13 Mom Blogs that Actually Make Money

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Have you heard that mom blogs make money but are skeptical as to whether or not that is actually true?

I get it.

I’m totally one of those people that hears about people making money in an unconventional way and is immediately suspicious.

For good reason too. People twist and manipulate things in order to make them appear better than what they really are.

With all that said, mom blogs can and do make money.

I’ve done a round up of several successful parenting blogs that are making money…and we’re not just talking pennies.

The income from these blogs ranges from part-time to full-time income sources and all of these mamas are doing it while being able to stay at home with their children.

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Is Blogging a Real Job?

That naturally leads onto the question of whether or not blogging is a real job?

The short answer is yes.

Blogging is definitely a real job that pays real money…but not for everyone.

It is something that I personally work on 6/7 days a week and earn decent money from.

It requires dedication and hard work, but I also love it which makes it not feel like work at all.

Having a mommy blog is one of the things I am most grateful for because of the opportunities it has provided me with.

I get to stay home with my children, make an income, and have a creative outlet that challenges me on a daily basis.

If that sounds like something you would also love, keep reading because I’ve got so much helpful information to share with you…

Starting with 13 mom blogs that are paving their own ways in the parenting niche.

When finding mom bloggers to participate in this post, I asked them several questions:

  • Whether they were making a part-time or full-time income
  • Their number one piece of blogging advice
  • How long they have been blogging
  • And their number one piece of parenting advice

You’ll find their answers below.

13 Mom Blogs that Make Money

#1 Taylor | The Accomplished Family

Taylor runs the blog Accomplished Family and you’ll find her focusing on self-care and parenting tips for moms.

Income: Part-Time

How long have you been blogging for?

I have been blogging consistently for three months. I began to make a part-time income about two months in! 

#1 Piece of blogging advice

Write because it is your passion to do so. Enjoy the process.

Get to know the ideal person that you are trying to get your information out to. You’ll be learning new things and new ways to improve so that your audience will consistently enjoy the information you put out.

Master one social media platform for a month and then move onto the next one. Do make monthly goals for your blog and smash them.

Have quarterly and yearly goals as well.

Do have an engaging and nurturing email relationship with your viewers.

Share that you are there to help them, ask them what they would like to read next, have an inviting and respectful Facebook (or similar group) for them to be a part of.

If you are going to advertise, advertise because you 100% feel like it is going to help your audience.

One final note: reach out to groups via social media to meet like-minded people to keep yourself motivated during the process.

It is SO helpful to connect and collaborate! 

#1 Piece of parenting advice

Spend every day fully with your children. If you have more than one, make sure to take time to be one-on-one with each of them.

Schedule family time.

Making memories does not have to cost money. Get creative and figure it out with your family and remember to take pictures!

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#2 McKinzie | Today Mommy

Mickinze actually has two blogs: Today Mommy and her second blog, Moms Make Cents.

Income Part-time (but my other blog makes a full-time income) 

How long have you been blogging for?

I have been blogging for nearly seven years, but on this particular blog, I’ve been blogging for about 10 months.

I started making money on that site (about $250) in its second month when I qualified for Mediavine and added ads to my site 🙂 

#1 Piece of blogging advice 

Focus on one thing at a time.

If you try to do everything and implement every strategy it can get overwhelming fast. Get really good at a few things.

I recommend starting with writing strong content, creating enticing graphics, Pinterest and SEO) and put all of your energy into them.

#1 Piece of parenting advice

Remember that your kiddos aren’t mini-adults. They don’t understand everything that we do and they don’t know how to process their emotions yet.

Sometimes we need to slow down and explain things at their level. When you can present things in a way that they understand they will be much more receptive. 


#3 Christine | Christine Keys

This is my own parenting blog, Christine Keys. The main topics that I like to focus on are parenting tips, mom tips, sleep (newborn and up!), and routines.

Income: Part-time (and growing!). You can see my income reports by signing up below.

    How long have you been blogging?

    I started my blog in February 2017, so I’ve been blogging for a little over 2 years at this point.

    Money started coming in just a few months after starting but it was pennies. A year into it and my traffic started to increase significantly.

