Tuesday, May 19, 2009

How To Blog For Work At Home Moms (WAHMs)

Blogs are here to stay, and many Wahms are taking advantage of the trend. Many work at home moms choose blogs to make money. Setting up blogs is simple and updating is relatively easy. When you compare blogs to other types of websites this is especially true. Within just a few minutes, you can set up a professional looking blog for free and start your Wahm blogging business.

A blog is an easy to update website that looks sort of like a journal. Make an entry at least once a week, the newest entries appearing at the top. Usually entries are short articles containing 200 to 500 words. Readers visit the blog or read the new blog entries through a blog reading program. Readers can provide links between their own blogs and your blog and they can comment on entries.

With blogs, the opportunities are wide open. Looking at your own life for inspiration makes choosing a blog topic easy. There are blogs about everything from celebrity news to bathroom cleaning tips. Do some research on the Internet to investigate if people are interested in the blog topic you have in mind, before you actually start it. If you have a dedicated group of people who are interested in your topic, it doesn't have to be a populair one.

Make sure to stay within a fairly small "niche when picking a topic.” The term niche is used to describe a group of people who have a similar interest. There are small niches - like tips for training your cat to sit on the toilet - and big niches - like working at home. Try to get as many readers as you can for your blog by finding a happy medium between a populair topic and a niche interest. Some topics, like working at home or parenting, are too broad and have too much competition for readers.

A free blogging platform, like www, can be used to set up your blog.blogger.com or www.wordpress.com. There are also a half dozen others to choose from. Use the blogging platform to make your first entry into your blog, it will walk you through it.

It's time to monetize your blog when you've made a few entries into your blog. This means you’ll be making specific changes to your blog in order to make money. Use Google Adsense or Chitika, contextual advertising programs, it is one of the most populair ways to gain income from a blog. Contextual advertising pays you for each time a reader clicks on one of the advertising links on your page. The advertising program will scan your blog entries for keywords, and then place advertising on your page that relates to your page content.

For instance, the ads next to the article will have to do with Sesame street if you are writing an article about the program because you have a blog on children's television. They might be links to shopping for Sesame Street items, or an ad for vintage Sesame Street collectables selling on ebay.

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