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10 Fierce WordPress Themes for Lifestyle Bloggers

10 wordpress themes for bloggers

As a blogger, I know how difficult it is to find a stunning design for your website. Not everyone can afford to hire a designer, and that’s totally OK. Luckily, I have a solution! I’ve found a couple of beautiful WordPress themes that will showcase your amazing content and brand in the best way possible. The good news is that, unlike hiring a designer, these WordPress themes don’t cost thousands of dollars.

Take a look at some of the fierce WordPress themes below (which, by the way, are perfect for lifestyle bloggers!) and see if any catch your eye – make sure you also grab my free downloadable guide on the best WordPress plugins to use for your site. These will help you to tailor your design to your personal requirements.

The best WordPress themes for bloggers

Olivia

Olive wordpress theme for bloggers

Olivia is a beautiful, feminine theme for bloggers. I love that this design combines a range of elements to showcase your brand in the best light. You have the option of using the large widget on the home page, a profile about yourself and your blog, as well as highlighting your recent blog posts. This theme also includes:

  • Varying layouts to choose from so you can personalise your blog to your likes
  • It’s Woocommerce ready – perfect if you have a shop or plan on selling products from your blog
  • Full-width Instagram widget to show off your wonderful feed
  • Email capture to grow your email list
  • Easyrecipe styling to allow your readers to print any recipe posts
  • Related posts widget to promote your blog content

A stunning theme for an affordable price – you can purchase Olivia here.

Elle

Elle wordpress theme for bloggers

Ella is a chic and contemporary WordPress theme, ideal for any niche of blogger. The main slider allows you to show off your blog posts, upload your own background to personalise your design and add your own copyright to the footer. With this theme, you also have the option to:

  • Sell your own products with Woocommerce
  • Build your email list with the capture form
  • Create a landing page for your blog
  • Use a drop-down menu in the navigation
  • Use a range of layouts for your blog posts

This is another affordable WordPress design that looks super pretty on any device. Purchase Elle theme here.

Grazie

Grazie wordpress theme for bloggers

Grazie is the ultimate millennial website design for bloggers. If you love soft pink hues, you’ll adore this theme. Grazie is ecommerce ready so if you plan on selling any products like tangible goods or digital products, this design is ideal. Even if you don’t plan on selling anything, this theme offers you a selection of elements:

  • 14 widget areas for your chosen topics, blog posts, categories etc
  • Email signup capture to increase your email subscribers
  • Landing page to build subscribers or sales
  • Range of layouts to customise your site
  • 300 icons
  • Easy to change colours

Grazie is fully responsive and looks beautiful on any device. Buy the Grazie WordPress theme here. 

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Monstera

Monstera wordpress theme for bloggers

WordPress themes for creatives tend to be lacking but Monstera is a choice that works beautifully. This WordPress design can be used by both creatives and bloggers who are searching for a classic monochrome look. Capture your readers attention and highlight your best content. Monstera offers some incredible elements, including:

  • Multiple layout options
  • Home page builder so you can tailor your landing page to complement your brand
  • Woocommerce ready for selling capability
  • Changeable fonts and colours
  • Mailing list integration with several email providers
  • Grow your email list with email list capture
  • Bonus custom graphics for logo and favicon

Monstera is easy to upload and customise. Buy it here.

Healey

Healey wordpress theme for bloggers

Food or lifestyle bloggers with a love of photography will enjoy using this blog design. Healey is designed to show off your best images and food posts with super simple recipe integration. You’ll also find:

  • An index page to organise your recipes or posts
  • Changeable fonts and colours
  • 4 blog layouts and 3 page layouts
  • Supported footer menu
  • Custom widgets
  • Fixed navigation

An affordable template for food or lifestyle bloggers, grab the Healey template here.

Hallie

Hallie wordpress theme for bloggers

Hallie is a pretty design featuring watercolour details and a neutral colour palette. Whether you’re a beauty, fashion or general lifestyle blogger, you’ll love the features that this template uses. A few things that make this theme one to invest in include:

  • Exceptional homepage slider to show off posts, products or other content
  • Wide range of blog layout options
  • Changeable fonts, colours and images
  • Landing page template
  • SEO optimised
  • WooCommerce ready
  • Bonus sidebar buttons and Pinterest images

There’s also space for adverts, email signups and a footer area which makes this design truly flexible. Grab the Hallie template here.

