Are you a mom? Do you want to blog about your experiences as a mom? Maybe make some money on the side while sharing? I hear you! I’ve been there. I started Six Time Mommy back in 2013. I started off just wanting to fill my time while my older kids were at school and my baby napped and it grew into something I never could have imagined. While I’m by no means the biggest blogger — I do pretty well.
This post will touch on how to get you started if you are thinking of making a Mommy Blog (or family friendly blog! as some don’t like the term, Mommy Blogger)
Free vs Paid / Blogger vs WordPress / WordPress.com vs WordPress.org
This is a debate in generally every area of blogging. It doesn’t matter what your niche is, there is a lot of debate over using free sites like blogger and wordpress.com vs paid hosting and wordpress.org there are pros and cons to each, which I will jump into with you right here, right now!
FREE: Who doesn’t love free? I do and in the world of blogging free is generally wonderful – except when it comes to your actual blog and backend. Although free has many pros such as no monthly fees, no interruptions, and no losing content if you forget to renew there are some cons that most don’t even think of such as less control, you may not own all of your own content, and it looks less professional to PR and brands. Sure you can make a free site look lovely, but you can always tell when they are hosted on the free networks and to PR and brands; this doesn’t look ideal.
If you aren’t sure you want to jump into paying for a blog right away, start a blog on a free platform (I recommend blogger) because later on there are plugins you can use on your own hosted site (wordpress.org) to migrate everything over quickly and easily without losing anything! This is a great way to test the waters and make sure you will stick with it before jumping into a paid version.
PAID: Why is paid the way to go? If you’d like to earn income on your blog you have more freedom to do so on a paid platform. You can join multiple ad networks to display ads on your site, you can customize and even have someone build you the perfect site from scratch with little to no restrictions and you own 100% of everything you post on your blog. Yes, there are fees involved but you can find affordable and reliable options that are right for you. You can pay monthly, quarterly and yearly for most hosting companies and once you purchase a domain name (.com, .net, .org, .ca) you generally don’t have to renew them again depending on what you choose at check out for 1 year, 2 years, 3 years and so on.
But What does all this MEAN?
Free platforms: blogger.com, wix.com, wordpress.com — places like these let you build a blog hosted on their site (so your URL address to access your blog would be yourblog.blogger.com instead of yourblog.com) they have their own TOS and rules to follow so if you are signing up with one of these be sure to check them out fully before signing up! My advice: If you go with this option purchase your own domain and have it pointed to the free one so at least you have a URL of your own.
Paid: This means you will purchase hosting to host your blog instead of having it on a free platform. Hosting would need to be used on a purchased domain (.com, .net, .org, .ca etc) and it’s 100% yours. Hosted in your name, on your own hosting plan.
Domain: A domain is a website URL/Address such as sugarrushmoi.com – it’s direct, easy to establish your own brand and persona, and it will be easiest for people to find you on the web. The way is reads its clearly a food/sweets blog.
Hosting: As mentioned hosting your own domain and website are ideal. There are many companies that offer hosting services. Here are a few:
There are a lot of places that offer hosting. I don’t like paying a ton for hosting right off the bat, because you never know if you’ll stick with it. So make sure you choose wisely.
Shop around! Ask friends or other bloggers what hosting providers they prefer and why. Let me say this though, you will get varying opinions and while one hosting company may have been a nightmare for one it could be amazing for others. It’s important to shop around, do plenty of research and choosing a company you will be happy with. You can switch if you find the one you went with isn’t great for your needs, or you find problems – but that can be a pain in the butt, however, is doable!
Start a Mommy Blog – What you’ll need:
Name: Think of a name you will be happy with. Re-branding is exciting and fun but a lot of work, especially if you create a brand that you love and have loyal readers you may not want to. Choose wisely and love the name you choose!
Have content ready before you launch: It can be really exciting and hard to wait to launch your new masterpiece but make sure you have some great content live before you do. Give people different articles to read, and if you are doing recipes and/or DIY – have some live to bring in the readers!
Join groups: There are so many groups on Facebook and Telegram you can join to meet other mommy bloggers and start networking. It’s a great idea to see what is popular right now and put out content you know will do good. Networking and speaking to other bloggers can help with that.
Get your social media handles: Claim your names! You’ll want to do this before you launch so you can be sure the names that match your blog will be yours. Sign up for Instagram, Twitter and create a page on Facebook featuring your blog name.
Once you’ve done all that creating your site is next!
Once you have your domain name and hosting – find the perfect theme. This can be difficult as there are so many amazing ones out there, and although it may be scary if you are new most come with wonderful tutorials that can explain exactly how to set everything up and get you on your way.
Here are some places I recommend checking out if you are on the hunt for a perfect theme: Restored 316, Pretty Darn Cute Designs, and Creative Market. These sites offer gorgeous PAID themes, however there are thousands of sites out there that offer free and paid options for themes.
What else will help make your new venture a big success?
- Good luck and if you have a question that isn’t answered here, be sure to send us an email and we will answer + post it here!
Watch for it:
Coming up: How to work with brands.