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Here’s to going into 2020 with stars in our eyes 🤩, dreaming BIG, and taking daily action towards our goals!
If I were writing this guide 10 years ago (or even 5!), it would be super loooong and complicated with a gazillion steps on how to create web pages, use HTML to code things, and use Photoshop to create a logo and graphics.
Lucky for you, this isn’t 10 years ago. It’s TODAY and it’s actually super easy to create your own website!
There are a lot of different platforms you can use including Wix, Weebly and Squarespace, to name a few. BUT, I don’t recommend any of those. They’re easy enough to start with but super limited when it comes to design and functionality options and you’ll end up very frustrated, very quickly.
So instead, I always tell people to use WordPress! It’s a free platform (you will need to pay for hosting – more info on that below) and it lets you do anything and everything with the design and usability of your site.
Here’s a step-by-step guide for how to create your own website THIS week (and have it look like a pro did it).
Step #1: Choose your website name
Your website name will be your domain name (like www.mywebsitename.com).
Choosing a name often trips up newbies, but it doesn’t have to be complicated! Here are a few dos & don’ts for choosing a website name:
DO: Use your business name. If you already have a business, this is the obvious choice.
DO: Use a name that describes your website topic or audience. This helps make it crystal clear what your site is all about. My site – SmartMomBlogger.com – uses this method.
DO: Use your own name. This is a great choice if you are a coach, consultant, or want to establish a personal brand. Here are a few websites that use this method: MarieForleo.com and ChrisPowell.com
DON’T: Use numbers, dashes, or alternate spellings in your blog domain name. This makes it hard for people to remember or type your domain name (or even get it right in the first place).
DON’T: Be too clever or cutesy. Even though you may “get it”, someone else might not. It’s too confusing and can make people feel like they’re not “part of the club”.
Step #2: Set up a self-hosted website
Alright – here we go! In this step, you’ll be setting up your hosting account and installing WordPress. If you’re not tech-savvy, don’t worry! It’s a lot easier than it sounds & I’ll walk you through it all, step-by-step.
Every website requires hosting in order to be “live” on the internet. Don’t worry too much about the technical details – just follow along with the screenshots and instructions below and you’ll be on your way!
Set up your hosting
Click here to get set up with website hosting from Siteground. While you can use whichever hosting provider you choose (there are hundreds available), I use and recommend Siteground because they’re super affordable, reliable, and have excellent customer service. You can get start your own blog for just $3.95 per month.
Select the StartUp plan
It’s the cheapest and will work great for a new website. You can upgrade later if needed if your business or website traffic grows, but for now, the StartUp plan is perfect.
Choose or transfer website domain name
Enter your website name (from Step #1) right here! If you already have a domain name that you purchased somewhere else already (like GoDaddy), just click the “I already have a Domain” option and SiteGround will transfer it to your account for free (another reason why I love them!).
Enter account info and payment details
Next, you’ll need to enter your account details and credit card information. Be sure to pay attention to the options at the bottom and check/uncheck the upgrades as desired.
Unlike many other hosting providers, SiteGround discounts apply to any of the initial periods chosen during the sign-up process, which is a great bonus (most other hosting providers only apply the discounts to the longest sign-up periods, costing you unnecessary extra upfront expenses).
Step #3: Install WordPress on your new hosting account
Once you’ve created your hosting account, it’s time to actually install your website. In this step, you’ll install WordPress on your new hosting account. The really cool part about this is that SiteGround does it for you for free! It’s yet another reason I use and recommend them.
Just contact SiteGround via chat after you set up your hosting account and let them know you’d like their free WordPress website installation service on your new hosting account. They’ll be happy to do it for you and you can save yourself the time and hassle of doing it yourself (especially if you’re not techie). You’ll get an email once it’s completed (typically in under 48 hours).
If you want to do it yourself instead, you can just select the “WordPress” option from your cPanel once you log in to your new account (will look like the screenshot below), and follow the on-screen prompts.
Once you get word from SiteGround that your site has been installed, that means your new blog is LIVE!
Step #4: Choose a Design Theme
Once you view your new website, you’ll see that it has a basic look or “design” to it. This is called a “theme” and you can change it to look like whatever you want!
WordPress has thousands of free and premium designs to choose from, and you can try several out to see what matches the overall style and feel you want for your business.
To access all the themes and back-end “dashboard” area of your website, you can log in at www.yourwebsitename.com/wp-admin (just add the /wp-admin after your website name in the url). You’ll also get an email from SiteGround with this info, so make sure you file it away so you can access it whenever you need it.
