I made the decision to try out a new niche and a new blog – This time I came with a wealth of experience and things I would probably not do again. So let me hand you the wine and lets get down to business. So lets talk about this the the ultimate blogging guide for single moms to get you set up for success to make some extra income on the side because we all know how hard it can be!
I have placed this content into 4 easy parts
- Part 1: Getting started – The Basics
- Part 2: Branding and Logos – as well as social media
- Part 3: your first few posts and content – also finding your niche – SEO and other important stuff
- Part 4: launching and setting blog goals
If like me you are time strapped – here is a summary of what is going to happen today – Its going to cost you about $85 to get set up and it’s going to take about 1.5 hours and at least 2 glasses of wine.
So I wanted to essentially cover off some key elements about blogging and how you can blog to make extra income as a single mom. Because we know it can be tough and unless you are Oprah rich – fuck – we need a little extra cash right? I do want to make abundantly clear that I am no fiance expert and the advice I give is solely up to you to action, I can’t make you millions, your hard work can do that!
So let’s get started and – I am literally going to walk you through every step of the way!
Blogging for Single Moms – Step 1 – Decide on a name!
Well you are going to have to get a .com so you might as well start brainstorming that shit-show. Before deciding 100% check if its available on facebook/instagram/twitter. Once you are happy we are going to get started with buying it! I realise this isn’t very “ultimate blogging guide for single moms yet” but bare with – we have a ton to get through!
Blogging for Single Moms – Step 2 – Get Hosting
I had a look around for a couple of hosting sites with regards to size and numbers. For this site – I decided to go with the basic plan – and the .com which comes as a couple! I went with siteground as my hosting site, and went with their lowest/cheapest option. I obviously chose 1 year – because – who knows this might become an insanely successful blog! What I like is I can always upgrade later.
I chose to get a new hosting site, with a new domain, which I registered – this one www.handmommythewine.com
All up this cost me $63.35usd. Perfect. This also took me all of 10 minutes – which means you could do this in the 10mins before you go to bed at 7:30pm because – single mom.
Once you have all of this sorted – you will get a couple emails from siteground setting you up – included your launch pad – I remember opening word press for the first time and flipping out because it looked so complicated. Now that I’ve had some experience with it – im pretty confident I can nail almost anything in it.
You want to make sure you select wordpress on sign up. This will help you set everything up easily.
So these are some of the emails you should receive:
Click on the launch wizard and we can move into step 3!
Blogging for single moms – Step 3 – the set up!
This is the part that takes a little longer – there are heaps and heaps of tutorials on how to sort out wordpress set ups. HEAPS! So I wont go into to much detail – but I knew that I wanted a clean template – there are tones of free templates and I highly recommend the amazing templates from creative market like this one for $19 – you want something a little more classy than the freebies right.
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Blogging for single moms – Step 4 – Installation and set up!
What’s great is that for a lot of the bought templates you get really easy set up guides. And again if you get stuck – site ground are happy to help!
So the theme I chose was Seil from envato and it was a bit of a mish to set up and it had A LOT of demo data which I needed to delete. This can be time consuming. So lets get to installing your website and setting it up – we will come to the branding and colors a little later – as right now – we need the foundations in place.
Now depending on the template – you can either upload it straight to wordpress through the .zip file OR you may have to extract it and upload the .zip from the extraction. In my case I had to open the folder and read the documents then upload from the file.
I activated all the plugins that they recommended and made sure I was switched to HTTPS (makes your site secure)
Make sure you head into settings and set up your page name and details:
I went through the demo content – and uploaded it as per the documents. I had over 50 blog posts! But it gave me a good idea what sort of of theme I was looking at. It showed me what I could do with it going forward. I really liked it and was happy with the difference in the menu running down the side!
Blogging for Single Moms – Step 5 – Basic SEO on start up
Ok – you might not have some posts just yet – and we get to that in our new step too – but you need to make sure you have your basic SEO set up. Any images you load from this point onwards – including your logo for the site – needs to have a title and an alt title – what will people search? For me – its single mom blogging.
I use a plugin called WP META SEO – which helps guide what is missing SEO wise – And then I use Yoast to get green dots for my posts and pages. However the green dots can sometimes be really annoying when you feel like you aren’t getting it right and that your SEO life depends on it :/ fucking try hard overachieving mom.
So quick look on my META SEO tells me I can do better with my descriptions – and that they need some work.
Then in all my pictures I have uploaded – they all have titles relating to this post – or the web page and then also alt titles.
Blogging for Single Moms – Step 6 – Pages you might need
Ok – so template is installed – it might have taken a whole glass of wine – I know – stressed much!
What pages do you need to get started with blogging?
An about page would help! Gives you credibility and lets people know who you are and how and why you have come to blogging. On my major blog – I have links to featured articles and contact pages and well as social media links. But there I want people to know who I am. Here however – I go into some deep things like suicide, mental health, domestic violence so have created a really basic barrier by developing a pseudonym which means so much to me. So do not be deterred by my “fake name”. Its my personal way of keeping me safe!
A contact page if you want a seperate one. For the ability to keep things focused on my blog I’ve combined it into my about page.
Total cost of Blogging for single moms set up?
Hosting and Website Name: $63.35usd
Website theme: $19
Number of glasses of wine: 2
Total for set up: $82.35usd
Total time spent: About 1.5 hours