How To Start A Blog With SiteGround

This is the best time to start a blog.

Blogging has become a way for moms and dads to stay home an earn a decent income.

There are thousand of courses on how to earn money as blogger. With Facebook groups to Pinterest board there are topic specifically on how to grow your blog audience.

There is no better time start a blog and jump in the world of blogging. With a good web hosting site (I prefer SiteGround) you can start a blog within minutes.

What Do You Want To Blog About.

What is your blog niche? Is there something that you have knowledge of that you think that would be beneficial to someone else? This is very important because you want to make sure you have the right audience for you blog.

For example, if you love to make your own pattern for sewing. Then that is a niche that you can reach, There is nothing wrong have a different topic on your blog but you main focus show be about sewing,

Another reason to have a niche is because you can be the number one resource for your reader, There are certain bloggers I visit frequently when I need something answered, such as blog growth to easy family recipe That should be your goal. That your niche or blog is the resource that your reader come to about any niche you are providing.

 

Monetizing Your Blog.

Most bloggers start a blog to make extra money or turn their blog into a full time income. When choosing your niche you want to make sure it a niche that you can monetize. There are several ways to make money with your blog, Some ways to make money on your blog is sponsored post, affiliate marketing, sell space on their blog for advertiser, offer services or sell your own product.

The important thing  to remember is that your niche should be able to give you the opportunity to earn an income.

Choosing SiteGround As Your Web Hosting Site

When I started back blogging I knew I wanted a reliable and inexpensive web hosting site. I done my research and with SiteGround I knew I was getting a great deal on great service

Web Hosting SiteGroundThere Uptime is 99.99%

I started with Bluehost but I constantly kept getting reports that my site was down. As a blogger that is never good. With SiteGround I have never had that issue. They have a reliable uptime and if my site does go down it is only down for a couple of seconds. SiteGround has uptime of 99.99% which is great for blog

 

 

 

 

 

SiteGround Beginner Web Hosting 24/7 Service

SiteGround has 24/7 service. Either by chat or by phone. That is good if you are not computer savvy. Plus, if you are new blogger you want a web hosting site company that can help anytime you need them. I am a night hawk and I do majority of blogging at night. If something happen to my website I like the idea of reaching out to my web hosting company in the middle of the night instead of waiting the next day to speak with someone.

 

 

 

Choose A Package

SiteGround Packages

SiteGround has three package to choose from: Start Up, Grow Big, and Go Geek. I recommend as a new blogger to get the Start up. Here is why. As a new blogger you are still fine tuning your blog and trying to reach your audience. If blogging is something you are starting out as part time and want to grow full time later then getting the Start UP will be great for your budget. The Start UP it is only $3.95 per month which is great for anyone budget. Plus if you purchase one of the larger packages and realize blogging is not your thing at least you have not spent a whole lot of money.

Choose A Domain Name

Domain Name

If you have not chose a domain name you can choose one right on SiteGround, I recommend to get a .com domain name because it is recognizable and more common. A lot of people stress about having a blog name match that match their niche. I on the other head rather you not stress that much about it. My blog name is Blissful Corner but it is about mompreneurs and home management. Let me tell you I have change my blog name so many time trying to find something for my niche but I did not like it. My rule of thumb if you have a blog that has good SEO and good content the blog name is something you should not stress about.

 

Set Up Your Account

Fill out your account and client information

SiteGround

Then, you will fill out your payment and purchase information (to get a bigger discount select 12 month period or longer to get the 60% discount for the whole year

 

At end you will find a couple Extra Services you can keep or opt out. If you don’t need them don’t buy them and save some extra money.

 

 

 

Finally you need to agree to the terms and agreement to SitGround that is under the tile and your total amount will be display and click Pay Now.

Tadaaa! You have you set up your hosting blog.

Wasn’t painful at all, right? Next just install WordPress and start getting creative with the style and design of your new blog.

I can’t wait to hear about your blog.

When you set up you blog let me know I would love to follow you. Leave me your blog link under the comment section. You can also find me on Facebook and Instagram.

 

 

 

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Tips For Blogging Burnout

Blogging, Blogging TIps

 

When I decided that I wanted to start blogging I did not know how easily it can burn you out. I had blogging burnout with my blog due to not taking time for myself. I was burnout because I did not dedicate time for my blog or my family. Let me share with you some of the steps I have learn to prevent blogging burnout.

I have been incognito for awhile and I have a good reason. I had to rewind and sit back and think if I wanted the responsibility of running a blog. Plus working full-time, be a mom and a wife.  Running a blog takes a lot of work. It can get overwhelming and it requires a lot time to be honest that I did not want to give.

I saw myself so caught up in my blog that I missed out on a lot of things. Such as, not spending time with my kids and family.  I was trying so hard to have my blog to be my full-time income within 3 month.  I simply just got burn out and uninterested in doing my blog. It was  no longer fun but it was more like a chore. That is not the reason why I wanted to blog. I had to sit down and decide if this is something I wanted to do. Am I willing to put out good quality content but still had time for myself and my family along the way.

