I’m sharing about my blogging journey and how I grew my blog from 700 to over 22,000 pageviews per month in just a short time. This is a little awkward sharing my story for the first time, but I hope it helps other new bloggers as they start out.
(This post contains affiliate links which do not change your price, but supports this blog. The opinions and facts are 100% my own.)
I started a blog with a dream.
And then I crashed in frustration.
I realized early on that “If you build it, they will come” does not apply to blogs.
I built the blog. I started out strong with the right bells and whistles in place! I knew just what to do to start a blog for profit.
I shared my posts with my friends and told my family. They all thought it was great.
But that’s as far as it went.
Four months into blogging, I had grown to 700 pageviews per month. Not a lot.
I read a lot of posts on how to blog. There was an overwhelming number of ideas out there! Which thing did I need to do first?
The problem with trying to DIY your own blogging education is that it’s kind of like sticking your head into different college classrooms and hoping to come out with a complete education. The higher level advice is mixed in with the very beginner stuff and it can be hard to tell where to start.
I was paddling without a compass.
Working harder and harder, longer and longer hours…and going nowhere.
If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there. –Lewis Carroll
I did know where I was going. Or at least where I wanted to go. And I needed to find THE road that would get me there.
That’s when I found Elite Blog Academy.
This course from Ruth Soukup was a game-changer for me like it has been for everyone I know from the program!
Two things make Elite Blog Academy special:
- The Information is Top-Notch, detailed and thorough
- It’s ORGANIZED so that you can work through it IN ORDER!
As a baby blogger, I learned SO much in this course!
Within just a few months, I was beginning to see growth! I went from 700 pageviews per month to over 22,000 pageviews per month! That’s over 30 times the amount of traffic I was getting on my own!
I had a compass, and I knew which way to paddle!
- How to write a tagline for your blog and why you even need it.
- Why you must Begin with Awesome and all that entails.
- How to create the Perfect Pin. It’s more than just a pretty picture or catchy title!
- How to grow your blog organically through blogging connections and other strategies.
- How to start a mastermind.
- SEO, Social Media, Email…
And that’s just in the first half of the course!
The second half is all about monetization. Here’s where you’ll learn about generating a real income from you blog.
In the beginning, I didn’t know an ad network from an affiliate program. I knew I wanted to earn an income from my blog, but I believed I had to have massive pageviews numbers to earn anything. Ruth taught me the strategies behind leveraging a smaller platform without alienating readers, because afterall, readers are the most important thing!
Is Elite Blog Academy Worth It?
As a new blogger, I hadn’t made a dime at blogging. Okay, maybe a dime… maybe two dimes, but that was literally all I had made. I’m not going to lie, Elite Blog Academy is an investment!
I was hesitant at first to make such a huge investment so I did two things.
First, I bought Ruth’s ebook and read through it. How to Blog for Profit Without Selling Your Soul. That was enough for me. I knew this lady knew her stuff AND there was a lot more I needed to learn. Still, was it the right choice for me.
If you’re unsure, check out this free training course! (Can’t beat that price!)
Then, I talked to my husband and prayed about it. I knew this was a big decision. Even though it seemed like a lot of money at the time, I felt a peace about it.
Logically speaking, if you were to bundle together a course on Pinterest, one on social media, another on SEO, another on launching a product, a few more on marketing, monetization and managing your business, you’d spend a whole lot more than you would on just this one course AND it still wouldn’t cover all that is in EBA!
Who Should NOT buy this course?
Let’s get real. Not everyone should buy Elite Blog Academy.
It’s not right for you if you want a get rich quick plan. Though a lot of EBA grads see unbelievable income, this isn’t an overnight success story. They’ve committed to a long-game of blogging as a business.
It’s not right for you if you don’t want to put in the effort it takes to grow. There’s no way around it, blogging as a business is work! This just ensures that your work is going to propel you in the right direction.
Elite Blog Academy has a proven track record of success!
Just look at the words of others who’ve used the program! 9 Elite Blog Academy Success Stories
It won’t do the work for you, but if you’re willing to learn, to work hard, and to turn your blog into a full-time business, EBA is the course that will show you how to do it!
(By the way, you don’t have to write about making money online, budgeting, crafting, or any of the genres you’re thinking are the only way to make money. Elite Blog Academy has worked for women who use their blog primarily as a ministry like Arabah Joy and Brittany of Equipping Godly Women.)
Really, the only drawback to Elite Blog Academy is that it’s only open once a year.
The doors open at the end of February!
If you have even the slightest inkling that blogging is right for you, do yourself a favor and get on the wait list now so you’ll be informed about the launch. You’ll also get access to some free preview courses and workbooks that will prove how incredible this course is. I mean, if the stuff they give away is this awesome, just imagine how good the real deal is!
One of the greatest benefits I’ve had from Elite Blog Academy has been the relationships with a group of, well, elite bloggers! Those connections are foundational to success!
If you join EBA this month from one of my links, I’ll offer a one time blog assessment and review with you whenever you need it!
If you’re ready to take your blogging career to the next level, sign up for the free course, then reach out to me to let me know about your plans! I’d love to encourage you on your journey. Comment below, email Christina@gathering-joy.com, or JOIN the CONVERSATION in our Facebook group.
Daffodils and clover,