Are you thinking about starting a mental health blog? Are you passionate about helping others improve their lives?
Well, you’ve come to the right place. I have put together a step by step guide on how to start a mental health blog, why you need a blog, and make your blog profitable.
This posts covers everything from setting up your blog to blog design and even where and how to promote your blog. Full of inside tips from a mental health blogger, you’re sure to start your blog the right way.
So, first things first…
What is a mental health blog
A mental health blog is a website that features articles centred around improving your health and wellness. A mental health blog can focus on self-improvement, personal development tips and actionable ways to manage your mental health.
It’s a collection of blog posts to help your audience change and improve their life.
Your blog can follow your personal recovery story or it can be full of how-to articles teaching your readers how to overcome anxiety in 5 steps.
The bottom line is, your blog should be your passion project. It should help you improve your own life both mentally and emotionally while aiming to improve the lives of others.
The benefits of starting a blog about mental health and self-improvement
First off, let me as you a question…
How many times have you searched the internet for ways to overcome mental illness or become happier?
I’m guessing hundreds. Well that was me too.
I’d search endlessly for information on depression and anxiety, searching for actual ways to improve my mental health.
Each time I was met with useless advice from someone who had clearly never had mental health issues.
So, after picking myself up from depression multiple times, I thought I’d share my tips and advice.
My logic was, if I was able to help myself, I could help others too right?
That was when I set up my first blog about mental health.
See, I started the self love circle back in 2018 but my official blogging journey started in 2016. I had a small blog before this one where I also blogged about mental health and personal growth.
But that blog didn’t last long…
Do you want to know the reason it failed?
It failed because I didn’t take my own advice. After writing for 6 months, I fell deep into depression again and instead of using all the helpful advice I’d put together for others, I ignored it.
I was a hypocrite.
I couldn’t take my own advice.
So, like that blog, my mental health began to slip away. Depression dug its claws into me and refused to budge.
Then I had one of them make or break moments.
The ones where you hit rock bottom and you choose to stay there or get up.
Hell, I stayed at rock bottom for a long time.
A really long ass time.
See, I thought my life would always be like that. Get depressed, start to recover then get depressed all over again.
But eventually I knew I had to get back up.
I started getting better. I started using my own tips and advice directly from my younger self.
Then I started a course on becoming a qualified counsellor and I knew I had to help others.
I knew that was my true passion.
To help you overcome your depression.
To help you live your dream life.
To help you rediscover your happiness.
And that, my friends, is how the Self Love Circle was born.
Beautiful, meaningful things often come from the darkest places. Deciding to start a blog again was (and still is) one of the best decisions of my life.
Starting the Self Love Circle has helped me in so many ways. Not only has it improved my mental health and given me a voice, it has introduced me to many wonderful bloggers.
I have (virtually) met so many like-minded people through blogging. Starting a blog has given me the opportunity to connect with so many amazing mental health advocates and personal growth bloggers.
What exactly has starting a mental health blog helped me achieve?
- I’ve built my confidence both online and offline
- It has allowed me to connect with other bloggers
- Helped me find my true purpose in life
Although, blogging isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s showing up for yourself when you’d rather press snooze. It’s writing posts on the commute to work. It is choosing to face your mental illness head on everyday and winning.
But I wouldn’t change it for the world.
Having this outlet and opportunity to help others pushed me forward in my recovery and I am forever grateful for that.
So, if you’re ready, I’m going to teach you how you can start a mental health blog to.
How to start a mental health blog
There are a few steps you need to take if you want to start a mental health blog. If you’re like me and impatient, you might need to slow down a little. I recommend bookmarking or saving this post somewhere so you can follow each step.
Are you ready?
Starting your blog | Step by step
Finding your niche
First off, what is a niche?
Your niche is the topic that you choose to blog about.
Mental health is a niche but you can make it even more specific. Kell over at Anxious Lass blogs about social anxiety.
If you have a specific mental health or self-improvement topic that you are passionate about, that could be your niche.
I have a very wide niche at the Self Love Circle which has upsides and downsides. Having a specific niche means that your target audience is easier to find.
Pro Tip: Pinterest is the best place to start for any blog that blogs about mental health, self-care, or personal development. More on that later!
Decide on your blog name
I can honestly, hand on heart tell you this is the hardest part of starting a blog.
Choosing your domain name.
Setting up your website and hosting is simple compared to choosing a name.
Don’t rush this process but at the same time don’t overthink it.
Answer these questions.
What are you planning to write about? Be specific.
What are you passionate about?
What do you love?
There are three things to remember when brainstorming your blog name.
Make sure it’s easy to spell. Don’t miss spelling any words or switch letters around. This causes confusion when a potential reader later searches your URL.
Keep it relevant to your topic. Your blog URL needs to get your chosen topic across to your reader. If you’re blogging about anxiety, make sure the word is somewhere in your domain name.
If you put two or three words together, does it look right? Make sure you don’t end up accidentally spelling PENIS in the middle of your blog URL.
Believe me, you’ll kick yourself when you realize later.
A lot of lifestyle bloggers use their name as their blog domain which can be a good option.
