It’s back to school season and everyone, including moms, are looking for ways to make extra cash. Though options like Instacart, dog walking, and house sitting might be viable options for making money, they’re not very fun or sustainable! Why not do something you’re really passionate about? And, why not fulfill a lifelong goal while doing it?
Why not start a MOM BLOG?
Whether you’re a working mom, a work from home mom, or a stay at home mom, you can be a mom blogger! Starting a mom blog is a great way to feed your creative side and bring in extra income. With some hard work, it can even go from a side hustle to your full-time career! If this sounds like you, then read on ladies!
To help you on your way, we’ve developed this step-by-step guide to creating a mom blog. Here it is:
How to Start a Mom Blog
Step 1: Niche Down
A mom blog is a great idea for a blog topic, but it’s not quite niche enough. In order to really make it in the blogging world, you have to stand out with a unique perspective and focused point. Write about a specific passion or lifestyle in motherhood.
You could write about ways to save money as a mom. You could write about homeschooling. Or, you could write about your family’s on-the-go lifestyle. Whatever it is, make it special and specific. Blog niches like this excite readers and make your content stick out in the crowded space of mom blogging.
Step 2: Make a Business Plan and Budget
If your goal is to make money blogging, you’re not just starting a blog. You’re starting a business! Whenever you start a business, you should do some planning. Start with your vision for the brand, then move to your growth strategy. Then, finish up with your financials. There are some start-up costs AND regular monthly costs for blogs. So, ensure you have the funds to get your project started!
Your plan and budget can start small. That’s okay! But an outline will prevent you from getting lost and going over budget. Keep your plan simple, but don’t underestimate the power of budgeting and intentionality.
Step 3: Pick a Name
Next, it’s time to pick your domain name! Your name should be memorable, easy to spell/read, and totally unique. Remember, this is how your readers will search for your content and travel to your website. It’s no small thing!
You should really take some time to find the best title when choosing a domain name. Here is a resource to help you name your blog. Once you have your name, make sure there’s not already a domain under that name. If it’s not taken, grab a free domain or purchase one to reserve the web address.
Step 4: Pick a Blogging Platform
Now it’s time to pick a hosting service! A good web hosting provider will be easy to use, provide helpful blogging tools, and offer lots of design capabilities. These platforms come at a variety of price points, starting with free. But, the cheaper your hosting plan, the fewer capabilities you’ll have on your site.
If monetization is your goal, you definitely don’t want to go with a free hosting site. Most free plans won’t include widgets, which you’ll need to make money on your blog. You can browse the pros and cons of the top blogging platforms here.
But, as a rule, WordPress is the best platform for blogs! It’s specially designed exactly for blogs, so you can bet it’ll have all the features you need. So, if you want to make this decision quickly, go ahead and install WordPress.
Step 5: Design Your Site
Ready to design your site? Your hosting platform should make this process super easy. No crazy coding or design backgrounds necessary. You can browse lots of themes online and pick one that fits your brand the best. Then, you just need to add your logo, colors, and make sure everything is really easy to navigate!
Step 6: Download Useful Plug-Ins
Plug-ins add new functions to your website. Some plug-ins that help everyone are enhanced security plug-ins, analytics plug-ins, and contact form plug-ins. But, depending on your niche, you might need something special. There are special plug-ins for recipe cards, image carousels, YouTube integrations, and so much more! Pick the most useful ones for you.
Step 7: Get an SSL Certificate
Security might not feel like a big deal on your mom blog, especially if you’re not selling anything or taking anyone’s payment information. But, security is important for blogs and websites of any kind!
This is especially true since Google started marking websites without SSL certificates as “unsafe” on their search engine results pages. This means internet users aren’t likely to click on your site for security fears. It doesn’t take long, so get an SSL certificate and turn your website from HTTP to HTTPs for the sake of your readers.
