Today, I want to share with you a little more personal stuff than I usually do. While this post is intended mostly for you bloggers out there, I believe that everyone can learn from and appreciate the part of my “life journey” that I’m in right now.
Oh, and I have more than $250 of free stuff for you!
So, here goes….
5 months ago, I started earning a regular income from this blog.
To the tune of $1,200 – $1,500 a month. Not fantastic, but not terrible either! I was working too many hours at a job I hated, missing out on precious time with my family, and this blog was my only relief from the drudgery of feeling like my family didn’t see enough of me.
I desperately wanted to be able to strike a better balance between work/family/side hustle, and even though I didn’t want to admit it to myself, I wanted to be able to work from home. I wanted to be able to watch my little girl grow up, actually spend some time out in the sunshine, and have the time to cook from-scratch meals while still working on my career from home.
Elite Blog Academy had given me so much confidence in my abilities with my blog that I started looking for other opportunities that would build my credibility, my income, and my business. And I landed on something synonymous with blogging:
Not social media marketing, freelance writing, or virtual assisting, because those markets were already sooo saturated, but specifically Pinterest Marketing.
Why Pinterest Marketing?
Because I was once where you are – overwhelmed and overworked with the huge amounts of time that marketing your amazing content on Pinterest – heck, all social media – takes! I felt like I was:
- On Pinterest 24/7
- Pinning hundreds of pins per day
- Driving miniscule amounts of traffic to my blog
- Feeling overworked and overwhelmed
But I knew what a powerhouse Pinterest could be for my blog’s traffic, so I determined to apply the principles found in Elite Blog Academy to drive massive amounts of traffic to my blog.
When I set out to make Pinterest work for my blog, I realized that there were no Personal Finance power users on Pinterest! So I set aside my blogging niche for a moment, and started studying the most influential Pinterest power users: how often and when they pinned, what types of things they pinned, and the descriptions they used for their pins. I did so without regard to niche or subject matter. What I was looking for was the common denominator between the most powerful people on Pinterest so I could use those strategies to grow my blog.
And then I wrote a book, detailing everything I learned – and it was awesome!
Fresh off of the success of Elite Blog Academy, and the book it inspired, two things happened:
I lost my job & I decided to take a leap of faith.
When I lost my job, I started brainstorming ways that I could grow my business – outside of Retired by 40!, but still doing something related to blogging. The Big Guy and I talked, and it turned out he was sooo ready to go back to work (he’s been a stay-at-home-dad for about a year and a half).
Was this maybe my chance to finally work for myself and see what I could turn this business into?
I don’t know what the future hold, but do know that starting April 16th (after tax season, ya’ll!) I’ll be officially a self-employed, work from home momma!
I started working with my Pinterest Marketing test group March 1st (which is comprised of a group of amazing bloggers, I might add), I launched The Pinterest Assistant, and I’m holding a killer giveaway in which I’m giving away 2 free months of complete Pinterest Management, Custom Pinterest Marketing plans, and even copies of my book!
And it’s all because of Elite Blog Academy.
Elite Blog Academy starts with the basics, from getting your blog off the ground and creating KILLER content (for those of you that are beginners) to developing revenue streams and marketing on social media (for those of you in the mid-region of growth), and all the way to turning your blog into a business!
This course taught me how to not only run my blog and my business correctly, but how to have the correct mindset and entrepreneurial spirit that will set my business up for long-term success. And that’s exactly what I want!
Through a powerful combination of effective videos, practical and insightful handouts, purposeful assignments, and interactive live webinars, Elite Blog Academy will empower, enable, and inspire you to take the specific steps necessary to refine your message, grow your audience, monetize your platform, and transform your blog into a successful and profitable business.
(Don’t forget, there’s $250 in free stuff waiting for you at the end of this post + a coupon code worth $50!)
Here is what the course includes:
1. Start with Awesome – Learn the secret to successful blogging and master the 3 steps to starting with awesome. Understand what makes YOUR blog unique (and therefore marketable), and create the framework for a powerful platform that gets results.
2. Content is King – Discover why the key to a successful, popular, and profitable blog starts with amazing content, master the four essential strategies for creating content that rocks, and learn exactly how to FOCUS™—the secret to creating a killer blog post every single time.
3. Presentation is Everything – Uncover the three visual areas every blogger must focus on in order to be successful and learn not only why Pinterest is the most powerful marketing tool ever created,
and how to harness that power through creating the Perfect Pin™.
4. Grow Your Platform – Learn how to increase, diversify, and stabilize your platform through eight proven strategic growth strategies. Develop the confidence to promote your core message with an authority that draws people in, master field-tested techniques for networking and collaboration, find out exactly how to grow your subscriber list, and discover why good SEO really isn’t as complicated as everyone makes it out to be.
5. Social Media & Viral Growth – Uncover the mysteries of capturing and retaining viral blog traffic through social media and learn to determine which social media platforms are most valuable for your own audience. Find out the ten crucial steps to take if your blog post goes viral, then create comprehensive marketing plans for both Facebook and Pinterest in order to develop a cohesive social media strategy that gets results.
After that it gets more into monetising through ad networks, affiliate sales, private advertising and creating products.
Lastly it gets into working smart/efficiently and being strategic to grow your business.
