3 Ways My Profitable Blog Has Improved My Life

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.

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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.

  1. It’s allowed me to work from home,which is so great since I have a chronic pain disorder.
  2. It’s connected me with so many bloggers and friends I trust and admire.
  3. And it’s allowed me to have the financial freedom to do what I love, and to say no to things that aren’t right for me.

1. Having a profitable blog allows me to work when and how I want to.

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.

Other things I love about working for myself from home

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.

The bottom line?

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.

2. On the way to growing a profitable blog, I’ve connected with mentors who have taught and inspired me

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.

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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.

My mentors, Tara Gentile, Kim Roach, Beth A. Grant, Jon Morrow, and Yaro Starak, have taught me so much about how to run a successful blogging business.

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.

3. I love my clients and seeing their growth really excites me.

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.

He said,

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.

54 thoughts on “3 Ways My Profitable Blog Has Improved My Life”

  1. Hi, I do believe this is an excellent blog. I stumbled upon it. I am going to revisit yet again since I have saved as a favorite it. Money and freedom are the best way to change, may you be rich and continue to guide others.

  2. Great post as always 🙂

    I have question for you ?

    How do you change your headings font & what font you are using, i really liked this design.



  3. Hey, Sue, it was really great to read about all the good things running successful blog did to improve your life, I mean I know you could make money but that was the extent of my scope, I never realised there's so many other benefits to blogging. Thanks for this post.

    • You are so welcome, Moses! Thanks so much for your comment today.

      Blogging has changed my life 🙂

  4. Hey sue, wow I love your site and design!

    This is my first visit here and to say I am impressed is an understatement! Your write excellent posts!

    I love how genuine and knowledgeable you seem so thanks for that 🙂

    Have a great day!


  5. There are so many ways to make money online when it comes to blogging. The best is always that which become more fruitful for you. For me the best ways to monetize my blogs are Ad-sense, Affiliate networks, Sponsored reviews, Blog Consultancy Service etc.

    It is good to know your ways to make money blogging.

  6. A motivating story for any blogger who starts know and has a passion in a certain niche. With the right tools, guidance and motivation, you can do a lot of things 🙂

  7. Sue Anne,

    Thanks for all the inspiration. Your kind personality shows through your posts, and it is appreciated by us all,


  8. My first time of commenting here!
    Its so nice that blogging had made such an huge and positive impact for you.

  9. Hi Sue. Congrats on creating a life that allows you to take better care of yourself. I started my home business so that I could spend more time with my kids. My wife needs to be able to get out of the house everyday, while I'm content to stay home and work online, so it made sense to do that swap.

    I agree with you. It's great to be able to create a business around your life instead of a life around your work.

    • Thanks for sharing your story, Ben! I love that we can do what we want and take a walk outside whenever it's pretty out, like today in Florida 🙂

      I appreciate your comment.

  10. Hi Sue,

    Really you are inspiring many newbies like me to grow more and do something big in blogging. Your journey which you have shared have inspired me a lot. You are a star in my eyes, I know there are many like me.

    Thank you so much for sharing such an awesome article which is real.

  11. …and to say no to things that aren’t right for me…

    I love this! That's exactly what I want to be able to do, to just say no to anything and everything I don't care for and just keep working on the fun things that I could spend hours and days on forever 🙂

    Major inspiration, thanks for sharing this Sue!

  12. Hi Sue

    You are an inspiration. I am glad you showed me this post and opened my eyes to more ideas about having a profitable blog.

    I did not see about your challenge. I commend you that despite much, you are still living your dreams

    Thanks for sharing. Take care

  13. Hi Sue, thank you for sharing your url to me directly. To be honest, I am new in this blogging for money. I had been blogging from 2008-ish but starting focused on blog and monetizing it last year and still figuring out the best way to get traffic and also getting the money. Really love to have more insight from you.

    Regards, Febriyan – twitter: @feb_ryan24 – Indonesian Blogger

  14. Thanks for sharing this article about 3 Ways My Profitable Blog Has Improved My Life. Because this post help me to improved my life.

    Thanks for this awesome post.

  15. Hi, Sue. Hope you're doing well.

    It's really a nice post. I appreciate it. And one thing I must say, you're really an inspiration to every blogger. There are so many things to learn from you for the maiden as well as older ones in the blogging world.

    A lot of respect to you through this post.

    Best Regards.

  16. Your experience has motivated me a lot when you have shared with us. As I told you that your article helped me a lot. In ma next comment I will tell you everything clearly that how can your blog helped me, what I had learned from your blog. Thanks for sharing such a nice idea with us. Keep posting more helpful post like this.

  17. These are really good tips for the bloggers. Well appreciable. Absolutely no need to say this to you. You're a better-experienced person than me. Thanks for this kind of posts.

  18. Sue,

    you such an inspirational person for me, I am new in the blogging field, when i started i faced lots of problems, one of my friends suggest me to follow your site, after going through this i got inspired, after that whenever i got stuck in anything related to blogging i always go through your site. I always wait for your new updates.

  19. Many thanks for this beautiful and informative tips. Really I am blessed after coming here.

    Thanks a lot. And keep motivating us. 🙂

  20. Frankly speaking, you discuss the very helpful topic and your writing is really awesome. But I have a little bit confusion about point no. 2 (On the way to growing a profitable blog, I’ve connected with mentors who have taught and inspired me). Can you please explain the point no. 2.

    • I've hired mentors and coaches my entire blogging career to teach me more and have me try new things. That's is what I recommend to other beginning blogger also, Chiranjit.

      Thanks for your comment and question!

  21. Hello Sue,

    I am glad to read your article. I am going to start my own blogging That's why i am looking for that type of topic. Your article make me learn many things about blogging. Thanks for sharing this helpful post which is really original. I hope your different Ways make my Blog Profitable and improved My Life.

    • Hi, Deepika,

      Good luck with your blog. Email me if you need my tech guy to help you create it.


  22. Hi.

    Just one word for you. It’s an outstanding post. I have followed almost all of your posts and it’s really one of the most informative ones. Actually I have visited so many sites which are writing about way to make money but never found anything like this.

    Thanks for this article.

  23. Making money by blogging while getting the word out about my passion and intentions is exactly what I am wanting to do….passion and intentions include working with people that I love. Thank you for your blog. I want more information.

  24. How I define success?  We'll as they say success leaves clues and following your blog is definitely the right step!!   I have seen some small success in the online space like my book "Diaries Of A Mad Black Belt" (on Amazon) and I believe that having a mentor (like Sue) and a lil hard work can make the difference.  (God Willing)

    Collaborating with Sue help me to make this post:

    25 Of the HOTTEST TEE DESIGNS 2016!!!

    Thank you so so much Sue!! 

  25. Wow.. Sue i liked your article thanks for sharing with us.

    I want to create my own blog .

    I want to know the procedure for this i want your help, can you please help me?

    If you don,t mind can you give me your Email, i want to contact you.

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