The 12 Best Summer Side Hustles for Moms in 2022

The 12 Best Summer Side Hustles for Moms in 2022

summer side hustles for moms

Summer is the one season of the year where we moms typically have a little more time on our hands. School is out, sports are typically over (or more low-key), and there aren’t any major holidays to prepare for. We get a little bit of a break. 

This means that we also have a little more time to focus on ourselves and those projects we’ve been putting off. 

If you are looking for summer side hustles for moms, then you have come to the right place. 

All of the side hustles listed on this page are things that can be done from home as long as you have a computer, an internet connection, and a phone. 

In other words, you can still keep an eye on your kids while you work.

These are also all things that have the potential to become legit businesses and sources of income. 

Instead of spending time scanning receipts, dog walking, or working as an Instacart shopper, why not invest your time into a side hustle that can grow into something?

That’s what I’m all about. 

This post is all about the best summer side hustles for moms.

The Best Summer Side Hustles for Moms

1. Start a Blog

How to start a blog checklist

Of course, I had to start with my personal favorite: starting a blog. 

If I had known the power of blogging, I would have started a blog 5+ years ago.

I love blogging as a side hustle for moms because you are 100% able to work on it on your own time. 

My favorite part about blogging is that you can write about a topic you have a passion for and make money doing it. And it’s not a requirement that you have expertise in the topic. 

That may sound counterintuitive, so let me explain. 

Some bloggers have started what are known as “journey blogs.” This means that their blog is focused on something they are trying to learn.

It could be someone who is trying to do something like lose weight, get out of debt, or homeschool their kids. In other words, something they haven't done before.

And in the process, they share with others how they accomplish their goals. 

Some bloggers have just chosen where they are in life and made that the focus of their blog. 

There really are soooo many options. 

My second favorite part about blogging is that there are so many ways to monetize a blog such as display ads, affiliate marketing, sponsored posts, selling digital products, and more. 

If blogging is something you would like to pursue, I recommend starting by grabbing my FREE checklist and workbook that will walk you through each step of the process. 

2. High-Ticket Affiliate Marketing (Without a Blog)

Affiliate marketing is a great way to make money online if you don’t want to start a blog. However, it does require that you enjoy or are willing to post on social media or launch paid ads. 

Affiliate marketing is promoting products or services made by other people or companies, and if someone buys from you, you get a commission. 

When you sign up for an affiliate program, you get a custom URL so that the company knows the sale came from you. 

I recommend focusing on high-ticket affiliate marketing and/or selling a subscription product. Subscription products result in producing the passive income that everyone is always trying to pursue. 

The best way to go is if you can group products together that are all related, starting with a high-ticket product. 

For example, if you are into keto, you can promote a course that teaches keto. Then you can also promote keto-related products such as food and supplements you love. 

If you want to learn more about affiliate marketing, I highly recommend grabbing my free ebook here that walks you through the process. 

There are also a couple of courses that are worth looking into: 

  • Freedom Breakthrough 2.0: You can test Freedom Breakthrough out by doing the 3 Day Business Breakthrough Challenge for $7 where creator Jonathan Montoya teaches how to launch an affiliate campaign. The thing I like about this training is that it’s not fluff. You really can get started for $7, and from there you can decide if you want the full course. The full course is super exhaustive. You can read about it in my review here. 
  • Affiliate Secrets 3.0: Another course that will walk you through how to make money with affiliate marketing is Affiliate Secrets. This course is also super exhaustive. They are both good courses, it’s just a matter of who you want to learn from. This course does not have a $7 version that you can test drive before going all-in, but it’s still a great course. Click the link here and watch a video presentation by Spencer Mecham where he will walk you through exactly how it works. 

3. Sell Digital Downloads and Printables on Etsy

Most of us think of Etsy as a place to go for unique handmade crafts, but it’s also a great source for digital products. 

This can range from planner pages, Canva templates and WordPress themes to digital artwork and sooo much more. 

If you are interested in learning more about how to get started, I highly recommend watching this video where my friend and mentor Sandra Di walks you through how to find Etsy Digital Downloads that will Actually Sell.

If you want more, she has a full Etsy playlist here.

4. Sell Low-Content Books on Amazon KDP

Amazon KDP journals

Amazon KDP is Amazon’s self-publishing platform, but you don’t have to write a tome to get published. Instead, you can create what is known as low-content books. 

Low content books can be lined journals, blank recipe books, coloring books, blank planners, and more. 

These can be created in Canva and then uploaded to the Amazon KDP platform. If someone purchases your book, Amazon prints it, and ships it directly to the customer. How cool is that?

However, there is a right and wrong way to do this. 

The best Amazon KDP teacher I have found online is Rachel Harrison-Sund. 

If this is something you are interested in learning more about, I recommend binge-watching her channel.

5. Start a YouTube Channel

Did you know that YouTubers make money? If you are passionate about something and always thought it would be fun to start a YouTube Channel, now is the time. 

There are actually several ways to make money on YouTube: YouTube Ads, affiliate marketing, selling your own digital products, and more. 

YouTubers don’t qualify for ad revenue right away until they reach 4,000 watch hours within 12 months and have more than 1,000 subscribers. 

But if you are putting out consistent content and optimizing it in the right way, this is totally possible to do within a year. 

If this is something you are interested in doing, I recommend grabbing this Monetize Your Passion With Video Workbook by my personal YouTube mentor Sandra Di.

And the best part is that she’ll be releasing a YouTube course this summer, which I highly recommend. I will be sure to add a link here as soon as it's released. 

6. Become a Freelance Writer

Almost 10 years ago, I found myself going through a divorce. At the time, I had been a stay-at-home mom for eight years and had not worked a day during that time. 

But I had to find work, and I really wanted to find something I could do from home. 

I was able to start making a full-time income in just a few months as a freelance writer. 

