It all started with me in 2007, working as a keyword researcher at a stock photography company. One day, I was googling tasks for work and discovered that there were people…. who made a living….. with blogs.
Fast forward two years and I’m 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.
How To Start A Craft Blog And Make Some Money!
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.
You’re here because you want to know how to start a craft blog? That’s awesome!! I’m excited to help you navigate your way on this journey. Are you ready to take the first steps?
Warning there is a little salty language and real talk in this post!
You can go make a cup of tea and by the time you come back, your website will be ready!
How To Start A Craft Blog!
So, Let’s Break It Down
Because I have chronic illnesses I need to break any task I tackle into more manageable chunks, which is exactly what we need to do now.
What can we achieve immediately? Tackling any task like this is the most efficient way to get things done TODAY (don’t wait for some horse shit excuse). As I mentioned I have chronic medical conditions, yet I manage two blogs and wrote two books within a 90 period. It is possible. If I can do all of that with only a few hours of energy per day, you can start your blog TODAY!
How To Start A Craft Blog The Easiest Way Possible
So, Why learn how to start a craft blog?
There are many reasons which I’ve actually outlined in another post, 25 Reasons To Start Your Blog This Year
These are all awesome reasons but you can take it even further! There is SO MUCH POTENTIAL to explode your blog and reach. Not to mention your income.
You Can Earn money your first-month blogging:
In the first month of starting a new blog, I earned £275.63 from Start A Craft Blog (the previous incarnation of Clarity Avenue) income alone. Mostly from affiliate sales but also info products.
- Siteground – £60
- Amazon associates – £70.10
- eBook affiliates – £40.32 (originally paid in usd so exchange rate meant it wasn’t a rounded number)
- Planner sales – £60 (the planner you can get for FREE when you start your blog TODAY)
- Group board trackers – £21
- Brit Co via Shareasale – £34.21 (originally paid in USD)
I started the blog mid-April 2017 as a case study. Partly, I wanted to prove to myself that my strategies were solid and the success I received with my craft blog wasn’t just ‘lucky’. Two extra things I wanted to prove:
1. it’s not a get rich quick scheme and
2. Smart strategies are required not page views
Making Money Blogging:
Take a look at my affiliate income year on year:
How To Start A Craft Blog In 2019
Got your blog name? That’s going to be your URL (also known as a domain name, they’re the same thing) it looks like this —> http://www.hearthandmade.co.uk
Now To Choose The Hosting For A craft blog:
If you were having a party at your house, you would be known as the host. A hosting company is your blogs house.
Your blog is the party. The hosting company makes it all work and that is where you can purchase your domain name.
If it turns out that you aren’t happy having the party at your house anymore, it’s entirely possible to move your party.
It’s also possible to move hosting companies. Most recently moving in March of 2019, I’m using A2 Hosting and I’m definitely getting more bang for my buck!
My Journey to A2 Hosting:
I have moved blog hosting companies over the past 5 years;
Why? Because my blog KEPT growing. And I kept growing out of the hosting plans that were available. After a little research recently, I discovered that I could get MORE RESOURCES for LESS MONEY with A2 Hosting. My blog has not crashed once since the move and I’m thrilled!
What do I do then?
Luckily for you, there’s a simple solution. Sign up to blog hosting today and save 51% with A2 Hosting. You can get hosting for as little as £3/$3 per month (discount included).
If you purchase your blog hosting via this link, message me and I will INSTALL WORDPRESS for you!
Choose From The Best Hosting Plans On A2 Hosting
Do yourself a favour and start a blog that makes you look like a pro even if you’re a beginner by starting on WordPress using A2 Hosting.
A Self-hosted WordPress blog is one of the best platforms to start blogging and making money. Full stop.S
A2 Hosting fits perfectly into most WordPress hosting needs. It can handle any suitable medium traffic site quickly. (Don’t forget to download a caching plugin, more about that later). An A2 Hosting* WordPress hosting package should be at the top of anyone’s list. And, you can get 50% discount when you purchase your hosting package today.
Why Use A2 Hosting For Your craft blog
There are many reasons why you should choose A2 Hosting for your WordPress blog, and I honestly believe they are one of the best web hosting providers.
I spend £70 PER MONTH for the awesome features they have on cloud hosting but I host three websites on there. You can start your blog on shared hosting for less than (£/$)3 PER MONTH! Are you kidding me? Hurry up and start!
