How to Start a Blog & Make Money in 2019
When i tell people i’m a blogger, the most common question i get asked is ‘What do you actually do?’ It sounds surprising, but blogging can be an actual job – which i have been fortunate enough to have since 2016. Unfortunately, you can’t just ‘get this job’ overnight. Whether you want to blog professionally or privately here’s a mini guide on how to start a blog. You’ll also find out what to consider when you start, as some things are irreversible.
The most important question you need to ask yourself (and of course answer) is “why do you want to start a blog?” You need to figure this out before you even begin to consider getting into a website, choosing a name or anything else.
The first thing you need to realize is that it’s still not too late to start your own blog. While there are many bloggers and influencers on the market, there is only a handful of them who are worth recommending and doing their job professionally. I personally saw some bloggers rising out of nowhere and beating the already established people in terms of traffic, audience engagement and beautiful photos. As long as you’re determined and willing to work hard, you could be the next blogging star!
If you ever want to take your blogging adventures to the next level – make money, change a design, anything, you shouldn’t start your blog on WordPress. A few years ago one could slowly transition into professional blogger and learn as they go. But in 2018, the only way to ‘make it’ in the blogging world is starting the right way from the start.
Finding a great name for your blog might be a challenge, so take your time. It’s VERY important. This is how you’re going to recognized, remembered and it cannot be changed later (or at least it’s VERY difficult to change… take it from me. 😉
I started writing about clean, non-toxic beauty brands and products, which then turned into a little bit (and then a lot) of travel, which i wanted to start incorporating into my blog and as i grew from just beauty I wanted to have an element of positivity and happiness in my name, hence how The Blissful Babe came to be. Besides travel and beauty tips, i also love to post about social media tips.
Here are a few things you should consider when choosing a name:
At least half of the blogging success nowadays is your social media channels. After you’ve chosen a name for your blog and checked if the domain name is available (more about that below), you should go ahead and secure your social media handles.
In my case, it wasn’t easy as there are a few Bliss + Babe names out there, but i managed to secure those social media handles.
While I managed to get a Facebook page under TheBlissfulBabe + YouTube and Pinterest, a handle ‘theblissfulbabe’ was already taken on Instagram. As a result, I had to add ‘.’ to my handle in-between each word (the.blissful.babe) which wasn’t an ideal solution, but I simply had no choice.