How to Make Money with a Mom Fashion Blog
My blog is not just about me. It’s about featuring other successful moms who have started their blogs and built successful businesses!
There are so many different methods to growing a successful blog and here I’ll share how Corina has built a successful blog. She has grown her mom fashion blog to over $20,000 in 18 months – she now makes six figures per year working from home on her own schedule.
How to be a successful fashion blogger
Just imagine how your life would change if your blog was making thousands per month! You could pay the mortgage, send the kids to private school or go on that dream family vacation – or maybe just finally get your kitchen remodeled! Enjoy the video + post!
Timeline of a Successful Blog
The timeline below shows an overview of how Corina built a successful fashion blog.
Yes, blogging takes time. But three years is a very short time to build a business to six figures from scratch!
Most bloggers give up after their first year. Don’t! Remember this chart below, follow Corina’s advice, and stick with it!
Start Fashion Blog
Corina started her fashion blog in the middle of 2016 because of browsing Pinterest
Started promoting and sharing blog to friends and family
Make $1,600 her first year of blogging
Made $18,342+ her second year of blogging
3.5 Years Later
Making six figures per year!
Watch the video below and read the post to discover how Corina hit these milestones!
How to make six figures as a fashion blogger
3 years after starting her blog, Corina is making six figures per year!
In most 9-5 jobs you can’t scale up that quickly! So it’s amazing that Corina did this in three years from $0 to a full time income.
Corina drops so many golden nuggets in the 30 minute interview.
Even if you’ve been blogging for years, you’ll learn something new to apply and grow your blog. I did!
I’ve included links and resources below, as well as the interview from 2018. It helps to see how far Corina has come in such a short amount of time!
Corina Holden from NowThatICanDo.com
When and why did you start blogging?
- 1:19 Inspired by the potential of blogging income.
How did you decide on your niche?
- 2:20 Choose your niche based on something you’d like to improve in yourself.
- 5:40 an embarrassing moment for me 😉
How do find time to blog? What does your weekly routine look like?
- 6:30 Treat your blog like a job and plan your work.
- 90 Day Program by Todd Herman
What time saving tips do you have that will help overwhelmed bloggers?
- 9:15 Set realistic goals and follow a plan
UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS CAUSE OVERWHELM.
How do you make money with your blog?
- 10:49 $300 in the first year and six figures by year three. More than my previous full-time job.
- 13:20 Breakdown of income streams.
- How to create a product and build an evergreen funnel.
Do you have an email list? How large is it and what is helping you grow it?
- 14:40 Techniques to grow your email list to 25,000+ and why open rates are so important.
What are your favorite blogging tools?
- WordPress – start your blog here
- Divi Theme – to make your blog look super professional
- Convertkit – to build your email list
- Deadline Funnel – to increase sales
What do you wish you didn’t do?
- 20:45 Stay focused on a few key tasks, don’t try to do everything and become scattered.
How do you get traffic to your blog?
- 24:00 Pinterest and Google Search
- Recommended Course: Stupid Simple SEO
- Join Corina’s launch team : nowthatIcando.com/affiliates
Hey mamas! I’m Corina, wife and mama of two boys. I blog over at www.nowthaticando.com, where I’m building a community for moms fighting the frumpy monster. Yup, we have a name for that force that keep us busy mamas in yoga pants and baggy tees despite our best intentions! Through my blog I’m learning how to re-prioritize my self-care and I’m sharing what I’ve gleaned about dressing better along the way. You can get my free wardrobe plan for moms eBook at: https://www.nowthaticando.com/fyw-freebie.
P.S. Totally unsolicited praise here for Suzi’s blog (I’m not an affiliate!)… but I just want to say I’m a HUGE fan of this blog and eBooks/courses. Suzi and I started our blogs around the same time. She’s obviously taken off a lot faster than I have, and I know much of that is due to her incredibly smart focus on the important things. Whenever a mom asks how to start a profitable blog, I refer her straight to StartAMomBlog.com. Her steps really work! Every time I follow her methods I see the best results! So I’m gonna try to keep doing more of that ? Thanks for being such a smart cookie and sharing that with us, Suzi! And I’m honored to share my blogging story here today.
