As a rule, I don’t blog about blogging. However, I do love to help other bloggers in any way I can–this is a journey we’re all in together!
In order to share more about my own blogging journey, I’ve started an email list specifically for bloggers. I plan to email tips and tricks periodically, as well as share some of the resources I have found helpful.
If you’re interested in joining that list, add your name and email to the form below. If you are on a mobile device, you can click here to see the form.
Here are a few resources that have helped me and my blog to be more successful. I never thought I would be able to make any sort of income off of blogging, yet here I am making 3-4 times more than I make at my “real” job! You can do it too!
How to Blog For Profit Without Selling Your Soul by Ruth Soukup.
I read this book after I had been blogging for 9 years and only made a few dollars a month (I was never really trying to make money, though). It completely changed my outlook and I immediately began to make an income after implementing Ruth’s advice.
Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers by Tasha Agruso
Affiliate marketing has increasingly become the largest part of my blogging income. Tasha explains how to do it in a straightforward and simple manner. She really knows how to work the affiliate income and her tips are solid. As soon as I began to apply them, I saw a huge difference in my own affiliate income.
Strategies Worth Sharing: How I Grew My Facebook Page from 2,000 to 100,000 in Five Months by Brittany Ann, Equipping Godly Women
Facebook strategy continues to be one of the more difficult things for me to figure out as a blogger. I started watching Brittany Ann’s page when it was around the same size as mine, and was astounded as I saw it grow bigger and bigger and bigger. Her book has some sound strategies in it that you likely haven’t heard anywhere else. Strategies that I am working on now myself–I’ll let you know how it goes!
As most bloggers do, I started my mailing list on MailChimp. I found it frustrating to use and getting followers was excruciating for me. I finally built my list up to about 1800 followers after TWO YEARS. In January of 2016, I decided to switch to ConvertKit. I actually deleted nearly half of my MailChimp followers before moving over because most of them were unengaged, dead weight.
I found ConvertKit incredibly easy to use, and within ONE month, I had already grown my followers list back to 1800. After only 3 months, I was well above 3000 subscribers. It was taking me only one month to gain the followers it took an entire year to get on MailChimp! Plus my open and click rates skyrocketed. I now feel that my email marketing is actually doing something and worth paying attention to.
ConvertKit does not have a free plan. If you have fewer than 1000 subscribers, you will pay $29.99 a month. But I have learned that in a blogging world where Facebook and Pinterest are continually changing their algorithms and your traffic is up and then it is down, email marketing is the one thing you can completely control. It is so worth it to pay for a service that is easy to use and highly converting. ConvertKit is that.