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In the Blog to Business Success Stories series, I highlight one blogger that has successfully turned their blog into a profitable business. My hope is that these stories will inspire you and make you think “If they can do it, I can do it too!” I hope you get ideas about how you can turn your blog into a business that serves others, makes money, and lets you live a life of freedom!
In this interview, I am sharing my friend Suzi Whitford’s story. In January of 2016 Suzi founded her blog Start a Mom Blog. By the end of the year she had thousands of followers, an ebook, and a course all of which helped propel her blog to success. Suzi went from making zero dollars to over $9,000 a month by the end of December that same year. Suzi and I “met” online in the spring of 2016 and she is a dear friend. I am excited to bring you her story and share her tips on becoming a successful blog to business owner!
Where you can connect with Suzi:
- 12 Month Blog Plan: https://www.startamomblog.com/start-blog-2017-right-way/
- Blog by Number Course: www.startablogbynumber.com
- Start a Mom Blog: www.startamomblog.com
What is your blog and/or business about?
I aim to help busy moms start successful blogs, build an audience and make an income!
How long have you been in business?
My blog was launched on January 18th 2016, three weeks before the birth of my second daughter.
What was your dream when you started?
My dream was to build my self esteem again. Motherhood was amazing, but I felt I lost myself. So I wanted to start a flexible online business I could do while the babies slept. I wanted to help other moms do the same too!
If you were a blogger first, when did you realize you had more than a blog and had a business?
When my husband suggested we make the blog an LLC. Things became very real then. I’ve always thought of my blog as a business, but it didn’t become real until about 9 months after launching.
If you were a blogger first, what steps did you take to turn your blog into a business?
My husband and I turned the blog into an LLC and used Personal Capital and Quickbooks to manage the finances.
What is your favorite thing about what you do?
I absolutely love having a business that helps other moms. My blog is also extremely flexible. I can work when I want to. And making goals are exciting because I get to determine what is best for my audience. I also love creating printables, connecting with my audience through email and social media, and seeing my students succeed!
What is your least favorite thing about what you do?
Having 400+ unread emails after not sleeping well and having my two girls wake me up at 4:30 am.
What do you do to consistently make money every month from your business?
Email my list. Every time I send out my weekly newsletters new sales come flooding in. So it’s always a continuous focus to keep my list growing and engaged.
What is one tip you would share with bloggers that want to turn their blogs into profitable businesses?
There are a lot of steps involved in this simple advice, but basically it comes down to: Grow your email list and offer them a valuable product. It can either be your own product or one that you’re an affiliate for. There are other methods of monetizing your blog, but the above advice is what has worked very well for me.
Tell us one time you had to overcome a mindset issue like fear, imposter syndrome, etc.?
I frequently feel down and not good enough. It mostly happens when I read about other’s amazing success. Sometimes it inspires me to work harder, sometimes it makes me fall into a pit. What continuously helps me overcome this set back is to talk to my husband about it. He is my constant rock and support. We all need that one positive influence in our lives lifting us up. So make sure to get yours and use it when you feel down.
Final thoughts from Suzi
Starting your blog today is easier than ever, and there are so many strategies you can use to monetize your blog and turn it into a business. Set realistic goals for yourself. Start with writing 2 posts each week. Then growing your email list to 100. Then making your first $100. Stay consistent with small and achievable goals, and just grow from there!
Thank you Suzi for sharing your amazing tips and strategies with us! You are an inspiration to me and I hope for anyone that reads this interview. You really have shown us what is possible when you focus on serving others and growing your blog into a profitable business!
Suzi is a mommy of two little girls and one boy coming in October 2017. She studied Industrial Engineering and became a stay at home mom after a few years in the corporate world. She uses her time management and Lean Six Sigma skills to help other moms start successful blogs while raising beautiful families. Here is her FREE step by step plan to grow your blog from $0 to $9,000 per month: https://www.startamomblog.com/start-blog-2017-right-way
What did you think of Suzi’s story? Where can you relate? What tips did you pick up that will help you grow your own blog into a business? Please share with us in the comments below!
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