Think for a second. What would you do, if you could start a fashion blog and eventually blossom into a fashion power house that sets social trends and influence culture while earning in multiple zeros?
Let me guess. Like most successful bloggers, you’d end up creating your own fashion line, working with top fashion houses or maybe diversifying into other businesses.
Looking back at other successful bloggers who have braced the odds to build a shinning fashion brand, I have no doubt that all of these and even more are possible with the right strategies.
Even though more than 80 percent of aspiring bloggers may not necessarily build successful fashion blogs in the mold of Awashti of girlswithcurves.com, or the popular Bella Naija Style, many of these new bloggers are clearly making a mark for themselves.
And in this guide, you’ll find out the strategies, proven secrets and steps that led them to success.
Why Become a Fashion Blogger?
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As an aspiring fashion blogger, you do not necessarily have to become the next Versace or Gucci or Vuitton with your fashion blog but you can still build a formidable brand that will be patronized by fashion houses.
With the growth of Social Media platforms like Instagram, Tiktok, Pinterest etc. you can leverage your brand as a fashion influencer to promote other fashion brands to your audience and get paid in return.
Outside these, you may also use the brand to grow your own personal style fashion, build a fashion house or promote your local fashion items.
What’s more? You can also be a cultural brand ambassador for a particular cause, culture or idea.
Now these are not the only reasons anyone would want to start a fashion blog. There are so many other reasons you’d want to start your own fashion blog and you’re going to read up some of them in this guide…
PART 1: Steps to Start A Fashion Blog
Starting a fashion blog is pretty easy. But, there are certain strategies that can help you to build a fashion blog much faster.
In this paragraph, I’ll work you through the step by step process that will help you as you get on your fashion blogging journey…
Create a Plan
Before you start a fashion blog, one of the first steps to take is to create a plan that outlines your goals, sets out your why, identifies your resources and maps out the steps you plan to take towards success.
Your Fashion Blogging Plan does not have to be elaborate. It’s more like a semi business plan, that will serve as a guide on all aspects of how you’ll run your blog.
Usually, it should contain some very basic details about your blog like your goals, the things you plan to achieve with your blog over a set period of time and the steps you plan to use to achieve those things.
It should also indicate a rough estimate of other resources like time you’ll have to spend to build, monetary expenses, your preferred target audience etc. and other items that will be spent while you grow the blog.
Build a Brand
One thing about fashion and personal style blogging is that unlike other niches, blogging about fashion can be very personal and unique to you.
If you’re working on building a personal style with your fashion blog then you want to build something that’s very unique and can be distinguished from others.
Even where you’re building a style blog where you share other people’s fashion from time to time, you also want to create a unique brand for your blog.
You want to make your brand unique in a specific way so you can attract a clearly defined audience.
So going back to creating a unique brand, start with asking yourself some questions like; is there anything that’s unique about my fashion sense that I can showcase with the world out there?
How can I develop on that and make it stand out as my unique selling point?
The reason for these questions is because what you’re going to be doing mostly as a fashion blogger would be projecting and sharing your personal style.
So in as much as it has to be very personal, you also want to project something that’s very interesting and attractive to your audience.
When you find this, you can then go ahead and develop a brand for your blog, around your unique selling point.
Choose a Platform
To start a fashion blog that thrives, you have to build your blog on a platform that will spur its growth easily.
Naturally, most aspiring fashion bloggers believe that Instagram or social media generally is the go-to platform to build a thriving blog as a fashionista. But, there are other platforms.
For example, there are blogging platforms like WordPress, Wix, Youtube etc, outside the social media. You can also build a thriving blog on any of these, depending on what works for you.
But, one thing to consider before using social media platforms as your preferred blogging platform is the fact that these platform do not specifically belong to you. And your account can be deleted, banned or taken off at any time or affected in a way that will disrupt your business.
For example, recently, Facebook announced changes on their platforms that made it harder for users to organically reach their audience with content.
Also, at some point, Instagram worked on testing the removal of likes count features on the social media platform, thus disallowing users from seeing the total like counts for each content.
Sudden policy changes like this can disrupt your business completely. So, to forestall it, you want to start a fashion blog on a platform that you have complete control over its management, your website.
This is where a custom blog comes in handy. Especially if you’re planning to be doing this professionally and for the long haul.
