If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know it’s filled with tips on how to make money from your blog, grow your traffic, and create a blueprint for blogging success.
What I don’t usually share is how much this blog has made an impact on my life.
So If You’ve Ever Wanted To Know More About What Successful Blogging Means To Me, You’re In For A Treat.
Having a profitable blog has changed my life in so many ways.
In 2004, I was working as a Regional Sales Manager for a Fortune 500 company when I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia.
My health disorder causes pain, fatigue, and other fun symptoms. The bottom line is that I ended up retiring early because of it - WAY too early!
But what I didn’t know is that it was a blessing in disguise. I ended up writing a book (Stress Management Decoded) that is still on Amazon and started a stress management blog. In my fifth month of blogging, I made $5,400 and I have never looked back! 22 months ago, I bought Successful Blogging from another blogger, Annabel Candy, and turned it into my 2nd profitable business.
And I have earned a consistent, sustainable income ever since.
Making money from my blog has allowed me to work from the comfort of my home, and when I do have my “fibro days” I can take it easy, knowing that I have passive income coming in.
I don’t need to travel. In my corporate job, I traveled every week from Monday to Thursday. Not as much fun after 4 years of it.
I was also able to get a dog because I don’t have to travel anymore. So I can be home to take care of my pooch, Winnie.
And...I can wear comfy yoga pants while I work. Much more comfortable than the power suits and high heels I lived in when I was working for someone else.
When you make money from your blog, you can shape your work to fit your life.
If you want to stay home with your kids, you can do it. If you want to travel the world while making money, a profitable blog will provide that opportunity for you.
My blog has allowed me to live a lifestyle that I love, and your blog can do the same for you.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret. When I decided to go into business for myself, I had a choice. I could either get an MBA, or I could spend my money getting an education from the people I admired the most. It won’t surprise you that I chose the latter.
I’ve spent over $50,000 dollars on training (which is still less than the cost of an MBA). That may shock you, but it’s given me access to some amazing mentors with whom I never would have connected otherwise.
These well-known business owners and bloggers aren’t just my mentors from afar. I have relationships with each and every one of them.
When you have a profitable blog, you can invest in relationships with people who inspire you. And then (as I’ll show you in a second), you can pass it on and mentor others, as well.
I’ve worked with many fantastic bloggers, both one on one, and in my courses, “Profitable Blogging. Simplified” and “Website In A Week”.
One of my one on one clients, Beth Nydick, taped an episode with Dr. Oz this month. She said she never could have gotten there without our work together.
I literally jumped up and down for joy when she told me.
I’ve also seen many of my clients’ traffic grow from almost nothing to thousands of page views a month.
Gareth of Lift Like a Rock Star was barely getting any traffic, but after working with me, his blog traffic soared.
Before I did my roundup post my site was getting between 5 and 10 visitors per day which was rubbish! In the 7 days after I published my roundup post I had just under 5,000 visitors!
I also get a big thrill whenever when my clients have their first roundup post and get a famous blogger they have read for years to answer their email and give them an answer.
Or when a client can start working part-time (like Nora) because of her success with her blog. WoooHooo!
Seeing my clients get these kinds of results is tremendously gratifying and I’ve been able to help them get great results because I have a profitable blog myself.
I’m not going to lie I do love making money for myself. But when I can help a client make money, it drives home that I’m doing what I’m best at every day. That feeling is irreplaceable.
This blog is called Successful Blogging because I help beginner bloggers build a profitable blog without the guesswork.
My definition of success is working in my yoga pants with my dog by my side, connecting with mentors that I respect and look up to, and seeing my clients succeed with their blogs, as well. (Did I mention one of them was on Dr. Oz?)
How do you define success? Share in the comments below.