Fri, 28 November 2014
As I sat at home, my little boy playing on the floor close by, preparing to record this podcast episode, so many reasons came to mind for why small businesses matter. There are a million reasons - like the little girl who gets to take music lessons or the parents who are able to put food on the table. There's the teenager who goes to college because his parents took a risk. They got out of their dead-end jobs, worked their buns off, and created something from scratch. There's the mom who teaches her kids every single day that you can create the world you want to live in. There are a million personal stories for why small business matters. Then, there's the bigger picture that shows what all of these small businesses mean as a whole.
Tune into the podcast to hear my take on why small business matters, plus a special announcement!
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Tue, 25 November 2014
Have you ever watched in amazement as a Facebook post, Tweet, or Pin goes viral? If you’re anything like me, you immediately think about the factors that led to its virality. Was the content incredibly moving? Did it solve a huge problem? What made this post stand out among all others? How can you harness some of that virality for your own business?
Melissa Will of EmpressofDirt.net is one of those lucky (and skilled!) creators of a viral post. She was literally telling her blog readers goodbye with a round-up of her best content, when to her amazement, her post went viral on Pinterest. As Melissa shares, “I thought my website was under a robot attack!” Since that time, Melissa has learned all she can about harnessing the power of Pinterest to grow her blog.
Hold on to your seat, because this episode has enough tips on Pinterest to make you dizzy! Don’t let that overwhelm you, though. Take things one step at a time, and maybe you’ll have a story to share just like Melissa’s a year from now!
On the Podcast
01:54 – From Online Business to Blogger
From Online Business to Blogger
No, that title isn’t a typo. Melissa actually started an online shop in the year 2000 – when online shops were few and far between. It was only after many years with a shop that she decided to grow her blog into a full-time profession.
Melissa’s entrepreneurial journey began when she was pregnant with her youngest daughter. She was very ill during the pregnancy and had serious complications during childbirth. She hadn’t recovered enough during maternity leave to return to work, so Melissa resigned from her job.
Melissa took up quilt-making and start hand-dying her own fabrics for her quilts. She loved fabric-dyeing so much that she needed a reason to justify all the fabric she was creating.
Her husband showed her how to use html, and they set up an online fabric shop for her. Social media didn’t exist at the time, but people found her via search engines.
Melissa received her first order just a few days after opening her online shop.
She received letters from potential customers saying that they wanted to purchase from her, but they didn’t quite trust the whole process of ordering items online. Melissa solved this problem by creating a front page for her shop that featured a journal of her life as a stay-at-home mom running an online business. Essentially, Melissa created a blog before anyone had even given the thing a name!
Melissa’s business quickly grew into wholesale orders, craft shows, and teaching fabric-dying. She was a mom by day, and a fabric-dyer and entrepreneur by night.
Melissa offers this insight:
Melissa eventually became burned out from all the demands of her fabric business, and eventually she put her shop on hiatus. She continued as a hobby blogger and would read success stories about people earning their living through blogging, but she couldn’t figure out how to make it happen for herself.
Taking Advice from Others
After years of blogging with very little results, Melissa knew she had to stop doing the same old thing and let other people advise her.
She took a blogging course from Corbett Barr. (He’s one of our favorite guys over at Fizzle!) Then she got her own domain, hosting, and found an email service provider. (Our pointers on where to grab these)
The Turning Point
In July of 2012, after taking Corbett’s course, things did pick up for Melissa’s blog. She had several hundred visitors per day, but that wasn’t enough to earn an income.
At Christmas-time in 2012, Melissa decided to say goodbye to her blog and move on to something that would provide a steady income.
She bid farewell to her readers with a summary of her best projects from the year. Melissa made her very first collage pin showing each project and put it on Pinterest. (At this point, Melissa hardly ever used the platform!) She emailed all of her subscribers and linked to her Farewell post.
Within 12 hours Melissa says she was getting message in her inbox from people she didn’t know, along with new subscriptions to her newsletter.
When she looked at her site stats, she thought that it might be under a robot attack because of the drastic increase in visitors!
Melissa said it was like her site suddenly came to life!
They’re Coming…..Now What?
Instead of saying goodbye, Melissa spent 2013 trying to make the best use of her new-found traffic. In addition to focusing on Pinterest (which we’ll cover in great detail next!) there are five other things Melissa did to grow her blog.
