Blogging on your mind, but not sure where to start?
Blogging is everywhere these days. There are blogs for about every subject under the sun: mom blogs, fitness, lifestyle, you name it…there’s a blog for it! I’m sure if you are a mama like me you spend the majority of your spare time scouring mom blogs, Pinterest, and Facebook looking up parenting advice or ways to earn extra income. As your devouring information I’m sure the thought crosses your mind if you too could start a blog!
The answer is, yes! You could and you should! I believe every mama should start a blog! Starting a blog has been one of the best decisions I could make as a mom! It has given me something to call my own. A hobby that offers me an outlet to express my thoughts, feelings, and allows me an opportunity for personal growth.
Plus, I know that one day my blog will allow me to achieve my dream of staying at home with my kids! There are an abundance of successful mama bloggers who have not only replaced their full-time income but have surpassed it by leaps and bounds! Take a peek at these bloggers who have grown their influence and are now living the life they dreamed of with their families:
Starting a blog is one of the best choices you can make and I wanted to help you with a step-by-step tutorial showing you how easy it is to get started! Don’t worry about having to be techie (I’m faaaar from that myself!). This process is easy and streamlined and just like me you can have your blog set up with Siteground in less than 10 minutes!
What are you waiting for? Let’s get started!
Discover Your Niche
The first thing you need to take into consideration as you think about starting a blog is what you are going to want to write about…and it should most likely be something you love and are familiar with, since you will be writing the majority of your posts on this niche topic.
Why do you need a niche? It’s not a necessity, but having a niche will help to provide you a framework in which to formulate your blog posts. It is going to streamline your writing process since you will be focusing on topics in your niche. The biggest bonus…it is going to help you grow your blog and your following quicker!
Here are a few questions to help you make your decision:
What do I love?
Think about something that gets you excited. What is it you are constantly searching in Google or Pinterest? What are some hobbies that you have enjoyed throughout your life? These are going to be areas that you can use as your niche.
What do I have experience in?
Now, this doesn’t mean you need to be the world’s top expert on this topic, but it will certainly help when writing blog posts to have knowledge about your topic. It will also help you to grow your following as they see that you know what you are talking about.
Can I Monetize it?
Perhaps you are only interested in blogging for the fun of it, the community or personal growth…but, if this is something that you want to use to help you acheive your dream of being a stay at home mom or being a world traveler (or both!) than you are going to need to consider if this topic will be something you can easily monetize. Most every niche has earning potential; however, take a few moments and consider how you can make money in your niche area.
Choose Your Name
Once you have focused in on your niche it’s time for the fun part, choosing your blog name! It’s time to use your creativity and brainstorm some titles that work in your niche! Keep in mind it should be something that your readers can relate to as well.
It also helps if your readers can be clued in to what your niche is from your website name.
As you can see my blog title includes the word momma, letting readers know that it is going to have posts that are associated with motherhood. However, I don’t have anything in my title related to blogging…so don’t get too hung up on the title. Have fun with it!
Rule of thumb: make sure your blog name is memorable, easy to spell, and relates to your brand.
Have a few options just in case the one you were thinking of is already taken!
It’s now time to create your blog!
Choose Your Platform
I personally use WordPress.org as my blogging platform. You will find there are many more opportunities to customize your website. This will also allow you greater accessibility to monetize your site, once you are ready to take that step! Not to mention there is amazing support for the WordPress platform!
Keep in mind that if you opt for a WordPress.org site you will also need a site hosting provider. Basically, this is access to the server that runs your blog. Don’t let that frighten you, because I’m going to walk you through setting that up as well in this tutorial!
Set Up Your Blog
When I started my blog I wanted a provider that would be secure and reliable…and also a good value! Which is something we are all interested in, right!?
I personally decided to use Siteground as my provider. There are many hosting providers to choose from, so why did I opt to go with them?
1. Incredible Uptime! (Uptime is the metric that represents how much time system or device is successfully operational. In laymen’s terms it’s when a system is working.)
One of the worst things you could experience as a blogger is to have your site crash. Knowing that your provider has excellent ratings is going to keep your mind at ease and stop any headaches before they even start.
