Are you a stay-at-home mom who would like to make some extra cash in your free time? Starting a blog may be a great way to do that. Blogging can offer you the ability to do share things you enjoy while working as little or as much as you like. By monetizing your blog, it can also be a source of income for you and your family.

Here are some helpful steps on how to start your own ‘mommy’ blog.

First, you need to decide what topic(s) your blog is going to focus on. What are you going to write about? Do you have a hobby or a strong area of interest that would make sense to center your blog around? If not, are you going to write just about the happenings in your family? Or, will it maybe be a combination of both?

Deciding your subject matter is a critical component. Successful blogs are those that update consistently with new, fresh content. Don’t limit yourself too much when it comes to content, but also don’t make your topic base too broad.

After you determine what you are going to write about, you can choose a title. Once you have some ideas for what to call your blog, do some research. You’ll need to make sure that you’re not infringing on anyone else’s existing copyright. You’ll also want to make sure that the domain name is available for purchase.

Purchasing your domain name and choosing a host is the next step. Sites like GoDaddy.com offer domain names relatively inexpensively. There are free blogging hosts like Blogger and some other inexpensive ones such as WordPress and Squarespace. Inspect them a little, do some research and choose one that seems the most user-friendly and practical to you.

Blogging is like any business, you want to establish a strong brand. So, you need a professional look. Having a professional help you with the design is a good idea.

Then, you need a plan of action for posting. Plan how often you will post and specific topics that you will cover. This helps with the overall organization of your blog, as well as helps you stay accountable and on task.

After you’ve established your blog, you’ll want to consider the ways in which you’ll monetize it and make some cash. You can consider things like affiliate links, paid advertising placements, reviews and giveaways and Google AdWords.

Blogging can be a rewarding experience. Good luck to you! Feel free to leave your questions in the comments!