Want to start a homestead blog as part of your homesteading income? It’s one way to make money from home while doing the things you already love doing. It’s easy to get started and you can do it anywhere in the world with wifi! I can help you do it fast and effectively with five easy steps.
If you’ve been considering writing your own blog, I suggest you go for it. Wether you’re thinking about writing a homesteading blog, a teacher blog, a mommy blog, or a fashion blog- you have something to share with the world, and writing a blog can be a rewarding way of doing so.
WHY WRITE A HOMESTEAD BLOG?
Writing a homesteading blog was the best decision I made last year. If you’re like me, then you’re probably already VERY busy running a household, taking care of animals, the garden, preserving, and trying to make time for yourself. How do you start and run a homesteading blog on top of it all?
In fact writing a homesteading blog is just one of the ways you can make money from your homestead. So why would you take on something else on top of your homestead chores?
Thats what I thought, and it is the very reason why it took me some time to actually jump both feet in and start this blog. When in fact, this past year I’m now able tend to our homestead AND run this blog BETTER than how I managed it all in our first years as homesteaders.
With just a few time management hacks, I’ve been able to be more productive that I used to be, before I had kids and was young and full of energy!
If you’re on the fence about wether writing a homesteading blog is for you then I recommend reading this article
Blogging as a Homesteader has had many benefits- ones that I didn’t expect!
- Meet a growing community of other homesteaders that have a similar mindset and lifestyle not just from the internet but within your community
- Start to feel like an expert when people ask questions about homesteading and taking small steps to leading a simpler life. My Grandma started a garden at 81 and we talked vegetables all summer long!
- Take time to slow down and reflect more often on the positives
- Capturing the beauty of your homesteading journey by taking more pictures
- Get creative with technology in new ways
I started this blog on January 1st 2019. I was about to turn thirty, and writing was something I always wanted to do but hadn’t given to time to yet. Do you feel the desire to write?
You are here reading this post so there’s already a good possibility that you’re curious about the blogging world. If you’ve decided to start a blog, then, YAHOO! Congratulations.
But now you’re wondering now what? I fully admit it can be overwhelming. In this post I’ll share with you the very basic 5 steps to get your homestead blog up and running quickly and easily!
HOW TO START A HOMESTEAD BLOG
I have to say, there is a lot of information out there about starting your own blog. Who do you know is the expert and why should you listen to them, who can you trust before you invest in your blog?
When it comes to writing a homesteading blog specifically, there are some very helpful steps for getting started, making money and being successful. Today I share with you those 5 steps in a simple way and tips for success.
1. START WRITING
My first challenge to you is pick up a notebook and a pen, or better yet download our free planning checklist below. Clear any distractions by shutting off your phone and close down facebook in your browser. GO AHEAD AND DO IT NOW.
THEN, just start writing. What do you want to write about. Start writing the first thing that comes to mind. WRITE DOWN THINGS YOU’VE DONE ON YOUR HOMESTEAD, WHAT ADVICE DO PEOPLE ASK YOU FOR AND YOUR PASSIONS.
I challenge you to add to these items over the next three weeks. Get up, take a moment and write a draft of something you might put on your blog.
When I started, I’d write drafts on my phone reflect on our first 3 years as homesteaders. What lessons did we learn, what worked and what failed miserably? What advice do I have for others?
It takes 21 days to start a new habit and the odds of being successful are much higher. If you’ve already jotted drafts on scrap and thrown in a shoe box over the years or it’s floating around in your head like me, you have an idea for your content you’ll be ready to go.
In January of 2019 I had accomplished the basics to launch my blog. I did my 21 drafts challenge for myself, and in the meantime did research about how exactly to do this all. Without a lot of time with children napping and coffee always getting cold I learned to do the following.
2. GET HOSTING AND A DOMAIN NAME
I chose a reliable hosting company, that many other bloggers use in my niche highly recommend. I went with what was recommended, and what kept coming up was Siteground. As soon as I had signed up, I was happy with how easy it was.
When I had troubles, the support staff quickly responded and we trouble shooted and solved it immediately.
When you buy hosting you need to set up your domain name at the same time, that’s why its important to have already figured out a name for your blog.
Click here to go to the hosting page and follow these steps:
1. Select “Get a New Hosting Account”.
2. Select “Register a New Domain”.
3. Choose your hosting plan.
Tip: If you’re just starting out, the cheapest plan is fine! You can upgrade as needed at a prorated price.
4. Complete the payment info section and submit!
Tip: I would get both the privacy and site monitoring services, though they are optional.
3. SET UP YOUR HOMESTEAD BLOG
Get your site looking pretty and how you want it laid out using WordPress and a theme
You’ll need to install WordPress on your Siteground account
- Log into your Siteground account.
- Click “My Account” at the top of the screen.
- Click “cPanel”.
- Scroll until you see “WordPress”, click that button.