The best part about freelance writing is that you can pretty much get started right away. 

You don’t have to create a blog (unless you want), create a sales funnel, set up email marketing, etc. 

There are several platforms out there for the purpose of putting freelancers in front of customers looking for help with a variety of tasks such as:

If you want to learn more about how to get started, I recommend the following:

  • Alex Fasulo for how to get started on Fiverr.
  • Laura Briggs for how to get started on Upwork.

7. Become a Marketing Copywriter

marketing copywriting

While Marketing Copywriters tend to also be freelance writers, the type of writing they do is different. 

Marketing copywriting is a unique craft in which you write for the purpose of converting readers into buyers. 

It can take a bit more time than regular content writing or news writing because of the time it takes to get the messaging just right. 

And there’s also a ton of value it can bring because the right messaging can mean an increase in sales for your client. 

For that reason, marketing copywriters also have the ability to charge a lot more than content writers. 

If this sounds intriguing to you, I highly recommend checking out Alex Cattoni. 

The best part about Alex’s flagship course, the CopyPosse Launch Pad, is that she will not only teach you the craft of copywriting, but she will also teach you how to create a portfolio even if you don’t have any experience. 

Plus, she’s just a ton of fun!

8. Become a Freelance Web Designer

This may surprise you, but you can become a freelance web designer even if you don’t have any experience. 

Of course, you do have to learn how to build and design websites somewhere. 

The upside to web design is that you can charge good money for the work that you do because of the value of the product. 

If this is something you would love to learn how to do, I highly recommend the course, Break Into Web

Break Into Web is a two-part course. Part one covers the technical aspects of building websites including creating your own website to market your services. Part two teaches you how to turn your new technical skills into a business and how to manage that business. 

The course is taught by two veteran web designers who both have freelance web design businesses of their own and are both very easy to follow. 

Check out Break Into Web Here. 

9. Become a Virtual Assistant

Virtual assistants work as contractors, and they typically perform administrative-type tasks for business owners. 

This can include any variety of things including bookkeeping, scheduling appointments, making travel arrangements, responding to emails, organizing digital files, creating and/or scheduling social media posts, and the list can go on. 

What a virtual assistant does can depend a lot on the needs of the business and the VA’s area of expertise.

Virtual assistant pay can range from $15,000 to $130,000 per year, according to WeWork

Virtual assistants can find work on a variety of platforms, including: 

If you are interested in learning more about how to become a virtual assistant, check out Lauren Golden. She has a YouTube channel and blog all about teaching moms how to become virtual assistants. 

10. Sell Handmade Crafts Online

If you have a craft that you are good at, another option would be to sell your handiwork online. 

This can be done by creating your own online store or selling your creations on a website like Etsy. 

This can range from artwork, knitted items, crocheted items, handmade clothes and blankets, jewelry, and so much more. 

If you are interested in learning how to turn your favorite crafting hobby into a profitable business, check out The Recoverie

11. Sell Digital Art

If you have graphic design skills or you want to learn more about graphic design, you can sell digital art. 

Digital art can be sold on a variety of platforms including Etsy, Creative Market, Creative Fabrica, and more. 

Or you can even create your own online store where you sell your items. 

The nice thing about digital art is that you can create the artwork, but it’s up to the customer to handle the printing. That means you can keep your costs low. 

If you want to learn more about how to sell digital art online, I recommend this playlist on YouTube by Sandra Di. 

12. Become a Social Media Manager

Very few businesses can exist in 2022 without being on social media in some way, shape, or form.

The downside is that being consistent on social media is very time-consuming and can take away from the core functions of the business. 

That is why several businesses need social media managers. It might be for creating their assets or handling all the scheduling. 

Social Media Managers can be hired as full-time employees or as contractors. 

If you want to learn more about how to get started as a social media manager, I highly recommend following Rachel Pedersen

She is not only a successful social media manager, but she also teaches others how to start a social media management business. And she’s a mom, so she gets what it’s like to grow a business with kids around. 

What Side Hustle are You Going to Start This Summer?

I hope you found some inspiration for your summer side hustle. What side hustle are you feeling inspired to try?

I would love to hear all about it. Tell me all about it in the comments below. 

And please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. 

This post was all about the 12 best summer side hustles for moms.

Why You Need the Divi Builder for Your Blog (9 Compelling Reasons)

Why You Need the Divi Builder for Your Blog (9 Compelling Reasons)

Want to know if the Divi Builder is the solution you’ve been looking for to build your blog? Here are the top reasons you need to use the Divi theme builder that you need to know about. 

Why you need the divi builder

You know you want to use WordPress for your blog, but you aren’t a developer. That’s why you need a drag-and-drop builder. If you are anything like me, you have been doing all the research about the best WordPress page builders. 

As a blogger myself, I know exactly what you are going through. I never thought I would be able to create the beautiful blog I wanted until I discovered the Divi Theme by Elegant Themes

You are going to learn all about why you need to be using the Divi Builder for your blog from the ease of use to the amazing functionality. 

After learning all about why the Divi Builder is perfect for bloggers, you will be ready to start creating your blog with Divi. 

This post is all about why the Divi Builder is the best drag-and-drop page builder for bloggers. 

{RELATED POST: 11 Insanely-Good Reasons to Use WordPress for Blogging}

Why You Should Use the Divi Builder for Your Blog

1. It’s Drag and Drop (as in no coding necessary)

divi drag and drop builder example

One of the reasons new bloggers are tempted to use Wix or Squarespace for their blog is because it is drag and drop. 

With an amazing drag and drop builder like Divi, this temptation will quickly fade away.

In fact, I like to think of Divi as the Wix or Squarespace killer because it allows you all the ease of use these platforms offer but with so much more. 

How easy is it to use Divi??

Want to move an image, a text block, or a button to another section of your page? Just grab it and move it to wherever you want it to go.

