7 Best Ways to Make Money with a Mom Blog [Ultimate Guide]

Start a mom blog

Can you make money from a mom blog, or is it just a myth?

No, it is not a myth. And yes, you can make a lot of money from your blog both as a stay at home and a full-time mom.

However, while it seems that Blogging is a massive deal at the moment, the truth still remains that not everyone makes money blogging online.

In fact, Pedro Okoro detailed that over 80% of blogs will fail in the next 18 months. That’s over 50 million blogs.

I know it’s scary to stand out today as a blogger because we are not in 1994 when the first blog appeared.

Even as of 2005, there were about 50 million blogs. And by 2013, that number tripled with around 152 million blogs available worldwide.

And in 2020?

Growth Badger recorded that the number of blogs on the internet in 2020 exceeded 600 million.

You know what? The above statistics shouldn’t pull you off because there are thousands of new profitable blogs and female bloggers out there.

For example, Abby Lawson made over $200,000 from her blog in 2016 alone. And if you dissect it, in the month of October 2016, she made a whopping $51,803.

The good news is that Abby is not the only female blogger that is making a lot of money.

As we go on, you will discover a few female bloggers to follow and top mom blogs to take inspiration from.

And most importantly, you will learn how to stop pressurizing yourself and make it work if you want to make money from a mom blog.

To start with, let’s define what a mom’s blog is all about.

What is & Who is a Mom Blogger?

A mom’s blog is a blog site authored by a mom (stay at home or full time) who predominantly blogs about family, home DIYS, and other motherhood topics.

Going deep down you will discover that mommy-blogging is not a new concept at all.

To back this up, Wikipedia records that Mommyblogs have been around since the early 2000s, although the term did not have a widespread use until closer to 2010.

The big question here is, can a stay at home mom blog about motherhood and make money?

The answer is yes, but the good news is that you are not limited to motherhood topics.

In fact, just as Onome blogs about online hustling, Michelle Schroeder of MakingSenseOfScents, and hundreds of mom bloggers write about making money online and Personal finance.

So, you are free to choose the best-fit niches for you and get started.

Not to worry though because I will list out the top go-to niches for mom bloggers so you can have an easy choice. 

Without further ado, let’s hit the nail on the profitable ways to make money from your blog as a stay at home mom.  

How To Make Money With A Mom Blog – 7 Best Ways

Here are the top make-money blogging ideas from your blog.

1. Make Money with Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is one of the best digital marketing skills and ways mom bloggers use to make money online.

By definition, Affiliate Marketing is getting paid to recommend solution products and programs to people that are in need of the same solutions.

For example, Onome recommends her audiences use the Namecheap web hosting service if they want to start a blog.

And why is that?

Because Namecheap is what she uses which keeps her blog uptime. Meaning, she trusts Namecheap’s service.

For her audiences who want the same solution, all they need to do is use her affiliate link and sign up to Namecheap, and after they become paid customers, Onome gets paid a particular percentage as was specified by Namecheap for successfully recommending a solution product (Namecheap) to those who needed it (her audiences).

Just to know how vast the affiliate marketing industry is, according to Shane Barker, Affiliate marketing spend in the US alone is expected to rise to over $6.82 billion by 2020 at a compound annual growth rate of 10%.

Also, 79% of marketers leverage affiliate marketing to drive conversions and increase purchases. And 83% of them use it to increase brand awareness, and 79% of them use it to engage existing customers.

More so, a lot of mom blogs we shall be looking at today use Affiliate marketing to make their blog profitable. 

How to Start Affiliate Marketing

1). Have a platform you will use to promote the affiliate program. 

 To join any affiliate program, most companies will require to see your marketing strategies which 80% chances of being accepted to join will be judged if you have a platform to promote their service(s).

While there are a lot of ways and platforms you can use for affiliate marketing programs, the best way is majoring in a traffic source.

That is to say, you want to major (know the in & out) with the platform you want to use for affiliate marketing.

Here are a few platforms for affiliate marketing.

a). Promote affiliate programs using your Blog

To do this, you will have to start a blog you own and control (self-hosted) or using a free blogging platform which you do not control.

