Blogging can be a great creative platform for kids. It offers a creative outlet and also a way to make money. You can even set up your kids with affiliate products and AdSense to help them make some money with their blog. That money can boost their allowance or maximize serious savings in the bank, depending on how savvy they become.
Getting Your Kids Started
Any good blog starts with a passion and it shouldn’t be hard for your kids to identify theirs. Have them brainstorm a huge list of all the things they love to write about. You might be amazed at the unique ideas they come up with. Let them run with it and look at what they come up with. Identify topics that are unique and specific, and then look on affiliate networks like ClickBank to see if those niches are profitable.
Setting Them Up
The next step is to set up your kids with an AdSense account. For kids and teens, they need someone who is 18 or over to act as payee, and that would be you. If you already have an AdSense account, you can let them use yours. You can use URL tracking or set up unique channels to keep track of how much they’re making, and then pay them accordingly. If you don’t have an AdSense account, sign up for one and learn how to use it. Once you’re signed up, you’ll get a piece of code to put on the site and ads will start appearing wherever you put that code.
The same goes for affiliate marketing. For most affiliate networks, you have to be 18 or older to receive payments. Sign up or let them use your account. Then show them how to pick out products and insert their affiliate code into different places on their blogs. In the beginning, it’s best to stick with just one or two affiliate networks to keep things simple.
Creating a Blogging Schedule
Once you’re set up with the blog and the monetization, it’s time for your kids to start blogging. Every blog needs a schedule. However, how often they blog is not as important as how consistent they are. If your children have trouble sticking to schedules, help them out by creating a calendar and making blogging part of their weekly schedule. Keep in mind homework and all of the other chores they have to do.
One important bit of advice from parents of creative bloggers is to stay out of their way as much as possible and give them room to experiment with different ideas. Don’t dictate to them what they should write.
What Your Kids Will Get out of Blogging
The obvious takeaway – your kids will learn how to earn their own money. And they won’t just make money, but they’ll also learn something. In the economy of the future, it’s important for young people to not only take responsibility for their work, but to create their own career path. Your kids will learn to use their creativity to generate income, and no summer job delivering newspapers can teach them this.
REMEMBER: Make your kids’ online safety a priority. Make sure you have all passwords and monitor their online activity closely at all times.