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How To Start a Blog in Less Than 15 Minutes! + Coupon Codes

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January 4, 2017 0 Comments Blogging

How To Start a Blog in Less Than 15 Minutes! + Coupon Codes

So you want to know how to start a blog? Great! Blogging is such a great experience and can provide so many opportunities, it truly can change your life. Starting a blog is not as scary or as hard as you may think, it’s actually quite simple! I will be showing you guys step by step what you need to do in order to start your blog. You can have your blog up and running in less than 15 minutes!

PICK YOUR NICHE

So let’s get started! First, you need to pick your blog name and your niche. A niche is simply what your blog will be about. Is your blog about parenting? Fashion? Lifestyle? Cooking? There are so many different niches but you need to pick one that you are passionate about. Picking one that you actually love will make the blogging experience so much more enjoyable and fulfilling! If you can’t decide on one specific niche, then make your blog a lifestyle blog. Lifestyle blogs are a little bit of everything and you don’t have to constrict yourself in your content.

If you’re still unsure of what niche you’d like, click here for a huge list of niches!

NAME YOUR BLOG + BUY YOUR DOMAIN

So now that you have picked your niche, you need to name your blog and buy your domain! Your blog name is probably one of the most important aspects of your blog. Your name is the first thing people will notice and you want to make sure it’s good! Picking something that relates to your blog niche helps a lot because people can get a sense of what your blog is about without even clicking on your site. Here’s a tip; pick a blog name you are absolutely in love with because once you start growing your audience, you don’t want to change your name midway and confuse everyone!

Once you have named your blog it’s time to buy your domain. There are tons of sites that you can go and buy your domain on but my favorite two are Google Domains and BlueHost

With Google Domains you can buy a domain for $12/yr. With BlueHost a free domain is included in certain packages.

CHOOSING YOUR BLOGGING PLATFORM

Blogger vs. WordPress.org vs. WordPress.com. Hands down I recommend WordPress.org. There are two different types of WordPress, we have the .com and the .org. I am personally using the .org version just because of how customizable it truly is. While Blogger is free, it does not have the full optimized customization options that WordPress.org has. With WordPress.com you have to pay a monthly fee and just like with Blogger, you don’t get the full creative freedom. It is all down to how much customizability you would like to have but choose wisely because once you have your blog set up on one platform, it’ll be hard transferring everything over to another platform. Although WordPress.org is free, you do have to pay for a hosting site, which I will show you how to do below!

CHOOSING YOUR HOSTING SITE AND SETTING IT UP

Now that you have chosen your domain, if you decided to go with WordPress.org you will need a hosting site. Don’t worry, this isn’t as intimidating as it sounds and it’s quite simple once you know what you are doing! A host site is just that, a place that hosts your blog site. I recommend using HostGator or BlueHostI am personally using HostGator for my site and I love how smoothly everything runs, it’s very inexpensive and customer service is great. BlueHost is another highly praised hosting site that provides the same options as HostGator. Reading this you may be like “What in the world are you talking about?!” But it’s really simple! You sign up for one of these hosts and they both have ONE CLICK WORDPRESS INSTALLATION which means in one click you will have your WordPress blog integrated with your host!

For my site, I am using HostGator’s WordPress Starter Plan. With this option you get:

  • 1 Site
  • 25k Visits Per Month
  • 1GB Backups
  • 50GB Storage

HostGator also has more options if you have more than one blog like their Standard Plan which gets you:

  • 2 Sites
  • 200k Visits Per Month
  • 2GB Backups
  • 150GB Storage

There are endless options so browse around the HostGator or BlueHost site and check out their options!

Now that I have shown you guys your options, here’s how you actually sign up:

Easy Step-by-step Guide

HostGator

 First, register or input your domain, then choose the plan that you would like! You can pay monthly or you can pay for an entire year. I suggest the 12-month plan which only comes out to being $7.95/mo at 38.61% off! You won’t have to worry about paying your blog for an entire year. Paying upfront also stops you from worrying about paying your bill each month and allows you to focus on your content or other aspects of your blog!

Next up, enter your billing information!

Lastly, review your info and you’re good to go!

Here’s are some coupon codes that you guys can use for some major savings on HostGator!

Coupon Codes:

  • Up to 56% Off: SNAPPYW579
  • First Month of Hosting for 1 Cent: PENNY
  • 20% Off Domains: DOTCOMSUPERDEAL

BlueHost

The signup process for BlueHost is almost identical to the one of HostGator!

Here are your options with BlueHost! Pick the plan that caters the most to your needs.

First, you need to enter your account information, pretty simple!

Next, choose your package. Again, I recommend paying for the entire year up front because of the fact that you won’t have to worry about paying your bill monthly!