With Siteground you’ll have amazing uptime. 99.996% over the past year!!! This means that in one whole year they have only experienced 20 minutes of downtime! That is an amazing accomplishment that not many other hosts can come close to.
2. Amazing 24/7 Customer Service!
No more waiting an hour or more to speak with a customer service rep! No one has got time for that in this busy world! Sitegrounds fantastic tech support is there night and day to help you out with whatever questions or problems you might come up against. Not only do you have the option to call, they also have the amazing option to chat with one of their tech experts online. If you are like me and have a baby, online chats are an awesome option to avoid crying in the background!
As you can see Siteground has some amazing features to offer you as a new blogger! So, are you ready to get started! Keep following this tutorial and we’ll have your blog up and running in less than 10 minutes!
Before we get started, the easiest thing is to follow along doing the tutorial with me! So click on over to Siteground and let’s do this!!
Step 1: Choose a Plan
As you can see the most basic plan is their Startup Plan, which is only $3.95/month! A great price for investing in your own business!
- One Website
- 10GB Web Space
- 10,000 Visits Monthly
- Plus, all of the essential features.
The plan that I would recommend to bloggers is the one that I am personally invested in and that is the GrowBig plan. At only $5.95/ month it is an amazing deal since you will not only be getting the basic features, plus premium!
This will also give you even faster customer service response times and priority service! Something you find exceedingly helpful as a new blogger! The Grow Big plan includes,
- All of the features of the StartUp Plan
- Hosting for Multiple Sites
- 20GB Web Space
- Best for up to 25,000 Monthly Visits
- Extra Fast Response Times
- Premium Support
- The Super Cacher – This helps your site run faster, improving SEO ranking with Google and helping to keep your readers on your site.
If you feel like you are ready to conquer the world and show off your inner geek than the GoGeek plan is for you! At only $11.95/month this option allows you to host a high-traffic site. It also is a great option if you are planning on running an ecommerce site. Some of the features include:
- 30GB Web Space
- 100,000 Visits Monthly
Choose which plan bests suits your needs and lets Get Started!!!
Step 2: Choose Your Domain
Remember the list you made of potential website names? Your domain name is what people will remember you by when they are on Pinterest or Facebook. A domain name is important since it defines your brand. So, when someone thinks of your site’s name, it should represent your brand. You can use your own personal name as the title of your blog, or use one of those potential website names you had brainstormed in the beginning. Just remember to keep everything simple and straight to the point.
When you get to this page, you can use your existing domain name or pick a new domain name.
Type in your website’s name, and it will check if it’s available. If your website name is available, you can move on!
Fill out your account and client information.
Payment Information and Purchase Information
Extra services: here you can choose to select or unselect the extra features that you might need or might not need on your blog. For the most part, the basic features are fine. To remove the extra services just uncheck the boxes.
Congrats mama! You now have hosting for your blog! All you need to do is to install WordPress and get creative. It is pretty simple to set up, but if you need some help? The tech team at SiteGround will set it up for you!
All you need to do is go to “live chat” and talk to a SiteGround representative. Ask them if they can set up your WordPress site and send over your login details…that’s it! This process will take a max of fifteen minutes and then you can access your beautiful new site!
Once they send you your login details go to www.yournewsite.com/wp-admin and login!
If you would rather install WordPress on your own follow the steps below.
First, go to the My Accounts tab and click on Go to cPanel.
Next, click on WordPress in the Autoinstallers section
Then click the blue “Install” button.
On the next screen fill out the following:
Choose Protocol: most likely it is http://
Choose Domain: The domain for the site you are setting up
In Directory: Leave this section blank
Site Name: Anything to help you remember which site this is. Note: you can update this later.
Site Description: A brief description of your site. Note: you can update this later.
Admin Username: You will need to remember this! Write it down and keep it in a safe place.
Admin Password: You will need to remember this! Write it down and keep it in a safe place.
Admin Email: Your email address.
Language: Your preferred language.
Choose a Theme to Install: You can install a theme here or on the backend of your WordPress site. You can start with a free theme and upgrade to a paid theme as your blog grows!
Now using the username and password you just created go tohttp://www.yournewblog.com/wp-admin (your domain) and login!
TA-DA! You are now the proud owner of your own blog!!! Now it’s time for the fun part…let’s get writing!