I Wanted to Make Money from Home as a Stay at Home Mom
When I became a stay-at-home mom after the birth of our first child I was looking for something to keep me as challenged and driven as my previous job. I started looking into ways to make money online… Swagbucks was my point of reference.
I moved past making cents on web searches to blogging quickly when I started reading blogging stories on Pinterest. It was unbelievable at first… several thousand a month blogging? How is that POSSIBLE?
I decided to give it a try. While finishing up my bachelor’s degree online I mused over what kind of blog I would launch a couple months after graduating (I’m a planner to the core!).
I started with a blog idea that encompassed 3-4 areas of womanhood/motherhood. But as I started writing my first content for the blog it started to settle in: I couldn’t keep up with so many subjects and do them well at the same time.
When I thought about what was missing in the blogosphere that I also struggled with, I quickly realized it was fashion for moms. Sure there were lots of fashion blogs by moms out there. But I could never really connect with the concept of copying someone else’s outfit to try to be more stylish.
I wanted a comprehensive guide for dressing better as a mom. And I needed it to be simple. A la Mom Style for Dummies. Since I couldn’t find anything quite like that out there, I knew I had found a blog subject I could grow into and be passionate about.
I was no expert on the subject I chose, which is what made it an exciting challenge and genuine blogging venture for me.
I started writing posts for my blog in January 2016 and launched it to the world (aka my friends and family) that March. As of this post my blog is a year and a half old (or young!).
Tip from Suzi: I love that Corina started her blog without even knowing exactly what her niche would be. She discovered her niche as she started writing! So smart! Many times starting and writing a few posts reveals your niche to you quickly!
How Do You Work from Home with Two Little Kids?
I used to work in our home office, but that turned into our first son’s bedroom when our second baby arrived.
So we moved around our furniture and carved out a corner of our bedroom. I refinished an old librarians table with glossy white paint, hung my jewelry organizer and set up my mirror for taking outfit selfies to share with my Frumpy Fighters Facebook group.
I use my desk corner as a backdrop when I record videos for my course or landing pages.
How to Find Time to Work as a Mom with Young Children – 6 Ways to Find Time
I made a commitment from the beginning to only work while my kids slept (I had one boy at the time with another on the way). Having my workspace set up in my bedroom is another way I can stay committed to not working while the kids are up! When they’re up I simply cannot focus and my productivity drops at least 80%–it’s hard to type when someone’s hanging off your arm and the other one is asking the same question for the tenth time. Plus I didn’t want to look back and realize I’d missed out on time with my precious, growing boys.
So when do I fit work in?
(By the way, I started calling it my “work” early on… people just don’t take “blogging” as seriously. Blogging is just a hobby, not a career right?)
From the start, I’ve spent a minimum of 4 hours a day working on my blog (5-6 days a week). That comes out to around 20 hours a week (although during a recent launch I recorded working 36 hours!)… most of that while the kids slept.
Regular hours happened in the morning (6-8 am) before kids were up and in the afternoon (1-3 pm) while they napped. Thankfully my kids are good sleepers! But that’s mostly due to gradually but purposefully sleep training them from when they were born.
Besides those time blocks every day, here are a few other ways I’ve carved out bigger chunks of time when I really needed it (big projects or product launches):
Find Time To Blog
- Working all evening while my husband fed and watched the kids.
- Working just an hour or two at night before bed.
- Spending a day house sitting somewhere else and working (I’ve heard of some bloggers booking a hotel). My husband watches the kids all day. They’re never more appreciative of me than when I get back from one of those days.
- Spending an afternoon at a coffee shop… my husband or mom watches the kids.
- On occasion when the kids sleep in… more work time!
A few months ago I also made the commitment to not work Sundays. Even though that was my loose rule starting out, I would end up getting up early anyway to get email done or some other task… leaving me frustrated because I couldn’t break away even on Sundays.
I was feeling burn out and needed that day to know I wasn’t going to get up early or work during naps. I’ve only had to break that rule a couple of times during big launches. It’s been such a blessing to have a whole 24 hours truly work-free!