A few free blogging platforms include Wix, Medium, Blogger, WordPress.com, Strikingly, and more.

However, the bad side with free blogging platforms is that your blog can be deindexed anytime as my Medium blog went offline after being ranked for a year. 

Another concern with a free blogging platform is that your blog can be deleted if you go against the terms and conditions of the blogging platform, and a lot more.

Later on, you will check out why Onome left her free blogging platform with Blogger.com for a self-hosted.

How to create affiliate marketing content

To make money with affiliate marketing using your blog, you need to give out value. And by value, I mean, write content that will help your audience make easy “buying” decisions.

I know you’ve already heard that Bill Gate said “content is King”. Well, the truth is not far from it.

In summary, you need to create the best content so that your audiences can easily make buying decisions after going through your blog content. It’s that simple.

How to create rankable affiliate marketing content.

 To get traffic to your blog, you either write SEO-optimized articles which will act as the major traffic source or use traffic courses like Pinterest, Reddit, or Quora.

For SEO, you want to make keyword research, use SEO-friendly images, and follow both on-page and off-page SEO strategies. 

For Pinterest, all you need to do is follow the top mom bloggers that are averaging 50,000 a month page views with Pinterest to do the same.

For Reddit, you want to join many sub-Reddit communities in your niche and start giving value, sharing both authority blog articles and yours at times to avoid being banned.

 For Quora, you want to complete your profile, select the top mom-related niches, and start answering questions they push to you.

To make everything natural with Quora, make sure to reference authority sites, insert case studies, images, and not forgetting to link to your content sparingly.

Apart from Pinterest which I don’t know how to crack the code, following the above recommendations is how I earned over 1,000 Reddit karma in less than 2 months and made my first affiliate sale recommending a web hosting service.

And on Quora, the above strategy helped make sales to one of the affiliate programs I promoted.

b). Promote affiliate programs using YouTube

Creating video content on YouTube is one of the trends for many people.

In fact, apart from crypto trading, forex trading, and blogging, Vlogging on YouTube is what hundreds, if not thousands of Nigerians use to make money online due to the embarrassing unemployment rates.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Also, Statista records that the number of global YouTube users grew 9.2 percent in 2017 compared to the previous year.

Here is how to win with YouTube + affiliate marketing.

Step 1. To start a YouTube channel, here is a guide from the source – by Google.

Step 2. Make sure to optimize your Video Title and Description.

To see fast growth, I recommend you use VidIq and Soolve to make some initial keyword research to rank easily even if you have 10 subscribers. 

Step 3. Record videos.

In case you are camera shy, you can start off by using your laptop screen to record video lessons for your audiences.

For a free screen recorder, use Loom or VSDC. 

Step 4. Promote your videos

I know that if you follow step 2 you will get those initial traffic – organic traffic.

However, to see awesome income, you want to go out there and promote the video content using various social platforms as mentioned below.

c). Promote affiliate programs using Social Media

Use Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Quora, Reddit, and WhatsApp marketing.

Social media might be hard to crack the success code if you don’t know what you are doing.

However, if you invest the time to major on any of the platforms you can make money by promoting affiliate programs.

Also, like other platforms you do not control, you will get banned when you post anything contrary to what they want you to.

To avoid this, you want to read their terms and conditions.

d). Promote affiliate programs using Forums – Reddit, Nairaland, Quora, Yahoo Answers

Like social media, one of the fastest ways to make money on Forums is to first “give value” before promoting anything.

When you start off with giving back to the communities, you will make money as time goes on.

And while I have made money using platforms like Quora, and Reddit, this is not a small fit as work is involved.

Again, if you spam the platforms, you will either get banned or your entries deleted when you go against their terms and conditions.

So, these are some of the platforms to use in addition to your blog to promote affiliate services.

2). Sign up for programs

Just after deciding on the additional marketing platform, you want to go ahead and choose the affiliate programs.  

There are a lot of affiliate programs out there for bloggers, however, some notable sites include Clickbank, CJ, Amazon, EBay, and Impact radius – to mention a few.

