How To Start A Craft Blog And Make Some Money!
It all started with me, sick in bed, bursting with a desire to craft and being physically unable so I decided to share my plans and easy craft projects on a blog. Discovering online courses was a game changer for me, taking course after course, I quickly became obsessed with blogging and online learning. I want to share my knowledge with you and teach you how to start a craft blog and make some money.
The truth is, you don’t need any specialised knowledge, technical skills, or coding know-how to launch your money-making blog.
Related: How To Make Money Blogging
With this guide, you will learn every step you need to take, from start to finish.
Are you ready? Let’s go! Grab a notebook, a pen and a cup of tea.
Pick Your Niche
A niche is your category.
I like to think that the Niche for this blog is Craft and Decor, because the craft projects I create are solely for decor and holidays. I’m not a fashionista, quite honestly I’m a bit of a granny, because I don’t look at myself. I like to see beautiful things around my home. I love to create and surround myself with beautiful things and sharing them with you!
What’s your niche?
This blog post is aimed at Crafters, so you’ve already got a niche. However, the more you can narrow down your focus the better. If you’re interested in papercrafts or crochet… those are the niche ideas for your blog.
You will probably want to earn money from your blog from the get-go, the more you can narrow down your niche, the better. It means you will have a captivating audience early on who could turn into potential customers. You don’t need to worry about that right now but choosing your categories is the first thing to do!
But There Are Already So Many Blogs…
If you think there’s no room for you — think again! There’s something that you love and can get excited about; that’s what you should do. That’s the career advice I give to everyone!
If you have that passion and drive, then you’re someone I want to know. If you can teach me something, I want to know! This blogosphere has turned a corner, we all want to support each other and help out whenever we can. So you’re more than welcome into the fold! #Communityovercompetition
Choosing Your Blog Name
There’s a chance that you already have your blog name, which is fine. I want you to remember a few things though, the more popular you get, the less likely you are going to change it. So pick a name and commit.
If you are a crochet blog, it’s a good idea to have Crochet in the name. Or something related to crochet. Having the keyword in the name makes it easier to find on search engines and social media profiles.
But it’s absolutely, not necessary.
It’s possible you’re stuck right now, or feeling overwhelmed, seriously….don’t worry. I’m here for you!
Time to Brainstorm
Grab your pen and paper and start jotting down words associated with your niche.
If you have trouble thinking of where to begin just take the word related to your niche and try a simple word association exercise. If you get stuck try this site – WordAssociations.Net
This will help you find all the words that could make up your name. You can always go with your name but I do recommend adding a few keywords that will make what you do, easily identifiable.
If you are really, reeeeeealllllly stuck, you could always try a random username generator.
Then do the Namecheckr check to make sure you aren’t treading on any toes. NameCheckr checks alllll the blogs in blog land, social media sites and all user name based sites to check that they are available.
You can even check if your desired URL is available using the little widget below.
Now you’ve come this far! You’re doing really well, seriously. You can do this!
A Self-hosted WordPress blog is one of the best platforms to start blogging and making money. Full stop.
Bluehost fits perfectly into most WordPress hosting needs. It can handle any suitable medium traffic site quickly. (Don’t forget to download a caching plugin, more about that later). A Bluehost WordPress hosting package should be at the top of anyone’s list.
There are many reasons why you should choose Bluehost for your WordPress blog and I honestly believe they are one of the best web hosting providers. They helped me so much when I was moving my blog from blogger to wordpress.
ANYONE can create a WordPress blog easily. Bluehost makes it very easy to create a WordPress blog. See the video below.
- It’s easy to use.
- You get a FREE blog domain.
- Bluehost offers a refund gurantee, but if you have any issues, drop me an e-mail using the box at the bottom of your screen and I would be more than happy to help you.
- You will be self-hosted. If you want to monetize your blog, then you will want to be self-hosted.
Related: How To Monetize Your Blog!