Here’s a chart showing my work time each week in August and September. In the middle there I was launching a product– so that’s when hours got crazy!
Obviously I love my work too much to just stick to 20 hours!
I use Toggl.com (a phenomenal free tool) to track my time every day.
Yup, I “clock in” and “clock out.” I’m able to record how long projects and tasks take so that I can plan my days and deadlines better! It also keeps me focused on the task at hand while I work.
(I recorded a tutorial about using Toggl for my 90 Day Year group recently– you can view it here.)
Tip from Suzi: I follow the same work strategy as Corina. I get up early and work from 6am-8am (or when the little ones wake up). And then I work again during nap times, around 2pm-4pm.
Now that I have a third baby, I’ll be adapting my routine a bit. I’m predicting that I’ll only work on Monday, Wednesday and Friday when my oldest is at preschool for a few hours. But little baby boy is only 2 weeks old, so I’ll let you know in a few months how my routine has changed with 3 children under 3.5 years old.
How I Made $1,600 with my Blog
Before my first eBook product I monetized it with referrals, affiliates, and ads. But that only brought in $1,600 this year because my traffic has stayed at about 30,000-50,000 page views/month.
I also had one VA client that I wrote for monthly… it brought in just enough money to cover my initial blogging expenses.
I soon realized I didn’t want to have to rely on traffic or active VA work to bring me income. It was a huge mental shift when I realized that my blog was just a component of my business. I was a business and I could start my own product line.
How I Exploded my Blog Income to $18,000 and Discovered the Perfect Product
So, I knew I needed to create my own eBook; or some kind of product. But I couldn’t think of anything for a while. I just kept blogging with purpose and trying to build my audience + email list.
In October of 2016 (7 months into launching the blog) I observed how popular my free fall capsule wardrobe plan had become. While on the couch recovering from the birth of my second baby, the idea hit me that I could create a visual guide showing you all the outfits you could create out of the pieces on that wardrobe plan.
Right then and there from the couch and in between nursing sessions, I put together my first eBook.
You won’t believe this… but I sold it for just $4.99 when I first launched. So of course, with an email list of under 1,000 and that kind of price I only made a couple hundred dollars.
And yet I was OVER THE MOON. I was now bringing in about $5 a day passively on my blog! It was just enough encouragement to help me keep pressing on with jubilance!!
11 months and 3 new outfit guides later, these eBooks (and accompanying printable upgrades) have brought me nearly $18,000 in revenue.
Tip from Suzi: If you need help finding your ebook idea, and creating and launching it, enroll in the Ebook by Number course.
The Step by Step Guideline How I Made Money with My Mom Fashion Blog
I started prepping to launch my blog in January of 2016. I launched it with about five blog posts on March 1, 2016.
MY FIRST $5
July, 2016 (four months after launch): My first monetary compensation was $5 from Ebates for a referral. ? You gotta celebrate every little milestone along the way.
MAKING $75 WITH MY BLOG
August, 2016 (five months after launch): My second compensation of sorts was through a free dress for a sponsored post with PinkBlush.com. That was exciting because I got a $75 dollar product for free! And it was because of the blog platform I had built up!
BECOMING A VA AND MAKING $44
August, 2016 (five months after launch): In August I was also hired by a blog to create Pinterest graphics for her and write blog posts for her blog monthly. (She found me through a “hire me” page I had on my blog.) I charged $2 per Pinterest graphic and $30 per blog post. My check that first month was $44. I was celebrating BIG TIME!!
MAKING $117 THROUGH AFFILIATE MARKETING
October, 2016 (seven months after launch): I had been making a dollar or two a day from affiliate income for a couple of months. When I reached the $100 threshold I received a check for $117 from Shopstyle Collective. Another huge celebration time!!
ALMOST $1,000 FROM MY FIRST EBOOK
Also in October I launched that first eBook–my outfit guide based on the popular fall capsule wardrobe plan. My email list was under 1,000 people and I made just under $1,000 from it in the following three months.
$1 Each Day – Passively!
November through December 2016 continued to bring in some affiliate income as well as a dollar a day through Google Adsense. ?
