Tips & Resources for Beginners Starting a Mom Blog
Are you a mom looking for a creative outlet that could also potentially make you money? If so, I’m here to share with you all of my favorite essential tools & resources for mom bloggers that I’ve been using for years!
I started blogging back in 2018 but this mom blog came to life in 2021 while I was pregnant with my son.
When I created this second blog, I was ready to dive in with confidence because of all the knowledge I had accumulated and the amazing resources I already had on hand.
I do have a resource page of my favorite blogging resources and I highly encourage you to bookmark it!
This post is going to go over all of the resources I have on that page in MUCH more depth. I truly believe that you will love these resources just as much as I do.
And I also believe they will cover the basics of what you need to start your mom blog and make a little cash on the side!
If you’re a mama looking for beginner tips on starting a mom blog, then keep reading!
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Essential Tools & Resources for Mom Bloggers
I will be breaking down all of the best courses and resources you need to launch and run a successful mom blog. Let’s begin!
Blog Courses for Getting Started
When I started my blog, I was truly just winging it. I spent time researching “how to start a blog” and followed advice from miscellaneous sources.
It wasn’t until I was about 9 months into blogging that I came across a course I SO wish I found at the beginning!
A fellow blogger recommended a course by Create and Go called Launch Your Blog Biz and this completely changed the game for me. I can’t recommend this course enough.
It gave the perfect step-by-step guide on how to get your blog set up and ready to launch. In addition, it also covers ways to begin monetizing your blog, driving traffic, and more.
If you’re serious about blogging but feel lost when it comes to the set up, check out Launch Your Blog Biz.
If you read up on this course and enjoy the content they are providing, you can also go for their Pro Blogger Bundle that offers all 4 of their courses at a discounted price. The bundle includes:
Domain + Hosting
An absolute blogging necessity is having a domain name and hosting for your website.
It’s recommended that you having hosting for your website as opposed to using a platform such as Blogger because you will be able to truly own your content.
You can use a site such as Namecheap to great a domain name (the name of your blog).
I personally use Siteground for hosting this website and have been very pleased with it.
As a blogger, I remember reading so many varying opinions on website hosts. At the end of the day, bloggers are going to recommend the host that they personally use.
And while I do truly love Siteground and would recommend it to anyone, I do encourage you to read up on other hosting sites and form an opinion of your own.
I think it’s all a matter of reading up on the pros and cons of different hosts and choosing what you think will be the best for your mom blog!
Monetizing Your Mom Blog
Some people start a blog just as a hobby and others know that they would like to make some money from it. If you’re someone interested in how to monetize your mom blog, then the following resources will help you.
First, let’s briefly discuss how to make money blogging. Two main ways are selling affiliate products (something else’s products & you earn a commission) and selling your own products.
If you want to sell your own products, you’ll have to get set up with something like SendOwl (more on this in a minute). There are other ways to make money blogging such as writing sponsored posts and more.
But I’m going to focus on 3 resources that will guide you in the money making aspect of blogging.
6 Figure Blogger
First is another Create and Go course mentioned earlier called 6 Figure Blogger. This is meant for those with established blogs looking to take it to the next level.
But you can still purchase this course in the Pro Blogger Bundle I talked about and take it when you are ready and feel established.
Affiliate Marketing, Simplified!
Next is a course called Affiliate Marketing, Simplified! If you want a detailed overview of what affiliate marketing is and how it works, this course will give you exactly that.
I highly recommend this for any blogger who is just starting out and may not know where to begin when it comes to affiliate marketing.
Lastly, I wanted to talk about using SendOwl to sell digital products.
When I first felt ready to start selling products on my blog, I had to do some research on how to get started.
When it came to how to set up receiving payments or how to go about sending the products to my customers, I had no idea where to begin.
I read about SendOwl and I am not kidding when I say this has made selling digital products SO easy!
I am someone who isn’t always proficient with tech and I couldn’t believe how simple it was to get my products set up.
