Have you been thinking about starting a gardening blog to share your green-fingered tips? Here is everything you need to know for when you want to start a gardening blog.
Why Start A Gardening Blog?
There are lots of reasons you might want to start a gardening blog. It might be that you already have a well-established gardening themed Instagram or Youtube account and you’d like a blog to go alongside it.
It could just be that you want to share your beautiful garden with the world or have an online journal to look back on in years to come to see how your garden has grown and developed.
You may want to start a gardening blog to go alongside a garden-themed small business such as a landscaping company.
Whatever your reasons for starting a garden blog, there is no time like the present to get going with it.
How To Choose A Name For A Gardening Blog
When it comes to starting a gardening blog, one of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make is what to call your blog. Choosing the right name can be tricky and while you can change it in the future, it’s best to try and come up with a name you love right from the start.
Here are some tips for choosing a name for your gardening blog:
- Try to avoid names that use hyphens or numbers.
- Write the blog name down to ensure it doesn’t create any unwanted words (take a look at this post about unintentionally bad hashtags to see what I mean)
- Try to avoid words that have ambiguous or unusual spellings – you want to be able to say your blog name out loud without someone needing to ask how any of it is spelt. For example, Grannys Garden might seem like a lovely name idea but some people may spell Grannie with an ie at the end.
- Don’t go with a name that’s already taken by adding a ‘the’ or ‘my’ at the beginning. If there’s an already established blog or website with that name it will cause confusion and can make it harder for your blog to rank in Google Searches. The same goes for adding hyphens between words.
- Adding your own name to a blog is fine but it can make it harder to sell the blog further down the line should you wish to do so, so do keep that in mind.
- If the name you want has the .com version taken but .co.uk and .net etc are available I would still avoid using it, again it could cause confusion and make it harder for you to establish your brand.
- Alliterative names are fun and really easy to remember.
Once you’ve decided on a blog name, it’s worth popping it into namecheckr to see if it’s already being used on social media anywhere. If your name is longer than 15 characters it won’t show up on Twitter as that’s their maximum for a name and you’ll need to shorten it in some way.
You’ll also want to make sure the name isn’t trademarked in your home country – for the U.K you can do that here. Even if a domain name is available, the phrase or words contained within could still be trademarked so it’s always worth double-checking this from the start.
You can read more about trademarks in this post: Should You Trademark Your Blog Name?
How To Start A Gardening Blog: Gardening Blog Names Ideas
Here are some gardening blog name ideas where the social media and .com domain were available at the time of writing this post – if you do choose one of these to use for your blog please do your due diligence and other checks before going ahead!
Our Gardening Patch
Green Fingered Friends
How Does Your Garden Bloom
Fabulous Gardening Tips
Gardening With (Your Name)
And here is a list of gardening words you could use to come up with name ideas
How Much Does It Cost To Start A Gardening Blog
When it comes to starting a blog, there are several options and I am going to take a look at the main three which all have different costs associated with them.
Whatever you do, do not choose the ‘WordPress Premium’ option at any point as this is not what you’re looking for a free or self-hosted blog.
If you wanted to have a go at blogging but don’t want to spend any money, a free blog is the way to go and most people choose either WordPress.com or Blogger for this. With a free blog you can choose your blog name but it will have .blogger or .Wordpress after it, eg, https://beautyworkers.wordpress.com/
While this is a great option for new bloggers, it’s worth bearing in mind that you can’t monetize a free blog, there are fewer options for themes and customizations and you don’t own your content like you would with a paid blog.
Useful Reading – Free WordPress.com Vs Self Hosted WordPress.org
Self Hosted WordPress Blog
The next option is a paid wordpress.org blog with your own URL and this is what the majority of bloggers use.
URLs cost between £7 – £12 per year and for my blogs, I typically buy both the .com and .co.uk versions.
The cost of blog hosting can vary hugely.
My personal recommendation is Lyrical Host – while they are not the cheapest option out there, their customer service is exceptional, so if you’re nervous about the tech side of things they will help with lots of aspects many cheaper hosts don’t.
I would avoid very big hosts such as GoDaddy and Siteground – I’ve used both and the customer service leaves a lot to be desired.
Do bear in mind many hosts offer cheap hosting for the first year then double or triple the cost for the second year. Lyrical Host doesn’t do this which is another reason I recommend them.
Free Blog With Vanity URL
The final option is to use the free blogger platform with your own URL which gives a happy medium between the two options above as you only pay for your domain name. This would allow you to monetize your content but it’s worth noting that Blogger is quite limited for customisations whereas with a self-hosted WordPress blog it’s pretty much the skies the limit when it comes to design.
Useful Reading – How To Set Up A Custom URL In Blogger
How To Start A Gardening Blog – What Next?
So, you’ve chosen the name for your gardening blog, checked it’s not being used already and isn’t trademarked and have chosen between or free or self-hosted blog.
What happens next?
Well, if you’ve decided to go for a free blog, then follow the instructions at wordpress.com or Blogger.com for setting up your blog and you should be good to go.
If you’ve decided to go self-hosted then you’ll need to purchase your domain name and hosting. You can purchase these from the same place (I usually find this is easier to keep track of!) or from separate places if you’d prefer.
Once this is done, it’s time to get your blog set up. If you’ve chosen Lyrical Host this is something that they can do for you if you’d prefer.
With other hosting companies, the level of help they provide may vary, but all will have detailed instructions and usually videos on what you need to do. You can also reach out via online chat if you need any help.
When you first start setting up your blog it can seem a little bit overwhelming but it will get easier as you go along.
The next thing to do is choose a theme and start customising your blog. There are 100s of free WordPress themes that can be customised to look exactly how you want.
Then all you need to do is get writing! Publishing your first blog post is an amazing feeling and as you publish more posts you’re blog will start to look better – I always find with a new blog it takes 7-8 posts on the homepage before it really starts to take shape.
Canva.com is great for creating logos and graphics for your blog.
Once your blog is set up, you may also want to get set up on the main social media platforms. Even if you don’t intend to use them, it’s worth bagging the same name as your blog while you can.
Can I Make Money From A Gardening Blog?
I’m a firm believer that anyone can make money from any type of blog. However, building an audience and monetizing your blog can take time, although this may be easier if you already have an established audience from social media.
Here are some ways you could look to monetize your blog in the future:
Affiliate Links: These a links which earn you a commission whenever a reader clicks the link and makes a purchase or signs up for a service.
Ad Networks: Ad networks typically use either code or plugin to place in-content ads on your blog. Most ad networks require a minimum amount of monthly traffic, for example, Mediavine requires 50,000 monthly sessions to join their network.
Sponsored Posts: This is where a brand pays you for advertorial content that you publish on your blog, usually promoting their product or service.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post on how to start a gardening blog and if you have any questions or if there is any aspect of your blog I can help with, please do get in touch.