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What should I blog about?
What are you super passionate about? What can you not stop talking about? That’s one part of the puzzle.
Now, secondly, have other people paid for help on the topic you’re passionate about?
For example, I love trying out new face creams, washes and masks. If I could spend the entire morning in my bathroom testing out new products, I would love it! Almost daily I walk around with a face mask. My toddler has started to call me ‘mommy alligator’ because I have this green mud mask that I love!
So I would love to blog about skin regimens and products. And yes, people have definitely paid for help on this particular topic.
Those are the two most critical parts to choosing a blog niche. Make sure you are passionate about it and can write about it for a long time, and secondly, choose a niche where other’s have spent money.
Where do I create my blog?
Compared to direct sales business or other work from home positions, blogging is very inexpensive to start. For about $5 per month you can set up a professional, self-hosted blog. That’s peanuts compared to starting a brick and mortar store!
There are free platforms out there, such as Blogger and WordPress.com, and they are great for hobby blogs – but if you really want to turn your blog into a money making machine, you’ll need to have a dedicated blog that is self-hosted. In plain English, it means you control all of the content on your blog and you have complete ownership of it.
WordPress.org vs WordPress.com
That’s why you need a self-hosted blog with WordPress.org (not wordpress.com – the free platform). When you self-host your blog, you have control of the content and you own your site. You’re also able to monetize it – which I know is one of your goals for starting this online adventure!
Additionally, to justify the free version of wordpress.com, there will be ads placed on your site that does not bring you income and can look a little off brand. But if you self-host with WordPress.org and SiteGround, you have control of any advertisements you put on your site, if you so choose.
Lastly, and this one is a biggie, on the free wordpress.com platform you can’t customize your site, you can’t add plugins to supercharge your blog and your site can be taken down at any time if you violate the Terms of Service.
So yes, signing up for a self-hosted blog with WordPress.org and SiteGround will give you complete control over your content so you can grow your blog into a huge success!
Lightning Fast Customer Support
SiteGround has been an amazing host for my blogs. I actually have over 18 domain names hosted with them – of which 5 of those are truly active and making money for me.
The customer support at SiteGround is super fast and offer real person support. You’re talking to an actual human and not a computer bot – ever! They are also available 24/7. So if the only time you can build your blog is at 3:00 AM in the morning, they will be there for you! Their amazing customer support is in itself worth $50 per month – although it’s free and included in your hosting package!
And they’ll help you with technical questions too! Like how to install WordPress, or how to redirect pages.
Every time I accidentally break my blog by trying out new things, they restore it for me within minutes. They do daily backups of your blog – for free! So you can blog stress free.
They Have Amazing Uptime
Not once has my site been down since I’ve started hosting my blogs with SiteGround.
And that is a big deal! You want amazing uptime for your blog. It’s your business and your lifeline. If it goes down, you’ll lose readers and potential sales.
Let’s do the math:
365 Days x 24 Hours x 60 Minutes = 525,600 Minutes in a Year
525,600 Minutes x 0.001% Downtime = 5 Minutes of Downtime Per Year!
Yup, that is amazing!
With my previous host my site was down almost an hour every week! 🙁
Hyper Super Speed Power
So most hosting companies do not offer this for free, but SiteGround does, which is amazing!
The SuperCacher makes your site load extremely fast (which helps you get better rankings in Google) and increases the number of visitors your blog can handle.
Your blog will be 4x faster, have multiple caching levels and will be able to handle 100 times more hits.
You want to set up your site like this because you never know when one of your posts will go viral! It happens quickly, and you want to be prepared.
If you need any help with traffic, I’d be happy to share with you for free how I helped moms grow their blogs from 5 visitors to over 500+ per day in a week with my strategies! Just send me an email after you sign up with SiteGround.
Quick Dictionary of Blogging Terms
Hosting Company = Landlord
SiteGround, your hosting company is like your landlord. You pay them a small fee as rent for server space for your blog.
WordPress.org = Apartment
WordPress.org, the platform on which you build your blog, is like your apartment building. It is where you create your blog, write posts, decide on a theme and colors.
Domain name = Address
And lastly, your domain name is like your address or the plaque on your front door. My domain name is “www.startamomblog.com”.
I hope that helps!
