5 Steps To Turn Your Mom Blog Into A Business
Being a SAHM is not easy for a variety of reasons. Yes, you are stuck at home to care for your kids and manage the home because it is just too difficult to work outside the home while caring for your kids! Not to mention, childcare is expensive! And, so many moms in this position are looking for ways to make income from home. The problem is however, there are so many scams around, and anytime you look for a way to make money from home, you only come across MLM work which is not a reliable way to earn income.
I am delighted to tell you that you don’t have to even go there because you absolutely can earn income from home, by blogging as well as other sources (that I will share)! I know what you are thinking! Making money by blogging is not reliable either, and it can take too long to reap the fruits of your labor. Especially since there are so many other mom blogs around! Okay, before you get carried away with those worries, please hear me out!
You are right that you will need to be patient as far as having a money-making business come from your blogging efforts however, there are strategies that you will want to follow right now that will shorten the wait and make it easier for it to happen! I am here to help you by giving you these strategies that you will need! Please keep in mind, Rome wasn’t built in a day. This is actual work, but only a few hours a week.
Let’s go over – steps right now how you can turn your mom blog into a money-making machine!
Step 1: Choose A Niche And Stand Out From The Crowd – You already realize that creating a mom blog could be a challenging way to create a reliable income source. This is why it is essential that you choose a niche that represents who you are, and then brand yourself accordingly! What topics are you passionate about, or that is relatable to you? Do you have twins? Do you have a child with special needs such as autism? Do you only have girls, or are you a boy mom? Do you travel a lot with your kids? Are you passionate about music? Sports? Interested in health and fitness?
This is where you can start! Brainstorm which niche suits you the best. And then, how will you stand out? What makes you unique? If you are unsure of what that looks like, then you will want to look at other mom blogs to learn about what makes those bloggers unique, and you will start to see how you can stand out!
The most important thing is to be true to yourself because your future followers will see that and love that, and if they see your true personality shine. That is what will attract new followers! After you have brainstormed all of that, then you will now want to take the plunge and create your blog!
Step 2: Create Your Blog – The best thing to do is spend a little bit of money in order to start your mom blog because starting a blog from free sites like Blogger.com or WordPress.com will not be attractive. That is not to say you can’t start in that manner, it will just take you a bit more work. You will need to look into good-quality hosts such as Bluehost.com, Hostgator.com, or Greengeeks.com and look at the most affordable plans. You can always start small, and you will be able to host a WordPress site through these hosts which is also highly recommended because it is so easy.
Once you have that figured out, then you will need to hire a web designer to build your website, unless you are familiar with building sites yourself. Here is another money-saving tip when you do that. You don’t need to go out and look for expensive web design companies to do that. You can find highly-rated web designers on freelance sites such as Fiverr.com or Upwork.com to build your website for a much lower price! Once you have that figured out, the next step will be to look into subscribing to an email marketing platform because you will need to have that set up in order to build a mailing list!
Step 3: Subscribe To An Email Marketing Platform – If you are going to make money from your blog, you are going to need to build a list and send out newsletters to your future subscribers. Email marketing platforms such as Aweber.com, Mailchimp.com, and Convertkt.com offer these services.
The most recommended one to subscribe to is Mailchimp.com because it is free up to 2,000 subscribers and you can send out 12,000 emails per month! And even once your subscriber list grows past 2,000 (which it will!), it is extremely affordable at only $10 a month if you stick with the pro plan! It is actually recommended that you do have a platform in place before you hire your web designer as they can install the code for you on your website so potential subscribers can subscribe once you go live!
Step 4: Start Building A Following And Start Building Traffic – There are actually several steps to this section! Because the first thing you will want to do is create a few blog posts during your first week! Let’s break that down now:
A – Ideally, you will want to commit to writing 2 to 3 engaging blog posts per week! And, if you are unable to take the time to do that, you can always hire a highly-rated freelance blogger from sites like Fiverr.com to help you out with that! Then you can upload those into your blog! You will want to make sure as well that they are well-versed in SEO who will help you do keyword research based on the niche of your mom blog.
