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If you’re reading this post, chances are you wish to learn how to start a mom blog or are simply looking to improve your knowledge in this area.
We all know that moms are the best, right? If not for the obvious reasons, for being there for us when they didn’t have to. Of course, dads are great too, but there’s something about moms that warms everyone’s hearts.
Imagine a situation where all the amazing experiences moms have could be shared with the whole world…
That would be awesome, right?
That is why mommy blogs are becoming more and more popular today.
Being a relatively recent niche, there are still a lot of unexploited opportunities for anyone venturing into it.
Mom blogs talk about a range of issues, from basic parenting tips to the more fundamental stuff, such as pregnancy matters.
Whatever your reason for wanting to set up a blog in the moms’ niche, we’re happy to share with you how to achieve that, plus additional tips on how to operate your website competitively.
Ready to create your blog? Let’s not keep you waiting…
1. Find a Name for Your Blog
The name of your blog, otherwise known as the domain name, is the first thing you need to find when starting out.
Just like naming a child, finding the right name for your blog can take a toll on you. And it’s okay for you to take hours or days brainstorming through ideas; it only means that the blog is personal to you and your readers, as it should be.
You might want to come up with a few name ideas just to be sure that, in the event that one is already taken, you can still use any other on your list. If you’re particular about a certain name and it’s already taken, consider adding a slight alteration to it, just to differentiate it from the existing one.
If, for example, you wish to register your blog as www.freelancemoms.com, and the domain is already registered, then you can either modify it to something like www.freelancemommys.com or www.freelancemoms.net. At the time of writing this post, both are still available.
Notice one domain name has changed while on the other, only the suffix, .com, changed to .net.
Depending on what you prefer and the availability of a domain name, you should be able to proceed accordingly. Also, this post on coming up with a blog name provides great insights in this regard.
2. Choose a Content Management System
Don’t be fooled by that sophisticated name, it only describes a platform that allows you to create and manage your website content including posts, images, infographics, and more.
Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and WordPress are all great examples of content management systems (CMS).
However, if you’re going to create a blog, you’ll need to focus on a CMS that allows you to do so; unfortunately, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn don’t allow you to create websites on their platforms.
So, from the examples above, we’re only left with WordPress. Of course, there are numerous other CMS’s to choose from including Wix, Drupal, Hubspot, and many more.
For illustrative purposes in this guide, we’ll use WordPress.
Various studies reveal that, despite the stiff competition in content management space, WordPress still powers a majority (33%) of the websites around the world today. On top of being a free tool, WordPress also gives you access to hundreds of free applications, including plugins and some amazing themes, upon signing up.
And perhaps more fundamentally, WordPress is quite versatile. Whichever hosting platform you might use to register your domain, you’re likely to find WordPress as one of the recommended, or even the only recommended CMS.
Next, you’ll need to register your domain name.
3. Register Your Domain
Using our key tips, hopefully, you have a few choices for your preferred domain name. If you do, it’s time to have it registered.
This will require you to find a good hosting platform that offers you exactly what you need in terms of affordability, ease of use, the convenience of payments, high site speeds, etc.
From our experience, we can narrow down our search to a few hosting platforms; these include Bluehost, Hostpapa, HostGator, and Siteground, to name a few.
A good number of hosting platforms offer great incentives for first-time sign-ups; however, quite a handful remain affordable even after the initial promotional period of domain registration.
You may realize that many will either double or triple their costs once your initial payment elapses, but we have found a hosting platform that’s perhaps one of the best you can get your hands on today.
And we aren’t just recommending to you what we read about from somewhere on the internet or from mere hearsay; we’ve actually tried and tested this platform and decided to use it in this review to help you benefit too.
The platform is called Hostpapa – it has actually been described by many as one of the fastest growing hosting companies in the US and Europe today.
But why all the buzz around Hostpapa?
Here’s what we can comfortably say about this platform...
These are just a few reasons why we felt this is the platform to use in this guide on how to be a mommy blogger.
So, how can you go about registering your domain name on Hostpapa?
First, head over to their website.
From the image, you can already see how significantly low their hosting fee is. At $1.99 per month, you can be sure that anyone would have a hard time competing.
I’m obliged to mention that Hostpapa has its own website builder, but like I mentioned earlier, we highly recommend using WordPress for reasons stated above.
Moving on, click on the Get Started button to proceed.