Marseille

Marseille wordpress template for bloggers

Marseille is an amazing magazine style template for bloggers. With a professional design, you’ll be able to finally get serious about your blog. This template features some fabulous aspects:

  • A multifunctional layout to suit your preferences
  • Shop widget area so readers can purchase your recommendations
  • Drop-down menu
  • Slider to show off your best content
  • Full-width Instagram feed to show your stunning images
  • Social media set

Grab Marseille here and transform your blog into a pro website.

Kate

Kate wordpress theme for bloggers

Kate is a colourful WordPress theme for all kinds of blogger. As well as an optimal homepage slider, you also receive a responsive layout and more:

  • SEO optimised template
  • Share icons
  • Custom header options
  • Looks great on any type of device

With detailed instructions to set up the theme, you’ll also find social media icons and share buttons. Buy the Kate template here.

Jacqueline

Jacqueline wordpress theme for bloggers

Jacqueline is a theme by Bluchic – I’m actually using one of their designs and I’d highly recommend them. The above WordPress template is perfect for girl bosses, budding entrepreneurs or lifestyle bloggers. Some aspects that make this design special include:

  • Newsletter sign up form to confidently build your email list
  • WooCommerce ready to sell digital or tangible products
  • Sticky menu
  • Customisable colours
  • Multiple layouts for a personal touch
  • Featured optional slider for your best content

Bluchic themes are super easy to upload and personalise. Buy the Jacqueline template here.

Samantha

Samantha wordpress theme for bloggers

A feminine theme, Samantha is perfect for both bloggers and those with an online store. With easy to change colors, this template will fit your site beautifully. A few features to look out for:

  • A landing page with widgets
  • WooCommerce ready
  • Slider and gallery style images
  • Optional footer widgets
  • Email newsletter capture
  • 3 layout options
  • Upload your own logo image

Samantha is an easy to use template that offers flexibility and style. Buy it here.

I hope you like these themes. If you’re searching for the best plugins to use for your website, download my free guide below and transform your blog into a clean, professional site.

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5 Powerful Ways to Boost Your Blog Traffic

5 powerful ways to increase blog traffic

Have you ever spent hours creating a blog post, only for it to end up lost in the blogosphere? I hear ya!

Pouring your heart and soul into your blog when you’re not gaining any views is completely disheartening.

Listen up! It’s not because your blog isn’t amazing! You just haven’t found the right ways to increase your blog traffic.

The good news is that by using a few easy strategies, you can improve your page views. So, what strategies are these, I hear you ask.

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14 Epic Ideas for Your First Blog Side Hustle

14 epic ideas for your first blog side hustle

One thing I’m aiming to do more of in 2017 is to make more money online. There are plenty of ways to earn extra cash and a side hustle may be just the thing you need if your planning on earning more this year.

Why have a side hustle?

  • Supplement your income
  • Pay off debt
  • Save for a holiday/car/designer item
  • Support studying
  • Pay bills

If you fancy creating a side hustle from your blog or otherwise, I have 14 epic ideas for you.

Become a freelance writer

Maybe I’m biased because I have a site all about freelance writing – see Diary of a Freelancer here, but it’s a great way to make extra money from your blog. My free e-course teaches you all you need to know about using your blog to become a freelance writer. Freelance writing can cover crafting blog posts, long form articles, web copy, writing social media posts and sales copy.

Become a virtual assistant

What is a virtual assistant? A virtual assistant can complete tasks from scheduling social media to administration support. Many businesses, solopreneurs and bloggers require virtual assistants to help them get tasks done quickly and efficiently. Ashlee from Work From Home Happiness has a post on how to become a virtual assistant with no experience.

Be a Pinterest coach

If Pinterest is your jam, why not consider becoming a Pinterest coach? Many businesses still haven’t got to grips with Pinterest, and they still haven’t figured out that Pinterest is one of the best ways to bring traffic to your site and make sales. Gina Horkey from Horkey Handbook has a course all about becoming a Pinterest virtual assistant.

Become a web designer

Many bloggers who have knowledge of web design go on to sell their services as a web designer. Making and selling blog templates can be a great source of income – you can sell these on Etsy and creative market, or set up your own site selling them. If you want to learn web design, check out this resource list here.