Pinterest Tips and Best Practices
There are 3 Basic Goals for Pinterest
Once someone clicks through to your site, you’d like them to take off their coats and stay a while. Again, this relates back to great content and an easy-to-navigate site.
Melissa tells us that keeping up with the changes on Pinterest is a must, because their algorithm will always favor those pins and Pinners that follow the current best practices.
Current Best Practices for Pinterest
How to Show Up in the Smart Feed
There are 3 places where your keywords for each pin should be found.
All 3 of these places to include the correct keywords will stack up together to make your pin more visible.
Another huge factor for relevancy?
Higher engagement via more re-pins, hearts, and comments make your pin more visible in Pinterest’s new SmartFeed
How to Ensure Excellent Pins Every Time
So, you’ve figured out how to craft excellent pins, but what happens when others pin content directly from your site? I mean, it’s great, right?! But how can you take full advantage of this opportunity?
Hashtags are Over
The Best Sources for Pinterest Advice
How to Craft Your Pinterest Routine
Melissa admits to spending only 10 minutes per day on Pinterest despite benefiting from hundreds of thousands of visitors via the site each month.
How is this possible? Melissa crafts each blog post with Pinterest in mind, and by optimizing the post and images, Pinterest does the rest of the work for her, in a way.
When she develops a new blog post idea, she creates it with sharing in mind. She writes out a storyboard of all the images she’d like to have in the post – including ones that would do well on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+ and Twitter
Melissa has worked to build up her image library. She always has a camera with her. Whenever she finds something beautiful, that tells a story, would make a great background, she just snaps a picture.
She snaps a close-up, far-away, and small video clips. Over time, Melissa has a huge library to pull from and can blog about any topic at any time with all of her original images.
As Melissa says, “At some point if you get a book offer or want to write an e-book, you’ve got a huge amount of new content that you can share.”
The Power of a Round-Up Post
Melissa tells us that every single one of her most popular pins has been a collage.
Over the course of a year, Melissa will write many posts that each have a uniting theme to them. Then she takes the individual posts and writes a round-up post with a collage. “They always do well,” Melissa admits.
In addition to using collages on her round-up posts, Melissa makes a collage for various menu pages on her site. For example, if you check out her Garden Ideas Section, there’s not just a list of all her posts on the topic, but a Pinnable collage with images from some of the posts. These Menu Page Collages bring lots of traffic to her site, and from those menu pages, her new visitors explore lots of content.
Melissa shares this valuable stat: Visitors stay 4-5 minutes when they arrive at her site via a menu page versus just 1-2 minutes when arriving from a typical blog post pin. (Wow! Clearly Menu Page Collages are powerful stuff!)
Income Breakdown Plus Adsense Advice
Adsense – this is Melissa’s largest source of income
Have you heard that Adsense is only for Amateurs? Melissa is living proof that Adsense can pay off for experienced bloggers in a big way.
Melissa’s Hilarious Mom Moment
This one had Sarah and I both cracking up! It reminded us so much of the harried, distracted mompreneur stage that we’re in at the moment. Can you relate?
Stay in Touch with Melissa!
Tue, 18 November 2014
Have you ever looked at someone else's success and wondered, "How did they do that? What's their secret?" On this episode, Laura shares some of the best advice I've heard on how to be successful.
It's both much easier and much more difficult than you'd think.
Success involves clear goals, planning, and unshakeable focus.
Tackle those 3 things, and you're well on your way. Listen to Laura's best advice. Seriously, it could be a game-changer for you.
P.S. Learn how to get great product photos too! Seriously, Laura spills some secrets we've never heard before!
P.S.S. Did we mention that Laura is a fellow Pittsburgher? That alone, is reason enough to tune in :)
On the Podcast
01:17 - From Electrical Engineer to Entrepreneur
From Electrical Engineer to Entrepreneur
Laura has a degree in electrical engineering and worked as an engineer for six years. What made her quit such a stable job to start life as an entrepreneur?
For years she read blogs on how to start a business online. She didn’t have the confidence or courage to try it, but she enjoyed learning all she could about the process. In 2012, she decided it was time to stop letting “fear for no reason” hold her back.
One year later, she quit her engineering job to grow her business full-time.
Thankfully, with her husband’s income, Laura was able to quit her job before her business was earning its own full-time salary. She was blessed to be able to focus on growing the business before they had children.
The Importance of Being Focused
Laura has always loved planners, but she didn’t have the confidence early on to recognize that she could build a business around them.