My total for my 1st year blogging was: $1,600
My Second Year of Blogging about Mom’s Fashion and Money Making Strategies
In 2017 I continued to focus on publishing amazing content, increasing traffic, growing my email list and creating more versions of my outfit guide eBooks. I also started work on an eCourse and did a pre-sale to 20 beta students.
My main streams of income in 2017:
- Ad/Affiliate/Referrals: $1600
- eBook/Printable Sales/eCourse Sales: $16,500
Total (as of October 1st) for my 2nd year blogging: $18,342.66
Obviously, it’s my product line that has brought in the real return on (time) investment.
How did I know my eBooks would sell? I basically asked for and assimilated the feedback on each new eBook and kept improving it with each new one. (The Facebook Group I started was key to understanding what my audience wanted… but more about that later.)
Notice, I didn’t start making real money until MONTHS into blogging. But I knew that those 20+ hours I was working every day would eventually pay off in passive income if I just stayed committed and worked smart. Well, I was sure of that most of the time… there were definitely moments of doubt! ?
How I Get Traffic from Pinterest and Google – 30,000 Page Views per Month!
Pinterest used to be my biggest driver of traffic. Now it’s Google search (but only thanks to one particular post so far). Here’s how the shift happened.
In August 2016 (5 months after launching the blog) I posted my second most popular blog post to date: a fall capsule wardrobe plan for stay-at-home moms. People found me through my capsule infographic which went semi-viral on Pinterest. My monthly views jumped from 5,000/month to 30,000/month. They dipped a bit after fall, but picked back up when I continue publishing this kind of content (winter, spring, and summer capsules).
Side note: How do you write viral Pinterest posts? I’ve learned it’s by providing that thing that others aren’t providing through a blog post, and doing it really well. Then create an info-graphic type pin for your post that is amazing on its own but also makes people want to click because of “one other thing” on the other side.
In October 2016 (7 months after launching) I posted my most popular blog post to date: LuLaRoe: An Honest Review On The Pros And Cons Of The Popular Trend. In the months following it began to rank incredibly high on Google, and is now the top result when searching for “lularoe pros and cons.” That post continues to bring me the most traffic.
Date range: January – October 2017
Pinterest continues to be the second biggest traffic driver.
Date range: January – October 2017
Traffic Source: Google/Organic
I try to generally follow the rules for good SEO in my blog posts. However I use Squarespace so I can’t leverage the help of that helpful Yoast WordPress plugin.
Another side note: Squarespace has been awesome for avoiding the learning curve and keeping me focused on writing great content when I started out. But I will definitely be moving to WordPress (planning to use Suzi’s Divi course!) in the next year because of many free plugins and features I can’t use on Squarespace.
What worked with that one Lularoe post to rank high on Google? I wrote 1) with utmost honesty, 2) about a popular topic, 3) that no one else was writing honestly about.
I had no affiliate or sponsorship relationship with LuLaRoe (unlike all the other posts available about it). I was simply writing a helpful guide for women that were as confused by the craze as I was. Women search Google for this kind of insight into LuLaRoe, they find it on my blog, and they stick around to read the whole thing. So Google ranks me high!
Traffic Source: Pinterest
I create 1-3 Pinterest-optimized pins for every blog post I write. I also am careful to only write the kind of posts that do well on Pinterest. You can see my blog post board below to get a feel for my pins:
I used to rely on Group Boards as well as looping my pins within my boards. But I’ve recently switched to a less intense strategy that apparently will bring better results (I’m still testing it).
This strategy involves pinning only 30 pins per day to your own boards (minimal use of group boards) and is taught by Pinning Perfect. The course is phenomenal and lets you in on some mind blowing facts about how Pinterest does and doesn’t work (one of the instructors meets directly with Pinterest for insider secrets).
BONUS Traffic Source: Facebook Group
In January of this year (9 months ago) I started a private but free Facebook group for my readers. It’s called Frumpy Fighters and is all about helping moms connect around fighting the frump with easy fashion.
It’s also where my outfit guide customers post pictures of the outfits they try. This has become like free advertising for me… happy customers showing how they’re using my product in real life!