Step by Step Instructions Below How to Start a Mom Blog
HOW TO START A MOM BLOG
This is my story and why I started a blog.
Instead of getting on one knee with a ring in my hand, I’m sitting on your living room floor with you, surrounded by toys, and handing you a glass of wine. And I’m asking you…. do you want to be my friend? I’m Suzi, and here’s my story…
A few years ago, my life was totally different. I had just graduated college as an industrial engineer, got a big-girl job working in Corporate America, and I just married the guy of my dreams.
I loved my job and rising up in the company. I was making good money and felt important.
But something was missing. We wanted to start a family.
A short time later, I was on my first conference call with my baby girl in the other room, crying… and my boss wouldn’t even let me leave the call to take care of her!
My heart broke inside, so I quit the very same day.
Adjusting to life as a stay-at-home mom living off one income was challenging.
We even moved in with my husband’s grandpa to save money.
I knew that I had to find some way of contributing to the family finances, so I browsed Pinterest for ideas on how to make money from home.
I tried buying things and selling them on Amazon, but I just spent more money than I was making.
I tried refurbishing old furniture, but then I got pregnant again… and lifting furniture was out of the picture.
I tried painting peg dolls and selling them on Etsy, but I’m really not that creative…
I even tried direct sales, but we didn’t even have a house to host parties in!
Everything I tried was failing. Not only was I not making any money – my confidence was shot, and I even considered going back to my old job.
One day, my husband came home from work with a big smile on his face.
“Why don’t you start a blog?” he asked.
He said he heard people were making money online with it, and it was flexible so I could do it while the baby napped.
He was already working late into the night on his computer supporting us, so we thought it’d be cute to work side by side.
Even if it didn’t make a lot of money, at least I wouldn’t be spending so much money trying all the other ideas I had, and I could use all the skills I learned in college.
So I started my first real blog while pregnant with my second girl.
And that’s when it all changed.
It started slow at first, but pretty soon I was chatting every day with moms just like me who were all starting their blogs and making a pretty good income every month.
As I got better and better, I started making money myself, and showed my husband. He couldn’t believe it, and gave me such a big hug saying, “I’m so proud of you! I think you’ve found your thing!”
Over time, other mommies were reaching out to me asking for advice on how I was growing my blog so well!
I started helping everyone who reached out to me, and eventually decided to package up all the best tricks I had learned into books and courses to help moms just like you and me make a living from home while our kids napped (or watched an episode of Octonauts)!
By the end of my first year blogging, I had made over $53,000 of profit, and a few months later, my husband and I were able to pay off the mortgage on our new home!
It was incredible, but more than the money, I had gotten my confidence back, and felt like I was truly making a difference for my family and for so many other families out there.
Below I’ll go into detail how you can get started too!
START A BLOG BECAUSE YOU CAN….
Help out financially while staying at home! After hard work, many mommy bloggers make $2K-$10K a month.
Crave adult interaction? Blogging allows you to connect with other amazing moms, build friendships and support each other.
Blogging is a great creative outlet. Use your passion or your degree in a new creative way online!
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How to Start a Mom Blog & Make Money
Being a mom is not easy. Sometimes you still secretly miss the life you had before your body changed and you were blessed with a little angel. Or your husband is working long hours supporting the family on one income, but you feel the need to help the family financially too.
There are countless reasons for why so many moms are starting blogs. Primarily, it’s much easier than ever before! And the potential for making money with a blog is huge!
I wish I started blogging sooner, but regardless, I’m so glad I did start.
Blogging has been my creative outlet, my ‘me thing’, a way I can still use my college degree while staying at home, and best of all, it’s been a massive help financially.
I’ve been able to grow my blog from $0 to over $20,000 per month in less than two years.
Just imagine how much different your life would be if you could add an extra $1,000 to your monthly income?
Moms, although sometimes a bit distracted by kids, are some of the smartest people on Earth! You owe it to yourself and to your family to start a blog and explore the potential to make money from home!
Did you know? 1 in 5 millennial moms are starting a blog.
Step by Step Instructions Below How to Start a Mom Blog
CAN YOU MAKE MONEY WITH A BLOG?
Yes! If you are willing to put in the time to grow a business online, you are able to make money from it. Just look at the monthly income reports of these bloggers below. It is so inspiring!
