Starting a health and wellness blog can feel like a big challenge. Follow these simple steps to get your website up and running today.
Are you looking to impact the lives of others with your writing? You totally can! Here are some tips to jumpstart you on your path to becoming a successful health and wellness blogger.
My background as a health and wellness blogger
My journey to becoming a coach, author, and blogger started in mid-2015. I was completely burnt out at my corporate fashion job and knew that I wanted to impact others’ lives with my work.
Like many, it was my journey that inspired me.
As a recovering people-pleaser, I had finally started to take back control of my life. I enrolled as a student at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and focused my attention on learning new nutritional theories and a holistic perspective.
My coaching business continued to grow, and I found myself loving the process of writing. Between blog posts and weekly newsletters, I felt like I had finally found my voice.
In 2016, I published my first book, Boundaries with Soul.
Today, my work focuses on holistic self-care. I support women in learning how to create soulful boundaries and get in touch with their loving No. My work has been featured on outlets such as Hello Giggles, Bustle, and Elite Daily as I continue to grow and expand my audience. This process has been nothing short of exhausting, but it has been so rewarding.
Keep reading to learn my four tips to get started on your health and wellness blog today.
Step 1: Choose your audience and niche
Finding your target audience is the most important step when learning how to start a health and wellness blog. Learning more about the audience you’re speaking to, aka your niche, is a crucial step.
Remember: If you’re talking to everyone, you’re speaking to no one.
Getting specific with your targeted audience can seem scary, but I believe it’s really the key to success. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve seen a blogger with an extremely vague website talking about nutrition.
Why would people pick your website out of the thousands available on Google?
The answer: you have to be solving a specific problem they have. That will make your work not only stand out, but it will resonate with them on a much higher level. They will feel like you’re in their mind, and a relationship will begin to form.
When writing this, my target is women who are completely burnt out by always giving too much to others. They ignore their own needs and begin to get frustrated, filled with resentment, and find themselves pretty unhappy.
Helpful questions to get you started
- Who are you talking to?
- What problems are you solving?
- Where does your audience hang out online?
- Where do they shop?
If you’re looking for a more in-depth how-to guide, check out my post on How to Start a Successful Blog.
Step 2: Register your domain name
Okay, this part can seem a little confusing at first, but I promise it’s not too bad when you follow the steps below.
Once you’ve decided on who your audience is, it’s time to secure your domain name.
I started with www.coachingbycarley.com but switched it to www.carleyschweet.com after a few years. The reason I moved it to my name was that, at the time, I was branching out and doing more than just coaching. I didn’t want to end up pigeon-holing myself or confusing my audience should my focus change over the years.
Additionally, the domain name has to be unique and should have one or two keywords in it (mine doesn’t…oops!). Above all, it should represent the blog accurately.
When it comes to registering your domain, you can do this in several places, such as GoDaddy and Google Domain (a part of the GSuite platform).
Step 3: Select a hosting provider
There are platforms like wordpress.com, which you can sign up for and start blogging with hosting already built-in. If you’re looking for something more pre-built and user-friendly, a service such as Squarespace could be a good option.
Or you can sign up with a hosting plan from GoDaddy or Bluehost and install WordPress there. I’ve used GoDaddy in the past and found the site was very slow, so I decided to change my host to help improve my site speed.
Since I use WordPress, I upgraded to WPEngine from GoDaddy to host my blog. It is more expensive, but the performance is high-speed, and I’m happy with it so far. I can now quickly edit my blog posts and make changes on the backend without the lagging delay I was experiencing before.
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Step 4: write, edit, and publish
Since I started writing my blog, it’s taken a bit for me to establish a good rhythm for writing and publishing consistently.
Tips for creating content consistently
- Figure out how many times per week you’d like to publish and then select which day/days you’ll put your posts live. I publish on Tuesdays and Thursdays because that’s what works for me!
- Block out time on your calendar dedicated to writing your blog posts (get specific with what exactly you’re working on)
- Plan out a few weeks to a month’s worth of content ahead of time (I use Asana to help!)
Before I switched to WPEngine, I was always getting frustrated with how slow the backend of my WordPress was. It took me forever to create and edit my blog posts. Now, I can draft multiple blog posts in one sitting and not want to throw my computer against the wall.
As a health and wellness professional, I know your time is valuable and can quickly be filled with other commitments. Make sure you have a scheduled process to help you create a solid rhythm for content creation.
Coming up with health and wellness post ideas
Other than completing the four important steps above, many people never start writing their blog simply because they don’t know where to start. Don’t let that be you.
Coming up with ideas for content isn’t always easy. In fact, so many people quit blogging because they can’t think of anything to write about or feel like no one is interested in what they have to say. That’s not true, I promise.
Your audience wants to hear from you and read what you have to say.
Here’s what I’ve found a few things to be very helpful when it comes to creating content:
- Follow the trends of the industry and your niche
- Think of seasonality – what are people searching for this time of year?
- Ask your audience! Instagram polls are a great place to start
- What are you feeling passionate about right now?
- Do some keyword research (I use this free tool to help) and find what people are searching the web for already
Promote your wellness blog on social media
Okay, so you wrote a blog post – now what?
Share away! Posting your post on social media is a great way to spread the word about your work and get traffic to your site. Don’t feel like you have to be a master of all forms of social media. Pick one or two that you know your audience hangs out on and stick to those!
Make sure you’re having fun while using it. Also, it’s a great way to connect with your community and engage with your readers.
I also make sure to send out my most recent blog post at the bottom of my weekly email series, which keeps readers in the loop and, ideally, me at the top of their mind. You can learn more about the email marketing service I personally use here.
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