[00:00:00] Hello. And welcome back to the channel today. I’m going to show you step by step how to start a crochet blog. So be sure to subscribe during the, both this video or any other video on the channel helps you out. So what we’re going to do today is I’m going to answer the question. What is a crochet blog?
[00:00:13] I’m going to show you a few examples. I’m going to show you why you need to pick a niche and then niche down. And then, the next step will be to get web hosting. I’m going to explain what web hosting is and why you need it. If you click the first link in the description, you can get your domain name for free for the first year.
[00:00:28] After that, we will talk about installing WordPress, how to install WordPress themes, and the important changes that you absolutely need to make so that your website can start getting views. Subscribers visitors, and you can start making money. And then after that, I’m going to show you step-by-step how to write.
[00:00:43] And after that, we’re going to talk about how to make money, why you need to share your content on social media in the very beginning, and how many blog posts you need to write. Before you can determine if your website’s a success or failure, so be sure to check out the first three links in the description because that’s exactly what we’re going to cover today.
[00:00:59] So let’s go ahead and get right into it. What is a crochet blog? A cruciate crochet blog is simply just a blog. Around the crochet niche, while you’re answering questions about crocheting. For example, we jumped back over to this website here. It’s called fave crafts.com. And if we look through, this person is answering different questions.
[00:01:18] Maybe they’re giving crochet tutorials. They’re showing you step by step how to make something. And that’s basically what you’re going to do. Maybe your content is going to focus on people. Getting the right tools, the right yarn, the yarn, the differences between the yard. And so that’s basically what a crochet blog is.
[00:01:35] And this is a pretty good example. Now, when you first get started, you’re going to have no domain authority. No, one’s going to know you. Google’s not going to trust you. So what you want to do as you will want to niche down. Now, I will jump over to our keyword research tool and what you can see here.
[00:01:49] I just typed in crochet. And when you look at this, it says that the crochet word is pretty difficult to rank for as a brand new website. On a scale of zero to 100, it’s ranked a 62, which means it’s fairly competitive. If we go down to matching terms, what we can do is we can find different keywords that aren’t as competitive. For maybe, for example, we want to write about half-double crochet.
[00:02:12] Let’s copy this right here. And what you’ll see is crochet, in general, gets 4.5 million monthly searches or over 862,000 words. And what we’re going to do is let’s shove back over to. I’m going to paste the SIM half-double crochet. As you can see, it would be much easier for a new website to rank.
[00:02:32] We’re going to click on the matching terms and then each term here. As you can see, there are 58,000 monthly searches, 2000 keywords. So we can rate these individual topics and start getting traffic potentially. So that is what I recommend when it comes to starting your blog to niche down; you can write on each of these topics.
[00:02:52] And start making traffic leads and sales. So let’s jump back over to our slide deck. And the next step is to get web hosting. Now, to have a website on the internet, you need a web host. A web host is basically going to store your internet files for a fee. So in this video, we’re going to use a company called Bluehost.
[00:03:13] You’ll pay them as low as $3 and 95 cents per month. They’re going to. And host your website. So people from around the internet can see your website. And when you click the first link in the description, you’ll get a domain name for free. Now the website over here, fave crafts.com. That’s their domain name.
[00:03:31] That’s how people recognize their website. And so you’ll actually get one of those for free for the first year. And so, right now, I’m actually going to show you step-by-step. How to set everything up. I’m going to show you how to get started with Bluehost and get into the main name. So we’re going to show you how to do all of that right now.
[00:03:46] Step-by-step, when you click that link, you’ll be taken to this website where you’ll go ahead and click get started. What I recommend is to click the first one on the far left, the basic plan. If you’re just getting started with a website, as you can see, there are several options, but click that click select, and then move on here.
[00:04:01] You’re going to create a domain name. If you have one in mind, you’re going to type it in here. Like you see that I do. What I recommend is to try and find a domain name. It’s going to be related to your niche. Now, what I do is type in a domain name that I know is already taken. When it’s taken, you’re going to get this error.