Want to change the size of any element? You can make a column, row, or any element bigger or smaller by grabbing the edge and expanding it to the size you want. All with the click of your mouse. 

You can add more text to a text block directly to the page or post. 

In fact, you can write an entire blog post on the front end of the page so you can know exactly what it’s going to look like while you’re writing it. 

And . . . so much more!

Try out the Divi Builder with this Demo.

2. The Ability to Customize

Ways to customize Divi

With the Divi theme builder, you have complete control over every element on your blog, down to the smallest detail. 

Here are just a few of the many elements that you can customize: 

Fonts

Divi offers more than 800 fonts that you can choose from that are pre-loaded into the system, and these fonts can be customized in so many ways. You can change the color, the size, the spacing, the weight (how bold or light it appears), and the style.

It’s also super easy to custom the design of the font styles when they are used as headings and subheadings.

Do you want your linked text, lists, or quotes to have different styles? That can be done with a click of a button, too.

Hover Styling and Effects

One of my favorite features is the ability to make elements look different when someone is hovering over it. 

You can customize any element so it changes color or looks like it’s popping off the page with just a click of a button. 

It takes an otherwise boring element such as an image or a button and turns it into a fun interactive experience for the user. 

Headers and Footers

I also love how easy it is to customize the headers and footers with Divi. Not only can you change how the headers and footers look and function, but you can also change how they look and function depending on what page they are on. 

So if I want my header to be a different color on blog posts, I can do that. If I want my header to stick to the top of the page as I scroll down, I can do that, too. 

I can even remove the header and footer from pages where I don’t want it to appear. 

For example, I like to create my own landing pages right on my website, and I also have my own link-in-bio page that I created with Divi. I don’t want a header or footer on these pages, which I’m able to remove with a click of a button. Love it!

I seriously could go on and on about all the ways you can customize your website with Divi, but hopefully, you get the picture. 

If there is any element you specifically would like to know about, drop a comment below, and I would be happy to answer your question.

3. The Layout Library

Divi Layout Library

One of the most impressive features that come with the Divi theme is the Layout Library. 

The Layout Library is a collection of Divi theme builder templates that are ready to use on your blog. 

Divi has more than 200 layout packs that you can choose from. 

These can be used in place of purchasing an additional child theme for your blog. And they have layouts for just about any business you can think of, including a few layouts designed for bloggers. 

Here are a few that I think are good picks for bloggers: 

Check out the full library here.

Note: The layouts do not have to be used only for the purpose they were created for. They can all be customized however you want. 

{RELATED POST: The Complete Guide to Blog Name Ideas (for Any Niche)}

4. Custom Blog Post Layouts & Pages

Divi blog layout

WordPress comes with a default blog layout, but with Divi, you can customize your blog posts to have any layout you want. 

You can also have custom blog post layouts for each category or even for a particular post. 

Every single page, including your Home page, About page, Category pages, and more can all be customized to have the look and functionality you want and need. 

The best part is that posts don’t need to be designed one at a time. You can actually create a template so that if you want to change an element on a blog post, it will be changed across the entire website. How cool is that?

5. The Divi Modules

list of divi modules

One of the ways you are able to customize your blog with Divi is with the Divi Modules.

Here are just a few of the many things you can do with the Divi Modules: 

  • Email Opt-ins: One of the Divi modules I’m most grateful for is the Email Optin. With a few clicks, I can add an email opt-in to any page or post. And the best part is that it integrates seamlessly with more than 20 email marketing platforms. I love that I don’t need to buy an additional plugin to have this ability. 
  • Blog Module: Want your latest blog posts to appear on any page you want? This is done by adding the blog module. You can also decide what information you want to appear with the blog posts such as the author, date, category, excerpt, and more. 
  • Bar Counters and Circle Counters: Need to display skills or progress in a visual way? Add a Bar Counter or Circle Counter to your page or post. 
  • Post Slider: Want to display your blog posts in a post slider? This too can be added with the click of a button. 

These barely scratch the surface of all you can do.

Other modules include Accordion, Audio, Blurb, Button, Comments, Contact Form, Countdown Timer, Social Media Follow, and many more!

6. The Divi Marketplace

The Divi Marketplace

If there’s an element you want that is missing from the list of Divi Modules such as an Instagram feed, a timeline, custom menus, overlays, and just about anything you can think of,  there are so many options you can purchase in the Divi Marketplace

For example, something I wanted recently was the ability to add custom tables to my blog posts so I could provide otherwise boring information in a visual way.

I went to the Divi Marketplace and found the Table Maker module, which allowed me to do exactly what I was trying to do. 

Note: These do cost additional money, but the cost is typically very reasonable. 

7. Divi Child Themes

Divi child themes on Creative market

If you want a design for a theme that you aren’t able to find among the free layouts from Divi, you have a lot of options.

Here are some of my favorite places to find Divi Child Themes, especially if you want a feminine blog theme:

If you still aren’t finding what you’re looking for, do a Google search for “Divi child themes” or “Divi femine themes.” 

8. Divi Support

Divi customer service trust pilot reviews

One of the things that’s tough about being an independent blogger is that you don’t have a team of developers to call upon when something breaks on your blog. 

I would love to tell you that nothing will break, but the truth is things do. 

But rest assured, Divi’s customer service is amazing. Every time I needed to reach out to Divi for assistance, they have always helped me until the problem was solved. 

Don’t believe me? Read what others have to say above.

{RELATED POST: 11 Essential Blogging Tools That Every New Blogger Should Know About}

9. Divi Community

divi community

Looking for a tutorial or step-by-step instructions for how to do something on your blog that you’ve never done before, look no further than the Divi Community. 

The Divi Community is made up of developers that provide both free and paid help. I have learned how to do so much with Divi because of this community. 

Here are some of my favorite places to go:

Why you need the divi builder

Ready to Dive into Divi?

