If you’re new around here, I’m Monica and I run this blog you’re clicking around in. Today I’m sharing how you can start a blog and make some real money for your family. Now, I’m not going to lie being a full time mom, and blogger is not easy! Especially, when you first start out. But it is so much fun, and rewarding because you get to write about stuff you love, HELP PEOPLE, and spend time with your family. You get to be the stay at home mommy you want to be while still making some extra cash from home.
I want to help other moms start a money making blog. There is really an unlimited amount of money you can make from your blog. It just depends on you, and just the right resources. I’ve learned so much throughout this whole process, and I’m ready to share my knowledge with new mom bloggers so you don’t make the same mistakes I did.
WHEN I FIRST STARTED BLOGGING, I SUCKED! but I stuck with it, learned from my very big mistakes, and kept pushing through. I wanted to learn and help other moms because I know being a wife, mother, and homemaker ain’t easy. It’s very frustrating.
I’m not one of those bloggers making thousands of dollars a month but I am making consistent money each month. Yes, thousands and thousands of dollars a month sound amazing but 100-300 ain’t bad either and I plan to keep increasing my income.
I DON’T WANT YOU TO SUCK, I WANT YOU TO MAKE IT!
Woman need to stick together, and I want to stick with you. I remember searching online like a mad woman on how I could make money from home. I guess i wasn’t really that good at using the internet because I never found anything to make me money.
My blogging experience has been one big roller coaster. Until late September when I decided to turn my blog into a business. This is still a work in progress because I have 5 kids, and sometimes I have days when I’m not SUPER WOMAN.
ALRIGHT MAMA, ARE YOU READY TO START A MONEY MAKING BLOG?
Here is my 5 step formula for starting a MONEY MAKING BLOG.
STEP 1 – Finding your NICHE. I think this part is very important to think about before you start brainstorming names for your site. You don’t want to end up with a name that doesn’t have anything to do with your niche. It will just confuse potential readers/customers or clients. This is the most important part of creating a money making blog. You want to target a specific audience. Don’t be to broad because smaller is bigger! You can start by answering these 2 questions.
- What are you good at? What are your skills?
- Who do you want to help?
STEP 2 – Brainstorm names. This is the funnest part! You now need to pick a name for your site. Remember, you want the name to correlate with your niche so your potential audience doesn’t get confused. You can do this by writing down some fun words that correlate with you niche. Once you have a list start taking words and putting them together, see what you come up with.
Make sure you pick a few name for your site because you also need to make sure they are available. So, have some backups ready just incase.
STEP 3 – Create topics for your categories. These may change as you travel down your blogging journey but it’s important to start with a good idea of what you will mainly be writing about. Take sometime to think about these topics.
STEP 4 – Choose your branding colors. These are very important because it helps make your blog and you look more professional, established, and you will stand out. People (brands as well) will see your name, your branding colors, and guess what? They will remember you!
STEP 5 – You need WEB HOSTING. My number one recommendation for web hosting is Bluehost. They have been really amazing. Plus, when you sign up with my link you get the BEST WEB HOSTING FOR ONLY 3.45 A MONTH, a free domain, free site builders, 1 click WordPress installation, and 24/7 support.
Signing up with Bluehost will get your blog off to a great start. It’s extremely important to have a good web hosting. If you are ready to start making money, and doing something you love then let’s do this!!
I just gave you my 5 step formula for starting a MONEY MAKING BLOG and now I’m going to give you an even bigger jump to get ahead of the game..
Here is a step-by-step guide to set up your BLUEHOST ACCOUNT.
Pick your plan. The basic was the best deal for me, and especially if you are just getting started. You do have to pay for the plan in full, for the 36 months, if you want to snag your blog up for the $3.45 per month.
My best suggestion is choosing basic, choosing 12 months and paying $5.95 for 12 months. That way your start off total is low, less than $90 to launch your blog! This basic plan is really all you need to get started.
This section below will be were you type in your chosen domain name (site name) to see if it is available. I think this part is so much fun!
Now it’s time to create your account. Ahhhh, you are almost official!
When you scroll down you’ll see this section below and this will break down the cost per month, plan, you decide to purchase. The image shown below with the basic 12 month price for 5.45/mo.
Now install WordPress. Bluehost will send you a welcome email. From there go into your cPanel. Look for the icon that says “One Click Install.” The image below will give a picture as to where and what you should click on. Then follow the instructions below the image.
- Click on the WordPress Icon under Blogs.
- Click on the “Start” icon.
- After the installation, use the dropdown menu and click on the domain you want to choose.
- Click on “Advanced Options.” Choose a username and password for your WordPress website. Choose something secure so you don’t get hacked. Use a combination of letters and numbers.
- Click on “Automatically create a new database for this installation.”
- Click on “Install Now.”
- Don’t forget to save all of your usernames and passwords in a secure area. This is the fun part about blogging you will have tons of log-in information to save.
Now, quick log into your WordPress to choose a beautiful free theme until you can foot out the cash to buy a professional one that will really give you a leg up in this career path. Yes, I said career path! If you work hard and do it right your blog you just invested under 90 bucks in can make you a full time income or way more than you ever thought!
Head into WordPress click on appearance, themes, then add new theme.
There are lots of great themes that WordPress offers, this is where you can take a look at some of your options. You can see in the image below there are 4,149 themes to look through. I found the perfect little theme that suited me well when I first started blogging so I know you could find something that will work for you until you can buy a more professional theme.
If you have the money to spend on a professional website I would totally go for it. I got mine from Pretty Darn Cute Designs and I absolutely love the websites she makes. Well, that’s a wrap, friend! I wish you all the luck on your new blogging adventure.
CONGRATULATIONS NEW BLOGGER! You did it, and this is only the beginning..