I want to get started, what do I need to know?!
Do you have big dreams you don’t dare to tell anyone about? Yep, me too! What are you passionate about? Do you love to write? Blogging is an amazing world where you can share your knowledge with those around you. If you like helping others and making a difference blogging may be the place for you.
What does real life starting a blog look like?
- Thousands of questions
- Hours and hours of learning
- A lot of writing
- Trial and a ton of errors
- Working for free
- Waking up early, working through naptime, and staying up late
I am no pro-blogger… yet.
This blog doesn’t make money.
I learn so much every post and page. It’s crazy to think of how far I have come in the last 6 months and yet I still learn something new every day!
So why keep reading?
Blogging is a step by step process. Find someone 5, 10, and 1000 steps ahead of you to give yourself better expectations of what the beginning, middle, and professional stages look like.
Too often we get sold on the dream but quit when its crunch time.
I am inspired by those who are making thousands or even millions by blogging. That’s incredible!
So here, on Mommas Making Money you can watch first-hand someone who started blogging (late in the game) 2019, part-time (using whatever time I have), with 3 kids, a church calling, waking up at 4:15 a.m. teaching English, and just juggling life and relationships.
Watch my blogging mistakes, successes, failures, and roadblocks along the way.
Are you ready to start a blog?!
There may be 8 steps but remember that starting a blog is like learning a new language in a new technology world. If I can do it ANYONE can do it. Pictured above is a list of a FEW questions I googled in this journey.
8 Basic steps for HOW TO START A BLOG
Step 1: Think of a niche (topic) you enjoy and then think of your audience.
Is there a way to help your audience with a problem in the niche you chose?
This article will help you get a good look into 7 niches that get good traffic and make you money.
Step 2: Get a CMS (Content Management System) like WordPress or Website builder.
A lot of people have put step 3 before this step BUT this is why I put it second on this list.
If ultimately you choose to go with a user-friendly website builder, then you DO NOT need to buy a web host because it is usually provided with that company. Also, most of the website builder companies provide opportunities to purchase a domain from them as well.
There are a few fundamental differences between getting a CMS like WordPress vs. website builders and you can read about them here.
The overall consensus is that WordPress gives you the most opportunity for growth and customization.
I would recommend WordPress over a website builder.
Keep in mind, I am not a tech-savvy person and had to look up the meaning of half of the words I am using now. So do not let the technology involved scare you away!
There are more support videos and information on the internet for WordPress than any other system.
Choosing from companies such as WordPress, Squarespace, Wix, Weebly and more will be the platform on which you will build and customize your website.
Step 3: Look for a domain and hosting site.
Once you choose your platform, you will then want to get your domain and hosting site, if you are going with WordPress. If you are still wondering what a domain name is then this will help you understand a domain and its part of a web address.
I put these together because some hosting sites provide a domain for free. (I bought my domain after step 1 and didn’t realize I had the other options mentioned)
Here are the top 4 hosting sites that are worth your time looking into
- BlueHost– the fastest uploading site with a low start-up cost
- HostGator– Also fast uploading with free migration and SSL certificate
- Hostinger– Cheapest start-up plan, fast upload, FREE domain but SSL not included
- Siteground– Easy to use, fast and great support, WordPress friendly, free migration and SSL certificate but not the cheapest site and limited storage space.
For more information on the top hosting sites rated by speed, performance, and cost, check out this website and the results they found.
Step 4: Choose a Template or Theme
Once you have your domain name, hosting site, and WordPress installed, you now want to choose a theme. This part starts getting fun because you can get those creative juices flowing.
What is the purpose of your blog? Which style complements those ideas?
I ended up with Authentic from ThemeForest. However, there are tons of cute, functional themes out there so look around to see what speaks to you most.
Don’t forget to look at the sales and deals going on with each theme. I would not recommend spending over $60 on your theme. This is the average price of most WordPress themes.
STOP, BREATH, GO FOR A WALK, AND DO THESE 3 THINGS BEFORE STEP 5
1- Change your Permalinks in WordPress. Go to settings > Permalinks > Click Post Name
2- Set up your email and configure to with your personal email for ease.
3-Consider Installing a Child Theme. This is really on the techy side but there are videos and instructions to help every step of the way. This article will help you understand what a child theme is and what to do if you want to install one.
Step 5: Design your blog and write posts
If you have made it this far, you are doing amazing! Keep it up! Now let’s get your blog up and going.
When should you publish your blog?
There are thousands of half published, half-finished, or abandoned blogs out there. This is not a bad thing but something to consider when you think of your personality.
Consider setting a due date in order to keep yourself accountable and to push yourself to work on your blog. There are many free blog planners out there as well to help you keep going.
It’s good to have 10-20 posts on your blog before you publish.
(Confession: I published right away so I could really see how it worked and looked online. At that point, I didn’t know how else to do it. However, I didn’t start PROMOTING until I had that many posts.)
Step 6: Promote your Site
Promoting may or may not be a whole other ball game and learning curve. Depending on how well you know how to use Pinterest and SEO (Search Engine Operatives), this will take some research.
I liked the analogy that having a blog without promoting is like standing in a big crowd holding a sign and hoping people will come by to shop. That is not a very effective method to get people to come by. When you promote your blog you are advertising and actively driving the traffic to you.
Traffic is important to monetize (make money for) your site and to help others with your knowledge. You may have found the cure to cancer but if you tell no one what good can it do?
So learn to promote!
Step 7: Monetize your Blog
Advertising, affiliate marketing, sponsored ads, and posts, and selling digital products, courses or memberships, are all ways to make money blogging.
There may be some people who are making a blog for fun just remember that it is fun to earn money doing what you love as well. but I know that it is nice to get paid for your hard work and time that it takes to have and keep up with a blog.
Step 8: Continue updating with new content and promoting.
The success of your blog will depend on your tenacity to never give up. Once you have your blog baby up and growing, you need to constantly feed and nourish it until it gets a little older and can start sustaining itself better.
So keep writing, learning, and working at it. The internet is constantly growing and changing. There is never a wrong time to start. “Be So Good They Can’t Ignore You”
So there you have it…
I would suggest to not pour money out on a bunch of classes and get information overload!
Start with these 8 steps and a more detailed course like the blog by numbers ebook and take blogging one step at a time.
You have more talent and ability then you probably give yourself credit for. If you are a momma, you are already a master at surviving and figuring things out on a whim. You got this!
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