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First Steps When Deciding to Blog

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When I first thought seriously about blogging as a means to write more often and a way to make some extra money for my family I was about five months pregnant with my fifth baby. I read a lot of articles from some blogs that had success in a relatively small period of time. There are a few things that many of these blogs have in common.

1. They use Pinterest to drive most of their traffic by joining popular Pinterest boards. I have found many community boards that I plan on joining and I also will be searching out the more exclusive boards and applying with them as well.

2. They all have some sort of affiliate marketing along with ad through Adsense or other ad platforms. Adsense is a little choosy so I am making sure to follow all the rules and cleaning my site as much as possible to be added quickly.

3. They all have a hard working and no quit attitude. This is a big one for me. I’m really good at having great ideas and starting projects, but my follow through needs help. So that is the biggest step I’m taking is to just keep going and not to give up.

My big goal for this blog is to be an encourager to as many people as possible and to use my writing, and mass communication skills to make $2000/month. I don’t know how long this will take me, but I’m going to keep going until I meet this goal, then I’m going to up the ante.

There are many steps that I am taking before launching my site. And after reading a ton, and researching, I think these steps will really help me to have success and not get disheartened.

Step one: I am creating content that I am passionate about.

I am a mom of five now. And I also have been married for 12 years. I also have a degree in Mass Communications. Although I’m new to the game of blogging, I have a lot to share and I have a heart for sharing advice and helping people.

My goal is 25 blog posts in Marriage, Parenting, pregnancy/baby, and faith. From everything I’ve read, this is the most important part, and I can’t agree more. It is also the most challenging because I’m being very particular about my posts. I just want them to be a good as can be.

Step two: Picking a domain name

The domain name that I have chosen has been floating in my brain for the past ten months. When I had the idea of blogging I was really thinking about what my life is. And it really is the six days between Sundays. I’m a pastor’s wife, so we have an interesting schedule. The most important day of the week is Sunday and we usually take Mondays off. So I decided to call my blog Six Days till Sunday.

Step three: Picking hosting

I did a lot of research and went on numerous blogs to figure out what hosing I wanted. It really seemed like a lot of hosting are also affiliates that bloggers push, so I don’t necessarily know if I can trust their opinion when they are looking to make money. In the end I chose Blue Host.

I did this mostly because it seemed to fit my needs and it comes with really good space if my blog decided to become very popular it would handle that well, and I chose it because I could get everything set up fairly easily and the domain was free for a year. The con is that I had to pay upfront for a year. I’m on a limited budget so this was a hard point, but I figure I’m investing in my blog and I can write it off in my taxes.

All in all, I feel  at peace with this blog. I know that I am doing it for the right reasons and I really love my life as a stay at home mom, and I want to share as much as I can with people who need help and encouragement.

 

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