B – Set up social media accounts that are connected to your blog (and you may have wanted to do this before getting the blog up only because the web designer could have added those into your site as well – but that part could wait as well as the web designer could also install the social media links later). Go get yourself a Twitter account, a Facebook page for your blog, Instagram, Pinterest, and if you are brave, even YouTube if you see yourself doing videos which can really help increase your following!
C – Learn SEO – This is actually crucial that you start learning SEO because as long as you are consistent with utilizing the keywords that are relevant to your niche, then your site will show up on Google which is what you want! And, you will want your site to rank high but that will take time. Be sure the keywords you utilize are not overly competitive but have enough traffic as well.
D – Network with other mom bloggers – This is actually important to do because once you have your mom blog established enough, you will need to start networking with other mom bloggers!
The best ways to do that are by joining Facebook groups for mom bloggers such as:
- Mom Bloggers Support
- Bloggers Promotion
- Blogging Break With The Coffee Mom
- Mom Bloggers Unite
- Mommy Bloggers Share
There are plenty of other Facebook groups to join as well, but those are excellent starting points. And what you will do is want to take the time to get to know other mom bloggers, make friends with them, and you may even find they will want to create collaborative opportunities with you, and you will find that the sky is the limit with what you will get out of these groups!
As long as you are consistent with doing all of that, you will start building a following! Let’s look at the last component now of this particular step!
E – Stay consistent with your social media posts in addition to keeping your blog active – You already know that you must post 2 or 3 times a week on your blog, and you will want your posts to be engaging! You will then want to post at least once a day on your social media accounts and make sure that they are engaging. You can create funny memes that are relevant to your niche, as there are plenty of cool memes creating apps online such as:
And don’t forget about looking for meme creating apps on Google Play or iOS! Some are free and some are not, but they are inexpensive and worth it! And, once you have a following, and then comes the gold! Let’s go there now!
Step 5: Start Making Money! – Now you have your mom blog established! Awesome! You also have a following, now is the time to start making that income you have been waiting for! There are several ways you can do this, and let’s go over those now:
A – Affiliate Marketing – You have your following, great! Now you can put up affiliate links on your sites and in your newsletters as well that you will need to start getting out to your subscribers when you have announcements to make. There are many ways to find affiliate links but you can start looking at products through Sharesale and sign up as an affiliate.
B – Offer Freelance Services Of Your Own – This is actually a better way to make a more reliable income! You have a blog which is established, excellent! Why not add services that you can offer since you already have a following and plenty of traffic? You can provide services such as:
- Writing, editing, and proofreading
- Social media management
- Content creation
- SEO optimization
- Graphic design, banner, and meme-making
Of course, you will need to enhance your skills if you choose to utilize these. You can also join freelance sites such as Fiverr.com and Upwork.com to offer these as well. Don’t forget to write a newsletter about it and send it to your list. You aren’t spamming them, don’t worry, because they trust you and they are subscribed to you for a reason! Don’t do it daily but once every few weeks is great!
C – Write sponsored posts – Your blog has a large following now, and you have followers on your social media platforms! You will be in a position to write sponsored posts because you will be found and be offered opportunities! When you are starting out with writing sponsored posts, you will want to be fair and charge anywhere between $25 to $50 at first for a post, and then once you are even more established, you can increase your price.
D – Offer any type of consulting or coaching service – This can be a huge moneymaker for you. You can offer a consulting business for what you are the most knowledgeable about, or a coaching business in addition to anything else you are offering through your blog – and you could make some excellent income from that! You can get creative with it, and as long as you come up with something that will help others, you will be hired! Just keep getting yourself out there, market yourself well by creating engaging content consistently, and you will make money.
Remember as well! The sky is the limit with what you can do with your mom blog! You can make a mint because the potential is there but you have to take action and once again stay consistent. It will be hard work but you can do it and it doesn’t have to take years for it to happen either! And one recommended resource as well in order to get other money-making ideas is to join The Warrior Forum!
And most importantly mamas, believe in yourself! You can create a masterpiece of a mom blog and you can create a full-time income by utilizing these steps!
Good luck and think big!