Five Things I Wish I Knew As A New Blogger

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 Five things I wish I knew as a new blogger

You know that excited feeling you get when you have a big idea that could change everything?? 

Well... that wasn’t how I felt at all when I started my first blog almost six years ago.

Too honest? 😂

Sure, it sounded fun, but I had no idea what blogging would eventually mean to me.

I’d just gotten married and a bunch of my friends started doing it to document their new cute married lives, so I jumped aboard. Soon I was taking pictures left and right with my little blue kodak camera. Trying to document all of the fun & "glamorous" moments of life. 

At that point, I wasn’t really concerned with making money from my blog. It was more of an online journal, but soon I was swept up into page views, and followers and soon I wanted more. I wanted that number on my “Google Friend Connect” widget (P.S. who remembers GFC??) to be going up in my sidebar, but I was clueless. 

I wish that now I could take the brand new baby blogger me and walk her through what I know now, but unfortunately, I haven’t figured out time travel...yet. But I still can share some of my best tips for you as a new blogger. 

Tip 1: Blogger vs. WordPress vs. SquareSpace

For the love of all that is holy start your blog on WordPress, and not WordPress.com, WordPress.org. I know that is super confusing but stay with me. I’ve had blogs on all three platforms and trust me on this one, WordPress is where you want to be. 

My first blog was on Blogger. I didn’t want to fork out the dough for web hosting, if it was just going to be a hobby. I didn’t buy a domain name either, so I rocked the .blogspot.com URL. Looking back we were both in school full-time and we were pretty poor so I get my thinking, but now I would definitely go with WordPress and get a custom domain name. 

WordPress gives you much more customization and has become the “gold standard” in the blogging industry so there are a lot of resources, plugins, and tools to help you maximize your WordPress blog. SquareSpace and Blogger just don’t have abilities to grow with you as much as WordPress does. 

To get started check out this post about how to set up your hosting and install WordPress. 

Once you’ve installed WordPress you can choose a theme. There are free themes, which are totally okay if you are just starting out and then there are paid themes if you are able to invest a bit of money into your blog. These will have more features and functionality. 

The premium themes that I like are, 

Tip 2: Use High-Quality Images

Pretty, pretty please with sugar on top use high-quality images. This will make SUCH a difference in your readers experience and how many shares that you get on your posts. 

If you have dark low-quality images people are way less likely to share them, (especially on Pinterest, which we will talk more about in a sec!). 

If you have a DSLR camera to take your pictures that is great! Watch some Youtube videos about how to use the settings on your camera and then edit your images in Photoshop, PicMonkey or Gimp. Taking that few extra minutes to edit is SO worth it. 

If you don’t have a nicer camera and you are using your phone camera that is okay too! You still can take really pretty pictures with your phone. Try to take your images in natural light. I take mine in my living room in front of our window. 

There are also great apps that you can use on your phone to do basic editing. 

My favorites are, 

Use these to play around with the exposure, white balance and saturation to make your images pop! 

Tip 3: Pinterest, Pinterest, Pinterest

Pinterest was just barely starting to get big in 2012 when I started my first blog. I was introduced to it in late 2011 when I was planning my wedding and had NO idea how powerful it could be at the time. 

I was pretty much Pinterest illiterate. 

I published my blog post, with dark, horizontal images, pinned it to my Pinterest board ONCE and then thought, “Sweet, I’ve covered what I need to do on Pinterest!” 

NOPE! Pinterest is so much more than that. When pinning images on Pinterest make sure to pin crisp, bright, VERTICAL images.

There is much more to Pinterest than just pinning pretty pictures so if you are stumped on how to start with Pinterest check out this mega post that covers all about how to use Pinterest for beginners. 

I also have a free five-day Pinterest course with video lessons to help you establish your foundation on Pinterest. 

Tip 4: You Don’t Have To Post Three Times A Week

Phew, this one just about did me in. When I started blogging I was under the impression that to be successful I needed to be posting at least three times a week. I aimed to post Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and the beat myself up on the days that I missed. 

Well, let me tell you something... 

YOU DON’T HAVE TO! 

I do think it is important especially in the beginning to post consistently, but it doesn’t have to be multiple times a week. That leads to one worn out blogger. 

For the first year, I made it my goal to post once a week. Occasionally, I would post twice a week sometimes I would have to skip a week if things were really crazy or if my little one got sick, but as long as I was averaging once a week, I didn’t worry about it. 

