How to Start a Lifestyle Blog & Make Money with Pinterest
Pinterest is THE place to go for finding the very best ideas that can translate into a successful lifestyle blog.
And, if Pinterest is your favourite place to find and share cool ideas – starting a lifestyle blog might be your perfect side hustle.
If you already love Pinterest, you know that there’s a wealth of information available that includes everything from interior design to fashion to parenting, gardening and DIY.
Forget Google, Pinterest is the place to be!
If you already know this, you need to know it’s possible to actually make money on Pinterest.
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With a lifestyle blog, you can use Pinterest to your advantage and make money in the process.
Don’t believe me?
These bloggers make an excellent income every month by leveraging Pinterest to bring readers to their lifestyle blogs.
And, they all started the same way you will, by publishing their first post, and then their second…
- Abby from Just a Girl and Her Blog made over $40,000 in November
- Hilary at Pulling Curls made over $6,000 in May.
- Tammy at Organise Yourself Skinny made over $9,000 in April.
- Lindsay and Bjork of Pinch of Yum made over $95,000 in November.
- Rosemarie from The Busy Budgeter made over $24,000 from her blog in one month.
So how does a lifestyle blog actually make money?
There are lots of ways:
- Sponsored content from brands
- Display advertising
- Private advertising
- Affiliate marketing
- Selling ebooks and, online courses
- and much more!
Just look at the incomes of the bloggers listed above. Making money from a lifestyle blog is not only possible, it can be very lucrative.
There’s a real opportunity for anyone (yes, that includes YOU) who has a passion for sharing new and fun ideas, or even curating other peoples’ ideas, to build a solid extra income stream via their lifestyle blog.
In fact, you can start making a few hundred or even a few thousand dollars per month within just a few months of launching your blog, regardless of your topic or niche.
Many of the successful lifestyle blogs you see started as side hustles and grew to become full-time careers and businesses. Don’t sit on the fence any longer, you need to give blogging a go.
Blogging changed my life. It can truly change your life, too.
Are you ready to start your own lifestyle blog?
Great. Let’s get started!
Note: This post contains affiliate links for Bluehost, a hosting company I recommend for new bloggers who are eager to their blog and running – fast!
And, don’t worry, you don’t need to be a computer geek to do this.
In fact, in less than 15 minutes, you could be up and running with your very own lifestyle blog? You can pick any topic you want.
Some profitable niches for you to consider are:
- Home Decorating
In this tutorial, I’ll walk you through each of the steps you need to complete to start your own self-hosted lifestyle blog.
In my experience, they are the best all round hosting option for new bloggers in regard to both cost and performance.
And, they’ve got the infrastructure to accommodate your blog as it grows, which is really important.
I have two blogs hosted by them which is why I’m happy to be an affiliate for them.
What does that mean for you? It means a special deal when you use my link; a free domain name and discounted hosting.
So, are you ready to start pursuing something awesome? Open another tab and follow the steps below.
NOTE: This process is best completed on your computer so, if you’re reading this on your phone, pin this article for later so you can complete the process on your computer.
How to Start a Lifestyle Blog in 8 [Easy] Steps
What this tutorial will show you
The steps you’ll take to start your blog:
- Purchase your hosting package
- Choose your domain name
- Install WordPress
- Start using WordPress
- Hints & Tips.
Purchase Your Hosting Package
Step 1: How to start a lifestyle blog – Find a host.
A host provides a home for your site. Every site on the internet sits on a server somewhere in the world. The host provides that space for your site. Free services are available, like Blogger or WordPress.com. The similar names, WordPress.com and WordPress.org can cause confusion. If you want to create a blog the provides you with an income, you must be sure to use WordPress.org.
The steps provided in this tutorial are for starting a self-hosted WordPress site which is preferable to the free site at WordPress.com. If you want to earn an income from your lifestyle blog, you must choose WordPress.org.
Yes, starting your blog as a self-hosted site is an investment but ultimately you get what you pay for. Plus, it gives you control over your website or blog. Trust me, it’s better to get it right from day one than try to change later.
Start by clicking here to go to Bluehost* (this link will open in a new window so you can reference these instructions as you work). I’ve been a paying customer of this company for over 2 years and can vouch for them.
Click the green Get Started Now button.
Step 2 – Select your hosting plan.