By now you can see that Divi is a very powerful and dynamic tool that you can use to manage and run your blog. 

If you are ready to start a blog with Divi, that’s exactly what you will learn from this tutorial here, which pairs perfectly with this how to start a blog checklist.  

If you are looking for more information, please drop a comment below, and I would love to help in any way I can.

11 Insanely-Good Reasons to Use WordPress for Blogging

11 Insanely-Good Reasons to Use WordPress for Blogging

Want to know the top reasons to use WordPress for blogging? These are the exact reasons to use WordPress for your blog that you need to know about.

Reasons to use WordPress for blogging

Starting a blog is extremely exciting and if you’re anything like me, you’re doing all the research you possibly can to make sure you are using the best platform for your blog. As a blogger myself, I am giving you the top reasons to use WordPress for your blog.

You are going to learn all about why you want to use WordPress for blogging from the customization of the platform to the SEO benefits and more.

After learning about all the reasons to use WordPress for your blog, you will feel confident about choosing WordPress over other platforms such as Wix and Squarespace. And you will be ready to take the next step in starting your blog

This post is all about the top reasons why you need to use WordPress for your blog that you need to know about.

Why You Should Use WordPress for Blogging

1. WordPress is Free(ish)

The WordPress software itself is free. And along with the FREE price also comes the freedom that allows you to customize it in all the ways we will talk about in this post.

That being said, in order to use it, there are some costs that come along with building a blog that has the design and functionality you want. 

The two things that are required are: (1) a domain name and (2) web hosting. 

I also recommend investing in the following:

  • A Theme: There are some free themes, but I recommend spending a little money on a theme that matches the style you want for your blog. (You only have one chance to make a first impression.)
  • A Drag and Drop Builder: One of the best parts of blogging in 2022 is the advent of easy-to-use drag-and-drop page builders that make it so easy to customize and add elements to your blog. My personal favorite is the Divi Theme Builder by Elegant Themes.
  • Plugins: There are a couple of plugins that are worth spending money on. That being said, it’s very easy to keep these to a minimum, especially when you are first getting started. 

2. WordPress is Open Source

The reason why WordPress is free and why there are so many amazing plugins, drag and drop builders, and other features is because it is an open-source platform. 

Because WordPress is open-source, that means that its development is the result of a community of developers. 

And because it is open source, this community of developers is constantly creating new tools, plugins, theme builders, and more that allow users like you and me to be able to customize our blogs the way we want. 

I think that’s pretty cool!

3. WordPress is Soooo Customizable (Without Needing to Code)

One of my favorite features of WordPress is how customizable it is. Do you want to have a cooking blog? You can do that. Do you want to have a photography blog? You can do that, too. 

Do you want to create a news media website? That can be done, too. 

Do you want to create a course or a membership site? That can be done on WordPress, too. 

If you want a store on your website, it integrates seamlessly with WooCommerce. With WooCommerce, you can also sell digital products directly on your blog — no need to create an Etsy shop (which means you get ALL of the profits). 

You can even use your WordPress website to build a sales funnel. (No need to pay extra for Leadpages or ClickFunnels, which can cost an extra $37 a month and $97 a month, respectively.)

You can change the logo, favicon, colors, and fonts of your website with the click of a button. 

Almost anything you can think of that you want to do with your blog can most likely be done (as long as it's legal, of course). 

4. WordPress Drag and Drop Page Builders

I’ve been working on WordPress websites for almost 10 years, but I had never created one from the ground up. (I always worked for companies that had developers who did that kind of thing.)

When I learned that there were these easy-to-use drag and drop page builders that non-developers like me could learn to use, I was hooked. 

If these didn’t exist, I might be tempted to use a platform like Wix or Squarespace, but because these do exist, I seriously don’t see why you would go that route. (Just keeping it real.)

Because of the drag and drop builders, I think there is no excuse to not have a beautiful and easy-to-navigate blog. 

As I mentioned earlier, my personal favorite is the Divi WordPress Page Builder by Elegant Themes. It is so dynamic. With the click of a button, I can add a video, an image, an email opt-in, a button, and these can all be customized in hundreds of different ways. 

I can create a custom blog-post layout and I can even make the layout look different depending on the category, so you aren’t stuck with just one layout. 

Divi also comes with more than 200 free layout packs so you don’t need to pay extra for a child theme unless you want to. 

If Divi isn’t for you, there are other page builders such as: 

5. The Amazing WordPress Plugins

Another WordPress feature that allows users to easily customize their blogs and websites into just about anything they want is the WordPress plugins. 

The plugins are what allow you to give your blog just about any functionality you want.

Here’s a list of some plugins and what they do: 

Don’t see what you’re looking for, there are more than 55,000 plugins. Just do a search, and I’ll bet you’ll find it. 

With plugins like these, what you thought was a simple blogging platform now becomes so much more. 

That being said, there are a couple of things  you should know about plugins:

  • They aren’t all free. Some plugins are 100% free. Most plugins will have a free version you can use with limited functionality. (For example, I currently use the free version of YOAST SEO, but I could pay more to access more features.) Other plugins aren't free at all. That being said, they do tend to be very reasonable. 
  • Not all plugins are created equal. Before installing a plugin, research the plugin to make sure it isn’t going to cause any problems on your website. Read reviews and also make sure that the plugin is updated regularly. The best place to check this is right on the WordPress.org website.
wordpress plugins

6. WordPress Themes

Along with the easy-to-use page builders, one of the reasons you are able to have a beautifully designed blog up and running in days is because of the plethora of WordPress blog themes available to purchase. 

In summary, a theme is the design of your website. If you use a specific theme-builder like Divi, sometimes these will be called “Child themes.”

Themes are added with a simple installation that theme developers will walk you through how to do. 