This is the ONLY time Elite Blog Academy will be open for enrollment in 2016. If you miss out on this chance, you will have to wait until nearly a year from now!
(quick note about the EBA Forum: now that I’ve had access to this forum for 6 months, I realize that the forum alone was worth the purchase price. Why? Because it gives you access to 900 bloggers, in all stages of the game, to whom you can ask every single question you don’t know the answer to. Like how to create certain types of graphics, and how to fix your google analytics code when it messes up!)
Blogging is not for the faint of heart, and this course requires a willingness to buckle down and get to work.
That said, for those who are willing to do the work, it also comes with a 100% money-back guarantee. Anyone who completes the course and has not seen measurable results in both traffic and income growth will get your money back, no questions asked.
That’s a pretty incredible promise, but it means that you’ve literally got nothing to lose.
How About FREE Tuition?
I understand that at the price of $499, Elite Blog Academy may be out of reach for some bloggers, which is why, until April 14th, Ruth Sokup is giving a away a complete Elite Blog Academy scholarship every single week! In order to be registered to win, you’ll need to sign up through this link (or any of the other links on this page) and not only will you possibly win Elite Blog Academy, you’ll get instant access to the ebook “10 Steps To Take When You Blog Post Goes Viral!”
Elite Blog Academy doors will be opening for ONE WEEK ONLY, beginning February 22nd! Get more details about this exclusive course, plus grab this FREE mini-ebook packed with tips to make blogging simple!
Finally, starting April 7th, everyone who signs up here will receive a free mini Elite Blog Academy course packed with super-practical and helpful videos: ” The 3 Elements of a Perfect Pin” “Work Harder, Not Smarter” and “From Blog to Business” are all guaranteed to help your blog – and it’s all for free!
Here’s the link!
Hang on though, I have more than $250 of FREE Stuff For You!
We talked about my business, The Pinterest Assistant, and if you’re a blogger, then you know the power of Pinterest!
Everyone who purchases Elite Blog Academy, and forwards me their welcome email will receive:
A Copy of my book, Generate Traffic with Pinterest (a $16.99 value)
- A Custom Pinterest Marketing Plan (a $100 value)
- A 1-hour phone consultation with me, the Pinterest Assistant, to get your blog’s success rolling! (a $150 value)
- Access to me via email or phone, anytime you need help.
This means that not only will Elite Blog Academy set you up for blogging success, I’ll be there as both a blogger, friend, and Pinterest Marketing Expert to help you every step of the way! When you purchase Elite Blog Academy starting February 22nd, simply forward me your welcome email, which you will receive instantly after enrolling, and you’ll receive your freebies!
What are you waiting for!
I seriously owe my business, my blog, and my balanced, happy state of mind to Elite Blog Academy, and I encourage you to check it out!
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[email protected] says
I am so interested in all of this – I am going to have to check out your book if I don’t win! Thanks for sharing, fingers crossed!!
Lesley A Stevens says
That sounds very cool. I bought a program similar and it has a Facebook group for support. It’s important to educate yourself and when you pay for it, you’re more likely to have a commitment to do it. I’m bookmarking this, may be something I’m interested in later on down the road. Thanks.
I have been reading about Elite Blog academy all over the blog o’sphere! It sounds amazing. I have seriously been considering switching form my full time job to part time because of my blog. I would love to one day be able to just work from home!
Meaghan | Cook. Craft. Love. says
I quit my dead end job to blog and sell Jamberry full time and I’m more than a little terrified it won’t work out and I’ll have to slink back into the working world with my tail between my legs! I’m praying I get a chance to win that class! Love this post and congrats on getting to live your dream!
Brianne- Just Trying To Save Money says
This sounds amazing! What a great way to use your talents and knowledge to keep you home with your family!
Uplifting Families says
I have enjoyed blogging over the last 3 years. I started off as a rookie and also took a leap of faith when I got laid off. At first, it was more of a hobby but now I am all about trying to earn a few extra dollars each month.
I’ve been hearing about this and it sounds so helpful. I hope to be able to learn more in the future!
Thanks for sharing the scholarship opportunity and adding your own bonuses to enrollment! I’ve been contemplating a few different services like Elite, but haven’t made a final decision yet. Is your book on Kindle or can you purchase a paper copy? I am honestly Pinterest impaired when it comes to use as a marketing tool, and I could definitely use the insight! I think what you’ve done is amazing. Maybe one day I can be awesome enough to live off of something I truly enjoy!
Congrats on not only the book but everything seemingly falling into place. Sounds like you’ve invested a great deal of time and it’s amazing when that all starts to pay off!
eliz frank says
Kudos on monetizing your blog into a business. I think that is what most bloggers hope to achieve. I like the academy idea; very informative.
pamela jablonski says
This is very interesting! I have dabbled in blogging and been too terrified to go whole hog yet! I just write for other bloggers right now. Thanks for the info!
Writing for other bloggers is great, but personally I love blogging because it is all mine. Bottom line: do whatever works for you :-)
Liz G. says
Thanks so much for this wonderful info! I will definitely be entering in!:)
You definitely won’t regret it, Liz! I was really on the fence when I took the course, not sure if I could afford it, but I make my investment back x4 every single month (if not more!)