Once you’ve brainstormed a couple of names double check that isn’t already in use somewhere else.
You can do this by going to Instant Domain Search and searching for your chosen name. This will tell you whether it is available to purchase or not, but don’t buy it yet.
The first rule of starting a blog is you have to enjoy writing.
You don’t have to be the world’s best at spelling. That’s what Grammarly was invented for.
You just have to have a passion for writing.
Remember, we’re going to be writing a blog post at least once a week so you have to enjoy it.
Even if you didn’t like writing at school, you might find that you love it now. Often, we dislike things at school because there is no passion behind your actions. Whereas, if you’re passionate about your chosen blog topic, you’ll have no trouble writing about it.
So, before we get started on setting up your blog, we actually need some content for your audience to read.
I recommend having 3-5 posts to publish on your blog when it goes live. This is because your readers need a reason to stay on your blog.
These starting posts should be specific to your niche and audience. Say you’re blogging about depression, you could write a post on 5 ways to improve depression.
Write 3-5 posts to start your blog with. Aim for around 600+ words for your first few posts. These might take a week or so to write so be patient and focus on creating quality content.
Hosting may sound like a scary, technical computer geek term but I promise it is easy, especially with Siteground.
This is the method I used so I will be showing you how to use both Siteground and WordPress.
First, you need to go to Siteground, click the hosting tab, and then go to WordPress hosting. I recommend the StartUp plan which is only £2.95 a month. WordPress doesn’t cost anything which means you can run a blog on less than a cup of Starbucks coffee.
Once you have selected your plan, Siteground will ask for your domain. The domain registration through Siteground is £14.95/year.
Please note, you can buy domains for less than the siteground offer however I do not recommend purchasing your domain from another website as you then have to integrate it with Siteground and end up spending more anyway.
The next step is adding your account information and billing details. Altogether your blog should cost you around £62 for a year. This is the cheapest way to set up a profitable blog.
From here, you can follow the steps to connecting Siteground to WordPress. It’s a simple process and Siteground has step by step guides to explain what you need to do.
Pro Tip: If you ever get stuck, Youtube has thousands of step by step tutorials on setting up a blog using siteground and wordpress. These are great as they talk you through every step of the process.
Choosing A Theme For Your Blog
Once you’re connected to wordpress, you will get to choose a theme for your blog. There are so many great free themes to choose on wordpress before moving onto a paid theme.
My current theme is from BluChic who has lots of beautiful, feminine themes.
Take some time exploring the different themes and choose one that you love.
Publish 3-5 Blog Posts
In wordpress, if you go to the post area and click add new, you’ll be able to individually copy and paste your already written posts. Have one last check for spelling and grammerly and then click publish!
Congratulations! You’ve just shared your first blog post!
Sharing Your Blog
When I first started my mental health blog, I didn’t want to share it with family and friends, so I didn’t. For months I kept it to myself and the audience I’d built.
After a while, I changed my mind and decided to share my blog with my Facebook friends and family.
And guess what?
They loved it. I had so many messages from friends and family telling me they loved my writing and how my posts had helped them.
Mental illness is bigger and more common than we all think. When you start your blog, you’ll be suprised by how many friends and family benefit from your work.
So, it’s up to you whether you share your blog with loved ones. Until you feel comfortable opening up about your deepest insecurities, keep building up your courage through blogging.
Pinterest is a great place to share your blog because there are so many people on pinterest searching and sharing mental health and self-improvement related content.
Pinterest is the no.1 way for new bloggers to grow their traffic for free.
The way to share your article on pinterest is by creating beautiful pinterest graphics for your post.
Canva is a free online program where you can create graphics for Pinterest. They do have a paid program however, the free program is great for newbie bloggers.
Canva already has Pinterest graphic templates so all you need to do is add your photos and blog post title!
Here are a few examples of my Pinterest pins. These graphics get re-pinned by my audience and drive traffic to my blog.
So, set up your pinterest account and start sharing your blog post graphics. I recommend pinning other bloggers’ content as this will grow your reach and get your blog noticed.
Facebook is a great sharing platform for new bloggers as well. There are hundreds of groups you can join that focus on promoting your content and other bloggers.
Most groups have daily promo threads that you can follow. I have a Facebook group for mental health and personal development bloggers to share and promote their content. You can join the group here.
Taking part in daily threads can be time consuming so limit the amount of threads that you join.
Connect With Other Bloggers
Talking and connecting with bloggers in a similar niche to you will help you grow your blog quicker.
Commenting on similar blogs, sharing similar bloggers’ content, or adding a link to their post in yours is a great way to reach out and connect.
Get your name out there and become an expert in your niche.
One thing to remember is that it does take time to grow your blog so you need to be patient and focus on creating quality content for your readers. The more quality content you have to offer, the higher your chance of finding your audience or creating a viral post.
Stay safe and only share what you feel comfortable sharing. Don’t feel pressured to open up about things your not ready to. Go at your own pace.
Good luck and I can’t wait to connect with you! If you blog about mental health or self-improvement, tell us about your blog in the comment section