If you like the idea of staying at home with your children and making money online, then starting a blog could be the perfect solution for you.
A blog is short for weblog which is basically a website where you can write about a specific subject and then monetize it using a variety of methods.
Some stay at home moms have created blogs that have a very large readership and make them a lot of money on a regular basis.
In this article, we will explain what you need to start a blog and how you can make money with it.
Don’t use a Free Blog
There are a number of free blogging platforms out there that a lot of people use such as LiveJournal.com and Blogger.com. You can sign up for an account and start blogging right away with these websites.
But there is a problem. The blog will never be yours and always belong to the blogging platform. Worse still is that they can remove your blog without providing you with any warnings or explanations.
Imagine the pain of spending months or even years building up your blog and then suddenly it isn’t there anymore!
The other downside to free blogging platforms is that a lot of people are aware of them and they can give the impression that you are cheap. You want to be able to make money with your blog and this is a lot harder to do with a free one.
There are usually a lot of rules that you have to follow with free blogs as well and if you step out of line then they can close your blog down. It really isn’t worth taking the risk.
Setup your Own Blog
It is not difficult at all to set up your own blog. You will need to purchase your own domain name to do this (about $10 a year) and you will need to purchase a web hosting plan for less than $10 a month to make your blog available on the Internet.
Once you have chosen your domain name and you have your web hosting account we recommend that you install the free WordPress blogging platform.
Most web hosts have a one-click install service to install WordPress on your domain name so you don’t need any technical knowledge to do this.
WordPress is a great choice because it is so easy to use and add content to. All you have to do is log in to your WordPress blog and then add a post or a page to your blog. You can easily add images and videos to your posts as well.
If you are comfortable with writing you can add content about your niche regularly to your blog. Or you can find a good writer to outsource the content writing to. You should add content as regularly as you can to your blog.
There are a number of ways that you can earn money from your blog. You can sign up for the Google Adsense program and they will display relevant ads on your blog. When an ad is clicked on you will share revenue with Google.
You can also do affiliate marketing (sell other people’s products for commission) or even create and sell your own products through your blog. Popular blogs can also sell advertising space to people in the same niche to promote their products and services.