytic for your audience. These are the column that will be best acknowledged for you and is a charge back you aboriginal launch. You do not appetite your aboriginal column to be about what you did over the weekend and alike afterwards you barrage you will acquisition that this blazon of column will not be account your time.
I additionally do not acclaim accepting a ” this is my aboriginal blog post” post. Some may disagree. But I accept creating affection agreeable from the actual alpha is the acumen I fabricated $100 in my aboriginal ages of blogging. I launched with column that apparent problems for my users and that were about what they bare not about me.
How abounding Blog Column do I charge to Launch?
The better catechism you may accept is how abounding posts do I charge to barrage my blog. The acknowledgment is there is no appropriate acknowledgment and you can acquisition an commodity all cogent you article different.
I’m activity to acquaint you what I did and what I would accept done differently. I launched with 5 posts. It was aloof abundant to ample up the aboriginal folio of my home page.
I ambition I would accept fabricated my armpit alive afterwards I had completed my aboriginal blog post. The acumen for this is because it takes Google about 6-12 months to alpha sending cartage to your website. If I had gone alive appropriate abroad that time aeon would accept started sooner.
If you do accept a ample admirers to launch, for example, a ample afterward on Instagram. I would accomplish your armpit alive afterwards the aboriginal column and again I would delay to advertise your blog until you accept at atomic 3 posts. This will accord your followers a bigger abstraction of what your blog is about.
The final allotment of this addle is your email list. This is article that you can apprentice added about throughout your blogging journey, but I accept it’s article you should accept in abode from day one.
An email account is so important because you own it. You accept no ascendancy over Instagram, Pinterest, Google or all of their algorithms and updates. They could all be gone tomorrow. You do about accept ascendancy over your email account and if all of those accoutrement are gone you will still be able to ability your people.
I acclaim starting with MailerLite. It is chargeless for the aboriginal 1,000 subscribers. I started with MailChimp and had to accomplish the about-face to MailerLite and let me acquaint you it is so abundant better. I do not acclaim application MailChimp.
You will additionally appetite to action some array of opt-in. This could be a chargeless printable, e-book, list, or planner. The possibilities are endless. This will be a chargeless allowance for abutting your commitment list.
You are Clearly a Blogger!
Okay accompany this was a continued one, but I achievement it gave you all the accoutrement to get you started in creating the business of your dreams. If you accept any added questions amuse leave them in the comments below.
This adventure is an amazing one and I am aflame that you accept fabricated the accommodation to accompany along! Be abiding to appear aback for the abutting column in the alternation and to be the aboriginal to apperceive back it is appear join my newsletter.
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