Bloggers and influencers flood our social media feeds with new tips, tricks, hacks, and advice for how to live your best life. You may follow fashion, beauty, or mental health bloggers, but did you know they are actually making money from blogging? Did you know you can too?
When starting a blog, I strongly believe passion is crucial to your success. If your passion like mine, is mental health then you're in the right place! Keep reading below to find updated blogging tips, resources, shortcuts, secrets, and more. This post was first published in 2017, however, like everything else on this Earth- blogging changes over time! That's why Rose-Minded is re-publishing this article to help every "rookie blogger" learn the steps to success in 2018/2019.
I first began blogging in February of 2017, and from the start of Rose-Minded I've learned quite a bit.
But now that I'm growing my blog, I feel like I have some insights (stats from my blog below)!
When I first began I had many interests, and I didn't know how to combine them all into a blog niche... so I didn't. I became a "lifestyle" blogger (quotations only because I wasn't a real lifestyle blogger), and I blogged about whatever I wanted within my personal interests. This wasn't bringing me a whole lot of traffic, besides for my friends and family (lol shout out to them though). Eventually I realized I was a part-time blogger, and I didn't have the time to dig through broad topics to pull out content for my blog. I narrowed my blog into the mental health niche, and I still keep a page on my website for personal posts!
I wanted to show others interested in either starting a blog or mental health what I've learned, and possibly help others skip the struggle of starting up a new blog! This post may contain affiliate links; for more info, see my disclaimer.
Domain and Website
To begin, you'll need a general idea of what to call your blog/website. This can take time and brainstorming, and it also takes some research. Once you come up with a name for your mental health blog, you'll need to get your domain connected to a domain provider. I personally use Wix, but another popular provider is WordPress.
There's one main difference I've noticed between the two- Wix gives you a blank slate to design, and Wordpress gives you theme options to edit yourself. I enjoy the freedom of Wix, but Wordpress aids a lot in the creation process and has many plug-ins to help with blog traffic and website design.
Planning Content/Branding Yourself
Both of these steps are very important, and oftentimes not given enough attention at the beginning of a new blog. Planning the direction of your blog and the type of content you will publish is crucial to the development of a successful blog. I combined this step with branding yourself, because these can go hand in hand. Branding yourself makes your blog unique and recognizable, as well as consistent.
Consistency is key!!!
To brand myself, I use Canva to make sure everything I edit and publish is in line with my brand. My graphics use the same colors (mostly) and I design my blog using my brand colors and fonts. Have an idea of the type(s) of content you will publish, and try to stick to a general theme (in this case, self-care and related topics).
Planning and promotion can also go hand in hand because in order to promote yourself, you've got to form a plan for action.
Here are the different ways I plan/promote my mental health blog:
-Tailwind is awesome for planning/promotion (probably my favorite and most useful one), because you can literally sit back while Tailwind runs your Pinterest for you! You can schedule out your pins to whatever boards you want (even at whatever times you want!) and Tailwind offers times that you normally get engagement on your pins... so cool. My re-pins, follows, site clicks, and more went up after I finally signed up for Tailwind. Get started super fast with $15 in Tailwind account credit!
-Facebook groups for bloggers are like a heaven-send. They're groups that connect bloggers to support each other's work, like promotion, social media engagement, post comments, collaborations, and more! If you want to blog with a purpose, you need to get involved with Facebook groups!
Here's my Facebook group specifically for mental health bloggers!
Mental Health Minds <- Click here to join the Facebook group!
Here are the Facebook groups I'm a part of, and use to promote my blog:
I have my own Pinterest group, Mental Health Minds, that will help you grow your blog in the mental health community! Join by messaging @kayuimari (me) and tell me you'd like to join! I'll add you, and you can post your mental health related posts to the group, and then the group can share each other's pins!
I've had a couple guest bloggers, and I've guest written a post called Psychologically Proven Steps To Improve Self-Image.
If you'd like to be a guest blogger on Rose-Minded, contact us!
Handwritten notes, etc.
I write out some of my posts first, or I'll make a list of content ideas while I'm not near my computer. This is a personal choice I guess, but it helps me!
You can use any of these options to promote and plan your blog and content! Promotion is so important, and it's especially important to promote your blog in the right places!
When I first began blogging, I thought you had to sell items online in order to make money. Now, I've learned about affiliate links, advertising, sponsored posts, and many more ways to earn passive income from blogging. I didn't begin blogging to make money, but as my blog grows it doesn't hurt to give myself the option!
Passive income is hard with a new/developing blog, so focus on building your blog before you try to earn passive income.
Here are some of the sites I use to earn passive income on my blog:
One thing I've learned is engaging with other bloggers from your niche (in this case mental health) is a phenomenal way to grow your blog and gain real and active followers and readers. You get out of blogging what you put in- so go out and engage! Comment on other's mental health posts, share their posts, guest blog or find a guest blogger, collaborate, etc!
Join Facebook and Pinterest groups that are niche-specific to mental health.
Do research on Instagram and find your Instagram "tribe". Do research on hashtags, follow others who are also interested in mental health, and engage with users to get your name (blog & brand) out there.
Get inspiration from others- but offer something different. Feel free to grab inspiration from the home page, however make sure your ideas are always original, and that you're never copying or taking from another blogger!
Good luck to you all, we need more mental health bloggers to stop the stigma and support mental health advocacy. Feel free to message me here for any questions you may have, or follow my social media accounts to get in touch.