Others include web hosting services, email marketing tools, keyword research tools, YouTube tools, and other blogging and vlogging industry tools & services.

2). Get started with the marketing rounds

Having created a marketing platform and signed up on various programs, the next step of action is to create your marketing plans by giving out value to your audiences.

The summary is, start giving value to your audiences, win their hearts and following, and finally promote affiliate programs to make money.

That’s it.

2.  Make Money with Freelancing

Freelancing is a hot industry for those that have built their brand and gig statuses.

According to Ashely on Forbes, in 2020, 2 million workers joined the freelance economy, raising the percentage of American workers engaged in freelancing full time by 8% to a total of 36%.

The freelance sector has grown to generate $1.2 trillion in income annually. 

As a mom blogger, if you’ve built your brand with lots of followers, you can offer freelancing service(s) on your blog as a side hustle. 

 And do not be dismayed that there are competitions because you’re about to hear the truth.

The truth is, major sites and bloggers are not looking for writers who are charging $10 or $20 per 1,000 words.

With your brand, you can win a $2,000-3,000 freelance writing job for 10 articles less or more for 2,000+ words & ultimate guides.

How to start a freelancing service on the side as a stay at home mom blogger

Step 1. Define your freelance service.

 To get started, you have to define the type of freelance services you want to offer.

As a writer, if you want to stand out, then what you want to do is niche down.

For instance, if you are a content writer, you can niche down to writing ultimate guides as I do, expert roundups like Minuca Elena does, and more. 

When you specify the type of freelance work you do, you attract the same type of clients and gigs.

Step 2. Network with other bloggers

One of the things that kept me as an island was the mindset that everyone is your competitor. No. Everyone is not your competitor.

Your audiences will find you more interesting than anybody else when you build your brand around them.

So, one of the ways to help you as a side gig Freelancer is networking with other bloggers in your niche and related niches.  

To start with, go to Facebook and search for freelance groups.

Network with other bloggers

Join as many as you see that relate to your niche. From there, you research if they meet your needs, and if not, you exit.

Again, do not just join and that is all. You want to converse in the group. 

Do the same on Quora and Reddit and grow from there. 

And in case you have doubt in this recommendation, then check out what Donne said.

Human beings necessarily depend on one another, as in you can’t manage this all by yourself; no man is an island. This expression is a quotation from John Donne’s Devotions (1624): “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main.”

Step 3. Build your portfolio page

As soon as you get your first 2 or 3 gigs, go ahead and build a portfolio page that shows what you do.

On the page, you want to list out some of the companies, clients, and sites you’ve worked with.

This is what a popular content writer (freelancer) Colin Newcomer does.

To build a portfolio page, (if using WordPress CMS) go to your page > go to New page > name it as Portfolio > use a site builder or Gutenberg blocks to build it > publish.

Next, go to your Menu settings under posts > add it to the Menu: click on done.

That is all. Your portfolio page will be shown on your first blog page.

Step 4. Freelance on 3rd party freelance platforms

Another way to make your freelance work visible is by joining some freelance websites. 

Here is a list of some freelance places to join.

  1. Fiverr
  2. Freelancer
  3. Upwork
  4. Guru
  5. 99Design
  6. Problogger
  7. DesginHill
  8. PeoplePerHour
  9. Truelancer
  10. Toptal

Step 5. Put a freelance Banner ad on your blog (optional)

After you would have joined any of the freelance platforms, the next step of action is to build a widget on your blog and put up a banner ad showing your freelance profile on the freelance sites.

For instance, if you went with Fiverr, create a banner Widget and link it to your Fiverr freelance profile.

Alternatively, if they have a badge, go ahead and place it on your site that links to your freelance profiles.

P.S – This works best for those who have already executed some gigs. Also, if you have 4.5 – 5 star ratings, it builds credibility – if you are able to do it.

3.  Make Money with Ad Networks

Making money with an ad network as a mom blogger is all about placing banners, links, text, or other forms of ads from various advertisement industries on your site.

Here is an example of a banner ad on a website.

To start with, the most popular Ad network remains Google AdSense which is a billion-dollar company.

