Here it is…my best Mom Blog advice after 6 months of writing for my own blog. I am no blogging pro by any means. But I have learned a lot over the last six months, and I am ready to share as much as I can with you.
In a world of instant gratification and the need for extra income, blogging often pops up on the list of “easy” possibilities. Many stay-at-home Moms and working Moms are bombarded with ads promising “quick money” and “lazy income.” Not only is the “lazy” part offensive, but a lot of times those ads are untrue. So if blogging isn’t quick and easy, why pick it? Because as someone who loves to write, it’s a great way to hone in on your skill and to learn new skills along the way. Plus, you can reach a lot of people through a blog. So if you’re considering starting your own Mom blog, keep reading to find out what kind of things you’ll need to do.
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The first and one of the most important pieces of Mom blog advice that I can give you is to plan ahead. Planning ahead will set you up for a stronger start, and it will give you a clearer idea of what you want to accomplish with your blog.
There are several things that you can do to plan ahead for your Mom blog. One, set your goals. Then create a list of topics that you want to talk about. From there, figure out what your exact niche will be. Yes, mom blogs are a niche in and of themselves. But do you want to be a Mom blog that specifically talks about food and cooking? Or do you want to be a Mom blog that focuses more on lifestyle? These are some of the more common ones, but there are plenty more out there. I myself am more in the Mom lifestyle blog niche.
When you’re planning ahead you’ll also want to do things like planning out your domain name, your tagline and maybe even start designing a logo. These are all pretty important factors to consider before you even get started.
Do Your Research
Research is a big part of blogging. Most people think that they can start a blog and just write, but there’s a lot more to it than that if you want it to become more than a hobby. In order to be relevant and competitive, you must do research.
When you go to start your Mom blog, there are a few different types of research that you’ll want to do. The biggest type is keyword research. This is true for pretty much any blog. Keyword research will help you to find the right keywords and phrases to use in your posts so that your blog actually has a chance to rank on Google. If your Mom blog is going to just be a hobby, you don’t have to worry so much about keyword research. But to really make it into something “big” and fruitful you have to do keyword research. Find a tool like Semrush or Ahrefs (both of which I use) and you’ll have even more insight into your keyword research.
I didn’t even know about keyword research until I started meg-flint.com. But now that I know about it and use it, I can see why it’s so important.
Read Other Mom Blogs
Another part of your research when starting a Mom blog is to read other Mom blogs. Makes sense right? Reading other Mom blogs can be helpful in so many ways.
For one, reading other Mom blogs allows you to see what topics are hot and trending in the current Mom blog scene. It’s inspiring and motivating, at least I think, to see what other Moms are saying in their own blog spaces. You might be thinking, “But wait, aren’t they my competition?” Sure, I guess you could say that. But I like to think of other Mom bloggers are my peers. No two of us are the same. While we may be competing for rankings on Google, we are also all Moms. Given the world we live in today I’d rather be inspired by other Mom bloggers rather than putting them on my competitors list.
Overall, reading in general is good for blogging. Reading will keep your vocabulary elevated, your brain exercised and your writing fresh. So go on and start reading more!
Find a Good Hosting Service
This is a very important piece of advice and part of the blogging puzzle. Find a good hosting service! I learned this one the hard way. Before I started meg-flint.com, I went with a very popular hosting service that most people recommend in their how-to blog posts (I’ll give you a hint…it starts with a B). It worked, kind of, but I hated it. It was slow. Things broke constantly. Their customer service was lackluster. After a year with my old blog, I knew I needed out. And so I got out.
I landed next with HostArmada. I’ve been with HostArmada for about 4 months now, and I promise you that they are the best! I can’t say enough great things about them. As someone who had a low budget for hosting, I can tell you that they offer decent prices and amazing sales for new customers. Their customer service is top notch, too. When I made the switch from the other company to HostArmada, HostArmada had my website transferred over to their servers in less than one day. Everything transferred as it was, and nothing on my site was broken.
If you’re looking to start a Mom blog you can start with free sites like Blogger and Wix. Free blogging sites don’t offer a lot though in terms of support and services. With that said, I suggest you look into HostArmada. At least you know you’ll have great hosting, many tools available and you’ll get great customer service 24/7.