It’s also become a driving factor for traffic and subscribers. (As you see in the stats above, Facebook is second in line to Pinterest… but I only post on my Facebook page when there’s a new post so I know the Facebook group is driving lots of that traffic.)
Anyone who asks to join is asked how they found the group. Over half say Facebook suggested it to them. What this tells me is that because my group is so engaged and growing, Facebook is telling other similar audiences about it! Free advertising! Thanks to this free advertising I’m getting about 30 new members each day passively.
As soon as I add them to the group I send them a custom message saying welcome, introducing myself and linking to my premium freebie; this turns many of them into subscribers even if they’ve never heard of me before!
To be honest… starting a group was scary. I thought it would suck all my time. I was scared to “put myself out there” and be vulnerable like that. What if there were crickets in the group when I opened it?
I’m so glad I pushed past those worries and just did it. The women in there (almost all moms) rave about it. They finally feel connected and understood around the frustrations and struggles of fashion.
Frumpy Fighters has single-handedly built a true community of moms around my blog and business. I don’t have to try to prove myself to new subscribers… the group does that for me!
And as for being a time-sucker… it’s not. It’s well worth the few minutes I spend in there connecting with the ladies each day (and the weekly posts are scheduled ahead of time so they just happen automatically). I couldn’t ask for a better marketer than my free Facebook group.
As a point of reference, here is my website traffic for the last 30 days: 53,000 page views/month
How I Grew My Email List to 3,900 Raving Fans
My email list isn’t huge. And while it’s grown steadily over the last year and half blogging, it’s still only 3,900 subscribers as of October 2017. But with that size of a list I’ve made around $20,000.
Let me state that again: With just 3,900 subscribers, I’ve made around $20,000.
Email subscriber growth Dec 16’ to Sept 17’ (I switched from MailerLite to ConvertKit in Dec 16’ with about 1,000 subscribers–not shown here)
As Suzi teaches, what’s important is the quality of your subscribers, not just the number of them. A small list can bring you great income if you acquire highly targeted people AND you nurture them into fans through awesome ongoing contact (for me that’s through an occasional newsletter and the Facebook group).
My subscribers all sign up through freebies/content upgrades/optins on my blog posts: printables and ebooks. I write blog posts that are extremely helpful and then offer a freebie that relates to it. You can see all my blog posts offering freebies here.
I currently post about 2-3 times per month. I don’t post unless it’s gonna be awesome. I try to write a blog post that includes a new content upgrade every month or two. Now that I have nearly twenty strong content upgrades, I don’t add new ones that often. I just keep marketing the ones I already have!
My 2-part formula for getting subscribers:
Drive Traffic to Helpful Blog Posts (Organic/Google + Pinterest & Facebook + Facebook Group) → Offer Awesome Content Upgrades
I’ve recently started testing out some Facebook ads to get subscribers into my sales funnel (I direct them straight to optin landing pages for freebies).
My initial ads are just retargeting blog visitors as well as subscribers who haven’t purchased. They are doing pretty well and I just purchased a course (FB Brilliance by Brilliant Business Moms) to further learn and master this method of growth.
Before purchasing a course about Facebook ads though, I learned a ton about ads with free content. My favorites are:
- Rick Mulready’s podcast The Art of Paid Traffic
- Amy Porterfield’s podcast Online Marketing Made Easy (search for Facebook ads episodes)
- Andrew Hubbard’s blog
- Beth Anne Schwamberger’s podcast Brilliants Business Moms (I just purchased her full ads course, FB Brilliance!)
Once you find your target audience on Facebook, using ads to bring them into your sales funnel is so much less stressful than trying to post constantly on your blog and social media or guest post to keep up traffic. I’m all about that because I want to eventually work less than 20-30 hours a week. My kids won’t take naps forever.
What do You Email to Your Subscribers?
I tend to err on the side of not emailing enough because I hate annoying my subscribers. I only email about 2-3 times per month and every email has at least some free value included. Examples:
- Latest blog post and freebie download
- News about the blog plus a fashion tip
- Announcing upcoming product plus free related class
Around product launches I offer a freebie followed up by an “upgrade” offer. I only email 2-3 follow-up reminders before the deadline.