The good thing about making money with ads is that there is no competition with anyone, I mean, the same ads can appear on multiple blog sites since it is all about the advertising company.

And while we will see some of the best and the most frequently used ad networks on female blogs, let’s check out how much you can earn from your blog if you place Google AdSense ads on your blog.

Earnings per Page Views with Google AdSense

Placing Google AdSense ads on a “Beauty & Fitness” in North America with 50,000 page views earns you approximately $6,042

Beauty and fitness Adsense earnings

Placing Google AdSense ads on a “Food Blog” in Europe, Middle East, and Africa makes you roughly $3,420 with 50,000 blog visitors.

Food and drinks Adsense earnings

Those are just an estimation of how much you can earn if you opt to use Google advertising on your blog.

For more details on the number of page views you need to make a good amount of money with your blog, BusyBudgeter has written an incredible post breakdown.

How to qualify your blog for Google AdSense Advertising

Step 1. Complete all the relevant pages on your website.

The first step is to create all the relevant pages which include your Contact, About us, Earning disclosure, and Privacy policy pages.

Step 2. Have at least 15 blog posts.

While there is no particular number of blog posts required to have on your blog before you get accepted to Google Advertising, you want to have at least 15 blog posts which make sense.

Again, 15 is just a number because I got my blog accepted even with less than that I guess.

Step 3. Write Quality Posts and Mobile Friendly

We’ve already talked about writing quality content, that’s what you want to do.

Also, you want to make your site mobile-friendly as it is one of the Google ranking factors for all blogs.  

 

4 popular and Frequently Used Advertising Networks on Female Blogs

Here are the top ad networks I see often on female blog sites.

1). Google AdSense – write at least 15 posts and optimize your post for mobile users to get accepted as a publisher. 

2). Ezoic – you need at least 10,000 page views a month to qualify as a publisher. 

3). MediaVine – you need at least 25,000-50,000 page views to qualify as a publisher.  

4). Adthrive – you need at least 100,000 page views to qualify as a publisher. 

With the above ad networks, you can make passive income in the long run if your traffic sources are stable.

Let’s continue.

4. Make Money with Online Course(s)

Creating an online course has been on the rise since 2021.

According to the growth of online courses stat, in the latest e-learning market analysis, trends, and forecasts, strategyr.com recorded that the e-learning market worldwide is projected to grow by USS312.5 billion.

As a matter of fact, in her June 2018 income report, Michelle made $19,004.00 from her Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing Course alone.

So, yes, creating an online course in the form of an information product for your audiences is still one of the best ways to make money online as a female blogger.

How to create an online course

Step 1. Have an experience

Before you become a tutor, it is believed that you know more than your audiences and you’ve shown how it has worked for you.

For instance, Michelle shows how she makes up to $50,000 per month from her blog.

With this social proof, she is more than qualified to create a course on how to build a successful blog.

So the first step is having an exclusive value you want to offer your audiences.

Step 2. Build an audience and brand

On your journey of recording your success, you want to build your audiences because they will be the first to buy from you.

Why is this important?

Because a lot of people buy from those they trust and love.

And how do you build a following/audience?

There are many ways to do it but here are the 2 major ways.

1). Build an engaging following on Social media.

2). Build an email list.

Step 3. Build the course & Launch

The next step of action is selecting a platform and building your course.

Here, you can choose if you want to use free platforms or paid.

Udemy is one of the popular platforms you can build for free although there are a few limitations with it. But as a beginner, it is as good as nothing. 

After building your online course, the next step of action is to launch it.

Next, it’s time to email all your lists and also promote to your social media audiences.

Step 4. Scale it

It’s time to make more sales with your online course.

A few ways to do those include 1). Giving a coupon for more traffic. 2). Creating an affiliate program for your course. 3). Facebook advertising 4). YouTube advertising, 5). Twitter advertising and more.

5. Make Money with a Sponsored posts

Getting paid to publish a sponsored post is one of the ways to make money as a mom blogger.

By the way, a sponsored post is “an article which is published based on agreed amount or payment”.

