I'll be honest, starting a beauty blog can be a little intimidating. But truthfully, the best way to get started is to just do it! It only takes about 10 minutes to start a basic blog. Here are five simple steps to get started!
1. Choose a Name
Think long and hard about this. You'll ultimately want a name that makes you stand out, and that you'll want to keep forever. You'll want a name that's unique, catchy and simple to spell.
2. Choose a Blogging Platform
Many people start their blogs with free editors like Blogger. Heck, I did the same thing. There are also other options like Tumblr, Wordpress.com and OnSugar. But when I realized I needed more space and wanted more control over my blog, I moved to self-hosted Wordpress. Looking back, I wish I started with Wordpress! Migrating from one platform to another is pretty easy, so you have flexibility here.
If you decide to get a self hosted blog, you'll need hosting. I've used GoDaddy since day one! You can pay month to month, which feels pretty easy on the pockets. Yes, this does cost you, but since you're starting out, you can get away with hosting for $1.99 a month.
3. Choose Your Layout
There are lots and lots of themes out there, many are free or are relatively inexpensive. Some of the most well known, highly compatible blogs themes that I recommend use the Genesis platform. I've been using it for the last couple of years, and it's a dream come true.
4. Create Awesome Content
Here's the meat and potatoes of your blog--and the most exciting part! Share everything you want your readers to know. You'll want to include lots of great images and fun content. You don't needs lots and lots of words, you can let the photos tell the story. It's up to you how you want to create your content.
This is where social media comes into play. Business cards. Youtube channels. Claim your blog at Bloglovin'. Twitter chats. The more great content you create, the more likely you'll continue to gain a following.
That was a very basic overview of how to start a makeup and beauty blog. When you're ready to get things rolling and you want to invest more, check out some of my favorite blogging tools and resources. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below!
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