I also have automated sequences set up for new subscribers when they download any freebie tied to a product. The sequences are 3-4 emails long, offering tips and instructions around the freebie as well as pitching a special limited time offer on the product.
I use Deadline Funnel to create individual deadlines for each subscriber based on the date they subscribe. This allows me to have an evergreen sales funnel that offers that time-crunch incentive to buy that is so effective during launches… except it’s set up to work on new subscribers year-round.
I use Deadline Funnel to create urgency for every single subscriber that opts in to a freebie that is directly related to one of my products (eBooks). This email is an example of my delivery email. I follow that up with 3-4 more emails: value, value + reminder to upgrade, & final reminder to upgrade.
Those wins keep you going and eventually you find you’ve made progress!! Those wins build up, one on the other, building your confidence. So keep moving. The wins will keep coming. And so will your confidence.
Keep moving. Stay focused. Stay smart!
We can DO this mama!
How to make money with a fashion blog
Golly! That was an amazing post by Corina – thank you! I’m so honored she shared almost over 4,000 words of amazing advice for all mom bloggers! And to make over $20,000 with an email list of under 4,000 email subscribers is fantastic! Thank you for sharing Corina!
I hope you learned a lot from Corina’s advice – both from the new video and interview showing her growth. Let me know in the comments what you think and who you would like me to interview next!
This is so inspiring! I’ve been passive about blogging so far and this gets me excited to start posting again. Thank you for sharing!
It is absolutely awesome that there is opportunity EVERYWHERE! Great post and happy for Corina. I’m sure she will continue to explode her business. Yes! Keep sharing success stories Suzi.
This is such a valuable post! Thank you for these great tips..
Thanks for doing a video and a full detailed blog post with it! I am not into fashion so I liked how everything was phrased to apply to everyone (bloggers to be) not just those interested in being a fashion blogger. Thanks for a great video & blog post.
Thank you Gina!!
It’s so helpful to know how mom bloggers use their time. There are some really helpful resources here. Thank you!
Thank you so much Mary!
Hi girls! I am just starting out now with my blog and I’ve found this post so helpful! I would love to read an interview with another mummy blogger I follow, Carly from Blogging Like You Mean It. She offers great blogging advice and she is quite honest about her blogging journey, as well. Thank you so much Corina and Suzi from sharing all these tips and encouragement!
Oh Carly is awesome! She’s such a kind person and so helpful – I love her story!! I’ll get her on my list!
Very interesting interview and amazing tips.
I created a bilingual blog and after all the work I had to stop due to issues during my twins pregnancy. However, my pageviews remained around 10k without doing anything on the blogs for months. It was amazing to discover how some simple steps and good content can give you the freedom to stop for a while and take care of yourself/your family without losing all your hard work. As a working mom to a toddler, I’ve always worked on the blog on the side.
I also don’t make much money out of it yet, but I loved the scheduling tips as I’ll need them soon when my twins will be here.
Ps= 1 toddler boy + 2 baby boys coming.. so I can relate to that too 😊
Yes! I love that Isabella – the blog can continue to grow if you have to step away for a bit.
What an inspiration, my first year blogging has brought in pennies per hour as well, it’s great to hear that focus and pushing through pays off.
I can absolutely relate to needing a plan for work times, when you guys were talking about ‘sending a few emails, making a pin’ I was like OMG that’s me!
Hehe, for sure! Thank you Mina!!
Great interview! Corina has a great communication style and gave me hope not only in my blog, but also in my wardrobe. Having graduated from college in the mid 1980’s, catching up with how this whole blogging sphere works has been hard for me. I have learned SO much by watching, reading, and following a younger generation of bloggers. One thing I have discovered that we do have in common is that when you are genuine and really want to help others, then people can sense that and will follow you. I love that both of you ladies clearly care about others. On a side note, this middle-aged lady is tired of looking …. well, middle-aged. So, I signed up to get her free email course. Thanks for the post and video!
YES! So happy Hope 🙂 Corina has great style tips! And thank you for the sweet comment – it made my day!