Here are some of my favorite places to find WordPress themes: 

7. WordPress is Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Friendly

If you want your blog to rank, you need to incorporate Search Engine Optimization (SEO). 

I like to think of SEO as a puzzle, and each piece represents a different tactic you can use to help your website get noticed by Google and users. 

Here are some factors that contribute to good SEO:

  • Mobile-friendly responsiveness
  • Pagespeed
  • Core web vitals
  • Page Title
  • Meta Description
  • URLs
  • Indexing 
  • Images
  • Sitemaps
  • 301 Redirects
  • And More

There is not one of these factors that cannot be fully optimized on a WordPress website. The same cannot be said of websites built with Wix, Squarespace, or GoDaddy.

8. WordPress is Easy to Use and Maintain

One of the reasons why developers love WordPress is that they are no longer required to maintain the websites that are built on WordPress. Users are easily able to go in and throw up their own pages and blog posts without needing to know a bit of code. 

But the truth is we don’t really need the developers anymore either (unless you want to enlist one). 

Now with the advent of drag and drop page builders, creating a custom website is doable even for a novice blogger. 

For some of the more technical aspects, there are so many great step-by-step tutorials created by the WordPress community and people who are willing to help. 

9. You Can Scale Your Blog

When you first start your blog, you will use a premade theme, but as you grow, you may decide that you want a custom-designed blog. 

The first thing to know about this process is that any developer you reach out to will most likely want to move you to WordPress (if you aren’t already using it). 

The second thing to know is that WordPress is the platform used by more than 27 million websites, and among these websites “62% of the top 100 fastest growing companies in the US use WordPress,” according to Nelio Software.

If some of the fastest-growing companies in the country are able to scale with WordPress, then you can, too. 

10. There is A LOT of Support

When you start a WordPress blog, you join a community.

When you’re a small blogger, you don’t exactly have your own IT department, but questions do come up and issues do happen.

But you are not alone. I have always found answers among the vast WordPress community. 

I have also found amazing support among the tools I use to run this blog, which is why you want to be really picky about the WordPress tools you choose for your website. 

11. Snoop Dog and Disney Both Use It

If you aren’t already convinced that you should use WordPress for your blog, well you should be now that you know Snoop Dog and Disney both use it (along with thousands of other celebrities and large companies). 

All joking aside . . . this is just another sign that points to how powerful this platform is. 

REASONS TO USE WORDPRESS FOR BLOGGING

How to Start a Blog on WordPress

You’re convinced that WordPress is the way to go. Now what? Don’t worry! I’ve got you covered. 

Learn how to install WordPress with this tutorial.

I highly recommend downloading this FREE checklist and workbook that will ensure you don’t miss any of the steps in the process. 

What Was the Clincher?

Now that you know that WordPress is the best option for creating your blog, I would love to hear which reason was the most powerful for you. 

Tell me in the comments below!

Where to Buy a Domain Name for Your Blog (for Beginners)

Where to Buy a Domain Name for Your Blog (for Beginners)

You have a list of blog names ready, and now you want to know where to buy a domain name for your blog. This decision can be confusing because there are so many options. Don’t worry. I’ve got you covered!

Where to buy a domain name

In this post, I will go over what you should look for in a quality domain name registrar, and what to avoid. 

I have personally used Namecheap for all of my domain purchases, but that is certainly not your only option. There are several reputable domain registrars out there that I would feel comfortable using. 

But I am going to recommend that you try to stick with something mainstream (I will explain why later in this post). 

By the time you are done reading this post, you will have all the information you need to know which company you want to use for buying your domain name. And you will be ready to make that important purchase needed in order to start a blog

This post is all about where to buy a domain name for your blog. 

Let’s dive in!

 

Frequently Asked Questions About Domain Name Registrars

What is a Domain Name Registrar?

In order to have a blog, you have to purchase a domain name, and domain names are purchased from a domain name registrar. 

Without domain names, we would have to enter a string of numbers known as IP addresses, which would be difficult for us humans to remember. 

The domain name registrars don’t own the domains. They are owned by an organization in charge of managing all domains called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN.

Companies are allowed to apply to sell and register domain names on behalf of others. These companies become domain registrars. 

Since they all pretty much do the same thing, we want to figure out what makes one domain name registrar better than another. 

What Makes a Good Domain Name Registrar?

There are some qualifications you will want to look for in a good domain registrar:

What Domain Extensions Does it Offer?

Not all domain registrars sell the same domain extensions. Domain extensions are those letters that come after the “dot.” And there are more now than ever: .com, .net, .info, .blog, .beer, etc. (Yes, “.beer” really is a domain extension.)

Some extensions are only for certain uses. For example, .gov is for a government agency, .edu is for an educational entity, and .org is for a non-profit organization. 

I recommend choosing a registrar that sells “.com” extensions as it is the most common and gives you the most flexibility in terms of the content.

That being said, if you want to know which domain extension is best for Search Engine Optimization, Google has made it very clear that: “Using a new domain ending won’t hurt your search presence or SEO.”

So if you really want to get creative with your domain name, don’t hold back. 

Affordable Prices

When you’re first getting started blogging, you want to keep your costs as low as possible. You will want to look at which domain registrars offer the best prices for the initial purchase and for renewal.

Pay close attention to this. In the course of my research, I noticed that some domain name registrars appear to offer amazing prices for the first year, but they make up for it in year two. 

Another thing I noticed is that sometimes what appears to be a super awesome introductory rate for the first year only applies if you purchase the domain for two years, which I don’t recommend when you’re first getting started. 

User-Friendly Interface

You will have to spend some time working in the user panel of the platform when you are setting up your blog or in other situations when you need to prove you own the domain. 

The good thing is that in 2022 most domain registrars seem to have this figured out. I didn’t find a single domain registrar that didn’t have an easy-to-use platform. 

