How To Start A Craft Business Through Blogging
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.
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.
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Now you’ve come this far! You’re doing so well!
A Self-hosted WordPress blog is one of the best platforms to start blogging and making money. Full stop.
TSOhost 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 TSOHost WordPress hosting package should be at the top of anyone’s list.
I don’t say this lightly! I wouldn’t recommend a hosting company that I back 100%. If it wasn’t for TSOHost, 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 TSOHost. That’s how much I love what TSOHost 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. Not only that, they are allowing me to offer you 10% off using code HEARTHANDMADE10 at checkout. This is a limited time only offer! Ends Dec 15th 2016.
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.
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Let’s start with our tutorial!
Choosing a Web Host
There are many reasons why TSOHost 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.
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“TSOHost is the trading name of Paragon Internet Group, an innovative company founded as a provider of reliable and affordable internet services, consisting of Cloud Hosting, Managed Servers and Domains. Initially set up in 2003, the company has gone from strength to strength over the past 13 years, enjoying strong organic growth.
TSOHost continues to operate under the same management team who started the company back in 2003. Our business model and ethos has not changed since the company was founded. Our primary focus continues to be on maintaining absolute customer satisfaction through sustainable pricing, proactively managed services, investment in hosting infrastructure and renowned customer support.”
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
Set Up Your Hosting Account
To get started, after you have registered and you have your login details for the cloud control panel, you can access it and add your website from the button at the top.
Once that is done, to install WordPress, you would first need to go to Manage for the website you wish to add it to.
At the very bottom of the control panel, there is an Install Applications button, there you will be able to see the Existing installations for this website if you have any and add a new one.
Your next step would be to select the New Software installation button; WordPress is at the very top of the list!
Installing New Software on TSOHost
Once you hit the ‘Install’ button provided, it will ask you for the path to install the WordPress.
If you want to install WordPress onto your main site, then do not change the path, simply click ‘Install application’, and the automatic installer will do the rest.
If you want to install WordPress in a folder and have it accessed through a domain such as yourdomain.com/wordpress, then you would need to add this after the slash that is already provided.
So for example, I would put ‘/WordPress’ in the installation path. Once you have selected the path, click ‘Install application’, and the installer will do its job.
Once the installation is complete, you will be provided with the login information for your new WordPress installation, make sure to take note of this. Don’t forget to change your password as soon as possible.
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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.
And all heck!
Seriously, it’s that simple.
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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