Blogging is the perfect way to make a (substantial) income from home, doing what you love. Fashion and Beauty Bloggers are making millions of dollars around the globe, by simply sharing their hair, makeup and beauty tips. You can have a piece of that pie, too! For only a few dollars a month, you can start a beauty blog and make money doing what you love.
My Fashion Chronicles started as a hobby blog, and in less than 2 years, was providing a 6 figure income, making well over $10,000 a month by the second year and has continued rapid growth since.
Ok, don’t be scared. It is actually a very simple process. It takes less than 15 minutes and under 4$ to get you started. We are going to show you exactly how to do it easily and very inexpensively.
As you take the plunge into the blogging world there are many things to consider. The first one, of course, is the name of your blog! The name of your domain is very important, so spend some time deciding this. Here are your simple steps to get you up and beauty bloggin’ for a living!
Register Your Domain
First, go to bluehost and choose a domain name. Be sure the domain is unique and easy to remember. Only choose a dot-com domain name, for the most success. Anything plural or hyphenated, or spelled wrong on purpose can confuse people and it makes it harder for people to remember your site.
For best branding, a short, unique, easy-to-spell dot-com domain is your best bet. This is usually the hardest part. Once you have decided on your domain, it is time to register (purchase) it with Bluehost. If you are hosting your site through Bluehost, which is most recommended, we have a special offer from them thhat you also get your domain for free (15$ value) And who doesn’t want a free domain? It also makes the blog set-up process a little less complicated to have the domain the same place as your hosting.
Next, sign up for hosting through Bluehost. They are even offering our readers a special discount, which makes your hosting only $3.49 a month, which is CRAZY cheap.
Please don’t get sucked in to “FREE” blog services, like Blogger, etc. If you ever want your blog to make money, you need to have a self-hosted website.
It is inexpensive and super easy to set up at Bluehost. They offer fantastic customer support 24/7, customer service, and web-based email, and more. You can lock yourself into a lower rate, usually, by choosing a 12 month contract for hosting.
At less than $4 per month, it is not a scary commitment and you will be glad you locked in your lower rate for the 12 months (or longer.) The longer term you choose to sign-up for, the less you pay.
When you are ready to sign up for hosting, it is simple.
- Go to Bluehost and click the green button marked “Get Started Now”
- Select Your Package (the basic package is plenty for new bloggers!)
- Type in Your domain name you have already registered in the box marked “I have a domain name”
- Enter Your information and payment information
Ta Da! How easy was that? If you bought your domain from another domain registrar, then you need to go to your domain registrar and change your nameservers so they point to your hosting. You need to connect your domains and hosting, so that they are in sync. This is why it is a bit simpler to do it all in one place. Nonetheless, it is just one extra step if you have your domain somewhere else. If you go to your “manage domains” and choose “set nameservers” then change the nameservers that you find on your hosting account under Name Servers, once you have logged in.
Now, we need to get you ready to blog!
WordPress is the most popular blog platform in the world and we highly recommend using it. It is very user friendly, easy to learn and you have millions of options as far as themes (templates) plugins to make your site easy to use, etc.
It is extremely easy to make changes, post new articles, and interact with your readers.
Installing wordpress is so super easy! Wordpress is free to use and Bluehost makes it very simple to install.
Log into your cPanel, click on MOJO Marketplace, click on “One Click Install” and find the wordpress icon. Once you click on “start”, your wordpress installation is on it’s way.
Be sure to choose your username and password. This is found under advanced options. Be sure to create a username and password that is secure.
Now, the hard part is all done, and it only took you 15 minutes.
Wait.. actually, the hard part is creating all of your great, high-quality beauty posts.
After you’ve established a domain, hosting, and installed WordPress, it is time to pick out a theme or template.
The theme basically decides what the layout of your site is going to look like. Most people are extremely visual and your blog theme can definitely affect the success of your blog.
There are basic themes available for free through Wordpress, but if you are looking for a more unique website layout, there are great ones available for purchase at Elegant Themes.
Content is Key
Really, content is king. You won’t get return visitors if the content on your website is sub-par. Even if you have a gorgeous website design, this doesn’t mean much if the articles aren’t well written pieces.
Establish a writing style and stick to it. Many return readers are coming back because they like something about the way you write! Be consistent with the content uploads, aiming to publish new content at least a few times each week.
Pictures are worth a thousand words. Be sure to upload the highest quality pictures you can. People are very visual and want to see great pictures.
Grow Your Audience-It is unlikely that you will have a large audience at the very beginning, so be patient. Use social media to bring in your friends, family and be sure to include “share” buttons so your friends can help you get your articles out there.
The more you post, comment, or share authentic content, the more people will be exposed and your following will grow,
Before advertising your blog, make sure that you have enough posts to entertain and captivate your audience. There is nothing worse than checking out a new blog and seeing that they only have one post for you to read.
Start Making Money $$$$$
Here are some simple steps to make sure you have a blog that is set up to also make money!
- Self-hosted blog– (No blogger!) – You can get hosting for your blog for a few dollars at Bluehost. They are even offering my readers a discounted price, if you use my link! $3.49 a month, which is crazy, CRAZY low.
- Allow and Respond to Comments- Many ad networks require that your blog is set up to include comments. They want to see that you are interacting with your audience.
- Start an “advertise” page- offer pricing for private advertisers to buy space on your blog
- Make sure your posts have the date on them and you are creating current content. Don’t let your blog sit, you need to update it often for advertisers to be interested.
- Build Your Readership through social media and killer content.
Start Your blog today at Bluehost in 15 minutes and enjoy the journey you are about to embark on. You will learn as you go. Successful blogging is a learning process. Have fun and enjoy making a living doing something you love.