Select Page

Starting a Blog to Make Money or For Fun? I’m Here to Help

Don’t have time to read this post about starting a blog?  PIN IT for later!  ** this page contains affiliate links **

So you’re interested in starting a blog, huh? Wanna learn how it can help you break into the career that you dream about?  Maybe you want to find out how it can build your business? Or you want to become the next great food, style, fitness or DIY blogger? Well, I’m not a genie with a crystal ball so I can’t predict your future. But I can tell you all of the wonderful and amazing things that have happened to me since starting a blog.

When I Started Blogging, Great Things Happened

Like me, I’m sure you are very busy and juggle many things in your professional and personal lives. I have been blogging off and on for about 5 years. When I started blogging, I wasn’t committed to it because I was still in grad school and having babies. Honestly, I really didn’t have time to focus on it. I was kinda doing it just because I thought it was fun. But then I had some life changes which prompted me to start blogging seriously. I began blogging with a purpose about 3 years ago. Once I got serious about blogging, amazing things began happening to me. Here are just a few of the wonderful opportunities I have experienced because of blogging:

Starting a Blog in 2 Quick Steps

If you are reading this blog post, I am going to assume that you are starting a blog for a specific purpose.  Maybe you want to attract more business to your physical store.  Or maybe you want to be a mommy blogger who earns thousands of dollars per month via your blog.  Whatever the case, it is important to know why you want to blog.  But, how to set up your blog and get it started?  Well, that’s a whole different story.  Many folks out there want to start a blog but they don’t know how to set one up or write a blog post.  Well, that’s where I come in.  It is my passion to help people start a blog and use it to build their business.  Starting a blog doesn’t have to be a chore or something to dread.  Let me help you.

Step 1 – Start Your Blog

So first things first, let’s get your blog up and running.  Lucky for you, I have written this tutorial about starting a blog.  It will show you how to get your own blog set up in just 5 minutes!  That’s right, just 5 minutes!  Click HERE to get started.  There is no need to be scared or intimidated about this.  I am here to help you and walk you through the process step by step.

Step 2 – Figure Out What to Blog About

Next, let’s figure out the topic of your blog.  If you already know what topic your blog cover, that’s great.  But if you are not exactly sure what to blog about, below is a list of the most popular blog topics on the Internet.

Now that list is great, but blogging will be hard for you if you write about health or relationships.  The topics in the above list are too broad.  Therefore, you must narrow down your topic and find a niche or aspect of your topic to write about on your blog.  Remember, I’m here to help so I’ve written tutorials to help you find your niche.  Check out “What to Blog About: How to Decide in 3 Easy Steps” and “What to Blog About: Make Money or Follow Your Heart?”

Need More Help?

If you finished steps one and two above, let me congratulate you.  The hardest part of making a decision to start a blog and setting it up is over.  But know that this is just the beginning.  You have a long, wonderful journey ahead of you full of blogging and building a profitable online business.  So, once again let me remind you that I am here to help.  I suggest signing up for my email newsletter.  It’s cool because every week, I send you helpful info on how to build your blog and your business.  I also update you on any blogging courses, webinars and other events I offer.  And you do not want to miss out on those.  Plus I will also send you my FREE eBook on blogging called “Want to Create a Blog? Read this First! A Beginners Guide on What to Do Before You Begin Blogging.”  Click HERE to enter your name and email address and I’ll send it right to your email inbox.

Oh, and don’t forget to leave me a comment letting me know your blog topic and the web address.  I’d love to check it out.

Cheers!

Dr. Marcella Wilson

4 Blogging Tips to Help you Blog Consistently

Don’t have time to read this post about my blogging tips that increase consistency?  PIN IT for later!  ** this page contains affiliate links **

As a mommy blogger, you’re always thinking about ways to improve your blog and online business.  I know I am!  We all know that blogging can improve your online business, however some may have issues blogging on a consistent basis. I too struggle with this.  Truth is, it’s hard to come up with relevant topics and post them regularly.  Or you may not like to write. Whatever the case, I have a few blogging tips that will help you blog consistently.

