When I first started this blog I honestly thought that nobody would even read it and now nearly a year on it’s grown and grown!
I’m certainly no expert but here’s how to get going and make some money along the way!
1. Choose a blogging platform
I was first encouraged to start this blog by another Instagrammer and told about wordpress.com – I cautiously signed up and wrote my first post, the rest as they say is history!
I’ve only used wordpress.com so far and would recommend it – it’s easy to use as a beginner and well laid out, it’s also free to join (another option is blogger.com). As your blog grows it’s worth considering upgrading your plan to premium or business to give you more flexibility and options.
2. Decide on your area and write your first post
Start with an introductory post or a topic you know people would want to read about – in my case my first post was how to make my dining table flower centrepieces, as so many people had asked about them. The home community in particular loves home tours and where to find pretty new items!
3. Write about what makes you happy
Yes, it’s good to have a focus for your blog as a whole – mine is home interiors and a homely lifestyle – but I hate being too constricted! Writing about what interests you and makes you happy will be far more interesting than trying to force yourself to stick to topic, in turn your readers will find it more interesting.
Not every post will appeal to every reader but having a small spectrum will mean that something should appeal to most at least! The majority of my posts are home related, but I couldn’t not document my last amazing holiday to Excellence El Carmen and I had to mention my pain-painstakingly chosen outfit for my Style at Home shoot, for example!
4. Buy your domain
Having your own personal domain makes your blog look more professional and allows you to grow your blog better. My first domain was from GoDaddy and I have since transferred it to Bluehost. A shorter domain is also easier for readers to remember and search for!
5. Make money
Consider using affiliate sites like Awin to monetise from your blog – it doesn’t make a huge amount but definitely helps keep my blog running (subscription costs can slowly creep up!).
Try Awin here – Link
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Emma Drew from emmadrew.info at the Zoflora Hampton Court event and let me tell you she is just inspirational, she has managed to turn her blog in to a six-figure salary!
She’s also just launched her course which teaches bloggers (and newbie bloggers!) how to create a blog that makes money – I’ve just started working my way through her online lectures and I’ve learnt so much already!
I would highly recommend enrolling on her course: Turn your dreams in to money for anyone that wants to take blogging more seriously – each tutorial talks you through setting up your own blog, creating a media kit, affiliate marketing and more!
Enrol here: Link
6. Customise your theme
Once your blog takes off it’s time to start looking at new themes – a pretty easy to operate theme is beneficial to keeping your readers interested and wanting to see more.
I’ve recently bought my first custom them from Bluchic and LOVE it! Their online tutorials for setting it up and customising it are fantastic – definitely perfect for amateur bloggers! I was able to upgrade my wordpress.com account to business and download this theme without needing to change to wordpress.org.
7. Have fun!
Most importantly have fun with it!
I love hearing your responses to my blog posts and getting new ideas for posts 🙂
Make sure you share your new blogs, I’d love to read them – comment below with your blog address!
Lots of love