According to Digital Mom, there are over 3.9 million mom blogs on the internet. Add to that the infinite number of blogs, and it makes you wonder how some of my peers haven’t caught the blogging bug, yet. I’ve talked to a few friends who ask “how do I get started blogging? What tips do you have? What do I need to do to start my blog and get it moving?”
How do I get started blogging?
Um. You start. No really. If you want to blog to share favorite photos and stories of your family with family and friends, if you want to share more than Facebook allows, or have more details than you want to share on Facebook, a blog is your answer. So, get ready. You’ll be writing before your day is over. (Scroll down for more information).
If you’re planning to start a mom blog for the good of the world, as a resource, or to share your talents, you’ll have a few more questions to ask yourself before you start.
- Do I plan to, eventually, monetize?
- What do I want to share with my readers?
- How professional do I want my blog to look?
Okay. So I want to start a blog. Where do I go?
If you’re blogging for personal reasons
If your blog is strictly to share pictures and photos with friends and family, you can set up your blog at Blogger (owned by google) as a blogspot blog or at WordPress.com. Both of these will provide free blogs for you. They’re extremely simple to set up using their provided templates and, within minutes, you will have written your first post.
If you plan to make your blog bigger, buy a URL
If you plan to make your blog audience bigger than your family and friends, I recommend buying your own URL. Give it some thought and come up with a catchy, unique title. Be sure to search around a bit (do a google search) to make sure your unique idea isn’t already taken by another blogger. With 3.9 million mom blogs, it’s hard to be unique.
Once you’re in love with a blog title, snatch up that URL as soon as you can. I have friends who own over 50 URLs, so buying a few favorites isn’t such a bad idea. I recommend 1&1 for web hosting, where .info will cost you only $.99 to register and .com runs $8.99 (up to 5 domains). Do you need .com, .net, .info., etc.? That’s a personal thing. I don’t usually buy more than a .com, but if you intend to have a lot of competition, you’ll want to buy them all. Of course, most people still know .com as the most usual domain, so if you can get a .com, do! There’s nothing wrong with .net, .org or .anythingelse, it’s just not as readily remembered. Consider this: if I told you my website was Just-Precious.biz, would you be likely to remember it when you arrive home and go to your computer? Probably not. Out of habit, you’ll probably type in Just-Precious.com.
After you purchase your domain, you can either design your own blog, again using the free templates at blogger or at wordpress.org (this is the wordpress where you can monetize. There’s also more liberty to do more to your blog at wordpress.org.) There are other blog platforms, but these are the two most common in Mom Blogging.
I’ve used both and highly recommend WordPress. Blogger is easier, but WordPress allows for more opportunity in blogging.
Some people like to have a completely unique and professional design on their very first day of blogging, others just want to jump in and get started. These days, there are plenty of options for free themes or templates available to you the day you start blogging. If you’d like to be more creative, I recommend hiring a designer. I have many favorite designers to recommend:
Start writing your posts and pages
Moving forward… when does the money come in?
Want more information?
- Read what Jessica has to say about starting a Mom Blog;
- The DIY Blog Critique eBook is a fabulous checklist book that helps you to analyze your blog, determining if it’s working right for your readers and you. Reading it last fall increased my interests in “fixing” my blog and gave me areas to grow. If you’re just starting out, read it to help you create in the right direction. Click here to visit Momcomm. Melissa also authored Blog Design For Dummies which offers not only an understanding of how to best design your blog, but also how to design, from the get go.
- Ready to be noticed? It’s time to understand SEO (Search Engine Optimization.) Mom Blog SEO eBook offers excellent step-by-step guidance to optimizing your blog.
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