Choose the plan you’d like to start with. If you’re just starting out, or you’re operating on a bootstrap budget, it’s probably best to choose the Starter plan. You can always upgrade at a later date. Bonus: all plans come with one free domain – just make sure you use this link.
Click the Select button for the plan of your choice to move to the next step.
Choose Your Domain Name
Step 3 – Choose Your Domain Name.
Your domain name is your web address. For example, yoursidehustlesuccess.com is my domain name.
If you already own a domain name, enter it in the box on the right. (See also: What if You Already Have a Domain Name? for more information)
If not, enter a brand new domain name in the box on the left. (See Hints & Tips for choosing a domain below). Make sure .com or the correct extension of your choice is selected from the drop down menu beside it.
Click the Next button.
Step 4. Enter Your Account Details
Enter your account details.
Double check all the information you enter. Especially your email address as all your login information will be sent to this address.
Step 5. Select the Details of Your Host Package
Initially, the only added extra you need to consider is Domain Privacy Protection.
If you already own your domain name you might have included this option when you made your purchase. If you don’t already have Domain Privacy Protection and you’re registering your domain name with your private address, you need to seriously consider adding this option to your package.
Continue on to complete your purchase. You’ll be asked if you want to add any upgrades. If you’re just starting out, you probably don’t need them.
After completing your purchase, check your email. You’ll find a welcome email from Bluehost with your control panel (cpanel) login info. Keep this information somewhere safe for future reference.
Step 6: Login to your Bluehost cpanel
Go back to Bluehost and click the Login button in the top right corner of your screen. You can also use the link to your cpanel contained your Bluehost welcome email.
Login to your Bluehost account and go to hosting > cpanel.
Step 7. Install WordPress
On the cpanel page, scroll down to website builders and find the Install WordPress icon.
Click the Install WordPress icon, then click Install and choose the domain you are installing WordPress to.
You will then set up your WordPress login information.
Step 8. Login to Your WordPress Blog
To log into your WordPress blog, type your domain name plus /wp-admin (www.yourdomainname.com/wp-admin) into your internet search bar and hit <Enter>. The login screen for your blog is then displayed.
Enter your user name and password and you’re logged into your very own WordPress site.
What if You Already Have a Domain Name?
Connecting your Domain Name Servers To Bluehost
If you already have a domain name that you bought on a site like Ziphosting or GoDaddy, it’s easy to connect your domain name to Bluehost.
These are the Domain Name Servers:
Here are some general directions for connecting your domain to Bluehost.
Most domain managers are set up in a similar way so these general steps should guide you through the process. Please note: the specific labels might vary but the process will be the same.
To modify, add, or delete name servers (DNS) for your domain(s):
- Log in to your domain Account Manager.
- Select Manage Domains (or similar).
- Select the domain name you wish to modify, then click Set Name Servers.
- Enter your updated name server information in the spaces provided under the Name Servers heading and click Save Changes at the bottom. Your entries should look like this:
Start Using WordPress
Your very own WordPress blog is now ready to use.
Recommended Blogging Resources
Here at Your Side Hustle Success, we want your blog to be successful so we’ve put together a list of the blogging resources we (or bloggers we trust) use.
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Hints & Tips
Tips for choosing a domain name:
- Select the .com extension whenever possible.
- Make your domain name easy to say and spell and therefore easy to remember.
- Don’t use hyphens, numbers, obscure terms or anything that might be confusing to your readers.
- If you’re not sure what name to use, use your name.
- Be creative and brainstorm combinations and phrases if you’re having trouble finding the name you want.
- Think about your subject matter and make sure your domain name makes sense.
Find the Perfect Theme For Your Blog
A theme is just the design and “look” of your blog. There are a ton you can choose from! Here’s a good starting point:
Find one you like and run with it. Each theme should come with instructions on how to install them. It’s really easy, I promise!
And, the Bit About Making Money?
I’ll be honest with you. Building an income will take time.
In the beginning, the biggest priority is getting people to visit your blog. Whether you’ve got a product to sell or you just want to use advertising or sponsored posts to make money, you need readers.
Once you’ve built an audience, you’ll see the dollars appearing in your bank account.
Where do you find the audience for your lifestyle blog?
If you’re a lifestyle blogger, your audience is already hanging out on Pinterest. Three’s no need to go looking for them, you just need to send out the right invitation to get them to visit your site: an attractive pin image.
Not sure where to start? Check out my Pinterest Quick Start Checklist.
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