Are you looking to start a lifestyle blog in 2023? If so, you have come to the right place. Starting a blog can be an intimidating task, but with the right guidance and support, it doesn’t have to be. In this article, I will walk you through six simple steps that will help get your lifestyle blog up and running in no time.
By following these steps, you can create a successful lifestyle blog that is full of engaging content and has plenty of readership potential.
From choosing the perfect domain name to setting up your website hosting platform, each step will provide information on how best to approach creating your own unique online space for all things fashion, food, and more.
So let’s get started!
Step 1: Pick Lifestyle Blog Niches
To start a lifestyle blog, you first need to pick a niche.
Unlike niche blogs that focus on one niche, lifestyle blogs cover a wide range of topics. So, before you can begin creating content for your blog, it’s essential to decide what areas you want to focus on.
For example, if fashion is your passion, you could create posts about the latest trends and how-to guides for styling outfits. Or, if travel is more your thing, you could share stories from your trips and provide tips on budget-friendly destinations.
Lifestyle blogs cover topics around ‘having a better life. That’s why one lifestyle blog can have niches like health, fitness, beauty, travel, food and drink, parenting, or personal finance. Also, lifestyle blog niches are the blogger’s personal interests, things they love to do.
Whichever areas you choose to focus on, be sure to narrow your topics down so that it’s easier for readers to find what they’re looking for. This will also ensure your content is always relevant and engaging.
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Step 2: Pick a Blog Name (aka Domain Name)
Once you’ve settled on your niche or blog niches, it’s time to pick a unique blog name. This will become your domain name (yourblogname.com) and should be an expression of the content in your blog.
Your domain name can include phrases or words related to lifestyle topics. You don’t have to stick with generic terms either; indulge your creativity and come up with a catchy name that stands out from the crowd.
By the way, you can use your personal name as your blog/domain name. But if you prefer to use a brand name, you may like to use Businessnamegenerator.com.
Go to Business Name Generator and enter keywords related to your lifestyle blog — like lifestyle, best life, better life, style, and life — and click Get Started.
Business Name Generator will suggest tons of potential blog names for you. Check each of them to see if they match your blogging vision.
Namecheap will show you if the domain is available.
Pro Tip: I recommend using .com as your domain name extension. It’s the most popular and recognizable extension in the world, so using it will help you stand out from the crowd.
Once you’ve found an available domain name, purchase it right away so that nobody else can claim it before you.
Step 3: Choose a Blogging Platform
Now that you have your domain name, it’s time to choose a blogging platform. This is the software that you’ll use to create and manage your blog.
I highly recommend WordPress (WordPress.org). It’s the most popular blogging platform worldwide and is used by millions of bloggers. Plus, it’s free, easy to use, and comes with tons of powerful features that make blog management a breeze.
You can also use plugins on WordPress. WordPress plugins are applications that you can install to add new features and functionalities to your blog.
For example, if you want to add a membership area or an eCommerce store, there are plugins for both of those.
WordPress also has plenty of themes that you can use to make your blog look great. Plus, these themes come with professional-looking templates.
Rest assured! With WordPress, you will start an awesome lifestyle blog.
Step 4: Host Your Lifestyle Blog
It’s time to host your blog. Hosting is the process of making your blog live on the internet so people can access it.
There are dozens of hosting companies available, but I recommend using Bluehost or SiteGround to start your lifestyle blog. They offer excellent customer support and great performance at an affordable price. Plus, they both provide a free domain name, depending on the hosting plan you choose.
I’ll be using Bluehost in this article.
1. So first, go to Bluehost, and click on WordPress > WordPress Hosting.
2 Scroll down and select your hosting plan. I recommend going with the Basic plan. It’s the best for beginners and suits most of us. You can always upgrade your plan if you want additional features.
3. Enter your blog name under ‘Create new domain‘ and press Next. Make sure that .com is the one selected.
4. Add your Account Information to proceed.
5. Under Package Information, select your preferred hosting duration (It’s renewable). And under Package Extras, check the feature you want.
I highly recommend checking at least the box for ‘Domain Privacy + Protection.’ The rest are pretty optional and not necessary.
6. Finally, enter your payment information, check the box down, and click Submit.
7. On the next page, Bluehost will ask you to create your account and a password. After login in, you will be asked a couple of questions regarding your website. I recommend that you ‘skip’ all of them.
However, one place you can’t skip is the question ‘How would you like to build your WordPress site?’. Choose WordPress.
Step 5: Install WordPress and a WordPress Theme to Customize Your Lifestyle Blog
Now it’s time to install WordPress and a theme. Bluehost offers an automated installation process, so this should be easy.
Once the installation is complete, you will be able to access your WordPress dashboard. It will look like in the image below.
The WordPress themes that I recommend are Astra and OceanWP. They are free and give you access to great design features. I have a full step-by-by tutorial on how to correctly install a WordPress theme. Check it out!
Finally, when your theme is installed, you can start customizing your blog to make it look exactly how you want.
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Step 6: Write and Publish Your First Blog Post
You also need to write content when you start a lifestyle blog,
When your blog is set up and ready, you write your first post! What should you write about?
Choose topics related to your lifestyle blog. For example, you can write about relationships, fitness, health, fashion, career advice, etc. In my guide on what a lifestyle is, I mention some of the best lifestyle blogs and the content they publish. Check it out to find some blog post ideas as well.
When writing a post, make sure that the content is valuable and relevant to your readers. Also, include images and videos to make the post more engaging.
I always recommend starting with a draft (on a Google Doc, for example). In a draft, you can organize your ideas and ensure everything flows together. Once you’ve finished the draft, you can start writing the final version. Correct any grammar and spelling mistakes.
Copy and paste your content from Google Docs to WordPress, add images where necessary, and you’ll be ready to publish. To write a post in WordPress, log in to your WordPress dashboard, and navigate to Posts > Add New.
There, you’ll be able to paste your content. Once you’re finished, click Publish. Now, you’ve published your first post!
If you want to learn more about these six steps, I break them down in my complete guide on how to start a blog. You will learn everything you need to start a successful blog.
You Can Start a Successful Lifestyle Blog
Creating a lifestyle blog is not as difficult as it may seem. Follow these steps and you will have your own blog up and running in no time.
Start by selecting lifestyle blog niches and a domain name. Buy hosting, install WordPress, and choose a WordPress theme. Next, write and publish your first post. That’s it! Now you can share your posts with the world and start building an audience.
Don’t forget to keep your blog updated regularly with fresh content to engage readers and increase your reach. Creating content regularly is essential for growing a successful lifestyle blog. So stay creative, consistent, and motivated! Enjoy the journey of blogging!