The first thing I learning is that blogging should be something I enjoy.

During my brief hiatus from blogging I learn a lot about myself and my goal for blogging.

  • The first thing I learning is that blogging should be something I enjoy. Blogging should not be a race to be rich within 2 or 3 months. I had to change my whole mind frame. Realize that outside of my blogging I am still a wife and mother. I am learning to pace myself. Such as having one good blog post a week but it is rich in content and it cause me to have returning readers.

 

  • The second thing I learn is to really write rich and thorough content that is engaging and that will allow me to have returning readers. Not to throw something out there and call it a day and hope for the best. Looking at some of my previous post I realize that my work was not the best but I am working on it to be a better.

 

  • Not to go from class to class or workshop to workshop trying to get quick result with my blog. Take one class or two and work that class until the end. Not blame the teacher of the class  for my blog not growing or being successful. Especially if I did not do the steps or the blueprint to have a successful blog.

Blocking Out Blog Time

This is something new for me. I never had a time set up where I just work on my blog. I just worked on my blog at a whim. Doing that cause miss not to blog on several days, weeks and months. I decide to do block time for my blog to make sure that I am doing something on my blog. If that is writing a post, posting on Pinterest or Facebook. Or posting in my Tailwind groups.

 

Tips To Prevent Blogging Burnout

  • Always make sure to take time out for yourself and your family. This is a hard lesson I had to learn. Self-Care for yourself is so important. I read  Stephanie post “Why Self-Care for Bloggers is Important” and she talk about the importance of self-care for a blogger you can read her here.
  • Blogging is not only can be a business but it has to be something you enjoy and be passionate about. Trust me starting a blog can be overwhelming but if you loose your passion for blogging or if blogging has become a chore. It is time to sit back and re-evaluate your reason for blogging.
  • Block out blogging time. This is so important. Blogging should not be a hobby if you are trying to make it a business. Blocking out time and dedicating it to your blog is a good way to ensure that your blog is getting the attention it needs.

Hopefully my mistake and tips will help you prevent blogging burnout. Help you on your journey has a blogger.

 

Until Then My Friend

Take Care

Cookie.

 

 

Is A Niche Blog Beneficial for Today’s Blogger?

I have had a lot of people ask me which type of blog is better broad or niche blog. I often I tell them it depends on what you are looking for. It depends on what type of audience you are trying to reach.  What type of topic you are willing to discuss?

When I first started blogging I was told to niche down. So I started a blog about healthy living. To be honest, that was one of the hardest blog to write because I wanted to write about other things. I did not because I want to stick with my niche but I felt so boxed in.

I stopped blogging and then change by blogging platform from niche to broad. Which was not a bad thing but my blogging topic was all over place. My blog was not focus and it was not reaching my audience.

What type of blog is best?

 

Well, it depend who you are trying to reach. For example there are some blog sites that talk about couponing and discounts. That type of niche work for them because they have two things on their blog that is about couponing and finding discounts. Their are niche within two categories that is a popular topic.

Then there are other blogs that are so Niche down that finding a topic or keeping the blog engaging can be difficult. I love the example that Carly give on Mommy of Purpose on her blog post: “How narrow does your niche have to be to have a successful blog?”. She gave the example of a stamp collector. The stamp collector can be an expert in the field but email list will grow very slowly.

Sometimes having a Niche blog can cause you to lose out on potential readers. When niche(ing) down on a blog you are stuck with that certain niche and to be honest it is hard trying to write about the same thing over and over again.

Writing a broad blog gives you the opportunity to write to multiple audiences. You are not defining to one category type. For example mom blogs has become very popular. That may seem too broad but the topic on a mom blog is endless. On a mom blog you can blog about saving money, child rearing and marriage, which reach a multiple group of people. With a niche blog you are reaching out to a small group of people who have same interest.

The purpose of a blog is to reach people.

That is why I caution about choosing one specific niche because you may not reach a lot of people. When it comes to gaining sponsors or affiliates the first question a sponsor asks is, “what is your niche?”  That does not mean you have to give a niche down version of your blog but a general area of who your blog reach. There are some blog that has a broad feel but have a niche market which can help can gain sponsors and affiliate.

Another thing to think about with a niche blog is “who is your market?”

In my case, my market is for working moms, age range 30+, who is trying to save money.  If you can get an idea on who you are trying to reach, your market is you niche. Let’s go back to the stamp collector. Her market is simply for stamp collector over the age of 40. That is a smaller market. Now if we look at someone who market is for stamp collector, over the age of 40,   and how to sell on eBay or Amazon that gives the blogger a bigger market.

 

The way I look at a niche is based on the market I am trying to reach. When looking at a niche base your niche off of you market not your blog type. When you can base you niche off of your market you can expand your blog to more readers. If you blog is about lifestyle you can market to different ages, gender, income etc. for your blog. Your brand is your umbrella and your market is the individual small niches or market you are reaching.

Remember when trying to get a niche base your niche off of your market. That will give you a broader topic to write about and give you a bigger audience.

Well Until Then My Friend

Tootle Lou

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