But first things first, do you have a blog?  Is it set up?  If not, great!  Let me help you get started.  I am here for you and that’s the purpose of this blog – to help mommy bloggers.  As a result, I have written a tutorial that gives step-by-step instructions on how to start a blog in 5 minutes.  Click HERE to get started.  I am excited for you.  Let’s do this together.  Okay, now back to the tips to help you blog consistently.

 

Download Cheat Sheet of “4 Blogging Tips to Help You Blog Consistently”

Why My Blogging Tips About Consistently are Uber Important

A blog is perceived as current when it has up-to-date blog posts. That sends a signal to readers that this blog has the latest information and is continuously updated. Don’t be fooled into thinking that people will just keep coming back to your blog if you don’t update it or the blog posts are old. A blog that hasn’t been updated sends out a signal to the reader:

    1. You don’t care about this topic
    2. You are not serious about your business
    3. You are not a professional in this industry

Perception is reality and to be perceived in the best light possible, blog consistently.  So here are my 4 most important blogging tips and tricks to help you do just that.

Blogging Tip #1 – Use an Editorial Calendar

I use WordPress for my blogging software. They have a great plug-in called Editorial Calendar that is free to download. This plug-in makes it easy to see when your posts are scheduled. The editorial calendar gives you an overview of your blog and when each post will be published. You can also drag and drop to move posts, edit posts right in the calendar, and manage your entire blog. It’s a must for every blogger.

Blogging Tip #2 – Write at Consistent Times

What I really mean is to write on a schedule, Treat it like a job. Get in the habit of blogging at the same time, on the same days. You may only blog once a week. That’s fine. But do it at the same time on the same day each week. Or you may write notes about your blog on the subway ride to work each morning. Whatever you do, be consistent and intentional about it.

Blogging Tip #3 – Keep a Document or Journal for Future Blog Post Ideas

If you are like me, you are not always going to have ideas of what to blog about when you sit down to write your blog. Inspiration for blog posts may come when you are at the gym, while you are grocery shopping or while you are watching television. You want to capture these ideas by having a central place where you record your future blog post ideas. It could be a word document, a voice memo, or a physical journal. Just have it ready and accessible so you can always refer back to this when you have no idea what to blog about.

Blogging Tip #4 – Don’t Blog All Willy-Nilly!  Have a Purpose

Have blog themes, series and related topics that you will blog about.  A good idea is to map out what you will be blogging about in the next months ahead.  I like to think about what I will blog about 6-8 weeks in advance.  It helps me plan my content better.  Holidays, new seasons and upcoming events are good times to think about and plan upcoming blog posts.  Lots of people also use the beginning of the year as a time to focus and think about the topics their blog will focus on in the coming year.

Download Cheat Sheet of “4 Blogging Tips to Help You Blog Consistently”

What blogging tips do you have that help you blog on a regular basis?  Which one of these 4 blogging tips will you use from now on?  Let me know in the comments below.

Toodles,

Dr. Marcella Wilson

What To Blog About? How to Decide in 3 Easy Steps

What to Blog About - Decide in 3 Easy Steps

Don’t have time to read this post on what to blog about?  PIN IT for later!  ** this page contains affiliate links

You know what question I get asked the most – what should I blog about?  And you know what I answer?  I usually say, “I don’t know.  What do YOU want to blog about?”  I can’t tell a person what to blog about.  As a mommy blogger, you must decide what you are going to blog about.  I believe this is the most important thing you need to decide as a blogger.  It will also have a huge impact your blog experience.  So, if you are unsure and don’t know how to decide on a blog topic, here are 3 simple steps to help you figure out what to blog about.

But let’s not put the cart before the horse.  Before we can begin blogging, we have to get a blog.  Do you have a blog?  Is it set up?  If not, great!  Let me help you get started.  i am here for you and that’s the purpose of this blog – to help mommy bloggers.  As a result, I have written a tutorial that gives step-by-step instructions on how to start a blog in 5 minutes.  Click HERE to get started.  I am excited for you.  Let’s do this together.  Okay, now let’s get back to what to blog about.

Step 1 – Get a Topic

Let me ask you a question?  What topic will you focus on writing about?  I suggest blogging about ONE thing.  I understand that everyone has various interests, passions and hobbies.  But your blog should be focused and concise on one topic.  It’s okay to have several blogs.  Lots of people do this.  What you don’t want to have is a blog that is talking about a lot of topics, confusing and all over the place.  So what I want you to do is think about what you ultimately want to do or what you want to use blogging for.