    By the end of June 2018, I was able to apply to Mediavine and that meant a significant increase in revenue.

    Around the 2 year mark, my income started increasing again and is continuing to grow.

    #1 Piece of blogging advice:

    Have a plan from the start and set goals. You aren’t going to get anywhere or achieve a sustainable long-term income if you have no focus or direction.

    It is totally okay and normal to make mistakes, but don’t be so afraid of doing so that it stops you from making progress.

    #1 Piece of parenting advice:

    I have three children all currently aged 4 and under so my advice is to the mom in the trenches of toddlerhood and babies.

    When everyone is freaking out and you feel like you may just lose your mind (and your temper).

    Stop and give your kids a hug. It has a great way of diffusing the situation.

    Unless of course, someone is covered in some kind of heinous substance, in which case, put them in the bath…that also diffuses situations.


    #4 Samantha | Journey to SAHM

    Samantha blogs over at Journey to SAHM. Her blog offers content on parenting children ages newborn to preschool with the main focus on toddlers.

    She has a recipes section as well.

    Income: Part time. Around $1,400/month. You can find Samantha’s income reports HERE.

    How long have you been blogging for?

    I started blogging in the beginning of March 2018, so about a year ago.

    I made a whole $3.68 my first month, broke $100 in May (3 months in), broke $500 in October (8 months in), then broke $1k in February.

    It’s been a steady increase since I’ve started.

    #1 Piece of blogging advice

    The first 6 months are the hardest. If you can push through, dedicate time, and keep educating yourself, you can start making money and be successful as a blogger.

    #1 Piece of parenting advice

    Cherish every day they are little. If being home is a dream of yours, work your butt off and make it happen!


    #5 Liz | Blue & Hazel

    Blue & Hazel is the blog that belongs to Liz. She blogs in both the parenting and lifestyle niche.

    Income: Part-time

    How long have you been blogging?

    Blogging since 2017, but not with consistency or a plan to make money until Jan 2018. 2 years. It took me a little over a year to start earning a consistent income.

    Began seriously learning Pinterest and writing a new post once a week in Jan 2018. Got accepted into Mediavine March 2018. 

    #1 Piece of blogging advice:

    Take a Pinterest course, (where 90% of my traffic comes from) and figure out what pins are visually appealing, getting clicks, and make more pins for each post.

    You never know which one will go “viral” so keep trying. 

    #1 Piece of parenting advice:

    Be consistent and choose 2 or 3 things to work on at once.

    It’s too overwhelming trying to “fix” behavior, nap time struggles, food aversions, whines, tattling etc, and end up feeling frustrated all the time.

    My best advice is to pick the top 2 or 3 things that are bothering you and work on them consistently till they are better and let some of the other issues go.

    Once those are better, move to something else. 


    #6 Caitlin | Real Mom Recs

    Caitlin’s blog is called Real Mom Recs, which focuses on pregnancy, parenting, and Disney travel.

    Income: Part-time but nearing full-time

    How long have you been blogging?

    I’ve had it for two years now.

    The first year was not profitable, the second year I was earning a solid part-time income, and now going into my third year I am approaching a full-time income.

    Before blogging I was a stay at home Mom to my four kids and did not earn anything, so this has changed my life in many ways.

    #1 Piece of blogging advice:

    My best piece of blogging advice is to treat your blog like a business from the start.

    Have a plan for how you’re going to monetize. Set goals on a regular basis.

    Know what you’re working toward and strategize ways to make it happen. Track your income and be planful about your spending.

    I see so many new bloggers just kind of floating in the breeze with no direction and it’s so easy to get frustrated that way.

    #1 Piece of parenting advice:

    Typically I hate it when people give me parenting advice so I tend to avoid giving other parents advice!

    Each of my children are so different from one another, I had to develop a different parenting strategy for each one.

    So my best parenting advice would be to treat each child like the unique individual that they are and figure out what works best for them.

    There is no rule book saying you have to parent each of your children exactly the same. If everyone is getting their specific needs met, that’s fair in my book.


