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3 More Email Subscribers

3 More Email Subscribers

3 More Email Subscribers

You’ve Got More Subscribers!

This is a personal blog.  It is also a business blog.  I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately.  This blog is going to be taking on new life.

Some of what I’ve discovered is that when you’re selling something (which if your blog is a business you are going to be doing) you’ve got to drop your ego and become centered around what your prospect wants.  What do the people you are selling to want?  This is what I’m thinking of when I write about getting 3 more email subscribers on my list.

This, as I mentioned, is a personal blog.  It is also about business.  So I wanted to share my personal journey about my business with you by letting you in on a little secret.  I got 3 more subscribers.  It was a matter of me putting myself out there with video, and showing it to someone I knew.  A coworker.  She signed up on the spot, and on top of that she also shared my video with her social network and I got 2 more subscribers!  Talk about progress!  When your list is only at 8 people and you get 3 more in a matter of a few days, it feels incredible.  When it took you a year and 9 months to get 8 people, you cheer when you get three in a row.  It may sound like I’m not getting results with the numbers I’m working with but if your thinking that you’re missing the big picture.

I am producing a result with this blog, and if your on my email list, your taking the journey with me.  Just know by me sharing my personal story my goal is to help you blog.  If I can do it, surely you can do it too.  My main message I’m going to be coming across with is that there is no better way to develop personally and professionally than by blogging.   That’s just what I believe when I think over what can be done for personal and professional development.  I’d love to hear what you think about that in the comments of this post.  That is if they are still open when you get here.  Although there are other ways of contacting me if you would like me to hear what you have to say.  I’m open to that.

To be honest I wish I would have asked my coworker that signed up if it would be alright if I used her name in this post (sort of to make her famous) before I started writing it.  I don’t like using people’s names, I’ve never said where I worked other than it was a ham store, and I like protecting people’s identities.  But as I’ve said, I’ve been doing some reading, and what I’ve found is that your readers like it when you make them famous by writing about them on your blog.  It adds to their own personal brand.  It’s valuable to them.  I don’t think I would do it without asking them first though.  Suffice to say, I have another subscriber and she brought 2 more people along with her.  It’s a small victory, but a victory non the less.

I know you’ve got to be thinking to yourself, Jess, if you’ve been blogging for almost 2 years and you’ve only got 11 subscribers then what chance do I have of starting a blogging business and becoming profitable now?

Well, I’m not claiming to know all the answers, but I will tell you that blogging is a long term game.  Most blogs aren’t profitable until they are almost 3 years old (according to Darren Rowse of Problogger).  When blogs do make money though, they can make a million dollars a year like Pat Flynn does at SmartPassiveIncome.com.  It’s all in how well you do it.

You and I may never make a million dollars a year spreading our own unique message to the world.  But we could make something!  I’ve heard on a podcast that you can consider every subscriber you have to be worth one dollar a month.  If you get into that game, every subscriber you get is worth something to you, so each one, even when you only have a few, is awesome to get.   It’s a marvelous game.  This is part of the beauty of blogging.  This is part of my message that blogging is the best way to develop personally and professionally.  It’s fulfilling and it’s all yours.  It’s your very own business.

So even if your a schizophrenic, or you just have challenges with life, you can build a business at your own pace, be it working 4 hours a day, or just 4 hours a week on your blog, spreading your message (of course with copious amounts of love in it) to the entire world and live a fulfilling life.  The best part is it only costs $40 a month to do so.  Get hosting through GoDaddy and get your email list from Convertkit.  That’s all you need maybe other than a bumper sticker and some business cards that have your website on it.  Do the rest for free on social media.  Bada bing bada boom, you’ve got yourself business to work on.

Part of the beauty of blogging being the best way to develop personally and professionally is you can do it everyday in every way.  You can do it while your working your day job by talking to the people you work with about it!  I would advise you not talk about it to the point where you are annoying them, but you can definitely creatively work it into some conversations here and there and get real time feedback on how to make your work better (that is if their feedback is constructive).

If you are finding yourself wanting to blog right now, to blog your message to the world, I can say I’ve done my job.  I’ve got myself 3 more subscribers.  How many subscribers do you think you could get in your first week after just a few blog posts, just telling the people you work with about it?  Maybe it’s a lot more than I can do.

I would love to hear your feedback on how many people you think you could get in your first week.  All you have to do to get in instant contact with me is to subscribe to my email list.  You’ll get a free ebook, and updates to this site.  Be sure you subscribe and if you ever have anything to say just reply to one of the emails I send you.  I’ll be sure to write back.

Yours Truly,

Jesse Creel

Blogging Challenges

Dealing With 6 Trials Of Starting A Blogging Business, So You Can Keep Blogging

Blogging Challenges

How are we going to work this blogging thing out?

Starting a blogging business can be exciting but it can also be challenging.  Here is my best attempt to solve 6 problems you may encounter when blogging for profit.