[00:04:16] What you can then do is go back and try different domains. Now make sure again that you want to pick one related to your niche, click next, and then you’re going to see a green box that says that it’s approved. The next step is simply to go through and enter your contact information. Make sure that.
[00:04:31] when you scroll down here and make sure that you leave all of the settings on but again, entering your contact information, the settings right here, where it says domain privacy, leave all of this check. If you don’t leave a check, you’re going to get people reaching out to you. Spamming you, emailing you, trying to get you to sign up for web hosting.
[00:04:48] So what I’m going to do is I’m going to go ahead and sign up and then jump back to you once I sign on and move to the next step. All right, so I’ve signed up, and I’m going to go ahead and set up my website initially. Just create a simple username and password, make sure it meets the requirements. And then move on, make sure that you write it down to write it down in a safe spot so that you have it.
[00:05:08] And you remember it because it can be a pain to go ahead and get everything back. You will have to enter in some vital information, but just make sure that you write it down. It’s straightforward and effortless. Now, one thing that I do want to note is that this part is not sped up. This is actually real-time.
[00:05:24] And you can see that you’ll go from absolutely nothing to a complete website in less than probably 10 minutes. And once you click submit, you’re going to move on to the next step, where you get to log in. So here is where you’re actually going to start creating your WordPress website. Now, the great thing is Bluehost really does everything for you.
[00:05:41] And it’s straightforward. So again, I’m not speeding this up at all, and I want you to see what it really takes to create a website. Bluehost is going to do a little bit of work in the background for you. And we’re just going actually to click on skip this step. This first one I clicked on. I started a blog, but just click, skip because we know what we’re doing for the next step.
[00:06:01] And I’m actually going to tell you what to do so that we can get up and running. Click get started right here on the left-hand side, and then move on. It’s a quick skip here and clicks skip. And then just pick the first one in the far left, make sure that you’re picking a free theme because they’ll charge you.
[00:06:18] They have both free and premium themes, which we’ll talk about in just a moment. So right now, it’s actually creating your WordPress website in just a few moments. You’re going to click on log in to WordPress on the right-hand side there. You’ll see it in just a second. And then we can actually start looking at some basic configurations.
[00:06:34] All right. So we click log. And now we actually have a WordPress website. What may need to happen is you may need to click refresh a few times to get it to work. But now we have our website. As you can see, what I’m going to do is I’m actually going to log in and delete a few plugins because right now, it has coming soon.
[00:06:53] And so if someone tried to get to your website at this moment, it’s going to say coming soon to them, even though we can see it, this is what your WordPress website looks like, but for everyone else outside of your network, it’s going to say coming soon. So what we’re going to do is we’re going to go down to plugins eventually, and we’re going to delete some of the plugins that we don’t need.
[00:07:11] Now I talk a little bit about plugins later on, but yeah. Plugins add additional features and functionality. We are going to deactivate the blue host as well as the other plugins that are already activated. And then we can go through and make the necessary changes, which I’ll cover in just a moment.
[00:07:27] So we’re going to deactivate them and then delete them. Now you want to make sure that you only have. The plugins you’re using on your website, the more plugins you have, the slower your website’s going to respond and function, and you’re going to lose out on ranking. So make sure you have a lean setup, very few plugins, and then move on.
[00:07:45] As you can see right now, I simply believe some stuff you don’t need. If you want to, you could keep them, but obviously, you don’t need this other stuff if you’re just getting started. So what’s more important is the themes that we’re going to talk about in just a moment, as well as giving writing.
[00:07:59] So I’m just going to go ahead and delete those, deactivate them. And then we’re actually going to start moving on to settings, which you see right here. All right. So now that we’ve installed WordPress, we’ve got a free, basic WordPress theme. We’ve made the changes that we need to make. I just want to take a step back and.
[00:08:15] Recommend that you get a premium WordPress theme. All right, now you have a free theme. A premium theme is going to add additional features and functionality. For example, this is a premium WordPress theme. It looks nicer. It looks much different. You can click the second link in the description to get a premium WordPress theme.