It is much better to have fewer high-quality posts on your site than a bunch of half-done posts that you threw up because you felt like that was what you were supposed to do! 

Tip 5: Give It Time

In a world of instant gratification, we want everything now. We want the followers, the big page views and the “passive income,” but all good things take time. 

If you want your blog to a source of income for you, please do not expect that you are going to be making buckets of money three months in. 

It takes most bloggers six months to turn a profit, but once you get to that point it becomes so much easier. If you are in month five without making anything, don’t quit! Getting to your first 1,000 subscribers or your first $1,000 is so much harder than getting to 10,000! 

I’ve spent years figuring out blogging, testing strategies, failing and succeeding, but now I am to a point where each month I consistently make more than I did working full-time with a college degree. 

It doesn’t happen overnight, but if you want it and you are willing to work for it, it is absolutely possible for you! 

If I could sit down with six years ago me, that is exactly what I would tell myself. I can’t get back that time, but you can use these tips to help you get started!

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I don’t want you to feel alone on this journey! I’ve created a Facebook group just for new bloggers and there are over 18,000 members. Come connect, collaborate, and find your blogging tribe! 

To help you get started I’ve put together some awesome resource for you too. Enter your name and email below and I’ll send you a 30-page ebook all about getting blog traffic, free stock photos and a list of my favorite free resources to help you get started! 

How To Create A Simple Financial Management System

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I'm so excited to introduce to you my friend Rebekah from TheCentsibleBookkeeper.com.  She is going to share how you can create a simple financial management system that will make tax season a breeze!

I’m going to be honest here: You need a system.

The system I’m talking about today is a financial management system.

Why?

To the best of my knowledge, no matter where you live, you will have to pay taxes at some point.  Ugh.

Here in the US, we not only have to pay taxes to the Federal government but in many cases to the State government too.

Each year we have to report our income. And as business owners (you do realize that if you are monetizing your blog, you are a biz owner, right?) we have to pay taxes on the business income. We do get to deduct our business expenses, however, but that adds a new wrinkle.

Whether you earned $1000 from your blog this year or $100,000 when tax time rolls around you need to be prepared.

There’s the easy way and the hard way.

Most business owners start out the hard way. It’s not their fault. No one ever told them what I’m about to tell you.

You get an email from PayPal that you just received your first affiliate payment. Congrats! But now what? What happens to those funds? How will you keep track of it all?

THE HARD WAY

For a lot of bloggers, the next step is to transfer those funds to their bank account. They’ll probably save the emails from PayPal and the affiliate program as receipts and think all is well. Depending on the amount, they may choose to spend some on a new tool like ConvertKit or Buffer. Or maybe take the family out for dinner!

The cycle repeats itself. Each time income is received, it’s transferred to the family bank account and spent on business needs or family fun. Or going toward reducing the mortgage. Or a new roof. Or whatever.

Then tax time rolls around.

The tax preparer asks how much income they received.

Gulp.

They have a file of receipts (most of them anyway), and a myriad of transactions both incoming and outgoing from the bank account.

How can they be expected to remember if a Walmart trip seven months ago was for personal or business??

THE EASY WAY

There is a solution. It’s quite simple.  Open a special bank account JUST for the business cash flow.

It doesn’t even have to be a business bank account, per se. Unless you are using a D/B/A (like MomsMakeCents), you can just use your own name and a personal account is fine. The key is to use a different account.

Let’s look at our scenario again:

You get an email from PayPal that you just received your first affiliate payment. Congrats! But now what? What happens to those funds? How will you keep track of it all?

You transfer those funds to your special, business only bank account. You’ll save the emails from PayPal and the affiliate program in Google Drive or somewhere cloud-based to be safe. Since you can see immediately how much you have, it’s easy to save it for something special that your biz will need.

The cycle repeats itself. Each time income is received, it’s transferred to the business bank account and spent on business needs. Periodically, funds are transferred to the personal account to use toward reducing the mortgage. Or a new roof. Or just for fun!

Then tax time rolls around.

The tax preparer asks how much income you received.

You proudly produce a thumb drive with all your bank statements, receipts, etc. showing exactly where the income came from and where the expenses went.  Easy peasy!

Granted, using a bookkeeping software system would make it even simpler, but if you are just starting out, a separate bank account is really all you need.

HOW TO GET STARTED

The first place to check is your current bank.