Very encouraging to read! Thank you!
Thank you Lori!
Corina and Suzi,
Such amazing tips in such a short amount of time! There were so many wonderful things presented, it will take a while to check them all out.
Thank you both!
Thank you Ladeana!! <3
All of this advice is amazing, thank you so much for sharing! A blogger that I find inspiring is The Ornament Girl, her story has stuck with me. Definitely worth checking out.
Fran, thank you! I’ll add her to my list and reach out to her for an interview!
This is so absolutely inspiring!! Thank you, Suzi, for interviewing Corina and sharing all these golden nuggets!!! Thank you Thank you Thank you. -xo
Thank you thank you thank you Jenna!
This blog post and the youtube video are full of great tips! Thank you! Suzi, you said to share in the comments someone else we’d like you to interview. Have you ever heard of Edie Wadsworth from Life in Grace? Her online presence has changed to more of like a life coach, but I’d love to hear more of her process of getting there!
Thank you so much Stephanie! Ill reach out to her and hopefully get her on my list!!
So much great advice! I’m always finding it hard to make time for blogging and I love the tips here!
Thank you Katie!!
This was definitely the post I needed to read today. I have been struggling on just where do I start with the writing, I need to make more images, I need to get back to writing the post I started, etc.. I am just all over the place and wanting this to happen so quickly that I’m becoming disheveled. After reading this post I realized I need to just slow down and plan ahead. With January coming up I will be using the 12 month blogging planner (thanks Suzi!) to plan each week. This was just the best advice I could have used today. Awesome post!
Yes! It’s okay to grow slow – it’s smart 😉 Thank you Ashlie!
Such an inspiring story!
Corina, thanks for sharing your journey with actionable tips. I agree with the need to set realistic goals and to follow a plan.
Suzi, thank you for providing amazing content. I would love to hear more from your other students.
Thank you Clara!
I really appreciate hearing from someone whose growth took a little longer. Corina’s advice to plan out what you’re going to work on before you sit down is exactly what I needed to hear right now! As a newer blogger, I often feel scattered and end up doing a little on a lot of things and not making the best use of my time. I’d love to see more interviews like this, Suzi!
There are definitely so many good things you could do, so it’s a challenge to prioritize for sure. But doing a few of the right things will get you farther than a little bit of all the things <3 You've got this!
Thank you Katie!! I’ll bring more amazing bloggers on!
Wow! What a great interview! I got so much out of this. I definitely haven’t niched down enough and I think income is suffering from that. My new goal for 2020 is to niche down more and develop a product which I have been totally procrastinating on accomplishing. Thanks for putting this together!
Awesome! Yes niching down is SO key! You can always broaden your topics after you have an audience. It’s easier to do that once you have loyal fans!
Wow! This was so inspiring! It’s really tough when you keep reading about these bloggers that “made it” in 4-6 months. It makes you feel like you must be doing it all wrong! Thank you so much for sharing this amazing information! It’s great to know that sometimes slow and steady really does win the race. You rock!
Yes those stories are both inspirational and just discouraging! It’s so easy to compare. But you will definitely see success by focusing, staying steady, and not giving up! Don’t give up on a bad day and you’re good 😉
I took so many notes during this interview!! One of the biggest take away so have is to take the time to plan ahead so I’m not so scattered while I’m using the small amount of time I have to blog. Plus, this also inforced that I need to be focusing on SEO and Pinterest more. Thanks for a great interview!
Yes this one thing (planning) can revolutionize your work and improve how you feel about your progress!
Wow, love this post. Thank you so much Corina for sharing and to Suzi for sharing on your blog. I’ve taken a lot of little tips from this and was emailing myself them throughout reading lol so I didn’t forget! I love how although it’s taken 3 years to get to where Corina wanted to be, she never gave up and pushed on. It’s so easy to want to give up as I’ve done so many times over the years. This year I finally realised all I want to do is blog, so I’ve been getting my blog all ready to launch in the new year and I haven’t given up and am loving it so much. Thanks again for sharing your story Corina 🙂 and thanks again Suzi for sharing the love too 🙂 🙂
It helped that since I had given up or gotten bored of other projects I started I was aware of my tendency. So when I started this blog I told myself I wasn’t going to give up on a bad day. And I wouldn’t let myself get “bored” I’d just keep going until I saw a good day. And those do come when you’re persistent!
