Two years ago, I was making $900/month with my mom life blog. Here’s how I did it and why I switched to fitness blogging. This post contains affiliate links.
You may have heard of mommy blogging or even considered starting your own mom life blog. It’s a thing, and it’s a thing for a reason.
I started my own mom life blog after becoming a stay-at-home-mom four years ago. I was desperate to earn money from home since our family was now a family of FIVE living on one income. We had student loan debt, a car payment, plus all of the other typical living expenses.
I looked far and wide to find a viable way to contribute to my family’s income.
Desperate to find a way to bring in even an extra $100/month, I scoured Pinterest for ways to make money online. First I found survey sites like Inbox Dollars (I still use it today), and they were okay. But I was trading a LOT of time for a LITTLE money. If you’ve ever tried survey sites, you probably know what I mean.
Luckily, not long after, I found blogging.
Fast forward four years, and now blogging is something I can’t imagine my life without.
Blogging is now one of my favorite things. Running a health and fitness blog lets me enjoy writing but still stay accountable for moving my body!
I love to write, and I love to connect with others who have the similar interests to my own. Running a fitness blog allows me to combine the things I love!
But aside from that, blogging is great because:
- It allows me to earn money from home. I’ve earned close to $1,000 per month blogging so far!
- It gives me purpose. I set blogging goals regularly and it makes me feel like I’m moving forward.
- It allows me to set my own schedule and own a business (yes, this is a business!).
- It gives me something more to do as a mom. Right now I’m a stay-at-home mom and running a blog makes me feel like I’m doing something more important than just housework!
- It gives me complete freedom. I write about what I want, when I want to!
- You don’t have to have a big, fancy degree or any special experience to start a blog.
- This particular blog helps me stay accountable and connect with others on my weight-loss journey.
I totally believe that there’s room for anyone and everyone in the blogging world. I love telling people about blogging because I think anyone can do it! Plus, if you use it for accountability, it can be a huge tool for your weight-loss. If you’re a mom, it can allow you to pursue your passions and make money doing it!
Seriously, anyone can start a blog!
In this post, I’d like to help those of you who want to start what I’m calling a “mom life” blog. This tutorial is meant to take the guesswork out of the technical aspect. I remember just how confused I was when I started my own blog for the first time, and it’s not so bad if you have some guidance.
By now I’ve had several blogs and learned how to grow and make money online – from time to time you’ll see info on that here on this blog. I’ll help you find the right things to share with readers. But this particular post is for people who are hoping to start a health, food, or fitness blog soon or are ready to get started now – so let’s get the wheels turning!
Note: I only recommend things that I have used and love. This post helps you set up a blog with Siteground as your host. If you choose to make a purchase using my links, I may receive a commission. That doesn’t change your price.
How To Start Your Own “Mom Life” Blog
Step 1: Choose a hosting plan.
In order to have a blog with money-making potential, you need your blog to be self-hosted. In simple terms, this just means that you own all of your own content and your site isn’t hosted by a free blog-making site. If you make a free site that’s hosted by a free blog-making site, you run the risk of owing that company money when you start to monetize your blog. Because of that, a lot of companies won’t work with bloggers who aren’t self-hosted.
So, you NEED to be self-hosted. In order to do this, you need a company to host your site (and all it’s files). I use and recommend Siteground for all types of blogs. So the first thing you’ll want to do is visit their site.
Next, click “Sign Up,” on the home page.
You’ll then be asked to choose from three hosting packages – Start Up, Grow Big, or Go Geek. Here’s a snapshot of that page:
Do note that the prices you see on this page assume that you purchase an annual package. You get a price break for buying a year in advance.
HOW DO I CHOOSE A HOSTING PACKAGE?
If you only plan to have one site, you can choose the Start Up plan for now.
However, if you plan to focus on your blog a lot or have more than one site, you may want to consider choosing Grow Big or Go Geek.