Sell jewellery

If you have creative talents, why not make and sell your own jewellery. You can buy jewellery making supplies via Etsy or eBay and you can sell them on these outlets or via your own blog.

Sell prints

If you paint, practice brush lettering, or are a whizz at graphic design, consider selling your own prints. Many people love buying prints for their home and selling them online is becoming more popular. If you want to learn how to paint watercolours, check out the Wonder Forest here. You can also learn the basics of brush lettering here.

Sell an eBook/Course/Workshop

Writing an eBook or course is a popular way to make extra money. If you’re planning on selling one of these, I definitely suggest starting an email list first. You could write an eBook or course on anything related to your blog, whether it’s a recipe book, fitness guide, blogging tips, interiors style guide, fashion styling or a beginner’s guide to beauty products – the list is endless.

Sell photos

If you’ve mastered the art of photography and have the skills needed to capture the perfect photo, consider selling your photos. You could sell stock photos via your blog or you could sell photographs via Shutterstock, iStockPhoto, or similar sites.

Matched betting

Matched betting is a great way to make extra cash. I’ve earned around £500 via matched betting which has helped me to fund a masters degree. Matched betting is a risk-free (and tax-free) way of making money via online betting. I use Profit Accumulator  – this site takes you through the entire process and teaches you how to match bet successfully. You can get a free trial of the site and make up to £45 to see if it’s for you – sign up here.

Complete online surveys

Online surveys are one of my favourite ways to make extra money. If you have a free ten minutes, you can complete a survey and watch the pounds rack up. Sites I love include Mintvine, Prolific Academic and Swagbucks.

Cashback sites

Cashback sites are a gem for getting money back from purchases/subscriptions. Whether you’re buying a new phone contract, purchasing insurance, playing bingo or buying a new outfit, you can get cash back from many stores. My favourite site is TopCashback – simply sign up to the site and visit your online shop through their link. Cashback rates can vary. For instance, you can currently get £8 if you complete an online shop at Waitrose. Once the purchase has been verified, you can withdraw the money from your account and into a bank or claim it as a voucher.

Work for an online company

There are many genuine online companies offering work from home opportunities. Companies currently hiring include Leapforce, Appen online, Casting Words, Arise, Lionbridge, Balance your Books and iSoftStone. Jobs include data entry, bookkeeping, transciption and customer service.

Sell vintage clothing

If you know your fashion labels, try your hand at selling vintage clothing. Vintage pieces can sell well, as long as you know exactly what to buy. You could also try searching charity shops for nice items and selling it for a profit on sites like eBay.

Test websites

Testing websites can pay surprisingly well and you get to earn money from home. UserTesting, Whatusersdo and WebUsability are just three sites that offer work.

How I Made My First 1k Online in 45 Days

How I made my first 1k online in 45 days

Three years ago, I made the decision to become a freelance writer – it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. That’s not to say it’s been easy. There’s a lot of hustlin’ and business analysis that’s gone on behind the scenes but if it wasn’t for my blog, I wouldn’t have the job that I do now.

Today, I thought I’d give you an insight into how I made my first 1K online. Making my first £1000 wasn’t just from freelance writing – I definitely recommend that anyone looking to make money online or by working from home doesn’t put all their eggs in one basket. It certainly pays off to be focusing on more than one income stream.

So, how did I manage to make my first 1k online in 45 days?

Freelance writing

Around 70% of my first 1k came from freelance writing projects. I had zero experience in writing for clients when I started applying for jobs and I managed to land a couple of small gigs in my first 45 days. Here’s the strategy I used at the time to gain my first gig;

The only published work I had at the time was my own blog posts and a couple of guest posts on beauty blogs. Before I applied for any writing jobs, I searched through my blog to find my best work and 2-3 posts I could use as writing samples to put forward in job applications.

I then crafted a draft application which I could send to prospective clients – view my post on 5 actionable steps to become a freelance writer to see the structure I use when writing about myself.

Armed with samples and an application template, I then searched for freelance writing jobs – the two sites I used were People Per Hour and Pro Blogger Jobs. I still used these boards today and would rank them as two of my favourite sites for job leads. You can also find some more good freelance writing boards here.

I landed a couple of small jobs on these sites – writing blogs for a language learning company and writing articles for a range of websites in entertainment, health and fashion. I won’t lie, the pay was shitty because, at the time, I didn’t realise that my writing was worth more. However, despite the pay covering my outgoings, I decided to add another string to my bow.