So, instead of starting on a social media platform and running it there alone, use the social media as your secondary channel to drive traffic, gather new clients and boost visibility, while pushing your blog as your main platform.
PART 2: Steps to Set up a Fashion Blog
Now that you’ve finished up the first part of setting out the preliminaries, the following are step by step process to set up the technical aspects of your fashion blog…
Get a Domain & Web Hosting
After creating a brand for your blog, you need a domain name and web hosting account, to actually build the blog.
Now, your Domain Name should not just be anything catchy, choose it in such a way that it projects your brand and unique selling point in such a way that your readers will be able to know what your fashion blog is all about without much stress.
After choosing a domain name, you want to confirm if the name is available online. To do this, get over to a web hosting company’s website. Under the search bar, you can check if the domain name is available.
Once you find out it’s available, place an order for the domain name and obtain your web hosting plan as it suits your budget.
You can get both a domain and Web Hosting at a single spot from a reliable Web Hosting Company.
When your domain name is activated, get over to WordPress.org and set up your fashion blog.
Choose a CMS
After choosing your Domain Name and Web Hosting plan, It’s time to build your blog. And the best way to do this is to choose a reliable Content Management System for your blog.
Now, when it comes to Content Management Systems, WordPress tops the league. It has been the default CMS for many bloggers due to it’s simplicity and popularity.
You can decide to build your blog on WordPress or any other CMS that you’re much comfortable with.
Although setting up your blog on WordPress could be a bit technical, there are web design guidelines that can help you to set up your blog by yourself.
Alternatively, hire my team to build your blog professionally. When you work with us, we take all the work off you and we’ll still guide you on how to properly get started blogging.
PART 3: How to Grow a Fashion Blog
After starting a fashion blog, the next thing you want to do is to create and evolve a formidable platform that will be widely recognized locally and internationally by your target audience.
The following are growth hack strategies to grow your fashion brand as a blogger…
Growing a fashion blog starts with creating Content. So before you get to start creating content, you want to understand exactly what you want to blog about.
To have a better understanding of the content you should create, you may want to create an reader persona of your ideal audience. Ask yourself questions like; what matters to this people? What would they want to read?
Work on creating content that fits in with your answers to this questions.
While creating your content, you also want to observe the reaction of your audience to your content through analytics and other systems and then find out the particular content types and styles to promote and the ones to discard.
Choose a target Niche
Another thing you also want to consider while creating content for a fashion blog is the existing brand you want to target.
Your personality or the kind of fashion you like could serve as a good place to start here.
Be sure the fashion you want to focus on creating content about is a niche that has a sizable number of people interested in it.
For Money Making purposes, your content should also be interesting and relatable to brands you wish to target.
Whatever you come up with here will influence your audience and the kind of brands that will collaborate with you and your blog. So choose it well.
Decide your fashion niche based on your own personal style and the kind of brands you want to attract.
Create a Content Strategy
Creating a content strategy and content schedule will help you as you work on growing your blog. This is why you need to have one in place.
In your Content Strategy, you can decide to divide a year into quarters or months with a specific content theme for each quarter.
With this, you use different quarters or months to create content about various themes that reflects your fashion brand.
With this, you’ll grow your brand more easily without lacking fashion ideas to write about.
Writing blog posts in advance will help you publish on the scheduled dates without fail…
And before you run out of your pre-written content, you would have already come up with ideas for new ones.
PART 4: How to Make your Blog Stand Out
When it comes to fashion or personal style blogging, one thing that will decide the success or failure of your blog is going to be your originality.
I want to reemphasize this. Most fashion bloggers basically blog about their personal style. This why most times these fashion blogs are also regarded as personal style blogs.
The next thing after this is to decide how often you will be updating your blog. After you settle on this, begin to create your blog posts in advance based on the themes you decided on earlier.
Because of this, you also want to bring your uniqueness into play like we mentioned earlier by following the steps below…
Blog about your Personal Style
Be creative and innovative about the pictures and other content you’re going to be sharing including the inspiration behind it.
If you were inspired to create a local style by another trending or popular fashion, tell your readers about it. And show them how it can be done exactly like you did it.
Curate Famous Celebrity Styles
Naturally, so many people see celebrities as their role models.
And because of this some of the celebrity fans want to dress like them, be like them or even act like them.