Step 2 – Find Your Niche

What is a niche?  The definition of niche is “a distinct segment in the market”. Notice the word distinct in the definition.  So, take a market, field, interest, passion or hobby you have and find a distinct segment of it.  That’s a niche.  Let’s take cars for example.  If you want to blog about cars, that’s great.  But the topic of cars is very broad.  It would be wise to decide what segment of cars to blog about.  You could blog about Ford Mustangs or futuristic concept cars.  Or you could blog about electric cars or car crash testing and safety issues.  Do you see where I am going?  For your blog, you need to focus narrowly on that one topic and use blogging to become an expert or leader in that topic.

Step 3 – Set a Goal

Let’s just take a minute and think about your goals.  I’m going to make some assumptions that since you are reading this blog post, you want to use blogging to establish your blog and business.  Therefore, you need to be focused on one, specific topic.  You want to have a well-read blog or become an authority on a certain topic or in a particular industry.  In order to do this, you must stay on topic – one topic.

What to Blog About: A Case Study

I’m going to use one of my previous workshop attendees as an example.  Ted (not his real name) worked at a local news station covering sports in the Philadelphia area.  He had dreams of becoming a sports commentator working the sidelines of professional games for national news or sports cable channels.  He also wanted to give commentary on pre-game shows.  Ted wanted to start a blog to take his local sports broadcast career to a national level.  He wanted my advice on how to improve his blog and how blogging could help raise his profile.  When I took a look at his blog, he was blogging about everything – local sports, professional sports, high school athletes, college games and more.  It was also taking a toll on him because Ted felt he had to give his opinion on every big sports story that came out so he appeared to be abreast and current on all the latest sports stories.  I advised him to blog about one specific sport on one specific level.  I told him, if you are most passionate about college football, then blog about that.  If major league baseball was his thing, then that’s what he should focus on.  As it turns out, he loves professional football.  So I told him to blog only about that.

Ted contacted me several months after the workshop and told me that blogging has become a joy.  No longer was he spending hours blogging about every sports story.   Now, he focused on the one thing he was passionate about – professional football.  As a result, Ted’s readership increased dramatically and he is well on his way to becoming a sought after, respected NFL sports blogger.

Final Thoughts

If I can take you back to my graduate education, here is what you do to get a doctorate – you focus broadly on one narrow topic.  Does that make sense?   To put it differently, when I was writing my dissertation, I was basically writing a lot about one, small aspect of a research topic.  That’s what you want to do in your blog.  Take one topic and only focus on that.  That way, your readers will know exactly what your blog is about and you will know exactly the one thing that your blog is about.

If you are reading this and your blog is not up yet, no worries.  Lucky for you, I have written this tutorial about starting a blog.  It will show you how to get your own blog set up in just 5 minutes!  That’s right, just 5 minutes!  Click HERE to get started.  There is no need to be scared or intimidated about this.  I am here to help you and walk you through the process step by step.

What is Your Blog About?

So, in the comments section, let me know some things.  Have you figured out what to blog about?  What is your blog topic or niche?  Why do you want to blog?  What is the niche you blog about?  What is the goal your blog could help you achieve?  Lemme know…

Toodles,

Dr. Marcella Wilson

How to Start a Blog in 5 Minutes: Step-by-Step Instructions

Don’t have time to read about how to start a blog?  PIN IT for later!  ** this page contains affiliate links **

Start a Blog Today

To become a mommy blogger, you gotta have  to start a blog, right?  So you gotta set up a blog, so you can blog.  Some people get intimidated, scared or overwhelmed when it comes to setting up or installing technical things.  But I am here to help you and walk you through this process step by step.  Don’t worry.  You can do this.  It is really simple to start your blog using BlueHost.  I got you.

I also want to congratulate you for reading this.  I am proud that you are taking action.  I am glad that you are beginning to learn about something you have a desire to do.