- You will appear much more professional to readers, pr companies and brands if you are self-hosted on Bluehost than being on Blogspot.
- Bluehost is an extremely affordable web hosting option if you’re starting out. You can have a blog of your own and the only real expense you need to pay is the cheap blog hosting which starts at just $3.95 per month.
- Bluehost web hosting offers technical support 24/7. That is SO important when you live in the UK or Europe and they’re based in America.
I don’t say this lightly! I wouldn’t recommend a hosting company that I back 100%. If it wasn’t for Bluehost, I don’t think I’d be blogging right now. They walked me through a lot of tasks that my brain couldn’t compute at the time. After suffering from less that great hosting on another UK based company, I was so happy with the service I received.
Let’s put it this way, if my Mum started a blog today to earn a little bit extra every month, I would skip a free blogging site and add her to Bluehost. That’s how much I love what Bluehost has to offer. AND! I decided to become an affiliate because I was confident that I would be able to shout from the rooftops how much I love these guys.
For a lot of people, when they think of WordPress, they think “blog.”
Honestly, the possibilities are endless with WordPress. While WordPress is one of the biggest blogging platforms around, it’s also a way to build many different types of websites, including self-hosted online shops/stores.
Today, though, I want to show you how easy it can be to get your blog, or website, up and running quickly and I mean, in less than 15 minutes.
Let’s start with our tutorial!
Choosing a Web Host
There are many reasons why Bluehost is highly recommended, but here are just a few:
- Premium customer service, reliability and usability
- There’s an Easy-to-use control panel
- You can pay your invoices using PayPal!
- They have custom-built servers to provide a stable and reliable hosting environment
- There are no hidden fees – at the minute my hosting bill is £4.99 a month. That’s it.
- They have expert, in-house technical support provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week and they’re really friendly. I’ve had to call a few times and I told them to treat me as if I was an eejit who didn’t know what she was doing, they were SO helpful!
- You can have unlimited websites, email accounts, and domains – all on one account at an affordable price
- There are no gimmicks and no contracts. If you don’t pay your invoice then your site goes down. (You can set up a direct debit so that doesn’t happen)
- Enjoy the comfort of a 30-day money back guarantee and the option to cancel at any time.
It will speed up the process to think of a domain name you want to use and to have your credit card for payment ready to go before you get started.
Before you continue, I seriously recommend you read this related post: 10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Moving From Blogger To WordPress
Installing New Software on Bluehost
Set Up Your Hosting Account
Next, you need to choose a domain name for your site.
If you don’t already have a domain name, you can purchase one from right in the sign up process, and the best part is, it comes free with your new WordPress hosting account purchase.
Now you fill in account info
Then, you’ll choose which hosting package you want. Normal, shared hosting is priced at 12, 24 and 36-month terms.
Obviously, Bluehost is a business and their aim is to make money. As an incentive to keep your business, there are great incentives on offer. The longer you are with them, the more money you will save.
I recommend purchasing Domain Privacy; a paid service that allows personal information to be kept private on WHOIS databases.
After you have completed the purchase, you’ll then be asked to create a password for your account, use the Password Generator to create a strong and secure password, or create one yourself.
A Note on Passwords
I use something called LastPass, which has a master password and then stores allll the passwords you have. You can generate insanely strong passwords. Do that.
Now you can get started installing WordPress!
Installing WordPress with Marketplace
- Log in to your Bluehost cPanel account.
- Find the Website section and select Install WordPress.
- Click the Install button.
- Choose the domain name to install it to. In the field next to the domain, you can enter a subfolder such as ‘blog’ or leave it blank if you want the site’s main page to be the blog.
- If necessary, you can edit the email address, username and password for the new WordPress installation. Click “advanced options” and you can change those settings.
- Read through the license and service agreements and check the boxes.
- Select the Install Now button.
That’s the hosting taken care of. A Round of applause and a cup of tea for you! Now you get to the fun part of customising your blog! (Coming soon 😉
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