The Ultimate Blogging Course

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Guys, when I was first starting my blog, it was hell.  You’ve got these mom bloggers that spew this drivel like “ooooh start a blog, it’s sooooo easy!!”… so long as you sign up with my Bluehost link to get your discount.

I mean, it’s like do you fuckers think we’re that dumb?  We see you coming a mile away deceptive blogger… Our BS detector has been going off from the moment we see your face.

If that’s not bad enough, you’ve got the Fake It Till You Make It Bloggers, who barely made $2,500/mo from their blog before they started slinging $2,000 dollar courses to unsuspecting beginners. I mean come on… someone who’s never even gotten their feet wet, doesn’t need to spend THOUSANDS of dollars just to learn the basics for fuck sake.

Anyway, I could go on and on here, but my point is, when I was starting my blog, I couldn’t for the life of me find good reputable lifestyle bloggers to follow and learn from. I knew I needed to do things in my own way, but I was struggling to believe I could do it, deal with the fear I had for some reason, and all in all I just needed a little help seeing the big picture of how it would all work.

I can’t tell you how damn difficult it was to find people who could help me with this… let alone, all the core things that go into a profitable blog like: keyword research, on site optimization, the real way to make money with affiliate marketing, product creation, actually serving your market using your own life experience, and the best way for anyone to create successful blog content.

And that didn’t even touch on the strategy to use YouTube to supplement blog traffic when your blog is new that ended up working like gang busters!  Again, all the same troubles… uncomfortable on camera, didn’t think I was good enough, wasn’t a good writer, didn’t think anyone would watch my videos, and blah blah blah.

Well, I’m here to tell you, the only thing stopping most people from having a successful blog, is the war going on with yourself. It was my greatest challenge, and even though it doesn’t seem like it, my most difficult hurdle. The truth is, there is no competition in the lifestyle blog space, except with yourself.

Everyone thinks that because someone else has done something similar before, that it’s too late for them.  This is false, and I explained why in the relatability post, and how we can both do the exact same thing, and both be successful in our own way.

I could go on and on about this stuff, and it’s because I’ve lived it. For three years, all I did was eat, sleep, and shit blogging. My whole life revolved around figuring out how we can create successful lifestyle blogs that we can live off of. And I’ve done it myself, and now I see so much opportunity for everyone around me to do the same.

So now, the point of this post is to open the conversation with you.

I am building the baddest blogging course on the planet, but I want to make it even better for you by asking you for your input.  Yep, you.

Every opinion counts, even if you’ve been blogging for two years and barely make $5k/mo from your blog, or you’ve never started a blog before.

In your own words, please comment below and let me know what you would like to see in the blogging course I’m building for you guys, and what would solve your biggest obstacle that’s stopping you.

The more you put into this, the better the tutorial will be that I’m going to make answering your question.  My goal, is to help people who are where I was a couple of years ago, and there are ways to make it so much faster than when I was struggling starting my blog.

Let me know your thoughts right now below…

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6 Comments

  1. How to make sure my website name/blog name doesn’t get stolen.
    How to do all the set up (technical details)
    how to not get ripped off when getting started

    • Great questions Patten! I’ve been doing this so long, I forget to include some of these things, so thank you for asking. I’ll just help you with these now so you don’t have to wait: 🙂

      1) Don’t search for generic domains on GoDaddy – they snap them up and then sell them on the marketplace at a premium… Pretty sneaky, been happening for a long long time. Search my blog for Namesilo if you want to do domain searches to check availability without the registrar stealing your ideas.

      2) I think you mean DNS config if you buy your domain and hosting separate, CMS installation, and navigating your blog platform, yes?? I would imagine you’d like some plugin tips and tricks too at this stage too… If you’re thinking of different blogging platforms, I only use WordPress for my blogs, and recommend the same for everyone.

      3) Just don’t buy anything like SiteBuildIt. I paid $300/yr 10 years ago to build my very first website… total ripoff for nothing more than 1 year of domain reg and a slow shared hosting account. Siteground is reasonable at $5/mo, and they have an automatic 1 click WordPress install at checkout, so you don’t have to learn how to do it.

    • Depends on the type of site. As a general rule, for someone who doesn’t want to spend money on advertising, search traffic is going to be your best bet. No tricks, just solid on page and consistent output.

      This would be best answered in a video format, if you can give me more details:

      – type of blog
      – content hierarchy
      – intended outcome
      – what you’ve tried up until now
      – exact sticking points thus far

  2. It’s basically an Amazon Affiliate blog. I don’t get hardly any traffic even though it’s been around for about 8 years. Now it used to get traffic when I had it with HostGator, which was a nightmare. It ended up getting hacked and HostGator wanted to charge me $200 to fix it. I lost 3 sites with them, they were all “hacked” and I couldn’t afford (or wouldn’t) to pay for each one to be cleaned. I ended up moving my one site to Siteground and had to pay them to get it fixed, but it’s funny they never were hacked again. Hostgator wanted me to pay a monthly extra fee to them to keep them from being hacked. But yet the company they used to fix it was owned by Hostgator. Seems like a racket to me! Anyway, ever since, this one site I have doesn’t get much traffic. Just seems odd. But I will continue to put more content on it, maybe that will help. I made one sale recently and honestly have no idea where the person came from! LOL. Thanks for your reply!

    • Hmmm, I would probably have to see it, or make you a video… it will get pretty long.

      But with an 8 year old domain, you should be able to move the needle in a couple of months, and should without question be able to live off the site after 8 years. That’s a normal experience for EIG owned hosting companies. The only reason I recommend one of them, is because the phone support is better than all the rest. That is easily fixable though, and shouldn’t be the bottleneck.

      But anyway, right out of the gate, there has to be something glaringly shunting your growth… content length, content style, etc… need more info.
      You’ve got to provide some value other than just being an Amazon aff. Look at what I do with saunas and model that: I don’t just link to saunas you can buy, I test them, create informative feedback on them, report the bad with the good, etc…

      The whole premise is to save people time, money, or frustration.

      Don’t post the url here, but you might want to use my 800 number in the footer or the contact page, and send me a site example or the vertical for better help.

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