How Do You Start a Successful Relationship Blog?

I’ve started more than a dozen different types of blogs since my blogging career began 12 years ago. Which blog was most successful? The relationship blogs! If you’re thinking about blogging or looking for ways to make money as a blogger — or you’re just wondering if relationship blogs are successful — you need these tips.

In 10 Types of Blogs That Do — and Do Not — Make Money I state that relationship blogs are successful but I don’t explain why. The tips in this article are specific and applicable, and will answer questions you didn’t even know you had. If you have other questions about starting a relationship blog, feel free to ask in the comments section.

I just realized that I really want to start a travel blog. Of all the blogs I started — goals, writing, gifts, love, relationships, dogs, fertility, Jesus, death, lifestyle, book-related, women-oriented — I never ventured into travel. I’ve written travel blog posts, but thought I’d actually have to travel to start a successful travel blog. When I first started blogging I was newly married and we were trying to start a family. Starting a travel blog seemed so impossible I couldn’t even consider it. 

But everything is different now! We couldn’t have kids, so I don’t have to worry about family stuff. We do have two dogs and a cat, but if my travel blog is successful I can afford to board them at the dog walker’s house or even in a kennel. 

A travel blog is a dream come true for me. In fact, I just got back from a month-long trip to Nepal, Dubai and Hong Kong. I’ve been wondering which of my seven current blogs is right for my travel articles; none really fits. So…a faith and travel blog…eureka! I think I’ve got it!

See what happens when you write? You learn what you really think and want. 

Tip #1: Write your answers to these 10 questions about relationship blogging 

Fellow scribe, put aside your are relationship blogs successful? question for now. Why? Because the answer is yes, generally they are one of the most successful, profitable types of blogs to start. But this doesn’t mean your relationship blog will succeed. So, that’s the wrong question. 

10 Questions About Starting a Successful Relationship Blog:

  1. Why do I want to start a relationship blog?
  2. What experience do I have with love, relationships, marriage, breakups, divorce, financial problems couples face, prenuptial agreements, lawsuits between married couples, dating after a spouse dies, scattering a spouse’s ashes?
  3. What evidence do I have that my relationship blog posts will help readers?
  4. How much time do I want to commit to a blog?
  5. What is my past experience with blogging and writing?
  6. If I could start any type of blog about anything I want, what would it be?
  7. How will I know if I have succeeded? In other words, what does a “successful blog” mean to me?
  8. Do people come to me for relationship advice? How do I feel about giving relationship help to people online?
  9. How do I feel about writing blog posts such as 10 Warning Signs of a Bad Relationship or Stop Dating a Married Man and Heal Your Heart?
  10. Why are relationship blogs successful? Do I want to focus my time and energy in that direction?

These questions may help you decide if you should start a relationship blog — and if you’re blogging for reasons that will stand up to the test of time. And audience.

Tip #2: Embrace the idea of learning how to blog on the fly!

I never took a “how to start blogging” class, but I have taught a few. I didn’t study programming, coding, website building or even digital design. I learned everything as I went — and I am so grateful for WordPress, plugins, themes and all the free information on the internet. I learned everything as I went.

That’s what “on the fly” means. You jump right in and learn as you go. Kind of like an apprenticeship or internship. This is especially important when you’re starting any online business because things change daily. You have to be comfortable keeping up with sudden changes, broken websites, successful days, dry seasons. The most successful bloggers — whether they’re writing about relationships, blogs, success or dogs — are adaptable and resilient.

Are you hoping to start a relationship blog but don’t know how or what to write about? Read 10 Tips for Writing Relationship Articles.

Tip #3: Consider starting a different type of blog first — a “test blog”

I had to start a million different types of blogs before I learned how to succeed as a relationship blogger. Every one of my “test blogs” (which I didn’t consider to be test blogs because I was actually making money from them) taught me something new about successful relationship blogs.

My first blog was this one, the url you’re on right now. Back then I called it Quips and Tips for Successful Writers; I blogged about what I was learning as a beginning freelance writer. I loved writing articles such as Tips for Freelancers – Dealing With the Ups and Downs of a Writing Career. I also shared tips and encouragement for writers who were trying to write books, get published, and make money blogging. 

Are Relationship Blogs Successful
Are Relationship Blogs Successful?

The second blog I started was Quips and Tips for Achieving Your Goals (now Life Blossoms). I wrote a few relationship and marriage articles, but it wasn’t my passion so I didn’t focus on love. But when my relationship blog posts skyrocketed and I realized how many readers had problems in their love life, I realized I needed a separate blog. I never wondered if relationship blogs were successful. I knew my love and breakup articles would attract and keep readers.

Ironically, my love and relationship blogs are my least favorite. Well maybe my Health Blossoms blog (originally Quips and Tips for Couples Coping With Infertility) was my least favorite. I don’t enjoy blogging about relationships because readers ask questions I’m not equipped to answer. I don’t like giving advice about anything, much less a relationship I know nothing about.

Need a few ideas for writing blog posts about love relationships? Read 8 Creative Ideas for Writers on Valentine’s Day.

Feel free to share your thoughts on relationship blogging — or any type of writing — below. You could also write your answers to the questions I asked above. If you’re serious about starting a relationship blog, don’t just think about my questions. Answering them truthfully in writing could become part of the content you include on your “About Me” page on your blog! 🙂 

In peace and passion,

Laurie

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2 thoughts on “How Do You Start a Successful Relationship Blog?”

  1. I started writing online content for Suite101 in 2008. I earned a decent revenue stream right away (about $500 per month within a few months), and realized that I was only receiving a cut of Suite’s income. So I started a series of “Quips and Tips” blogs (which I’ve rebranded as She Blossoms and Blossom Tips).

    Blogging is my full-time job. I honestly never thought I’d say this, but I will be a six-figure blogger this year. It’s incredible.

  2. My friend wants to start a relationship blog, but is scared she’ll fail. “Who cares if you fail?” I asked her.

    “It’s embarrassing – I don’t want to have to say I failed,” she said. So she never does anything because she can’t risk failure! I try to help her, I’m a strong person who started my own consulting business. I failed and succeeded and failed again and survived again and succeeded again. I try to give her my strength so she can start blogging about relationships, because she is a great counsellor! That’s how I met her, in fact. She was my counsellor 15 years ago and we became friends. I really want her to start a relationship blog so I’m getting information for her.

    Anyway thank you Laurie for these tips. I’ll send them to her and encourage her to start blogging!!

    Peggy