If you’re a stay at home parent, you’ll know how difficult living off just one partner’s income can sometimes be for working families.
Many stay at home parents try to make another income from home, whether it be setting up their own small business, getting involved with a network marketing company that they can do from home, or, most commonly, starting a blog about their kids and family. ‘Parent bloggers’ are becoming increasingly more popular, with more and more parents wanting to read stories, information, reviews and more online about raising a family. If you’ve got a way with words and want to share your info with the world, blogging could be a great way for you to make an extra income.
Setting up a blog is relatively easy, with platforms such as WordPress that provide you with templates and visual editing mode so that you can set up an attractive, professional-looking blog without having to understand the last thing about code. When setting up your blog, it’s also important to choose an easy-to-remember domain name, and pick a web hosting service that offers good support and is good value for money – click here for one good option. Once you have all of this started, you can get on with writing your first blog post!
You’ll need very little in order to actually start blogging, and it can be done from anywhere – your phone, PC or even tablet and of course you can do it from the comfort of your home or even in a café, on holiday…the choice if yours, there are of course things which can make life a little easier such as somewhere to store your photos (it’s amazing how many you’ll end up taking and you’ll not want to lose them), Dropbox and Google storage are a few ideas and offer large storage options for a little money. You can even just use your phone camera for blog snaps – not all bloggers invest in fancy cameras. If you are planning to work from home why not get the best quote for Virtual Desktop Pricing along with a Cloud Hosted Sharepoint from Apps4Rent.
Monetising Your Blog
In order to turn your blog into an income-creating project, it’s important to invest a lot of time into it.
Although time is definitely something that most stay at home parents don’t have much of, many like to update their blog in the evenings once the kids are in bed and they have a bit of time to themselves. Some bloggers write a post a day, others are more slow burning and might write only one or two posts a week.
Either way you blog earning money is not a quick earner is a slow burner and establishing your blog and your voice is paramount.
Once your blog is up and running, you can use an ad service such as Google AdSense to place advertisements on your site which you will be paid per click for. Once your blog starts to grow in popularity, you can use other methods of monetising it, such as selling ad space, writing an eBook, or even selling your own products.
I am by no means an expert about everything blogging but I have been asked several times how did you make your blog work for you?
With so many parents out there on the internet blogging about their family life and children, it’s important to make sure that your blog stands out from all of the competition that you’re going to have as competition is fierce.
You can do this by paying careful attention to the kind of content that you post and by making sure that you find your own niche and your own voice. Some people write ‘how-to’ guides and recipes but for me I have a wide range of topics and my posts depend upon what is going off in our lives at the time.
Social media is crucial, although other bloggers can be your competitors, finding bloggers in your niche can be really helpful for you to gain knowledge from seeing what and how they do things (although NEVER copy anyones work or use it and claim it as your own!) Most bloggers are really supportive and having social media accounts will not only boost your blogs presence it will also enable you to find new friends online!
If you’re a parent, you can make an income and find a great new hobby in blogging but there is so much else you can learn as you go along and if you’re looking for more tips and pointers the wonderful Kerry at Oh So Amelia has a large range of new blogger posts to help you on your way that you can find HERE.
Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post