Today I’m going to show you how to start a fashion blog that:
Let’s get stylish.
Do you want to become a fashion blogger like Mariano Di Vaio?
With over 6 million Instagram followers, Di Vaio is one of the most successful fashion influencers in the world.
Google simply recognizes him as a “blogger”.If you’re passionate about fashion and style, you probably already know some of these blogging influencers.
Or perhaps you want to start a brand as influential as Who What Wear.
Katherine Power founded Who What Wear in 2012, a small blog that eventually grew to become a massive celebrity style brand.
With over 1.46 million monthly visits, many believe it is one of the largest fashion blogs on the internet.
The truth is, starting a blog in 2021 isn’t that hard.
However, it will take a lot of work and dedication to leverage your new fashion blog and become a paid influencer.
Luckily, there are many ways to make money with your blog even when you are just starting out.
This article will guide you through all the technical steps of launching a new fashion blog.Let’s get started with the first step.
“But isn’t fashion already a niche?”
When it comes to starting a new blog, you want yours to stand out against all the others. While fashion is a niche in itself, it is a large enough topic to be broken up into smaller pieces.
For example, “streetwear style” and “vintage style” are two completely different niches that both exist in fashion. You can always continue to divide your blog into smaller niches like “streetwear style that blew up on TikTok”.
In fact, it is better to target a small niche when you are just starting out as a blogger. This is so that you can create extremely refined content for a very specific audience. Too many new bloggers find themselves competing with giant websites because they targeted the wrong niche.
Here is an example of a fashion blog that absolutely nailed their niche.
If you think of a niche you like, make sure you can create a solid list of blog post ideas. After all, your success as a fashion blogger depends on your ability to create new content on a consistent basis.
You should also ask yourself these questions to be certain about your choice of niche:
Once you’ve given these questions some thought, you should have a firm grasp of what type of blog you want to start.
In order to get your blog found online, you are going to need three things:
Your blog's domain name is what shows up when people search for your website online. It should be the same as the name of your blog. Here are some best practices when it comes to choosing your domain name.
Web hosting companies provide you with servers that hold your website's information. Without a web host, your blog can't be seen by anyone searching online.
In addition to the web host, you need to find a software tool that lets you create and publish blog posts. A Content Management System (CMS) gives you an easy way to design the layout, theme, and look of your blog website. We recommend using WordPress, the only free open-source CMS that also powers over 1/4th of all the websites on the internet.
In this stage of creating your fashion blog, you will have to pay a bit of money. A lot of newcomers will try to look for a free option to host a blog instead of paying for one.
While this could work for a short time, you will eventually be hit with a paywall or be forced to give up your content.
A. Make money with your blog
B. Have control over your design and customization options
When you make content on a free blogging platform instead of your own website, you are basically doing free work for another company. They don’t give you the options to monetize your work, they’ll simply take advantage of your creativity.
We went through the trouble of looking through and analyzing all the popular web hosts to decide on the best one. The host that stuck out with outstanding performance, affordability, and usability was Bluehost.
Luckily, we were able to draw up a deal with Bluehost to get 67% off for our WebsiteLaunch readers! Additionally, you can grab a FREE domain for an entire year.
(Domains are usually an extra cost of $14 – $18 per year.)
Setting up your new blog on Bluehost is a very quick process. First, go to their site and press “Get Started“.
Choose the hosting plan all the way on the left.
It’s the best option for what you need and it costs less than $3 a month if you purchase it for 36 months–I would highly recommend this because it saves you the most money.
After that, you will have the option to register a new domain or use own you already own.
I would recommend pausing on this for the moment.
Click on “I’ll create my domain later”
You will be directed to fill out some account information.
If you have a Gmail account, use Single Sign-On to speed up this process.
The next step is very important. Scroll down to see your package information.
By default, these two package extras will be checked.
You want to UNCHECK them before you fill out your payment information.
Why? Neither of those extras are essential and you can get better alternatives for them later. For now, save your money and keep going.
Once you click “Submit“, you will receive a confirmation email that gives you the login to your new web hosting control panel.
