How to (Finally) Start a Successful Lifestyle Blog That Generates Real Income

By Bill Acholla February 16, 2019
Start a Lifestyle Blog

This is the most comprehensive guide on how to start a lifestyle blog on the planet.

The best part?

I’m going to show you strategies that can help you start, promote and make money from your lifestyle blog.

In short: If you want to generate Real Income from your lifestyle blog, you’ll love this guide.

Unlike most so-called LIFESTYLE BLOGGERS “experts”, I practice what I preach.

In fact, I’ve used the step by step from this guide to build a profitable blog that attracts high paying clients to my blog every single month.

Here’s an example:

I wrote this article on my blog about 15 Powerful Newsletter Ideas That Work GREAT (Updated)

A few weeks after the blog post went live, I got an e-mail from a client.

Because of the epic article I wrote on my blog, I was able to partner with the client and as of now I am still working with this project.

And in this guide I’m going to show YOU the steps and techniques to use when promoting your lifestyle blog.

So whether you’re a total beginner or a pro, you’ll love this guide.

Let’s get started.

What is a Lifestyle Blog?

These’re blogs that relates to anything that relates to your personal life and things that you love to do most in your life.

Here’re examples of personal things you love to do:

  • Fashion
  • Travelling
  • Cooking
  • Playing football
  • Parenting
  • Marketing
  • Dancing
  • Shopping
  • Modelling
  • Singing
  • Coaching

…etc.

Below are steps that’ll talk about.

  • Step #1: Identify a Profitable Niche
  • Step #2: Pick a Platform
  • Step #3: Choose a Blog Name
  • Step #4: Get a Secured Hosting Platform
  • Step #5: Find a WordPress Theme
  • Step #6: Start Creating the Right Content
  • Step #7: Build Your Audience
  • Bonus Tip #1: Social Media Channels
  • Bonus Tip #2: Community Engagement
  • Bonus Tip #3: Email Outreach
  • Bonus Tip #4: Broken Link Building
  • Step #8: Make Money Blogging

Step #1: Identify a Profitable Niche

What is a niche topic?

It’s a topic your target audience is interested in and they care about it.

Let me show you how to use SEMRush to find niche topics with ease.

Here’s how.

Let’s say you want to learn how to start a blog about food.

You’d head over to SEMRush.

Then type “food blog” and click search.

Then, choose a long tail keyword that relates to your broad topic.

Rinse and repeat.

Step #2: Pick a Blogging Platform

Before you start any WordPress blog you need to choose the right blogging platform that’ll make your lifestyle blog successful.

There are free and paid platforms. But as a professional blogger I’d advise you host your blog with WordPress.org.

WordPress.org platform will give you free control on how you manage your content but as for free platform like WordPress.com or blogspot.com, you’ll not have free control.

Secondly, the free platform put their own Ads on your site and you’ll have an ugly URL.

Below are examples of free platform to avoid:

  • WordPress.com
  • Blogspot.com
  • Medium.com
  • Tumblr.com
  • Wix.com
  • SquareSpace.com
  • Web.com
  • Blog.com

Majority of successful blogs are hosted with WordPress.org so I’ve not doubt that if you host your lifestyle blog with WordPress.org you won’t regret.

Step #3: Choose a Blog Name

This is the probably the best tip when you are naming your lifestyle blog. You need to have a name that will become your identity for years to come. Naming the lifestyle blog should follow an inside out approach.

Knowing the foundation of the brand and the purpose of the business, it becomes easier for you to come up with something that personifies the business.

Having explored the goal of your business, you can come up with various descriptive words that deem fit for the blog’s name.

Here are a few things that you should keep in mind.

  • What value does your brand provide to the users
  • What are the words that you want to associate with the business
  • What is the business about?
  • If you are selling something, what will you blog about?
  • What is the persona of your ideal reader? Their interests, hobbies, likes, dislikes etc.
  • Is there a blog or a brand that you like? Having an inspiration is important

Step #4: Get a Secured Hosting Platform

It’s time to get a web hosting platform that is highly secured.

Hosting your WordPress blog on a secured web host is highly important these days as it serves as a guarantee way to protect your site from potential hackers.

This also helps your WordPress blog get trusted by your audience and potential clients.

There’re 3 factors that you need to look out for in web hosting.

i.e

  • Uptime reliability
  • Customer service
  • Hosting speed

So, which is the best web host that is secured and reliable?

Answer: Siteground

Siteground is an outstanding web host that is trusted by over 1.9 Million people.

Their plans include:

  • WordPress installation
  • Automated migrations
  • Automatic updates
  • Advanced caching
  • Expert WordPress support

…and they have a dedicated security team monitoring security threats on their client websites.

They are the biggest and most well-known web hosting company on the planet and if you’re starting a new blog then you should use their platform.