SendOwl offers different packages that you can check out here. But if you are creating products that provide value to your audience and you’re bringing in traffic, this will pay for itself!
Growing Your Email List
When you begin your blogging research, you will hear a lot of talk about growing your email list, and for good reason.
Gaining subscribers is a great way to build your audience and communicate with them directly. It’s also an effective way to make sales!
So what do you need to grow your email list?
You’ll need to use a service such as ConvertKit, which allows you to collect emails, send emails to your subscribers, automate email funnels, create landing pages, and more.
I’ve been using ConvertKit from the beginning and have zero complaints. The customer service has always been helpful whenever I’ve gotten stuck and had a question.
If you want to grow your mom blog audience, using a site like ConvertKit will be one of the best resources for you!
Pinterest Resources for Driving Traffic
Some of the most essential tools & resources for mom bloggers are going to be ones that drive traffic to their blog.
One way to bring people to your blog is by using Pinterest.
Many people consider Pinterest a social media at first but it’s really more of a search engine. There are 2 Pinterest resources that I think are worth the hype.
The first is Pinteresting Strategies. This was the very first Pinterest course I purchased back in 2018.
What I love is that there is a focus on manual pinning rather than using a scheduler.
There are people who swear by a scheduler and some who don’t. But it’s not about whether or not manual pinning is a better strategy.
To me, having a solid manually pinning strategy at the beginning is a great free option.
When starting your mom blog, I do believe that you need to invest in yourself. But there may be some things you simply aren’t ready to pay for, like a scheduler.
I do however recommend investing in this course because it will only be a one time payment that is fairly priced. And it’s a resource that you will be able to go back to whenever you need a refresher on the best pinning strategies.
Pinterest Traffic Avalanche
The next course I recommend is Pinterest Traffic Avalanche. I would recommend this course for anyone who is literally starting from scratch and doesn’t know anything about Pinterest.
If you are already an experienced pinner, there may be quite a bit of information in this course that you know. So that is something to take into consideration.
I feel that this course does an amazing job of walking you through step-by-step on how to properly get your Pinterest profile set up for success. As well as cover the basics of what Pinterest is and how it works.
I recommend looking into both of these to see which one would be the right fit for you!
SEO Resources for Driving Traffic
You can’t talk about driving traffic to your blog without talking about SEO!
One of my absolute favorite SEO resources is an eBook called Easy On Page SEO. I read and implemented this on my first blog.
Within a month, I had a few blog posts reach the first page on Google!
I absolutely recommend this to anyone who is just getting started with SEO. It gives easy to follow steps on how to optimize your blog posts.
Next, I want to recommend the final Create and Go course that is SEO Blueprint for Bloggers. This course will cover everything from A to Z when it comes to SEO.
From basic terminology and definining what SEO is to walking you through how to set up your website for success.
Check out these SEO resources for your mom blog!
Legal Pages for Your Mom Blog
Like most bloggers starting out, I knew legal pages were important but I had nowhere to begin. Thankfully through some blogging groups, I learned about this Legal Bundle Value Pack.
The templates are SO easy to fill out and made setting up my legal pages a breeze.
If you’re serious about blogging and if you’re going to invest in anything starting out, I highly recommend this bundle.
If you’re interested in some more information before you buy the bundle, check out this FREE course Legally Blogs. By the same creator this will give you insight on the basics of legal pages and why you need them.
Concluding Essential Tools & Resources for Mom Bloggers
I’m sure there are even more essential tools & resources for mom bloggers out there. But these are some of my favorites.
When I started this mom blog, I felt prepared because I had access to all of these great tools already.
I hope this post finds you at the very beginning of your journey and you’re able to utilize some of these resources!
If you’re just starting out, which of these essential tools & resources for mom bloggers will you be looking into first?
If you already have experience, have you taken any of the above courses or used any of these resources before? Share in the comments!
Remember, I have all of these tools listed on my resource page. Don’t forget to bookmark for future reference!