Once inside your dashboard, you’ll see a menu on the left side with all your options. Click Appearance > Themes > Add New to view and test different designs.
This is the fun part! Don’t obsess over things or try to make it perfect (not gonna happen anyway), but give yourself some time – a couple hours or so – to play around with designs and customize your website to look awesome.
If you need to find stunning imagery for your website, try a site like Pexels or Pixabay which have thousands of free, high-quality images.
Step #5: Publish & Publicize!
Once you’ve found a design you love and have all your website copy dialed in, it’s time to publish that design! Go you! It looks fab 😉
And don’t forget to share your new pro-looking website with the world! Here are a few ways you can publicize your website and business:
Email your list
Share on your social media
Use Facebook ads
Create Pins for Pinterest
SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
Spread the word in person to friends, family and acquaintances
After all, the whole “If you build it they will come” concept works great in the movies, but not so much on the world wide web. You’ve gotta get the word out!
If you’re wondering how to create your own website or are intimidated by the thought of it – don’t be! By following the steps outlined above you can absolutely do this.
If you have questions or need help, let me know in the comments below.
If you found this guide helpful, please share on Facebook or Pinterest! When my readers share my content, my blog grows. I’m so grateful!
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Mommy bloggers often get a bad rap among entrepreneurs and other professionals.
They’re not taken seriously as business women, and are mostly seen as women who sit around blogging about crafts and kids and their daily lives. Sure, they may earn a few bucks on the side doing it, but blogging isn’t a “real job” and mom bloggers aren’t “real” business women.
I asked 10 successful mom bloggers – all making a full-time income or more – to share how they make a living with their blogs and what advice they’d give to other moms who may be considering blogging as a way to make real money from home.
By reading about how they got started and where they are today, hopefully some light will be shed on the fact that mom bloggers are as serious, dedicated and hard-working business women as those that work in an office 9-5.
Here’s what these mompreneurs had to share about their blogging businesses.
“I love that the potential income with blogging is unlimited. You can work as little or as much as you want and for a mom of four, like myself, I love the flexibility that provides.”
Mandy’s advice to other moms:
“Just like any kind of job, blogging is work and it takes effort and time before you will see results. If you are a “get rich quick” kind of person then blogging may not be for you.
But, if you are patient, consistent and build your brand strategically then, over time, you will start to see the benefits. I worked for almost 3 years building a community through my blog and did not make $1. It takes time and patience.
You have to be willing to put in the work and hustle just like you would at any high paying job.”
“I do earn a full time income from my blog. The majority of my income comes from ads on my blog and also sponsored post work that I do working with various brands.”
Leigh Anne’s advice to other moms:
“My one tip would be to remember, it takes time. Blogging is definitely not a get rich, overnight scheme!
I have been blogging for almost nine years (four years as a full time blogger), and it took me six years to make what would be considered a full time income.
And a second tip would be – be consistent. Decide a level at which you can work at and then do it consistently. If you can’t do it consistently then change it. If it is only one post a week then make sure you always do one post a week.”
“I have been blogging for 6 years, and I have been making a full-time living doing so for the past three years. I earn money through sponsored posts, affiliate revenue and ad networks.”
Here’s a bit more about how Jen went from hobby mommy blogger to full-time mompreneur:
Jen’s advice to other moms:
“Like any other career, blogging isn’t easy. I think a lot of people get into blogging because they think it is easy/quick money. It is definitely not that.
However, for people who are willing to dedicate the time and hustle, blogging can be extremely rewarding — and not just for the money. I love what I do, and I love the satisfaction of knowing I built something myself that has become successful.
I have also had opportunities for myself and my family that we would have never experienced had it not been for the doors open by my blog.
So, my advice is that if you love to write and create content and you are willing to put in the time and effort, don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it — even yourself!”
“For people who are willing to dedicate the time and hustle, blogging can be extremely rewarding — and not just for the money. I love what I do, and I love the satisfaction of knowing I built something myself that has become successful. ”
– Jennifer Burg, The Suburban Mom
“I make an income a number of ways. The most passive is advertisements. The ads are based on how much traffic comes to my blog.
I also make money from sponsored posts. These posts could be on the blog, or even on social media. The challenge with sponsored content is if you do too much of it, you lose trust with your readers, which ultimately hurts you much more in the long run.
