I’m a stay at home mom. I spend my time cooking for my family, cleaning, and homeschooling my three children. My days are busy, but being a mom isn’t enough for me. I also need a way to express my desire to write and to contribute to our family finances.
I’m lucky enough to be able to do all of the from home as a blogger, virtual assistant, and freelance writer. I’m not alone. More and more stay at home moms (and dads!), are finding that blogs and websites can be a good (though not always easy) way to bring in additional money.
If you’re blogging and writing for a living, whether full-time or part-time, you likely want to learn as much as you can about how to make your business more successful.
There are some go to blogs that I read to learn more about the business of blogging, social media, and affiliate marketing. Here are some of my favorites:
The SITS Girls–This blog is run by two women who share tips about blogging and making money. They also offer regional conferences throughout the United States several times a year.
Make a Living Writing–Carol Tice is an experienced journalist who has also turned her attention to teaching others how to make a living writing. Her blog is a mix of posts she writes as well as guest posters who offer writing suggestions and tips. If you don’t mind paying money for advice, she also runs the Freelance Writer’s Den forum.[Editor’s Note – I recently joined Carol’s Freelance Writer’s Den myself and I highly recommend it. The member’s area has a staggering amount of content including eCourses, webinars, articles, a private forum, and a job board where you can find freelance writing gigs.]
Dollars and Roses–Jeff and Mandy Rose each have their own successful blogs. They also run Dollars and Roses together. Their most popular posts are their monthly income reports. In addition, they offer tips for starting a blog and SEO and Pinterest tips to grow your blog, to name a few of their topics.
Pro Blogger–Darren Rowse has been blogging since the infancy of the medium, and his site is my go-to site for learning more about how to engage readers on social media as well as how to keep readers interacting on my blog and find new blog readers.
My Wife Quit Her Job— Steve’s wife Jennifer was miserable at her day job, so when she got pregnant, they decided to start an online linen business to allow Jennifer to stay home and to replace her income. Meanwhile, Steve worked on his blog, My Wife Quit Her Job, and together, the two of them make a healthy income online. Steve’s blog offers plenty of helpful articles for entrepreneurs as well as a course that can help you, too, open your own online store.
Planting Money Seeds–Miranda Marquit, a busy personal finance writer, calls this blog home. While she does write about personal finance topics, she also writes quite a bit about home based businesses as well as her own experience as a writer. She recently published an excellent book on freelancing and blogging, Confessions of a Professional Blogger.
The Work at Home Wife–Angie Nelson, a virtual assistant and avid blogger, covers topics from affiliate marketing to work-at-home niches to Pinterest and Facebook tips on her blog.
So, there you have it. Some of my favorite go to blogs as I continue to learn more about making a living online.
If you blog or have a website, what are your favorite sites for learning more about the business?