Before I ever started blogging, I created gift guides using a micro-blogging site that would give you a portion of ad revenue and referral income. They would hold contests for the best gift guide and I’m a sucker for a contest, so why not? Before long, I was making a small (very small) side income and learning a lot about what worked and what didn’t in the world of gift guides.
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Fast forward to now where gift guides generate a decent and regular amount of money for me and my blog. It’s a great way to diversify your income, especially if you’re a blogger. But not every gift guide will work! There is a secret to making them successful.
When I left the 9-5 grind to stay at home with my son I knew that I would try to find some work to do from home. What I didn’t know was that the options would be seemingly endless. In fact, some business that I was in contact with were actually specifically looking for stay-at-home moms.
Since then, I’ve been keeping track of all the amazing options out there for every type of background, because honestly I think everyone should have the opportunity to work from wherever they want – especially if it’s to be able to stay at home with their kids. So, for the teachers, educators, and infopreneurs out there, this list is for you. Some are so unbelievable that you can make way more from home than you ever could in a classroom (seriously).
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Deciding that you want to start a blog is sooo exhilarating. I will never forget how excited I was to start MBA sahm. And I would loooove for other people to feel that way too! So I’m going lay it all out there and tell you how to start a money-making blog in 10 easy steps. The good news is that it isn’t expensive to start one (and if you’re not worried about making money it can be totally free). The bad news is that it’s probably way more work than you think it is. BUT it is unbelievably fulfilling and gratifying work. It’s a real business that you’ll be running just like any other start-up.
So roll up your sleeves, entrepreneur, here we go! Here’s how to start a money-making blog that you will love:
Images are everything these days. And unfortunately one or two good ones on your website or blog just won’t do the trick. So it is essential to have a pool of amazing, high quality free stock photos at your disposal so that you can spend your money on things that aren’t free.
Some of these are my favorite go-to image sites and others were great discoveries that I came across researching for this post. With this list, there is definitely no need to pay for photos anymore! Good luck.
Almost every single week I face the same problem: What the heck am I going to write about? Some weeks are easier than others, but there are those times that I can’t think of a single thing. So I desperately search for ideas and inspiration. Which brought me here…because I KNOW I can’t possibly be the only Mom blogger that hits writer’s block and just needs some good ideas.
So here’s my ultimate list of all the great post ideas for your mom blog. I’ll keep adding to the list, so check back if you hit the wall again. Take my advice though: try and make it as specific as possible. Many of these ideas could be broken into 3 or 4 different posts. The internet may be saturated by some of the hottest topics, but if you can make it unique you may just have come up with your next viral post.
I love, love, love free stuff. Soooo, so much. If it’s free, I’ll definitely give it a try. No matter what. Of course, sometimes I get what I pay for and it sucks. But then I will eventually stumble upon a gem that I can’t get enough of. The kind of thing that I can’t believe is free and then I become totally hooked.
So obviously through my years of entrepreneurial pursuits I’ve gathered some pretty amazing free tools that help me do whatever it is I’m passionate about at the moment. These are those tools. Some might not be strictly business, but as we all know, when you’re an entrepreneur your life and business become so intertwined that at times they are indistinguishable. Which is the BEST part of being an entrepreneur.
So here we go! The absolute best free tools for entrepreneurs:
There are a ton of roadblocks that make starting a blog intimidating and setting up the actual website is certainly one of them – especially if you’re a writer at heart. Thank goodness for WordPress! If you’re still in the very early stages of setting up a blog and haven’t picked a platform yet, please take this one piece of advice – CHOOSE WORDPRESS. If you don’t, at some point in the next year you will be migrating your site to WordPress and it will be a pain in the butt.
The reason is plain and simple – WordPress makes everything extremely easy. And one of the ways they do that is by offering thousands of plugins that add special functions, bells, and whistles to our sites. All of the plugins listed below are free, so I highly recommend you just add them right away. I use each and every one of them, so everything I’m telling you is from my own experience.
Here we go! The best WordPress plugins for beginner bloggers:
There are two main elements to a successful blog – great content and powerful marketing. And while most conventional advice says to spread your marketing efforts over various platforms, pretty much all bloggers quickly realize one thing – Pinterest is everything.
But for those that haven’t yet realized, I will say it again – Pinterest is everything. Yes, of course you should have a Facebook page and a Twitter account and the obligatory Google Plus account, but none of those are as important as Pinterest. Not only does it drive the most qualified traffic, but it has the highest revenue per click rate of all social media platforms. This is really, really important. These are the people that click on your ads and purchase your recommendations and use your recipes again and again and again.
Now that I’ve made my pitch, here’s the important stuff! Here are all the things I’m doing to try and increase my own blog’s Pinterest traffic:
Freelance writing is great no matter who you are, what you do, or where your career is headed. It is personal and professional, can be done at anytime and anywhere, and will build your authority and expertise. Whether you are evaluating corporate stocks or just mommy blogging, it’s a great path to take. And best of all, it helps pay the bills.
Luckily we are in an era where content is king, so every single company and website is looking for quality articles, posts, and web copy to add to their site. Getting your first freelance gig is nerve-racking, but it’s well worth the reward of working for yourself and having a beautiful finished product at the end of every job.
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No matter what your background is, if you can write well, then you can write professionally. Here is how to get your first freelance writing job: (more…)
We all know that there are a lot of ways these days to make money writing online. Some are obvious, like freelance work, but others have a bit of mystery involved. Hubpages falls into this category for most people, but it’s actually one of the best places to start. It’s also a great addition to the writing-for-income portfolio for anyone that writes for a living (or is trying to!).
I won’t lie, I came across Hubpages against my will. The site that I was happy writing for was sold to them and along with it, all of my content. As is often the case, however, it wasn’t long before I realized the earning potential on Hubpages way more. So as you can imagine, I’m a much happier writer now.
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