My most lucrative income source is an online budgeting program I designed and built, BudgetBootCamp.com. I was aiming for 20 pre-orders, and at the end of 5 days had over 300, which equated to over $30,000 in 5 days (with very little overhead).”
Jordan’s advice to other moms:
“My number one piece of advice is to find what makes YOU unique. What will make you stand out in a sea of millions of blogs?
Many bloggers grab on to the “lifestyle” angle, because it allows them to blog about anything they want. I recommend finding a niche, and sitting pretty in that pocket! You like fashion? Maybe your angle is “mom-appropriate fashion”, or “Fashion under $50” or “Mix and Match fashion”. You like crafting? Maybe your angle is “15-minute crafts” or “kid-friendly crafts” or “weekend crafts – projects that can be completed in 48 hours”.
Find an angle and niche and become the go-to expert in that area and you’ll find success, regardless of how “big” your blog is!”
“I started making a full-time income from my blog about a year ago. It fully supports my family of five, which is an incredible feeling!
Right now I make money from three sources: ads, sponsored posts and affiliate income.
Within the next 6 months, I plan on developing products such as ebooks and online courses; which will be another income source.”
Julie’s advice to other moms:
“My biggest tip would be to start this journey with confidence. If you think you can’t do it or keep telling yourself you can’t, then you won’t! Those negative thoughts will take over during the hard days (which there will be hard days) and will hold you back from your true potential.
Connect with another blogger or woman in business and keep each other accountable. You’ll need someone to walk through the bad days with you and celebrate the fantastic ones.”
I was aiming for 20 pre-orders, and at the end of 5 days had over 300, which equated to over $30,000 in 5 days (with very little overhead).” – Jordan Page, Fun, Cheap or Free
“Once my blogging income became enough that it covered my previous income as well as my husband’s income, we made the decision to work together on the blog, full time. He resigned from his job and he has been working as the finance manager, for my blog, for almost two years.
He also started a blog for fathers called Your Modern Dad. Together, our business continues to steadily grow and not a moment goes by where we are not grateful.”
Becky’s advice to other moms:
“I would say to remember three things…
1). Use an image to draw your reader in.
2). Use your writing to keep them there.
3). Use a newsletter to bring them back again & again.
These are all things that should be put into place from the very beginning.”
“I make an income through ad sales, affiliate marketing and I have my own prenatal class as well as a couple of other books (one due out any day). I also write sponsored posts for companies that I find to be a good fit with my company.
I’d love to sell more of my own products, which so far has lead me to decrease the number of ads that I have on my site. So far it has helped all of my sales, including affiliate sales!”
Hilary’s advice to other moms:
“It is totally possible. Stop thinking that it’s not possible. BUT, you might have to change and get out of your comfort zone to make it possible.
You will likely need to kick your images up a notch, as well as put yourself out there to some companies in a way that might make you uncomfortable.
But I truly believe that if you really enjoy blogging it will show and you will build a readership and income base. Believe in yourself, and be willing to change what you need to.”
“Once my blogging income became enough that it covered my previous income as well as my husband’s income, we made the decision to work together on the blog, full time. He resigned from his job and he has been working as the finance manager, for my blog, for almost two years.” – Becky Mansfield, Your Modern Family
“Most of my income now comes from affiliate sales. I’ve been very blessed to partner and work directly with a couple great companies that I wholeheartedly use and personally and believe in.
Next would be product sales and ads income. I have several books on Amazon that do quite well for me and it’s a passion of mine. My goal is to have at least 20 books on Amazon within the next 2 years.”
Sarah’s advice to other moms:
“I would say that we all start in the same place. When I first started blogging, I had no clue anyone would actually listen to ME. I didn’t think what I had to say, was anything special or unique, but people ate it up like candy. I’m no different from you or anyone else…
…I am completely myself and it simply attracts some and dispels others. The readers it attracts, I find ways to serve. It’s not really a complicated concept. Just be yourself and DO NOT give up!
Eventually, you’ll find that ONE thing, that one key, that makes you fly. For me, it was blogging”
But one thing is clear: it definitely is possible. And mom bloggers everywhere deserve to be taken seriously as the smart, savvy, and successful business women they are.
Hi! I’m Candis.
I’m a mama of 4 sharing about my adventures in blogging, home-based biz, health & fitness, and personal growth. Sound like a lot of randomness thrown together? Welcome to my beautifully crazy life of pursuing all my passions! Here’s more about me and this blog >>
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