If you are using a D/B/A and not just your own name, you’ll want to find out if they offer free business checking accounts. Some do, others have a small fee. You’ll have to decide if the small fee is worth keeping the account local.

If your bank doesn’t have an option for you, you can check with other local banks, or explore online bank options.

If you need a business account (and have your EIN and biz license) and you don’t want to pay any fees, I recommend checking out Capital One Spark Business. It’s worked out well for me so far.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • If you are conducting business under your own name (ie: not using a D/B/A), then you do not need a business account and a personal account will be fine.

  • If you are using a D/B/A, make sure you have your EIN and whatever licensing your area requires. You’ll need these documents when you go to open your account.

  • It can take a few days or even a week or two for applications to be processed fully. Give yourself plenty of time and don’t stress!

  • If you have any questions, your local banker would be happy to help. They deal with these all the time and will have some great, local information to help you out.

BUT WHAT IF I STARTED OUT THE HARD WAY?

No worries! Everyone does.

First, get set up with a separate bank account and get all services switched over.

Next, using a spreadsheet or notebook, figure out the total funds your business currently has. Transfer this amount to your new bank account. Make sure that all future income and future expenses use this new account.

For figuring out the total funds your business has, here’s what I recommend.

  1. Go back through all the data you’ve saved since you started your business.

  2. List each income payment you received

  3. List each business expense for which you have documentation

  4. Total it up… there’s your figure!

  5. SAVE THIS: your tax preparer will thank you!

Even if you are making just a tiny amount from your blog right now, you know it won’t stay that way! Get set up the right way right now and enjoy the peace of mind you’ll receive. You deserve it!


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Rebekah Zobel Jones is The Centsible Bookkeeper. With a deep financial heritage (her grandmother, father, and aunt were all accountants/bookkeepers), digging into the books is always an adventure. She irons out the difficulties and automates as much as possible — giving you peace of mind and clarity about your financial position.

Grab her quick guide to reduce expenses, 5 Simple Steps to Shrinking Your Financial Waistline.

   

A special thanks to Rebekah for this awesome post!  If you want more check out her...

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How To Overcome Doubt & Fear About Blogging

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Today I wanted to share something really personal that I've been struggling with in case you've been feeling this way too. 

Since October I’ve been in a bit of a funk with my blog. I felt like I didn’t know what to write anymore. I would go to type out a blog post and the words just wouldn’t come. Or I’d think of a live video I could do in my Facebook group and I would make an excuse why I shouldn’t. Something was just pushing me away from blogging.

I’ve wondered, what is wrong with me?

We had some pretty intense personal challenges the end of this year and I thought, “hmmm maybe that has been deterring my focus?”. But it wasn’t that. Maybe I’ve been hustling so hard for so long that I’m feeling burned out? I did relaunch Pin to Profits in November and that took a lot of work, but no, that wasn’t the reason either.

Slowly, ideas of “throwing in the towel” crept in. Maybe I wasn’t good enough to do this. Maybe I wasn’t blogging because I didn’t have anything of value to say?

My husband and I currently do my blog and other business full-time so quitting isn’t really a viable option, unless I want him to go back to work, which doesn’t sound dreamy either.

As I dug deeper and leveled with what I was feeling I finally realized what the issue was.

Doubt and fear.

As I looked over my yearly plan that I made at the beginning of 2017, it was full of goals, growth and exciting projections. When I sat down to make my 2018 calendar. Nothing. I couldn’t think of a dang thing.

But then I realized it was because I was afraid of putting those numbers on paper. When I made my 2017 goals sheet I wasn’t our families sole provider so the numbers were just for fun. In 2018 I have the push of providing for my family. So putting something down, planning on it and then not hitting it was terrifying to me.

So for the last few months, I’ve just sat here stuck. Not blogging, not engaging, because I really wasn’t sure what direction I wanted to go.

MY NEW MOTTO

Finally, I was able to get a little perspective.

Everyone keeps saying, “new year, new you” I’m saying, “new year, new view.”

When I was able to look at myself through someone else's eyes I realized I don’t need to be afraid of not knowing enough, not having the cutest office background in my live videos, or being asked a question I don’t know the answer too.

The imposter syndrome is real y’all. It knocks you down and kicks you in the shins when you are least expecting it. Something I’ve struggled this year is doubtful thoughts like, “Why would anyone want to listen to me?” or “What do I know?”

I stopped sharing income reports in 2016 for various reasons, but I do feel like they are a good way to gauge how successful someone is with their blog and if they really know what they're doing. Put your money where your mouth is, you know?

