Do you want to know how to start a farm blog to generate more income? My first ever blog was a homesteading blog and now I have come full circle! I learned how to earn money online while chasing my farm dreams – now it’s your turn! Use this tutorial to start your own farm or homestead blog in just a few minutes.
I’ve blogged about many things over the last seven years, but my first monetized blog was actually a homesteading blog. That was nearly eight years ago.
I decided to learn how to start a homesteading blog after realizing that I was super interested in the homestead dream. I wanted to connect with other homestead dreamers, be a stay at home mom, make some extra cash online, and I hoped that some day my kids could truly experience the country life.
Until then, I would work on my homestead skills and use my blog to document what I’d learned.
Since that time, I have had a handful of different blogs.
Why so many? That’s because at first, it felt fraudulent for me to start my own farm blog.
I didn’t have a farm, land, or very many self-sufficient skills.
I felt that I needed to have all of those things to learn how to start a farm blog (and keep it up and running).
But that simply isn’t true!
For many homestead and farm bloggers, their blog is what keeps them accountable and has helped them earn enough side hustle money to buy their land!
Plus there’s the fact that many homestead bloggers are backyard farmers and urban homesteaders!
Anyway, you’re here because you want to learn how to start your own farm blog.
Or at least curious about what you could do with one!
Let me reiterate that no, you don’t have to have a piece of land to homestead. You can learn how to start a homestead blog at any time, no matter where you live. Obviously, a farm requires a bit more, but wherever you land, this tutorial will help you!
The idea of homesteading & farming is a bit different for everyone, but you can work on self-sustainability anywhere!
Blogging for Money & The Dream
In case you haven’t noticed, home & farm blogging is one of my favorite things. That’s part of why I came back to it after writing about motherhood, blogging, fitness, and more.
Even though I still run Ironwild Fitness, my fitness site, I could talk about homesteading and farming all day.
I love to write, and I love to connect with others who have the similar interests to my own. Running a blog allows me to talk about all of the things I love!
But aside from that, farm blogging is great because:
- It allows me to earn money from home. I’ve earned close to $1,000 per month blogging so far without any of my own products! If you have a farm product to sell, your earning potential is higher.
- It gives me purpose. I set blogging goals regularly and it makes me feel like I’m moving forward.
- It allows me to set my own schedule and own a business (yes, this is a business).
- It gives me something more to do as a mom. Right now I’m a stay-at-home mom and running a blog makes me feel like I’m doing something more important than just housework!
- It gives me complete freedom. I write about what I want, when I want to!
- You don’t have to have a big, fancy degree or any special experience to start a farm blog.
I totally believe that there’s room for anyone and everyone in the blogging world. I love telling people about blogging because I think anyone can do it! Plus, if you start a blog, you can use it for accountability for learning new skills.
I know that there are other people out there who want to learn how to start a farm blog to make their farm & homestead dreams a reality, so that’s why I’ve written this post.
Stay true to your dreams!
Are you ready to learn how to start a farm blog?
In this post, I’d like to help those of you who want to learn how to start a farm or homestead blog. (However, this post can be used for any type of blog startup.)
This tutorial is meant to take the guesswork out of the technical aspect of blog startup – I’m assuming you have zero experience in blogging.
I remember just how confused I was when I was trying to start a blog for the first time, and it’s not so bad if you have some guidance.
By now I’ve had several blogs and learned how to grow and make money online – from time to time you’ll see info on that here on this blog.
Ultimately, you are in charge and you can write about whatever you want to. Anyway, let’s get the wheels turning!
Note: I only recommend things that I have used and love. This post helps you set up a blog with Siteground as your host. If you choose to make a purchase using my links, I may receive a commission. That doesn’t change your price.
How to Start a Farm Blog Step 1:
Choose a hosting plan.
In order to have a blog with money-making potential, you need your blog to be self-hosted. In simple terms, this just means that you own all of your own content and your site isn’t hosted by a free blog-making site.
If you make a free site that’s hosted by a free blog-making site, you run the risk of owing that company money when you start to monetize your blog. Because of that, a lot of companies won’t work with bloggers who aren’t self-hosted.
So, you NEED to be self-hosted. In order to do this, you need a company to host your site (and all it’s files). I use and recommend Siteground for all types of blogs. So the first thing you’ll want to do is visit their site.
Next, click “Sign Up,” on the home page.
You’ll then be asked to choose from three hosting packages – Start Up, Grow Big, or Go Geek. Here’s a snapshot of that page:
Do note that the prices you see on this page assume that you purchase an annual package. You get a price break for buying a year in advance.
How do I choose a hosting plan?
If you only plan to have one site, you can choose the Start Up plan for now.
However, if you plan to focus on your blog a lot or have more than one site, you may want to consider choosing Grow Big or Go Geek.
The Start Up plan is best for blogs getting up to 10,000 visits per month, and if you are working on your blog consistently, it’s very possible that you reach this number in just a few months.
You may even reach the Grow Big number of 25,000 monthly visits depending on how hard you are working on your blog. (I reached 30,000+ page views in three months with my last blog, so I know it’s possible!) Just remember that you can always upgrade!
Note: If you start a blog and later decide to stop using it, you can get reimbursed for the months you haven’t used, but you’ll still have your domain name until it expires.
How to Start a Farm Blog Step 2:
Choose a domain name.
Once you’ve chosen a hosting package, you’ll need to choose a domain name. This is essentially going to be your blog name or something very close to it.
This is free with the purchase of your first hosting package at Siteground.
Choose a domain name that fits well with the topics you’ll write about and pick something that you’ll not be embarrassed to tell people about. Since you’re starting a farm blog, I suggest that your name imply this in some way. If you have an existing farm business, use that!
My last homesteading blog was called The Northwest Homestead…because it was about homesteading in the Northwest. (Duh.) Your name is something that you should consider carefully. Remember that you’ll have this name for at least a year, if not longer!
It’s possible that someone will already own the domain name you want, so I recommend preparing a few ideas for this step. I also recommend that if possible, you include keywords in your domain name.
That means that your domain name (which will be your blog name and part of your URL) tells people at least a little bit about your blog’s contents.
For example, my blog name is “Steele Family Ranch” My domain name is steelefamilyranch.com. My name suggests to readers that my site has something to do with being family and farming (because it does) and that’s useful in getting the right audience to my site.
Get the idea?
Note: I recommend domain privacy if you can afford it. It will just protect your personal contact information. Prices may vary. Update: I skipped domain privacy on my last domain purchase and am now receiving 10-20 marketing calls per day from people trying to sell me web design!!
Once you’ve chosen a domain name and finalize your payment you’re done!
You own a blog / website!
Now that you’ve learned how to start a farm blog, you’re ready for all of the fun stuff (like filling it up with great content)! Don’t worry, I’ll help you with all of that, too. There are tons of great resources out there other than my own, also!
If you’re ready to get started building your site and customizing it, check out this video for installing WordPress with your Siteground account.
The video should set you up so that you’re ready to start writing and editing your site.
This is exciting stuff because now you can move on to the fun design phase of your site if you want. For me, picking colors for branding, making a logo, and customizing everything on my site is typically the next step.
After that’s done, it’s wide open! Time to put content on your site and delve into the joy of owning your own blog. Best of luck and happy blogging!
– Chantal Steele