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Starting a Blog

Start a Mom Blog in Less than 5 Minutes (While your baby sleeps)!

Congratulations on making the decision to start a mommy blog! Blogging has literally changed my life and I’m so excited that you have decided to take a leap of faith and start one too! Not only can you make money with a blog, but you’ll also get a chance to use your expertise & knowledge to help & connect with people..and friends, that’s what life is all about!

I’m always surprised to hear that most people think that starting a blog is complicated and expensive..and guess what…It’s not really that hard or expensive! In the tutorial below, I will show you how to start a mom blog by securing a domain name, getting hosting for your blog & teach you how to write your first post.

How to Start a Mom Blog

Below I will show you how you can start a blog in less time than it takes you to warm up a bottle in the middle of the night and less expensive than a super pack of diapers and *almost* as rewarding as raising your little ones. Being a blogger has been such a blessing to my life, my career and my family that I just get so gosh darn excited when I see other moms take the leap into blogging!

If you are a video-watching kinda of learner, then check out this 3 minute video to see just how easy it is to set up a brand new domain name, hosting & WordPress blog! Otherwise, check out the step-by-step tutorial below.

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Let’s get started!

There are 4 steps to starting a mommy blog (and it’s a lot easier than you think)

  1. Choose a domain name
  2. Get hosting for your site
  3. Install WordPress Blogging platform
  4. Select a theme for your website

1. Choosing a Domain Name:

Choosing a domain name is probably going to be the hardest part of setting up your blog. First you need to brainstorm a name for your blog and then figure out if the domain name you want is available. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve come up with the PERFECT name for my blog only to find out that it has already been taken. Whomp Whomp! If your name is taken, then you can start playing with some different spellings and different synonyms for your name. The most important bit of advice I can give you is to try to get the .com version of your domain name. Why? Well, while there are now many many different extensions you can get like .net, .biz, .tv the .com are still considered the most authoritative.

Pro Tip: If you purchase 1 year of hosting in advance through Bluehost, you’ll actually get a one year domain name registration for FREE!

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2. Get hosting for your site:

Now that you’ve secured your domain name, you’ll need to get website hosting which is what will get your domain and website on the internet. Bluehost is a very reliable and easy host to use and I recommend it to each of my clients. The best part is that you can actually get a FREE domain name when you purchase 1 year of hosting in advance (versus paying monthly).

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When it comes to Bluehost hosting options, you have 3 options:

  • Starter package is $3.95/per month (12 month option)
  • Plus package is $6.95/ per month (12 month option)
  • Business pro package is $14.95 per month (12 month option)

Honestly, because you are just starting out, you can absolutely start with the $3.95 package. You will only need to consider an upgrade when you have a decent amount of traffic, until that happens, save yourself some money and start off with the cheapest option.

If you are on the fence about purchasing an annual hosting plan, I can assure you that it certainly is a better deal in the long run, not only do you get a better monthly price but you also have the reliability of your blog running without issue. I’ve tried to do the monthly billing cycles before and before you know it life happens (or the baby is sick) and you’ve missed a payment and your blog is on the brink of being taken offline. Do yourself a favor and just purchase the annual hosting and set it and forget it…for at least a year! :) Hopefully, after the first year, you’ll be ready to upgrade to the next level.

Set up your hosting account

3. Install WordPress Blogging Platform onto your hosting account:

One of the reasons I recommend Bluehost is because it has a dead simple way to install WordPress, which is the BEST blogging platform out there. In order to start blogging you will need to install WordPress by following these steps:

  1. Once you sign up for Bluehost hosting you will get an email with a link to your CPANEL (this is the backend dashboard to your hosting account). Click on the link to go to your CPANEL.
  2. Once you are logged into the CPANEL click on the “Mojo Marketplace” & click the “One Install” button
  3. Find the WordPress icon under Blogs & click on it & then click on Start (this will begin the installation)
  4. Next you will have the opportunity to select which domain name you’d like associated with your WordPress installation. Click on the dropdown menu and select your newly purchased domain name.
  5. Next you will click on “Advanced Options” and create a username & password for your blog. Now you’ll definitely want to make sure that both your username and password are secure and unique. I would shy away from something like “Admin” & “Password” for your username and password. For maximum security use a combination of uppercase letters, numbers and symbols.
  6. Click on “Automatically create a new database for this installation“. This will create a new database where all of your blog posts and images will be hosted.
  7. After all of that, click install!

4. Select a WordPress Theme for your blog:

Now if you are anything like me, you’ll want your blog to be cute and sassy and reflect your personality! The best thing about WordPress is that there are literally THOUSANDS of themes that you can upload to your blog to make it look like anything you want..and then range from totally FREE & easy to Premium wordpress themes available for purchase.

Once again, because you are just starting out and need to figure out if this whole blogging thing is for you, then I recommend that you choose a free WordPress theme to get started. WordPress comes installed with several different WordPress themes and you can see all of the pre-installed themes by clicking on “Appearance -> Themes” while logged into your WordPress dashboard. You can select one of those themes, or choose to upload a new theme.