I’m not going to go into a big income report, but I did want to share a couple of quick numbers with you.

Almost every month in 2017 my businesses brought in over $10k in revenue and in September I hit my highest month ever at $20,294.

To me that is crazy!! I absolutely crushed every one of my big goals last year. So why was I asking myself, “Why would anyone want to listen to me?”

The conclusion is fear because I DO have something to say of value. I have proven myself time and time again that I know what I am doing and that I have what it takes.

And you know what?

YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES!

I know I am not alone in the fear and self-doubt. If you are feeling stuck in the same rut that I was in, here are a few things that you can do to stay motivated and confident.

FIVE WAYS TO OVERCOME DOUBT & FEAR

1. New View

The #1 thing that I did was take a look at myself and my accomplishments from a different perspective. When I made note of some of the really big things that I did this year, I started to think, “huh, I really am capable!”

List at least five things that you’ve done that you are proud of. They can be big or small, but they need to mean something to you.

2. Stop Comparing

Oh, how I hate the comparison cycle. Sometimes when I see other bloggers in my niche publish something new, I get a pit in my stomach. Like, “why didn’t I think of that?” or “crap, that competes directly with my products,” or “whoa.”

Then I get in a panicked little pitty party and I go from creative ideas, working on things that will build my business and help my readers to being afraid and feeling like I have to go on the defensive.

Here are a couple ways that I’ve combatted this,

1. I unsubscribed from their emails. 

Yep, I straight up stopped reading what they were doing. Now you make think this is counter-intuitive. Wouldn’t I want to know what they were doing so that I could know how to react and stay relevant?

Now that's what I thought at first too. But, so many times I would get an email and then go into a tailspin about how no one was going to buy my course anymore because they just launched one super similar. However, a few months later and a new perspective and sales keep going.

I had 476 people enroll in my courses in 2017.

Thank you so much to each and every one of you!!

2. Unfollow their groups or social media

Similar to the previous point. Focus on YOU and YOUR audience. If you are always chasing down what someone else is doing you are always going to be two steps behind. Foster a relationship with your people, see where they need help and then go and do.

People resonate with different people. Just because one thing works for someone, doesn’t mean it will work for you and vice versa. You do you!

3. Start a “Smile File”

This one has been so helpful for me! Whenever I get a really thoughtful email from a student or a reader saying how much a course, freebie or a blog post helped them, I screenshot it and put it in my “smile file.” This is just a file on my desktop that I can pop in and look at when I am feeling down.

If you don’t have a smile file yet, start one today! Start putting those little drops of happiness in there to save for a rainy day.

4. Give Yourself 10 Seconds

I personally have struggled with anxiety since I was a little kid and this 10 seconds trick has helped me cope with all sorts of challenging things in life.

All you do is give yourself 10 seconds to be afraid, feel all the feels, and then just do it. If you are scared to go live on your Facebook page, freak out for 10 seconds, scream in your pillow, do whatever you’ve got to do and then push that live button and just do it.

Done is better than perfect.

If you are waiting for something in your business to be perfect, you are going to be waiting a long time and will miss a ton of opportunities to grow and learn in the process.

So in the words of Nike, “JUST DO IT!”

5. Find A Blogging BFF

I honestly have no idea how I would have made it this year without my blogging bff Jen. We’ve been there for each other through thick and thin.

A blogging bff is crucial to conquering your fears. Your bff is someone you can bounce ideas off of, get feedback from and someone who gets this whole blogging world. As much as our spouses, parents and friends try to understand blogging there are so many things that people just “don’t get” unless they are in this realm day in and day out.

On low days, or confused days, or even days that I feel like I’m on top of the world and with something exciting that I’ve just got to share, I message Jen and from over a thousand miles away we cheer each other on.

If you are struggling with doubt or fear on your blog, know you are not alone! It is okay to be afraid, it is human nature. Address the fear and then go and do.

You’ve got this mama! You can do it.

How I Run My Business in Just 15 Hours/Week

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I am super excited to introduce you this week to my friend Gillian from GillianPerkins.com. She is going to share her top three strategies for running her business in just 15 hours per week! 


As an author, blogger, Youtuber, business owner, and mom of two littles, you’d be correct to assume that my life is pretty busy and that I don’t necessarily have a lot of free time. My days are filled to the brim and a bit of a “beautiful mess.”