Etsy

To supplement my freelance writing income, I opened an Etsy shop selling blog designs. This made up around 20% of my first 1k. I’m not a web designer but I learnt how to code blogger templates via google and would tweak my own blog a lot. At the time, I saw a gap in the market for affordable blog designs so I sold them fairly cheaply but still made a profit as once I had created a template, I could sell it more than once.

I was pretty lucky that I could write about the products on my blog and link to my shop. At its peak, my blog was receiving almost 100,000 hits per month which meant a good amount of traffic to my Etsy shop.

As my freelance writing career took off, I decided to close the shop as I didn’t have enough time to promote the products, answer queries or make any new templates. However, it was a good extra source of income at the time.

If you’re thinking of setting up an additional source of income, Etsy is a great platform as it already has an audience of its own. But, if you have creative talents, you could also use Society 6 to sell your own products.

My blog

The final 10% of my first 1k came from my blog in the form of advertising, Google Analytics and sponsored posts. I used to offer small adverts on my blog for other bloggers and small businesses. It doesn’t seem to be a very popular method of making money from your blog anymore. These days, affiliate marketing and sponsored posts seem to be the way forward. Whenever I’ve written a sponsored post, I’ve been asked via email but if you’re in the UK, the UK bloggers Facebook group is a good source of sponsored post opportunities.

Google analytics isn’t something I would recommend. It took me around 6 months to earn £60 with a small advert. You could probably earn much more with another company. However, it was still a lil’ bit of passive income and it was an unobtrusive way of making money.

Remember, if you’re making extra money online, you need to declare your income for tax purposes. If you’re in the UK, you can find out more here.

How to Improve Your Blog in Just One Hour

how to improve your blog in one hour

Many of us want to improve our blogs but don’t have enough time. Whether you want to refresh your blog design, tackle social media or make your blog easier to read, there are a few simple tricks you can do in just one hour. If you want to improve your blog but your job, social life or perhaps, life, in general, is getting in the way, set aside an hour in your schedule and give your blog a boost with some of the effective methods below.

How to improve your blog

Drive traffic to old blog posts

Checking your Google Analytics is a handy way to see what blog posts are popular and are gaining the most traffic. On your most popular posts, go back and link to other related posts (this is known as deep linking). You’ll notice that I’ve linked to some of my blog posts in this article – this helps readers to find other valuable content on my site that may help them. You could also add a P.S section at the end of your blog posts with links to some of your content if you don’t want to link within the blog post.

Schedule your social media

Sharing your content via social media is the best way to help increase your views and allow new readers to find your content. I personally like Hootsuite for scheduling but you could also use Buffer too. Why not schedule your posts for the week ahead and see how it boosts your hits.

Get pinning

Pinterest is one of my favourite ways to share blog posts. If you haven’t signed up to Pinterest, I recommend signing up for a business account here. You can also easily switch a normal account to a business account too. Enable rich pins here and each time you pin content to the platform, your pins will automatically contain extra information to make them more visible. Pinterest is a great way to improve your blog traffic – find 5 other ways to improve your blog traffic here.

Plan your content

You don’t need to post every day but publishing consistently will help to increase your audience and bring traffic to your blog. How many times have you stopped reading a blog if they haven’t posted in months? You could write your ideas in a notebook, digitally via Asana or via your blog platform.

P.S. If you need content for posts or are suffering from writer’s block – check out 85 blog post ideas here.

Refresh your blog header

The visual appearance of your blog can improve your reader experience and make you feel more positive about blogging in general. You don’t need Photoshop to make a blog header as there are plenty of free tools online. Both Canva and Picmonkey are great for editing images and making a header from scratch. Canva, in particular, has many free templates that you can use.

You can find free fonts over at dafont and font squirrel

I also suggest looking at the free goods Creative Market offer each week. Every Monday, you’ll find 6 free downloads and a range of fonts, graphics and themes to choose from.

Change your blog design

Not everyone can afford to hire a web designer, and that’s OK. There are plenty of beautiful blog templates/themes which will improve your blog and make it look super pretty, as well as being functional. Some of my favourite places for blog templates include;

Creative Market

Etsy

Bluchic

Envye

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