I know that not everyone who reads this blog is a blogger- in fact, most of you I’m guessing are not. If you are not a blogger, I apologize, because this post is about blogging, and specifically about how I doubled my blog traffic! I just have to share some exciting news and a phenomenal resource with those of you who are bloggers. Even if you do not have your own blog but have thought that one day you might like to start a blog, this post is for you!
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If you are a blogger, you know all too well how overwhelming it can feel to manage the daily demands of running a blog, while trying to keep the big picture in mind at the same time. In other words, you want to write great content and connect with your readers- but you are putting a lot of work into it, and you are thinking that it would be nice if someone could help you figure out how to turn it into a business.
That is EXACTLY what Elite Blog Academy was designed to do.
In the Beginning
I started my blog in October 2013 knowing very little (i.e. nothing) about blogging or website design. I was an avid reader of a few other personal finance blogs, and that gave me the idea that perhaps I could start my own. Then one day I read a post one day by a different blogger who laid out the steps on how to start a blog. I followed her instructions to the letter, and boom! I had my very own blog.
But just because I HAD a blog did not mean that I necessarily had any idea how to drive traffic to it, gain readers, or make any money from it. I still knew practically nothing, and found myself constantly googling every little website-related thing.
In other words, things were pretty slow going in my early blogging days. It took months for me to start seeing more than a couple hundred page views per day.
Things gradually improved over time. I continued to read about blogging, followed other successful bloggers, and began doing useful things like building an email list and focusing on using Pinterest to drive traffic. I attended the blogging conference FinCon in the fall of 2014, and that helped give me a lot of new ideas as well.
The Big Push
And then in the summer of 2015 I began reading a lot about Elite Blog Academy. By then I had been around the blogging world long enough to have heard about it quite a bit. I had even heard Ruth Soukup (EBA founder) speak at FinCon in the fall of 2014. I had been super impressed by her then, as she had been the one who initially put it in my mind that I needed to be focusing on Pinterest in order to gain traffic with my blog. I had implemented the things I had learned from her at that conference, and I had already seen a traffic increase to my site from that.
In the summer of 2015, I put my name on the waiting list to get into Elite Blog Academy (EBA). I finally was able to enroll in EBA that September and started the course. I had been blogging for almost two years by then, so I wasn’t sure I would learn anything new, but I was willing to take the chance.
I am so glad I did! Within two months of starting Elite Blog Academy, my blog traffic more than doubled. Here are my page views from the last few months, by the numbers:
November 2015: 14,636 page views
December 2015: 31,327 page views
January 2016: 37,912 page views
I credit this traffic increase entirely to EBA. Not only has my traffic increased since I took the EBA course, but my blog income has increased as well. I am actually spending a lot LESS time on Pinterest now than I was previously (and getting more traffic and income from it!) EBA has had a huge impact on my life as a blogger.
How Elite Blog Academy Works
Through a combination of effective videos, insightful handouts, useful assignments, and interactive live webinars, Elite Blog Academy seeks to empower and inspire bloggers to take the necessary steps to build an awesome blog. It does this through the four core sections, which are: 1) Refine Your Message, 2) Grow Your Audience, 3) Monetize Your Platform, and 4) Transform Your Blog into a Profitable and Successful Business.
What Elite Blog Academy Did For Me
What EBA really did for me was a LOT. Not only did the course help me with things like better organizing the framework for my blog, but it also helped me refine my content, become better at Pinterest, increase my site’s passive income by learning new/better monetization strategies, and MUCH more.
Here is What the Course Includes:
- 12 Comprehensive Unit Videos
- 12 Detailed Unit Workbooks and Video Outlines
- 16 Powerful Handouts
- 30 Purposeful Assignments
- Additional Training Webinars
- Accountability & Community Within a Private Forum
- An EBA Mobile app to access the forum on the go
- A weekly newsletter for added encouragement & motivation
EBA is a 12 week course, but I personally took longer than 12 weeks to go through all the material- there is just so much there. I was committed to actually doing every single assignment and getting maximum impact for my blog, and I wanted to take as much time as needed to do it right. The course truly does require a willingness to buckle down and do the work. For those who are willing to do the work, the course comes with a 100% money-back guarantee.
Also, if you think you might be interested in Elite Blog Academy maybe not right now but at some point in the future, you may want to click this link and just put your name on the waiting list. The course only runs one or two times a year, and enrollment is limited. I had put my name on the enrollment waiting list a few months before I was finally able to enroll.
As I mentioned, EBA has made a world of difference in my blogging life. I learned SO MUCH and I cannot say enough wonderful things about the course. Please let me know if you have any questions about EBA and I will answer as best I can! Good luck on your blogging journey!
Have you ever taken a blogging course or participated in Elite Blog Academy? What was your experience?
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