Michelle from MakingSenseOfCents.com
Abby from JustAGirlAndHerBlog.com
Lena from WhatMommyDoes.com
Rosemarie from BusyBudgeter.com
My Blogging Income Journey
I launched my blog two weeks before the birth of my second daughter, on January 18th 2016.
The timing was horrible. But I knew that if I didn’t start, I would always put it off.
For the first few months I focused on building content and growing my email list.
Finally, in June I started to truly monetize my blog.
I launched my ebook, Blog by Number, and my blog income has grown every month since then.
You can do this too! Don’t let fear stop you from what you could achieve!
I’m here to help you every step of the way!
WHY DO YOU WANT TO START A BLOG?
OR IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A BLOG, WHY DID YOU START BLOGGING?
Blogging is a fantastic and amazing journey. It takes time and effort, but with determination, you can make thousands per month while staying at home with your kids.
So I want you to be as successful as you can be!
And I want to help you and keep you accountable – because that is what friends do right?
This step by seem so trivial, but trust me, it really really works. I want you to write down your big WHY for starting a blog. Or if you’ve already started a blog, but you need a bit more motivation to keep going, write down your big goal in the comments below.
Because people with written goals are 50% more likely to achieve than people without goals.
And additionally, sharing your goals with a friend (like me) is proven to increase the chances of you achieving your goal. [Read more here]
I share my goals frequently with those around me, and it helps keep me accountable. This small step has allowed me to grow a super successful blog in less than a year, and you can do it too.
So please, write down your big blogging goal below.
Let the dreams of other moms who have started their blogs motivate you!
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HOW TO START A MOM BLOG
High-Level Steps: How to Start a Mom Blog
Read the details in the post below!
|Step 1:||Choose Your Passion – What can’t you stop talking about?|
|Step 2:||Niche Down – Find where your passions, strengths and a profitable need intersect.|
|Step 3:||Decide on your domain name – What will you call your blog?|
|Step 4:||Choose a hosting plan – Use a fast and reliable hosting company like SiteGround.|
|Step 5:||Install WordPress – This is the platform most successful mom bloggers use.|
|Step 6:||Login to your blog – Get familiar with the backend of your blog on WordPress.|
|Step 7:||Install a theme – you can use a free or paid theme in the beginning.|
|Step 8:||Write your first blog posts – Create 3-4 pillar posts to establish your blog and niche.|
|Step 9:||Invest in yourself and grow quicker – when you get stuck, invest in ebooks and courses to help you.|
|Step 10:||Get traffic to your blog and promote your amazing content.|
|Step 11:||Decide how you want to make money with your blog.|
How to Start a Mom Blog – 3 Easy Steps
Ready to do this? You can do it! I am here for you when you have questions. The steps below are super easy to follow – click here to follow along!
Step 1: Find Your Passion
What do you love to talk about? What do you want to learn more about? What do you stay up late doing when the kids finally go to bed? Let that drive your decision on what you want to blog about. You don’t have to be an expert yet, as you blog you’ll become better and better!
Find a topic that you can talk about for a long time to come!
Step 2: Niche Down
The best way to know that your passion will turn into a blog that makes money, is to find the sweet spot of your passion, a profitable need and your strengths. The most important of the two are your passion and a profitable need. You may already be an expert on the topic; but your strength will increase the more you blog.
For example, you are super passionate about cooking healthy meals for your children, but you’re just not that great at it yet. It’s definitely a profitable niche because other moms are looking for advice on this topic too, so check. But you’re not the best cook, yet.
The more you blog, the more recipes you’ll try, and the more practice you’ll get – and the better you’ll become!
Step 3: Decide on Your Domain Name
Once you know what your blog niche will be, you get to decide on a fun new domain name! Choose something that is easy to spell and easy to remember. You can either make it cute and funny, like PregnantChicken.com, or very direct and to the point, like StartaMomBlog.com.
Don’t stress too much about getting the perfect name for your blog – what you blog about is much more important than the name you choose. And even if you pick the perfect name, there will be a day that you don’t like it that much anymore – it has happened to me! 🙂
I know many beginning bloggers who get stuck on this step for weeks. Please don’t! You’ll get much more traction with action. Choose a easy to spell and generic blog name and start blogging! You can always purchase a new blog name in a few months if you really want to, I did! And with SiteGround’s Grow Big Plan you can host multiple blogs under one hosting package. I have 18 different domain names all under my one hosting package.
