Blogging Basics: 5 Ways to Start Making Money on a Blog

A blog can earn a nice income, if you're willing to do some hard work. Here are 5 keys ways to start making money on a blog.

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When you start to see traffic pick up on your site, it can be really exciting. I remember many ecstatic texts and phone calls between Rachel and me celebrating new milestones along the way. What was really fun for us was when we actually started to see a little money come in from ads we had up on our site that had previously paid us pennies. It wasn’t much, but it was incredibly rewarding. Now, three years later, we’re a bit farther down the income path yet still plugging away.

So, how do you start making money on a blog? Where exactly do you start?

Blogging Basics: How to Start a Blog (+ A Special Bonus From Us if You Do!)

How to start a blogWhen Rachel and I started blogging together, it was a “blind leading the blind” scenario. We honestly did not know what we were doing.

We knew that we both enjoyed blogging, our interests complimented each other, and we wanted to start a blog and eventually business together. So, we just gave it a go! Three drinking-from-the-fire-hydrant-of-the-blog-world years later, it’s a small miracle that we have anywhere from 400-600K page views a month and are both making a nice little part-time income from it.

We often laugh about the mistakes we’ve made along the way and only cringe a little when we realize we wasted money here or there on things we didn’t need or things that didn’t work. We’ve by no means arrived, but it’s been a fun journey and we have learned A TON along the way. Because of our rocky start, we now love to help out new bloggers and pass on the tips, tricks, and pitfalls we have gained along this blogging road.

Most people are intimidated by the process of starting a blog. But let me assure you, starting your own site is simpler than you think! The good news is, setting up a site doesn’t require much technological skill at all. Don’t be scared. If you’ve been sitting on an idea for a blog for a while, let me encourage you to take just one evening to get your dream started with a few simple steps.

To make it easy for you, I’ve written this post sharing the basics of how to start a blog, assuring that you start off on the right track. I will walk you through each step using screen shots, so you can have a clear picture of what to expect. Here’s what you’ll find in this post:

  1.  A step by step guide (with pictures) on how to set up a host and domain. Don’t worry, I’ll tell you what those are, too!
  2.  Tips on which hosting plan and domain name to pick.
  3.  Help on installing WordPress (and why we think WordPress is the way to go.)
  4.  Resources on how to get started with designing your site.
  5.  A very exclusive bonus from Thriving Home if you end up signing up with the host we recommend!

Rachel and I wish we had had a guide like this to hold our hand three years ago! Now, I’m excited to be able to share it with you. Ready to get started on your dream blog?

Blogging Basics: How Much Money Do Mom Bloggers Make?

How much money do mom bloggers make

I admit I googled “How much money do mom blogs make?” a few different times when we first started Thriving Home. You see Polly and I knew from the beginning that we wanted to build a business from our blogging hobby. But, I was skeptical that it was even possible. I wanted proof. Unfortunately, not much proof existed on the internet in 2011 to answer my question, however.

Since then, there is so much more information available about how much money mom blogs make. In fact, some bloggers we admire greatly now publish their monthly income reports for the world to see. The first time I saw this, my jaw dropped. I felt like I was looking into these bloggers’ underwear drawers. But, this information is so incredibly helpful! Seeing how different bloggers are making their money spawns new business ideas and learning how much they actually make has given us a “can do” spirit. Check out these bloggers’ income reports, if you’re interested: Pinch of Yum’s income reports and Just A Girl and A Blog income reports. And Amy Lynn Andrews put together an entire Pinterest board with bloggers’ income reports here!

Back to the question at hand, though. The short answer is this: the amount of money mom bloggers make is different for every single one. Isn’t that frustrating to hear? But, it’s really true. Every blogger has to decide over time what she has to offer readers and what income sources work best for her own platform. We’ve tried quite a few revenue streams ourselves over the years and will share specific ideas with you later in the week. Of course, we continue to experiment, learn, and grow.

To leave you perhaps a bit more appeased about today’s question, though, I thought I’d open up our own underwear drawer for you. (Nah, you don’t want to see that. Trust me.) Actually, I want to show you what kind of money we are making as part-time mom bloggers currently. I’m going to compare two months for you over the past two years: October 2013, and October 2014. (I was going to show you October 2012 but it was a pittance at that point and I couldn’t find good stats on it, unfortunately.) October is typically a higher traffic time for us, so we thought it may be helpful for you to see how our revenue has slowly but steadily grown over time.