A few months into blogging, Laura realized that her passion was organizing, and people were relating to those posts on her site. She re-branded her site from SuperSweetLife to IHeartPlanners and has narrowed her business focus around this one topic.
“If you try to pursue too many things, it’s just really hard to become very good at any of them and really turn it into something profitable.”
Great Product Photos (4 Tips)
As Laura says, “Photos are absolutely key and very difficult!”
Laura found a product photographer in a Facebook group, and she ships her Sweet Life Planner to the photographer internationally each year. The photographer then creates the perfect set-up and takes far better photos than Laura could do on her own.
This plan wouldn’t work if Laura hired a photographer for all of her product photos, but since she does this just once a year, the time delay and expense is worth the end result.
How to Use Stock Photos
Laura employs another unique product photo strategy: She uses stock photos!
Here’s how it works:
3 Ways to Get More Done
2 Ways to Grow
Laura feels for those of you who are still in the early stages of growing a business! She remembers when her site had only 5 pageviews a day. (1 from her husband, 1 from her mom, 1 from her best friend, and only 2 new visitors!)
The momentum is really slow in the beginning, but be persistent and eventually you’ll see positive results from your effort.
Laura focuses on 2 Key Strategies for Growth
Using an E-Course to Add Subscribers
Laura has a killer email opt-in for her subscribers: Get Organized Once and for All E-Course.
Here’s how it works:
Email Newsletters – What to Include
“Focus on connecting with people and helping them and the rest really does come naturally if that’s the focus of your newsletter.”
Surprisingly enough, Laura’s smallest revenue stream in terms of true profit comes from her Etsy shop. Once she adds in the cost of materials and shipping, the Etsy shop brings in much less revenue than the digital product she sells on her own site: The Sweet Life Planner.
Laura earns some income from ads on her blog or affiliate sales.
Physical products, like those in her Etsy shop are more time-consuming and difficult to keep in stock or handle logistics. However, Laura enjoys the creative process of making a physical process.
The blog, digital sales on the blog, and her Etsy shop all complement each other well, and Laura likes having her eggs in a couple of different baskets.
Business + Baby: How Life Looks Different
Many things have changed since Laura’s sweet baby girl Savannah has arrived. Here’s how Laura has adapted to life as a mom entrepreneur:
The Key to Getting Things Done as a New Mom
Prioritize like CRAZY!
There are things that absolutely have to get done, Laura says, and that’s what she focuses on each day.
“The worst thing to do is to work on something that’s less important just because it’s there and seems fun rather than work on the things that really need to get done.”
(We couldn’t agree more. First things need to come first.)
3 Tools that Keep Laura Organized
One Simple Step You can Take Today to Get More Done
Go on a Media Fast so you can really FOCUS.
Laura took the Life is Messy BootCamp by Mayi Carles, and realized how much time she spent reading blogs and consuming new information. Although learning new things can be good, it can also paralyze you from making any progress on your own.
Take a break from learning new things until you’ve implemented some of what you’ve learned. We often use learning as a tool for procrastination. It’s easier to read about a strategy versus doing the hard work to put something into place for yourself.
Focus on taking action for a while.
(We couldn’t agree more! Learning is great, but it’s more important to set goals, make a plan, and stick to the plan. The content will still be there waiting for you when you’re ready for the next step.)
Stay in Touch with Laura!
What did you take away from Laura's episode? Will you try a new method to get great product photos? Will you focus on the important tasks first and eliminate distractions?
Let's chat in the comments :)
~ Beth Anne
Thu, 13 November 2014
In Episode 49 we talked about defining your target market. Today we are taking the next step and determining where your target market hangs out. Where are your people? It's great if you know who your target market is, but it doesn't do you any good if you can't find each other. You need to know where your people are, so that you can be there and get found.
By being where your people are, you are able to get to know them. The more you know about your people, the more you can deliver what they want, and meet their needs. In Episode 54 Caroline Starr Rose talked about how she reads many current books to get a feel for her target market, and to help her discover what they wanted.
When you hang out where your people hang out you will find opportunities to talk about your "thing", to trade advice, and be helpful. Maybe you could guest post where your people hang out or comment on articles. The point is, unless you go to your people, they will never get to know you or find you.
So how can you discover where your people are?
John Lee Dumas of Entrepreneur on Fire sends out an email to everyone who signs up for his email list. In the email he asks, "How did you find me?". Chances are more of your people are hanging out in the same place where this person found you. This gives you an opportunity to be more active and present in that place.