If you’d like to upload a new theme, click on “Add New” right near Themes. This will bring up a grid of all the available FREE themes. You can use the Advanced search feature or Keyword search to find a certain theme that fits your site. For example, if you plan to blog about photography, perhaps you’d like a photography themed site, etc. Once you have found a theme that you like, click install. Once the theme is installed, you must click on Activate to make it your main theme. Voila, your blog is ready for your first post!

Now that you’ve got your blog set up, it’s time to learn how to write a post in WordPress!

Starting a Mom Blog

Chrystie is a mom of 3 kids and wife to one. She's sold 4 blogs in the last 10 years and now helps other women start their blogging empire. Her love for really bad reality TV is only trumped by her love for margaritas without salt. Her other addictions include spray painting everything gold and embarrassing her kids at the bus stop. #thatmom

This article has 23 comments

  1. Beatris

    Awesome blog! Do you have any hints for aspiring writers?

    I’m hoping to start my own site soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
    Would you recommend starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are
    so many options out there that I’m totally overwhelmed ..
    Any tips? Kudos!

    • Mecyll Jamila

      Hello, Beatris! To start a blog, I advise you to try WordPress.com for free to let you experience the blogging. That’s where I started for one month and see myself how overwhelming blogging is before I transferred to a self-hosted site.

  2. brittany

    so amazing! As a fellow mommy blogger I loved reading this! CONGRATS on all of your success girl!

  3. Christina Ray

    I really liked you post and appreciate all of the information.

  4. furtdso linopv

    Definitely, what a fantastic site and enlightening posts, I surely will bookmark your blog.All the Best!

  5. Rhi

    Good tips. i just started a new blog (my second). I love wordpress and I’m always looking for new themes!

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  7. Sarah

    It’s so helpful to follow along these “start a mom blog” steps! I started my blog just last November and it’s been such a great experience so far! Would love for you to check it out! http://www.sugarmaplenotes.com

    • Chrystie

      I just checked it out..and it’s super cute! You’ve done a great job :)

  8. Shadaan

    Hi, Just stumbled upon your blog from pinterest and believe me I am loving each post of yours. So I am certainly going to stay here for long and read your posts. I have also recently started my ‘mom blog’ and that’s why I am pretty excited

  9. Beatriz

    Hello Chrystie, I’m interested in starting a blog and have been on several sites that offer info on how to begin a blog and most offer similar information. What I haven’t come across is advice or information on how the money making process actually works. Maybe I’m not seeing the obvious or maybe I’m just on information overload.

    How does payment processing work? How do you link it to your blog? Hope you can help.

    Thank you in advance for your assistance.

  10. Marie V

    Thank you for all the helpful information. I recently (like within the last week) launched my own blog after blogging for someone else (a Coupon/Deals blog) for a couple years.

    It’s definitely a work in progress but I’ve been reading lots of your blog posts and have been using that information to update my own work.

    Thanks again and here is my blog if you’d like to check it out
    http://www.beingsimplyfrugal.com/

    • Chrystie

      Congratulations! I was a coupon blogger for 5 years, so let me know if you need help with anything! :)

      • Marie V

        Thanks! I really enjoyed following your coupon/deals blog and since I’m in NH it was pretty relevant for me. I liked following someone local. I’m going to keeping working with the coupon blog while I continue to develop my blog. Mine is a frugal living blog as opposed to a coupon/deals blog so I think they can be complementary as opposed to competitive.

  11. Mal

    Hi Chrystie!

    Love everything you touch!! I had a quick question, I’ve set up a small blog on WordPress and after reading this I guess I’m just a little confused on the need for the domain name and hosting for the site.. Doesn’t WordPress provide this for you? Sorry, if this is a silly question!! I’m not web savvy 🙊

    Thank you in advance!!

    Xoxo

    Mal

    • Chrystie

      Hi Mal! WordPress does give you that, however having a free site on WordPress inhibits how much money you can make with your blog, which is why most people switch over to a self-hosted site when they are ready to get serious :)

  12. Aimee Niebuhr

    Okay, after six months of free WordPress hosting, I am officially making the leap to self hosted and getting serious about becoming a legit blogger. Thanks for all of your helpful tutorials! I plan to live here for the next week!! xo

  13. Janet Devlin

    Hello Chrystie, I am so interested about your post. Could you give me more tips to do? I’ve been blogging for almost a year. Thank you! I like it! http://www.bestbalancebikelab.com/

  14. Andrew Wise

    It’s easy to build a blog, your post explains it all under 5 mins. But let’s not forget and stress out that it takes loads of time to research and plan it out to make it successful. I also agree on the start with the free stuff first, especially if you’re just trying it out first. it can be such a handful especially when you’re juggling things with house chores and parenting.

    Still, I love this post. Simplifies everything! Cheers!

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