Congratulations! You are now the proud owner of a soon-to-be fashion blog.
If you haven’t already, log into your Bluehost dashboard. If you didn’t pick a domain before, don’t worry. All you have to do is go to the Domains tab (located on the left side of your screen) in your Bluehost dashboard and set it up.
Once that’s done, set up your WordPress software by hitting “Log Into WordPress” and entering your credentials.
Next, you want to navigate to the My Sites tab and click on “Create Site”.
Bluehost should launch an installation Wizard for WordPress where you will be prompted to answer a few questions.
Don’t worry too much about filling these out. You can always change it later.
Finish doing the modules for the installation wizard and your WordPress download should start. It should only take a few minutes to complete.
You will get a success message and email link when the download is complete.
Great job! You have completed the first two steps to creating a killer fashion blog!
While your new blog is officially live on the internet, you shouldn’t spend too much time celebrating.
Right now, your blog is in its most basic and generic form. It is essentially a default WordPress website.
Let’s enliven it by adding a theme and some essential plugins.
First, you want to log into your new WordPress dashboard and get familiar with it.
You are going to be seeing this screen a lot.Here is an example of the newly updated dashboard layout. WordPress 5.7.2 is the most recent update as of May 26, 2021.
If your dashboard looks a lot different than mine, don’t be alarmed. I have a lot of plugins downloaded on this specific WordPress site.
My plugins provide my sites with unique customization options, speed optimizations, special features, and much more. We’ll go more in-depth on the best WordPress plugins later.For now, let’s get your theme set up.
The first thing you should do to give your website a new look is to install a theme.
Within the WordPress dashboard, you can select between thousands of free themes. However, not every theme is going to work for a fashion blog. Here are some options we think would be excellent for style-oriented blogs.
Divi is one of the most popular WordPress themes for a good reason.
If you use Divi, you get to take advantage of an advanced drag and drop editor that makes content creation visual and easy.
You can also get started for free and upgrade to the premium version if you want more advanced features.
Another great option is the Infinite theme by Themify. Tailored specifically for fashion blogs, Infinite is a premium theme that lets you make infinitely scrolling content.
This technique is ideal for readers who want to engage with your website as your content loads endlessly.
Envato Elements is a marketplace for all sorts of creative elements. If you want to check out their assortment of WordPress themes, simply click on “WordPress”.
This is a great way to find themes that fit a specific niche, which is something that WordPress’s default selection lacks.
The thing that will make your fashion blogs stick out above the others is the image selection.
Let’s optimize your images with some plugins so you can display beautiful visuals without slowing down your site.
First and foremost, download an image compression plugin. It is important to do this as soon as possible because these plugins will compress your new images as you add them.
If you upload a bunch of images and then get a compressor, you will have to go back and manually compress all the pics you already put on your site.The best free plugins for this are EWWW Image Optimizer and Smush.
For fashion blogs, adding visual galleries to your pages is essential.
Envira Gallery is the best plugin for managing images and displaying them in attractive layouts.
Add social media sharing buttons to your fashion blog’s web pages so visitors can easily share your content with friends.
The best plugin for this is Social Snap.
Make it easier for your website to show up on organic Google searches with an SEO plugin.
The best search engine plugin is called Yoast SEO. It takes care of all your on-page SEO efforts and gives you scores based on your blog’s optimization.
If you want to know your website’s stats and how many visitors you are getting, make sure to download MonsterInsights. It’s the best plugin for Google Analytics by far.
If you have finalized a few pages or blog posts, you should start spending some time promoting it.
After all, nobody is going to find your content at the beginning unless you give it a little push.
Here are a few of the best guides on promoting a new blog:
There it is, your simple 3 step guide to starting a new fashion blog in 2021.
To recap, you learned how to choose a niche for your blog, select a domain and web host, and set up your WordPress website all in under 30 minutes.
You even found some of the best guides for monetizing your blog and promoting it to new audiences.
Congratulations, you are well on your way to becoming a new fashion influencer! The next step is to learn how to grow traffic to your website by link building.Be sure to share this article with your friends so they can start their own blogs too!