FREE Domain Owner Privacy Options

One of the things you will want to look for is a domain registrar that will protect your personal information from the public at no additional cost. This is known as WHOIS privacy. 

Simply put: don’t use a domain registrar that doesn’t include this feature.  

But pay attention, because there are some domain registrars that include this in the cost of the domain and there are some that make you pay extra for this. 

There are enough domain registrars that offer this service for free, so I wouldn’t go with one that doesn’t. 

Additional Security

Because security is so important, you also want to make sure that your domain registrar has two-factor authentication (2FA).

You may have noticed more and more online retailers requiring you to enter a code that they send via text message or some other means such as an authenticator app in order to access your account.

This is additional security that makes it harder for would-be hackers to log into your account.

Do not use any domain name registrar that does not include this additional layer of security.

What to Avoid in a Domain Registrar?

Combining Domain Registration With Web Hosting Plans

Some domain registrars also give you the option of purchasing hosting services. I recommend that you avoid combining your domain registrar with your hosting company. 

While this may be tempting because it means fewer companies to keep track of, it can complicate things if you end up being unhappy with the quality of the hosting service or the domain service. 

Also, the hosting services offered by these domain registrars are not rated very well. For these reasons, I am only going to look at domain registrars that do not require you to also purchase hosting through them.  

Stick With Something Mainstream

Unless you are super techy, I highly recommend that you stick with a domain registrar that is more mainstream. 

Here’s why: throughout the course of your blogging business, you will have to go through the process of verifying your domain or integrating your domain with another platform. This will happen in the following circumstances: 

  • When you set up hosting services
  • When you purchase a professional branded email address
  • When you set up an email marketing platform
  • If you use a third-party landing page or funnel-building platform such as ClickFunnels or Leadpages
  • And Others

These platforms will typically provide step-by-step instructions about how to perform these necessary tasks, BUT they typically only include instructions for the most commonly used domain registrars. 

And if they don’t have tutorials for your domain registrar, it will be easy to find tutorials elsewhere on the internet.

Where to Buy a Domain Name For Your Blog?

Where to buy domain name for blog for beginners

Below I give you the details of five mainstream domain name registrars.

BUT after doing my research there are only two that I recommend using: Namecheap and Google Domains.

It came down to two factors: price and transparency. 

What I noticed is that some registrars will dangle what appears to be an amazing price in front of you, but when you get into the details, it’s not what it appears. 

1. Namecheap [TOP PICK]

Starting Price
Renewal Price
User-Friendly Interface
FREE Domain Privacy
2-Factor Authentication
Domain Extensions
Rating
Visit Website
$8.98 (for .com)
$13.98

YES
YES
.com, .net, .org, .dev, .app, .inc, . website, country codes (and more)
4.7/5 Stars on ShopperApproved.com

Why I like Namecheap:

  • Namecheap has been in business for 20 years and has a solid reputation. 
  • The prices are very reasonable for both the first year and renewal. 
  • Namecheap is very transparent about all the costs and services. 
  • Namecheap has several privacy options to protect your domain including FREE domain privacy and two-factor authentication. 
  • Namecheap is also very easy to use and has a great domain search tool.

2. Google Domains [TOP PICK]

Starting Price
Renewal Price
User-Friendly Interface
FREE Domain Privacy
2-Factor Authentication
Domain Extensions
Rating
Visit Website
$12.00 (for .com)
$12.00

YES
YES
.com, .net, .org, .online, .design, .blog, .health, .money (More than 300 domain extensions.)
8.6/10 Stars on TrustRadius

Why I like Google Domains:

  • Google has a  ton of domain extensions to choose from.
  • If you already have a Gmail account and you like the Google ecosystem, this might be the easiest to use as it connects with your existing Google account. (You will not need a separate login.)
  • You will be able to set up your professional email address through the same system. 
  • Even though Google doesn’t offer a discounted rate for the first year, I appreciate knowing that it will always be $12 per year. 
  • All of the information about its domains is very transparent, which I really appreciate. 

3. Ionos by 1&1

Starting Price
Renewal Price
User-Friendly Interface
FREE Domain Privacy
2-Factor Authentication
Domain Extensions
Rating
Visit Website
$1 (for .com) *This is an introductory rate for the first domain you purchase from them.
$15

YES
NO (This is an additional charge)
.com, .blog, .church, .cool, .design, .fitness, .fun (and many more)
4/5 Stars on Trustpilot

Additional Details About IONOS:

  • IONOS has a ton of domain extensions. This might be a good choice for you if you are looking for something unique. See a full list HERE.
  • IONOS comes with a free email branded email address. 
  • IONOS has managed domains for more than 30 years. It manages approximately 12 million domains.
  • If you need to start-up costs to be as low as possible, this might be a good choice. 
  • One downside is that they charge extra for two-factor authentication, which should be standard for any online business these days, in my opinion.

4. GoDaddy

Starting Price
Renewal Price
User-Friendly Interface
FREE Domain Privacy
2-Factor Authentication
Domain Extensions
Rating
Visit Website
$0.01 (for .com) for 2 year purchase / $11.99 (for .com) for 1 year purchase
$19.99

NO (Additional $9.99 per year)
YES
.shop, .net, .vip, .xyz, .com, .llc, .site, .me (and more)
4.6/5 Stars on Trustpilot

More Information About GoDaddy

  • GoDaddy is the largest domain registrar in the world. It manages more than 77 million domains. 
  • GoDaddy has great first-year prices. So if you’re trying to keep start-up costs as low as possible, this might be a good choice. 
  • GoDaddy also offers email services (at an additional cost).
  • The reason why GoDaddy isn't a Top Pick is because of the renewal prices. These might be some of the highest renewal prices on the market. 
  • I also think the $0.01 price is a bit deceiving because you only get that price if you pay for two years. 