If you need more help, checkout this post about how to choose a blog niche and name.
Step 4: Choose a Plan to Host Your Mom Blog
If you’re a new blogger, you could go with the StartUp plan. I use the GrowBig plan because it gives me super fast priority customer support and allows me to host multiple websites. I am constantly testing new ideas and I have multiple blogs. So this plan allows me to test and play by hosting multiple blogs on one package. You may want to do the same thing if you change your mind a lot. 🙂
I actually have about 18 blogs that I’ve purchased and play with. It allows me to be creative and test things out on different blogs that I can’t do on my main blog (startamomblog.com).
For many beginning bloggers it’s hard to decide on a niche. And the GrowBig plan allows you to setup more than one website so you can test different niches as you are starting out.
I have a lifestyle blog, my business blog, my husband’s blogs and a testing blog that I host on my GrowBig plan.
And bonus, I get super duper fast customer service as a client of the GrowBig plan. Like lightning fast! 🙂
It also makes your blogs load faster which gives you higher rankings in Google! Yeah baby! And lastly it has one year of free WildCard SSL which is extremely important for all online businesses. What it means is that it keeps your website more secure.
Input all of your information. You can decide if you want Domain Privacy and HackAlerting (I recommend it!). And for under $150 you have your own online business ready to grow! What other business is THAT cheap to start up?
Keep in mind that popular direct sales business can easily cost thousands of dollars to just sign up. With a blog you can create your own business for a super affordable price.
I’m very excited about this because I remember as a little girl working hard with my mom or aunt painting ceramic figurines and selling them at the local monthly craft fair. It took hours of work, inventory and money to make a few dollars once a month. We live in an amazing time today that you can make sales while you sleep. It’s a great time to live in!
Time Saving Hack
Next, I’m going to cheat a little bit and make this super easy for you. Instead of giving you step by step instructions on how to do this yourself, why not get your money’s worth and have the great support team at SiteGround do the work for you? Go here and click on LIVE CHAT. Ask the customer support rep to setup your site for you and send you your WordPress login details. Voila! This should not take longer than 15 minutes total. Use your login details and go to www.YOURNEWBLOG.com/wp-admin and login.
Step 5: Install WordPress
As I explained earlier, your hosting service is your landlord and WordPress.org is your apartment building. So let’s set up this apartment building as your new site 🙂
You could either have the team at SiteGround do it for you (explained in the steps above) or you can do it yourself below.
Navigate to the My Accounts tab and click on the red button called “Go to cPanel”.
Click on the blue “WordPress Installer” icon under the section of WordPress Tools.
Click on the blue Install button.
Fill in the values below on the next screen. If you ever get stuck, you are more than welcome to reach out to me for help!
Choose Protocol: choose your protocol, most likely it is: http://
Choose Domain: choose your domain name from the dropdown menu.
In Directory: you can leave this blank.
Site Name: choose a site name, you can change this later.
Site Description: choose a site description, you can change this later.
Admin Username: choose an admin username. You will use this when you login to the backend of your blog. Remember this!
Admin Password: choose an admin password. You will use this when you login to the backend of your blog. Remember this!
Admin Email: provide your email.
Select Language: most likely English 😉
Choose a Theme to Install: you can install a theme from here or you can install a theme from the backend of your wordpress site when you log into it on the next step. You can start off with a free theme and upgrade later if you want to a paid theme. I use and love Divi from Elegant Themes. It has super simple drag and drop features that allow me to save so much time!
Step 6: Login to Your New Blog
Now use the username and password you chose in the previous step and login to your site below.
Just navigate to http://www.YOURNEWDOMAIN.com/wp-admin
Step 7: Install a Theme
I recommend Divi from Elegant Themes for all of my readers. You are welcome to start off with a free theme provided on the WordPress.org dashboard, but they all have limitations. I use Divi for this blog and all of my other blogs too. It’s powerful, customizable and has features that other services charge for – like A/B testing and countdown timers! Here are examples of how I use the Divi theme.