For instance, if you just published a book on Amazon Kindle and you want to promote it, you can go to a blog that talks about publishing amazon kindle and related blogs and pay the blogger to publish the review of the book or as a press release

Here is an example of a sponsored post on Buzzfeed.

Buzzfeed sponsored posts

How much can a mom blogger make from Sponsored posts?

The amount of money you can earn via a sponsored post is directly promotional to the traffic the site receives per month plus the authority of the blog.

For instance, BuzzFeed reports that they get 3.2b monthly content views which means they charge and earn more with it.

Also, even with a great blog like makingsenseofcents.com, Michelle Schroeder still made $21,000 in Sponsorships and advertising. 

Makingsenseofcents sponsored posts earnings

How to get started with Sponsored post

Step 1. Create a contact me page.

Step 2. Create a sponsored post/Advertise page.

Step 3. Show social proof of traffic and your rate per post.

P.S: Doing this keeps lots of irrelevant questions away.

To see a sample of a sponsored post page, check out Onome’s page here.

6.  Make Money with Private Banner Ads

Like placing banner ads on your site from Advertising companies like Google AdSense or Ezoic, another way to make money off your mom blog is placing banner ads from private partners and services.

For instance, we do see a lot of Amazon Kindle Banner ads, Web hosting banners, educators, and other kinds of banner ads.

As far as they are not from established advertising companies, they are private ads which is one of the ways you can make money on your site.

Since I haven’t found one on Blogtrovert, here is an example I had on my blog section.

Private banner ad

 How to get Private banner ads for your blog 

1). Get approached by companies

Getting contacted is simple. Companies will naturally contact you to work with them if they like what they see on your blog or if they think they will benefit.

 To make things pretty simple for them, you want to make sure “your contact me page” is easily accessible for communication.

2). Use Banner Code from Affiliate Partners

 Another way to get private banner ads is using the banner codes of your affiliate partners.

For instance, on this blog, Onome can place a banner ad from the Namecheap affiliate program using the code provided which enhances sales.

 So, if you are working with any affiliate company, go ahead and check out their promotional materials and you would have seen an option to place banner ads on your blog site.

3). Approach Companies.

There is a saying that “if good things do not come to you, you have to go to them. AKA, force it and make it happen”.

Therefore, go ahead and approach companies that you think will work out for your audiences – based on your niche.

We are almost done.

7.  Make Money with Email Marketing

Another major way to make money with your blog is using email marketing.

Your question now might be, “can I really make money from email marketing”?

Of course yes. In fact, according to Emma Fanning, Email marketing is the most profitable direct marketing channel, generating an average return on investment of $42 for every $1 spent (DMA, 2019).

By definition, Email marketing is when you send commercial email messages to your audiences who subscribed to your list with their email addresses.

As you would guess is, the “commercial” here means that the email can be a promotional message with your affiliate links embedded.

How to start Email marketing as a mom blogger

Step 1. Choose an affiliate product

The first step with email marketing is selecting a product or service you want to promote.

I will use a live case example so you can easily relate.

Let’s say I want to promote the “Bluehost web hosting service”.

Because I have used it myself, I will be able to describe it in detail to my audiences.

What to do is go to Bluehost and sign up as an affiliate.

Step 2. Build a list

After signing up on Bluehost, the next step of action is to build an email list.

There are many email services you can use for free as a beginner.

For instance, MailChimp allows free service when your list is 1-2,000, EmailOctopus allows 3,000+, and Mailbuster allows unlimited subscribers & 62k emails at $0/month.

Go ahead and sign up and create a list and a capture page or landing page which will collect the email list of your audiences.

Here is an example of a capture page (from Elna Cain).

Twinsmommy capture page

Step 3. Create a free course

With your list ready, you want to create a free course for your audiences on how to start a profitable blog.

 This free course is where you want to give your best tips to your audiences because when they see the value you give, nothing will stop them from using your affiliate link to the web hosting service you recommend.

Step 4. Promote the Products

As already said, in the course of the lesson, you want to recommend Bluehost as the web hosting service to those who want to build their blog.