I love this! I feel like I am in the middle of figuring put the monetization phase, and this inspires me to keep going and make it a priority. So many amazing tips and things to consider! Thanks Suzi and Corina!
Each blogger’s journey and how they monetize will look a little bit different. So healthy to figure this out for yourself, what jives with you. And above all, enjoy the process!
Thanks so much for sharing! I am encouraged to keep going and plan realistically. Great tips!
So glad this encouraged you!
This is exactly what I needed to hear! I am just a the beginning stages of launching my blog. I have to many emotions that I am feeling but I am so intimidated. I have been putting it off about what might happen. It is so encouraging to hear your story.
It is definitely an emotional roller coaster 🙂 But be stubborn about keeping at it, find joy in it, and stay focused. You’ll reap the fruit over time.
I needed this motivation! I’m 8 months into blogging, and have struggled with the learning curve and not being as profitable as I had hoped it would be right off the bat. Thank you for sharing your journey, Corina!
You’re welcome! Glad this helped! I definitely have felt discouraged when I compared myself to others. It’s so key to just put your head down and focus. You’ll get there 😉
I love it! This will be me in three years <3 thank you for the motivation!!
Yeah girl! You got this.
Sooooo much gold here! I totally enjoy you sharing interviews of other bloggers as it encourages us to understand the challenges and of course the success of others to keep us pressing forward to our goals and dreams we all strive to attain. Thanks for all you do and continue to do in our behalf. Blessings to all.
Great advice! I’m just starting (about a month) to blog. I find it’s hard to be consistent to blog when my daughter sleeps (mostly because she isn’t very consistent), but I want to do better. I really want to make this work!
Some seasons are tougher than others to find time to work. I found it easiest to train myself to wake up early versus working at night. But some people work better late into the night. Just find those pockets of time, plan them out as much as possible a week ahead. You got this 😉
Kristy – YOU WON! Send me and email and I’ll gift you a free course! Thank you for commenting on the post! 🙂
Yes I love to hear other people’s story for encouragment! Definitely from just ordinary mom’s!!!!!
yes! For sure, thank you Kris!
Wow a lot of great info! I’m super excited to start my blog journey!
Whoo hooo! I’m excited for you!
This is truly inspiring and very helpful! Thanks so much for sharing!
So happy you liked it Karen!
The content is very attractive…..the information your sharing is always unique in its way….keep doing this.
Thank you Priya!!
This post was very inspirational. I am motivated to start monetising ..
Thank you Latha!
Thank you for equipping me with the tools and the knowledge to this lifestyle! Love you!
Great post! I understand the value of time and punctuality in workplace.
This post was amazing! Thank you Corina and suzi! ? x
Thank you so much Suz!
Amazing post Corina! I’m not even a mom (young adult) but I still found this post really helpful. This is great proof that people can make money blogging in other niches!!! Thank you for sharing your story.
Thank you Veronica! It’s a fantastic post with just too many tips!!
Thanks Veronica! Yes there are crazy opportunities for growing your own revenue source in this day and age. Exciting times!
This was truly inspiring! Thank you!! When you count your work hours, do those include marketing research, learning new money making techniques or are those hours strictly content and marketing promotion time? Just curious. 🙂 Looking forward to checking out your blog!
I April, I count training/learning that I need to focus for. If it pulls me away from regular life I count it. But I do a TON of learning outside of work hours by listening to podcasts, webinars, or other videos while doing dishes, working out, or folding laundry. ?
So inspiring! I’ve been blogging about a year and am just starting my first e-book. I love all the time management tips!
Thank you Jodi! Corina is a time management ningja! 🙂
Thanks for having me on the blog Suzi 🙂
It was a true delight! Thank you for sharing so many tips with my readers! <3
Fantastic collection! All I’d like to point out is that Squidoo has been acquired by Hubpages. Not sure if it still retains that potential for freelancers. You could look it up.