If you look at the options my blog hosting company offers, you will see they offer a LOT of awesome features and incredible support that other hosting companies do not offer. I’m like goldilocks with hosting companies and I’ve found the one that is just right.
Let’s start with how to start a WordPress website for your craft blog!
Let’s just start at the beginning!
1. DECIDE ON THE PLAN YOU WANT
> A2 Hosting* has three plans: Lite, Swift and Turbo.
The cheapest and most basic plan is the Lite. I recommend WordPress bloggers start with the Swift plan because you pay for one year hosting up front and the Swift plan allows you room to grow.
Click on the little plus at the bottom of the grey box to see all the information about each plan. The Turbo is a great plan because it can accommodate A LOT of traffic. Heart Handmade is on over 150,000 visitors a month, and I want to keep growing and using the VPS hosting package.
If you’ve already got an existing high-traffic site, then the Turbo plan on A2 Hosting is for you.
A2 Hosting is already well known for their customer service, but their Turbo and VPS plans come with even more support. Priority support is available for said customers.
Remember what I said about locking in prices? If you are serious about blogging, then lock in three years worth of hosting at the introductory price.
Time To Register Your Domain
Type in your new blog name, or your current blog name if you already have one.
If your website name is available, you can move on to step 3.
The Account Info:
Fill out your account and client information.
Next, fill out your payment and purchase information.
Before you can submit payment details, you need to confirm all of the details and ensure your PROMO CODE is applied!
Woo! That’s the hosting purchased. Now we install WordPress, and then you can access the back end of your blog and start customising!
How To Install WordPress On cPanel:
It’s not that difficult to do.
First, go to the My Accounts tab and navigate to the cPanel (control panel),
Click on WordPress in the section titled ‘Scripts’.
Click on the Install button.
After you install, fill in the information that follows.
Choose Protocol – keep it the same.
Choose Domain- from the drop down menu
In Directory – if in doubt, leave it blank.
Fill In The Following Details:
Site Description –You can leave this blank and update it later via WordPress
Admin Username – This will be the username you use to log into your WordPress blog backend. DO NOT use your email address here or the username that you use on social media as hackers will be able to access or guess those details easily.
Admin Password – This is the password to access WordPress dashboard. Like I’ve said before, you should use a program like LastPass to generate strong, secure passwords and save them safely.
Admin email – Enter your email address
It is possible to install your theme via A2 Hosting, but it’s just as easy to do it via WordPress.
Click Install and BOOM! Hosting Done!
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.
>> Visit LastPass and Protect Your Passwords!!
>> CLICK HERE TO VIEW ALL THE RESOURCES I USE TO GROW MY BLOG DAILY
That’s the hosting taken care of. A Round of applause and another cup of tea for you! Now you get to the fun part of customising your blog!
After you set up your hosting, go to http://http://www.YOURBLOGNAME.COM/wp-admin, it will look like this:
How To Login To WordPress:
Then login with the details provided by:
When you access the admin section, you should generate a secure password.
Navigate up to the top right hand corner where it says ‘Howdy, admin’ and click the little menu.
You will create your site tagline and when you scroll down, you have the ability to generate a really secure password.
Other Options In WordPress.org:
You can also change the colours of the admin area. I prefer it all grey and much lighter.
I chose light.
And that’s it! You can play around and choose a theme that you like. Press buttons, start to design.
You should consider purchasing the Genesis framework*. I purchased it for my craft blog Hearthandmade.co.uk to increase site speed and improve the overall structure of my blog. I highly recommend it and I will be installing it on the new blog.
>> Click to Check Out The Genesis Framework (what Heart Handmade UK RUNS on!)
- Check out the Foodie Pro theme used on THIS blog
- The ClarityAvenue theme is called: Victoria by BluChic
- These Themes Could Make You Look Like A TOTAL Pro from the start
Choose A Theme For Your Blog
There are lots of free themes that are completely fine, you can always purchase the framework later on but it saves a lot of hassle to do it now. Of course, do it if you can afford it. Do not get into debt!
Play with your new site and get excited! If you are thinking about designs and logos but have no idea what to do, you can purchase pre-made logos or find designers on sites like Etsy* and Creativemarket*. I use both of those sites regularly.
ACTION STEP: Set Up Blog Hosting and customise your WordPress dashboard TODAY!!
Check out some of these themes and try to keep your blog as clean looking as possible. People don’t like cluttered sites.