Trial 1: Feeling like you have nothing valuable to blog about

The answer here is simple.  Read more books, and do more research.  If you don’t know anything about the topic you want to write about then read.  Personally, I find that when I read ideas for blog posts come to me.  The point here is to make it valuable.  The more you know the better you will be able to serve your audience, don’t make it about you, make it about the reader.  You want to provide real value to your readers so if you feel like you’re having a hard time coming up with valuable things to share, then put your nose in a book until inspiration strikes!

Trial 2: The embarrassment of content that needs improvement

The solution here is to keep writing.  You just cannot stop blogging if you want to make an income out of it.  In the initial stages of blogging, especially if you blog takes on a personal note, you may find the content you created 6 months ago to be an embarrassment.  Just know that you had to do what you had to do, and now you’ve grown.  Your content today is better than what you wrote 6 months ago.  You provide more value.  You are of better service to the readers.  If you are a little embarrassed, or at worst, feeling like your upsetting those you care about with your work from home job, then resolve to produce more valuable content that really serves people.  If you work in the vain of service to others you really can’t go wrong, your not hurting anyone, and there is nothing to be embarrassed about with that.

Trial 3: The time it takes to start a successful blog

Darren Rowse of Problogger did a study that indicated the average age of the successful blogs was 33.8 months, according to his book “Problogger”.  That’s just shy of 3 years.  3 years is a long time to pour your blood, sweat, and tears into something that isn’t paying you yet.  The answer?  Patience.  Just think of the personal growth you’re going to experience in those 3 years.  Your going to go from talking about your personal story to adding real value in people’s lives.  The transformation of writing about you, to writing about your readers will serve your own growth, as well as the growth of your readers.  So there is an added benefit to being patient with your blog.  With 3 years (and remember this average doesn’t mean that success won’t take you longer than 3 years, joy…) your going to be able to refine your craft and by the time you’re earning money, I know you’re going to have some really valuable content.

Trial 4: Eliminating bad habits and creating habits that will lead to success

What habits do you need to kick, and what habits do you need to set you up for long term success?  If you want to make it as a blogger you’re going to have to blog regularly, and in the case of a beginner you may want to err on the side of more rather than less.  Here’s an idea: Get up early in the morning, before you have to go to work, and write for an hour on your blog.  If done everyday, this will help you develop the habit of blogging and having the habit of blogging when your trying to earn an income from blogging is a no brainer.  Just think of the sheer growth of the value you bring to the table if you were to blog for an hour every morning.  What would blogging everyday do for your blog?  It’s an obvious habit of success for bloggers.  Blogging first thing in the morning gives you a sense of accomplishment and progress, and even before you earn your first dollar, you’ll feel like you are doing what you are supposed to be doing.  What habits do you need to get rid of?  What habits are going to set you and your blog up for success?

Trial 5:  Not having the right products in place for your would be customers

When your interested in earning a profit from your blog, you may want to consider having products for sale from the start.  That said, you want to choose carefully those things you promote.  Your products should reflect your blogs mission and help your audience to get what they want.  If your blog is about sports, don’t try to sell children’s toys.  What I would recommend you do, is come up with as many products you can that you have personally used and feel good about, and get those affiliate links up on your site.  Chances are they will just sit there on your site and no one will click them for a while, but you’ll be in the process of providing more valuable content that will lead your readers to click the link eventually.  I know from personal experience that it’s exciting, even if you haven’t yet made any sales, to have something up for sale.  It’s exciting to have the possibility of a sale.  It’s exciting to know that at any moment you could earn your first dollar.  That won’t be possible until you have a group of products up for sale on your site.  So select carefully with your audience’s needs in mind, and get the right products up for sale on your blog.

Trial 6: Not getting results

It could be your problem is your not ranked in Google.  It could be that you don’t get any social sharing.  It could be that you have very few email list subscribers.  What this trial boils down to is very little results.  What’s the solution here?  Well, to be perfectly honest, I don’t know.  I can tell you what I plan to do to correct my results myself.  The first step is going to be blogging coaching.  I’m going to find a coach I like and have them review my blog and give me their feedback on how they think I could improve it and start to generate income.  The next step is going to be to buy a little ad and see if I can get some email subscribers and hopefully a sale or two out of it.  Finally, in the effort of producing a better results, I’m also going to get to a blogging conference where I hopefully will meet some connections that will help me breakthrough to the next level in my business.  I don’t have any advice for you on how you can actually get results with your blog because right now my own results are so small they aren’t producing an income yet.  I did however want to share with you my plans to correct this problem so that you can return to this blog and check up in the future to see what worked and what you should avoid.  One thing I can tell you with a clear heart is I can help you blog because I am doing that.  That said, if your not getting any results, it’s not going to hurt to keep writing and improving the value you bring to the table, so that when the time comes to launch your business, your content will be impeccable.

Conclusion

I hope this was of value to you.  I think as bloggers we could all face these trials, it’s just a matter of working through them until we reach the point where we are profitable.  I encourage you to keep blogging, keep passing out your business card with your website on it every chance you get, keep engaging in social media, and keep building your email list.  Just think about the income you’ll be rewarded with for all of your hard work, and the vacation to the beach you’ll be able to take when you’ve finally made it as a blogger.

Thanks for reading.  Please leave a comment about your own blogging trials, and here’s to your blogging success.

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