Starting a Blog

Starting a blog
Starting a blog

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Before I had (my three) kids my husband and I had decided that I would stay home with them.  We didn’t live near any family and just figured that made the most sense.  Fast forward 10 years and my youngest was in her last year of preschool.  Now that my kids were all going to be in school what was I going to do?  I knew I needed to earn some money for our family to help pay for college, sports, and vacations.  I had no idea what I was going to do that gave me flexibility to still be home when my kids were home.  My husband and I had brainstormed and were running pretty low on ideas.

My neighbor has a great blog and makes  A LOT of money blogging.  In fact, her husband quit his job and they live off her blogging income!  Isn’t that exciting to hear?   After brainstorming with her and my husband Keeping Life Sane was born.  If I could earn a little money to contribute to the family, but still be there to pick my kids up from school, help with homework, and get them to all their sporting events, then I should give it a try.

Keeping Life Sane went live on March 8,  2015.  By March 31 I had earned $112.03!  I was shocked and excited.  I kept plugging away and in July 2015 I made over $3000!

 In my first 5 months of blogging I made over $6600!!

It’s a lot of hard work, sometimes early morning and late nights, but this is so much better than heading to an office.  I can volunteer at school and go to the grocery store without any kids in tow!  I LOVE being my own boss.

Starting a blog can be intimidating, but you can do it and make money at it!

 

Here are the steps to start a blog on WordPress.

The very first step is to find a host. A host is a company that saves your blog to their server and I use BlueHost.com.  If you have any questions, they include a phone number or live chat to help walk you through any problems you may encounter (I have used both).  Just click the “Get Started Now” button.

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Next, you’ll need to select your plan, which  I suggest going with the starter plan.

How to start a blog

Now, this is the fun part.  You need to come up with your blog URL.  Don’t spend too much time on this, but it is important.  Try to come up with a name that will grow with you as you get into your blogging role, as your children get older, or you get new hobbies.  I thought about it a long time, probably too long.  I didn’t want to have a blog with the name mom because one day my kids will be adults and I won’t be talking about mom things anymore.  I’ll probably be cooking, gardening, traveling, and knitting. 🙂  If you’ve already bought a domain name from another company just add it to the second box for existing names.

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Great!  Now you’ve picked a name.  Hopefully it wasn’t painful and the one you wanted was available. You’ll need to fill in your personal information.

Next, you’ve just got to pick your package, which is pretty simple.  I would just go with the cheapest plan at $3.95 a month because you can’t beat that.  I also signed up for the privacy feature so people couldn’t see my entire name and address because wanted to keep that information private.

 

How to start a blog

You’re done!

Now your site is ready and waiting for you.  It’s time to go make it yours.

Please let me know if you have any questions and I’ll do my best to answer them for you.  So… click on over to Bluehost and get started.


Where do I start?

Now that you’ve decided you want to blog you may be saying to yourself, “Now what?”  I felt so overwhelmed when I began, but I read Blogging on the Side by Becky Mansfield and Paula Rollo.  It was a great place to start, got me motivated and gave me the encouragement I needed!  There were so many things I didn’t even know about. You can download it today and start making your blog great!

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Another book I found really helpful, that I just purchased this year, is the Blog Traffic E-Book by Lena Gott.  It contained useful information that I had never heard before and now I’m implementing many of the strategies I learned.  I wish I had know a lot of the information when I had started blogging.

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