In this blog post, I am going to help you get your blog up and running so you can begin to pursue those dreams and aspirations that you have. Once I got serious about blogging, amazing things began happening to me. Here are just a few of the wonderful opportunities I have experienced because of blogging:

  • Appeared on several local news stations discussing technology
  • Featured and quoted in Redbook magazine numerous times
  • Quoted by major news outlets for my expertise (Fox News, MSNBC, The Today Show)
  • Participated in high fashion photo shoots in New York City
  • Got paid speaker and panelist gigs for conferences and workshops
  • and much more…  check out my Press page 🙂

All that stuff just cuz I started a blog.  And yes, I make money off my blog.  But before the checks start rolling in for you, we gotta get your blog up.  So here we go.

Web Hosting Service: What is it?

To set up a blog, you will need to get web hosting service.  But just in case you’re not sure exactly what a web host is, let me explain it to you.  A web host gives you space on the internet to “house” your blog.  Let me give you an example.  There are millions of townhomes, houses, apartments, condos, etc. in every city.  But each living space has its own unique location or address.  The domain name is the address or location of that living space that identifies it from all the others.  Your blog is stored in the living space online.  But you need to find a web host to rent that living space online that houses your blog.  The web host is the landlord who rents out a certain amount of space on the internet for your blog to live.  To sum it all up, the web host makes space available to house your blog on the internet and leases or rents that space to you.

Your web host rents out the space to you.  You cannot permanently own this space on the internet.  Your job is to find a web host that offers rates you find affordable.  You can buy this service on a monthly or yearly basis.  The longer you pay up front for web space, the cheaper the rate will be.  I recommend that you use BlueHost.  The service is affordable and the customer service is amazing.

Click here to get started. 

Web Host Setup Tutorial

Now, that you know what a web host is, let’s start the 6-step tutorial on how to set up Bluehost’s web hosting service.  Just to let you know upfront what this tutorial covers, here are the 6 steps you will complete to set up your blog.

  1. Select Your Plan
  2. Setup Your Free Domain Name
  3. Create Your Account
  4. Pick Your Package
  5. Make Your Investment
  6. Install WordPress

But first, let me just tell some of the amazing benefits that you will get with BlueHost.

RELIABLE SERVICE

Bluehost offers so many benefits with its hosting service.  You’ll get reliable hosting service, meaning your blog will never go down or be offline.  This is important because your blog is your business.  And if its offline, you’re not making any money.  Plus its embarrassing when people go to your blog and it’s not there.

24/7 TECHNICAL SUPPORT

Also if you have any issues with your blog, BlueHost has technicians available to help 24/7 and they don’t put you on hold forever when you call.  This is so comforting to me because I usually work on my blog in the wee hours of the morning.  Knowing that I can call Bluehost at any hour if I run into any problems with my blog is reassuring.

I could go on and on.  But this is all about you and getting your blog set up.  So, let’s do it!  Click HERE to get started with BlueHost.

 

Step 1: Select Your Plan

Bluehost offers crazy cheap prices on its superior web hosting service.  There are 3 affordably priced plans.  Since you get a 30-Day money back guarantee, I suggest taking the plan that makes the least impact on your wallet.  I recommend the $2.95 per month plan.  So, you really have got nothing to lose since you can get your money back.  Go ahead and sign up today.

Right now, you’re just checking out the plans BlueHost offers.  In a few steps, you’ll actually sign up for your specific plan.

 

Step 2: Setup Your Free Domain Name

Every blog needs a unique domain name.  Not sure what a domain name is?  A domain name is a unique web address on the internet.  For example, my domain name or web address is www.marcellawilson.com.  It is unique because no two people can have the same domain name.  When you type in marcellawilson.com on the computer, it takes you to my blog.  A domain name is like the address of a home.  There are millions of houses, apartments, condos and townhouses in every city.  But each one has a unique address that identifies it from all the others.  Essentially, a domain name is the location of a web site.

Now, let’s be clear about one thing.  You do not own your domain name.  It does not belong to you.  You can pay a fee to use your selected domain name for several months or up to several years.  But in all actuality, a domain name is rented.  Your domain name is yours for as long as your payments are current.  If you let your domain name expire or don’t keep up the payments, your domain name can be resold to another party.  The longer you pay up front to use the domain name, the bigger the discount usually is.

If you don’t have any ideas for your domain name, I recommend you pick something from the 4 most popular types of domain names for a business.