Step 8: Write Your First Blog Posts
The best types of blog posts you can write if you’re just starting your mom blog are pillar posts. There are in-depth, long articles that give a great solution to a problem your audience faces. You can always come back and edit these posts and add more internal links to them. But before you launch your blog, make sure you have the following setup:
- 3-5 Pillar Posts
- A clear blog menu
- A good profile picture
- An About Me page
- A Disclosure Page – if you are using affiliate marketing
- A way to contact you (you can add this to your About Me page)
- Links to your social media pages
Step 9: Invest in Yourself
As you grow your blog and learn how to make money, the best shortcut you can take is to invest in amazing ebooks or blogging courses. Over 1,000 moms are in the Blog by Number course designed for moms who start blogs.
It will save you weeks of time and research to learn from experts. You’ll grow faster, get more traffic and start making money sooner with your blog. Just make sure to take the time to implement the material you learn!
Step 10: Get Traffic
As you build more and more content on your blog, you’ll need to work on gaining visitors. If you produce amazing content that helps other people find solutions to problems, you’ll do great! I use Pinterest, Facebook and my email list to get most of my traffic. I also use SEO to grow my blog traffic, but that’s a bit more advanced.
Here is the easy looping strategy I use with Pinterest and Tailwind to get most of my blog traffic.
Step 11: Make Money
And for all of the time and energy you’ve put into your blog, one of your big goals is to make money with your blog! There are numerous methods and strategies you can use to make money with your mom blog.
Here are the top methods of making money with your blog:
- Sponsored Posts
Most successful bloggers invest in multiple methods to build a strong business. Here are examples of how other moms make money blogging. And if you want to know how I make over $20,000 with my blog per month, I share all of my advice in my Income Journey ebook!
MORE HELP TO START YOUR MOM BLOG
How to Start a Mom Blog
|How to Start a Mom Blog and Make Money in 2018 – Step by Step Free Tutorial
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|How to Choose a Blog Niche: What Should I Blog About?!
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|31 Essential Steps to Starting a Blog in 2018 *FREEBIE*
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|Blogging Role Models – Mom Blogger, It’s the First Thing You Need to Do
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|First Steps to Starting a Blog – The 9 Step Plan
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Why You Should Start a Blog – Motivation!
|10 Reasons Why Blogging Makes You a Better Mom
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|15 Awesome Reasons to Start a Mom Blog
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|Achieve Your Goals with these 6 Blog Niches
Ah, I love this! You can double dip and use your blog both to achieve a goal and to help others!
|Things Mentally Strong Bloggers Never Do
I struggle with these things every.single.day! I hope this list helps you understand that you’re not alone on this blogging journey.
|What If You’re Scared to Blog
Yup! It happens. More often than not we never start a blog because we’re scared. What if I’m terrible? What if no one reads my posts? What if? Don’t let the fear of failure stop you from even trying!
|What to Blog About When You Don’t Know What to Blog About
You may be stuck and not know what to blog about. This post will help inspire you and give you ideas when you’ve run dry and can’t think of what to blog about.
|Why Are So Many Millennial Moms Starting Blogs?
You’re not alone on this journey. One in five millenial moms are starting blogs. There is no data behind this yet, but more and more grandma’s are starting blogs too – I get about an email a week from a grandma who wants to start her blog and share her advice! I love it!
|Why I Love Blogging
It’s pretty easy to see, but yes, I love blogging, and this is why.
Technical Advice and Tips
|10 Minutes: How to Setup an Email Account That Uses Your Domain Name through SiteGround
Want to look super professional when you write your first email to your list? This post will show you step by step how to set up your domain name email, so instead of startamomblog at gmail, it is suzi at startamomblog.com 🙂
|How I Get Free Tech Support For My Site
Sometimes I click too many buttons and something breaks. This is what I do when I need tech support.
|How to Transfer your Blog from WordPress.com to WordPress.org
I started my first little blog on wordpress.com, the free version. This is how I transfered my blog to wordpress.org and became serious.
|Realtime Honest and Raw Review of SiteGround Hosting – Start a Blog
Instead of just telling you why I like and use SiteGround, I did a live video where I tested out their services real time!
|Transfer from Bluehost to SiteGround with Full cpanel Backup
When you need to transfer your blog from one host to SiteGround, this is how to do it.
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