Here, you will tell them the benefits of using Bluehost as a beginner, and how the company has helped you as a blogger.

Step 5. Ask questions

One of the best ways to make money generally is knowing your audiences. The same thing goes for giving out a free course like this.

What you want to do is listen to their complaints and difficulties along the way.

One of the methods I use is asking them to reply back to the email and I will respond to them.

Step 6. Get feedback and promote more

From the feedback you will get (from the small percentage of those that care to reply), you will be able to know what is missing and how to help them further.

And for those who are already happy with the course, they will sign up with the affiliate service wherefore you will make money when they become paying customers.

To learn more about email marketing, check out this guide.

Other 5 email marketing ideas to promote as a stay home mom

 Of course, not everyone will like to spend 14 days writing a free course on starting a mom’s blog, selling shoe pics for money, dieting and etc. However, as an ultimate guide writer myself, this is not difficult.

 Be it as it may, other popular areas you can create a free course for your audiences include:

  1. Pinterest traffic mastery – there are courses on it.
  2. Affiliate marketing – there are courses for affiliates.
  3. Proof-reading course – there are courses to promote as an affiliate.
  4. Grammarly – get paid to promote.
  5. Tailwind – get paid to promote.

How to Beat Spam Issues with Email Marketing

To get started with email marketing, one of the issues you might have is getting emails to your audience’s inbox and not the promotional or spam folder.

Here are a few recommendations to help you curb this.

Step 1. Use an email capture page.

The first step is to make sure you only collect emails from people that are willing to opt into your list. That is to say, you do not want to buy customized email contacts or use bad tactics to collect emails just to increase your email list count.

Doing otherwise will get you banned by the email service or your emails sent to the spam folder, every time.

Step 2. Make them Confirm to receive email newsletters

When a prospect opts into your email list, do well to create a confirmation email option that allows them to click and confirm that they want to receive newsletters from you.

Here is how it looks.

Email newsletter signup

Most of the time, doing #1 and #2 will get your emails in the promotion tab and not “the inbox” folder.

 To get them to prospects’ “inbox” see number 3.

Step 3. Verify your domain with the email service.

You will have to verify your domain just as you would verify your blog with Google Search Console – video.

To do this, the email service will provide you with Cname information which you will need to add to your site via Cpanel or via 3rd a party plugin.

When the above 3 steps are achieved, your emails will comfortably go straight to their “Inboxes” and not the “Promotion, Junk or Spam folder”.

P.S – if you cannot do this on your own, contact your web hosting customer support.

Before we round up, let’s check out 3 female bloggers who use one or more of the discussed methods to make money.

Top 3 Successful Mom Bloggers to Take Inspiration

Here is a list of some profitable mom blogs from Cassiescroggins.

  1. The Realistic Mama

The realistic Mama makes $24,000+/mo from her mom blog.

I know she never started making 24 grand a month, but that is the beauty of the journey when you are consistent.

  1. What Moms Love

 “What Moms Love” makes $30,000+/mo from her blog.

  1. Family Felicity

Family felicity makes up to $1,000+/mo from her mom blog.

The unique thing here is that, not everyone will start off with $2,000 a month, right?

But the good news is, if you do not give up, you will move from $1,000 as Brandi of Family felicity to $20,000+ as “the realistic Mama”.

So, just keep on going.

5 Mom Blog Niche blogging Ideas for Beginners

Here are a few niches to select from.

1). Parenting Blog

As a mom, it is very relatable to teach new moms how to navigate motherhood life, hence, the need for a parenting blog.

Of course, there are top blogs on parenting.

For you, you want to cave out your space (parenting category) just as Twitter is unique in its own way to Facebook and Instagram.

2). Women’s Monthly Visitor

Well, I didn’t know how to caption that. What I mean here is to teach young mothers how to stop vagina flow before-and-after childbirth.

If you focus on this niche, it’s just a matter of time before hundreds of mom blogs start referencing you as a go-to place for women’s monthly visitor lessons.

As you already know, if you are good, you will create an online course in the long run.

2). Food Blog

When it comes to a food blog, there are lots of websites already talking about food.

