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How You Can Build A Blog In 5 Days And Learn From The Best

Learn How You Can Build Your Blog In Just 5 Days!

I love blogging, but I’ll be honest —it can be overwhelming! Especially learning how to build a blog from scratch.

Seriously – I knew there were a ton of components that had to come together for a blog to be successful, but I had no idea HOW many!

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I have certainly enjoyed my time blogging so far, but as such a new blogger, I feel like I have to track down another course or how-to post every time I turn around, and I had a pretty slow start in learning how to build a blog before I launched mine.

Do you ever feel the same way?  

I talk to people all the time now who want to start blogging, but never get past the first hurdle: getting it set up!

There’s selecting your domain & hosting provider, finding & installing the perfect theme, & installing your plugins… all before you even get started blogging!

No wonder so many people feel overwhelmed!!!

For many true beginners, these are insurmountable hurdles.

This might even describe you.

If so, you’ve probably wished there was someone out there who could just show you, step-by-step, exactly how to start a blog – from scratch.

The pros at Elite Blog Academy® are offering a FREE 5-day Build Your Blog Bootcamp March 1-5 to help people do just that.

You’ll not only get some great advice about blogging, it’s also the perfect way to get a taste of EBA® and decide if it might be right for you.

I know I have been looking forward to EBA® since I found out about it last fall when I downloaded one of Ruth’s awesome freebies!

The doors for EBA® 3.0 won’t open until March 5th, but this series is designed to help you get your blog up and ready for the next steps that EBA can guide you through.

Even though I have already launched my blog, I am planning to attend the Build Your Blog Bootcamp to make sure I have set up a strong foundation for my blog to grow.

**Build Your Blog Bootcamp comes with free access to an exclusive pop-up Facebook group where VIPs and fellow bloggers will help you meet your Bootcamp challenges and set your blog up for success.**

When you sign up, you’ll get:

  • All Bootcamp videos & daily challenges
  • The technical know-how you need to set up and optimize your blog
  • Inspiring strategies from experienced EBA Alumni (who have been where we are!)
  • Several exclusive Bootcamp FB live sessions moderated by Elite Blogging Academy staff and special guests

Since 2014, Elite Blog Academy® has been field-tested by bloggers just like us. The program is designed to get results, and it does. In fact, it even comes with a 100% money-back guarantee, which means we’ve literally got nothing to lose.

But don’t wait!

Enrollment for Elite Blog Academy® only opens ONCE a year, for five days only. If you want in, you’ll have to act fast!

This year, the doors officially open on March 5th, but EBA® founder Ruth Soukup is offering a free training series the week beforehand called Blogging Made Simple that I highly recommend! I will be tuned in right along with you 🙂

You can get registered for this free training series HERE.

Which of these awesome resources do you plan on signing up for?

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When Working Harder Isn't Working Anymore, You Have to Start Working Smarter

Write. Publish. Promote. Crickets.

Write. Publish. Promote. Crickets.

Wait a minute…

Nothing’s happening?

No traffic?

Must.

Post.

More?

Sound familiar?

You aren’t the only one caught in the cycle of thinking you need to post more and more content at a faster and faster rate in order to drive traffic to your website.

It happens to everyone at some point in their blogging journey.

 

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The problem is, working harder isn’t going to solve this particular problem.

Working smarter, however, just might be the solution you’ve been looking for. And with some traffic tips from the amazing Lena Gott, it’s definitely worth a shot to give it a try!

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You don’t have to wonder how you can implement smarter strategies!

I have learned some amazing ideas from following Lena Gott, blogger at What Mommy Does and author of the go-to resource for better blog traffic – the Traffic Transformation Guide.

 

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But I have a confession…

I purchased her e-book before I started my blog and just knew I would remember to implement her amazing strategies when I officially launched and my traffic would SOAR!

It didn’t.

I wrote, and I published, and I promoted, and I heard crickets.

 

I tore my hair out for over a month trying to figure out what I was missing and trying to come up with a way to write more, to publish more, and to promote more.