  1. What you do (Ex: makeyourbodywork.com)
  2. The name of your business (Ex: fracturedprune.com)
  3. Your first and last name (Ex: marcellawilson.com)
  4. The target audience of your business. (Ex: happyblackwoman.com)

BlueHost has agreed to give all my clients a free domain name if they sign up using my link.   It’s actually pretty cool that Bluehost is giving you a domain name for FREE!  This easily saves you about $100 a year.

 

Step 3: Create Your Account

Now it’s time to set up your Blue Host account.  You have 2 options here.  You can use your Google account to sign up for BlueHost.  Or you can enter your personal information to setup your BlueHost account.  Personally, I recommend setting up a BlueHost account and not using your Google login.  The reason?  Call me crazy, but if your Google login gets hacked or compromised in any way, those criminals have access to your Google and BlueHost accounts.  Your BlueHost account houses your blog which is your business and you need to protect that at all costs.   So create a separate account for BlueHost.

BlueHost needs your full name, address, phone number and email address.  Please don’t use any abbreviations or purposefully put in any incorrect information.  Again, your blog is your business so make sure this information is accurate.

 

Step 4: Pick Your Package

This is where you tell BlueHost the plan you want.  Again, I recommend the $3.95/ month plan.  It is the most cost effective.  However, I want you to notice that you will be billed for 3 years upfront.  Don’t let this put you off.  I know when bloggers are just starting out, they usually want to sign up for a year to see hour things pan out.  But trust me, if you are reading this, you are in it for the long haul.  And honestly, it may take your blog a year just to become profitable.  When that year is up, you’ll have to reup and pay for more web hosting service.  Your new rates for web hosting will undoubtedly be more expensive than $3.95 a month.  The more years you buy upfront, the cheaper the cost for the service will be.  So, sign up for the $3.95 plan and make sure to keep those checked boxes checked.  They are important and here’s why…

Domain Privacy Protection

Shields your personal information linked to your domain from public records.  WHOIS is an organization that manages all the data related to domain names.  WHOIS has a public database where anyone can access the personal information of those who registered a domain name.  This service will keep your personal information private.

Site Backup Pro

This is definitely a must.  If you site crashes, BlueHost can restore it back to normal.  No one thinks this will happen to them.  But trust me, it can and will happen at the most inopportune time.  It’s better to have this service now, then to have your blog crash and have to start from zero.  Save yourself a headache and get this service.

Sitelock Security

This important security feature protects your blog from hacking and other malicious attacks.  This is another service you want to get now, rather than have something catastrophic happen to your blog.  Sitelock will scan and remove malware, and other harmful things from your blog.  Turn on the news and I guarantee you’ll find a story about someone getting hacked, a virus attack or information getting leaked.  Do not skip this service.

 

Step 5: Make Your Investment

Yes, this is an investment in your business.  It’s a small price to pay to bring your dreams and goals into fruition.  I want you to see it that way.  So, enter your credit card information to pay for your web hosting service.  Be sure to read the fine print in the blue box.  Basically, it says that when the 3 years they you paid for are up, automatically your credit card will be charged and your service renewed.  You will get an email when it’s time for you to renew your service but just be aware of this.

Next, check that you have read BlueHost’s terms of service, cancellation and privacy policies.  Then, click the blue submit button.  And presto!  Your Blue Host account is all set up.

 

Step 6: Install WordPress

When you get your web hosting service via BlueHost, you have to complete one more step in order to start blogging.  You must install blogging software on your blog in order for it to work properly.  I recommend using WordPress for your blogging software.  It is the preferred blogging software of most bloggers.  And installing WordPress on BlueHost is as simple as clicking a button because that’s all you have to do.  Click the “Install WordPress” button on WordPress and you’re done.

Next Steps!

Congrats on starting blog.  Now, I’m not gonna leave you hanging.  You still need to do a few more things before your blog is ready to be presented to the world.

  1. Get a WordPress Theme.  A theme is the design of your blog.  Now, WordPress has some built-in themes that you can use and you can also get free WordPress themes on the Internet.  However, I have tried both and firmly believe that you get what you pay for.  I recommend Elegant Themes by Divi for your blog.  I use it on this blog and it is a game changer.  You can customize it to your blog and create any kind of configuration, layout or design that you want.  I will never use another theme again.  Click HERE to check it out
  2. Sign up for an email subscription service. Collecting email addresses is so important and having a large, engaged email list is the true sign of a profitable business.  You need to start collecting email addresses on day one that your blog is up.  I wish I had done this.  There are lots of email subscription services out there.  But I have used aweber since I started blogging and highly recommend it for you.  Click HERE to learn more.