What about trade magazines and journals? Does every knitter read a certain magazine? You need to immerse yourself in those publications.
What about conferences? Are your people more the Influence Conference type or the Comic Con type? Go to those conferences. Be where they are.
Don't neglect in person opportunities to get to know your target market in real life. Does your target market hang out at the gym? Maybe you need a gym membership. Do your people go to MOPS? Don't miss a meeting.
Which social networks do your people use the most? If your target market is made up of photographers, chances are they are on Instagram more than Twitter. Does your target market love to cook? Chances are they are constantly on Pinterest searching for recipes. Determine which social media platform your target market most often turns to, and then focus the majority of your social marketing efforts in that direction.
A fabulous tool for learning where your people hang out is through a specific Facebook search. On BrittanysBest.com she has a great article, "The Foolproof Formula of Successful Sellers", that walks you through a Facebook Graph search to learn more about your people.
Here's how it works. In the Facebook search bar type in "Pages liked by people who like YOUR BUSINESS". The results that come up represent the overlap -- the pages liked by people who also like your page. These pages are the other pages where your people are hanging out. The search results seem to list them in order of the most overlapping fans.
Our top result was Amy Porterfield, so many of people who like us on Facebook also like Amy Porterfield. That tells me that I need to get involved on Amy's site a bit more. If my people are also hanging out with Amy, then chances are good that more of my people (the people who haven't found me yet) are also hanging out there. I need to be reading Amy's articles and making great comments. I need to interact with her and her fans on social media. I need to be familiar with Amy and her work. Maybe she accepts guest posts, I need to find out.
Now, when you find out where your people are hanging out, don't hang out there in an annoying way. Don't just leave your links everywhere without adding something of value. Don't comment without reading the article first. (This should be a given, right?) Get involved in the community and be helpful.
So go out there and find out where your people are. Let us know how it goes!
Tue, 11 November 2014
What if you had a great big dream?
What if you pursued that dream -- working faithfully to hone your craft for years? What if during those years, you faced hundreds of rejections?
Would you continue?
Caroline Starr Rose answers that question with a resounding yes. Even as those around her wondered how she could keep going, she pressed forward. She refused to give up. Most importantly, she accomplished her dream.
Caroline can now add published author to her list of accomplishments, and today on the podcast, she'll share her beautiful story, along with excellent advice and resource for aspiring authors who are in the trenches.
We hope you'll decide to continue on too. As Caroline says, "you only need one yes." Press forward towards that yes!
On the Podcast
01:15 - Roald Dahl, the Oregon Trail, and Caroline's Journey
Roald Dahl, the Oregon Trail, and Caroline’s Journey
Although she has wanted to write for as long as she can remember, Caroline’s journey began in earnest as she was teaching the 6th grade. A few weeks before the end of the school year, her class watched a video about Roald Dahl, and he shared his daily writing tips
So in the summer of 1998, Caroline spent two weeks researching the Oregon Trail, earned her Ph.D. in Oregon Trailology (totally kidding!) and set out to write historical fiction.
Caroline confesses that her first novel was awful. It was a really hard process, but a great learning experience.
After that point, every summer Caroline would write, and during the school year she’d revise her work and send it off to publishers.
The Most Honest Thing
After sending off 10 manuscripts to hundreds of publishers, and 12 years of working, Caroline was finally offered a book deal for her novel, May B.
Caroline was frustrated with the distance she felt between the ideas in her head and what she was putting on the page.
She read a book called, Read this Only to Yourself: The Private Writings of Midwestern Women, 1880-1910
She was struck by the patterns that frontier women used to communicate with each other. Their language was spare and careful. Whether they were talking about something awful, mundane, or celebratory, the language was all very controlled and contained.
Lightening struck: “If I could capture this aspect of communication...if I could really mirror the voices of these women, I could tell the story most truthfully. I could access May Betterley’s life really directly, and this would be the best way to tell the story.”
For this reason, May B. is a novel written in verse. As Caroline spoke with her mother about the project early on, she shared, “I don’t really know what to call it, but it feels like the most honest thing I’ve ever written.”
What About Mr. Chapman?
You’ll have to listen to hear Caroline’s interpretation of this new character, along with her take on May B’s coming to terms with who she is and how she sees herself.
