How to Start a Mom Blog that Actually Makes Money

Inside: Have you heard that moms can make money blogging, but you have no idea where to begin? Get step by step instructions for exactly how to start a mom blog that actually makes money (many blogs don’t), along with information about blogging that I wish I had before I started.

Three years ago, I learned that you could actually make money blogging. One of my favorite mom bloggers mentioned in a random e-mail that she had finally learned how to earn a part-time income from home through her blog.

She started her mom blog as a hobby, having no clue it could pay her bills. Five years later, she consistently earns $2,000 a month.

Without her telling me it was possible, I wouldn’t be earning money blogging today. How I wish I’d known sooner!

It’s not too late to start a mom blog and make money from home.

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Blog Income and Traffic Report {June 2018}

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Inside: My final blog income and traffic report! Read how I reached my goal of $1,000 a month income from this blog, and where I will go from here.

Welcome to my long overdue blog income report.

June and July were not very productive blogging months for me, as I was in the middle of my first trimester. I thought the first trimester was bad when I was pregnant with my first baby at 23. Nope! It’s so much more exhausting at 32 with four kids to take care of besides. I did the very bare minimum with blogging for two months in order to keep everything moving in the right direction.

When I first found out I was pregnant with my fifth baby, I thought it was going to be the death of my blog, of all the hard work I’d poured into it over the past year and a half. On the other side of my first trimester – when my motivation is lower than zero – I now see it very differently.

This pregnancy is the best thing that could have ever happened to my blog.

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Blog Income and Traffic Report {May 2018}

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Inside: Get blogging tips and advice from a small blogger, one who was stuck for a long time, but with a lot of perseverance, finally started making progress. Follow my income journey from a few hundred dollars a month to $1,000 a month in 2018. 

It’s June, and time for another blog income report. This marks my fifth blog income report since I started chronicling my journey to $1,000 a month income from my blog.

I’m getting so close!

Once I reach my $1,000 monthly income goal, I will stop publishing regular income reports, as I need to focus my time and energy on getting a second blog up and running. I decided to start a second niche blog to test my ability to generate the majority of my traffic from organic search.

While I love Pinterest for driving blog traffic, and my blog wouldn’t be where it is today without it, I don’t love the constant ups and downs. Also, Pinterest takes a lot of effort to maintain, and lately, it seems like what its requirements for decent traffic is changing every other week.

The majority of my efforts going forward will be focused on SEO (search engine optimization) and reader problems/requests. I will still be using Pinterest, as it wouldn’t make sense to pass up the free traffic, but it will be a secondary focus from now on.

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Blog Income and Traffic Report {April 2018}

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Inside: Get encouragement, tips and ideas from a small blogger income and traffic report. Follow along as I work towards my goal of $1,000 a month income from this blog (I’m getting closer!).

I realized this month that I never fully explained why I’m publishing income reports on a blog that is primarily about homeschooling, minimalism on a low income, and parenting. So first off, I wanted to remedy that!

So why do I write income reports in the first place?

First, I started writing income reports as a means of chronicling my journey to earning $1,000 a month blogging. That was my year-end goal for 2018 for this blog.

Second, I want to encourage other bloggers who are struggling to earn an income from their blogs. Reading another blogger friend’s income reports from back when she made very little encouraged me to keep going and to not give up. I hope my income reports encourage other bloggers the way hers encouraged me. I also am a teacher by nature, and I love sharing what’s working for me with this blog and what’s not. Sharing that in a post saves time as well, when bloggers as me questions about my business strategy.

Third, I want other moms to know that it IS possible to earn a living online, working from home. We need the income this blog brings in. It is changing our finances and making staying home to homeschool a long-term possibility.

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Blog Income and Traffic Report {March 2018}

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Inside: Get encouragement, tips and ideas from a small blogger income and traffic report. Follow along as I work towards my goal of $1,000 a month income from this blog.

Last month was a huge success for my little blog, but it ended on a very sour note. I’ve heard about Pinterest glitches before, and bloggers being put in “Pinterest jail”, but I have never been on the receiving end of one of these glitches.

There’s a first time for everything, I suppose.

