How to Start a Blog in 2024: A Beginners Guide for Moms

Hey there Mama! Whether you’re juggling nap times, school runs, or a career, there’s a new adventure waiting for you: starting your very own blog. As someone who’s been in the blogging space for 7 years, I’ve learned a thing or two about the ups and downs of blogging. I took a break in 2020, but I’m back with a fresh perspective and a new blog. I decided to transfer information over as things have changed over the years, and also some of my old content didn’t align with what i’m sharing now. So, here we are! I want to help you embark on this journey too, especially if you’re looking to earn an income from home, or just want a hobby and community outside of mom life. Let’s dive into how to start a blog in 2024, why you should self-host and how you can make money with your blog.

Why Start a Blog?

Blogging can be a fantastic way to share your passions, connect with other moms, and even make some money on the side. Here are a few reasons to start blogging:

  • Share Your Story: Blogging allows you to share your motherhood journey, tips, and experiences.
  • Build a Community: Connect with other moms who can relate to your life and learn from your experiences.
  • Earn an Income: Blogging can be monetized in several ways, which we’ll cover in detail below.

My Blogging Journey

I started blogging seven years ago as a hobby. I loved sharing my thoughts and having a creative outlet, but I didn’t take advantage of monetizing my blog right away. I faced challenges like self-learning everything – I can’t tell you the hours I spent YouTubing and reading (Let’s just say it was A LOT!!) and I also needed to  align my content with a niche and brand myself.  After a break in 2020, I decided to revamp and restart my blog, transferring my domain to a new, fresh site. 

Monetizing Your Blog

When it comes to monetizing and making money from your blog, there are several effective strategies:

  • Affiliate Marketing: Promote products you love and earn a commission on sales made through your referral links.
  • Brand Partnerships: Collaborate with brands for sponsored posts and product reviews.
  • Selling Digital Products: Create and sell e-books, courses, or printables.
  • Ad Revenue: Use ad networks like Google AdSense to display ads on your blog and earn money based on clicks or impressions.
  • Offering Services: If you have expertise in a particular area, offer consulting or coaching services.

I personally recommend monetizing any way you can that is authentic to you. It all adds up!

What is self-hosting?

If you’re new to blogging, you might not know what self-hosting means.

So, when you start a blog you have two options:

  1. You can start your  blog on a blogging platform, like WordPress.com,  Blogger, Wix, Squarespace, or other options. If you’re just starting out, you might google or think this is the only option, but if you’re serious about blogging, and want to make money with blogging then option 2 is what you need. If you’re only plan is to have a hobby then you can use a platform, but I still recommend option 2 in case you ever decided to monetize, or treat it more than just a fun hobby for yourself. 
  2. Option 2 is to start your blog using a self-hosted option. For this you will get a domain name, then blog hosting. This gives you full control and ownership over the blog. It is also cost effective. 

Why Self-Host with WordPress and SiteGround?

Self-hosting with WordPress and SiteGround is a great choice for several reasons:

  • Ownership: You own your site and content, unlike platforms like Blogger, Medium, Squarespace, Wix, and more . If you want to just blog for a fun hobby then choosing a platform is fine, but if your intent is to monetize a blog then I highly recommend self-hosting. If these platforms are to shut down you could lose your content, website, and everything you’ve worked hard for. 
  • Customization: WordPress offers thousands of themes and plugins to customize your blog. It might not be the most “user-friendly” but there’s so many well-known pluggins to help make certain things easy. (Pluggings are like “Apps” for your blog). I also want to clarify this is not WordPress.com, this is for self-hosted WordPress.org. 
  • Support: SiteGround provides excellent customer service and easy-to-use tools.
  • Performance: SiteGround is known for its fast and reliable hosting services at a great price.

Site-Ground is not the only hosting service either. There’s tons! I personally just like Site-Ground for my domains and web hosting and have been using them for the last 7 years for multiple domains, and hosting. 

 

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Step-by-Step Guide to Starting Your Blog

  1. Choose Your Niche: Identify what you’re passionate about and what value you can provide to your readers. For example, motherhood, wellness, or home-based income tips. You want something that truly aligns to YOU. Maybe you’re a teacher, you homeschool, farm-life, fashion, money-saving tips, real estate, etc. If you ned help narrowing down a niche and starting the foundation on building your brand you can check out the info for my Niche Navigator & Brand Creation Course and Guide here! PSSST if you don’t already have the  “6 ways to make money from home as a busy mom” guide… grab that here because there’s a Niche Navigator Promo Code to drop it down to only $17 for you!!

2. Pick a Domain Name: Choose a name that reflects your blog’s focus and is easy to remember. This should make sense with you niche as well. For example my domain is theblossomingmama.com. I am The Blossoming Mama all over every social channel and any platform i’m on. I share motherhood content. You can also use your first and last name. firstnamelastname.com if you’re not settled in a specific niche. I also recommend first checking if your domain website name is availible you can do this directly on SiteGround. Then you want to check its avalibility or something very close  on social media platforms. This is optional, but highly recommended, even if you’re not planning to use social media.  

3.Set Up Hosting with SiteGround:

    • Go to SiteGround.
    • Choose a hosting plan that fits your needs (StartUp, GrowBig, or GoGeek). If you’re just starting out the StartUp will be just fine and cheapest. 
    • Register your domain name if you have not done so already.
    • Complete the sign-up process.

The price in this example is for theGrowBig option, but like I said if you’re just starting out and only need 1 website then the StartUp is perfect! Totaling $35.88 at $2.99/mo. Snag this low price here. 

Once you finish the installation process you’ll be given the option to  choose whether to add extra services. Personally I would look into additional add-ons after reviewing your options. There’s tons of site security options out there. 

5. Choose a Theme:

This will be what your website/blog looks like! 

    • Access the WordPress dashboard. This will be under “websites” in your SiteGround account. 
    • Go to Appearance > Themes > Add New.
    • Choose a free theme or purchase a premium one that suits your style. Again, for just starting out, pick a free theme. They have great free options!

6. Install Essential Plugins:

    • Plugins enhance the functionality of your blog. I like to think of these like “apps” for my blog. Some good plugins include:
      • Yoast SEO: For optimizing your content for search engines. This will help people find your content through search engines (like google). 
      • Akismet: To protect your blog from spam comments.
      • WPForms: To create contact forms.
      • Elemenator (I like to use this to edit my posts with a drag and drop option)

Make sure that you choose plugins that have good reviews, are compatible with your theme (it will tellyou), and less is more. Having too many plugins can slow down your website, or conflict with other plugins, so just choose essential ones and research what each does. You don’t want to overwhelm yourself or your site. 

7. Create Important Pages:

    • About Me: Share your story and what your blog is about.
    • Contact: Provide a way for readers to get in touch.
    • Privacy Policy: Inform readers about how you handle their data.

8. Start Blogging:

    • Write and publish your first post.
    • I wouldn’t follow a specific schedule at first, just start posting as many posts that are good quality and within your niche this can be once a day, few times a week, whatever you have time for. That way when people visit your blog there’s content there for them to browse through. 
    • Now share your blog! Use social media, facebook groups (that allow it), Pinterest, Etc. 

Final Thoughts

Starting a blog can seem daunting, but with the right tools and mindset, it’s a rewarding journey. I also want to remind you that showing up messy is better than not showing up at all! I can’t imagine if I have never started on this journey years ago because I didn’t know what the heck I was ding, or eas worried about what others thought. I showed up messy (I still do with plenty of things), I learn, and I keep pushing on! So, whether you’re looking to share your story, build a community, or earn an income from home, blogging offers endless possibilities. Take the leap mama, and start your blogging adventure today!

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