And then I remembered a story that sounded awfully similar to my own…

When you sit around stressing and struggling about not getting traffic after you publish your posts – know that you are not alone.

It feels lonely, I know.

But this is a cycle that almost every online publisher finds themselves in at some point, at least once.

 

When I finally realized the cycle that I was stuck in, I decided it was time to go back to basics and revisit Lena’s book, whose story of feeling stuck in her blogging journey really struck a chord with my current situation.

 

I knew that I needed to walk myself and my blog step-by-step through her advice if I was ever going to see the other side of this cricket farm I had built for myself!

 

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The Real Deal- ALL of the steps I am taking based on Lena’s advice!

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Since I am being completely honest…

I will also share that I am an expert at making plans.

I am not an expert at following through with them.

I have plenty of unfinished courses that would likely be super helpful to my blogging journey, but I may not ever get around to finishing them.

  • Maybe the teaching style isn’t what I had hoped for.
  • Maybe the timing isn’t right for where I am at in my blogging journey.
  • Or maybe I just don’t feel a connection to the story behind the material.

 

But I will tell you that I opened up my dogeared printed copy of Traffic Transformations, dug in, and started seeing changes immediately.

 

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The first change was within me:

I went from being completely overwhelmed to feeling like I could turn things around. Sometimes our mindset is the biggest thing that holds us back – whether we realize it or not.

The second change was my to-do list:

I stopped frantically promoting and posting without a clear plan and started working my way through the 21 Traffic Transformation steps one at a time.

 

I’m not even close to done, but I feel better about my blog than I have in weeks!

 

In fact, I was so excited about the progress that I’ve made so far that I reached out to Lena to see if she would share a few insights about traffic for beginning bloggers like me and allow me to share them with others who may not be familiar with her blog and products.

Read on below to see what Lena shared with me!

 


My number one burning question really hits close to home for anyone who has recently started a blog:

If you could go back to the beginning of your blog, what would you do differently?

 

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Lena is a CPA turned SAHM of 3 little ones ages 4, 6, and 9. She’s a mommy by day, blogger by night. Join her as she writes about fun kids activities, family finances, and losing 50 lbs after baby #3 at her blog, What Mommy Does!

“That’s a great question!

If I had to go back, I would start investing in blogging education sooner and come up with a content strategy instead of writing about what I wanted, when I felt like it. I realize now that the thing that propels me forward is investing in blogging education, and there’s no need for me to spend an entire year learning something the hard way through trial & error when somebody has already done it before and I can just pay them $50, $100, $200 to just show me. ”

As a blogger, it is so tempting to try and do everything at once. What strategies do you use to stay focused and keep from being overwhelmed?

” I would say to find a blogger or two that you admire and listen to their advice. Join Facebook groups of like-minded bloggers and get their feedback but only take advice from those you know KNOW their stuff. There’s so much bad information circulating out there. But if you always go back to an expert you trust and take their guidance, you’ll be on a good path.

I am the queen of trying too many things at once. Most often, it’s from starting a project, then putting it down because doubt starts to creep in. Self-doubts like, “Who wants this product anyway? Nobody’s gonna buy it so I’m just gonna work on something else for now.”

Self-doubt is the enemy of success. Just put yourself out there and keep your head up even when things seem tough.

And, going back to point #1, don’t be afraid to pay for the tools you need and advice that can help you. If something is hard for you, it comes easily to someone else. And if you are trying to do everything on the cheap, that can quickly overwhelm you. ”

What are the top things you think every blogger needs to have in place to get better traffic?

“I’m a big fan of keeping track of everything in Excel. At the very least, I recommend having a spreadsheet to keep track of your posts (blog post names, URLs, pin URLs, etc.).
Blog traffic isn’t just about churning out more and more content. You’ll have posts do really well and others that flop. You need a way to keep up with the ones that do well because they can keep doing well if you promote them and they will also give you clues as to what to write next.
After a way to track, I’d say a sharing plugin like SumoMe or Social Warfare is non-negotiable, and if you’re on Pinterest then I love Tailwind for that. There’s no reason to share everything in real time and after a certain point, you can’t keep that up. I have over
800 pins…no way I could do that myself without a tool like Tailwind. “

 

Not only is Lena super down to earth, but she has some great free resources that she happily shares with beginning bloggers as well!