Step #5: Find a WordPress Theme

Once you’ve installed your WordPress, you need to get a professional WordPress theme that’ll match your lifestyle blog.

When it comes to WordPress themes, there’re two options:

  • Get a free theme
  • Or buy a premium theme

In my experience, buying a premium theme is the best option because it builds your business brand.

I recommend you get genesis theme framework because it’ll empower you to quickly build your website and help you to handle basics of SEO effectively.

Step #6: Start Creating the Right Content

It’s time to create content that attracts the right audience.

Not all content are created equal.

You need to be smart when coming up with the right content.

Here’s my two approach tips.

  • Find a popular article within your niche
  • Create something better that deserves to attract the right audience

Go to Google and find a popular article that has been shared wildly and has generated lots of quality links.

Then come up with something better than you found on Google.

Here’s how you can upgrade the content you found on Google.

  • Make the article longer. For example if the article you found has 30 Tips, make it 70 Tips.
  • Add visual images that resonates your article
  • Add quotes from influencers
  • Tie the article with the current news stories with your niche
  • Add real life examples

For example, just check out this article I wrote on my blog.

If you want to create the right content that can rank highly on Google and attract the right audience, then you need to implement the said tips.

Step #7: Build Your Audience

It’s time to reach out to the right audience.

Let’s start with:

a. Social media channels

When it comes to social media marketing, you need to be strategic. Social media doesn’t work with all content.

Here’s my approach.

  • Run a 10 day Facebook Ad to build a traffic momentum
  • Use Buzzsumo to conduct In depth social media outreach
  • Contact influencers mentioned in your post on social media

Note: Every time you publish your epic content make sure you conduct the above steps. It’ll help you rapidly boost your blog post engagement.

b. Community Engagement

To increase your blog traffic, I’d recommend you share your blog post to online communities such as:

  • Quora.com
  • Scoope.it
  • Viralcontentbee.com
  • Quuupromote.co
  • Reddit.com
  • GrowthHackers.com
  • Bizsugar.com
  • Blogengage.com
  • Medium.com

Secondly, look for other relevant communities such as forums to share your content.

c. Email Outreach

This is my favorite blog promotion strategy.

If you do it right, you’ll rapidly increase your blog traffic and social shares.

It’s simple.

Just find and outreach to relevant influencer within your niche who can amplify your blog post.

Don’t email influencers randomly.

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Look for influencers who run a site in your industry.
  • Make sure they’re interested in your topic.
  • And they’ve already linked to an article that is similar to yours.

Note: It’s about quality and not quantity.          

That said:

Let’s go to the next technique.

d. Broken Link Building

If you want to get links to your new brand article, then broken link building is the best strategy to use.

You need to find blog post or article that have broken links.

You can use Check My Links to find the dead links.

Once you identify the dead link, reach out to the website owner through email and let him/her know of the dead link.

Note: Don’t beg for the link, just reach out and if your content is epic, definitely the website owner will update his/her link with yours.

If you aren’t familiar with email outreach, check out this post

The next step is to make real money blogging.

Step #8: Make Money Blogging

Now as a lifestyle blogger, you need to think on ways to monetize your blog and make money.

Let’s see how you can generate real income from your profitable blog.

From my own experience, below are the best ways to earn money from your lifestyle blog.

  • Affiliate Marketing
  • Sponsored Posts
  • Services

A. Affiliate Marketing

This is where you promote someone product or service for a commission.

You simply add an affiliate link to your post naturally and when your audience buys the product or sign up to a service, you earn a commission.

It’s one of the most profitable income streams that can make you some serious money. Below are some of the best affiliate programs with huge commission:

  • Bluehost
  • WPengine
  • Constant Contact
  • Hubspot
  • Shopify
  • 99designs
  • Bigcommerce

Here’s a great guide from Pat Flynn about Affiliate Marketing the Smart Way

B. Sponsored Posts

Companies or individual influencers will pay you to write a blog post or a product review mentioning their product or service.

If your blog has steady stream of traffic, you’ll get big offers ranging from $200 to $1000 per post or per product review.

Caveat: On the blog post you’re writing, you need to mention that the post is a “sponsored post” otherwise Google will clamp you down.

Sponsored content is also a great way of making some serious money.

C. Services

Since you’re a lifestyle blogger, I know you’ve acquired some skills that’ll make your blog engaging.

You need to use that expertise to offer services to your audience or new readers.

For example if your lifestyle blog is about Weight loss, you can provide yoga services or weight loss lessons. It’s also a great way of making good money.

The good thing about it, there’s no middlemen like affiliate marketing.

Now It’s Your Turn

There you have it:

My step by step techniques on how to start a lifestyle blog.

Now I’d like to hear from you…

What’s your thought on starting a successful lifestyle blog?

Let me know by leaving a comment below right now.

Comments

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