How to Start a Lifestyle Blog in 2020 | Step-by-Step Tutorial for Beginners

Want to learn how to start a lifestyle blog as a beginner? You’re in the right place! I’ll take you step by step as you start a WordPress blog and monetize it with a FREE DOMAIN. Note: I’m an affiliate for Bluehost, which means you’ll get 60% off your web hosting (paying only $2.95 per month) and I’ll receive a commission at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support, it helps me continue to create more resources for your blogging journey!


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By the end of this video, your self-hosted blog will be:

– Innovative & mobile responsive
– Built on a professional foundation (Bluehost & WordPress)
– Optimized for leads
– Ready for affiliate marketing

And, when you want to dig even deeper into blogging basics & monetization, grab my FREE eBook, the Blog Starter Kit — packed with tons of tips & tools for your success:

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1. Intro 0:00
2. Video Outline 4:34
3. How to Start a Blog 9:12
4. How to Install a Theme* 28:34
5. How to Set Up WordPress 32:38
6. How to Configure WordPress Plugins 53:01
7. How to Create a Child Theme 59:36
8. How to Create Your Header, Logo, and Site Icon 1:10:22
9. How to Create Your Pages and Categories 1:27:26
10. How to Create Your Primary and Footer Menus 1:39:37
11. How to Set Your Color Scheme and Sidebar 1:46:10
12. How to Create an AWeber Opt-in Form 2:00:43
13. How to Add Your Instagram Feed to the Footer 2:08:49
14. How to Set Your Homepage Social Icons 2:14:11
15. How to Create Your About and Contact Pages 2:17:01
16. How to Create and Publish a Blog Post 2:38:46
17. How to Add Social Sharing Icons to a Blog Post 2:56:20
18. How to Configure the Homepage 3:02:07
19. How to Create an Alternative Sidebar 3:07:35
20. How to Configure the Footer 3:12:26
21. How to Monetize a Blog 3:18:49
22. SEO, Sitemap, and SSL Tips 3:31:33
23. How to Launch Your Blog 3:39:55

* The Bard WordPress theme can be used for any industry or niche. However, for this video, I’ll be showing you how to create a lifestyle blog.

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1. Code Cheat Sheet

2. Access to Bluehost’s Exclusive Offer for WordPress Bloggers (affiliate link)

3. Bard Free WordPress Theme

4. Bard Pro WordPress Theme ONLY $29 (affiliate link)

5. Verify Your Domain on Google Search Console

6. Free Site Migration (affiliate link)

7. The following link is a Google doc that lists ALL OF THE IMPORTANT LINKS that I mention in this video.

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This Google doc lists all of the recommended plugins from this video:

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As an added bonus, this video shows you how to monetize your blog so you can start earning a passive income. Blogging has become a billion-dollar industry, and the sooner you get your foot in the door, the quicker you’ll be able to start generating revenue with your blog!

This Google doc lists all of the affiliate networks I recommend, as well as additional blog monetization resources:

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Remember to grab your FREE copy of the Blog Starter Kit and learn even more tips & tools to build, grow, and monetize your blog. Inside, I’ll show you how to turn any blog into a thriving business:

Thanks for watching!

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  1. Hi Ben, the amount of value provided in this video is insane! For someone like me, who’s at the early stages of building a website there are so many questions and this video was extremely helpful, literally step-by-step, clear and very informative(no BS or annoying hard selling). I really hope your channel gets a lot bigger, all I can say is BIG THANK YOU again.

  2. Hey Ben, Thank you for making this ! I have Dreamhost because I was following your 2018 video and decided to make a life style one and found this but you are using Bluehost here. Now I am a little lost. Can you do a video on lifestyle using Dreamhost ? also seems like the two themes are merging ( Kale and Bard) and now it looks like a mess.. can you please help? Thank you again!!

  3. Hey Ben! I’m stuck trying to gain access to my cpanel. I think the issue is that I recently purchased my domain through go daddy, and it seems like it has not yet transferred to blue host. I’m getting a message that says my domain cannot transfer for 60 days. Is there any way around this? Thanks so much for all of your help!

  4. I have been (attempting) to build my blog for months now and I eventually gave up because there are SO many tutorials out there and they all do it differently and do NOT include step-by-step instructions or videos. This video was HANDS DOWN the most useful tutorial I’ve found. I cannot thank you enough. Professional, straight to the point, skipping the nonimportant parts like content and just focused on building. I’m beyond grateful to have found this to help me. My blog is now up and running and now all I need to do is plug in content. If this is your free stuff, I will definitely invest in your work for a cost. And if there is anything I can do to help your channel and business, please do not hesitate to contact me. THANK YOU.

  5. Hello! I have been following this tutorial and it had been perfect. But I am at the part where we make the child theme. For some reason, my child theme doesn’t show up and when I scroll down it states that it is a broken theme and the stylesheet is missing. I did it twice to see if I missed something but I got the same result both times. Anything I can do? Thanks!

  6. Thank you so much for this helpful guide. Sadly for the section on “How to Create Your About and Contact Pages” has been updated on WordPress. I attempted to make a featured image and it wouldn’t show up in the preview or update. It is also under “Page” & not document (for those who are having a hard time finding it). I also cannot put the Newsletter up without it duplicating (no matter how many times I edit the code). Thanks anyway for the helpful video. Regardless of those missing features, the blog still looks pretty nice.

  7. The featured links don’t show up on mobile for me. Was curious if this was just normal or only something I’m experiencing..

  8. Hi, Ben. First of all, I wanna thank you from the bottom of my heart for making this very detailed and easy to understand and follow tutorial. I should have found you first because the first tutorial I watched was so confusing I almost wanted to give up my blog! So, thank you thank you very much!

    I have a question, is there a way to make the featured slider appear in mobile format? Thanks in advance for your help! God bless!

  9. Hi man, realy appreciate your content. I would like to make a purchase through your link but it doesn’t work. Any advice?

  10. Hi Ben, I just want to say a massive thank you for posting such a comprehensive tutorial. Not only was it clear and easy to follow it actually allowed me to finally create a website I am proud of. I have only just started but I have the confidence to keep going. Keep doing what you are doing!

  11. As a new blogger, I already became overwhelmed by the “list” of things I was going to learn. Perhaps you may want to put yourself in a beginner’s mindset–the verbiage of 1/2 of what you said I didn’t understand–there was no reason to go any further. I could appreciate your talent however if it doesn’t speak to beginner mindset, you have lost your audience.

  12. Hi Ben, thank you so much for literally going through the step by step process!! I already started a blog following your food blog tutorial, but my blog has turned more into a lifestyle blog. I was wondering if it’s possible to switch themes? Currently using kale theme.

  13. Hi Ben. I’m in the early stages of research to build my own blog site. I have a quick question for you regarding custom fonts & WordPress. Firstly, is this a possibility? I have seen elsewhere that you need to edit the CSS. Is this an easy thing to do? Appreciate your input.