During the last week of March, I was riding a huge increase in Pinterest traffic, receiving over 4,000 pageviews a day almost every day. Thursday, that wave crashed down as Pinterest started blocking my pins. Every time you tried to click through, you received a, “This link has been blocked due to possible inappropriate content” message.

I e-mailed Pinterest every day to attempt to get this fixed, but they seemed to be experiencing multiple issues site-wide and were unresponsive. My pageviews dropped like a rock.

Those were low days for me: as I’m sure you can imagine, it felt like all my hard work was being thrown away.

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Affordable Blogging Courses for Beginners

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Inside: You can try to grow your blog using only free resources (I tried, and I wouldn’t recommend it), or you can skip the trial and error method using these blogging courses for beginners that are actually affordable.

I know so many beginner mom bloggers who are trying to grow their blogs on a tight budget. If this post caught your eye, you are probably one of them. Just like when I first started, you don’t have hundreds of dollars to drop on blogging courses every month.

I mean, the reason you started blogging in the first place is that money is tight and you need more of it. Am I right?

Then there’s trying to convince your spouse to let you drop $200 on a blogging course to grow your business (when you don’t have any money, and blogging is less than a sure investment).

Not gonna happen.

I know exactly where you’re coming from. I’ve been there, and I want to share with you the most affordable blogging courses for beginners that are actually worth the money (cheap blogging courses can be a waste of money, too).

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Blog Income and Traffic Report {February 2018}

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Inside: Get encouragement, tips and ideas from a small blogger income and traffic report. You CAN earn money blogging, even if it takes you longer than others.

It’s the first of the month, which means it’s time for another blog income and traffic report. I try to make these income reports information and helpful, full of blogging tips and ideas you can try with your own blog.

I decided to post these blog income reports for all the tiny bloggers, the stuck bloggers, the ones who look at those huge income reports of big bloggers and think, “That will never ever be me.”

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Blog Income and Traffic Report {January 2018}

Inside: Get encouragement, tips and ideas from this small blogger income and traffic report. You CAN earn money blogging, even if it takes you longer than others.

Like so many other mom bloggers, I started blogging after reading income reports from crazy successful bloggers – the kind that make over $10,000 a month blogging.

I love to teach other moms, and I could make money doing it?! It seemed like a no brainer.

I took the bait.

I learned very quickly that there is much more to starting a blog than just, well, “starting a blog.” That is by far the easiest part.

Related Post: Should I Start a Blog? The Honest Truth About Blogging

Despite being so very over the “Just Start a Blog” type of posts and e-mails, I am not sorry I started a blog.

In fact, I consider it one of my best decisions of 2016.

But I didn’t always feel that way. In fact, I almost quit right around the six-month mark.

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Should I Start a Blog? The Honest Truth About Blogging

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Inside: Have you ever wondered, “Should I start a blog?” Is that really a good idea? Get the honest truth about starting a blog and an affordable resource that can save you so much frustration if you do decide to start a blog.

“Should I start a blog?” As I pondered this question for the millionth time, I read my favorite blogger’s e-mail again, double checking the numbers following the dollar sign.

Wait. You can make how much money blogging?!

I already loved teaching friends helpful tips and tricks – from how you can afford to be a stay at home mom to parenting tips to homeschooling advice. Sharing the things that made my life easier came so naturally to me.

And I can get paid to do this? From home? On my own time?

Count me in!

Almost one year into this whole blogging thing, I’ve learned that yes, you can make money blogging.

I’ve also learned that it’s not as easy as it looks.

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How I Went from 3K to 43K Pageviews in Just One Month

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Inside: Bloggers – increase your pageviews using these tips! All of them combined helped me increase my pageviews rapidly over the course of one short month.

Four months into blogging, I was slogging away and barely hitting 3,000 pageviews a month. I churned out content, stayed up late, and scheduled my pins on Boardbooster. Nothing worked. I wanted more pageviews, but I had no idea how to get them and next to nothing to spend finding out how.

Like so many other new bloggers, I didn’t have a lot more to spend on blogging resources. I had already spent a lot of money on hosting, a theme, a P.O. Box and more. It’s hard to justify sinking more into something that is generating less than a dollar a day of actual income (and you probably haven’t even seen one of those dollars hit your bank account yet, am I right?).

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