    #7 Christina | Raising Biracial Babies

    Christina runs the blog Raising Biracial Babies. She focuses on topics such as parenting, pregnancy and mixed kids/mixed hair care.

    Income: Part-time

    How long have you been blogging?

    2 years.
    It took me a little over a year to start earning a consistent income.

    #1 Piece of blogging advice:

     Be willing to put in the time and effort to build your blog into a business, it’s not going to happen overnight. 

    Also, be willing to experiment and make mistakes in order to learn and grow.

    If you never try new things or if you’re too afraid of something not working, your blog will become stagnant and you won’t achieve that growth, (or money) you want.

    #1 Piece of parenting advice:

    Too often we feel like we have to be perfect as a parent. But that expectation of perfection puts a lot of pressure on you, which often makes you feel like you’re failing. 

    Yes, you’ll make mistakes and you’ll do things as a parent you wish you didn’t.

    Forgive yourself and turn it into a learning experience for your kids, (ex: admitting when you’re wrong, showing them what you should have done to handle the situation differently, saying you’re sorry, etc.). 

    Strive to do better the next day, but realize you’re doing your best and that’s what matters.


    #8 Caitlin | Twin Mom and More

    Caitlin runs the blog Twin Mom and More where she talks about parenting and more specifically, twin parenting.

    Income: A hefty part-time income that is slowly and steadily becoming full-time.

    How long have you been blogging?

    2 years and 3 months!

    I started to earn a consistent income around the 2-year mark.

    #1 Piece of blogging advice

    Establish S.M.A.R.T goals (specific, measurable, attainable, relatable, and timely) for your blog. They were an integral part in helping me reach my goals.

    #1 Piece of parenting advice

    You don’t have to pick every battle, but once you’ve picked the battle, backing down isn’t an option!


    #9 Julie | Jules & Co

    Julie’s blog is Jules & Co and she specifically writes about Christian parenting.

    Income: Part-time

    How long you have been blogging?

    I started blogging about four years ago.

    I began earning a bit from Amazon affiliate sales after a few months, but things started picking up after a year when I began to sell my own digital products.

    Within the past year I’ve signed up with MediaVine for ad placement on my site, and that has grown my income exponentially!

    #1 Piece of blogging advice:

    Don’t chase rabbits! Master one thing at a time and don’t worry about what everyone else is doing.

    For me the number one goal is to be able to be present with my kids, so I only blog when they nap or after bedtime. I may not see the overnight results of other bloggers, but I know I’m being true to the vision I have for my business and being true to my family as well.

    Keep your blinders on! Hard work pays off.

    #1 Piece of parenting advice:

    Do the difficult work of teaching them when they’re little so that you can enjoy your children in years to come.

    This means following through with consequences AND covering them with love and affection.

    Remember that raising children is a long process, and yet that’s what makes it so rewarding!


    #10 Caroline | Swaddles n Bottles

    Caroline’s blog is Swaddles n’ Bottles and that’s where you’ll find content on pregnancy, labor & delivery, and newborn care.

    She has been blogging for 3 years.

    Income:  Full-time (six figures)

    #1 Piece of blogging advice:

    Work hard for your audience. Know their pains and do whatever you can to solve them.

    As long as you help them, they will help you meet your goals.


     #11 Nina | Mama of Five

    Nina blogs over at Mama of Five.

    Income: Part-time but increasing steadily

    How long have you been blogging?

    I have been blogging for 5 months, I started earning within one month of launching my blog. 

    #1 Piece of blogging advice:

    My number one piece of blogging advice would be to start reading up and learning SEO techniques from about 6 months in, even though some would advise learning it from day 1.

    I think starting earlier then this if blogging is new to you will be overwhelming and you may feel like giving up.

    This will not only give you enough time to get your head around writing blog posts, learning how to upload, sharing on social media, promoting your work and adding affiliate links.

    #1 Piece of parenting advice:

    My number one tip as a mom of 5 would be to allocate 15 minutes of quality time to spend with each child on a daily basis doing an activity that they want to do with you.

    It could be something as simple as drawing a picture together but it really makes that child feel special and loved. 