And that’s it! You now have your site set up, all you need to do now is the one click install and you’re ready to go!

Design Your Blog

Now it’s time to design your blog! This can take anywhere from 10 minutes to days, it all depends on how you want your blog. I recommend purchasing themes from themeforest.net or Etsy because of how beautiful and well created the themes truly are! You can also grab some Free themes or purchase some Premium themes on WordPress itself. Here are some of the options available on Etsy:

Installing the themes are usually one click! You purchase the theme, download it, then upload the file into WordPress like this:

Click on change your theme.

Click on ‘Add New’.

Now you can upload your theme or choose from the many themes already available!

Create Content

Now that you have your blog set up and looking pretty you need to create content! You can’t grow a blog without having consistent content that your readers can look at every day. Here are some of my tips that will help you grow your blog and make income from it as well:

  • BE CONSISTENT. A blog without content is just a website. If you want to truly grow your audience you need to consistently be pouring out new content. If you have a busy schedule try taking one day when you’re free to write a bunch of blog posts! Leave them in drafts and when you want to publish them just hit that publish button.
  • CONNECT WITH YOUR READERS. One of the best parts about being a blogger is that there are actual people out there reading your stuff. If your readers leave you comments make sure to reply! Small things like that can build a loyal audience that will consistently come back to your blog!
  • LEARN ABOUT SEO.  SEO is a hard concept to grasp but it really is important in ranking your blog and getting your posts seen.
  • PROMOTE. PROMOTE. PROMOTE. You need to promote! Otherwise, no one will know that your blog even exists. Promote on Pinterest, Instagram, even Facebook. Go on other blogs and leave genuine comments, you can link your blog in the comment but never flat out promote yourself on someone else’s post. It’s just disrespectful and a lot of people will not like that. Just leave a genuine comment, link your blog and if someone likes what you had to say they may click on your link!
  • PRETTY PICTURES ATTRACTS READERS. You know the saying, never judge a book by it’s cover? It doesn’t really apply in the blogging world. Pretty pictures attract readers so make sure you are taking some aesthetically pleasing photos that can draw people into clicking on your links!
  • APPLY FOR AFFILIATES. This is one of the biggest ways to make money blogging aside from sponsored posts. When you apply to be an affiliate with companies you get a certain percentage of payment if someone clicks on your link and purchases through it. This is a great and honest way to make money because most of the time, the things you are linking are the things you bought, own, or truly love!

That’s pretty much it! These are the basics of starting a blog, remember that being successful in blogging takes a lot of time but it really is something that’s worth it. Let me know if this helped you guys out in the comments below!

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November 23, 2016 0 Comments DIY

DIY Fluffy Heels Under $5!

I don’t know if its just me but lately I’ve been seeing so many cute fluffy heels all over Tumblr and Instagram and I’ve been dying to get my hands on a pair!  It seems that no matter what store I go to the prices for these beauties are outrageous! So today, I’m going to show you how you can make a pair for under $5! If you already have a pair of heels you’d like to upcycle this will cost you under $5. If you need to buy a pair for this DIY, it’ll cost you less than $20 which is still a steal!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

 HEELS Scissors + Hot Glue Gun

Feather Boa

I bought mine on Amazon, here.

You can follow along with the video above, it’s super simple! 

3 EASY STEPS!

  1. Start by measuring the boa against the front part of the shoe where you will be placing your feathers.
  2. After that just cut it and start hot gluing in small sections from the first end to the last end. Working in small sections ensures that the glue won’t dry before you get the chance to glue it down.
  3. After that just cut off the excess and you’re done!

I am so in love with these, and I’m definitely going to make more in a bunch of different colors! If you guys try it on please be sure to tag me on Instagram! @TheNikkiRodri

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November 18, 2016 0 Comments Beauty

4 Hairstyles Perfect For The Holiday Season!

So the holiday season is slowly approaching and I couldn’t be more excited! I have such a fun time dressing up and attending family events but trying to come up with different hair looks can be such a challenge. We have so many events to attend to from Thanksgiving dinners to Christmas parties to New Years Eve parties and so much more! I figured I would show you guys these 4 simple, and super quick hairstyles that you can try this holiday season! 

Glam & Sultry 

 Flirty Low Side Bun

Glam High Ponytail

Fancy Top Knot

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November 3, 2016 0 Comments Style

Fall OOTD

OLIVE LOVE

Just wanted to share my Fall OOTD with you guys today.

I went for a super simple yet edgy vibe, inspired by the Instagram baddies!

Dress: MakeMeChic

Shoes: Marshalls Shoes

Jacket: Nasty Gal

Wearing: Wet n Wild Black Cherry Lipstick

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October 31, 2016 0 Comments Style

My Last Minute Selena Quintanilla Halloween Costume!