As someone who enjoys living life to its fullest and has BIG goals that necessitate massive action, finding a way to balance everything I want to do is a must. While friends sometimes wonder why I don’t just slow down, do less, and be a bit more “average,” the fact is that I love what I do and have been a go-getter since my earliest memory.

But even though I love taking action and doing a lot, I also think it’s essential to live in the present, stay relaxed and carefree, and enjoy life. So while I’m quite productive, and from the outside, it appears that I must be extremely busy, the reality is that most days I work less than six hours, and we spend the rest of the time playing, adventuring, and living life.

After new acquaintances remark, “Wow, you certainly are busy!” Their next comment is typically, “How do you possibly do it all?”

So today, in my typical style, I’m pulling back the curtain and sharing my three strategies that allow me to “do it all” yet stay calm, relaxed, and run my business in only about 15 hours per week.

ONE // Focus on What Works

Our culture is saturated with social media, but you can’t turn it on without being confronted with big brands, businesses, and influencers. If you’re trying to build a business or a career as an author or artist, then it seems obvious that you must need to focus on trying to create that same level of visibility for yourself.

For a couple of years, I spent enormous amounts of time working to build up a presence on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. But honestly, I’m an introvert (an outgoing, fearless introvert, but still an introvert) and sharing regular “updates” with the world is just not my jam. I found it draining, distracting, and not productive.

Because my heart wasn’t in it, growing my presence on social media was an uphill battle. My growth was sluggish, and the followers I did have didn’t seem connected (and certainly not committed). But I felt like I had to do social media, because how else would I promote my blog or business??

Fortunately, I love experimenting and trying new things, so throughout this whole social media struggle, I did continue to test new ideas. Eventually, I found a couple ways of marketing my blog and business that worked way better than the social media grind, were more enjoyable and were easier.

I dropped social media like a rock.

And my business growth exploded within the next six months.

Now, I’m not saying social media is the devil, or that nobody should use it -- far from that. But what I AM saying is that you should quit stuff that isn’t working for you. If you hate something and it’s not producing results, then why are you doing it??

The Pareto principle says that 80% of your results come from 20% of your actions. And what that meant to me was that I could quit doing a heck of a lot of stuff.

What was actually growing my business? Turns out, there was really only about four things:

  1. Guest blogging

  2. Pinterest marketing

  3. Facebook ads

  4. Youtube channel

(And yes, I hear your confusion. “I thought you said you quit social media?” I quit posting daily updates and trying to keep up with everyone else’s updates. I quit Instagram and Twitter, which are based solely on these activities. I didn’t quit using social media as a valuable tool to reach people, as the above list reflects.)

So, strategy #1 for running my business in a minimal amount of time is to focus on what works and let go of what is just busy work.

Read this >> How to Plan Your Weeks Around Your Priorities

TWO // Outsource

If you’ve spent any amount of time in the world of online business, then you’ve probably heard plenty of people singing the glories of “hiring virtual assistants” to save time and be able to do more.

Well, I tried that, but it didn’t work so well for me. Because, a) I was kinda broke and didn’t see how I could invest in my business, and b) these virtual assistants seemed to take more time to manage than their work saved me.

What finally made a difference was this: I stopped trying to just “save me time” and started focusing on building a world-class team.

Instead of trying to hire general VA’s to answer my emails or design my graphics, I hired a smart, local college student, who I could train from the ground up how to help me run my business. This was cheaper than hiring an international, virtual assistant, and so much more effective.

While my new assistant helped me with my day-to-day operations, I started hiring skilled professionals to help grow my business. I hired a dedicated graphic designer who could make my site look as beautiful and professional as I knew that it needed to in order to attract my ideal clients. I hired a talented copywriter -- because even though I write other people’s ads all day long, writing my own ads still gets me tongue-tied. I even hired a Facebook ads manager, despite the fact that I do that professionally myself.

The fact is that in my own business, I am the boss. And I can’t be the best boss if I’m also the ads manager, video editor, graphic designer, and accountant.

I can do a fan-freakin-tastic job managing Facebook ads for other businesses, but when it comes to my own business, I need an objective outside voice.

So, rather than hiring a general VA to try to “save time” now I focus on hiring talented professionals who can multiply profits. And I can always “afford” to hire people who can make me money. ;)

THREE // Batch Create Content

Every business has tasks that have to be done every day or every week. These little tasks can be really distracting from completing projects and actually making progress on big-picture goals.