    #12 Valerie | Chronicles of a Babywise Mom

    Val blogs over at Chronicles of a Babywise Mom where she shares lots of parenting tips. She specifically blogs about the Babywise method.

    Income: More than part-time but it may not be a full-time income for some.

    How long have you been blogging?

    Since 2007.

    I started making money as soon as I tried to, but I didn’t try for a couple of years.

    #1 Piece of blogging advice

    Blog about something you love. Blogging is hard work and takes a lot of time, you need to love it to thrive with it.

    #1 Piece of parenting advice

    Be consistent. Whether you are trying to start a schedule or discipline, consistency is key to your success.


    #13 Emily | The Journey of Parenthood

    Emily is a blogging friend of mine and her blog is called The Journey of Parenthood.

    Income: Part-time (Around $1800-$2000 per month)

    How long have you been blogging?

    11 years in August!

    Honestly, I didn’t know you COULD make an income from blogging for YEARS and once I learned about ads I was hesitant to place them on my site for fear of appearing “spammy.”

    I finally started considering blogging a job rather than just a hobby a couple years ago. 

    #1 Piece of blogging advice:

    Find your voice. Be personable. Be YOU.

    People so often get caught up in the “must do” items when blogging that they lose themselves.

    Readers will come back again and again when they feel that personal connection. Write what you LOVE and it will shine!

    #1 Piece of parenting advice:

    Schedule. Schedule. Schedule.

    Have a solid routine in place and make sure that includes time for yourself!

    I get up 45 minutes before my children so I’m able to have that “me” time each morning and it sets the tone for my entire day!


    How to Make Money with a Parenting Blog

    Are you that mom that wishes she could be at home with her babies AND make an income?

    Blogging may just be the perfect job for you then.

    It will provide you with an income while also being flexible to allow for the kind of life that you’re trying to build.

    But how does one make money with a parenting blog?

    How do mommy bloggers bring in dollars simply by writing parenting content?

    The truth is that is isn’t necessarily simple, but that doesn’t make it unachievable!

    I always think, if I can do it so can you.

    The best thing you can do is to sign up for my free 12-day blog launch course which will take you through all the basics of setting up and blog.

    It will also give you additional tools to really give you a helping hand and a step up into the blogging world.

    The Best Platforms and Hosts

    You’ll read a lot more about this in my free course, but I want to go into it a little bit in this post because it is super important.

    If you’re anything like I was when I started blogging, the concept of hosting and platforms was just plain confusing.

    The only thing I new about websites were that you could set them up for free using sites such as Wix.

    Luckily, I’m married to a web developer and he was able to guide me in the right direction.

    You see, when you start your blog, you want to own it and you want to have your own domain name that looks like “example.com” instead of “example.wix.com”.

    Why?

    Quite simply because if you want to scale your income, you need the flexibility that a platform like WordPress can give you.

    If your blog is hosted by places such as Wix then you can be limited as to what you can actually put on your blog (like ads for instance).

    Plus, they could take down their platform and your blog right along with it.

    If you are serious about wanting to make money with your blog you want to own your own domain name AND you want to build your blog on the WordPress platform (wordpress.org NOT wordpress.com).

    Let me break it down a little more. Here’s what you need to create a blog that has the potential to become a great income-generating business:

    • A domain name (I bought mine from namecheap.com)
    • A host (I highly recommend Siteground for new bloggers. They are super affordable and have 24/7 support)
    • A platformWordPress is the only one I recommend. If you’re confused about how to set it up, your host will likely help you.
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    How to Write Blog Posts

    Wondering how to actually write blog posts?

    The key is not to overthink it and to also realize that you will get better the more you do it.

    I’m sure just about every blogger could look back at their first ever post and cringe a little (or a lot).

    You only know what you know, until you know more.

    Don’t put too much pressure on yourself.

    In saying all that, here are a few tips that I personally use to write my posts.

    I do a little research, (both SEO and Pinterest) and then form a post based on what I think will rank well on either.

    I then either jot down ideas in a notebook or just go straight to writing out my outline.