- Follow all on screen instructions to install WordPress on your domain.
Log into your WordPress account and click “Appearances” then “Themes” to set up your blog the way you’d like it.
FYI: Setting up my theme while working on drafts took me about 5 hours worth of early ams and Children napping to get comfortable with WordPress and my theme.
TIP: You can find cheap themes on Etsy and a some free options through WordPress, but the options are limited. I highly recommend getting this customizable theme!
I really recommend purchasing the Midnight Theme from Victoria at a Modern Homestead for a few reasons.
-Her instructions are clear and help make it easy to set up a professional looking blog when you are clueless ( like I was)
-There’s a lot of lingo and terminology about blog set up that was new to me and she helped make sense of it all.
-She’s quick to answer questions through email
4. PLAN YOUR CONTENT
There are lots of content ideas for Homesteading Blogs. Plan your content easily by organizing your draft ideas from step 1 into categories.
Common categories for Homesteading Blogs including, chickens, gardening, frugal living tips, from scratch meals and DIY crafts.
Instead of having many categories, try to keep to three to five and build your content in those areas before adding others.
Check our your personal Pinterest account for category ideas. The topics that you’re already passionate about will stand out.
It also helps to have a general idea of what your objective is with your blog, and to thread that objective or theme throughout your categories, your about me page and profile information, see mine as an example.
5. CREATE A SUPPORT TEAM
The best thing you can do for yourself as a new blogger is to create a support team. Blogging is an individual independent thing, but you’re not alone as a blogger.
Find three people that will support you in your blogging journey, and tell them about your plans.
You’ll be surprised how many people will be excited and supportive of you, you might have even just cleared up more free babysitting time or someone to help you with your garden or harvest so you can blog.
You also NEED to find other Homestead Bloggers that know what it’s like and can help you out!
It takes a lot of time and dedication to get a blog up and running. There are tricks and tips to do it quickly but it doesn’t happen over night.
If you want to have a professional looking blog and start making a profit from your hard work I recommend grabbing the Launch your Blog course that I took when I started my blog.
I am beyond thankful that I found my friend Victoria from A Modern Homestead. Victoria has a highly successful homesteading blog that I’ve been following since we started our homestead.
She also put this course together for new bloggers just like you!
Whether you already have a blog or not, this course covers everything you need to know to actually be successful!
She walks you through everything, WITH VIDEOS so you know exactly what you are doing by the end! From picking your niche, setting up your theme, to writing your first post and actually bringing people to your site, this course is exactly what you need to get your blog up and going!
My blog wouldn’t have made it to where it is today solely on the free information out there!
This course has been a major game changer, and Victoria is an absolute treasure. She knows her stuff, she’s patient and real and truly dedicated to helping other homestead bloggers become successful. She’s an early retired Kindergarten Teacher. How do you not trust a Kindergarten Teacher ?!
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this course to you!
Here are a FEW of the things you’ll learn in this course!
- Why you should start a blog
- How to find your perfect niche
- Creating an unforgettable blog name
- How to start your blog from scratch
- How to set up a theme
- What plugins to use (and why!)
- How to write your first post
- Getting people to actually read your blog!
- How to create images for Pinterest and more!
- Exactly how to make money with your blog!
- Every step you need to take to be successful at blogging!
MAKE SURE YOUR BLOG IS MONEY READY
If you already have a blog and you’re looking for more information to start making money then you’re also in the right place!
Don’t miss out on having your blog set up to make money right away.
HOW TO MAKE MONEY BLOGGING
There are quite a few different ways to make money, depending on your page view bracket, but any blogger, at any level, can make money blogging!
Here are a few ways to make money as a blogger:
- Ad Revenue
- Product Sales for Products You Create
- Sales for Other People’s Products
- Sales for Services
- Sponsored Content with Companies You Trust
- … and more!
To find out exactly where you should be applying to get the most money for your efforts based on your page views bracket, check out her book Make Money Blogging at Any Level: 2019 Edition.
Here are a FEW of the things you’ll learn in this book!
- How to get yourself and your blog ready to make money.
- All the income sources you can pursue for your blog size, and how to maximize those streams.
- How to contact companies directly for sponsorship opportunities and how much you should charge.
- All the tools you need to make sure your blog stays profitable.
Grab the information to make sure you are making the most of your blog, no matter how big or small!
NOTE: This book is included in the Launch Your Blog course!
ARE YOU READY TO GET STARTED?
Now that you are armed with the exact information you need to get started, it’s time to take the leap!
Blogging is one of the cheapest ways to start an online business and make money from home. It’s flexible, easy to start, cheap to maintain, and you can grow your income to thousands per month! You can do this too!
To help you get started on your homesteading blog today, for free, I created a free Homestead Blog Checklist for you to download.
If you’re on the fence about wether writing a homesteading blog is for you then I recommend reading this article as well.
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