The Apprentice Stage
Caroline wishes she had this understanding of her process 10-15 years ago, but she now realizes that for many years, she was in the apprentice stage of becoming a writer. She was still finding her way.
For many jobs, there’s a clear timeline for obtaining education, training, and finally getting hired for your first position. As an author, this just isn’t so. Many are self-taught. Who is to say how long the apprentice stage should last before a professional career results?
As Caroline worked through the apprentice stage with 2 young boys at home, she read books on the craft of writing, read writing magazines, spent time reading re-reading her childhood favorites, and time getting to know the new titles on the shelves.
As Caroline wrote picture books as well, she would lug home the 50-book library limit. After she read the stories with her boys, she would write notes in her notebook. The book had different pages for different publishers and imprints. (Imprints are little individual publishers within the larger publishing house. They each have their own style, flavor, and flair.) She became familiar with which imprints published which kinds of books.
When asked how she kept going through years of rejection, Caroline points to her maniacal optimism.
She confessed that you don’t quite know if you’re pursuing something that’s a dead end, or if in the pursuit of this dream, you’re feeling so strongly that it’s something you want, and your work will only get better as you continue to try.
The years of rejection were not quite as easy for her husband to handle. She would run to the mail truck like a little girl on her birthday…every day for 12 years. He often wondered how she kept going, pressing to make sure this was what she really wanted to do.
Caroline’s attitude: “If the worse you can tell me is no? My gosh, I’ve found that “no” is not that bad.”
(We are so glad Caroline did not give up! Let’s all muster up some maniacal optimism to keep going!)
Why a Traditional Publisher?
We were curious to hear why Caroline continued to pursue traditional publishing through years of rejection versus self-publishing her books.
She confessed that she hopes this doesn’t sound snobby, but she always hung her hat on a traditionally published book. That was her goal.
Caroline points to the benefits of a traditionally-published book, such as the team of talented individuals who surround you to ensure that the project is a success.
Editors serve as professors, she said. They see your weaknesses – the pattern of things that you don’t do well. They find ways to work on those. They point out the things you do, in fact, do well and figure out how to develop those strengths more fully.
If it was up to Caroline to create a beautiful, cohesive novel all on her own, she doesn’t believe she could produce anything that was worth a reader’s time.
How to Get Published
Finding an Agent
“You only need one yes. The no’s aren’t fun, but you really only do need one yes.”
Advice for Apprentice Authors
What About a Web Presence?
When you’re ready to submit work, Caroline attests that it is important to have a web presence. Editors and agents will look you up.
From her experience, her own blog hasn’t helped her to get published, but it can in some cases for non-fiction writers who have a large following online.
Another reason to blog? The immediate feedback on your work that comes from blogging is wonderful, particularly after years of waiting to hear from editors and publishers!
A Day in the Life
There are no typical days for Caroline, but she shares some of the the ways she might spend her time as an author.
How Much Does an Author Make?
Despite one boy asking Caroline if she was “as famous as Justin Bieber”, Caroline confesses that most authors are not making a killing.
For comparison purposes, she let us know that her first book sold for less than her teaching salary in New Mexico in the mid-90’s! (New Mexico is one of the poorest states in the country.)
For Caroline, she considers herself successful if she can keep her boys in glasses and braces, and re-cover the couch. She’s done all of that plus paid for a back yard and a new bathroom.
Thankfully Caroline doesn’t have to put food on the table, and that’s hugely liberating for her. She can pursue the ideas that speak to her heart.
Resources for Aspiring Authors
Funny Mom Moment
Caroline’s two boys have plenty to say about her writing and what they think of having an author for a Mom. Tune in to hear her son’s criticism of her latest book!
Stay in Touch with Caroline!
I know Sarah and I learned a ton from Caroline. I've never seen myself as an aspiring author, but Caroline sure provides enough resources and wisdom to make me believe it's possible.
The maniacal optimism? That's something I'm resolving to pack with me along every journey towards an impossible dream.
~ Beth Anne
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Tue, 4 November 2014
Does Twitter strike you as a place for business men and celebrities with no room for the average mom? Do you feel like the geeky girl standing in the corner while everyone else enjoys the party around you?
We’d be lying if we said we didn’t have those feelings about Twitter sometimes!
Today on the podcast, Kelli Miller gives us a Twitter Makeover so we’re ready to sparkle and work the room. She shares her best tools for using the platform and inspires us to use this powerful social network to connect with others and grow our audience.