    Many bloggers write their posts in a document and then transfer it to WordPress, but I actually just prefer to write it straight into WordPress to begin with.

    I’ll create my outline and relevant headings and then just start writing.

    After I’ve finished writing the post I go back and edit and then add links where appropriate.

    The last thing I do is add relevant images to the post (such as Pin images).

    What Content Should You Provide?

    Starting a blog is overwhelming at the beginning.

    To be honest, I’m a little over two years into blogging and there are often times that I’m completely overwhelmed with all there is to know and learn.

    My advice is to make a list of everything and then just focus on one thing at a time.

    One of those things on your list should be knowing what content to provide.

    Here are the things that you SHOULD be writing:

    • List posts
    • How to posts
    • Anything that offers value and help to your audience

    What you SHOULDN’T write:

    • An online journal
    • Posts that are all about you and offer little value to your audience

    Basically, you should be writing with your audience in mind all. of. the. time.

    If people are finding value when they visit your blog they will be a whole lot more likely to return and become raving fans.

    And that’s what you ultimately want…a whole bunch of loyal blog fans.

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    How to Make Your Blog Profitable

    There are millions of blogs out there, but you know what? Only a small percentage of them are actually making money.

    A lot of people start blogs for personal reasons and so they have no intention of monetizing.

    Others just don’t know how.

    So let’s talk about a few of the most common ways to make money from your blog.

    Affiliate Marketing

    Affiliate marketing is one of the most popular ways of monetizing blogs.

    How does it work?

    Well, generally speaking, a blogger will link out to a product that they recommend, and if you click on that link and make a purchase, they will get a percentage of that sale.

    Many bloggers have built substantial incomes using this monetization method alone.

    You can find a bunch of affiliate programs in this post.

    Advertising

    Placing ads on your site can also be a super great way to bring in some income.

    There are lots of different ad companies out there, but only a few that are really great to work with and offer a decent amount of income.

    My parenting blog is with the ad company Mediavine and they are amazing as a company!

    This post shares about different ad companies and bloggers experiences with them.

    It is well worth a read.

    Memberships

    If you think you’d like to build an exclusive community that is very niche-specific, then having a membership can also be a successful way of generating income.

    These memberships often include things like exclusive resources and Facebook groups.

    Products

    Another very popular and effective way to generate revenue from your blog is by selling your own products.

    Bloggers often create and sell courses, ebooks, printables, templates, consulting services…basically anything you can think of!

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    Great Tools to Get You Started

    Because all of the information out there can be so overwhelming, I just want to provide you with a few really helpful resources to help you get started with blogging.

    These are products that I have used and loved myself.

    First up is Siteground. For beginner bloggers, it is a perfect hosting choice. Their support is great and their prices are super affordable.

    There are also two courses that I recommend to basically everyone:

    Carly Campbell’s Pinteresting Strategies & Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers

    They are super affordable and are absolutely gold as far as how much value they hold.

    You can purchase them separately, or there’s a great combo deal that you can find HERE.

    Setting Realistic Expectations

    It would be negligent and unfair of me to not include this bit of information in this post.

    There are a few things about blogging that you should know.

    First of all, not everyone who starts a blog is going to be successful. It may sound disappointing, but it is just the truth.

    Blogging takes a lot of faith. You have to do the work and then wait and see if all that work pays off.

    Many would-be bloggers give up before 3 months because they’re not seeing immediate results.

    Secondly, blogging isn’t easy. It takes dedication and hard work.

    That isn’t a bad thing if you love what you’re doing. For me, blogging doesn’t often feel like work because I enjoy it so much.

    However, I work really, really hard at it.

    And finally, blogging is a long-term game.

    Some bloggers “make it” within a few months, but that is very, VERY rare.

    For most of us, it takes months, sometimes years to start meeting our financial goals.

    When I started my first blog I made the commitment of giving it two years before I decided whether or not it was worthwhile pursuing.

    My income was pennies for the first year and a bit and then around the 15-month mark everything changed and I started making real money.

    I’m so glad that I pushed through!

    I now wake up every day excited about working on my blog and so very grateful for the opportunities it has provided for our family.

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