How to Start Your Own Essential Oil Blog

How to Start Your Own Essential Oil Blog

One of the hardest parts about being a stay at home mom is the income. Or lack thereof.

Don’t get me wrong, the kids drive me insane on the daily, school pick up and drop off is a huge time suck, and keeping the house clean is I M P O S S I B L E. But there are the days when I enjoy being home with my boys. More importantly, I know I’m supposed to be home with my boys because it’s part of my calling as a wife and mother.

How to Start Your Own Essential Oil Blog

Have you considered doing something on the side to make extra money? Do you wish for a way to help ease the stress of bills, unexpected payments, and all the other money matters life brings?

What I’m not telling you is that a couple hundred bucks spent and 15 minutes will buy you financial freedom. And I can assure you that anyone who promises that is probably not being 100% up front. But with a little research, money, determination and time you can probably see results and make the SAHM life a little easier.

I’m also not going to tell you that essential oils are the only way to work up a side hustle, or that you specifically have to do Young Living. You can use any company. Also, you can start a blog without a company and make money. I have worked with other companies and their promise of earning stupid amounts of money for posting 6 times a day on Facebook. Or those clothes that are overpriced and lack quality.

Essential oils are all the rage right now, and for good reason. So if you’ve ever considered selling them, but aren’t sure how to do that without bombarding your Facebook friends, I suggest starting your very own essential oils blog.

How to Start Your Own Essential Oil Blog

To actually start a blog is simple. It doesn’t require thousands of dollars, and the “monthly payments” are low. Much lower than if you were to open a brick and mortar store.

To run a blog and make it profitable is like any other business: it requires time and money. But when you really love it, you put more into it and see better results. So let’s just dive right in.

How to Start Your Own Essential Oil Blog

Young Living

If you’re already a member, you can skip on down to the blog information 🙂

If not, the first thing you’ll need to do is sign up to be a Young Living member (or distributor). The cost of a premium starter kit (at the time of this post) is about $160 plus tax and shipping. This gets you the discount on products and allows you to earn a commission. What I like most about YL is you don’t have to sell to reap the benefits. If you just want the discount, all you have to do is spend $50 a year. You do, however, have to have a certain amount of orders in order to receive commission, but if you have a corresponding blog that helps {hint, hint!}

To be quite honest the oils sell themselves. How many times have you seen a Facebook friend post asking a question about oils? You should be the one to answer those questions.

BlueHost

The next step is to actually set up a website. For this, you need web hosting and a domain name. Now, I will NOT pretend like I am tech savvy. Google and I are well acquainted.

You’ll need to go through a company such as Bluehost. I use Bluehost and have yet to have problems. Visit their site and pick a domain name (www.example.com – example being your domain). Most suggest using your own name. You could make it oil related, but keep in mind that this means your blog will always need to be about oil to make sense.

The next step is to get a parent theme (framework), and I recommend Genesis for this. StudioPress also has child themes, which is what gives your website the layout it needs. You can also get a theme from somewhere else, like Etsy, and spend less money (mine was $15). There’s no need to spend hundreds of dollars on custom themes or designs at this point.

Other helpful tools (free and paid)

Social media is your friend {sometimes}. While the algorithms for Facebook and Pinterest are ever changing, you can still use them to your advantage. So use your domain name and go ahead and sign up for business accounts with any social media outlet you might use.

Pinterest is a huge resource for bloggers. The best way to grow your reach on Pinterest is by getting your pins in front of more people. Some people like to pin manually, others schedule all their pins using a tool like BoardBooster. I personally do a combination of the two. Boardbooster has a plan starting at $5 per month – and to me is well worth the investment.

One thing you’ll notice about all the best blogs: they are visually appealing. So if you can take awesome photos then share those! If not, look into stock photos. But you’ll want to add words and overlays to make those cute pins you see. For this, I recommend Canva. They have a free version that’ll get you going and really has all you’ll need.

Should you decide to make & sell other items to complement your blog and essential oils, you can look into a shop on your Facebook page, Etsy store, or get something like Shopify to integrate into your existing website.

For email marketing, I currently use Mailerlite because they start out free. I know a lot of people recommend Convertkit, but when I used them the cost wasn’t worth what I was making, and ML had just as many features. Mailchimp was not user-friendly, in my opinion, and I didn’t like it. But that’s just me. You might need to try a couple like I did to see what you like better.

Of course, there’s a lot more to blogging, but for the sake of not writing a book in one post I’ll break that down 🙂

If you’re curious about essential oils in the Bible, you can check out this post.

December 6, 2017
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