Learn how to boost your blog traffic painlessly with her Blog Traffic Bonus Guide that includes tips to complement the updated version of her Traffic Transformations ebook! Download it for free today —->

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Have you ever tried any of Lena’s tips? What other traffic tips do you have to add?


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Do Your Food Expenses Feel Like A Second Mortgage? (5 Budget Tips You Can Use Now!)

Aside from your house payment, your biggest monthly expense is likely food. But unlike most of the rest of your bills, you actually have some control over how much you spend at the grocery store.

How To Keep Your Food Expenses Under Control

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Discover 5 Tips You Can Use to Cut Your Grocery Bills Now!

 

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1. Make A Grocery Budget

Ok, I know it’s pretty lame to start off by telling you to “make a budget,” but this is seriously a game changer! Just start tracking how much you’re spending on food (groceries, meals out, sodas…) for a few weeks.

Additional Disclaimer: I am not responsible for any injuries that occur from fainting once you see these numbers!

Once you have recovered from the shock, come up with a weekly or monthly budget. It doesn’t have to be perfect, remember – every single penny adds up! In these days with our debit cards, it seems to add up even quicker.  Set an amount to spend on groceries & money for eating out (because you know you will) but whatever you do, don’t go over.

After you are used to staying within a predefined amount, try cutting back your budget by $20 per week or month.

Keep it going & see how low you can go. Try making it into a game with your family.

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2. Keep A Price Book

Who doesn’t love a bargain or a good deal? They are all OVER the store, but do you know if what they advertise as a good deal is actually saving you money?

Keep a little notebook in your purse or keep a text document on your phone with the regular prices of the items you buy most often. Not only can you see if that “deal” really is a deal, you can also determine what kitchen staple is cheapest where & adjust your shopping accordingly. You can just walk right by those deals that aren’t really deals.

Your price book will also come in handy when you browse through weekly grocery flyers. You can decide if a loss leader deal is worth driving to the store long before you ever set a foot out the door.

It also helps if you keep a record of what staples you actually need. If you are already packed to overflowing with noodles, you may not need to purchase more no matter what the price. Where would you even put them?

3. Come Up With A Few Frugal Dishes

You don’t have to make drastic changes & eat nothing but rice and beans all week. Or ramen noodles, anyone? Instead, think of a few inexpensive dishes your family enjoys. They may happen to love rice & beans. Or how about a big pot of soup or chili. Often meatless dishes will be your best frugal bet or you can simply use meat in smaller portions on frugal dish days.

Enjoying frugal meals even just a handful of days during the month combined with using up any and all leftovers will make a big difference in your grocery budget. Try to include these frugal dishes in your meal planning.

You could make “Frugal Friday”  a game – who can create the cheapest recipe? Try it with your kids if they are old enough, or as a contest between your mom friends!

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4. Cut Out The Extras

Make a list before you head to the store and stick to it. All those little extras like the fancy bread from the bakery or the candy you grabbed at checkout start to add up.

Get in the habit of skipping those extras unless there’s a good reason to buy them. If they happen to be marked down for quick sale, then you have permission to stock up. Otherwise, stick to your list & you’ll cut your grocery bill by quite a bit each week.

It’s amazing how all those little extras add up.

5. Plan Ahead to Prevent Last Minute Trips

The biggest grocery bills you will run into are the ones where you run to the store several times in a week to “just grab one thing.” It is never just one thing that makes it home with you!

This can snowball even quicker if you stop by the corner drug store or have to purchase something when it is not on sale because you accidentally run out.

By planning ahead for everything you will need to replace ahead of time, you can avoid paying full price or worse – higher prices due to convenience.

Give these tips a try & see if you don’t start to see big savings on a weekly basis in your food expenses.

What you do with all the extra money each month is up to you!

Save up for a fun summer vacation, pay off those credit cards or start building your financial safety net.

What other tips do you have to quickly reduce your food expenses and make extra room in your budget?

 

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