Write, Write, Write
I think this piece of advice is pretty self-explanatory. You can’t have a good blog without good writing. But it’s more than just writing a blog post here and there. Every course I’ve taken, every professional blogger I’ve talked to….they’ve all said that as a blogger you should be writing at least 500 words every day! 500 words may sound like a lot, but it’s really not.
How can you make time to write 500 words every day? There are a few ways that I can think of. First, spend less time on Social Media and more time writing. People spend so much time on social media every day just scrolling and scrolling while accomplishing NOTHING. Yeah, you might see your friend’s latest family pictures, and that’s great, but you could be writing during that time, too. Writing is important if you want to grow your blog and your brand.
Trust me…the more you write, the better you’ll get. Writing, just like any other art, takes time and practice. So when you start your own Mom blog, make sure you get in that writing practice every day.
Find Other Bloggers That You Can Talk To
This is one piece of advice that I myself have found to be very valuable. When I first started getting serious about meg-flint.com, I started looking into blogging groups on Facebook. I was looking for the type of group where I could ask questions, make connections and support other bloggers like myself. And guess what…I found one!
There are so many ways to connect with other bloggers. You can find them through social media groups, through classes and courses, and of course, through good old fashioned search-and-find.
So why is this important? Because other bloggers are going to understand your triumphs, your setbacks and they’re going to have the same kind of questions that you do. Just like with any career or goal, it is important to have support.
Another reason it’s important to find other bloggers to connect with? It’ll help your chances of growing backlinks and other working relationships. As you learn more about the ins and outs of blogging, you’ll understand why those backlinks and references are important. So if you haven’t already, you need to go on and start finding other bloggers to connect with!
Block Out Time for Yourself
This is one habit that I am still working on to this day. Being both a stay-at-home Mom and a blogger means that I have to juggle several things at once. I’m not the best at always being organized, so I’ve tried a few different ways of managing my time.
One way that seems to work for me is to block out my time. I actually have to schedule time for myself and my writing, otherwise I won’t do it. Being a Mom and especially a stay-at-home Mom means that you are constantly putting the needs of others before your own. There’s always somewhere to go, something to clean up or something to do. Blogging is super important to me, and I want to make it into a career for myself. So in order to make that happen I have to block out time for myself.
Use this Mom blog advice in other areas of your life, too. Moms, let yourself have a break every now and then. Schedule in thirty minutes for a walk or an hour for a nap (if you can). I know for sure that we can schedule in ten minutes for a hot cup of coffee, but that might mean letting something else go (like social media). Schedule time and block time out for yourselves, Moms. You won’t regret it.
Write From the Heart (But Back It Up With Facts)
This is a super important part to remember when starting a Mom blog. Anyone can sit down and write guides all day long. But not everyone can write from the heart AND write really well from the heart. I have found myself getting lost in guides and how-to posts lately, and I think it’s because I haven’t had a lot of time to sit down and write from the heart. This is something I definitely have to change because when I write from the heart, my writing is so much better.
Believe it or not, when you write from the heart you can often back it up with factual information. Facts and research will give you credibility, something that is also important as a blogger. As more and more Mom bloggers emerge talking about things like mental health and the struggles of parenthood, they are also finding that their is research to support their statements. Trust me, it can be done.
So, Mamas, when you start your Mom blog don’t feel like it has to be all black and white. There can be some gray area in there where you express your thoughts and feelings. It is that kind of writing that your audience will relate to and connect with a lot faster, trust me.
Create a Pinterest Account
I’ve used Pinterest before for my blogs, but it wasn’t until meg-flint.com that I really started to use Pinterest.
Pinterest is a free way to market your blog. Why wouldn’t you use it?
Now that I know how useful Pinterest can be, I use it for every post. I still don’t use it as much as I should, but at least I now know how valuable it can be. Every pin that you post on Pinterest is potential traffic to your blog. There are so many guides out there that tell you the perfect way to use Pinterest, so get reading and get started as soon as you can.
Find Ways to Make Passive Income
This is the part that I’m working really hard towards currently. Before I even talk about income, I want you to know this: most experts will tell you that it takes 6 months to a year of serious blogging before you see any income. It’s very true.
Now that I have my blog established, I’ve been pushing each day to find ways to make passive income. First, I started with my email list. An email list is a great way to get the word out about your blog posts, any products you love, etc.