I realized that I was spinning my wheels and wasting a lot of time switching from one little task to another, multiple times every day, so I decided to try grouping similar tasks together and getting them done in big batches all at once. What a difference this made! It majorly cut down on the number of hours I spent working each week and made my time much more efficient.

These days I batch video recording, editing, blog post writing, and other tasks that I’d otherwise have to do multiple times each week. For example, I upload two Youtube videos every week -- but rather than filming, editing and uploading twice every week, I film twice per month (4 - 5 videos each time) and then edit and upload once per week. This saves SO MUCH TIME because getting set up to film is such a process!

In order to successfully create content in batches, I have to be really focused and inspired. Because, really, who wants to feel like they have to write two whole blog posts in one sitting. Totally not fun. But if I make a fun day of it -- hole up in my fave local coffee shop with a black & white mocha, take a couple breaks to walk around the block, and enjoy some time by myself while my husband has my kids -- then I’m much more productive and enjoy the process a lot more.

My Weekly Schedule

Because I batch create much of my content just a few times throughout each month, each week is a little different. However, I do try to keep as much structure as possible, just so that I can stay organized and reduce the number of decisions I have to make each day.

Here’s what a typical week looks like with the three strategies discussed above implemented:

Monday

  • Email & messenger (20)

  • Plan next week’s content (40)

  • FB group (10)

Tuesday

  • Write & schedule two emails to list (60)

  • Write guest blog post (90)

  • Email & messenger (30)

  • FB group (10)

  • Network (30)

Wednesday

  • Reach out to potential collaborators (90)

  • Create content upgrade & opt-in page (60)

  • Film 4 videos OR Write 2 blog posts (120)

  • FB group (10)

Thursday

  • Reach out to potential collaborators (40)

  • Email & messenger (30)

  • Film any B roll (60)

  • FB group (10)

  • Edit two videos for next week (120)

Friday

  • Email & messenger (40)

  • Schedule two videos for next week (60)

  • Board Booster (30)

  • FB group (10)

  • Network (30)

In addition to this work that I do myself, there are also a number of tasks that I currently have outsourced either to my assistant or to other professionals. These include:

  • Editing & formatting blog posts

  • Promoting blog posts & videos

  • Managing my own FB ads

Currently, I’m still managing my own Pinterest marketing and editing my own videos, because I haven’t found someone to do these tasks who feels like a good fit for my team. However, I’m looking forward to getting it off my plate soon!

The above schedule is everything I do to run and grow my business and takes a bit less than 15 hours each week. In addition, I spend 10 - 15 hours each week doing client work, which includes business coaching and Facebook ad strategy. I also sometimes spend 5 - 10 hours writing or creating content, if I’m working on a new book or program.

Keeping a consistent schedule, focusing my energy on what actually produces results, outsourcing, and batch creating content are absolutely essential to being able to accomplish as much as I am able to each week. Without these strategies, I’d be overwhelmed and couldn’t grow nearly as quickly.

If you’d like to learn more about how to organize your business for success, you can download my “Easiest Business Plan Ever.” It’s a free PDF worksheet that guides you through the process of designing an efficient, effective business plan in less than 30 minutes. You can click here to download the worksheet and get started now!


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Hi, I'm Gillian! I’m a marketing strategist who helps online entrepreneurs 10X their sales with FB ads + sales funnels. I love combining tech, analytics, and psychology to create powerful marketing systems. When I’m not helping my clients scale their businesses, I’m spending time with my husband and two little boys, exploring new places, or cozied up with a book in a local coffee shop. 

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Black Friday Deals For Bloggers 2017

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Black Friday is finally here! This is seriously one of my favorite days of the entire year. I get to stock up on products that I love for a fraction of what I would have paid for it yesterday. Gotta love it! 

I've put together a quick round up of my favorite deals for you, but here are the four that I'm most excited about:

SiteGround: 70% off of webhosting (I use and love SiteGround) !

Teachable: Over $4,000 in bonuses when you sign up for their annual plan!

Moms Make Cents Courses: The lowest prices EVER on my courses!

Elegant Themes: 25% off my all-time favorite WordPress theme!

HOSTING

SiteGround:

70% off all hosting packages starting at $2.95 per month! For a full walkthrough guide of how to get set up check out this post here. I love SiteGround for their amazing customer service, great uptimes and fast site speed!

Click here to purchase hosting with SiteGround. 