Step 8: Write Blog Posts
Now, it’s time to write your blog posts! The fun part, right? Start adding high-quality posts to your site that have your voice and unique perspective. You should be posting frequently and consistently in order to gain a following. So, pick a day or two of the week, and make sure you’re delivering each time.
If it starts to get a little overwhelming and you feel writer’s block coming on, remember you can always outsource some of your blog writing. The important thing is to make sure you’re posting valuable, high-quality content on a regular basis.
Step 9: Search Engine Optimize
If you want your blog to really grow, you need to gain readership organically through search engines. To do this, your content has to populate when potential readers are searching topics in your niche. This will only happen if your content is search engine optimized, which means it’s written in a way Google understands.
It can be a little complicated, but InfluencerSEO is here to help with all your SEO needs! Our blog will help guide you through DIY SEO. But, don’t forget we also have SEO services for those of you that would rather outsource this piece of the puzzle. Either way, good SEO is a must-have for ANY blog.
Step 10: Establish a Social Media Presence
SEO will drive traffic to your site over time, but you need something more active. Developing a social media presence will allow you to better connect with your readers to promote your content and engage with your supporters. Social media is also a great place to widen your audience and attract new, potential readers.
Go where your niche is. So, for a mom blog, the best platforms will be Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Pinterest! Try not to do it all at once. Start with one or two platforms, get comfortable posting and engaging regularly, and then grow from there.
Step 11: Consider Monetization Goals
If you want to blog AND make money, monetization is an important part of your planning process. There are quite a few ways you can turn your blog into a business and make real money. Here are five ways you can monetize your blog:
Sell Products or Services
Is there a product or service you could sell that goes with your niche? It could be anything! Consultations, coaching, books, branded merch, checklists, guides, and courses are all great things to sell on your blog. Digital products are a particularly good idea, because they don’t require any inventory.
Affiliate marketing is like selling someone else’s products! You’ll simply find products you like that are associated with your affiliate platform and create great content around that product. When someone clicks that affiliate link on your page, you’ll get a commission. You can learn a lot more about affiliate marketing here!
Brand collaborations are when you work with a company to promote their product. You agree on a product, and then you create a sponsored post for it. Once you post it, you get paid! It’s similar to affiliate marketing, but you are paid a flat rate, rather than a small commission. If you want to know more about brand collaborations, check out our article here.
There are tons of ad agencies that work with small brands. You simply sign up for them and allow them to run various ads on your website. You’ll get paid for renting out this space. If you have a large number of regular readers, this is a great way to make passive income. You can find agencies that commonly work with small blogs here.
You provide lots of great content for your readers every week. But with a subscription model, you could create more for a special VIP group! A monthly subscription could give your readers access to additional posts, print-outs, live sessions, courses, and more! This is a great way to earn consistent and predictable monthly income.
Step 12: Promote Your Blog
Now that your blog is ready, it’s time to promote! You can promote through social media, running ads, guest posting, hosting giveaways, lead magnets, and interaction on forums. It’ll take some time and hard work, but soon your readership will grow!
Step 13: Build Your Email List
As you’re promoting your blog and gaining readers, make sure you’re grabbing their contact info. You should be sending out regular emails to let everyone know about new posts, products, and giveaways. (You can use a plug-in to collect your reader’s contact info!)
Step 14: Slay
Now, girl, SLAY. It’s time to push your blog, create great content, engage with fans, and reach all your blogging dreams! It’s a grind. But with dedication, you’ll hit that influencer status you’re looking for in no time. Then, you’ll have a whole new set of challenges (along with a lucrative and sustainable income, of course.)
Starting a mom blog is a great way to build a personal brand and make money sharing what you love.
Mom blogging isn’t going anywhere. It’s one of the top ways moms learn and gain community in 2022. The market is demanding your unique perspective, so get out there with your original spin on the topic of motherhood!
We can’t wait to see what you create, and we’re here to help you all along the way. Check back weekly on our site for new posts on building a successful blogging business. And, of course, follow us on Insta too for quick tips and daily wisdom!