For you, what you want to do as a beginner is to niche down and concentrate on a particular category.

Let’s say you are so good with Pizza.

Instead of creating a general food blog where you talk about everything, why not talk about Pizza all through, such that you will be known as the only go-to pizza food blog?

 In fact, a good mom blog about pizza that came into my mind is “TheMotherhoodPizza” Lol. 

Let’s now see how to start your blog.

How to Start a Mom Blog & Success Tips

Before you start your blog, here are a few tips I think will help you along the way.

1). Be Passionate (general rule). 

Yeah, a lot of pro bloggers will tell you to be passionate about a niche before you jump in.

While I don’t blog based on passion because I just love writing, this advice is important for beginners to keep the first motivation going.

 Why?

Because when you lose the passion to keep blogging, your growth is automatically dead. 

Therefore, as Onome will put it, you want to stop pressurizing yourself and make it work by blogging about what you know and learning from others.

2). Give Value.

This is the holy grail of any business on earth.

Check out Airbnb, Netflix, Forbes, and all the top startups you know, one thing you will discover is that they offer value.

For publishing companies, they offer free value first before charging a premium.  That is exactly what you want to do.

You have to put out free content for your readers before you can make money via affiliate marketing, advertising, private banners ads, or whatever methods you want to use in making money off your blog because they all depend on the traffic you bring in via your blog posts.

3). Optimize your content for traffic

I would have easily said, optimize your content for SEO. But it turns out that most mom bloggers get their traffic from Pinterest.

So, if you want to focus and major in Pinterest traffic, then be ready to learn how to do the same for success.

But the rule of thumb is, diversify your traffic sources. See below.

4). Collect email

You want to start collecting your audiences’ email from day one because that is your certified traffic. How do I mean?

No one knows which of the Google or traffic source ranking factors update might hit you wherefore your traffic will tank.

This means, with the email contacts you built, your traffic and engagements will still be maintained.  

So, go ahead and build an email list from the first day you publish the first blog post.

To back this up, a research by GrowthBadger showed that one of the success factors for bloggers who earn over $50,000 per year place a bigger emphasis on email marketing and relationships with influencers than lower-income bloggers do.

5). Use self-hosted Blog/platform

Recently, I got all my articles de-indexed from one of the popular free platforms I used to publish content.

Can you imagine all my hard work of 1 year being in vain? 

Well, I can’t really complain because I wasn’t the owner of the blog.

So, as a beginner, the best recommendation here is to use a self-hosted WordPress blog. 

A self-hosted WordPress blog is a site that you own everything – both the domain name (yourblogname.com) and the hosting (what keeps your blog online). 

With a self-hosted blog, it means you have 100% control of what goes on there.

Just to make it certain, WordPress is of 2 types. The WordPress.com and WordPress.org.

WordPress.org is where self-hosting is made possible and where you have 100% control of your blog, while WordPress.com is one of the free blogging platforms where you do not have full control.

6). Beat procrastination and start

 Having seen all the top ways to make money via your blog, the next step is to “eat the ugly frog” – beat procrastination and start your blog.

 To start your blog and a why self-hosted blog is the best, here is a full guide on how to start a lifestyle blog.

In conclusion

Blogging is an art, and only those who know how to crack the code and are patient will reap the full benefits thereof.

The good thing about it is that it does not matter whether you start at $5 or $30 a month in income.

The good news is that if 200 page views brought in $5 or $30, increasing the traffic with more blog posts will help you earn up to x10 or more of that.

All in all, if you want to make money as a stay at home mom using affiliate marketing, freelancing, private banner ads, general advertising, email marketing, or building an online course, the foundation is “giving out value first” before you expect something in return. Why?

Because you do not want to be like Jimmy who only knows “give me, give me, and give me” but not take it”. 

With the above taken into consideration, I am so sure that you will make money online both as a full-time 9-5 worker or a stay at home mom.

 Author: Isuamfon Offiong is an “SEO & Ultimate Guide Writer” in the Internet Marketing & Blogging Niche. He blogs at IsuaWealthyPlace.com. Connect with him on Twitter.

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