Do you want to help people find true love by starting a blog about relationships? For some people, relationships come easy. But for others, it can be very difficult. A relationship blog can help those who struggle by providing helpful tips and stories while also making money.
Today, I will explain how to start a blog about relationships using WordPress.
Do A Brainstorming Session
The biggest mistake you can make when starting a website of any kind is jumping right into the web development aspect. Instead, you need to come up with a game plan.
There are quite a few relationship blogs out there. Take a look at them and try to find what you can do better. After all, if you do not innovate, there is no reason for visitors to give your site a try.
You should also start thinking about the design of your website. Try to form a mental image and list features that might be useful to your website. This will save you a lot of time when you get into the actual development aspect.
Pick a Web Host and a Domain Name
One thing you need to do regardless of the website you want to make is picking a web host. This is the company that rents you a web server and maintains it. Every visitor will access this web server, and without it, you do not have a website.
Over the years, the web hosting industry has grown dramatically and there is a lot to choose from. However, they are not created equal.
Here at GreenGeeks, we go above and beyond by offering fast speeds, strong security, and an excellent support team ready to assist you 24/7. And we achieve this while offering some of the best prices in the industry.
However, what really sets us apart from the competition is our commitment to the environment. The web hosting industry has an emissions problem. Instead of being part of that problem, we aim to be the solution. To do this, we carefully calculate how much energy we use each year, and then buy three times that amount in wind energy.
You will also need to select a domain name. This is the URL of your website and is what visitors will type into the address bar. The name should reflect your niche, be easy to remember, and be as short as possible. And when you sign up with GreenGeeks, your domain name is free for the first year.
Build Your Website Using WordPress
Next, you are going to need to select a CMS (content management system) to build your website. There are, once again, a lot of choices you can make. But without a doubt, you should pick WordPress.
WordPress is the most popular CMS and powers over one-third of the internet. It was made specifically for blogging, and thanks to excellent design choices, it is by far the easiest CMS to use.
Unlike other CMS, you do not need to write a single line of code. Instead, WordPress utilizes a vast library of plugins and themes to add features. This means you can spend more time designing and zero time coding.
Why Plugins and Themes Matter
As I was saying, the vast library of plugins and themes has played a huge role in the success of the WordPress platform. Picking the right ones for your website could mean the difference between success and failure.
But what exactly do they do?
Plugins are like apps for your phone. They add features to your relationship website that you would not have normally. And on other platforms, you can only achieve many of these through coding.
Themes are like the canvas of your website. The appearance of your blog about relationships is the result of the theme you select. And a lot of them come with features to help you shape the site the way you want.
Here are some plugins and themes perfect for a blog about romance:
LuckyWP Table of Contents
Blog posts are getting longer and longer as the internet ages. Adding a table of contents to your blog can help visitors find what they are looking for quicker, while also providing a summary of what a reader can expect.
The Lucky WP Table of Contents plugin is the perfect addition to a romance blog, where not every tip will apply to everyone. Thus, you need to help the reader find the content that pertains to their situation.
Simple Author Box
Blogs are very personal, and a romance blog is even more personal. Thus, you should provide readers with information about yourself. And you can do just that with the Simple Author Box plugin.
This plugin adds a small block at the end of every post that displays an image and description of the author (you). This can help readers connect with your content on a more personal level.
Blossom Pin is a Pinterest style theme with a feminine charm. The design will help your blog posts stand out and it definitely suits a romance blog. It is fast and very SEO friendly, which makes it a great pick.
The Lovecraft theme offers a stunning two-column design that is perfect for any type of blog. It is of minimalist design, which means it’s very clean and allows your content to stand out on pages. This can work really well for romance blogs.
Marketing Your Blog About Relationships
All of the time and effort you put into creating your website is worthless if you do not get visitors. Thus, you need to prioritize and master marketing as quickly as possible.
Luckily, there are a lot of ways to go about this, and the more methods you use, the more likely you are to find success. Here are just a few of the ways you can market your website:
- Social Media Accounts
- Paid Advertisement
- Email Subscription
- Participate in Forums (Reddit)
- Answer Questions (Quora/Yahoo Answers)
And there are many other ways to do it. But without a doubt, you need to also master your organic growth. This is the traffic you receive through search engines, like Google. There are a lot of tips available to help you rank higher, so make sure your content is SEO friendly.
Help Romance Bloom
With your website ready to go and a marketing plan in place, you are ready to help romances bloom. Just remember that if you give bad advice, your blog about relationships may get a bad reputation. Thus, you need to make sure the tips you give have a history of success.
Author: Robert Giaquinto
Robert has been writing tutorials about WordPress and other CMS for over 3 years since joining the GreenGeeks marketing team. Thanks to this, he has had the opportunity to research and master several areas of WordPress including plugin usage, SEO, website design, and social media integration. When he is not creating content for WordPress, Robert is digging up new content ideas for environmental pieces. These range from the pollution in our air to the danger’s wildlife face. And with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, he is always eager to discuss the way our technologies are affecting the environment, especially when it comes to solar energy.