[00:08:32] So if we go back over here, we’re going to scroll up here. You can see this as an example of a dog theme. We can just type in crochet. All right. So we’ve typed in knitting, and you can see it here. There are different WordPress themes for arts and crafts. We could do arts and crafts, but you just want to go out and find a WordPress theme that will be something that you like to look at and be something that’s going to be appealing to your target audience.
[00:08:57] But as you can see, you can get a premium WordPress theme for as little as $9 or as expensive as $99. So what you’re going to do is once you find a theme that you like, you will click this. You were going to check out, and you’re going to purchase this WordPress theme. When you purchase the WordPress theme, you will download it to your computer, and you’re going to get a zip file.
[00:09:17] You will unpack that zip file, and there’s going to be a second zip file. All right. So once you unpack and you have that second file, you’re going to jump back over to your WordPress dashboard. You are going to go to appearance, click on themes. When you click on themes, you are going to click on edit.
[00:09:32] And then after I knew you’re going to click on upload theme, you are going to drag and drop that second zip file here. Or you can click here and choose the file manually. Once you drag and drop or install it, you’re going to click on install now, and then you’re going to click on activate, and just like that, you have a brand new WordPress theme installed.
[00:09:52] Your website, and then now what we need to do, as you can see here on our slide deck, is we need to start writing. And the two biggest questions that I always get when it comes to writing are how I write and how long my blog posts should be? And let’s go ahead and answer those right now. So go ahead and start writing.
[00:10:07] We’re going to click on hosts. We’re going to click on, add new. And when we click on add new, we can take the keywords that we found over here. So we’re going to copy them. And we are going to put it right in the title of our website. Now, the reason why we do that. And so when we publish this, the title will show up here, and it’s also going to show up on the end of our websites or our blog posts going to be web hosting, rewind.com/half double crochet stitch.
[00:10:37] And if we look at faith, crafts.com, they should be doing the same thing as you can see why you should submit your projects to faith, crafts, why you should submit your projects to fave crafts. Now, this is all based on keyword research. So they probably have determined that a lot of people are searching for this.
[00:10:54] And so that’s why they have it just like that. So if we go back over here, let’s go ahead and answer those two questions. I asked myself earlier, how long should my blog posts be? And how do I start? Your blog posts should be as long as it needs to be to answer the question. So, for example, if we look at this blog post here, you can see this blog post is probably about 1500 words and okay.
[00:11:16] It’s less than a thousand. So what I would do is take a look at your competitors and see how long they’re writing on their blog posts and make it a little bit more than their competitors. So this is less than a thousand. I’d make this about 1200 word blog posts. I’m making sure that it answered the question.
[00:11:33] And that leads me over to this one now to get started writing. I simply will take 10 minutes to brainstorm who, what, when, where, why. And how now, I like to do this because it helps me formulate ideas based on the keyword, a B it’s fundamental and elementary, and see people are actually asking themselves these questions concerning the keyword.
[00:11:58] So I might say who uses. The half double crochet stitch w maybe when to use it when to use the half double crochet stitch, when you do it this way. People are asking these same questions about the topic. And so if you can do this, if you can answer the questions in this format, you will build trust B.
[00:12:28] You’re going to keep the people on your website longer and see you’re going to make more money, which we’ll talk about in just a moment. And so what we’ll do is I’ll go through, I’ll spend 10 minutes filling out, asking myself these questions. So now it’s important when you aren’t in the brainstorming phase or the brainstorming stage.
[00:12:46] Block yourself from writing anything. If you, if it’s a bad idea, write it down. If it’s a good idea, write it down. Just so that you Getting the bad ideas out of the way. And what we’ll do is once we’re done is we’re going to turn these into H twos. And right now, this is an H1. This is a heading. This is an H2 and H2.
[00:13:04] It helps format your blog posts better. It helps give it flow and direction. And it actually lets Google know what you mean. The website’s about. So what we’ll do once we’ve gone through the who, what, when, where, why, how stage and we’ve gotten rid of it. Questions that we don’t want to ask. We’re just going to come through, and we’re going to start writing.