The Start Up plan is best for blogs getting up to 10,000 visits per month, and if you are working on your blog consistently, it’s very possible that you reach this number in just a few months. You may even reach the Grow Big number of 25,000 monthly visits depending on how hard you are working on your blog. (I reached 30,000+ page views in three months with my last blog, so I know it’s possible!) Just remember that you can always upgrade!
Step 2: Choose a domain name.
Once you’ve chosen a hosting package, you’ll need to choose a domain name. This is essentially going to be your blog name or something very close to it.
This is free with the purchase of your first hosting package at Siteground.
Choose a domain name that fits well with the topics you’ll write about and pick something that you’ll not be embarrassed to tell people about. Since you’re starting a health, food, or fitness blog, I suggest that your name imply this in some way. Your name is something that you should consider carefully. Remember that you’ll have this name for at least a year, if not longer!
It’s possible that someone will already own the domain name you want, so I recommend preparing a few ideas for this step. I also recommend that if possible, you include keywords in your domain name. That means that your domain name (which will be your blog name and part of your URL) tells people at least a little bit about your blog’s contents.
For example, my blog name is “Ironwild Fitness.” My domain name is ironwildfitness.com. My name suggests to readers that my site has something to do with being home (because it does) and that’s useful in getting the right audience to my site. Get the idea?
Step 3: Finalize Payment/Make Final Selections
Note: I recommend domain privacy if you can afford it. It will just protect your personal contact information.
Once you’ve chosen a domain name and finalize your payment, you own a blog! You officially know how to start a mom life blog! Congratulations!
Step 4: Build & Monetize
Next comes all of the fun stuff. Don’t worry, I’ll help you with all of that, too! For me, the next step for me was to fill my site up with content and start monetizing. I also built a social media presence that helped me drive traffic to my site.
If you’re ready to get started building your site and customizing it, check out this video for installing WordPress with your Siteground account.
The video should set you up so that you’re ready to start writing and editing your site. This is exciting stuff because now you can pick your colors for branding, make a logo, and customize everything else!
Now here’s how I personally monetized my mom life blog to make that $900/month.
1. Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is far and wide my favorite way to make money blogging. Here’s how it works: I love a product (such as my favorite protein powder). I tell people (my readers and fans) about that product. They buy it. I make a commission. It’s pretty simple once you get the hang of it. I link to products I love or review them on my site. Then I promote my blog and people buy stuff. I then get a percentage of the sale! I love making money this way because it can be super versatile and lucrative, too.
2. Product Sales
Every blog has a special focus – and each blogger can create products targeted to their market. For example, I sell my Restore The Core workout program, in the form of an eBook! They do well! But there was a lot of work that went into making that book. The good news is that you can sell just about anything. Social media work, virtual assistant services, meal plans, recipe books, t-shirts, etc. It’s up to you!
3. Ad Revenue
See any ads on this site? There aren’t many, but I didn’t put them there just for fun. Each one earns me anywhere from a few pennies to a few dollars per day. Yep, brands will pay you just to put them there in order to get their products in front of more eyes. It’s easy and it can be lucrative if you have a lot of people visiting your blog. When I had a blog averaging 30,000 page views per month, I was making about $100/month from ads alone. That’s pretty cool considering 30,000 page views isn’t really a ton in the blogging world.
4. Influencer Work
Brands will pay you a few bucks to a couple hundred bucks to tell others about their products. I get paid to post things on social media and my blogs. Sometimes you’re just Tweeting something, other times you might be writing a blog post. Who knows! One thing is for sure – the higher your blog traffic and the larger your social media accounts, the more you’ll get paid. My biggest beef with this category? Work can be hit-and-miss until you’re an established blogger. However, working with brands can be really fun.
So, there you have it! I’ve given you the gist of how I went from making $0 to $900/month online. I’m sure you have tons of questions and I feel like I’ve just scratched the surface, so please feel free to leave me a comment or check out one of the posts below for more info!
Other Helpful Posts:
- The Ultimate Blog Startup Checklist
- How To Make Money Blogging
- How I’m Using My Blog to Make Money & Reach My Fitness Goals