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If you’re reading this post, chances are you want to learn how to start a mom blog so you can start earning extra money from the comfort of your own home right?
Starting a Mom blog is a great way to do this for many reasons, here are a few.
- Being a mom doesn’t give you much bandwidth to get out and work. A blog lets you work whenever you like, as often as you like
- You can actually help people by sharing your experience with those who have yet to go through the same thing
- You can review and recommend the products you already use on a daily basis and earn from this!
They are just a few of the reasons 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 this type of blogging.
Mom blogs talk about a range of issues, from basic parenting tips to the more fundamental stuff, such as pregnancy matters. The great thing is, you can monetize your experience and advice in these areas by making recommendations for products on your blog.
When your blogging efforts start to bring in traffic you could even think about creating your own informational product to sell on your mom blog if you wanted to!
Whatever your reason for coming here, we’re happy to share with you how to achieve that, plus additional tips on how to operate your website competitively.
Once you have your blog all set up there is also a link at the end of the post to help you set up your blog in a way that search engines and visitors love, so you can start to make money a lot faster.
Ready to create your blog?
Let’s not keep you new Mom bloggers waiting…
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Here's how to start a Mom blog
1. Start with a name for your Mom blog
The first thing to think about when you start a blog is the name, otherwise known as the domain name.
We’ll be heading over to this site a little bit later to get ours free: Click here to open in a new tab. But don’t worry about it too much just yet, I’ll walk you through that whole process in a minute.
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 freelancemoms.com, and the domain is already registered, then you can either modify it to something like freelancemommys.com or 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.
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 and more.
Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and WordPress are all great examples of content management systems (CMS).
How easy is it to start writing about things on Facebook? Easy right, well we are just going to be using something similar that allows us to easily do this on a website of our own.
Now, if you’re going to create a blog, you’ll need to focus on a CMS that specializes in this. Unfortunately, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn don’t allow you to create websites on their platforms.
So, from the examples above, we are left with WordPress. Of course, there are numerous other CMS’s to choose from including Wix, Squarespace, and many more, but WordPress is the best option so for illustrative purposes in this guide, we’ll use WordPress.
WordPress is really easy to use, think of it as something akin to using Microsoft Word, Google Docs or Pages on a Mac. Once you have done your writing however you just hit “publish” and the article appears on your blog. Simples right? 🙂
WordPress powers the majority (33%) of the websites around the world today, and on top of being a free tool, WordPress also gives you access to hundreds of free applications, including plugins and some amazing themes, once you are set up.
Perhaps more fundamentally, WordPress is incredibly versatile and user friendly. Whichever hosting platform you might use to register your domain, you will find WordPress as one of the recommended, or even the only recommended CMS.
Next, you’ll need to register your domain name.
3. Sign up with a blog hosting company
Using our key tips, hopefully, you have a few choices for your preferred domain name. If you do, it’s time to get 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 GreenGeeks, HostGator and HostPapa, which do of course cost a little bit of money (a lot less than you probably think), but it’s worth it to get your little home on the interwebs all set up!
A good number of hosting platforms offer great incentives for first-time sign-ups; and 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 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…
- Compared to its peers, HostPapa is very affordable for those new to starting a blog.
- The platform comes with loads of freebies including a free domain name.
- The platform is regularly ranked among the top 10 hosting companies globally.
- It offers cutting-edge software to make sure your WordPress blog is lightning fast.
- They have superb customer support working full time to resolve user queries.
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 (opens in a new tab).
From the image below, you can already see how significantly low their hosting fee is when you use our link. At $2.95 per month, you can be sure that anyone would have a hard time competing.
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 features you get. Seeing as you are a new Mom blogger just starting out however, I suggest going for the cheapest (WP Starter) package until you have started to make some money blogging and need the extra features.
If you’re familiar with blogging and you truly need the extra features, then you can of course 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 where you will be asked to enter the term length:
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 blog 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 (cPanel sounds intimidating, but it’s just the central access point for 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 Mom blog on WordPress
Whether you’re looking to learn how to become one of the many bloggers who makes money from blogging, or you just want the blog for personal reasons, 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, log in to your cPanel using the provided details from HostPapa and install WordPress like this:
Once you’re done you will be taken to a window where you will have access to all your shiny new WordPress site.
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. You can customize it as you see fit over time if you like, but you can get started blogging right away!
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.
Need more help to start a Mom blog?
As you add content, ensure that you remain consistent in your work; try to stay productive and add a couple of blog posts a week and follow this little guide for work from home bloggers to really make it work well and bring in traffic!
We all know the reward for a high-traffic blog – loads of earnings, right?
But be careful not to be too money-driven; starting a Mom blog is not just about monetizing your blog. Instead, concentrate on actually helping people with the problems they have. Blogging in this way will help you to start building a loyal following, and you can make money by recommending products that people are actually in search of.
Congratulations on starting a Mom blog!