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You have made the choice to start your blog and have chosen the mom blog niche. You want an outlet and really want to connect with other moms, bloggers, and readers. But how do you start?
Starting a blog is so easy now!
I’ve been blogging on and off for several years using either Blogger or Free WordPress. Those are fine if you’re just looking to jot down your thoughts, but if you really want to be taken seriously as a blogger you’ll want to hop right into WordPress.org – NOT the free version.
- Choose a name
- Hosting for your new domain
- Install self-hosted WordPress
- Start creating content and your social media presence!
1. Choose A Name
Choosing a domain name and title for your blog is the first and hardest step of starting a blog. Spit Up and Sit Ups came to me sometime last year and I ran with it. Everyone immediately knows what my blog is about – being a mom and health.
You’ll want to choose a name before you go any further with the process to make sure it’s available. This does require a thought process, so give this step some time. I feel incredibly lucky that I was able to get SpitUpAndSitUps.com and I love my blog’s brand.
Once you have your domain name, you can head to a separate company to register the name for around $15 a year, or head right to SiteGround because they don’t charge you for registering your domain! You can save that $15 and put it towards hosting which I will get into in the next step.
The most important advice I want to give is getting a .com! You can get so many different extensions, but .com is the most used and best by far.
2. Hosting For Your New Domain
Once you have your domain, you will need to set up hosting for your new website. You can go ahead and get started by registering your domain through SiteGround. SiteGround is amazing and their customer service is top notch. Here’s my story of how I switched to SiteGround.
I started out on a site called Wealthy Affiliate, but soon realized that the site wasn’t for me – a mom blog. I needed to get out before being charged again to host my domain. It was an impulse decision to join that site, but within two weeks of signing up I realized it wasn’t for me and I needed to go elsewhere for my hosting needs.
I started doing research, but knew I needed to jump ship prior to my monthly subscription charge of close to $60 came. Insane price! Two stuck out: BlueHost and SiteGround.
Both offered great prices for hosting. After continuing to kick around looking for reviews of both, SiteGround unanimously had better reviews on customer service, fast load times, and free migration.
You read that right. If you started elsewhere, SiteGround makes it pain free on your wallet and you to move your site. I made a $15 mistake starting out on WA, but quickly recovered. When I was ready to migrate, I simply started a chat with a tech who responded in under two minutes. My site was seamlessly migrated to my new hosting and it was incredibly easy.
Choosing your plan
On SiteGround, there are three plans to choose from:
*all prices are for 12 month option
I chose StartUp for 12 months, and it’s been great for my growing site. I highly recommend going with the 12 month option when you are starting your site and blog. You need to give yourself time to grow your content and blog and not having to deal with pesky hosting monthly bills. Go for the year and focus on your site!
Next page you will fill in your personal information. When you get to the bottom you will see this:
It is up to you if you want to keep Domain Privacy and HackAlert Monitoring checked for an additional fee. I chose to uncheck them. You can always add these features later if you have changed your mind.
Congratulations! Your site now has amazing hosting and customer service in your corner.
3. Installing WordPress
Go to your cPanel from “My Account” when logged into SiteGround. Scroll until you see “WordPress Tools” and click on “WordPress Installer.”
Here’s a screen shot of what you’ll see in the WordPress installer in your cPanel and what you’ll need to fill out.
I would highly recommend not using the username “admin” as your admin username. This is the first thing hackers will try to get into your site. You can be anything!
Remember to save your username and password to access your blog.
You can select a theme to install and change this later after installation. No worries there. I’ve gone through a few myself until I chose the one I have. You’ll find what works best for your blog and brand. You can also choose to have one designed for you.
4. Start creating content and your social media presence!
Time to have fun!
Start creating your content in WordPress. You’ll also want to create social media profiles to get your blog out there and seen at first. It’ll be great to connect with other bloggers as well! I love connecting on social media so please reach out to me on any platform to connect. Check out Find Your Tribe by Women Winning Online’s Jen Snyder to find out where bloggers in your niche are hanging out and how to connect with them.
Wasn’t that easy?
To take your blog a step further, you’ll want to check out How to Make Sense of Affiliate Marketing by Michelle Schroeder-Gardner of Making Sense of Cents and how you can monetize your blog when the traffic starts flowing. You NEED this course if you are a blogger – new or you’ve been blogging for a long time. I’ve learned so much from Michelle and I continue to reference the course as I go along.
There you have it! You can start your mom blog during nap time and be up and running before your little one wakes up!
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