Starting a blog shouldn’t be stressful. The fact is you don’t have to spend hours daily blogging to become successful. You just have to have a clear path of where you’re going and how to get there. Whether you’re a student, mom, or you work full-time outside of the home you can earn money from blogging. In this post, I’m going to share with you tips and tricks on how to start a blog with little time to work on it and make it become successful.
How To Start A Blog
What do you want?
The first thing you need to do is be clear on what your end goal with your blog is. Do you want to stop working? Do you want to earn a full-time income? Or do you just want to have fun and help people?
If your answer to that was just for fun, You should start your blog on Blogger. It’s by far the easiest route if you have no plans on monetizing.
If your answer was a full-time income, You need to be on a self-hosted WordPress site.
What’s a self-hosted site?
The next logical question is … Well, what in the world is a self-hosted site? Self-hosted means you own the site. Unlike blogger or even wordpress.com as a self-hosted site, you make the rules. While the big draw to those platforms are they cost nothing as a blogger that is trying to make money it will do nothing but put roadblocks up.
Picking a Niche
What you passionate about? What could you talk about for hours? What are you good at? The good thing about blogging is you don’t have to be an expert. Bring your readers on your journey of learning. I’ve seen blogs for everything under the sun. You don’t have to write about something just because it’s popular.
If you are interested in it, I guarantee you there other are other people interested in it too.
Picking a name
Picking a name is one of the most important parts. You will be known all over the internet by this name. When I started, I had a silly name Two Little Gators. I had come up with it because I had two kids and loved the football team Florida Gators. Silly I know, but it was the name I came up with. If you saw that name you wouldn’t think it had anything to do with frugal living, budgeting, or time management. It caused me a lot of heartache having to rebrand, so learn from my mistake.
List what you want to write about on a piece of paper and then brainstorm. I know I wanted to write about money, frugal living, working from home and time management. I knew I wanted to help moms live a better life.
You’re going to come up with many names, and chances are those name are going to be taken. Do NOT use a variation of that name. Meaning if Brittany.com is taken don’t go with Brittany.net or Brittany.org. You will make your life a living headache. Constantly in competition with that other blogger. Finding your site name is a big deal. Honestly, it’s one of the is not the biggest decisions you will make. Keep looking you will find it.
Once you have your name and niche you’re ready to start building your site. Think of hosting as the foundation of your home. Without a strong foundation, your home won’t last. It’s the same for your website if you choose a subpar host that has a terrible downtime your site will suffer.
I highly recommend Siteground there only $3.95 a month and their customer service is outstanding. There are other hosts that are a little cheaper, but their customer service is terrible (not to mention down times are nightmarish). Siteground has a 99.9% uptime rate and having your site up and running is so important!
After you have your URL and host you need to get WordPress.org. If you used site ground the good news is they will do it for you for FREE. You can also do it yourself with their easy install instructions.
If you used another host google HOSTNAME WordPress install and it should bring up instructions on how to do it.
Now comes the fun part…
A theme is what makes your site pretty. You have several options when it comes to which theme to use.
Free themes: You can use a free theme on your dashboard or you can google ‘free WordPress themes’
Buy a premade theme: You can buy a premade theme. They are usually around $50 and can be customized to whatever you like. I love Restore 316’s themes. They are budget friendly, easy to use, and their customer service is great! You could also look on Etsy for themes.
If you’re good with coding (I am not!) then you can customize just about any theme to whatever you want. If you don’t know theme but want to spend the time changing fonts and colors you can, but make sure you backup your site. I didn’t mess with my fonts because well, to be honest, I just don’t have the time.
One tip though don’t use a background image. I see people all the time put colors or images as their background. As a reader, it makes it nearly impossible to read. Also, don’t change your text colors to a bright color that makes it hard to read. Sometimes old school black and white is best.
If you have the money, you can get a fancy logo made from many different designers. If you’re just starting out use Canva or Picmonkey to make a logo yourself. For Money savvy Momma I used a simple text logo. My style is simple and clean, so a simple text logo worked really well for me. If you want a logo I would stick with just a simple text until you’re able to either create or pay someone to create the logo you really want.
You’re all set. You’ve now started a blog in what should have taken you no longer than an hour. Remember creating your blog was the easy part. Blogging is hard work, but it doesn’t have to take you 70 hours a week to make is successful. What should you do once you have your blog all ready to go?