5. Domain.com

Starting Price
Renewal Price
User-Friendly Interface
FREE Domain Privacy
2-Factor Authentication
Domain Extensions
Rating
Visit Website
$9.99(for .com)
$15.99

NO (Additional $8.99)
YES
.com, .art, .bike, .blog, .cheap, .cool, .gift, .kitchen (and others)
1.3/5 Stars on Trustpilot

Additional Information About Domain.com:

  • Domain.com gives the option of purchasing a Google Workspace account as an add-on. 
  • Domain.com displays the first year pricing front and center, but to find out the renewal rate, I had to go digging until I found it. I do not like when there is a lack of transparency like this. This type of information should be more prominently displayed. 
  • Domain has a very low rating on Trustpilot, which I see as a red-flag.
  • For the reasons stated above, Domain.com is not a Top Pick for me. 

Go Purchase that Domain!

Now that you know what to look for in a domain name registrar and how the top domain registrars compare to each other, it's time to go purchase that domain. 

Which domain registrar are you going to use? Is there another domain registrar you would like me to review?

Tell me in the comments below!

The Complete Guide to Blog Name Ideas (for Any Niche)

The Complete Guide to Blog Name Ideas (for Any Niche)

Looking for blog name ideas? One of the first decisions you have to make when starting a blog is what to name it. And before you try to go buy your domain name, you want to have several ideas ready in case your first choice is taken. That is why I decided to put together this guide.


After deciding on your blogging niche, the next step is deciding on your blog name.

Even if you know what you want to call your blog, you will want to have some backup names ready in case your domain name of choice isn't available.

When it comes to naming your blog, you want to feel good about your decision – that it reflects you and your niche just right.

After going through this guide, you will have several good choices that you can choose from.

This post is all about how to come up with blog name ideas that are right for you.

How to Come Up With Blog Name Ideas

When it comes to coming up with blog name ideas, there isn’t one right answer, but there are some pitfalls you are going to want to avoid.

In this guide, we will cover both.

I will also go over blog name ideas and examples, according to the most popular niches.

Let’s dive right in!

1. Use Your Full Name

At the end of the day, you are your brand, or you will become your brand the longer you blog. This is why one strategy for naming your blog is to use your first and last name.

Once your audience becomes familiar with your name, it will also make it easier for them to find you online whether they are looking for you on social media or for your blog.

If you want to find Rachel Pedersen online, go to RachelPedersen.com:

Rachel Pedersen

If you want to find Amy Porterfield online, just go to AmyPorterfield.com:

Amy Porterfield

You can see how using your first and last name across all platforms simplifies things for your fans when they want to find you.

The other advantage to using your name is that it gives you more flexibility if/or when you decide to change your niche or add topics to your blog.

For example, if your blog is called “AllAboutKnitting.com,” it’s going to seem a bit odd if you decide to start sharing your favorite recipes.

For this reason, using your name might be the safest way to go.

2. Use Part of Your Name or a Variation of Your Name

Not everyone is comfortable using their first and last name. This could be for privacy reasons or because you expect you might get married someday and your name will change.

Another option is to use part of your name or a variation of your name. Some people use their First Name and Middle Name.

For example, one blogger I follow named her blog BySophiaLee.com:

by sophia lee

Or you may use their First Name and a truncated version of their Last Name.

3. Combine Your Name With Your Niche

Another option is to find a way to combine your first name with your niche. Using your name is smart for branding reasons and for SEO reasons. This option When you have your niche in your domain name, it’s another way that Google knows what your blog is about.

For example, one of my favorite baking blogs is SallysBakingAddiction.com:

sally's baking addiction

Another example is the travel blog AshleyAbroad.com:

Ashley Abroad

4. Use Your Niche in Your Blog Name

As explained above, incorporating your niche into your blog name is very smart from an SEO perspective. This is one of the most effective ways for search engines and humans to know what your blog is about.

This method may also make it easy for your audience to remember your blog name.

One example is the personal finance blogger, TheBudgetMom.com:

budget mom personal finance blog

Another example is MillenialMoney.com:

Millenial Money personal finance blog

5. Use Something Unique That Makes Sense for Your Niche

Another option is to use something unique, but that is relevant to your niche. But it has to be something your audience will understand.

For example, one of my favorite book bloggers is ModernMrsDarcy.com. Anyone who reads literary fiction is going to know that this is a reference to the book Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen:

modern mrs darcy

Another example is the cooking blog, OnceUponaChef.com:

Once Upon a Chef

6. Use Something Unique That is Broad (Or Even Vague)

There are certain niches where you might want to choose a blog name that is broad. Let me explain. If you are starting a mom blog or a lifestyle blog, you aren’t going to want to pigeonhole yourself too much.

If you started a mom blog that was all about taking care of babies and you named it something like: AllAboutBabies.com — this may work while your kiddos are little and you are deep in the baby stage. But are you going to want to continue to write about newborns when your kids are teenagers?

(The exception would be if you are a nurse or a breastfeeding or sleep specialist, and this is the niche you plan to stick with for the long-term.)

If not, this is where you may want to opt for something that is unique and maybe even a little vague.

One example is ThePioneerWoman.com. Many of us associate The Pioneer Woman with great recipes. This is definitely one of the main topics on Ree Drumond’s blog, but she also includes topics such as beauty, home organization, and style:

The Pioneer Woman blog

Her blog name merely gives her audience an idea of the kind of life she lives. But because it’s not niche-specific, it gives her the ability to branch out a bit without it seeming too odd.

7. Use a Blog Name Generator

While I’m not sure this is the first thing I would do when trying to come up with a blog name, there are a ton of blog name generators that you can use if you are in a pickle.

These might be especially helpful if you head over to Namecheap (or whichever domain name registrar you decide to use), and your domain name of choice is already taken.

