You’ve decided blogging is for you, but you’re unsure where to begin. Friends, let me say first that blogging has been the very best career decision I’ve ever made. Not only does it allow me to stay home with my children (um, priorities, am I right?) it’s so much more! I bring in an income, it’s a creative outlet, and blogging is about community. Networking. And friendships. So let’s begin with the basics. How to start your very own blog with SiteGround. My web hosting provider of choice.
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I’ve been using SiteGround for almost two years now and I have to say, their customer service is excellent. That in and of itself should convince you that when choosing a hosting provider.
I mean, we all need customer service at some point. And we’ve all had a very BAD experience with a provider at some point that has turned us against a company, which is unfortunate. It really is. But be it Internet (I’m looking at you Comcast), Cell Phone providers (never again will I enter into a contract), or other, bad customer service sours us, doesn’t it?
The service itself may be something you absolutely need (like in the case of an electric or trash company). But if the customer service is bad, you hang up and start looking elsewhere for providers. Am I right?
With SiteGround again, their customer service is excellent. And I’ve had to use it, at odd hours. Which is fine because they offer 24/7 customer service.
So not only did I score a great deal on hosting and a domain, I was paying for great customer support when I signed on.
Note, too, that SiteGround works with its customers when it comes to payment options. This is HUGE. Because when you’re just starting out, you’re trying to stretch every dollar. I’ve been there.
There were times within the first year of starting my blog that I couldn’t pay for a full year up front. Even though that would have been the obvious choice, since you get such a discount in doing a whole year versus a shorter commitment, I didn’t have the money. I just didn’t. Paying for a say, 3 month commitment was all I could afford. So I paid for what I could. And did.
I messaged SiteGround before my contract expired and explained the situation. No money, but I still wanted the blog. After all, I’d invested months of work into it and knew that it would be paying for itself one day soon. That day just wasn’t today. And the representatives set me up on a payment plan I could afford! How awesome was that?
What other host provider can say they offer that kind of service? To truly help their customers?
Probably not many.
So in helping me afford my blog domain and hosting, SiteGround officially won me over as a loyal customer. I get a great host provider, and they’ve got me as a customer probably for life. Win-win.
Why Pay For A Blog
At this point, I’m sure a lot of you are wondering why I would even bother paying for a blog though. Aren’t there a lot of free services out there?
And I’ll say yes, yes there are. But you get what you pay for (or don’t pay for) as the case may be.
When I first started The Blessed And Busy Family, I knew where I was going. The ultimate goal wasn’t as others have said, just to vent, or write, or earn a feel good badge sharing my story with the world. And while I do all those things and it’s worthwhile, true, I also get paid to write.
I get paid to blog.
And that was my goal from the beginning. To monetize my site.
Yes there are free services available. WordPress.com exists solely for those that just want to write.
But WordPress.org is better. Why?
Again, I wanted to make money. I wanted to make money blogging.
Well, Tara, I don’t have the money to invest in a blog right now. I just don’t.
Trust me, I get it. I do.
I’ve been the mom that didn’t have a penny to her name, who was working four jobs to make ends meet who was constantly tired, exhausted and spent.
I know what it’s like to leave the house at 6:30am and not return home until after 7:00pm. To get up before the sun rises to clean, ready my six kids for school and daycare, commute an hour and a half dropping everyone where they need to be, and head into work. Then I’d leave that my first job to go to another job, then leave that job to go get everyone from daycare and after school. And we’d grab dinner on the road before heading home.
I’d pull into the driveway exhausted. But we still had homework and chores and bedtime routines to tend to. And after everyone was in bed by 8:30, I stayed up late into the night working one of my other jobs from home. That no, wasn’t blogging, and yes, there were deadlines.
I’d go to bed some time close to midnight. Then wake at 5 or 5:30 the next morning to do it all again.
I was blessed, I really was. I had my children, I had good friends, and our church- Woodstock City? Second to none.
But I was tired, to put it mildly. Putting in 60+ hours a week at various jobs. Never seeing my kids except before school, after work, and part of the weekend- most of which I spent trying to recover. Not to mention, fit in more hours at my “flexible” jobs.
That was no life. Not for me, not for anyone. It was draining. On my mind, on my body, and on my kids because I was always gone.
Having to choose between staying home with them when they were sick or forfeiting a paycheck because I’d used up all my sick days? It was… rough. To stay the least.
But blogging is different. Blogging was my way out. And it could be yours too.
You could literally be blogging… to Freedom.
Why Start a Blog
If your story is anything like mine, then I’m sorry. I know you can relate to how life gets at times.
But I also want you to be inspired because I’m no longer in that place. And you don’t have to be either.
If you start a blog, whether it’s with SiteGround or any other host, it can be your way out. It can be freeing.
A blog is one of the simplest ways to start a job from home. Working from home with kids, working from home with baby, or just working from home with no kids- it is possible.
Think of just about any other business out there. There are start up costs. No business that I’ve come across is free. And yes, a blog is a business.
If you own it, and you’ve paid for it, it is yours.
It’s a business with low start up costs. Honestly, you can get started with just SiteGround and be off and running. All you pay for is the hosting and domain (your blog/site’s name).
I’ve always been frugal- a life of poverty will do that. And even today, I’ll go with a free service over a paid one when possible. And that was even truer in the beginning when I was first starting out and had no other option.
But if you’re looking to make a living blogging, you do have to pay for your site. You have to own your own domain in order to monetize, set up ads, work with just about any affiliate, and really make money blogging.
I’ve come to realize that blogging, like anything else, is a business in which you get what you pay for. So buy the domain. Get quality hosting. And if you’re interested in using SiteGround, like me, click here.
After You Start a Blog
If you’ve chosen to buy a domain and get quality hosting from SiteGround, let me know! Comment below. Let me be the first to congratulate and say, Welcome! Welcome to a community unlike any other. A community of like minded bloggers.
Once you’ve gotten the domain/picked out a name for your blog, that’s it. Just start writing.
And if you’re looking for tips on how to make the perfect blog post, check out my Ultimate Checklist here. In it, I give some really down to Earth, practical elements to include in EVERY SINGLE post so you can get the most out of your blog from day one.
Also, I’d recommend finding some affiliates, asap. Affiliates are how a LOT of bloggers monetize/make money from their blog. Some of my personal favorites are:
And yes, I’m obviously a SiteGround affiliate as well. But only because I believe in their product.
Trust me, you do not want to be “that” blogger that posted about a product or service that turned out to be terrible. You’ll lose all credibility and no one wants that. Better to live with integrity. So only promote products and services you can vouch for- normally only ones you use yourself.
So start a blog, promote quality products, and get ready to have your Best Year Ever. A blog can make all the difference.
And lastly, check out this post on some other inspirational bloggers making it big. If you ever had any doubts about whether blogging could really make money, this will prove it. These bloggers are incredible- and they’re not the only ones. There are hundreds if not thousands of others just like them. But I kept this first list short as a means of inspiring and getting the word out.
My advice? Choose a few of these bloggers from the list and follow them. Learn from them. And if you can afford it, perhaps not right now but later, invest in what they have to offer. A lot of them offer courses on how to work with affiliates, how to get sponsored posts, and how to increase traffic (i.e. income) with your blog.
Did you choose to go with SiteGround or start a blog today? Let us know! Follow us and leave a comment below. Networking and friendships are so valuable. We’d love to join you on this journey. Blessings, Tara