How have you tried to increase your blog traffic? Which way has been the most successful? Social media was a game changer for me in terms of blog traffic. The more I focus efforts on social media (not just link dropping!), the better I do. Recently, Instagram has been huge for me – even with a relatively small following – and currently brings 1000s of views to my site each month. When you look at social media from a targeted perspective (not “how many followers can I gain”) it really changes everything!
What’s your favourite social media platform and why? Instagram! It’s visual but still has a written element, there are so many users on there, and it is a true way to connect with other likeminded people. I am no pro photographer (that’s for SURE!), but Instagram is such an amazing place to truly connect & grow your social circle (heck, I wrote a whole ebook on it so I must love it!).
Most of your traffic comes from which social media platform? Instagram & Pinterest (Pinterest is still pretty new to me but I am seeing HUGE traffic boosts when I put effort into it!).
What’s your favourite blogging group on Facebook? I love “Online Business BFFs” simply because there are so many people in the group so you’re sure to get answers to your questions really fast!
Do you have a freebie for your readers? If so, what is it? Do we need to subscribe to receive it? I have a FREE “Start a Blog in 5 Days” email course that gets delivered to your inbox each day and I have some upcoming challenges surrounding growing your blog (tools, tips & tricks!). If you’re on my email list, you’ll be the first to know about the challenges (they’re so good!).
What’s your greatest win so far with blogging? Being able to quit my full-time job to blog!
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve so far with blogging? It’s a lot of work. You could spend 14 hours a day on your blog and not be done. BUT it’s work I LOVE so it’s totally worth it!
Has blogging surprised you in any way? If so, how? Blogging has really changed over the years. It started as a conversation and now it’s a money-making tool. I’m still blown away by how much money some bloggers make!
How often do you publish a post? 1-2 times each week.
Have you had writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? I had a year-long period where I struggled with writers block – then I realized that it was because I was writing about content that I didn’t really care about. When I started focusing on content that mattered to me and made me happy, that writers block was gone!
Do you have a blogging schedule? Daily theme? Please share! I wish I did:) I usually write my post for the week on Monday (sometimes I write two). I wish I was able to batch write my posts but I just don’t operate that way. Then I spend about an hour on social media, write emails to sponsors or clients I’m working with, respond to blog comments, create graphics, and work on my next ebook. By the time I’m done all that it is usually time to pick up my kids from school (and that’s when I stop working for the day). I focus on my blog from 9-3pm each day (and very rarely move from my computer) but the rest of the time is focused on my family.
Have you guest posted for someone? I actually don’t guest post. I do enjoy speaking as a guest on podcasts, virtual summits, & YouTube. I look forward to doing that more and more.
Do you accept guest posts? If yes, tell us about it! I don’t currently accept guest posts.
Have you made money from blogging? If so, how? Absolutely! I make money through multiple income streams (that’s SO IMPORTANT!). I have a whole post on how to make money blogging (and how I make money blogging) that may be useful: http://sleepingisforlosers.com/make-money-blog-monetize/
How long had you been blogging before you made any money? I started making money very quickly, within the first 3 months of blogging…but quite honestly that was just really good luck. I was offered an opportunity to write for a blog collective and make $200 each month. It was a fluke but it also opened my eyes to the possibility of income through my blog!
Who’s your favourite blogger before you started blogging and why? (Name and blog URL): I actually had never read a blog before I started blogging! I went into blogging totally blind (and to be honest, there aren’t many bloggers still around from 2009 when I started).
What type of blogs are you interested in reading and why? I love reading blogs about business, mindset and reaching your goals. I look to blogs for inspiration and motivation (but truthfully I tend to listen to podcasts more than read blogs at this point).
Give advice to someone who wants to start blogging: DO IT! JUST START! Don’t worry about being perfect in any way – just get your blog started. Once you get the ball rolling you’ll be able to discover if you truly love blogging…and if you do then you can focus on monetizing & changing your life!
Tell us one thing your readers don’t know about you: I can crush a box of macaroni and cheese in one sitting (not even an issue!).