Growing an email list isn’t always easy, but it can be done. One way is to offer goods or freebies in exchange for those that join your mailing list. For example, I’m currently offering anyone that joins my mailing list an exclusive 50% off coupon code for digital downloads in my Etsy shop. You can offer things like free recipes, free printables, discount codes…it just depends on what kind of blogger you are.
Speaking of my Etsy shop, that is another great way to make passive income. Because I’m a stay-at-home Mom blogger that often talks about life at home with my kids, I have created an Etsy shop where I sell printables designed specifically for families. Each digital download that I sell counts towards my passive income. You can do this with other things, too, like e-courses.
Another great way to generate income as a blogger is through affiliate marketing. Amazon Affiliates is one of the easiest ways to enter affiliate marketing. Every time you write or talk about a product you love, you have the potential to earn money from it!
Be Prepared to Have the Spotlight on You
This is one of the things that I’m still not super comfortable with. When I first started meg-flint.com, I knew that I would have to put parts of myself out there that would make me feel awkward and uncomfortable. I’m not a big fan of being in front of a camera. As an introvert and someone with social anxiety, it also is hard for me to go out and talk to new people sometimes. But each day I’m getting better at it.
Starting a Mom blog will without a doubt bring you and your family into the spotlight. You might not get the attention of a well-known celebrity, but people will get to see you in ways that they wouldn’t otherwise. You can’t have a Mommy blog without having part of yourself in it…that first-person emotion and experience is super important.
When it comes to the spotlight of blogging, my one big piece of Mom blog advice would be this: if there is one part of you and your life that you absolutely don’t want to share, set that boundary in the beginning. It’ll be easier to stick with it as your blog grows. I knew from day 1 that I wouldn’t be showing my girls’ faces, and to this day I still don’t.
Don’t Be Afraid to Make Mistakes or Hear the Word “No”
This one is tough, but it’s part of the gig. I hate to mess up, and I definitely don’t like being told “no” when I really want something to work out. It’s human nature to get discouraged when things don’t go the way we planned. But you can’t let mistakes or rejection deter you, especially when it comes to blogging and writing.
As Moms, life is already so tough. We’re busy, we’re tired and we’re doing the best we can. It’s easy to beat ourselves up and be hard on ourselves when things don’t go the way we had planned. But if you’re starting a Mom blog, you’ve got to change that mindset. Don’t let mistakes and rejection get you down…let it make you stronger. I was so ready to give up blogging when I started meg-flint.com. I had one “failed” blog already (it failed because I moved away from the culture the blog was based around). There were nine months of work put into that blog that I had to let go of. But I decided not to give up.
When you change your mindset from “I can’t” to “I will,” great things start to happen. You’ll feel the determination for success flow through your body and into your soul. It is when you start believing in yourself that you begin to achieve your greatest feats.
Never Stop Finding Ways to Learn
One super important piece of Mom blog advice….never stop finding ways to learn! I wish I had started this process sooner. There are so many ways out there to obtain information about blogging, about writing and about motherhood. Blogging and writing are such broad topics that you can break them down into more specific sections and find even more info, such as information about marketing, social media and SEO. And a lot of times you can find this information for FREE.
Currently, my favorite ways of learning are through podcasts and free online courses. My current favorite podcast? The Blogging Millionaire hosted by Brandon Gaille. And my favorite site for free and cheaper online courses? Udemy. So far both of those sources have been great tools for learning and new information about blogging.
Other ways you can learn include but are not limited to other blogs, group chats and support, and of course books. There are literally endless opportunities for learning out here, so get started!
My Best Mom Blog Advice
At the end of the day, the absolute best Mom blog advice that I can give you is this: Do what works best for you. But also remember, making money from a Mom blog takes time, patience, lots of learning, and lots of energy. If you are passionate about becoming a Mom blogger and you can commit to those things, then you will likely do great things.
Next time you see an ad saying that you can become a Mom blogger and earn money instantly, DON’T listen to it. I would hate for a Mom to be promised that, get frustrated and give up right away when she might actually have the potential to make it work down the road.
So, if you’re still ready to start that Mom blog then get on it! I can’t wait to see what you accomplish.
If you are already a Mom blogger, what Mom blog advice would you give? I would love to hear it in the comments below.
Until next time,