SELENA COSTUME

So this Halloween was by far one of the least enthusiastic ones I’ve ever had. Gone are the days when I was a kid and I would get super excited to dress up and go trick or treating. Due to my lack of enthusiasm, my costume was LAST MINUTE, I’m talking 10 mins before me heading out the door, haha!

So if next year, any of you guys are running low on time and need a costume ASAP; Selena Q is the perfect and iconic costume, and you can dress up as her with a few staple pieces in your closet!

Here’s the look we’re going for:

Selena Q

 


All you need for this look is a pair of High Waisted Jeans, Cowboy Boots, a White Belt, a White Bra, Red Lipstick, Clip on Bangs and thats it!
If you want your outfit to look exactly like hers, all you need to do is add rhinestones onto your bra. Mine was super last minute, so I didn’t have the time to do that but that’s a sure way to spice up your costume!
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October 18, 2016 0 Comments Beauty

My Fantasy Hair Extensions Review + Ariana Grande Hair Tutorial

Hey guys!

Its Nikki, I’m here to tell you about this amazing hair extension brand I came across. My Fantasy Hair is an amazing extension brand, they have a variety of hair extension colors, lengths and grams of hair. The higher the gram is, the thicker the hair is! What makes My Fantasy Hair extensions different than the other brands is that it comes with a storage package and a hanger as you can see in the pics below! As many of you guys know, Ariana gets her amazing ombre hair using hair extensions, if you have dark hair, you can easily get blonde My Fantasy Hair extensions and have an ombre in 1, 2, 3!

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(Hanger and storage bag) 

I think its so unique for them to give you a hanger and storage bag with your purchase, because one of the most important things is to keep your hair extensions in a place where they won’t get damaged or messed up, so once you’re done wearing your extensions you can take them off and hang them on the hanger. I’ve had these My Fantasy Hair extensions for quite a long time now and they still feel new as ever! They honestly don’t shed at all, they curl beautiful and the most important thing is that THEY NEVER TANGLE. They are honestly perfect, I’ve had soooo many other hair extensions that just become a complete knotted mess after 1 month of wearing. These are truly amazing, not to mention the customer service is excellent, they get back to you sooo quickly!

Now for Ariana’s hairstyle:

 

Using My Fantasy Hair extensions in the color ‘Butterscotch” (click here to view)

  1. Clip in your extensions to your liking
  2. With a one inch curling wand, lightly curl the bottoms of your hair
  3. Side part the front of your hair and brush it neatly into place just like Ariana’s
  4. French braid both sides of your hair as shown in the picture. An in-depth tutorial on french braiding can be found here
  5. Neatly tame any flyaways, and that’s it!

Their website: http://myfantasyhair.com

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September 17, 2016 0 Comments Decor

Bedroom Decor Inspo

Okay guys, I have been getting crazy obsessed with decor lately and I just can’t stop reblogging and pinning what I wish my dream bedroom looked like. I’ve been lusting over really glamorous, girly, vintage looking rooms and it’s kind of an addiction. I don’t even know how to really describe this style that I’ve been loving lately, I guess its a mixture of vintage Parisian influences along with some glam influences. No idea how to describe it but check out the bedrooms I’ve been lusting over below and get some inspo of your own!

 

*click on the images to enlarge* 

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August 19, 2016 0 Comments Style

Summer Wardrobe Staples

I absolutely cannot wait for summer, I love the fact that I don’t have to wear a coat to cover up my outfits and I can just be free! Here are some of my summer staples, there’s only so much I can fit into a picture post but the ones on there are definitely my top essentials. Of course you can’t forget about things like shorts, pencil skirts, fruity smelling perfumes and pink toned lipsticks!

*featured image picture via frankie-phoenix.com*
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May 24, 2016 0 Comments Style

Inspo: Summer Night Out

I absolutely love going out to dinner on a nice summer day, there’s something about the atmosphere of NYC on a summer night. There’s always tons of people outside, lots of laughter, and lots of fun! I can totally picture myself wearing this while going out to dinner in Little Italy in those cute little outside seating areas! I’ve been absolutely loving satin and silky materials this season, they add such a glamorous vintage vibe to your outfit and I just cannot get enough! Hope this gives you some inspo and let me know what you’d wear on a night out!

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May 19, 2016 0 Comments Style

Essentials: Things I’m Loving for Spring

Spring Essentials

Summer is slowly creeping its way in but thanks to the unstable New York City weather it still feels like Spring in it’s prime. Even though I can’t wait for Summer, there’s something about the Spring air that I just simply love. Here are a few of my favorites and essentials for Spring. I am a sucker for anything lace, satin, and girly so these are perfect picks if you’re one of those vintage loving girls like me!

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