You will be prompted to select your preferred plan.
The plans are arranged in such a manner that the higher you go, the more the features. When starting out, consider going for the Starter package until you’re completely sure that you need the extra features.
Nonetheless, if you’re familiar with blogging and you truly need the extra features, then you should go for the more advanced plans.
Once you’ve settled on the plan of your choice, click on it to move to the next step.
4. Register Your Domain Name
Here, you’ll have the option to either key in your new domain and register it for free or enter your already-registered domain.
When registering your domain name, you’re not required to include the suffix (.com or .uk); you only need to enter the specific name you wish to call your mommy blog, and the system will check its availability.
Now, depending on the availability of your choice of domain name, you will either be granted the right to register it, or you will be offered alternatives. You can select one of the alternatives or try to alter the original name to make it unique.
Below, you can see that the domain www.mommylove.com is taken, but you’re given some alternatives to it.
As a blogger, you want to try as much as possible to go for a .com site, simply because they are the most popular and quite easy for most people to remember.
And like I mentioned before, it is always safe to have a few extra domain name ideas, just in case your first or second choices are already taken.
After a few tries, we found out that the domain name mothersblogging is not taken. Take note of the fact that we’re not spacing the domain name.
This means you’re allowed to name your blog www.mothersblogging.com.
Having multiple name ideas not only saves you time, but it also opens your mind to other options as opposed to fixing your mind on a single name and getting stressed out if it’s not available.
After settling on a domain name of your choice, it’s time to hit the Get My Domain button on the right to proceed with the registration process.
You will be required to fill in your personal details including name, email address, phone number, country of residence, and a few extra details as shown below:
Once that’s done, hit the Next Step icon to proceed.
5. Pay for the Hosting Service
Hostpapa has various payment methods including Visa, MasterCard, and American Express, as well as PayPal.
While I would love to advise you on the best payment method to use, it will all depend on what’s convenient, affordable, and accessible for you.
If you’re in a position to, consider going for a 36-month payment period to obtain the best value; the lower the subscription period, the lower the discount level and vice versa.
Note that the minimum period you can pay for is 12 months, which attracts the highest monthly premiums.
Next, read the terms and conditions of the platform prior to submitting your payment. Once that’s done and you’re satisfied with what you’re paying for, proceed to complete the transaction.
You should see an invoice on your screen containing the details of the payment. Print or save this invoice for your records.
Don’t panic if you don’t receive a message from the Hostpapa team immediately after signing up; shortly after, you should receive a couple of emails detailing everything you need to get started.
The emails will essentially contain your cPanel details (a cPanel is the central access point of your website hosting information), orientation materials, and a few other essential things.
With the emails in your inbox, you’re ready to start building your website.
6. Build Your WordPress Website
Whether you’re looking to learn how to start a pregnancy blog or any other blog, you’ll need to read this carefully, as it’s one of the most important sections of this guide.
Since we’re using WordPress in this guide, login to your cPanel using the provided details and install WordPress.
Proceed to register using the required details.
Once you’re done registering, you will be taken to a window where you will have access to all the website building and customization tools.
The best thing about WordPress is that once you’ve signed up on Hostpapa and installed it, a skeleton site will be generated for you. All you’ll need to do is to customize it accordingly.
You’ll also be happy to know that WordPress is one of the most user-friendly platforms for building your website, writing, and managing content.
Additionally, I found a couple of useful videos about setting up your WordPress site in minutes. You can check them out on the official WordPress site.
And even if you’re still confused on whether you need a blog or a website, WordPress has you covered using this video:
Take your time to get everything right before you go live.
Once you find your way around and have everything set, all you’ll need to do is find blogging ideas that appeal to your audience. There are a couple of ways of going about that, as highlighted in this past post.
Congratulations on Creating Your Blog
You’ve customized your blog fully, crafted content, and are now ready to start marketing it on various platforms including social media. Kudos, it’s time to go live!
As you add content, ensure that you remain consistent in your work; find out ways of maintaining high productivity and boosting site traffic. And we all know the reward for a high-traffic blog – loads of earnings, right?
But be careful not to be money-driven; sometimes it's not just about monetizing your blog. Instead, concentrate on building a loyal following, and you won’t have to follow the money.
Did our guide on how to how to start a mom blog highlight everything you hoped to learn? Let us know in the comments section below what you’d wish to see in similar subsequent posts.