by Tasneem Dhinojwala
Eight useful tips on how to start a mom blog and make money out of it
The world of internet has options galore as we all know. From seeking information to making money – everything is possible. So for all the mommies out there who wish to share their knowledge by starting their own blogs, here is a list of things on how to go about it.
1. Choose a topic:
Before you start with the blog, you should be specific about what you want your blog to be about. Is there any particular topic that interests you, or something that you would want to explore and share with the world, or you would want it to be based on your personal experience? Whatever you choose and decide, remember, it is similar to building a house brick by brick, laying a strong foundation. And once the base is decided upon, be consistent.
2. Decide what kind of a blog you want:
Do you want your blog to be a self-hosted one or you want to go for free-hosting? For free hosting you can go to sites like WordPress.com, Blogspot.com or any such similar sites. You can use their existing setup to start your blog. The advantages of taking this route to start your blog is that it is free, easy to use, no technical hassles, and your blog can be up and about in a couple of minutes. Though there are disadvantages as well. This method restricts your reach to a wider audience, doesn’t give you options to change the look of your blog and you are not allowed to post ads. Your blog doesn’t even come up on search engines when not self hosted. So if you plan your blog to be a thorough professional one with the money making part in mind, self-hosted one is the better idea.
In self-hosting, the first thing that you do is register your URL with a domain name service. Then you require someone to host the blog for you. Start with using these services for a year, so that you can test the waters, before investing more money.
3. Name your blog:
Name your blog in such a manner, that it not only clearly tells people what it is all about, but also stands out because of its unique name. Your blog name should also enable it to be easily found in search engines.
4. Make it professional:
It will be good to start with a professional looking blog from day one. With so many blogs already flooding the internet, you need to stand apart with the content and feel of your blog as something worth anyone’s while.
5. Write regularly:
You don’t have to post everyday on your blog. That would be putting too much pressure on yourself. Start with a fortnightly or weekly write-up, and then slowly build on it to establish a pattern.
6. Build a following:
Use a social media platform to build your blog’s following. But do not go out all at once on all the social media. Start it two or three and then gradually build on it.
Connecting and networking with other bloggers is a great way to grow your blog. Sharing ideas, working together on similar interests with a fellow blogger or co-working and collaborating on joint projects can definitely increase your blog’s shelf life and give it fresh bursts of ideas.
8. Making money:
As with any work you do, when monetary returns start happening, then nothing like it. Make use of numerous ways and methods to make money on your blog instead of relying on just one. Sell products and services, have ads on related stuff on your blog, do sponsored ads or do affiliate marketing.
So mommies, out with your thinking caps, and happy blogging 🙂
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