[00:13:20] We’re going to say you should use the half stitch, blah, blah, blah, when, and then give them the answer. So the goal of your blog is simply to answer your viewer subscriber’s, follower’s questions and solve their problems. So what we’re going to do is we’re going to write the blog. So it should be as long as it needs to be.
[00:13:43] It can be about 500 words long. As long as you’re staying on topic, you are going to click on publish the website. What page is going to go live? And it’s going to be available for the world to see now that we have that and we’ve started writing. The next step is simply how are we going to make money?
[00:14:00] Now, there are several ways to make money from your website. The first one simply has ads right on your website. If we look at this one right here, it doesn’t appear that they have ads, but you can work with a company called Google AdSense, and they’ll automatically place ads on your website.
[00:14:15] Now, I do want to let you know, in the very beginning, you will be making pennies on the dollar. You will not be making that much money. However, once you start getting significant traffic, 1,005,000, a hundred thousand page views per month, you can move on to larger ad networks like AdThrive media vine. And media.net.
[00:14:33] When you move on to those bigger ad networks, you’re going to make more money because they’re going to pay you more. But that’s just one way the ad networks can take a little while. Whoever you can start affiliate marketing. Now affiliate marketing is simply recommending or selling other people’s products and services.
[00:14:48] When they click on your affiliate. You get earned a commission as long as they buy, and you can be an affiliate for hobby lobby for Michael’s from amazon.com. There’s a lot of affiliate programs out there. And the key with affiliate marketing is making sure that you are promoting products relevant to your niche.
[00:15:05] For example, this website, a faith crafts blog. They want to promote products that are relevant threats. Hook line, all of that good stuff, and don’t promote something that has nothing like baking supplies. If you’re not talking about baking, no one will click on your links and buy if you do it this way.
[00:15:25] If you want to learn more about affiliate marketing, the third link in the description will take you to a free course where you learn about affiliate marketing. Step-by-step after affiliate marketing, you can actually sell your own physical and digital products. Maybe you have an ebook or a guide. As you can see here, they have a free ebook, but you can actually create a paid ebook and sell it right from your website.
[00:15:44] This is a good way to make money because you keep most of the profits except for taxes now. Creating and selling your own digital products is outside the scope of this video, but just know that is an opportunity as well. And now that we had talked about ways to make money let’s talk about sharing on social media.
[00:16:01] In the very beginning, you need to share your continent, social media. On relevant social media sites because Google doesn’t trust your content yet. Right now, they’re comparing your content to other content that’s already established. And they’re trying to figure out where to place your blog and website.
[00:16:16] So in the beginning, I recommend that you find a relevant and I can’t emphasize this relevance enough. Places and put your blog posts there. For example, you could find Reddits and relevant subreddits, Facebook groups. You could start your own Facebook group, Instagram, Twitter, tic-tac LinkedIn, anywhere people congregate to talk about crocheting.
[00:16:35] You can place your content there as long as you have permission. And it’s relevant after you find a place to share it on social media. The next question I get all the time is how many blog posts should I write? And the answer really, I believe that you should write at least 50 blog posts before you determine if your website’s a success or failure.
[00:16:53] Now, I believe 50 is a good number simply because, in the very beginning, you’re probably not going to be a good writer. You probably won’t get keyword research. Perfect. But you are looking for signs of life. And if you have 50 blog posts, you’re letting Google know that you’re serious about right. And it gives you a better opportunity to find success.
[00:17:12] Now, what I recommend that you do is I recommend that you write one blog post every single day or every other day until you get to 50. You can take a step back and look and see if things have worked out for you. So I think 50 is a good place to start. Then, obviously, the more blog posts you put up, the better chance you have at success.
[00:17:30] If you liked this video, be sure to like subscribe and ring the bell. So check out the three links in the description. The first one is for web hosting, which you absolutely need in a free domain name. The second one is to get premium WordPress themes. And the third one is horror for the marketing. So be sure to like, subscribe and ring the bell if this video or any other video on this channel helps you out.
[00:17:48] Thanks for watching. And we’ll see you.