You can work on satisfying their cravings by creating and curating content about these selected celebrities and their fashion sense.
Since there’s perhaps so many other bloggers writing about these celebrities, you can share those beautiful pictures of them from a different angle and tell a fresh narrative about it.
Leverage Social Media
When it comes to fashion blogging, the number one place to find an existing audience is the social media.
And your best social media if you’re a fashion blogger is going to be Instagram. And perhaps Pinterest. And the others.
So you’ll have to get over and be active on these platforms.
Create great content on your social media handles. Update beautifully engaging pictures (just as you’re updating your blog and use the right tags whenever you’re making a post).
Also, don’t forget to include a link to your blog on your profile. And in your posts where possible.
Set up a platform on Pinterest and put up your pins right there on the popular boards too.
Create Content Regularly
Follow a content schedule and work on creating content regularly. Be authentic and focus on posting quality and inspiring content on your blog at regular intervals.
Some fashion bloggers make more than one post in a day, others settle for 5, 4 or less in a week, choose a posting schedule that will favour you and stick to it.
PART 5: How to Make Money with a Fashion Blog.
One of the most important reasons why fashion enthusiasts open a blog is because they are passionate about taking their passion to a wider audience.
Now besides being a hubby fashion blogger, you can also become a professional blogger, monetize and earn from your fashion blog.
There are so many ways to make money from a fashion blog. One of these includes reaching out to up and coming fashion brands to promote their stuff to your audience and get paid for it.
But besides this, the following are ways you can make money with a fashion blog…
Create Sponsored Posts
Sponsored posts are written or other forms of post paid for and published on your blog by other businesses.
To get started with sponsored posts, you can work with fashion brands and get them to pay you to write about their fashion items, how they are affecting you and how you’re using it.
You can also write paid reviews about certain fashion items, based on your own personal opinion and usage and get paid for it.
Yes affiliate! When you start a fashion blog, affiliate marketing can become one of your best channels to earn passive income from your blog.
With affiliate programs from fashion brands and others, you can blog about the particular brand you want to promote after getting the product.
For example, if it’s a handbag, you can get the bag from the affiliate, dress up with it, take photographs, update an inspiring blog post about it and post it on your blog with a link to the affiliate product.
When this is done successfully, you’ll be paid a commission when someone makes a purchase through your link or per click on the link depending on the arrangement.
You can get affiliate products from international sites like commission Junction (Now CJ), Shopstylecollectives, Amazon etc.
You can also apply for affiliate programs from other smaller websites.
Engage in Collaborations
Beyond starting a fashion blog, you want to learn how to engage, network and build collaborations that will grow your blog.
As soon as you keep growing a decent number of traffic to your blog, brands will be opened to collaborating with you or getting featured on your blog.
To maximize this, you’ll want to include a separate page on your blog, a contact email and a notice indicating your readiness to collaborate and feature brands on your blog. And what it takes to get a feature on your blog.
You may also reach out to brands via emails, informing them of such opportunities.
Sell your Fashion Products
Running a fashion blog affords you the chance to promote your own personal fashion products directly on your blog, if you have them.
This is one major way many fashion bloggers make money with their fashion blog.
It doesn’t have to be all about your dresses, you could include other fashion accessories like a private jewelry line, home made perfumes, beauty products etc.
Become a Fashion Consultant
Where you’re a professional with in depth fashion skills, you can consider becoming a fashion consultant.
It doesn’t have to be difficult. You can start with giving out free tips.
The more you learn through the process, the more you’ll grow and build your brand as a fashion expert. From here, you can work on building a business out of your expertise as a fashion guru.
Use Google AdSense and Paid Ads
Now there are so many other ways to make money out of your fashion blog and your brand as a fashion blogger including Google Adsense and other paid ads but this list is a good place to get started with.
Now you just read a complete guide that can help you build up the next successful fashion blog. But, if you’re not going to get started today, nothing’s going to happen.
And as you’re embarking on this, remember it’s going to take effort and time but in the end, it won’t only be rewarding you’ll have a handful to teach others.
And of course, to build a formidable fashion blog in the shortest time possible, you can hire our team to build your blog. Also, sign up for our blogging masterclass to to learn the nuts and bolts about blogging today.
Now, it’s your turn. What’s your biggest challenges when it comes to building a fashion blog? Drop your comments below.