More Information About Blogging

Your blogging journey has just begun.  Below, I have listed some blog posts I have written that will help you blog better.

Okay, if you read and do everything in this blog post, then you are off to a good start.  I am so proud and excited for you.  Hey, do me a favor…  Leave me a comment letting me know what your blog is and a link to it.  I would love to check it out.  Thanks and happy blogging.

Toodles,

Dr. Marcella Wilson

P.S. Remember you can always email me at marcella at marcellawilson dot com if you have any questions or need any hand holding.

Blog More: 5 Ways Watching TV can Help

productivity blogging tips

No time to read this post about finding more time to blog?  PIN IT for later!

In last week’s post, I gave 4 tips on how we, as mommy bloggers with busy schedules, can find more time to blog, be productive and work on our business.  A few of you got back to me and said that watching a lot of television cuts into their time to work on their blog and business.   I completely understand the lure of the television and the power it has over us.  Some of my clients really struggle with it.  It has all the shows and movies you want to see at the click of a button.  And with television, FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) is real and there is so much good stuff on every day.  What’s a girl to do?

Now, I rarely turn on the TV during the day, but that was not always the case.  When I was writing my dissertation, I just could not turn off the television.  It was my escape from all the hard work I was doing.

Bad thing was that I was spending so much time watching “The Young and the Restless” and reality TV that I was barely getting any work done on my dissertation.  So much so that my research advisor voiced his concern to me about my lack of progress.  That was a turning point for me and I knew I had to get help or this whole PhD thing wouldn’t turn out so well.

So I enlisted the help of a mentor to get me back on track.  With the help of my mentor, I was able to rein in my TV watching and finish my dissertation.  Yay!  But what I learned about being productive and still watching television applies to anyone trying to complete tasks, get work done or reach goals.  And now, I want to pass those tips on to you so you can use them to be more prolific and profitable on your blog or business.

But before I pass on those tips, do you have a blog yet?  If not, don’t despair.  I am here to help you though the whole process.  In just 5 minutes you can get your blog up and running.  Check out this blog post where I give step-by-step tutorial on how to start a blog.  The instructions are clear and easy to follow.  So get started on your dream today by clicking HERE to start your blog.

Dr. Marcella Wilson gives blog tips to female entreprenuers

About to watch a really good show on Netflix called “Marcella”. Great name for a show, by the way!

Need to blog and work on your business but can’t turn off the TV, here’s a few tips:

PRODUCTIVITY TIP #1: TiVo it!

The greatest invention after the television is TiVo.  If you have to work on your business, TiVo what you really want to see or don’t want to miss on television.  Buy it.  It is worth the investment.

PRODUCTIVITY TIP #2: Be Patient

If you forgot to TiVo it, it will probably come on again.

PRODUCTIVITY TIP #3: Get Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime

Or purchase some other streaming service that lets you watch television on demand. So when you have a free hour, watch the show you really want to on demand.

PRODUCTIVITY TIP #4: Watch Your Favorite Shows While You Work Out

I do this religiously.  When I’m doing my cardio, I’m not listening to music.  No way!  I’m watching Netflix.  Depending on how long you work out, t’s a great way to get in anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour of  (guilt-free!) TV watching.

PRODUCTIVITY TIP #5: Work During Commercial Breaks

Here’s a trick I used in graduate school when I really wanted to watch something but had a ton of work to do. Watch it live when it comes on but work only during the commercial breaks.  Or watch it on TiVo but don’t fast forward through the commercial breaks.  This only works for shows and movies that have commercials.  Honestly, I probably write most of my blog posts during commercial breaks.  Try it.  You will be amazed at how much work you get done.

What are some tips that you use to keep your TV watching time in check?  Do you struggle with watching too much television?  Is it affecting your work time?  If so let me know in the comments.  Also, let me know your tips and tricks on how to be more effective at getting work done during the day.

Toodles,

Dr. Marcella Wilson

Pin It on Pinterest