Thanks for checking out all the BLOGGING posts from Mommy Over Work! Please find articles organized by subtopic below. Be sure to check our recommended resources to help you start a blog, learn the basics on how to start a successful blog, and how to make money blogging.
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RECOMMENDED BLOGGING RESOURCES
Web hosting: Blue Host
If you want to turn your blog into a business, you'll need to self-host your blog. For full transparency, this blog is with SiteGround but I recommend Blue Host (which my sister & my other blog is run on). SiteGround has excellent customer service as many other bloggers rave about, but the many technical issues I've run into that required their assistance is pretty annoying (limited bandwidth, error in connecting to email server, site down time, etc).
On the other hand, my sister hasn't had any issues with Blue Host, plus I discovered a 1-second web hosting hack that'll save you about $150, which makes Blue Host that much better.
Check out my quick web hosting hack to save big with Blue Host.
Best blogging fundamentals: Dare to Conquer
I've taken a fair share of blogging for beginner courses because I wanted a solid foundation. The one that has really set the foundation for me for (relatively) quick results was this resource.
Don't get me wrong; blogging is a long-term game that takes hard work, patience, and diligence, but if you want the plan laid out to monetize your blog in a few months as opposed to years, then this is the blogging thing to get. I don't even know what to call it because it has:
- courses upon courses on a whole variety of topics, from technical blog set up to SEO to monetization, and more
- a community to build relationships with other bloggers who are experiencing the same wins and frustrations as you will be
- direct access to a man with 10+ years of experience in blogging, and 10+ blogs in a variety of niches to prove his tactics work
So yeah, this blogging thing was hands-down the best investment I made.
Getting traffic to your blog: Pinteresting Strategies by Carly Campbell
Pinterest is the best platform to get your blog off the ground. This affordable ebook is a manual pinning strategy to gain traffic through Pinterest. I swear by this, having jumped from 1,000 pageview a months to 50,000 in a single month. Though it is a bit time-consuming, I love that you don't rely on scheduling tools and that you can see results quite quickly.
Make money blogging with affiliate marketing: Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing by Michelle Schroeder-Garner
One way to set your blog up to earn money is through affiliate marketing, in which you promote third-party products and services. I took this course in my first month blogging, and am glad to report that I made my investment back in about 2 weeks of taking this course. I still continue to make a couple hundred dollars a month in affiliate marketing.
Read my full review of this popular affiliate marketing course to see if it's right for you.
Creating graphics: Canva
This free tool helps you create stunning graphics for your blog. There are optimized templates for each of the major social media platforms as well. I've done fine with the free version and haven't upgraded to the business plan yet.
Email service provider: MailerLite
Building an email list turns your one-time visitors into a returning audience (and potential customers!). In comparing email service providers, I couldn't justify the monthly fee for Convertkit so early on in my blog. MailerLite and MailChimp are both free until you hit a certain number of subscribers, but the rates are cheaper with MailerLite even though the features are comparable.
Sign up for free with Mailerlite, and not pay a dime for up to your first 1,000 subscribers.