Have you ever thought about how to start a blog to chronicle your weight loss journey? Find out how to use a blog to help you reach your fitness goals and make 2018 your best year yet!
About a year ago, I quit blogging about blogging and gave myself quite the ultimatum. If I was going to continue in the blogging world, I needed to make it fitness related.
You see, fitness accountability became important as I got sucked into the world of virtual business and social media. I’d let my health suffer even though I was becoming successful as a blogger.
At this point, I was making $900+ per month working from home. I loved staying home with my daughter and still making money, but I spent hours on end staring at a screen and sitting on the couch.
I began to feel myself slipping into a depression, which is just too familiar to me. My love-hate relationship with technology needed more balance. I needed to be focused on my own health more than blogging. So I decided to go “all in.”
Starting a Blog for Fitness Accountability
By now I know that I need fitness in my every day life. I need to be committed to it in a way that doesn’t give me any choice not to workout and be healthy. For years, I tried balancing my own idea of being healthy and making money. I had to truly examine my history and become self-aware in order to realize one thing. True health is a huge commitment. Consistency is everything.
Becoming a personal trainer and chronicling my fitness journey via blog and social media seemed like the best way to be 100% committed. I decided to pursue these things about six months ago knowing that I am an “all-or-nothing” person. If I try to balance more than one or two things instead of focusing on just them, I get overwhelmed and accomplish nothing.
Blogging for Money & Success
In case you haven’t noticed, blogging is one of my favorite things. Running a health and fitness blog lets me enjoy writing but still stay accountable for moving my body!
I love to write, and I love to connect with others who have the similar interests to my own. Running a fitness blog allows me to combine the things I love! But aside from that, blogging is great because:
- It allows me to earn money from home. I’ve earned close to $1,000 per month blogging so far!
- It gives me purpose. I set blogging goals regularly and it makes me feel like I’m moving forward.
- It allows me to set my own schedule and own a business (yes, this is a business!).
- It gives me something more to do as a mom. Right now I’m a stay-at-home mom and running a blog makes me feel like I’m doing something more important than just housework!
- It gives me complete freedom. I write about what I want, when I want to!
- You don’t have to have a big, fancy degree or any special experience to start a blog.
- This particular blog helps me stay accountable and connect with others on my weight-loss journey.
I totally believe that there’s room for anyone and everyone in the blogging world. I love telling people about blogging because I think anyone can do it! Plus, if you start a blog, you can use it for accountability. It can be a huge tool for your weight-loss.
Anyone can start a blog, so what are you waiting for?
In this post, I’d like to help those of you who are ready to start a blog. This tutorial is meant to take the guesswork out of the technical aspect. I remember just how confused I was when I was trying to start a blog for the first time, and it’s not so bad if you have some guidance.
By now I’ve had several blogs and learned how to grow and make money online – from time to time you’ll see info on that here on this blog. I’ll help you find the right things to share with readers. But this particular post is for people who are hoping to start a fitness or weight loss blog soon or are ready to get started now – so let’s get the wheels turning!
Note: I only recommend things that I have used and love. This post helps you set up a blog with Siteground as your host. If you choose to make a purchase using my links, I may receive a commission. That doesn’t change your price.
Step 1: Choose a hosting plan.
In order to have a blog with money-making potential, you need your blog to be self-hosted. In simple terms, this just means that you own all of your own content and your site isn’t hosted by a free blog-making site. If you make a free site that’s hosted by a free blog-making site, you run the risk of owing that company money when you start to monetize your blog. Because of that, a lot of companies won’t work with bloggers who aren’t self-hosted.
So, you NEED to be self-hosted. In order to do this, you need a company to host your site (and all it’s files). I use and recommend Siteground for all types of blogs. So the first thing you’ll want to do is visit their site.
Next, click “Sign Up,” on the home page.
You’ll then be asked to choose from three hosting packages – Start Up, Grow Big, or Go Geek. Here’s a snapshot of that page:
Do note that the prices you see on this page assume that you purchase an annual package. You get a price break for buying a year in advance.
How do I choose a hosting plan?
If you only plan to have one site, you can choose the Start Up plan for now.
However, if you plan to focus on your blog a lot or have more than one site, you may want to consider choosing Grow Big or Go Geek.
The Start Up plan is best for blogs getting up to 10,000 visits per month, and if you are working on your blog consistently, it’s very possible that you reach this number in just a few months. You may even reach the Grow Big number of 25,000 monthly visits depending on how hard you are working on your blog. (I reached 30,000+ page views in three months with my last blog, so I know it’s possible!) Just remember that you can always upgrade!
Note: If you start a blog and later decide to stop using it, you can get reimbursed for the months you haven’t used, but you’ll still have your domain name until it expires.
Step 2: Choose a domain name.
Once you’ve chosen a hosting package, you’ll need to choose a domain name. This is essentially going to be your blog name or something very close to it.
This is free with the purchase of your first hosting package at Siteground.
Choose a domain name that fits well with the topics you’ll write about and pick something that you’ll not be embarrassed to tell people about. Since you’re starting a health, food, or fitness blog, I suggest that your name imply this in some way. Your name is something that you should consider carefully. Remember that you’ll have this name for at least a year, if not longer!
It’s possible that someone will already own the domain name you want, so I recommend preparing a few ideas for this step. I also recommend that if possible, you include keywords in your domain name. That means that your domain name (which will be your blog name and part of your URL) tells people at least a little bit about your blog’s contents.
For example, my blog name is “Ironwild Fitness” My domain name is ironwildfitness.com. My name suggests to readers that my site has something to do with being home (because it does) and that’s useful in getting the right audience to my site. Get the idea?
Note: I recommend domain privacy if you can afford it. It will just protect your personal contact information.
Once you’ve chosen a domain name and finalize your payment, you own a blog! Congratulations!
Next comes all of the fun stuff. Don’t worry, I’ll help you with all of that, too!
If you’re ready to get started building your site and customizing it, check out this video for installing WordPress with your Siteground account.
This video should set you up so that you’re ready to start writing and editing your site. This is exciting stuff because now you can pick your colors for branding, make a logo, and customize everything else!
After that’s done, stay tuned for more info on what to put on your new blog.