There are a lot of options. My favorites are: Namecheap, Namify, and Satori Web Academy

What to Avoid When Naming Your Blog

While there are a lot of options when it comes to naming your blog, there are also some pitfalls to avoid:

  • Avoid a blog name that is too long. The problem with a blog name that is too long is that it’s going to be difficult for your audience to remember.
  • Avoid misspelled words. You only have one chance to make a first impression, and a blog name that is misspelled will definitely be a turn-off for your audience.
  • Avoid hyphens, underscores, or any other weird characters. If your first choice is unavailable, you may be tempted to try for a hyphenated version. The problem is that when most people want to find your blog, they are unlikely to remember to use the hyphen.
  • Avoid top-level domain extensions that aren’t “.com.” Top-level what?? When buying a domain, you want to go with a “.com.” These extensions signify the purpose of the website. For example. “.org” is usually used for non-profit organizations, “.edu” for educational organizations, and “.gov” is for government entities.
  • The “.com” extension is acceptable for almost any purpose. It’s also the most common, so people are more likely to add it to the end of your blog name if they are trying to get to it directly.
  • That being said, it will not affect your SEO rankings if you choose a different top-level domain extension. Google says you will NOT be penalized for choosing one of the newer extensions such as .ninja, .beer, .info, .me, .beauty, and so on. Just make sure that it’s appropriate for your niche.
  • Avoid anything too cliche. Choosing a blog name that includes a cliche will sound unoriginal and inauthentic. It’s always better to be original as it will be more memorable.
  • Avoid anything too complex. Try to aim for keeping your blog name to no more than three words, if you can. Anything longer may be too difficult to remember.
  • Avoid a name that is too close to another brand or blog in your niche. Doing this can actually backfire, as it could lead to lawsuits from the brand. It will also affect your reputation among your audience. Now that you’ve figured out some names for your blog, it’s time to start your blog.

Blog Name Ideas (According to Niche)

Here are A LOT of blog name ideas broken down by niche. Some of these may not be available, which is where one of those blog name generators might come in handy. Or maybe you just need to tweak it by swapping out just one or two words.

Food Blog Name Ideas

Cooking With [First Name]Baking With [First Name]
Eat Italian With [First Name]Food Adventures With [First Name]
Food Adventures in [Location]Eat Japanese With [First Name]
[Last Name] Family FavoritesEat Greek With [First Name]
Vegan Adventures With [Name]Paleo Recipes by [First Name]
Eat Paleo With the [Family Name]Eat Keto With [First Name]
BBQ With [Name]Eat Everything With [Name]
Eat Korean With [Name][Name] the Home Cook
[Name] the Chef[Name] the Baker

Lifestyle Blog Name Ideas

lifestyle blog name ideas
[Name] Organized LifeBright Home Soft Comforts
Organize With [Name][Name] Home Essentials
[Family Name] Home Life[Unique Word] Home Essentials]
My Beautiful HomeClean With [Name]
Home is Where the [Unique Word] IsCleaning Tips by [Name]
Happy Home Happy [Unique Word]By [First Name/Middle Name]
Decorate with [Name]Live Life With [Family Name]
[Name] Favorite Things[Name] Organizing Tips

Mom Blog Name Ideas

mom blog
Living With the [Family Name]Growing With [Family Name]
Life Lessons With [Family Name]Growing Up [Family Name]
[Family Name] Home Life[Unique Word] Home Life
Raising the [Family Name]By [Family Name]
Live Life With [Family Name][Name] Parenting Tips
The [Family Name] HouseThe [Family Name] Tribe
[Name] Parenting LessonsEveryday Life with [Family Name]
Assembling Life With [Name][Name] Family Dreams
The [Family Name] ClanThe House of [Family Name]

Beauty and Style Blog Name Ideas

beauty blog
Everyday Artistry[Name] Unique Style
Elegant GraceThe [Name] Way
Authentic Glamor[Unique Word] Home Life
Authentic BeautyBeautiful Expression
Delicate CharmAuthentic Expression
Charm StyleChic Sophistication
Trend StyleAuthentic Elegance
Style After [Age]Beauty After [Age]
Fashion After [Age]Refining Elegance

Travel Blog Name Ideas

travel blog
Flying With [Name][Name] Wanderlust
Globetrotting With [Name]Cruising Wanderlust
[Name] GlobetrottingHiking Life
[Name] TreksCamping Life
[Name] TripsHiking Wanderlust
[Country Name] + [Name]Exploring With [Name]
State HoppingWanderlust Life
Country HoppingTravel After [Age]
Trekking With [Name]Trekking [Country]
Backpacking WanderingsWrite of Passage

Personal Finance Blog Name Ideas

money blog
Budget with [Name]Budgeting With [Name]
Counting the CostGet Out of Debt With [Name]
[Family Name] BudgetingYour Money Guide
Flexible Money MasteryYour Budget Guide
Delicate CharmMaster Your Money With [Name]
Seize Your BudgetMoney Boss
Money WinsMoney Teacher
Your Money GuruMoney Sage
Your Budgeting GuruBudget Tutor

Start Your Blog!

Now that you’ve figured out some names for your blog, it’s time to start your blog. 

Grab my FREE How to Start a Blog Checklist and Workbook. 

Then, head on over to Namecheap and purchase your domain. 

Remember, you want to have several names ready in case your first choice is already taken. 

Follow along with my free How to Start a Blog tutorial, where I walk you through how to purchase a domain name on Namecheap (with lots of screenshots). Namecheap is my favorite domain registrar. It has a solid reputation and, as the name implies, the domains tend to be significantly cheaper than its competitors like GoDaddy.

Once you’ve purchased your domain, you are ready to start your blog. Follow the instructions in the tutorial to get your blog set up. 

I hope this guide to choosing a domain name for your blog was exactly what you needed. I would love to hear which type of domain name you decided to go with. Did you use your name? Did you combine your niche with your name? Or did you go with something unique? Or are you still stuck?

Let me know in the comments below!