Bluehost:

I personally use SiteGround and love them, but if you are dead set on Bluehost they are doing an amazing Black Friday sale too. Their hosting starts at $2.65 a month

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BONUS

Plus if you purchase hosting through either of my affiliate links above you will get access to one hour of video lessons from me with tips and information on how to start your blog! Just forward your receipt to me and I’ll give you access to the mini-course!

MOMS MAKE CENTS BLACK FRIDAY SALE

Pin to Profits Bundle:

The Pin to Profits bundle contains all five of my courses and is regularly priced at $285, but for Black Friday to Cyber Monday, it is $147 ($138 off) when you use the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY.

Individual Courses:

If you want to purchase one of the five courses individually you can purchase any course for 25% off with the coupon code THANKFUL

Pin to Profits: Foundations

(Regular price $47 after discount $35.25) 

Pin to Profits: Automation

(Regular price $27 after discount $20.25) 

Pin to Profits: Affiliate Marketing

(Regular price $47 after discount $35.25) 

Pin to Profits: List Building

(Regular price $67 after discount $50.25)

Pin to Profits: Promoted Pins

(Regular price $97 after discount $72.75 ) 

TOOLS:

ConvertKit:

I personally use and love ConvertKit. My email list grew so much faster once moving over to ConvertKit because I was able to tag and segment my list so I was only sending them the most relevant offers.

ConvertKit hardly ever does free trials, but through Cyber Monday you can get a free month trial to see if it is a good fit for you! Plus you can enter to win a free year from ConvertKit!

Click here to try ConvertKit for free!

Teachable:

Teachable is known for offering HUGE sign up bonuses when you sign up for their annual plans and this year they blew it out of the water. You'll get $4,000 of courses and resources!

If you are planning on creating an online course Teachable is the best and right now you can snag thousands of dollars in bonuses when you upgrade to their annual plan! I grabbed the annual plan last year during their Black Friday sale and it was SO GOOD!

Click here to grab Teachable. 

BONUS

Teachable bonus: If you purchase one of Teachable’s annual plans via my affiliate link get a free one hour strategy session with me! We can frame out your course launch, you can ask questions about marketing your products, funnels or whatever you are struggling with.

APPSUMO

If you haven’t heard of Appsumo before...it is pretty much the coolest! Appsumo secures awesome lifetime deals on products at a fraction of the price. This is a great way to get tools for your business without breaking the budget. Here are four of my favorite deals that they are doing for Black Friday.

Grum:

This is a lifesaver for Instagram users. You can schedule posts right from your desktop computer! And not it isn’t something that will just remind you later to post it will literally post it for you. You can plan out your entire content calendar ahead of time, schedule your posts and you’re done!

It is usually $10 a month for Grum and even at that price it is well worth it, but for Black Friday only it is $25 for a lifetime plan which is totally insane! 

Click here to grab Grum. 

KingSumo:

This is a tool to run viral giveaways. I’ve personally used this tool for over a year and it has brought in thousands of new email subscribers for me. It encourages social sharing for giveaways because participants can earn more points for each person that they refer.

Click here to get KingSumo.

DesignBold:

This similar to Canva for work with a one time fee. You can upload high resolution photos, download png’s with transparent backgrounds, upload 30 of your own fonts, create a custom color palette and use their magic resize tool (aka the coolest thing ever, takes your Pinterest graphic and turns it into the right size for a Facebook graphic, twitter graphic, ebook cover, etc.

Click here to get DesignBold.

Appsumo Briefcase:

TONS of tools for one super low monthly payment get 35 tools for $49 a month + get all future tools. Or get the annual plan and save $100 + get Appsumo & Amazon credits (first 600 only). I personally upgraded to the annual plan since I’ve already been on their monthly plan for a few months now.

The longer you have the “briefcase” the more powerful it is as you get all of the updates they have now plus any they add in the future and lately they’ve been adding 4-6 new tools every month!

Opt-in for the monthly or annual plan here.

THEMES

Elegant Themes (Divi):

25% off. I personally use and LOVE Divi. It is so user-friendly and their visual builder makes creating beautiful blog posts and pages a breeze.

Plus, when you make a purchase during their Black Friday sale you also get six gorgeous layout bonus packs for free! 

Click here to get lifetime or yearly access to Elegant Themes. 

Man, I love Black Friday. So many good deals all at once. I've been saving up for months so I could snatch up my favorite deals. What are you going to grab this year?