Kelli has been blogging since 2006. With years of experience under her belt, last year she and a blogging partner, Crystal, started the #LearntoBlog weekly Google Hangouts.
They discuss anything and everything related to growing your blog such as getting more click-throughs on Pinterest, how to read Google Analytics, among many other topics. They’ve done over 70 Hangouts to date, and you can find them all at LearntoBlogHangouts.com
In addition to sharing her extensive blogging knowledge, Kelli write about products she loves, kid-friendly recipes, and all things related to life as a stay-at-home mom at 3BoysAndaDog.com
Kelli lives on the Gulf Coast with her 3 boys, her husband, and now, 3 dogs!
On the Podcast:
02:24 – Kelli’s Big Secret
Kelli’s Big Secret
With 3 kids, two blogs, and turning out tons of new content every week, we asked Kelli how she gets it all done.
Her answer: “I don’t get it all done! Shhh! Don’t tell anybody!”
(We were cracking up because we completely agree. Sometimes on a busy week, something just has to go. You do the best you can with each day you have.)
Kelli also has two assistants and several regular writers for her blog.
A Big Change for the Millers
Kelli admits to putting much of her income back into her business with blog re-designs and items for her home office.
She does do well with income from affiliate networks, ad networks, sponsored posts, and Twitter parties.
Related to her blog work, the Millers recently bought a new house, and they’re showing all of their remodeling projects on the blog. You can check out Miller Manor here.
Asking for Help
Kelli put out a post on her site saying that she was looking for writers. At this point, her writers are not paid, but benefit from the added exposure of being on Kelli’s blog, along with free products as they often write product reviews.
(What a great way to find guest contributors since they already read your blog and understand your style and focus!)
Kelli also uses a Facebook group called VA’s for Hire. If she has extra projects that are outside of the scope of her current assistants, this group is full of individuals with a wide range of skill sets.
Finally, in the newly launched, #LearntoBlog Forums, there’s an area for bloggers to post that they’re looking for help or to post that they’re looking to get hired.
29,000 Followers? Kelly Explains How
With more followers than Kmart or Dairy Queen, Kelli has certainly learned how to use Twitter to its full potential.
Here’s her advice:
Kelli’s Twitter Routine
Kelli says that Twitter parties are the easiest way to get people talking about your business.
Here’s how they work:
(One year, Kelli and Crystal scheduled a Twitter party for a baby food right in the middle of a presidential debate. They STILL had over 3.5 million impressions on their party, and their topic was trending higher than the debate was!)
How to Get Started with Twitter Parties
Kelli’s Favorite Hashtag Tool
Every Tuesday at 10AM Central, Kelli and Crystal Host #LearntoBlog Google Hangouts. They chat for an hour and cover a topic on blogging. Often, the topics are related to what’s in the news at the time or what their followers are asking for.
If you leave Kelli a message on Google+ and let her know you want to be notified of their #LearntoBlog Hangouts, she’ll add you to her circle and you’ll be the first to know!
They’ve recently launched a paid VIP forum where they go into more depth with what they teach along with challenges to help you grow.
Kelli’s Unconventional Tip for Taking your Blog to the Next Level
At one point, Kelli’s blog required help and expertise that she didn’t have, but it wasn’t making enough money to support hiring extra staff.
Kelli came up with an unconventional solution: She went to work.
Kelli worked 4 hours per week as a VA for someone else making about $15/hour. She then hired somebody to work on her blog for 5 hours per week at $10/hour.
Kelli used this system for 6 months, and the VA she hired was able to increase her presence on other social media platforms. Her blog grew from 5,000 pageviews/month to 30,000/month. (This was several years ago, and Kelli’s numbers have grown tremendously since.)
Kelli believes this worked for a couple of reasons.
Kelli’s Favorite Book on Blogging
Kelli calls Darren Rowse “the man” (we agree!) and says that whenever she feels stuck, she opens up this book, reads a few chapters, and it gets her going again.
Thousands of Emails a Day?!
5 Tips on Cutting through the Noise
(As mentioned on the podcast, I found a really detailed blog post on filtering your Gmail through Outlook. Full disclosure: I don't feel ready to tackle this task at the moment, but if you're up for the challenge, knock yourself out!)
Funny Mom Moment
Kelli’s youngest had a hilarious mix-up moment. He thought his class was going to visit the Crematorium instead of the Exploreum (Science Center). (I’m glad for his sake that he was wrong!)
Where to Find Kelli